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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Summer BeerAnchor Summer Beer

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1,166 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 16
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002)
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Photo of m1ked


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

Picked up a sixer from the local over priced market in th west village.

A- Pours a bright clear light golden color with a huge pure white meringue like head that recedes down with lacing but continues to look meringue like, maybe even more. Multiple bust streamers. Looks so refreshing.

S- A slight wheaty citrus tang, light biscuits. All rather subdue, but smells good.

T- Like the nose I get the wheaty/citrus tang with a continued biscuity. Ever so slight bitter blip at the end. Light crisp flavors, refreshing.

M- Light bodied, crisp, good carbonation that doesn't overwhelm.

D- This could easily be this summers session beer for me. So easy to drink, light clean crisp and refreshing. What else could I ask for?

05-06-2010 00:10:39 | More by m1ked


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a pint glass.
Listening to Grateful Dead, Let It Grow.

a: The beer poured with a nice two finger head. Short retention. The color of the nose is bright white, with a gold/straw body.

s: The aroma is that of a full bodied wheat beer. The aroma is the such that it gives the taste straight to the nose.

t: The taste is quite nice. Not my favorite style, but when I compare it to those of the same, it is impressive. Good carbonation.

m: A very dry, quite mouthfeel for this one. A taste that does not linger on the palate. This beer would be a good one with chicken on a summer evening.

d: Rather drinkable, I feel that this is the type of beer that could be over "drinkable" with the fact that it is a lighter style. But this one has more of a full-bodied taste and overall character.

notes: I would go back for this one. Summer time beers are my least favorite seasonal style and this one is bending my expectations.

04-29-2010 20:09:07 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of vazy

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

A- Pours a medium golden yellow color that is crisp and clear. It is high in carbonation and its foamy head and crisp golden color are inviting.

S- Its nutty and doughy, most resembles banana nut bread. Hops are leafy and

T- Its really grassy and has some bite too it. The aftertaste is like popcorn!

M- medium bodied and very crisp, this was really refreshing. Its somewhat thin to a certain extent.

O- Very refreshing and full of flavor, I would find this beer a great thirst quencher on a hot summer afternoon.

04-28-2010 02:24:08 | More by vazy
Photo of tweeder263


3.98/5  rDev +17.4%

Pours out a hazy gold brew with a prety big head. Super carbonated. Has a grainy macro brew smell to it.Taste,hmm very good!! Now mind you im rating this for the style, taste is very mild, well balanced , not much in the way of hops or malt,but,its incredibly smooth. Beats the crap outta any macro out there. Mouthfeel is avg.Drinkability super high on list. An awesome summer brew.

04-27-2010 00:58:23 | More by tweeder263
Photo of drtth


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear bright gold, with a frothy white 1" head. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass with lots of rings and patches as it slowly recedes. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side of the glass with lots of speckles of lacing on the other. There is foam sticking to the glass and a thick head for most of the time it takes to drink the beer.

Smell: The aroma is soft but full of lemon zest backed up by some lightly grassy character and some wheat.

Taste: The flavor is predicted fairly well by the nose. There is the lemony tartness, along with a bit of biscuit and sweetness from the malts, but it is not clearly wheat flavored. There is also some grassy bitterness provided by the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and creamy with lots of soft carbonation. The finish medium length and is crisp, clean and dry as the lemony grassy character fades in to a lightly bitter ending.

Drinkability: I thought this was a nice, lightly flavored and refreshing beer that would be quite good a summer beer for a yard party. I could see having another and I certainly would not turn it down if offered. That being said I don't think I'll be making any strong efforts to seek out more of this beer.

04-27-2010 00:53:36 | More by drtth
Photo of imblane


4.13/5  rDev +21.8%

Poured from a fresh bottle into a clean snifter to taste.

Aroma - Grainy sweet malts with a hint of fresh honey. No innapropriate esters, DMS, or diacetyl. No noticeable yeast character as appropriate to style. Clean fermenting characteristics.

Appearance - Clean straw colored with a persistent white head along with good retention. Tight small bubble pattern.

