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Anchor Small Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
okay

434 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | 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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leantom

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +31.8%

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

08-16-2014 20:03:51 | More by leantom
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costanzo_mike

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

08-05-2014 02:33:11 | More by costanzo_mike
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SimonPuggle

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -3.5%

07-03-2014 21:47:34 | More by SimonPuggle
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pisano

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -3.5%

06-30-2014 16:16:41 | More by pisano
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wieshefe17

Nevada

3/5  rDev -3.5%

06-28-2014 03:34:53 | More by wieshefe17
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pjbfromkc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

06-24-2014 20:48:01 | More by pjbfromkc
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

06-09-2014 22:07:37 | More by gonzo000
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wrightst

Maryland

2/5  rDev -35.7%

06-02-2014 02:32:30 | More by wrightst
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

05-30-2014 00:24:39 | More by Latarnik
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -3.5%

05-20-2014 00:55:21 | More by KevMo84
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cestlavie

New York

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-07-2014 01:22:00 | More by cestlavie
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atrocity

Virginia

3/5  rDev -3.5%

04-25-2014 15:06:19 | More by atrocity
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +28.6%

04-21-2014 06:42:21 | More by afsdan
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Paz8812

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

04-20-2014 04:57:51 | More by Paz8812
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

04-18-2014 00:19:01 | More by SkinniePost
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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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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -3.5%

01-24-2014 15:30:20 | More by AJ01923
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

01-17-2014 04:17:36 | More by Kelp
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PSU79

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Washington

3.34/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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

California

3/5  rDev -3.5%

11-11-2013 08:19:34 | More by sloelco
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dertyd

California

2/5  rDev -35.7%

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

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

10-22-2013 16:00:16 | More by RBorsato
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BillRoth

Maryland

3/5  rDev -3.5%

10-21-2013 00:20:20 | More by BillRoth
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Anchor Small Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.