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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,196 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 75 | 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 edbeer
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

edbeer, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of fank2788
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

fank2788, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of jhammel01
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jhammel01, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BierFan, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of KenC411
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with an exciting two finger head that stays for about a minute. The head fades in about a minute in thick bubbles leaving behind minor lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Grainy malt, hints of lemon and some hints of hints of soap.

Taste: Crisp taste of almost nothing, sometimes hints of sugar or malt, other times minor tastes of citrus. Very light. While refreshing, the blandness is either refreshing or disappointing depending on expectations.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. An enjoyable amount of carbonation with a light body.

Drinkability: Not offensive, smooth and enjoyable, but sacrifices flavor and nose for that experience. For the price, there are cheaper beers with similar flavor. And at any price there are beers that pull off the American Pale Wheat Ale much more enjoyably.

KenC411, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of mjaskula
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear gold with a moderate white head that thins and laces.

The aroma is plain and uninteresting. Flavor is clean and the wheat is apparent. A grassy, slightly lemony flavor is present, no hop character.

Carbonation is high but it is very drinkable. Overall just an average beer.

mjaskula, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much of interest in this one, really, although it's not bad in the least. Kind of in keeping with most of Anchor's offerings. Pours your standard APWA yellow, with a smallish white head. Nose and flavors are surprisingly dirty, kind of a graininess that gives it a bit of character. Otherwise your standard mild wheat and a touch of citrus. Body is fine, appropriate with busy carbonation. Overall, not bad at all for the summer.

soupyman10, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of jackofclubs
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i get this at least a few times each summer. really want to try it on tap

A- some what cloudy gold with high white head that quickly dissipates

S- clean, grainy, a little citrus

T- not too much to this one a little sweet wheat, grain

D- clean, light and easy drinking

a standard American wheat

jackofclubs, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle pours a crystal clear golden body with a tall vanilla head. Some patchy lace clings to the glass.

Aroma has some perfumey floral hops, lemon, and vague spices.

Light bodied with a zesty carbonation.

Taste has a lemony character all the way through, that ends in a lemon zest bitterness. Grainy wheat malt and vague spices are also noticed.

Easy drinking summer beer but not enough character to be highly sessionable. Not my favorite style by a long shot.

merlin48, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A - Poured a bubbly golden color with a thick head of white foam and great lacing. Excellent head retention.

S - Quite fragrant. Grassy/Malty with hints of lemony citrus.

T - Malty with a slight buttery sweetness up front. Finishes off with a slightly citric hoppy bitterness. Well Balanced.

MF&D - Crisp and Easy to drink. An Excellent session beer. What you expect from Anchor!

nasty15108, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: massive erupting head in my tumbler; a very nice whipped topping. Things began to slowly melt away leaving pockets and patches of lace. The head itself even took on some crater formations. The body is a soft hazy golden tow-color

S: husky wheat and grains. Just a hint of fruitiness might be noticed, maybe not...more clean than anything. This brew is full wheat, barley, and other steeped grains

T: the palate is tickled with strong clean and freshly cut wheat and malt characters. Nothing fancy with this beer, just a good drinker that is somewhat delicious. It has some type of leafy character that reminds me of tobacco leaves. Some might find this beer almost flavorless...close too it

M: casually light, crisp, and refreshing. Body has a little heft and finishes slick

D: I don't mind the "fruitless" style this guy puts forth. However, I will probably never get this again. Sometimes the summer beers are too predictable with their lemons and oranges, this was a change. Good or bad, I will let you decide

Magpie14, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of bbeerman
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A..The label indicated the head on this beer resembled the consistency of egg whites. Poured into a basic 12 oz shaker/beer glass and the head/lace was incredible. Beautiful, white and just like advertised -- egg whites. The beer itself was a nice light golden color.

S..I don't recall an overly strong scent. It was a little sweet (very little). Not bad, not great.

T..A nice light, malty taste. A little sweetness again, like in the scent, but not very strong. Not much of a hop presence, which I liked. Overall the taste is mild.

M..A very light bodied beer. Smooth and easy to drink.

D..A very good summer beer. Easy to drink, not a very high ABV. Certainly a summer and/or session beer. Not the strongest tasting Anchor brew, but a decent offering.

bbeerman, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Super clear body with a light gold color and speedy carbonation streams with big bubbles. The head is gigantic, rocky and cascades for a while after you pour it. Lacing is also fantastic, leaving artistic patterns on my glass.

S- Smell is musty and grainy alike wet hay.

T- There is some sweetness and an herbal bitterness along with the flavor mentioned in the smell.

M&D- Clean and extra-light, excellent drinking for a refresher or session beer.

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

Crystal clear amber hue, which is rare, usually these are cloudy or hazy. A one finger white dense head slowly settles to a thick cap.

A sweet aroma is coupled with a slight amount of clove.

The flavor is slightly sweet, with just a touch of citrus and some powdery grains. A little bit of herbal hop flavor. Medium bodied, high carbonation.

A pretty bland beer, especially for the style. Maybe it was the filtering, not sure.

