Anchor Summer Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Summer BeerAnchor Summer Beer

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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, golden color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of bright white, creamy, foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nicely aromatic with notes of bready, toasted malt and wheat up front, imparting aromas of biscuits and whole-wheat crackers. I also get notes of caramel, black pepper, a touch of coriander, and grassy, piney, hops.

Taste: Very nice, with strong flavors of toasted malt and wheat up front, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes, whole-wheat crackers, and un-sweetened whole-wheat cereal. Next comes a touch of home and caramel-like sweetness, but not a lot, followed by some faint, yet noticeable notes of spice, such as black pepper, coriander, lemon peel and saffron. Finally, the beer finishes with some nicely balanced, grassy, piney, hops. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-thin and extremely creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: What a terrific wheat beer! And I usually don’t like wheat beers, but this one is really terrific. I really love the strong flavors of toasted malt and wheat, balanced well with some subtle sweetness, spicing and hops. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Brewing is well known for outstanding beers and the Summer Beer doesn't disappoint. from its sem-cloudy golden appearance to its awesome clean aroma, it is another winner for them.
The taste is sooth with an overwhelming drinkability. lightly carbonated and pours with a small head. this is a must try if Anchor products are available in your neighborhood.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.53/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a nice golden straw color with an inch and a half thick, fluffy white head that lingers for about 2 minutes. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus, orange peels, and wheat. A pretty tangy aroma but not complicated.

Taste - I like this a lot, although the alcohol seems weak. Bitter with citrus, maybe some lemon or orange zest, and a faint wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Starts to fizz up if you let it linger on the tongue.

Overall - This is a very good beer.. It's very refreshing and would be great on a summer day.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.48/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden color, no haze at all. Head was about the size of Jupiter, I lost a bit of the head over the side (I'll call it my pour out for fallen homies, whatever that means). Head dissipated a bit quickly and is now a thin layer of suds with splotchy lacing.

S: Malty with a zingy citrus left cross across the mug. Yeast and malts tend to dominate, with just a bare essence of the hops coming through. Faint doughy bread smell.

T: Lemon zest hop flavors right away, bitter, but low enough to let some of the fruity hop flavors come through. Malt base is solid. Flavors are quick to appear, and just as quick to vanish, this beer has ninja flavors.

M: Moderate/light body. Medium CO2. Alcohol warm nice. Dry on the palate.

D&N: I don't know why, I love (Anchor Summer Beer (Anchor Wheat)) like I do... Very tasty beer. Uber-refreshing. Crisp and clean with great aromas and flavors. I like beers that have me scratching my head trying to figure it out, and this on has it in spades. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stirgy
4.46/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured a bright and clear brassy golden color. Looks like a golden spritzer. A beautiful large, sticky cream-like head, that looked liked stiffly whipped egg whites. I loved watching the creamy head explode after the pour. Very nice. The aroma has lightly soured malts and a soft citrus hop bite that hits the nose with a sweet fruitiness. There’s a sweet strawberry coming through that’s very appealing. The taste is sweet, light and tangy. Beautifully clean and fresh tasting. Has some buttery texture. Overall, a highly drinkable and enjoyable simple beer. Very refreshing. Another winner from Anchor.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours a shimmering, translucent gold with a quarter inch of egg-white white foam, very bubbly, some minimal scraps of lace cling to the glass. And now the head's fallen completely, white film swirls on the surface of the brew, and a few big, bright bubbles.

The smell is a sweet yeasty flourish; the finish is all earthy and floral malts and underlying hop bitterness. Smells like summer to me!

Taste opens with a wide-reaching soft pinch of hops, with an overhead rush of spicy malts and sourdough breadiness. The middle underlines the bitterness, and at the same time the malts concentrate into a solid spine. Keep in mind, these flavors are very relaxed, nothing palate-pounding here. The finish is a very refreshing, crisp tingle of hops, like sucking on lemon grass and sunshine.

Carbonation is crisp and plentiful; thin and refreshing mouthfeel.

I'm enjoying this -- a bright, bright brew. I need to buy a few sixers. Can't imagine a better session brew to match this spring weather.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the first beer I have had from this brewery. I was always a little hesitant to try the Full Steam, but when I saw the Summer, I decided to give it a shot.

A: This beer pours a light golden color and has a relatively thick, soapy, bright white head. Doesn't have any bubbles on top, looks like a big layer of foam.

S: I get some sweet floral notes in the aroma, followed by some heavy wheat and some pepper spice. A tad underwhelming, but overall has a nice smell.

T: On the surface I get a lemon sweetness, accompanied by some floral characteristics and that peppery spice at the end. The flavor mimics the aroma and has a nice balance with the wheat.

M: Very sweet, but not too sweet and is balanced out by a slight tartness. Lots of carbonation. A very drinkable and refreshing beer.

O: I had a feeling this beer was going to exceed my expectations and it did. Has the balance between the wheat and the adjuncts, the sweetness and tartness. Great brew that embodies summer.

