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Anchor Small Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Small BeerAnchor Small Beer

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72
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419 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.01%


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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ambruns1979

California

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

04-02-2014 00:43:52 | More by ambruns1979
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Niners49

Illinois

3/5  rDev -3.5%

02-22-2014 21:06:41 | More by Niners49
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

01-04-2014 22:34:21 | More by PSU79
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draheim

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3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear honey color w/ a nice white head, some good lacing. Looks nice.

Aroma is lightly malty and floral. Crackery pale crystal malt and a mild hop presence.

Taste is fruity and light, lots of toasted grain hits the palate. Some good hoppy bitterness on the finish but the focus here is on the barley. Floral and semi-sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with a prickly bite. A little thin, to be expected from a 3.3% beer.

Overall an OK session beer. Not one I'd crave very often but a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:04:03 | More by draheim
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California

3/5  rDev -3.5%

11-11-2013 08:19:34 | More by sloelco
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2/5  rDev -35.7%

11-03-2013 08:00:50 | More by dertyd
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RBorsato

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

10-21-2013 00:20:20 | More by BillRoth
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10-15-2013 18:26:12 | More by HRamz3
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jme015

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

09-11-2013 15:20:42 | More by jme015
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FPWolff

Kansas

3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It tastes okay. It's like West Coast homebrew. Kind of like Bitterwater. Not great. I'm just talking to use up space now. It wouldn't let me submit my review without posting a comment. I need to get 250 characters. I probably wouldn't pick to have this beer again, but I think people are little too harsh on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:50:46 | More by FPWolff
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harsley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

08-19-2013 14:14:46 | More by harsley
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3/5  rDev -3.5%

08-19-2013 01:29:21 | More by Kopfschuss
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07-15-2013 02:46:30 | More by pathman
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2/5  rDev -35.7%

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TMoney2591

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3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I had to get rid of the last bottle on the shelf, so I might as well buy it myself. This stuff pours a clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises faint old sourdough and what may or may not be a hint grass, depending on whether or not I'm actually just smelling the air outside somehow. The taste pretty much echoes the smell, though now it's just generic barley and generic white bread yeast combining to form the most milquetoast of all possible flavors. I'd knock it, but it's not offensive, just insanely boring and undistinguished. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda crisp finish. Overall, this may be one of the blandest beers outside of the BMC arena. It's not bad, per se, just something I'd likely easily forget that I'd imbibed on any given day, especially if anything else happened that day, beer- or otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 19:06:50 | More by TMoney2591
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Anchor Small Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.