Anchor Winter Wheat | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Winter WheatAnchor Winter Wheat

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jme015 on 08-14-2014

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Reviews by RHB33:
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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, code 5SA, poured into a teku glass... was busy... let the bottle sit out for at least 30 min before opening)

L: quite dark, reddish-brown liquid, akin to a stout...a milky-coffee colored head shoots up medium size, but it doesn't hold long... doesn't lace much at all

S: lovely bouquet of prune, ethanol, molasses, purple wine, and Whoppers... wasn't expecting the booze pop, but the overall smell is quite inviting... perhaps a touch acetone, but I want to say I'm instead smelling weizen yeast esters: banana, clove... there's a bit of underlying roast, but it's balanced at its most intense

T: richly, voluptuously-malty... nougat-y... mellow but firm yeast spice... elegant roastiness, but just a nip of sweetness tacked to the end... the booze hums but doesn't burn, lends to a lightly fruity sweetness in the aftertaste... weizenbock esters hanging in the back of the palate... the malt profile is crawling off the charts, but it could use a few pinches more bitterness

F: well, I should have anticipated it, but it feels a bit heavier in body and more viscous than it looks... it kinda drinks like a weizenbock/stout hybrid... lightly-thick and pillowy up front, soft and perfectly dry finishing out - fantastic

O: Anchor hit a home run here - a pleasant surprise, glad I didn't research this at all before picking up a bottle... now I know, so I will pick up more

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown producing 3+ fingers of tan, lasting head that leaves a thin coating of spidery lace. Aroma is toasted wheat malt, roasted nuts, cocoa, cream, biscuit, molasses, fig & other dark fruits, hay/dry grass, a faint hint of cherry, vanilla & earthy floral hops. Taste is a more robust version of the nose with nuts & wheat, hay/dry grass, molasses, cherry & dark fruits being more prominent. More roast & some burnt tones, maybe a little smoke comes through. Finishes dry & earthy, with heavy roast & bittersweet chocolate rolling over to dominate the dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, creamy, silky, and pretty smooth & dry especially in the latter half of the sip. Unique & very nice.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly, yet beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with a quarter of a finger of chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some subtle, bready, roasted malt and wheat aromas, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, mixed with some aromas of chocolate and brown sugar. Honestly, this smells more like a stout than a wheat beer.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of roasted malt and wheat up front, imparting flavors of toasted dark bread, a touch of coffee, dark molasses, chocolate and a touch of licorice. There are none of the traditional wheat beer flavors of banana, bubble gum, clove and band-aids. Honestly, this beer tastes more like an oatmeal stout than a wheat beer, and had I not poured the beer myself, from a bottle, I’d have never known or thought, it was a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and very, very smooth and creamy as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another excellent beer by Anchor, but one that is completely surprising, as it looks, smells and tastes more like an oatmeal stout than wheat beer. I loved it and I’ll certainly get it again!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter, this luxurious wheat pours a brownish black with a moderate quickly dissipating tan head that settles to a thin pool of foam and a decent ring with spotty lacing. Nose of chocolate, nuts, toffee, minty hops, and sweet dark malts. Flavors are complex for a wheat. For one you have a deeply roasted malt flavor that is smooth and enticing on all sides with chocolate and nutty notes. The back features a light bittering hops with a kiss of minty herbal hops that compliments nicely the brewers craft. Moderate carbonation and silky smooth yet lightly crisp mouth feel and finish makes this a new favorite to look for in the blustery cold winter months. Very enticing and very drinkable. Awesome!


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Photo of spoofer
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good, so far too best beer I've tried from anchor.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I never expected it to be so dark. It uses more than one kind of wheat malts and it is so fragrant. Like pumpernickel bread. Pours black with a cocoa colored head of creamy foam that fell very well to a persistent ring. Hearty nose, earthy crackery malts that smell spicy. Taste is rich and breaddy. It has a slightly fuller mouthfeel than I would have wanted and was a bit sluggish on the palate because of it. Has that characteristic wheat "tartness" in the middle and the hops finish it nice and bitter to show you plenty of hearty dark bread flavors.