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Photo of tfinn
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beautiful straw-colored effervescent beer is beautiful to look at in a tall pilsner glass. the carbonation is sufficient to develop a nice head which settles down into a fine foam during the course of consumption, with patches of foamy lacing formed on the sides of the glass. (well, I added a few grains of rice before the pour, but I've heard german bartenders doing this with weissbiers to prolong the head, and it just looks so pretty with a nice head.)

scent is grassy, with muted hops and a malt profile distinctive of wheat beers.

taste is decidedly grainy, but well balanced versus the hops and carbonic(sp?) tang. flower and citrus esters (as opposed to banana present in full weissbiers) are present in small amounts during the tail. finish is clean, with no residual bitterness. very refreshing.

mouthfeel is light, almost astringent due to the graininess, but not at all harsh or vinous.

yum yum. great stuff for a warm summer day, this is beer to mow by. I could drink litres.

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Photo of berley31
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-large, creamy white head that had pretty good lasting ability. Body is a golden color, with good clarity.

S: Mild grainy/wheat aroma, with a very light hop presence.

T: Slight sweet grainy/wheat flavor, very refreshing, with an extremely slight hop flavor and bitterness. Quite spot-on for the style.

M: Moderate-light body, with medium-high carbonation.

D: An extremely refreshing summer beer, and an excellent example of your standard American Wheat beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a big, puffy white head atop a hazy yellow liquid. Lots of tiny bubbles. Looks like a nice witbier. Lace is not bad.

Has the wheaty smell of a Belgian white, but absent the usual spicy Belgian aroma. The wheat and some light yeast give a nice, dry scent.

The taste is a blast of citrusy fruit right off the bat. Lemony and a little sour; like lemonade. Very very tart. Has a nice balanced undercurrent. Dryness takes the pucker out of the citrus.

The feel is watery and sour, like a lemon-drop. It's a really sour, puckery summer brew. Really refreshing and nice.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from Anchor’s typical short and stumpy 12 oz. brown bottle.
A: Cloudy gold color. Thick head that does seem to have the consistency of whipped egg whites, as the label indicates. Sounds kinda gross, but it actually looks nice and does give the beer a unique and interesting mouthfeel.
S: Somewhat malty and sweet, but mostly smells like citrus and wheat.
T: Quite malty and wheaty, with strong citrus flavors, most notably lemon. Smooth and crisp.
M: I can feel the head on my lips due to its thickness, and I think this is one of the more satisfying feeling beers I’ve tried in awhile. Very crisp and refreshing; a perfect example of summertime refreshment.
D: Very drinkable, especially in summer weather. I easily went through the 6-pack I bought, and I might get more while this heat lasts!

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Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange in body with white bubbly head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of light cereal, subtle wheat, subtle citrus. Refreshing flavor of light cereal grain, wheat, cornflakes, subtle citrus, dry and clean in the finish. Light body with light carbonation. A clean, palate and thirst quenching brew. Pretty flawless.

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Photo of climax
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor's summer starts off bubbly and gold. The head is large and fades lazily leaving frothy mounds.

The aroma had that definite Anchor Steam skunky character to it, no problem to me. Aside from that, it's not too strong. It boasts the typically assigned flavors of lemon peel, wheat, and a dash of yeast.

The flavor is subtle, but fantastic. It starts out simple and refreshing and then diacetyl flavor kicks in as well as lemon, wheat, and a fresh fruit and grassy finish.

The feel is nice and crisp, certainly refreshing for a Cali summer. Behind the bite is a silky feel that's so smooth going down. It's definitely a summer beer with some character, that sets it apart from it's sometimes boring competitors.

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Photo of Winter
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale hazy golden color with an airy white head. Aroma consists of wheat malt with a lemony citrus. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but leans toward the thin end. Very clean and refreshing. Taste follows suit with the aroma, but ends with an intriguing buttery salted finish.

Very nice light-flavored wheat beer. An easy drinking and refreshing summer offering. Typically, I'm not a fan of weiss beers, but the "lightness" of flavor in this one, minus the weiss yeast that provides the annoying banana and clove characteristics which are usually found in most yeasty weiss beers made this one enjoyable for me.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured with a large, frothy head and dark-like gold color. Aromas were slightly strong with some cloves, malts, and wheat. The taste is really enjoyable and bittersweet. The malt and bready balance leaves a bitter flavor at the end, which is nice and refreshing. Along with a good solid body, the beer is a wonderful wheat ale.

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Photo of Crotor
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first beer to hit me in a while.

It poured with an abundant head which left lacing as the glass was emptied- all to my liking. The light gold color was surprisingly clear considering the wheat content. The wheat was definately present in the aroma, though this was the pure smell of toasted wheat, without any fruit esters. I presume this is a result of the use of an ale yeast. The taste was clean and reserved, though intricate, characterized most strongly by the toastiness of the wheat. Only the slightest hint of hops was necessary to round out the flavor. The total package was light and refeshing without being in the least boring. Exceptionally drinkable, I look forward to imbibing this brew on a hot, midsummer weekend.

