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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,127 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 54 | 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 albern


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

I'm giving this one average marks across the board. The plus side is the frothy white head, but this is compromised by the perfumy, cloying smell. This is a light bodied, decently carbonated, refreshing wheat beer with very faint hops, an imbalanced maltiness, a slight muted citrus flavor, and a watery mouth feel. This is an average wheat beer, very drinkable, but you can do better.

Tried this again on 8-27-08: The smell is mustier than I remembered it, the watery consistency is also quite pronounced. My review hasn't changed, still an average take.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 23:24:16 | More by albern
Photo of Grundle20


2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours crystal clear and golden in color. There's a big fluffy white head but it displays poor retention and very little lacing.

From what I could gather, and that isn't much since this beer is almost devoid of scent, this beer smells like dish soap and nutmeg. There's corn like sweetness in the back but ultimately nothing about this beer really says wheat anything to me, crisp and light malt liquor maybe but not wheat ale.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks thin with very faint flavors of corn sweetness and a fleeting hint of wheat. There's some mild earthy hop tones but they're pretty blunted as well. Carbonation is light, and the beer goes down rather smooth which is to be expected in a beer nearly vacant of flavor. The finish is clean with a lingering corn sweetness in to the aftertaste.

This beer is only baby steps ahead of a macro lager in terms of flavor and as such the drinkability is just about as high. An absolutely pound worthy beer.

Bottom Line:
Well I'd take this over a Budweiser on just about any day but only just so. A really lackluster beer from an otherwise great brewery. Pass on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 18:17:28 | More by Grundle20
Photo of pmcadamis


2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A big three finger cream cheese head rises above a clear golden brew a shade or two darker than your average macro lager. The head shows some ok retention, but then disappeas entirely after five minutes or so. A small amount of sea foam lace is left on the glass.

S - Smells similar to Anchor Steam, but much more watered down. Yeasty fresh baked bread is the dominant aroma, and there is the tiniest hint of orangey wheat twang, but it's pretty weak in the nose. Saltine cracker and fresh bread. It does smell very fresh and inviting, it just lacks complexity.

T - Twangy and a bit acrid up front (almost like peppery pilsener hops....saaz?), with bready yeast flavors to follow. Very off-balance and odd. I like the yeasty and bready finish, but the sour oddball citric flavors just seem out of whack. This is not very good.

M - Light and twangy with an acrid, acidic component that I don't care for. Big wheat snap right before the dry finish.

D - Uh, not good. This is a very odd beer and not in a good way. There are two factions at war here...the acrid pils/saaz pepper hops vs. the sweet yeasty fresh baked bread. Sadly, the saaz/pils army spoils what could have been a tasty yeasty wheat beer. This is not bad, but it sure ain't good.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 17:24:19 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

1 inch head recedes to 1/4 inch and sticks around with a very slight lacing. Very highly carbonated. Aroma is very yeasty with a light banana aroma, slight peppery spice and a bit of noble hops.

Taste is very light with lots of the banana, and a bit of bready yeast. Zingy peppery bite. Nice sour, almost lemony character. Not complex, but it is what it is, a refreshing, light summer beer that has a lot of flavour. Not overcarbonated in the mouth, and lightly dry. Enjoyable, not mindblowing.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 04:32:20 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


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

A: Clear golden, two finger picturesque head. Great lacing throughout the session.
S: Sweet and malty.
T: More sweet malts, hint of vanilla.
M: Crisp light-medium body
D: Good and drinkable. You should expect more from an American Pale Wheat, BUT as a summer seasonal it fits the bill nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 00:15:12 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of bahumutx


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a large white head.

Smell: Wheat and a slight yeast aroma.

Taste: Wheat, some yeast and slight lemon flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Good session beer.

Not the best of example of this style but a good offering form Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 23:45:05 | More by bahumutx
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, poured into a US shaker pint

Pours with a yellow body, very slightly haze. Thick puffy white head with fair retention. Some lacing

Smell, very faint melon and banana, yeastiness, little bit of musty malt character. Some wheat, slightly perfumy

Taste, slight spicy wheat character, some lemon zest, tiny hop character towards the end

A disappointing beer. American wheat beers always leave me with an emptiness, that they could have done such a better job. I'll have to try and get my hands on some Gumball and a few others to sway my opinion

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 11:37:31 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Redwood21


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

A: has a nice straw color with a frothy rocky white head that has good lacing and lasts the whole beer. I had one of the 6 not do this, but 5 out of 6 aint bad.

