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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 20
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002

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Photo of gfreed
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sort of a weenie wheat beer, which might be an unfair thing to say about a beer that's only 50% wheat, but still... it's a weenie wheat beer. Decent copper color with some nice sparkle; not much of a head; zipless body and something of a dry, corny taste that the malty edge just couldn't push aside. Dang. Anchor makes such terrific porter and their steam beer is decent. What happened here?

Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Way back when (mid-90's) I drank lots of Anchor products. Now I rarely pick them up. This one was part of a mixed six pack, after I couldn't find a sixth beer I wanted. Poured a light golden color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of wheat, straw and light malt. On the palate, this one was light bodied and drinkable, with sweet malt and just the barest suggestion of hops.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of slight fruits.

Tastes of light wheat and malt notes. Notes of citrus, grainy sweetness, and some bread come through. Not much else going on.

Mouhfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing worth checking out.

Photo of kevanb
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Golden color, fairly clear complextion. Nice fizzy head, very simple appearance.

S: Fruity, wheaty, biscuity. Its not that enticing, but its not off putting either.

T: Simple flavors. Fruity, strawberries, cherries, heavy on the wheat. It's not that complex, not that endearing either.

M: A little bubbly, not the smoothest beer. Not that bad really.

O: Enjoyable summer beer. It's easy to drink, light and crisp. Should compliment all the summer foods this season has to offer.

Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 5/28/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light and crisp golden/coppery color; starts with a solid 2 finger slightly off-white head; body is very clear and shows strong carbonation of varying levels; head becomes very rocky and pockmarked as it dwindles down to a thin, incomplete and uneven skim, leaving big puffy patches of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A bitter hop bite is right up front, and beneath is a strong burnt/toasty graininess with a strong wheat presence to it; slightly sweet, biscuity maltiness.

Taste: Taste is alright -- several flavors balance out quite well, starting with the big wheaty graininess that is toasty, followed by a bitter hop presence that has a bit of lemony citrus to it, but it's more bitter than flavorful, all rounded with the a slightly sweeter biscuit aspect.

Mouthfeel: Body is light, as I would expect a beer of this style to be; carbonation is strong and prickly, just shy of sharp and still manages to remain comfortable in the mouth, and it leaves the belly a little tingly; a semi-moist stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall: This is really one of those summer beers that could be drank all day -- the bitterness is refreshing, and the malted wheat provides enough of an earthy sweetness that keeps it balanced. Moderately low ABV would allow for copious amounts to be consumed with little to no worry.

Photo of bosox941827
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass
A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a slight orange tinge to it. Nice head that is rocky off the pour and hangs around all the way down the glass
S - A bit of light hops and hint of lemon off the nose, but both very faint.
T - This is just a great tasting summer beer IMO. The wheat malt is fairly prominent up front, but it then blends nicely with a lemony/herbal hop flavor that stays throughout the finish. If you let it, the finish goes on for a bit. It's not very strong, but it is quite pleasant.
M - A bit less carbonated than other examples I've had, but it finishes quite dry and refreshing.
Hadn't had this for a while and forgot how good it was. Bought this as a single bottle but will definitely pick up more of this; a beer like this could become a regular for me during a long hot Carolina summer. Recommended.

Photo of bsp77
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice. Bottling date of 1MR (which is March 18, 2011)

Appearance: Straw-gold with huge, foamy white head and great lacing. This is a fantastic looking American Wheat, rivaling Hefeweizens.

Smell: Very dry wheat, lemon and light pepper.

Taste: Very peppery and wheaty, with light overtones of lemon and orange. Ends spicy and straw-like, with more pepper. Almost too peppery at the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, pretty light body, extremely dry finish.

Overall: This is probably the best "American Hefeweizen" I have had. That doesn't make it the best American Wheat Ale I have had (as it is broad style that includes diverse beers such as Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin, Bell's Oberon, and Big Sky Trout Slayer), but in terms of the old fashioned American Wheat that are simply Hefeweizens without the German yeast, this is pretty damn good. Most are overly sweet or bland, but this is dry and spicy as hell. Glad I finally tried this, as I put it off as I did not expect much.

Photo of champ103
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that leaves little lace.
S: Pretty neutral. Pale malts, bread, light earthy wheat aromas. Nothing else really.
T: Pale malts, earthy wheat, and a lingering bitterness. Some cooked veggies and a metallic flavor that I don't like. Just kind of bland.
M/D: Thin, watery, and even a bit under carbonated. Easy enough to drink, but not something I am coming back to often (if at all).

I love Anchor, but this is pretty bland and ho hum. Not something I would recommend.

Photo of washburnkid
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is like three different styles rolled into one. The appearance is pale wheat, but the aromas and flavors seem to go off on a bit of a tangent.