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Photo of WayneEsten
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had two of these over the past couple of days, both with a made on date code of 2015 Nov 19 (5NR). Ten minutes after removing from the refrigerator, I popped and poured them into a Riedel Ouverture beer glass. It's a excellent looking beer, very dark with a great medium brown head.

Both the smell and taste seem to be mostly dark fruit with malt forward. Given the great look of the beer, I expected a little more aroma. This beer is slightly carbonated and fills the mouth nicely . There seems to be just enough bitterness to cut the sweetness, no bitterness in the finish, at least that I detected.

I'm retired and usually have a beer with lunch. Lately my lunch beer has been a Samuel Adams Winter Lager (ABV 5.6%), it works very well food. I like this Anchor Winter Wheat (ABV 7%) just a well as the SA Winter Lager, but it doesn't seen to work quite as well with lunch. This beer is more of a "enjoy by itself" beer, maybe with a little cheese and/or nuts. For me, this beer certainly is not for "knocking down" three at a sitting.

I recommend that you give this one a try if you like semi sweet, malt forward beers.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of andrewdanks
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tylerbrowe
3.81/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. This is a wheat beer? A quarter inch of beige head is visible and leaves Brussels lacing. I smell dark wheat and some toffee notes. I taste toffee and dark wheat. The body is moderately carbonated and creamy.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of amber. Huge three finger tan head that slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A toasty and nutty wheat and dark malt driven aroma with hints of chocolate and toffee. Wheat and toasted malt with hints of chocolate, grains, biscuit, straw, toffee, caramel, cream, and yeast. Subtle dark fruit hints of fig and cherry. Subtle earthy hop hints. A pretty solid bock like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a wheaty, toasty, and nutty wheat and dark malt forward taste with notes of chocolate, biscuit, and toffee. Upfront presence of wheat and toasted malt with notes of chocolate, biscuit, grains, straw, toffee, caramel, yeast, and some cream. Light dark fruit notes of cherry and fig. Also picking up some banana. Light background notes of earthy hops. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty smooth with the alcohol heat nicely hidden.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Dunkelweizen style beer. Good mix of wheat notes with the toasted malt.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Poured clear but very dark brown with a large, creamy tan head that had very good retention and left excellent patterned lacing on the glass. No sediment.

Aroma: "enticing", as claimed, with faint hops and spiciness over a solid malt base. Hints of dark fruits, toffee and roasted nuts.

Excellent balanced flavor with subtle complexity. Hints of licorice, coffee (aftertaste), molasses and roasted nuts. Mildly bitter.

Feel: Excellent! Medium body with a near creamy texture and ample soft carbonation.

O; not your usual "winter" (read "holiday spicing) ale nor a typical wheat beer (pale), but a unique dark brew that should be great year around.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pgregoryCA
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of samtrillo
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Deep brown body bordering on black with some light brown/amber hues at the base of the glass. The head is oatmeal-colored, frothy, full and chewy-looking. Lace scatters about the glass and resembles the suds on some dirty dishes, but in a much more delicious and appetizing way. 5

Chocolatey nose that also has a bit of a lager-like yeast or malt aroma that I think of as being a bit acrid and almost cider-like (there's some apple there). Actually, on second thought, this aroma is what I smell often in a Guiness, so you make the connection if you wish. It's a tad wheat-y and floral to boot. 3.5

Ahhh, very nice flavor here. Retains the chocolatey, roasted malt flavor from the nose, but the acrid elements recedes significantly and practically disappears. It can easily go unperceived but there's is a low-key wheat flavor, almost vegetal, along with some caramel. 4

Drinkability may be the greatest attribute to this beer. It's got the fullness and richness of a stout, light sweetness, and a semi-dry finish. Throughout it feels refreshing and easy-drinking, perhaps more so than any stout could achieve. 4.25

I admit I drank this for the style tick, but I'd drink it again and in abundance. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Dennis_S
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of whatname
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justinalderman
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of dertyd
2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very dark beer almost looks like a stout with a nice khaki head the beer looks verry nice the aroma is of chocolate,molasses,vanilla,black licorice and the taste is about the same but it taste overly sweet like a glass full of chocolate chips i could not finish the beer had to give to a friend overall i was not impressed worst beer i have had from anchor

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Anchor Winter Wheat from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 333 ratings