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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 74 | 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 largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pale straw with a slight haze. A two finger head forms from a vigorous pour.

Smell: An extremely subtle aroma. Malty, wheaty, a bit hay-like.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grainy flavors are balanced nicely with lemony hops. Slightly tangy in the finish with a mild hoppy bitterness. Light, crisp and dry, bordering on downright bland. This isn't bad, but there are far more flavorful and yet equally light and refreshing Summer beers out there.

Notes: I'm generally a big fan of Anchor, but this one just doesn't do it for me. I'll stick to Liberty Ale on a hot Summer day.

largadeer, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a dark golden/straw color with a prolific amount of persistent bubbly carbonation that results in an off-white 3-finger head that recedes at a slow pace and leaves no lacing behind. Swish it around a bit to open up the aromas. Smells malty and buttery with some banana and orange fruitiness in the background. Tastes malty up front with some very slight fruitiness and a bit of bitterness to round things out. Mouth-feel is light to medium-bodied and very drinkable. Anchor is very proud of this brew, and it does have the history to make them feel proud of it, but it does not compare to some of their other standards.

stephens101, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of corey0212
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%

Pours a clear golden color with a pretty serious white head, and excellent sheets of lacing on the glass. Smell is a little plain, wheaty, maybe a touch of lemon. Taste is bready, with a strange bit of sourness in the mix. It's crisp, drying, kind of refreshing. Certainly drinkable, but a little uninspiring considering how tasty the rest of the Anchor lineup is. Worth a try in the summer, though.

corey0212, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%

Appearance: Nice "Snow White" head looks to leave decent lacing. Beer is a clear, golden color with above average looking carbonation.

Smell: Slighty sweet hop aroma. Smells like your typical pilsner. One wise man smells faint traces of beer.

Taste: Reminds us of popcorn. Weird eh? I wonder if anyone else got that. Maybe it's the combination wheat and hops. Yes, popcorn-flavored beer. (Not in a good way)

Mouthfeel: Wet, somewhat watery.

Drinkability: None of us really enjoy the taste of this one, so even though it's pretty smooth, I can't imagine any of us drinking more than one or two of these (unless it's one of the few beers at a party). Nothing special here; we're pretty dissapointed.

ThreeWiseMen, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of mountdew1
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice golden amber, with a nice 1 finger creamy white head. Head was made up mostly of very very small bubbles, looked like whipped cream on top, and left great lacings on the sides. Smell reminded me of white bread, and for lack of better terms, summer in the farm country. Taste at times was bland, almost macroish. Had hints of table pepper and vanilla, but very minor. Felt like a summer beer going down, didn't coat well, but was a decent consistency. Definitely a good summer beer for a hot sunny day of lawn mowing, but I can't see doing much more than that.

mountdew1, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of cerveza5150
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a darker golden color with a huge head that keeps its tenacity all the way down the glass. 3 cheers for the malted wheat on that one.

Served a little warm for my liking, probably around 55-60 F.

Good clean, crisp taste. A cooler full of this, iced down just screams BBQ. It's a little too clean on the finish, as the slightly astringent nature of the hops leaves you wanting another sip to wet your palette; hence the idea behind you grabbing for more!! That's one of the reasons I upped the drinkability and slightly lowered the taste score.

Overall, a fine selection and something that will be a regular in my fridge during summertime!!

cerveza5150, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%

Poured a clear gold with a hearty white head. Decent retention, patchy lacing.

Smell is of grain, a bit of honey, smells a lot like budwiser or other Macro's

The taste is like if vitamin water had a beer flavor. Very little flavor at all, somewhat sweet, grainy, watery, a very little bit of honey. As it warms a bit a scent of Almonds comes out....

Thin to medium bodied light carbonation fairly refreshing finish, leaves a bit of a resiny feel in the mouth

I bought a six pack of this which is a total bummer as I could have bought a six pack of bud for less than half the price and would have had a very similar experience :(

DaggerEyes, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a slightly hazed amber, thick tight white head forms, drops behind some nice lacing, good retention, retains a pretty thick ring. Smell is a bit sharp, honey, brown sugar, grains, lemons, light floral, wheat, not a whole lot going on but pleasant enough. Taste is weak, some sweet malt, biscuits, citrus bite, wheat, sharp finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, refreshing but bland.

