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Anchor Small Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
okay

432 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | 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)
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright orange amber colour. The head retention if this ale is unreal; big and dense, frothy and rocky … seems to leave a nice trail of lace also. An ale pulled from the second running typically does not have this kind of head, but as I see the malt runs thin and they seemed to over hop. Bitterness is to the point of being the only flavour upfront which really kills the chances of the flavour being any good. Bit of a citric hop twang from middle to end. Graininess with some mild astringency is typical of a small beer of second runnings but this is pushing it to the point of being a chore to put down. Not a beer I would go back to unless it was on cask or at least only a few week old on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 20:39:46 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 pint, 6oz bowling pin style brown bottle. No freshness date, bottled on 09/15/2000.

Appearance: Light, clear amber/golden. Large bubbled frothy white lace

Smell: Smells of watery hops and malts. Has a bit of an earthy, grain husk aroma.

Taste: Light bodied with a fairly consistent mouthfeel. Malt flavour and sweetness is thin. There's a crisp dryness that is augmented by a good dose of carbonation, grain husk flavours (tannin-like) and bold hops that dominate with a sharp, salty, citrus bite. About 3/4 of the way through you can pick up on yeast characteristics, like some light nuttiness and bready flavours. Palate finishes dry with more grain husk flavours (powdery mouthfeel).

Notes: This is a decent beer, a good session beer. Anchor applied some "waste not, want not," as it's made by rinsing warm water (secondary runnings) over the mash of Old Foghorn, Anchor's seasonal barley-style wine. Very rare style these days.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Anchor Small Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.