Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 81 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002)
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Photo of FanofHefe
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Nice white head; foamy with a little lacing. Yellow cloudy body with a slight orange tint.

Light on the nose with just a touch of citrus and a bit of a grainy/wheat aroma.

Good flavor with the standard orange and other citrusy flavors coming through. Some slight malt in the background.

Smooth mouthfeel. This is different from other pale wheat ales but in a good way. Very drinkable.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice golden yellow with slight orange tint. Foam and lacing throughout.

S - Pilsner malts and slight hops with wheat on the nose.

T - It was kind of sweet and not very bitter with the pilsner but the wheat balanced the flavor nicely. Semi sweet and bready.

M - Like a light beer but with flavor. I can dig it.

D - Not something I would normally pick up but as one of six mystery beers I got this first one tastes pretty darn good. Great beer.

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

Served into a Flying Dog pint glass

A: Clean golden, small white head with a small lace, light carbonation

S: Faint malt, not much in here on the smell department

T: Malts, hops, crisp, watery, like any regular beer, low in the body area as well

Overall I wasn't impressed by this one it was reminiscent of a weizen o a pilsner...

Photo of musicman575
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An on-tap offering from Anchor Brewing enjoyed right here in San Francisco. I am so lucky. I found it at a burrito joint. I don't quite know what I was expecting, but I'm somewhat disappointed in the appearance of this beer. It just looks like plain ol', well, beer!

Anyway, not a bad brew. Head is similar to a light lager. Smell is yeasty and malty. Taste is light, but pretty toasty with a bit of hops right before an easy finish. Low alcohol appropriate to its name.

Photo of RoyalT
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a nice cloudy orange in color with a big, beautiful, full white head that clung tightly to the inside of my glass.

Smell - The pale wheat is smooth and easy on the nose but I wouldn't call it a home run or anything. It's less like a yeasty Weizen and more like a wheaty type of grassy hops if that makes any sense.

Taste - The wheat flavor is powerful at the taste. It's a bit off-putting but not offensive in any way. The lack of a yeasty backbone I think focuses too much attention on the raw wheat which by itself is one-dimensional. There is literally no hop flavor to this beer which will keep the purists happy.

Mouthfeel - This isn't quite medium-bodied but it is big, much larger than light. There's a nice dryness at the end without a bitter bite.

Drinkability - I am not a fan of the style but Anchor's version has been around for a long time and this is not too bad.

Photo of culver501
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-yellow straw color, creamy white 1" head, good carbonation, great retention, really no lacing to speak of

S-smells like beer, that sounds dumb but it's got this classic kind of lager smell that even reminds me of (dare I say) miller high life, softer notes of fruit, maybe raisins, on second whiff

T-wow, pretty unique, not what I was expecting, starts off feeling kind of bland than moves into this intense but fairly one dimensional bitterness, then a kind of corny grainy taste and then some sweeter notes, the fruit tone from the smell is still there, although I'm now doubting my thoughts of raisins, maybe more pear?

M-not sure, the conflicting flavors are kind of playing around in my mouth still, pretty crisp still

D-this is tough, not close to what i was expecting from a wheat beer, interesting and unique but in some weird ways

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Anchor proclaims their Summer Beer the first American Wheat in modern times. First brewed in 1984, they started bottling this beer in 2002. It's brewed with a 50/50 split of malted barley and wheat, so you know you'll notice the wheat unlike other beers that have "wheat" in the name.

Thick, hearty white head looks like it does not want to subside, a pretty amazing appearance. Clear, dull golden color. The aroma is of lemon cookies, fresh baked wheat bread and delicate wildflowers. Just enough crispness and more than enough smoothness, very refreshing. Moderately-sized body. The slight lemon and a fresh herbal hop flavor and fermented wheat twang combo let the taste buds know that even a summer wheat can be a little complex. Dry biscuit and dried grass flavors come from the malt and hops middle to end. Finishes very clean and on the dry side.

This is "Summer Wheat Ale" done right, high regards for this seasonal, and it is a session beer to boot!!

Photo of david18
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a sixpack of this while vacationing at the beach last week. I'm not a big summer beer fan but it was summer and I was on the beach so what the hell. It was ok, not great. Cloudy and light in color with a wheaty aroma. Flavor was light but pretty good. I certainly didn't spill any out but I won't be ordering or buying it anytime again soon.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back since this was one of the first microbrews that I tried and I remember it being one of the better Summer brews that I've enjoyed. Although it wasn't as good the second time around nor does it measure up to Anchor's other offerings, this is still a good choice for those hot summer days!

