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

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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002)
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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a big fan of all the other Anchor stuff I've had in the past so getting their summer seasonal was a no brainer. I must say, I'm a tad disappointed with this one. Pours a hazy golden color, not much action going on inside the beer.. starts off with a big fluffy head but quickly dissipates. Typical light bodied wheat summery taste that seems to be cloned across the summer seasonal board, the taste not so appealing on this one though. Finishes a tad try. Drinkable none the less, but I had this following a Southern Tier Hop Sun and that is a good amount better than this one. I'll try other summer seasonals, but thanks for trying Anchor.

Photo of david131
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear yellow beer with a couple of streams of carbonation. The head is craggy and creamy looking with about 1 finger thickness with good retention.

S- Slightly fruity and biscuity. Pretty mild smelling.

T- Very buscuity woth a fruity aftertaste. Mild, but enjoyable.

M- A good amount of carbonation keeps things light.

D- A fine go to beer on a hot day, but not memorable.

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

This beer pours a clear golden color with a nice fluffy head. Bready malt in the aroma and a little hops, too. Light on the palate with a grainy maltiness dominate. The wheat character is discernible--if only barely. The beer finishes with some bitter hops, just enough to provide balance.

An easy going beer, for sure. It claims on the label to be the first American wheat beer of the modern era--first brewed in 1984. Anchor deserves kudos for that and it was likely quite the brew back then. In the current modern milieu, though, this beer is nothing more then average.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

120z. bottle into pint glass. pours a big fluffy pure white head. pretty nice head retention, as well as some pretty nice lacing. the color is a very pale straw golden color. pretty clear as well.

light aroma. grains with maybe some lemon/citrus aromas.

kind of watery in the taste. you get some lemon, citrus, mild grains. finsihs with a light graininess. not too bad, def not great though.

light body with a good amount of carbonation. very drinkable on those hot summer days. prolly wouldnt buy this again, but definately nice while playing some disc golf.

Photo of BigMike
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of the prettier light beers i have seen. Mostly due to the huge thickness and creaminess of the head. Like the bottle says, "similar to whipped egg whites" that hangs around through out. The beer itself is crystal clear straw yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles.

Light malts and light lemon zest are on the nose.

The flavor is a huge letdown after the great appearance. It's not bad but its nearly non exsistant. It's hard to believe that a beer could be more watery then Coors light but this one sho nuff is.
Don't get me wrong, i could drink a 12 pack on a hot day and not even blink. One of the better lawn cutting brews.

Photo of mjurney
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pour into a pint glass.

[Appearance]: Light Golden color with 2 fingers off-white head. Lacing is nice.
[Smell]: Very clean aroma, scent of grainy and spices.
[Taste/Mouthfeel]: Clean and crisp up in front of my palate. Nice mild hop spiciness with grainy finish. Light bodied, very refreshing.
[Drinkability]: Extremely smooth. A great warm weather beer!

Photo of BarrelO
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear and straw-colored like a pilsner. Big fluffy head.

S: A bit of sweet malt is the only thing that really stands out.

T: Pretty bland. Some hints of lemon, bready malt, and hops, but you have to work to pick them out.

M: Nice and light. Lots of carbonation.

D: Not bad, but not particularly good either. This would be good if you need something to quench a monster thirst without any big flavors getting in the way.

Photo of enfield249
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light golden yellow in color. 1 finger of white foam that fades to a thin layer.

S - Sweetness, aroma hops (floral?) and a tiny hint of straw.

T - Very malty and sweet, followed by a wheat flavor, and leaves with a minuscule amount of hop flavor.

M - Light, lots of CO2.

D - Great beer to drink sitting on the end of the dock.

Photo of originalsin
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam's summer seasonal pours a very clear and vary pale yellow.
It smells Coors Light with a bountiful sweet malt addition. A very faint wheat smell as well.
I was sort of hoping this would be a boring but highly drinkable summer wheat. Unfortunately, it isn't. I sort of winced on my first taste but then warmed up slightly to the beer. The mouthfeel is pretty medium on the light side but it lacks the drinkability that it ought to have as a less-than-delicious summer brew.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a big white foamy head. Left a little lacing.

Light scented wheat and light malt.

Light wheat sweetness with a nice bitter touch at the end. Maybe a little lemon tartness, but this one is a bit thin.

Lighter bodied and carbonated. Gets a few points in this area for assisting in drinkability. A hot weather beer for sure, but not enough complexity to make me seek this instead of something else. Not a stinker in any respect, and well structured for what it is, is what it is.

Photo of midnite2sixman
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, clear almost macro brew in appearance. The smell is fairly generic as well with just a touch of lemon. This is a refreshing beer, and would serve anyone well on a hot summer day. The taste is crisp and cool, nothing extraordinary is revealed though.

Not a bad beer, but not that good for Anchor, still worth a grab for a sixer if you are going to the beach with some friends or whatever.

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a batch code on the back label.

The head at first looks promising with its bountiful froth which sticks around for the duration. Nice golden clarity. Faint perfume-like hop mix and graininess in the nose. Deep crispness in the light to medium bodied brew, clean malt with a grainy lemony twang from the wheat. The hops kick in as soon as the carbonation does which really cleans the palate. The malt is short so the finish is quite dry and a tad grainy.

A decent wheat ale, similar to most wheat ales ... easy to drink on a hot day but there are so many other summer wheat beers that are a notch better than this one.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Clear light yellow with a big healthy head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing. I would have given this a much better score, but filtering a PWA is fucking weird.

