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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,205 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 18
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 mwagner1018
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mwagner1018, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

wordemupg, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Pittsburgh, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

snaotheus, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of mrcarterxxl
2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.


mrcarterxxl, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biggred1, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of lownote
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

lownote, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

donniecuffs, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of njdhopgrower
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

njdhopgrower, Aug 25, 2009
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 22, 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 19, 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 09, 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 07, 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
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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