Of course, the head is the best aspect of this beer, as it's just as fluffy as the label claims. The goldenrod hue has the appearance of a nice, crisp Pils while the taste is a combination of straw, lemon, and a hint of Anchor's trademark hoppiness. It even had a bit of Belgian-like funk/sourness to this but overall, the mouthfeel is light and this goes down pretty easily without feeling watered-down.

If you're looking for a Summer session beer, then look no further. I couldn't feel the alcohol in this and I imagine that it would be easy to down more than one if I wished to. If for nothing else, enjoy this for a copious head and subtle, easygoing nature of this beer. There isn't another Summer offering quite like this.

Photo of curasowa
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a big, fluffy white head that faded slowly with nice ring lacing. The aroma is moderately grainy, with a lot of the wheat malt showing up, but overall not a lot on the nose. The front end is very thin, with hardly anything going on. A decent amount of carbonation in the middle and then a very fast finish that's slightly drying. Body is very thin, drinkability is Ok, but there's not very much to this beer. Quite disappointing coming from Anchor. I love a nice clean refreshing summer beer, but that doesn't it should taste like tonic water.

Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had this before, let's see what the story is.

As stated on the bottle, very attractive head on this beer, no doubt. Looks creamy and meringue-like, leaves excellent lacing. This is a hallmark of Anchor beers, actually - it seems to me that they are aware that presentation is *part* of all this, because their beers always present very well. This is no exception.

Aroma is probably the weakest part of the beer. It's an American Wheat, so no bubblegum, banana, clove aromas. It's wheat and barley. It smells like one of the good expensive cereals you get at Whole Foods. Nothing off putting at all. It smells like a bowl of bran.

On the palate, slightly sour a little sourdough bread. Fitting, as this is a San Francisco beer. This avoids much of the residual sweetness that I feel plagues other American Wheats - it finishes largely dry, with a slight twangy hop.

Feel, as you would expect is crisp and refreshing. Has good crackle, but the carbonation isn't overbearing. Good thirst quencher/lawnmower beer. I could drink a few at a tailgate or BBQ.

Photo of berley31
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-large, creamy white head that had pretty good lasting ability. Body is a golden color, with good clarity.

S: Mild grainy/wheat aroma, with a very light hop presence.

T: Slight sweet grainy/wheat flavor, very refreshing, with an extremely slight hop flavor and bitterness. Quite spot-on for the style.

M: Moderate-light body, with medium-high carbonation.

D: An extremely refreshing summer beer, and an excellent example of your standard American Wheat beer.

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

Anchor Summer has a faded John Deere yellow color and a one finger white head. It looks just like what I expect a summer beer should look like. It has a heavier nose than I would have expected. The slightest hint of lemon tickles my nose. The citrus comes out in the first sip leaving some coriander on the tongue. There is some grainy wheat on the finish that lingers. I wish it had a little more UMPH! on the flavor. This is still one of the better summer beer out there.

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a little hard to tell this is a wheat beer I think, and it bears more than a passing resemblance to Anchor's more famous brews.

Nice light-copper color with a medium head. Smell is just vaguely "beer smell."

Taste is a bit funny, there's a light hoppy bitterness and a rather noticeable sourness (both of which linger on your tongue for quite a while after taking a sip). There's a kind of "Anchor yeast" taste. Other than that, it's pretty light, not much jumps out.

The mouthfeel is light/medium, but with a nice oily body to it -- this is similar to other anchor beers, and along with the distinctive yeast flavor may be why it's quite recognizable as an Anchor beer.

The drinkability is very very good: despite the very light grain flavor, there's something very nice about the lingering sourness and mild bitterness, the oily mouth-feel, and the distinctive yeast that put this above average summer beers.

To be honest, I'd probably go for an Anchor Steam or a Liberty Ale if I had the choice -- they share many of the same attributes but with a bolder flavor -- but this is still a pretty nice beer if you're looking for something a bit lighter.

Photo of tapman
2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear and filtered, which is less desirable for me in a wheat ale of any kind, a golden honey color houses a plume of bustling carbonation that creates a large head like that of frothed milk. Lacing is ultra sticky and coats the side of the glass that isn't filled with beer.

Yeasty aroma with bready, semi-sweet wheat. The anchor house/ mineral smell is here and that is fine. Hops are subtle and slightly floral. A little band-aid/phenolic smell comes from the yeast.

Taste is like band-aid with some bread and a little spicy bitterness in the finish. An almost cinnamon spice character, probably from the yeast, comes out and is perhaps supported by the Northwest hops that I guess was used.

