1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Anchor Small Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Anchor Small BeerAnchor Small Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
73
okay

440 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 440
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"We believe you will find Anchor Small Beer delicious--similar to what modern brewers call a "bitter"--and we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance. "

"We make our Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale from the rich first runnings of an all-malt mash, and Anchor Small Beer is our attempt to duplicate the "small beers" of old by sparging that same mash: sprinkling warm water over the Old Foghorn mash after the first wort has run off, thereby creating a second, lighter brew from the resulting thinner wort. "

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-11-2000)
View: Beers (23) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Anchor Small Beer Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 440 | Reviews: 323 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

A - Clear gold buddy, large fluffy white head. Fades quickly to a thin covering and leaves little lacing.
S - Lightly toasted bread and not too much else.
T - Dough, bread, biscuit, caramel, slight spiciniess/peppery hops.
M - Light body, medium carb.
O - An very nicely flavored beer considering the ABV. Worth trying especially if you're a fan of the Old Foghorn.

Photo of Kishanti
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of TEKNISHE
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of bkbergen
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, in fact, I don’t get any aromas at all, which is disappointing.

Taste: Lots of flavor, though! Lots of bready, toasted malt flavor up front, imparting flavors of biscuits, whole wheat crackers and English muffins, flowed by some brown sugar-like sweetness, black pepper, and more great toasted malt! Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there isn’t much in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 3.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very tasty beer! I love all of the bready malt and smooth mouthfeel. Definitely worth a drink!

Photo of leantom
4.1/5  rDev +31.4%

Why not? Here goes:

A - Clear orange-amber with a massive head that leaves a ton of lacing. In fact, the beer was bursting forth upon opening the bottle (had to get the glass quickly). Great. 4.5/5

S: Grainy amber and lightly kilned malts. Grainy smells predominate. There is also somewhat of a spiciness imparted from the yeast. I think it's good for the style. Maybe could've been a little sweeter. 4.25/5

T: Taste follows the nose. Grainy taste from the malt; spice/white pepper from the yeast. The yeast imparts a very earthy flavor that is complimented by a light but watered-down malt backbone. Somewhat disappointing, but given the alcohol content I'm not surprised the malt was somewhat lacking. 3.75/5

M: Light and smooth. Glides down the tongue. However, the beer is very well-carbonated. 4/5

O: A solid beer. Malt more robust in the Anchor Steam Beer, but this one is good. 4.1/5.0

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SimonPuggle
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pisano
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wieshefe17
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pjbfromkc
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of gonzo000
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a. Deeper in color than expected - light brown. Nice 2 finger head which disappears quickly. promising.

s. barley and grape seed.

t. All Barley. This is a barley ale without much in the way of dressing. One note.

m. Good, nothing to sing about.

o. Disappointed with this offering from one of my favorites - Anchor.

Photo of wrightst
2/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cestlavie
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Paz8812
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SkinniePost
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Niners49
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AJ01923
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Anchor Small Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.