Huge frothy head rises out of the glass. Pale translucent golden. Aromas are tart citrus and wheat, with a bit of something "baked". Upon first sip, the first thing I notice is the super high carbonation and overall crispness of the beer. Flavors are mildly buttery malt and wheat/grass. Thin mouthfeel, with lots of residuals behind.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not normally much of a fan of the pale American wheat style - usually finding them bland and a waste of the glass they are bottled in. Consequently, I've bypassed this beer numerous times as I cruised down the aisle. But, with warmer weather upon us, I decided a lighter beer was in order and grabbed the six-pack - after all, Anchor makes some fine beers.

And this is no exception. Very bright flavor profile, with a very nice touch of tartness to the wheat up front. Middle is moderately soft, with some faint wheat grain notes at the finish. Quite nice.

Photo of BigB415
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden into my Bear Republic glass. A good sign of carbonation when the little bubbles are floating to the top. A very subdue smelling and tasting beer with notes of faint hops rising through. This is my first summer themed beer and I'm sure it won't be my last with summer starting for me wednesday afternoon. This would be a good pool side beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold/straw color. Poured a 3 finger stark white head with excellent retention to a 1 finger cap. Decanted continually. Laced in thin rings.

S: Wheat malts and wet grain. Citrus and lemon character. Very faint fruit aroma with some grassy hops.

T: Bready wheat malt; slightly sweet. Lemon rind and citrus flavors refresh throughout. Grassy hops give a very mild, building finish with enough of the citrus character lingering to be very refreshing.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and refreshing. Balanced, good building finish.

O: Very drinkable. Has some malt and hop character that's nicely balanced. Citrus and carbonation in building finish is very refreshing.

Photo of alleykatking
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for this after practice beer.

A- Pours a semi-hazed golden yellow color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Light lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Pale wheat malts on the upfront of the aroma. Citrus overtones come through in the front as well and stick with this beer throughout the aroma. Hops on this are a mix between grassy hops and citrus hops. Lemony overtones to this beer. A nice refreshing summertime smelling beer.

T- Wheat upfront with a hint of bready malts toward the ending of the front of the beer and middle. Lemony citrus hints also show up in the front of the beer and ride through the entire rest of the beer. Ending shows a mix of grassy hops in the front with citrus hops toward the ending. Light alcohol flavor in the final tasting of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat overtones, citrus, and bready malts. Aftertaste is light alcohol, lemony citrus hops, and light grassy tone. Flavors were very well put together for the style I thought. No off flavors were present at all. Light alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This was a very nice drinking summertime beer. I really liked the way the beer just was refreshing. Alcohol was really no problem at all which could be a bad thing. A nice drinker from Anchor and I will be looking for this one during these warming months.

Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange in body with white bubbly head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of light cereal, subtle wheat, subtle citrus. Refreshing flavor of light cereal grain, wheat, cornflakes, subtle citrus, dry and clean in the finish. Light body with light carbonation. A clean, palate and thirst quenching brew. Pretty flawless.

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head, which as the bottle label says, resembles beaten egg whites, and has excellent retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts, wheat and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but has stronger flavors. There are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels slightly more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and would be particularly refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of shand
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew is a slightly hazy golden color crested with a finger of dense, pillowy head. The aroma is full of wheat, acidic citrus, and some fruit aspects. It never really comes together on the nose nicely. The flavor is fairly interesting at first, there's a ton of acidic, tart citrus and some fairly sweet fruits that tug it out. The most superb part of this brew is the great wheat aftertaste. It comes a lot later than some brews of this style, but is absolutely superb and delicious.

The mouthfeel is light-bodied and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. A good summer thirst quencher that I'll like to have around during these hot Florida days.

Photo of SamN
2.61/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a pretty light honey color. Frothy, soapy head of delicate rocky bubbles. Color is sort of faded and bland,k head is nice, though.

Smell is peppery, white pepper specifically. Metal odors, hay or grass. Musty. Don't particularly like the smell of this. it is unique, though.

Taste is sort of bland; some mild wheat malt flavors, also pale malt. No earthy barley, malt tastes are too clean for my liking. Some mild hoppiness and fruit in the finish.

I dunno, I just don't much care for this beer. Not what I want from a APWA.

Photo of HaysAmerica
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a traditional hefe glass. Pours w/ an immense amount of head!! About four fingers worth to start & then slowly dies down. Fantastic lacing. Head is white; not off white, it's white. The beer pours a nice golden color into the glass. This is filtered though, not completely clear but this is NOT an unfiltered wheat beer. There isn't a bottling date or a best by date on the bottle. There is a perforated code on the back of the bottle which reads "1MX". I have no idea what that means.

The nose of the beer is, in my opinion, forward w/ honey, some clove, no bubblegum or banana. Kinda odd for a wheat beer. Some very slight peppery smell to this one. Not impressive.

As for the taste, its an interesting mix of honey, clove, something of a little sour taste. I'm looking for bubblegum in this as well as banana but I just can't get it. It's just not there. The mouthfeel is light. Light to light medium. Nothing special really.

