Anchor Summer Wheat
Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Summer WheatAnchor Summer Wheat
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From:
Anchor Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Pale Wheat Beer
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
78
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 12.43%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
113
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 04, 2019
Added:
Apr 08, 2015
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  38
SCORE
78
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Anchor Summer WheatAnchor Summer Wheat
Notes: The crisp, clean flavors of Anchor Summer® Wheat are refreshingly light, a thirst-quenching American-style filtered wheat beer. First brewed in the summer of 1984, Anchor Summer® Wheat is the first American wheat beer in modern times. It is intended to be a lighter beer for those who don’t want to sacrifice historic tradition or character.
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Rated: 3.5 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by mamaraza from Texas

Jun 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by Half-full from Illinois

Apr 19, 2018
 
Rated: 2 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Nabbed a can at Trader Joe's for $1.59 USD.

Soft and wheat-emphatic with some mild lemon and citrus esters, showcasing what I assume is American Ale yeast.

Pils malt and 2 row fill her out.

Overcarbonated and medium-bodied, this brew stops short of nailing the refreshing summer sipper vibe Anchor seems to be after.

Hop profile is floral and a bit citrusy, but it's tough to discern what's from yeast and what's from hops in terms if fruity flavours...I assume it's all from yeast.

Hints of bubblegum phenol creep out as it warms.

Smooth, wet, and approachable. It's not a bad brew (and $10 a sixer is fair) but it falls short of the iconic classic quality discerning drinkers have come to associate with the now troubled brewery. If we're buying big beer-acquired breweries' American wheat ales, sign me up for Lil Sumpin Sumpin instead. I'll draw from the Anchor well when I want Porter or Steam.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE
Dec 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.66 by Bmarkalan1970 from South Carolina

Oct 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.53 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska

Sep 04, 2017
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Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a hazy yellow with a two finger head. Smells more citrusy than it tastes but the taste is a little on the tart side. Fizz is medium and goes down easy. Nice summer beer.
Aug 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.21 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a semi-burnt dark yellow to bronzed orange color with a slight transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Just a finger's worth of white foamy head fell off at a moderate pace. Light lace.
The aroma had some honey, citrus, slight sweet wheat and a light dessert cracker-like maltiness.
The flavor cleanly displayed the prior mentioned aromas fairly nice to compensate the aftertaste with some of the cracker to sweet wheaty to honey conglomeration.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Pretty smooth along my tongue and had a nice clean sweet wheaty finish.
Overall, as an American pale wheat ale, I'd say this was good and worthy of having again.
Aug 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by nater919 from New York

Jul 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.38 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Jun 13, 2017
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Reviewed by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear golden color with less than on-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, honey and lemon citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet honey and bread then a lemon citrus note.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this beer is good but nothing special, there are much better beers to be had in this style so I would not seek this one out again.
Jun 12, 2017
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Reviewed by D1noB from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Easy drinker, would be a good craft entry level beer. crisp with a slight wheat taste.

Taste Rating in Words: It's flashcards, prepping you for something larger.
May 29, 2017
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Reviewed by basaywhat from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
12 oz can. Pours a cloudy yellowish gold with a nice frothy white head. Aroma of pale malts, wheat and mild citrus hop notes with some fruity esters. Flavor is spicy wheat, light residual sweetness up front but drys out on the finish.
Mar 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.06 by SebastianMandeville from New Jersey

Feb 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by muswellbeerbelly from Illinois

Jan 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Dec 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.05 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Yoda22 from North Carolina

Oct 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.66 by Samputnam14 from South Carolina

Oct 05, 2016
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
DATE: 27 August 2016... OCCASION: a beer for relaxation and a thought that Dad continues to recover in the hospital... GLASSWARE: Penn State weizen.... pours a clear, streaming golden body with clumpy, chunky head that mellows to a half-finger rather swiftly.... lacing is cumulus clouds sporadically finger-painted.... heavy cracker pervades, with the expected wheat aspects like bubblegum, funk and candy fighting for depth... palate is textured, with the throat bubbly but soft and drinkable... lemon and orange citrus hint at, surprisingly, creamsicle, while the cracker creates a memorable flavor profile... carrots and other vegetable flavors also... yeasts do not develop much nuance outside of popcorn, although the finish is clean and refreshing... this one is surprising, as I have enjoyed most of what Anchor has offered.... this is not one I would seek out again, with its curious distinctions and uneven flavors... much better wheat ales out there...
Aug 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by alexsergio from New York

Aug 05, 2016
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
I CANtinue to further The CANQuest (tm) on this hot, humid summer's evening. It sure beats playing around with bottles!

From the CAN: The Quintessential Summer Refresher ... From America's First Craft Brewery".

The loud Crack! inspired an inverted Glug, which led to the creation of two-plus fingers of fluffy, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. It is oppressively humid here in Lancaster, PA tonight! Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a lemony tartness & once again, my attention was riveted. Mouthfeel was rather thin & watery, even for the style. The taste was lightly tart and lemony, but it was terrifically refreshing on a crappy night like this one. Finish was semi-dry & while the taste was very mild, it served as a nice CANterpoint to some of those bigger beers from earlier. Once more, it comes down to what you want to fill your summer cooler with. Given its bland flavor, you might do better at the price point.
Jul 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Jul 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by 8BaconBits from California

Jul 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Jul 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.73 by mooredmb2011 from New York

Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by freewill35 from Indiana

Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by JoeCorleone from California

Jul 05, 2016
 
Rated: 2.88 by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Jul 01, 2016
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Reviewed by got2 from District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5
Typically, I avoid canned beers. While many people say that they don't taste any different than those from a bottle, but I disagree. I think they taste not only different, but typically not as good.

That aside, the color is golden yellow, and forms a nice full and frothy head. The smell is of alcohol.

Carbonation is a bit higher than I would prefer, but it's by no means terrible, only mildly distracting. The taste is full-bodied, with a nice mouth feel and has a very nice bite.

I would buy it again, though it probably wouldn't be my first choice.
Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by nobodywonder from California

Jun 14, 2016
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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Golden orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a thick, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium bready malt and earthy, resinous and minty hop aromas. Notes of mild apple and pear. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light creamy feel through the middle followed by a light warmth. Bready malt flavor up front followed by earthy spicy hop flavors. Fresh, minty notes in the middle are interrupted by a spicy hop bitterness only to return to the fresh minty flavor to the end. Finished semi-dryly with a minty, bitter and bready aftertaste. Malt and hop flavors and aromas balance nicely. Subtle hop complexity makes this very interesting and incredibly refreshing.
Jun 10, 2016
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Rated by Parksworker from California

2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Taste like a normal wheat beer should, nothing to rave about..
Jun 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.74 by drews240 from Rhode Island

Jun 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.34 by Antc2382 from New Jersey

Jun 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by jkermitj from Mississippi

May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

May 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.09 by aufie from Texas

May 26, 2016
Anchor Summer Wheat from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 152 ratings