Viggo, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of drxandy
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured from 12oz to ale glass, pours nicely carbonated, slight hazy yellow, thick foamy white head.

Smells like a pils, malts, wheat

tastes crisp, wheaty, carbonation is heavy and throws out a lot of malty flavors, head retention is excellent, stays creamy, extremely drinkable

mouthfeel is crisp yet creamy, sessionable, signature anchor taste

a great summer beer!

drxandy, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of waldoiverson
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

App: Light straw color, very clear, fluffy white head that dissipated faster than expected and advertised

Smell: a little citrus but very green and grassy, not overwhelming

Taste: Good, not great. Very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is a bit tingly and the overall package is smooth but not chewy

Drinkability: It is good enough though I had higher expectations given the brand and the fact that i drank it while brewing my own american wheat. i hold out hope that i can give this beer a run for the money.

waldoiverson, May 31, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

Light golden and clear, with a somewhat small head which did stay for a while and left moderate lacing.

Smelled of wheat, grass and grains. Not especially pleasing but not offensive either.

Tasted mostly of wheat, with a small amount of citrus present as well. Not real complex, but decent.

Good mouthfeel, very crisp and bubbly and on the thin side but refreshing.

Overall I was expecting a bit more. Not one of the better brews from anchor. It wasn't bad, and I'd certainly have another if offered, but I most likely will not be purchasing this one again.

JBogan, May 28, 2008
Photo of marcpal
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%

I wanted to like this beer in that Ive loved everything else from these guys and thought it was just maybe the 07 I didnt like, but not a fan again.

12oz stubby Anchor bottle poured into pilsner glass.

A: Fluffy head on top of clear yellow. Oddly enough for this 'wheat', head went away fast.

N: Nothing to the aroma. Minimal if any hopes and no wheaty tones at all.

T: Some wheat I guess, but not really. Some hops as well but just a boring tasting beer. Would have liked a lot more flavor.

M: Smooth but watered down. Not crisp at all and just left nothing to want more of. A wheat?

D: Dissapointed again. Bland and boring. Easy to drink many but not much pleasure out of it- so many better options out there. Heading back to the Weinestephaner.

marcpal, May 27, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Color: Golden copper with a thick, fluffy white head. Probably stirred up a bit. Ample carbonation.

Aroma: Light and brisk. Wheat and spice shows through in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and bready/wheaty upfront. Very mild hop bitterness. Not much else for flavor.

Mouthfeel: Dry and wheaty. Again, not much flavor. Relatively light. Drinkable at best.

Drinkability: Not too bad. It feels somewhat bland but goes down well and could make a good session ale. Average at best.

Brad007, May 27, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a dark golden color with nice white very fluffy head that diminishes to a white film. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Flavor is the same. Lacing on glass was minimal. Mouthfeel was pleasant. This is a very refreshing beer with a high degree of drinkability.

biggmike, May 19, 2008
Photo of QuentinCompson
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

12 oz bottle into Goliath glass

A - Nice malty finger head, goldish brown brew; great lacing

S - Grassy, wheat, skunky, a bit stale smelling

T-M - Malty with heavy wheat flavor, watery yeast, nothing that special

D - I could probably drink a number of these at a baseball game, out in the sun, etc; it's easy to drink; however, I'd probably rather something else. I really enjoy other Anchor Steam brews, so I guess my expectations were high for this. It just didnt do much for me. I plan to give it another shot sometime. May revise.

QuentinCompson, May 15, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured into a pint glass. A shade redder than gold, with a thick and dense head that sticks around forever.

Aroma is of stale malt. Kind of a crackerish quality.

Flavor is of fresh bread with very little fruitiness. This beer tastes wheaty, not like what happens when wheat is fermented, but literally it tastes like wheat. Cereal graininess and no fruitiness make this pretty dubious stylistically. Almost tastes like a macro pilsener actually.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Good carbonation and body, refreshing when cold. Just doesn't really hit the spot.

illidurit, May 12, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a weizen glass, it had a brownish-amber color and somewhat thin texture. Had a typically big amount of head and some decent lacing.

S: There really didn't seem to be much of a smell here. A bit of wheat and malt, but little else.

T: Like the smell, it didn't seem to be much of anything. A faint wheat flavor, with a malty finish, but mainly it was very thin.