Overall, not a bad interpretation of a wheat beer. For an American wheat beer. Not great though. I was really expecting more from this one & am left wanting more. Normally Anchor hits the mark on their beers but this one missed for me. I would love to smell & taste more of that banana & clove that is so very custom to this style. As always, beer is good!! Prosit!

Photo of engagechad
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

single purchased from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - imperial pint glass

Pours a perfectly clear yellowy gold with an amazing head comparable to weihenstephaner. Smells sharp of vague hops, no wheat going on at all for me. Tastes kind of lagery with a sharp, but nice bite. Feels great and overall this is a very good drinkable brew, however it lacks flavor for the most part.

I probably wouldn't buy it again, not much to write home about but it is pretty good.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was nicely done. Rich golden amber in color with a huge head of white on top. Light cloudiness to it as well really capped it off quite nicely. Nice lacing down the sides fits the style perfectly. Aroma is hoppy, lights of lemon and light grassy notes abound here. Floral would be the optimal word though it did tend to stray off the path a touch and land itself in the lemon category a bit too much. Crisp, and very clean on the palate, much more refreshing and light then I thought it would be and that was a wonderful thing to behold. Rich notes of lemon and light grass, hints of wheat on the tongue and a nice hit of peach and pear on the finish,. Very dry finish as well with a light spicy note gracing the tongue.

Photo of csiewert
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear light golden color with a little but of head that retains a little. The aroma is malty and somewhat floral. The taste also has floral notes and a good amount of caramel. The mouthfeel is nicely balanced but average. Overall a crisp summer beer.

Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, with a huge head of fine white bubbles. Big and sturdy lace (gateway fence-style).

Smells light and lager-like, with some yeast, a touch of hops, and maybe some citrus.

Taste is an explosion of citrus hops, balanced with a strong malty presence and a tinge of bitterness. Refreshing, light, and flavorful.

Photo of Stunner97
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours with big thick foamy head, its clear yellow color with small bubbles streaming the glass, had nice long head retention, nice appearance

Smell- wheat and citrus tones and slight hop tones, lemony, bready

Taste- starts up front like being more of wheat beer with a lot of lemony citrus bready flavors but the finish has a good amount of hops to it and bitterness that nicely drys the beer up and cuts through sweetness, very interesting flavor profile as its almost a cross of both being a wheat and light pale ale,

Mouthfeel- a very very light crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, beer is real light

DRinkablity- a very nice and drinkable beer, i really love the way this beer way walks line between a different styles, a very drinkable beer that certainly would make a very nice light and flavorful summertime beer choice

Photo of lawlerj
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A - pours a translucent amber with a solid two finger head, which as the bottle says, does like quite a bit like whipped egg whites. Appears to be solidly carbonated. Leaves moderate lacing on the glass most of the way down. We're off to a very solid start.

S - malt dominates, almost sugary. Some wheat on the aroma, but not too strong. The malt is the star here. The aroma is very straightforward, not expecting a terribly complex beer.

T - strong on malt again. A bit of bitter hops on the finish. Crisp and refreshing.

M - medium bodied for the style - not as much of carbonation "pop" as I expected, but ok.

O - overall, this beer is what I expected and what I hoped for. It lives up to what is says it is. Great for a hot summer day.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As summers usually go, the heat and arid nature demands a beer of crispness, refreshment, and high drinkability; but without compromising quality and character. If this is the case, than Anchor Summer Beer might be your beer of choice.

Crystal clear and medium golden in color this decisive beer coats the surface with an abundance of foam- airy, froathy, and with a liquified texture, the cotton-white head both retains well with a fluid nature while leaving broken rings and pockets of lace on the walls of the glass. More formitable of a look than most summertime seasonal beers.

Lemon, apple, and an everso slight lactic acidity hits the nose while softer wheat breadiness buffers closely behind. Lighlty grassy, the herbal hop notes help to accentuate and substantiate the ester and acidic notes.

The acidic fruits and grassy herbal-ness continue in taste. Zesty green apple or crabapple flaovrs carry a lightness that blends well with the wheaty bready taste. All remaining light, like cracker crispness and accented by slight tartness for a snap and sprite late. Lightly grainy, the extra strain gives tartness and husk flavor but without much offense.

A short-lived creaminess/fullness quickly ushers in a mid-palate of acidic grain, light tartnss and mild astringency that's probably as much an asset to the beer as a deterrant. Finishing very crisp, clean, and with a refreshing minty vanilla taste- the beer has a hoppy and alcoholic minty-cool dryness that supresses taste just before the memory of wheat malt in aftertaste.

As summer ales go, this ones hit all the key components: a wheaty body that anchors flavor and body, an acidic balance of tart esters and sulfurs, and a grassy hop crispness that finish the beer. Keep it low in gravity for an effortless beverage to drink and we have a beer that's prime for the season. We have Anchor Summer Ale so bring on the heat!

Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,245 ratings.