Anchor Summer Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Summer BeerAnchor Summer Beer

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by kbub6f on 01-14-2002

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Reviews: 603 | Ratings: 1,303
Photo of Dubbercody
1.73/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle. Eh...what’s to say. I didn’t really like this one. It’s uninteresting, somewhat bitter. Not even close to wheat-like. Not a fan of this one, and I expected more from Anchor. Glad I only got a single.

But, it's a cool bottle, nice design...hope the recycling guys like it.

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Photo of waughbrew
1.8/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cute little anchor bottle. Pour is very pale yellow with a small white "whipped egg white" head that doesn't last. Smell is musty with some sulfur and veggies, kinda like a bad cologne. Decomposing lemons are present in the aroma and the flavor. Overall reminds me of a American macro lager with sweaty gym sock and citrus. The flavor starts off decently, but the finish is just awful. No thanks.

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Photo of SMcGuire33
1.8/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Light golden with a nice white head that leaves lacing.

S- Not impressed with the smell. Very wheaty, but almost smells sour.

T- Very wheaty and barely taste the hops. Too light for me, and does not leave any kind of aftertaste. Not satisfying.

M- For the little taste, not enough carbonation. Very thin overall.

O- I am biased because IPA's are my favorite, but this beer was not even enjoyable for me. Craving an IPA now because this is far too light and thin.

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big let-down, the other beers from Anchor i've had have been delicious, this basically taste like a bland (but well made) lager, thin, grainy, watery, nothing really really struck a chord with it being a wheat beer either, is this what all American wheats are like? The closest thing to Cascade Summer Blonde i can remember having, only this is a bit better.

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Photo of Offa
2.01/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Fairly dark gold, it has a rather big, off-white head which shrinks slowly to a thin, creamy top and leaves decent lace.

The aroma is pear, honey, and grain. It's ok, but not great.

The taste is too thin, bland, and rough with a rough bitternes that is far too strong for this beer and its thin character. It is mostly light lemon and crackers. It's worse with food.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.17/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Paid $7.99 for a six pack.

A rather disappointing showing from the usually solid folks at Anchor. Pretty in the glass, a very light wheat beer. Almost tastes infected/metallic. Tastes like it came out of a can, or was sitting warm somewhere for a year.

Still, I paid for it, so I'll drink the other 5. Hopefully it'll get better.

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Photo of stephendr
2.21/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden appearance – medium / thick white head , last kind of long - nose is very , very light skunk , rice , grass , hopps and hay – taste of straw , corn , light wheat and and yeast –sparkly body however, dry body – aftertaste slightly sweet, skunky , and earthy bitter like dirt

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Photo of Onslow
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Of all the Anchor beers out there, this is the plops! ..Pours an uninspiring haze with low foam... Taste is refreshing but lacks any character! Not much else to say except that i wasted my money on a whole sixer! Pass on this and get a real beer! shame!

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Photo of lownote
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Six pack bottles.

Bottle pours a yellow color with a lot of head that dissolves almost immediately. The smell is not very strong or clear. I almost feel like I smell leeks or some sort of vegetable. The taste is also really bland. A little bit of bitter, but not else, with maybe a little donspecific citrusy taste. The mouthfeel is a little sharp to the tongue and not smooth at all, but has a thinner texture. Beer overall is not easy to drink.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.31/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice "Snow White" head looks to leave decent lacing. Beer is a clear, golden color with above average looking carbonation.

Smell: Slighty sweet hop aroma. Smells like your typical pilsner. One wise man smells faint traces of beer.

Taste: Reminds us of popcorn. Weird eh? I wonder if anyone else got that. Maybe it's the combination wheat and hops. Yes, popcorn-flavored beer. (Not in a good way)

Mouthfeel: Wet, somewhat watery.

Drinkability: None of us really enjoy the taste of this one, so even though it's pretty smooth, I can't imagine any of us drinking more than one or two of these (unless it's one of the few beers at a party). Nothing special here; we're pretty dissapointed.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.31/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear honey colored with a chunky, rocky white head that retaind well and laces even better.

Aroma is metallic lemons, buttery biscuits, and astringent minerality.

Flavor is same, lemony metal taste with bready malts and faint floral hops.

Light body with a thin, but grainey mouthfeel. Not nearly as good as the other offerings I've had from Anchor.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Trappist Westvleteren mini-goblet in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. I shared it with a fellow BA; total amount served was 12 fl oz.

A: Three finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is a bit low. Colour is a clear light gold.

Sm: Cream, malt, and crystal hops. Pungent aroma.

T: Crystal hops dominate, with a light fringe ester I can't place, and a malty foundation, with a terribly stale dirty finish. Simply built, and poorly so. The balance is most certainly off.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't really match the flavour.

Dr: Low ABV, fair drinkability, and low quality make this a beer to leave be.

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Photo of weller1js
2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stopped in the liquor store for looking to try something new in the summer lineup.

Appearance: darker golden hue, slightly cloudy, average head.

Smell: scent of a typical pilsner with a very slight citrus undertone, barely noticeable.

Taste: clean yet unimpressive, no discernable underlying tastes or influences.

Drinkability: it has no outstanding qualities, reminds me of drinking a cheaper pilsner, drinkable, but nothing that want make me buy it again.

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Photo of vkv822
2.37/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear, bright yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is primarily grassy hops.

Same as the nose, primarily grassy hops with some light malt backing.

Medium-light body with active prickly carbonation.

If I didn't know what style this was I would have guessed it to be some sort of light lager. Not a bad beer, but bit of a let down for the style.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
2.41/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Anchor summer ale

P/A= pours a apple juice hue with a white two finger head.

S=sweet malt,honey, hint of citrus.

T= wartery with a lot of carbonation wheat and malt taste very simple slight bitterness

MF= tingling with bubbles

a ok beer might be good with pizza, but tomorrow is thanksgiving so it has some work to do. happy holidays.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow with a white head that hung around for a bit. It had a subtle pilsner style hop aroma, which I thought was a nice change. In the taste, malty, kind of, well just there. It is a smooth beer, expecting more bitterness to it compared to the nose. Not all that exciting, bot it was OK.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.46/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Clear light yellow with a big healthy head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing. I would have given this a much better score, but filtering a PWA is fucking weird.

3.0 S: This smells like a sweeter version of an adjunct lager.

2.0 T: Goddamn is this bad. Tastes more like some kind of infected Bud Light than what it's supposed to be.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation, but not very smooth.

2.0 D: I think the filtering gets rid of most of what works well with the style.

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Photo of corby112
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with golden orange hues and a half finger white head that immediately fizzles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy, spicy around with subtle floral hops and sweet malt. Very subtle wheat characteristics coming through. Faint bready yeast with hints of caramel, biscuit and grassy hops. So far this beer is in almost complete contradiction to the description on the label.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with zesty spice, earthy, floral hops and sweet malt notes. Again, I'm not pickig up much wheat beer character. Light and watery with some grassy hops up front followed by some peppery spice and sweet malt notes. Hits of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Bland but pretty easy to drink. I like their porter and steam beer but this was a disappointment.

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Photo of tapman
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear and filtered, which is less desirable for me in a wheat ale of any kind, a golden honey color houses a plume of bustling carbonation that creates a large head like that of frothed milk. