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Anchor Small Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Small BeerAnchor Small Beer

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436 Ratings

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 19
Gots: 12 | 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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3/5  rDev -3.5%

bkbergen, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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!

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of leantom
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

leantom, Aug 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

costanzo_mike, Aug 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

SimonPuggle, Jul 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

pisano, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

wieshefe17, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

pjbfromkc, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of gonzo000
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.

gonzo000, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of wrightst
2/5  rDev -35.7%

wrightst, Jun 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

KevMo84, May 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

cestlavie, May 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

afsdan, Apr 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Paz8812, Apr 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

ambruns1979, Apr 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Niners49, Feb 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

AJ01923, Jan 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Kelp, Jan 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

PSU79, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of draheim
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.

draheim, Nov 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

sloelco, Nov 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev -35.7%

dertyd, Nov 03, 2013
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Anchor Small Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.