Flavor - Grainy sweet malts and honey up front along with just enough earthy hops to balance it out. Clean fermentation characteristics, very lager like in cleanliness.

Mouthfeel - medium-high carbonation along with a medium body and creamy smooth wheat characteristics. No cloying sweetness or other off flavors to associate with this one.

Overall impression - A smooth clean American Wheat beer. No cloying sweetness or overly dry character in the finish. Very effervescent and refreshing on the palate. A very good Summer beer! Would pair well with a crisp shrimp salad and a clean tart dressing!
BJCP Score: 33

04-26-2010 05:37:06 | More by imblane
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3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours out to an amber straw color with a decent frothy head that subsides slowly.

Smell is rather nice, of apricot and lemon. Hops are faint here.

Taste is very very bready, most apparent at the slow finish. Hops are light but spicy, finish very quickly.

Mouthfeel is very thin and carbonated.

Drinkability isn't bad at all. Quite content with this one!

04-24-2010 05:01:10 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of mempath


4.1/5  rDev +20.9%

pours a light straw with very frothy white head, laces a bit, settles fairly quickly. though light by nature, looks to be substantial.

nose is a clean, biscuity-lemon with more emphasis on the breadiness. perhaps a metallic note, nonetheless fresh and promising.

very refreshing from the first taste and swallow...quite dry though and high carbonation whisks it all away. quite crisply, but i would like this to linger a bit. biscuit notes remain. not so much the citrus. perhaps a light hop 'bitterness' molecule lingering about 20 seconds after the second swallow though i believe this is an all-malt ale. actually quite a simple but clean brew. nothing bad at all about it. a natural yardwork pause for sure. for what it 'is' this is 'good' ...

EDIT: i return to this because it seemed there was a little bit more to it. talk about a finish. i think as it warmed, it was a bit better. not that i want this warm on a summer day, but i did drink this on a cool spring evening...i just compared it to the Sierra Nevada Summerfest. and i think i would prefer this one if i had a choice.

04-24-2010 03:01:06 | More by mempath
Photo of Parrotbeak


3.73/5  rDev +10%

Straw color with a light orange tinge, and a thin, white head that fades quickly.
Smell is slightly bready malts, with some faint fruit aromas, including pear, banana, and apple. Hint of hops as well.
Taste is crisp malts that carry to the finish, taking on a Cheerios flavor at the back of the mouth. Some faint lemon and hops come in as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a little bite near the finish. Just right for this style.
Drinkability is very good. This is definitely a good beer to enjoy on a hot day during or after some yard work.

04-23-2010 23:50:31 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of BeanBone


3/5  rDev -11.5%

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden body capped by a mountain of densely packed white head that fades slowly and leaves nice, patchy lacing.

Aroma: Mild grassy hops over a pale, slightly sweet, and wheaty malt body with just a touch of honey.

Flavor: A mix of weak lemony and grassy hops, golden fruit, and grainy malt. Just a little thin and not quite as interesting as the nose suggested. Apples and husky malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a clean finish.

Drinkability: An easy drinker if it holds your interest.

Verdict: Up to this point in my journey, the Anchor beers I've tried have always been incredibly solid and have held up remarkably given their age. Unfortunately, Anchor Summer Beer just doesn't live up to the rest of the line for me in the flavor department. I can see this being the right beer for the market back when it was introduced, but today it just comes off as too thin and bland. Maybe it's time for something new.

04-23-2010 02:22:33 | More by BeanBone
Photo of Krevee


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

Tasted on 04/13/2010

A - Pours a a dark stray color with a bit of hazyness. Has about a one finger height head the goes down to a smaller head fairly quickly.

S - Strong wheat/grass a lemon citrus smell with tiny hints of hops. Very light aromatic presence.

T - Light flavor similar to the smell. With a slightly citrus hoppy/bitter finish.

M - Very light in the mouth, crisp and nice for cool summer evening. Has light carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink and is refreshing but is also light in the flavor department. I could drink several of these in a sitting, but there are better representations of the style. But it is a pretty decent beer overall just not the best of the American Pale Wheat Ale.