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Photo of ellisdee97
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden cloudy yellow. Nice carbonation with a light white head. Decent head retention which leaves a nice ring and sticky lacing.

S: Biscuity wheat malt and floral hops. Honey with a citrus afterthought.

T: Orange and light honey. Biscuity malt, dry and crisp hops with a bitter aftertaste.

M: Carbonation is nice in the back of the mouth, while staying dry upfront. Hops and malt clean mouth out nicely.

D: I will definately get this again, very refreshing and light, with enough of a hop kick for a hophead.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle, poured into a duvel chalice glass. Pours a cloudy, hazy amber with a good half-inch of frothy head, long-lasting, with good lacing. Aroma is a powdery, sharp wheat scent. The biscuity wheat really comes out in the flavor in this beer, much more so than many wheats, with a moderately high citrusy bitterness, finishing clean. High carbonation.

Absolutely top-class American wheat. Though I much prefer a German or Belgian wheat, there's a lot to like about this beer. Very refreshing in the summer.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks real good! Eye candy to the fullest -
Sweet golden color a lil hazy like deep water diving in hefe heaven

Aromas are a mix of wheat, lemon, grass and wheat! Lol yep lots of wheat going on here

Taste is malted wheat up front - hardly any hop bitterness but definately there -
After taste is sweet malts with no cloying hefe flavors - definately American style here

Mouthfeel is very refreshing and crisp with an extremely dry finish-

Overall this is a picture perfect summer brew keeping your focus on friendly conversations with others instead of having to explain flavors to non craft fans

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours clear golden with two fingers of white head. It laces better than it should.

S: Lemon, orange peel, a little coriander, and some cracker malts.

T: Lemon, sweet and light caramel, berry tartness, and light spicing.

M: It has a light body with strong carbonation and a thirst-quenching finish.

O: One of the most flavorful Summer beers I've had.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice deep golden color. Airy but plentiful white head. Good retention and lacing.

Apricots, minerals and wheat. This is really invigorating and fresh smelling.

Mmmmm...this is a thirst quencher, and a really good one at that. A very nice summer ale. Tastes almost lager-esque with the minerals and high carbonation. A very crisp, dry finish. Not too wheaty, even though the label claims 50% malted wheat.

A bit pricey at nearly $9 for a six-pack, but it really was delicious. One of the best summer ales I have had.

A must try for the summer beer fan out there. Even with the high price tag I believe I will be buying another one of these as fall is still 2-3 months away!

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Photo of imblane
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh bottle into a clean snifter to taste.

Aroma - Grainy sweet malts with a hint of fresh honey. No innapropriate esters, DMS, or diacetyl. No noticeable yeast character as appropriate to style. Clean fermenting characteristics.

Appearance - Clean straw colored with a persistent white head along with good retention. Tight small bubble pattern.

Flavor - Grainy sweet malts and honey up front along with just enough earthy hops to balance it out. Clean fermentation characteristics, very lager like in cleanliness.

Mouthfeel - medium-high carbonation along with a medium body and creamy smooth wheat characteristics. No cloying sweetness or other off flavors to associate with this one.

Overall impression - A smooth clean American Wheat beer. No cloying sweetness or overly dry character in the finish. Very effervescent and refreshing on the palate. A very good Summer beer! Would pair well with a crisp shrimp salad and a clean tart dressing!
BJCP Score: 33

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Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This clear golden brew throws out a hefty meringue-like head. Carbonation is very evident by the rapidly rising gaseous bubbles. There's a nice malted wheat aroma mixed in with some subtle notes of spicy hops. The taste of this is pretty big on the wheat characteristics. It also contains nice spicy hop accents. A lemon tang. Very refreshing and easy drinking. A nice change from all of the hefe-weizens out there these days.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So if the neck label is to be believed this is the granddaddy of all American wheat beers. And it shows. Spot on for the style. Light and refreshing and slightly zesty.

Gold colored. Nice white lace, a good bit, stays throughout.

Nothing to sneeze at. But I don't think this will make anyone any more sit up and take notice. But a classic and a perfect seasonal.

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Photo of mempath
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light straw with very frothy white head, laces a bit, settles fairly quickly. though light by nature, looks to be substantial.

nose is a clean, biscuity-lemon with more emphasis on the breadiness. perhaps a metallic note, nonetheless fresh and promising.

very refreshing from the first taste and swallow...quite dry though and high carbonation whisks it all away. quite crisply, but i would like this to linger a bit. biscuit notes remain. not so much the citrus. perhaps a light hop 'bitterness' molecule lingering about 20 seconds after the second swallow though i believe this is an all-malt ale. actually quite a simple but clean brew. nothing bad at all about it. a natural yardwork pause for sure. for what it 'is' this is 'good' ...

EDIT: i return to this because it seemed there was a little bit more to it. talk about a finish. i think as it warmed, it was a bit better. not that i want this warm on a summer day, but i did drink this on a cool spring evening...i just compared it to the Sierra Nevada Summerfest. and i think i would prefer this one if i had a choice.

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