S: not too strong of anything wheat ale like however some yeast was noted

T: i really like this, im not sure i would say great for style, just great for me. i could suck these down all day. there is some yeast in the taste as well as some butteryness not any banana

All in all a very solid summer beer. i would love to drink more of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 23:21:58 | More by Redwood21
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow with a white head that hung around for a bit. It had a subtle pilsner style hop aroma, which I thought was a nice change. In the taste, malty, kind of, well just there. It is a smooth beer, expecting more bitterness to it compared to the nose. Not all that exciting, bot it was OK.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 12:04:46 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Absumaster


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is offered in Holland in every better sorted beerstore.

A murky orange beer with a small head and lots of carbonation.

Smell is a musty wheat smell with spicy yeast notes.

Taste of wheat and biscuity caramalts, which is a little dextrinous. A medium malt backbone. Some off flavors produced by the yeast, medicinal and yeasty. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and sweet. Aftertaste is a dry, biscuity taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 15:45:18 | More by Absumaster
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow almost orange with a decent sized head. The aroma is of earthy hops against wheat and some sweet fruits. The taste is almost like a well-hopped hefe-weizen. Good earthy citrus hops blend nicely with sweet fruits and bubble gum. The beer is light-medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a very enjoyable summer beer that would make for a good session.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 04:54:40 | More by atsprings
Photo of Maerzen


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a glass out of a 1pt 6oz bottle from BevMo. Poured a clear, golden color with about 2 inches of foam after an aggressive pour. Foam dissolved very slowly leaving a lot of lacing. Hint of malt in the nose. I was going to give a higher rating on the nose because it started out promising. However, by the end of the glass there wasn't much aroma left. The taste has a malty edge to it with a slight bitterness. However, the bitterness doesn't seem to be hops induced. Nice beer. What Budweiser and Miller claim to be making but better. Living in San Francisco I will always give kudos to Anchor. A nice beer. However, this "ale" has all the markings of an American Lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 00:51:28 | More by Maerzen
Photo of CharlieMopps


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured two fingers of surprisingly dense head, with a transparent gold color that shimmered when held to light. Some lacing.

S: A wheaty and clean lager scent, somewhat of a yeasty funk to it as well.

T: A pils-y taste that was evident in the smell, but there is also a slight wheaty flavor present, although not as much as I expected from the use of "50% malted wheat" as the label noted. Some hop bitterness that fades into the aftertaste, which lingers nicely, but the flavor itself is mostly unremarkable.

M: Generous carbonation, with a crisp mouthfeel. Fairly light body to this beer.

D: As a beer styled for summer, the light body makes for one of those refreshing kind of libations for the heat, but the flavor characteristics just aren't enough to really make for a truly tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 18:58:05 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of beeragent


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a light clear gold, forming a very thin white head. Medium spots of lace dot the glass. The aroma is light, smelling very floral like hops, but I suppose thats the wheat. Its too light to make a definite destinction. The taste is very light and crisp. Wheat malt, and maybe some hops. Very light but refreshing. Light smooth mouthfeel. Very smooth finish, low abv., and decent flavor makes for a good summer ale. If I had a yard to mow, I could see having this ready for when I finished. Good offering from Anchor!!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 23:12:10 | More by beeragent
Photo of Bitterbill


3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of a mixed 6 pack.

Pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold with a good sized head of foam that hangs around for ever and it has some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty faint. I'm getting a touch of wheat but not much more.

The taste has the wheat flavour and some citrus hop in the background that comes over mostly as lemon zest. It's *kind* of tasty but there's not a whole lot going on here so I wouldn't bother with a repurchase. Not one of Anchor's better brews, imho.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 22:57:37 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Byeast


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

Appearance: poured a clear gold color , with a nice inch of pure white whipped foam, lots of lacing on the pint.

Smell: Nice fresh aroma of light tangy wheat and malty grains with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Crisp and clean grains ,light but assertively tart wheat with a bit of a citrus edge, a nice carbonation that keeps the feel refreshing, and some good hop bitterness towards the finish, ends up leaving a light taste of grain.

Mouthfeel: light, fairly soft, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Vert drinkable summertime brew, great feel and light flavor. I'll definately keep this one in mind when im goin to be drinking in warm weather and i want a light wheat beer that still has character.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 02:31:26 | More by Byeast
Photo of claytri


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

The beer poured gold and clear with a fine white head that stayed throughout. A pretty standard sour malt and hops aroma. The taste is light malt with a hint of hops. The feel is light and dry. A fairly drinkable beer. I'm not sure what the object was here, but my first thought was hey this is like Pearl or Jax, or maybe even Falstaff, but brewed with better materials in a smaller batch. I wouldn't be adverse to one if offered as it is a bit nostalgic, but not one I'd pursue.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 00:39:33 | More by claytri
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours a clear light straw amber color with less than a finger wispy white head that fades quickly. No lacing observed.