04-14-2010 05:46:29 | More by Krevee
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3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

A- Pours a very light golden light brass color, with a billowing frothy crisp white head, about 1 1/2 fingers on pour, settles to a pillow, with very nice layered lacing down the glass, loads of carbonation rising up through the glass.

S- Light fruit, mellon, fresh citrus, bready yeast, slight caramel and wheat.

T- Watermelon, citrus, light hops, mild honey, fresh wheat, medium caramel malt, crisp and carbonated, delivers well. Not much bitterness, enough for supreme balance for a light summer beer, but a slight grassy note on the finish.

M- Very bubbly, finishes nice and dry, refreshing with a slight lemon grass texture, mild bitterness on back of palate.

D- A really quality drinkable summer beer, light in body, but enough to to provide nice flavor profile, bitterness finishes nicely, very refreshing. Will plan to have this around for warm grilling days at the lake. Really nice as a summer session beer at 4.60% ABV.

04-09-2010 05:42:57 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

330ml bottle poured into pint glass april 4 2010

A clear golden with a fair bit of tiny bubbles floating up to a huge bone white head that has great retention slowly falling leaving several partial rings of lace along the way down

S lots of lemon and honey with a little grass

T more cereals then on the nose but I still get the citrus and sweetness

M a little thin but it thickens up a bit from the bubbles

D not a bad summer beer light and refreshing and easy enough to drink

no reason not to try this beer something for the patio when its a little to hot

04-03-2010 22:04:08 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Pittsburgh


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Let me start by saying that the head on this beer is crazy, wild. Never seen anything like it. Pours a light golden color, highly carbonated and monster head. Very bubbly.

Not usually my style of beer, but I like this. Light, refreshing, but has a good taste to it, you can really taste the wheat. Virtually no aftertaste, but well done for the style in my opinion. I don't drink a ton of this style so I could be a little off, but overall a great summer beer. Tastes basically like other summer offerings, but without the lemon/citrus flavor. I like that they left that out, or very slight because you can taste the quality of the brew. I suspect other summer beers with high lemon/citrus content would not have a leg to stand on without that flavor, and this has two legs to stand on in my opinion. It is about the beer and that is all that is needed, simple and good.

The only thing that kind of takes away a bit, for me is the heavy carbonation. A bit too intense for me.

04-02-2010 00:33:41 | More by Pittsburgh
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2.88/5  rDev -15%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours with a fast-fading finger of light-colored head, leaving a bit of a ring around the glass and a film of head resting on the top of the beer. Very slightly cloudy golden in color. Smell is malty and earthy.

Taste is kind of watery, a little sour lemon, a lot of malt. Hay. Some earthiness in the taste, as well.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, not clingy or sticky or filmy at all.

Drinkability is fine...it has a light enough taste that I could probably drink large quantities of it, but the taste is light enough that I wouldn't be drawn to that scenario.

01-17-2010 00:53:37 | More by snaotheus
Photo of mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -29.8%

Anchor summer ale

P/A= pours a apple juice hue with a white two finger head.

S=sweet malt,honey, hint of citrus.

T= wartery with a lot of carbonation wheat and malt taste very simple slight bitterness

MF= tingling with bubbles

a ok beer might be good with pizza, but tomorrow is thanksgiving so it has some work to do. happy holidays.


11-25-2009 22:55:21 | More by mrcarterxxl
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3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Pale golden with a thick finger of off-white foam that sticks to the glass a little. The nose is pretty weak, wheat malt and mild citrus peel are present however. Faint untoasted grain and lemon zest are balanced with mild hop bittering, tastes good but could use a stronger concentration to suit my tastes. Medium light bodied with crisp carbonation. This brew finishes squeaky clean. An easy drinking beer but there are many better choices in this category.

11-01-2009 22:52:35 | More by biggred1
Photo of lownote

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Six pack bottles.