M: This is an under-carbonated beer. Not lively at all. The finish was decently smooth. Below medium in body.

D: This is a disappointingly average beer. It's really a halfhearted attempt at a wheat beer that's too simple in its style.

avalon07, May 09, 2008
Photo of Cunningham26
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

This was the first wheat beer I have encountered that had no haze to it (I am not certain, but I assumed it had to do with the top fermenting yeast, I'm sure someone knows), and being so it made for an extremely odd and somewhat uncomfortable drinking experience. While it tasted like a wheat, it looked everything like a pilsner or light lager.

On taste, I found it had little if any characterization. It had a brief typical wheat taste that left all too soon with a settling dryness. Beyond that, I didn't get any hops or even a malt that came through.

It must be said, this beer smelled absolutely terrible. It didn't taste anything like it smelled, but the aroma made me initially suspect that this was a leftover from the previous summer.

Overall this didn't stand out in any way, and I was pretty disappointed.

Cunningham26, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz. brown bottle
A- A nice golden color with a large head. The head disappears far too quickly though.
S- The scent is of quality wheat, but it is rather weak. Some very distant fruit scents.
T- The taste is decent. It's a strong wheat taste though it finishes a little sour.
M- It leaves my mouth a little dry and is a bit too highly carbonated. It is of decent weight, perhaps a little lighter than optimum.
O- It is light enough that it is easy to have a few. Fairly easy to drink.
Overall an ok beer. A good purchase, but I doubt that I will purchase it again. I wouldn't turn it down if offered though.

jsprain1, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%

12 oz, single bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison for $1.89...
Pours a light, straw-colored, amber, tawny appearance with a minimal head that soon receded and left hardly any lacing, with ample carbonation visible...
Faint aroma of banana, citrus, and apple..
Taste strongly complements all smells present, and was crisp, clear, and refreshing, with a slight pepper-bite to it...
Good mouthfeel, crisp and clean, and a really good level of drinkability to match make this an ideal warm-weather beer...

dsa7783, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%

Sampled fresh at the brewery after the tour. Noticeably better and fresher than bottled back in Tx. Medium golden color with bright white head. Definite lacing. Smell is of eggy foam, kind of like a fresh meringue. Kind of unappealing. Crisp wheaty honey taste and a medium length finish along with the eggy flavor again. Decent and easy to drink, but there was a flavor in this that once I picked up, I couldn't really enjoy it any more.

JDV, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz from the cellar beer cooler... I think Steven picked this up back in September while in Seattle... I know I should have popped it by now, but it sorta got lost in all the other brews.

Poured into my small weizen glass.. Long lasting white head with chunks of lace.. beautiful slightly hazy gold brew.

Aroma is fruity ale yeasts with wheat malt and just a dusting of earthy hops.

Descent body and carbonation.. flavor is more fruity flavors and pale wheat.. more flavorful than I can describe ... but not much (I have a hard time with American wheats).. dry husky/grain finish... slight lemony tang in there... very smooth and drinkable.

I remember liking this one alot more.. maybe it was the hot weather at the time... really a very good take on the style; possibly just not when there is snow on the ground.

JohnGalt1, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, spice, caramel, lemon and some of hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with flavors of wheat and a little fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a decent balance. The malt character is a little heartier than you typically get in this style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a nice lighter beer but there are several others that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%

Has a big, puffy white head atop a hazy yellow liquid. Lots of tiny bubbles. Looks like a nice witbier. Lace is not bad.

Has the wheaty smell of a Belgian white, but absent the usual spicy Belgian aroma. The wheat and some light yeast give a nice, dry scent.

The taste is a blast of citrusy fruit right off the bat. Lemony and a little sour; like lemonade. Very very tart. Has a nice balanced undercurrent. Dryness takes the pucker out of the citrus.

The feel is watery and sour, like a lemon-drop. It's a really sour, puckery summer brew. Really refreshing and nice.

williamherbert, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a pale straw color with light head and little lacing. None of the thick creamy head described on the bottle.

Smells bready and yeasty with some spicy notes.

Tastes like biscuits and wheat malt with some spices again (grains of paradise?) as well as a little lemon.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Nothing too memorable here, although I will give it another shot in the summer months when it would be fresher and could really hit the spot.

tmitch75, Jan 13, 2008
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.