Smell is earthy and of course abundantly wheaty.

It has a light body. The mouth feel is adequately carbonated yet uniform.

The flavor from the wheat is light and underwhelming.

Drinkability - It finishes without lingering but with a slightly sandy texture. I'm not a big fan of the style and this isn't swaying my prejudice.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 20:05:54 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Jredner


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

The aroma holds toasted wheat, grain and light malt notes. The body is a light golden/yellow and holds a lasting, thumb thick, white head. Light bodied fore features mild citrus notes, toasted wheat and malt and a clean crisp finish. Quite refreshing and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 02:37:35 | More by Jredner
Photo of xav33


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Summer Beer
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker
Brewed 04/07, lifted 06/07

Poured a clear golden color with a huge white fluffy rocky fully lasting head with lots of carbonation and good lacing.

Smelt of moderate flowery wheat, oranges and perfume hops.

Taste was upfront light to moderate sweet bitter and sour orange zest and light grain followed by a crisper bitter green hops and light sweet grain finish of moderate length.

Palate was light bodied, slightly oily (or as the label says, with the consistency of beaten egg whites...) and lively carbonated.

Overall, this is a very refreshing summer brew with a fair amount of flavor to satisfy the palate. I would only drink this on a hot summer day though, since the flavors aren't very pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 17:52:38 | More by xav33
Photo of lonestar4lunch


2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very golden straw color. Very little head that quickly disapates. The aroma is somewhat light. Wheat, grains and just a hint of citrus. There is almost too much carbonation for me but you get used to it. The taste is pretty mellow. Bitter and grainy. Finishes crisp and dry. Not great but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 06:07:29 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of phisig137


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

Pours a crystal clear straw/24 karat gold color, with a 3 finger head. Great retention falls slowly, leaving behind tons of sticky lace.

Aroma is dominated by raw grain, and a slight touch of citrus. Very clean fermentation.

Flavor is mild, and grainy. Mild tartness from the relatively high proportion of wheat. Light and refreshing, although utterly boring. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and light, aided by heavy carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a forgetable beer. Nothing that stands out at all, and not nearly as good as many other american wheat's out there....It's worth a try, but don't expect a whole lot. If you sitting outside in the summer heat, drinking with a few friends, and just want to drink a beer that you don't have to think about, it may be good. Other than that, I'd pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 00:04:23 | More by phisig137
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As the label promises, this beer does feature a surprisingly robust and enduring creamy white head. Lacing is also nice, as is the clear golden color. The only real drawback as far as the eye is concerned is the almost ridiculous density of carbonation, maybe the most I've ever seen in a beer of any kind, let alone a micro. Nose features wheat and yeast and a little lemon zest.

Tasty at first but a bit of astringency in the aftertaste. Suffers from a lack of hopping as well, this beer is is too one dimensional and lifeless. As expected, overcarbonation is an issue in the texture. Many better summer brews are availbable; I too am a bit let down by anchor here.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 21:31:04 | More by daliandragon
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I'm a little surprised at the twist-off bottles. Maybe they're going for the whole summer, picnic, easy-drinkin' thing, but I don't recall seeing twist-offs on an Anchor bottle before. Or maybe its just because I've recently started homebrewing and these things suddenly catch my eye. The point is, I can't use these sweet looking bottles for my next batch...oh well, no biggie, onto the beer...

Pale yellow, brilliantly clear and sparkling with carbonation. The head is thick thanks to the wheat, but disappointingly small. Clean, sweetish aroma of wheaty grain; very mild. A bit of perfumy lemon and a tangy wheat presence along with a nice lingering fresh graininess. Light bodied, refreshing, and moderately dry. It serves its purpose, it might not justify its pricetag.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 23:48:19 | More by wedge
Photo of bark


2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is pale amber-copper. The airy head is off white and two fingers high. It sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The smell is fresh, mild and balanced; fruity hops, sweet malt and hints of over-yeast.

The taste is also mild and balanced; creamy notes of malt, some mild bitter, sour and fruity flavours. The aftertaste is dry with some bitterness and lots of minerals.

The carbonation is very strong; lots of medium sized bubbles. The liquid is somewhat creamy.

A surprisingly insipid brew. I had expected more from Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 22:15:22 | More by bark
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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