BeerSox, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a standard 12 oz.(Oberon) pint glass.

A - clear golden color with thin white head leaving splotchy lacing. Reminds me of a glass of urine with a head.

A - malty wheat with some spice.

T - had to track down the bottle to refer to the brewers description on this one - nondescript. Tastes like a macro attempt at a wheat. Flat wheat flavor leans toward malty.

M - could benefit from more wheat body

D - even after a long walk on a summer evening, this beer does little for me. Drink 6 of the 12 oz.for the review.

Yetiman420, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of shroompod
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy with a large rocky head that lasts whole pint.

Slight aroma of lemon zest.

Nice lemony zip on tasting followed by some slight medicinal qualities.

Mouthfeel is light , carbonation is good.

Overall an interesting light beer. I won't have a problem finishing off all 6.

shroompod, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some orange highlights. Quite active visible carbonation. The head has an off-white cream color and is tall, frothy, and reasonably dense. Retention is nice. Some creamy lace is left along the glass.

S: Dusty, wheaty notes are most prominent. Some slight lemon notes and a bit of pepper.

T: Light, slightly sour wheaty flavor. A touch of lemon tartness. Pepper and some vague spice.

M: Medium bodied, with crisp, tingly carbonation. A touch watery, but at it's refreshing overall.

D: Eye-catching? Check. Refreshing and light? Check. Alas, this is a pretty boring wheat ale from Anchor. It's not bad, but there is little to recommend it over some of its competitors.

Clydesdale, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer is now. Yeah yeah! 12 ounce bottle from Total Wine, on to the beer:

In my Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass, it looks great. Huge white, billowy head looms over a sparkling pale golden body of beer. The head is holding up very well too. On looks alone, I would ask to marry it. The aroma brings this beer back to earth. It's a little bit sweet....wheat sweet (if that makes any sense). A little grainy on the sides.

Light indeed in flavor and feel, but no nasty off-flavors, and....it has an uplifting feel to it. It's clean, a little sweet like honey graham crackers, with a shallow backdrop of spiced hops. Faint citric notes makes appearances as each sip nears its close. Whipped and creamy in the mouth....like the texture of putting whipped cream in my mouth.

This beer is made for summer sailing. Very uplifing to say the least, and it won't fill you up.

DoubleJ, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle with no freshness date into a pint glass. Bottle describes a foamy egg white head but head left cobb web lacing that topped out at a about an inch. No real scent and easy mouthfeel makes it easy to drink. Nothing about this beer really stands out and say purchase me again I am a great wheat beer.

mtnbikerpa, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Frothy, dimpled bone white head, crests a little over one finger, slides down the glass sides too easily to develop much lacing. Luminescent pale orange color, much closer to yellow than any darker hue, fully transparent, the slow, well-spaced bubbles visibly rise. Grainy nose, wheat stalks, pine cone, raw pretzel dough with a light dried earthiness, no distinct fruit scents but there's some dried lemon peels. While on the whole light-bodied, what body is there gets anchored to your tongue and is not apt to show any sign of forward progress. Dry with the expected wheat, grain, oat or hay type of taste and texture, curiously the carbonation makes it a bit more rough in feel than smoothed out. Any citrus element a bit player here. If it gets warm enough there's some maltiness near the finish to lessen the bitterness. Would drink one if someone handed it to me, that's about it.

farrago, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a weizen, clear straw coloring, gigantic three finger dimpled head, does look like whipped egg whites, great retention lasted whole beer, leaves head on glass, really attractive brew.

s- white winey, dry, sweet.

t- grain, malt, super dry finish, maybe a little too dry, although pretty smooth.

m- ok, just a little thin.

d- it's drinkable, just wish the taste matched the killer appearance, i'd drink again, but wouldn't buy it, guess it's just ok for me nothing really stood out aside from the appearance.

thecarster1, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So if the neck label is to be believed this is the granddaddy of all American wheat beers. And it shows. Spot on for the style. Light and refreshing and slightly zesty.

Gold colored. Nice white lace, a good bit, stays throughout.

Nothing to sneeze at. But I don't think this will make anyone any more sit up and take notice. But a classic and a perfect seasonal.

GeoffFromSJ, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - Clear yellow/orange with 1 finger fluffy white head. Sudsy lace.

Smell - Faint wheat. Thats about it.

Taste - Wheaty, bready. Possibly some spice and banana but its so faint I can't tell if I'm really tasting it or if my mouth just wants to taste that. Clean bitterness and a very dry finish.

A crisp, light, and refreshingf beer. I'd gladly have one if I was offered it on a hot day but it's nothing that blows the mind.

SirDrinxAlot, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a stein. Bottled on April 21st, 2009 according to the code printed on the back.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow. 1-finger head with ok retention.

(S)- Its smells like, well wheat. Some minimal honey.

(T)- Kind of sweet. Bready wheat with corn husk & spice. Rather thin.

(M)- Light in body. Good carbonation level.

(D)- A fine summer beer. Light and crisp. Just nothing to write home about in terms of its flavor.

sweemzander, Jun 15, 2009
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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