3.0 S: This smells like a sweeter version of an adjunct lager.

2.0 T: Goddamn is this bad. Tastes more like some kind of infected Bud Light than what it's supposed to be.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation, but not very smooth.

2.0 D: I think the filtering gets rid of most of what works well with the style.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great yellow/gold color with about a finger and half head. Lacing is minimal. Not as cloudy as other pale wheats, lager like.
S: Not much coming through here. Some faint spices, but nothing overpowering. I can barely detect that its a wheat.
T: Not bad. The wheat really comes through here, so too do the spices. Just a tad of bitterness toward the end. It's smooth, but the bitterness sticks a little.
M: A moderate amount of carbonation is present and it honestly feels thicker than it looks. An unfiltered thickness if you will.
D: It's highly partakeable, but so are many other pale wheats that are better. Easily can be made into a session.

Not bad for the price.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, fairly effervescent, golden body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Faint nose of wheat with a light graininess to it and, well, nothing else. What've I gotten myself into this time?

Taste: Slightly grainy malted wheat with a pinch of powdered sugar sweetness. A single, solitary drop of lemon. Faint bitterness. ... Aaannnndd, that's about it, aside from the dry, faintly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, a bit lively at times.

Drinkability: Well, that was a big, cold glass of absolutely nothing. Weak, washed out, and woefully bland. Yes, I understand summer beers often opt for lighter flavor profiles, but this is ridiculous.

Photo of sourdoughsteve
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First warm weekend in awhile, so I thought I'd check out something on the summery end of the spectrum. Freshness code indicates it's only been a month since birth.

A: Pours a nice frothy head, which dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing hangs around , especially between sips. Beer is a nice honey golden color.

S: Nothing jumps out at me, although "fresh" came to mind

T: Light and refreshing. Good balance between malts and hops.

M: Thin, but that's what I'm after in a hot weather beer.

D: Quite good. I will keep these on hand for warm weather. Perhaps not the best of the bunch, but locally produced, and available at the local supermarket as well.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a pint glass, Anchor summer is a golden/orange color with a frothy dismal head that left minimal lace. Smells of ripe fruit, faint hops, and sweet malts. Taste is heavy on fruit with orange and apricot coming through. A nice wheat base also, Some hops, fair amount of malt base. Mouthfeel is thin with some body and carb. Good for a go in warm weather and light in alcohol, not my bag though.

Photo of rtepiak
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pour is golden with a white head and a tight bubbles. very consistent small bubbles. smell is protein and some hop. taste is one dimensional. hair, lemon zest, and straw like yeast. not very refreshing. not crisp at all. went very slow. won't have again.

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

Pours a golden straw color with honey highlights; a small yet dense white hed that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a lemony/apple tartness, and a clean sharp wheat malt. The taste is light and clean; a light lemony flavor starts things off with a green apple tartness. A very very light grassy hop hits towards the end. The feel is light and fizzy; quite neutral perhaps a tad tart. One of the better American wheat beers out there, simply because it doesn't have any annoying flavors to go with it. Not too lemony, Anchor lets the wheat malt speak for itself. As the label would suggest, good summer time beer.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a half finger white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of wheat and grass with a hint of lemon.

Very subdued flavor of wheat and citrus. It tastes almost like a watered down SA Summer Ale which can't be good.

Medium carbonation but a little watery. I wouldn't argue if someone offered me one but this isn't one of my favorite summer seasonals overall.

Photo of xhcadamx
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very light yellow with lots of bubbles and huge foamy head

S - grain and a touch of wheat

T - grainy and hoppy much like Anchor Steam. The wheat shines through at the end and is drying.

M - light and dry makes me want to take another sip

D - An easy drinking wheat beer. Reminds me of Anchor Steam with wheat.

Photo of LongBeachDave
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the brewery, and out of the bottle, and there was a minimal difference.

The smell is not strong, but it is crisp. You definitely get hint of citrus with a lighter wheat aroma. It is a filtered wheat beer that pours a clear golden yellow. This is a nice change of pace from the non filtered wheat beers at most pubs. Although it appears light, it creates a thick enough head that sticks around until the end.

I enjoyed it very much. With its light feel and taste, It makes for a good warm weather beer. perfect for a BBQ.

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

Holy shit! Pours like a belgium ale, huge white 4 finger head. Tons of carbonation rising. Pale yellow in color. Great head retention and lacing

Smell is very light. First smell is of white grape juice followed by some straw/grass malts

Taste is very light, some malt, very little wheat actually. Tastes very plain, boring

Slightly over carbonated mouth feel. Very light, on the watery side.

Highly drinkable but lack of flavors discourages me from wanting to try more than one of these. Beer looks amazing but tastes extremely mediocre. Not rushing to try another of these soon

Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Slight haze in an orange-y brass body. Small, eggshell white head doesn't last too long. Yeasty wheat bread notes mix with nutmeg, clove, and banana. Spicy, peppery hop edge. Toasted bread malt and minty hop bitterness up front. Yeasty doughy malts mix with mushy fruits. Faint banana. Light herbal and citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Moderate body with a slightly fizzy feel. Not a bad summer quencher, but kind of forgettable.

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

A - This beer poured a straw yellow color that produced a foamy white head that retained pretty well and left some decent lace on the side of glass

S - The light wheat cereal scents and some lemony and grass hints make this nose good

T - The taste of this beer was a good wheat cereal flavor that follow with some lemon and grassy notes

M - The mouth on this beer was great for a good sessionable beer, light, crisp, and refreshing, with some moderate carbonation

D - This Wheat Beer is a good drink, very sessionable, and another good beer by Anchor

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