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Anchor Small Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Small BeerAnchor Small Beer

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432 Ratings

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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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Photo of blakelive784


2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly transparent orange/copper color with three fingers of surprisingly thick off-white head. Retention is solid, and the head leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S - Light cereal grains, sweet malts, and mild citric hops notes. Simple and mild, though somewhat appealing.

T - Simple malts and unrefined cereal grains lightly countered by bland hops. The hops are noticeably indistinct. Bland and boring. I understand this one's note supposed to be complex or a flavor powerhouse, but there really is nothing going on.

M - Thick, smooth,and wet. Not very supportive of the flavors. It's ok.

D - A definite disappointment from Anchor. I applaud the attempt at a "small" beer, though the final result is a failure.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 02:12:00 | More by blakelive784
Photo of demgoth

New York

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-09-2012 22:04:47 | More by demgoth
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-02-2012 20:13:42 | More by Dunkelhund
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

04-27-2012 03:28:08 | More by od_sf
Photo of Ryan1423


4/5  rDev +28.6%

04-26-2012 04:09:32 | More by Ryan1423
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

04-23-2012 17:22:52 | More by thatskinnytjkid
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

04-22-2012 04:56:41 | More by zonker17
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

04-12-2012 04:23:13 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of jeanphony

New York

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

04-09-2012 22:56:26 | More by jeanphony
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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

04-03-2012 01:01:02 | More by theempire
Photo of mdillon86


3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

03-31-2012 21:39:23 | More by mdillon86
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

03-22-2012 02:21:01 | More by edwardkersh
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle w/ no date

A: Translucent dark gold color with a great pillowy head, and spotty lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Not a lot to report here: a slight 'barnyard' smell and a tiny bit of hop presence. Smells like flavored water.

T/M: Tastes like water up front, definitely not a plus. It's like a watered down steam beer. A little malt, lemon zest, and grass. Delivers in the bitter category. Not full flavored, but not undrinkable. Mouthfeel is very watery, carbonation OK.

O: Not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:52:47 | More by jimmah120
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

02-25-2012 03:35:39 | More by slimntubbs
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2/5  rDev -35.7%

02-20-2012 00:03:18 | More by Archimedes
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

02-17-2012 22:30:22 | More by PthPndr
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-16-2012 23:32:34 | More by HoppedUp13
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

02-16-2012 22:33:30 | More by czar78
Photo of taylocd


2.13/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into tulip.

A - pale clear gold with continuous bubbling and great head retention from carbonation; very little lacing, though

S - aroma similar to that of soft rubber baby bottle nipples

T - odd plastic/resin flavor

M - nice zip from carbonation, medium 'feel' or body

O - the aroma and flavor are too much to overcome to make this worth a repeat try.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 03:33:12 | More by taylocd
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2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a mason jar in low altitude Palo Alto, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given its rating on the site. Served refrigerator cold and unpaired with food.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair thickness and cream, and abysmal retention. Colour is a clear light copper. Generally appealing.

Sm: Clean malt and barley is all me broken nose detects. All apologies, lads. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Clean malts with some light nuts on the climax. Simple and boring. Imbalanced.

Mf: Lumpy, sharp (overcarbonation?), smooth, and wet.

Dr: A boring sloppy seconds beer that is neither interesting nor worthwhile, this is best left on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:51:15 | More by kojevergas
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3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This chubby bottle, that’s been in my fridge for at least a couple of years, poured into a tall glass, shows a bright, clear amber color and a substantial white head and lot’s of lacing. The aroma brings to mind yeasty pumpernickel bread with caramel malt undercurrents, crisp and a bit skunky like some pilsners. The taste brings on an interestingly peppery wheat with more yeasty bread and grassy edges. There is a subtle light fruit sweetness but generally this is more of a grain brew that’s a tad watery but has an effervescent feel with a light body. It’s interesting, kind of basic and not a bad refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:58:40 | More by Durge
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3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Head: Had little hold but was white and a bit fluffy at first.

Aroma: This beer has a hoppy/grassy smell to it.

Color: This is a light pale ale…has a light golden color.

Flavor: Was bitter/hoppy & nutty…bitter finish.

Mouth-feel: This was very watery…easy to drink. Body had a decent amount of carbonation but not to the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 22:04:16 | More by mglaser37
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3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Head: Low

Aroma: Hops first, very bright.

Color: Golden orange

Carbonation: Low

Mouthfeel: Light

Alcohol: Low

Flavor: Bitter finish

Personal notes: I got some pineapple and/or tropical fruit which is a flavor analogy that one could attribute to the hops.

Since this is a classic bitter beer it is hoppier and brighter rather than sweet, although balanced and easy to drink in succession.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:13:15 | More by ciaomonaco
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3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S:Small glass poured out of a bottle

A: golden medium color, small head very little foam

S:the slight smell of hops is fruity and sweet smelling

T: The taste is interesting at first it is bitter but the finishing taste is sweet and shows how balanced the beer is between the amount of hops

M:As i swished the mouth full it became light and creamy leaving a pleasant feel in the mouth.

O:I would rate this beer highly for it's ease of drink-ability it is so smooth and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 18:44:17 | More by Drewski363672
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3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber gold color. Starts with a small head then receds back into the beer. A nice lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Has a fruity, spicy smell, mostly hops.

A little bit of carbonation but it doesn't overwhelm the beer.

Light mouthfeel, easy to drink.

Bitter taste with a bitter finish. Hops, malt, and a roasted nuttiness is emphasized in the taste.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It's the kind of beer you could drink while laying back with a group of friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 17:44:52 | More by Monicagm
Anchor Small Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.