Mouth is biting and harsh from the carbonation. The froth head is pleasant in the mouth, but the dryness in the finish sucks the moisture right out of the tongue.

Too dry to be refreshing. Lack of pleasant flavor and composed of almost entirely bitterness, if you can imagine that as a taste. The phenols are way too harsh. Maybe a bad bottle, but the bottle I had was not good.

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

New to BC , this is a very typical American Wheat that doesn't pretend to be a Hefe or a Wit. Clean crisp and well made this beer is much like a lager in taste and nose. I added a slice of lime and really like that a Summer patio beer. Not a breakthrough beer like most of the other Anchor offerings but a simple thirst quencher with no pretensions otherwise

Photo of mralphabet
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear light golden color with a big foamy head, about 2 fingers worth. The head dissipated slowly settling to a nice layer leaving lots of lacing all the way down. Great looking beer.

S: Very light aroma lots of malt with a touch of lemon (not a lot !!)... More malt than I was expecting.

T: Just like the smell, wheat malt upfront with a light lemon finish... not much compared to other Summer Beers.

M: Light to Mid bodied, more body than most Summer Beers I've had. Carbonation is very good, but flattens as it warms.

D: Low ABV is good, but I was surprised by this beer... Not full of citrus and crisp. This one has a little more too it that most Summer Beers, give this one a try.

Photo of berkey
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one snuck into a six pack of Anchor Porter somehow. I haven't tried this in at least five years so I figured I'd give it a review. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Forms a massive bright fluffy white head that settles in a hurry but leaves excellent lacing. Body is a mostly clear pale orange color with active carbonation easily visible.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty in a bread-like way. No real estery banana character although there is a faint non-descript fruitiness lingering in there.

Tastes like it smells for the most part. Faintly bready and fruity with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Really not much going on here. Bland to an almost shocking degree given almost everything Anchor releases is near the pinnacle of it's style.

This is one of my favorite brewers and Pale Wheats have their place but this just misses the mark. There are at least half a dozen easily available versions that are markedly more enjoyable.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An extremly clean and clear looking wheat ale. Body is light golden in color and the head is a foamy bright white, retention is very good, milky lace coating my glass. Looks refreshing indeed.

S- Grainy & grassy, I had a hard time pulling that out even. I was really dissapointed given the look.

T- Better than the nose for sure. Wheat is noticeable throughout, the finish has a nice lemony zesty type bite and there's a very mellow bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

M- Light bodied, smooth, a little tingly on the tongue.

D- It's a refreshing ale for sure, drinks like a lager a bit I guess. No problem putting a couple of these down in the summer heat.

Photo of CMW
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden straw yellow color with a fluffy white head.

S - It smells grainy with a touch of fresh grass.

T - A little more wheat-like than expected. Nice malt backbone, however, nothing really stands out.

M - Light and airy.

D - It's drinkable for the summer but for me it would lose every time to a good German hefe.

Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold color. Poured into a pint glass. Big pillowy white head. Very good retention and good lacing. Aroma is grassy and malty, fairly mild.

Tastes like a lager with a crisp, rich malty body and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Good drinkability, nicely balanced - just not that exciting a beer.

Would be good in a session. I could pound a few of these!!!.

Photo of bristol2120
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden with a nice big layer of foam. It dissipates slowly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. A restrained aroma, with tangy, citrusy notes up front, but less of a malt presence than I had hoped for. Tart, citrusy notes up front again in the taste, but not much maltiness to be found. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but there is a nice, lively level of carbonation. Overall, this seems to be a decent choice for nice, hot summer days, but I think there are better brews of this style to be found out there.

Photo of Tone
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of grain, slight metallic, hint of hop, hint of citrus, and pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, metallic, hint of hops, hint of citrus, and pale malt. Overall, not that great. Odd metallic notes are off-putting and there is a strong grain presence that is not helpful at all.

Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear medium yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had good retention and minimal lacing. The aroma was benign and bland, no wheat, malt, hop or yeast scents.

The taste was also mostly benign, but had a bit of grainyness and a slightly funky yeast finish. The body was typical for the style. Drinkability was OK, but with the beer being so bland, why would you bother?

Photo of cnally
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It is Summer. Therefore, it makes sense to drink an Anchor Summer Beer.

A mild orange-gold color, very clear, a small-bubbled white head.

Adjunct aroma. Corn, wheat...slight malt kick.

A little sour up front for a pale wheat. A decent bitterness from the hops, very much a corn/wheat flavor as well.

Fizzy and wild on the tongue, light feel.

A drinkable, if not good, beer. It would certainly be refreshing in the right circumstance but would be a bit underwhelming under any others.

Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.