Bottle pours a yellow color with a lot of head that dissolves almost immediately. The smell is not very strong or clear. I almost feel like I smell leeks or some sort of vegetable. The taste is also really bland. A little bit of bitter, but not else, with maybe a little donspecific citrusy taste. The mouthfeel is a little sharp to the tongue and not smooth at all, but has a thinner texture. Beer overall is not easy to drink.

08-29-2009 12:16:31 | More by lownote
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

A: Very pale yellow, but head non-existent.

S: Didn't get much citrus/fruitiness that I've come to expect from a summer beer.

T: Pleasantly surprised by this, after the below-average nose. Very mild hoppiness, but again, very little else.

M: Nice & light texture for a summer beer.

D: I'd grab a few of these on a hot day, but not if given a wider selection.

08-27-2009 00:32:26 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of njdhopgrower

Rhode Island

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%

A-Golden yellow with a light foam head and little lacing.

S-I got a small amount of hops, not much. I also got some fruity scent.

T-It is very average. Nothing too bold or pronounced comes into play. It is Crisp and clean and light.

M-Light and simple feeling in the mouth. Not very complex but does have a very mild alcohol finnish.

D-As for drinkiability, it was fine for a lawnmower style of beer. Not quite the bold flavor of summer I was hoping for.

08-25-2009 01:05:42 | More by njdhopgrower
Photo of edbeer

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

A-Straw Gold, very clear, steady stream of bubbles. A little too clear for a wheat beer.

S-Slight smell of banana, no hop aroma.

T-very light spice notes, can't determine what spices.

M-Cean,crisp, little biscuity.

D-Very refrehing, good summer beer.

I don't think this is a "go-to" beer.

08-25-2009 00:57:43 | More by edbeer
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours golden with a huge, frothy, latte-like head that sticks around for awhile. Smells of delicate grain and lenon and orange citrus, a slight malty sweetness, and finishes clean. The taste soft, and salty-sweet with lots of graininess and a soft malty background. Tastes a little tired. Smooth in the mouth, but a bit too soft- this could definitely use some crispness. Just okay. I like my summer beers either a bit more tart or crisp, or both.

08-08-2009 21:46:33 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.13/5  rDev -7.7%

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass
Bright yellow with a huge pure white head in the glass, however, this beer appears to have been filtered as it is way too clear for a wheat ale. The nose is a bit grainy with a touch of lemon and some grassy hoppiness a bit too clean and reminiscent of a lager for my liking. The taste too is very crisp clean and pretty much just like a lager. The bitterness is ok and carbonation is fairly high however the malt is too thin and therefore the mouthfeel and finish are way too thin and dry, I was definitely anticipating quite a bit more. Ok I do have to admit that it is drinkable but fairly plain and on the low end of the summer beer ranking, that stated I'd still reach for this before a macro lager because it does manage satisfy my thirst on a hot day, not my favorite though.

08-05-2009 00:23:06 | More by fank2788
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +18%

Pours a clear straw gold. Not cloudy as other Wheat beers I've had. Pours a pretty good head but it dissipates pretty quickly. It does however, lace all the way down.

Not too much of a smell. Mostly a little floral scent with some lemon and yeast.

Highly carbonated taste thats a bit on the thinner side of mouthfeel. Not a bad thing at all...seems like the usual in this style. Tastes a bit of yeast, very very slight hops and finishes clean with nice satisfying bready flavor.

Pretty well rounded beer. I think this would be great as a session beer during any Summer get together.

07-29-2009 22:28:03 | More by jhammel01
Photo of BierFan


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass. Bottling code of "9AU". I think that means it was bottled April 21st of this year.

Appearance: The head looks sturdy but it drops very fast, yet is kept alive by the carbonation. Clear golden body shows off the very nice carbonation.

Smell: The smell reminds me of a pale lager. Very crisp with some faint lemon notes.

Taste: Very refreshing with some tartness. Hops give a little lemon flavor in the finish.

Overall a pretty decent simple American wheat ale. I certainly wouldn't mind having a couple more bottles on hand.

07-29-2009 21:22:57 | More by BierFan
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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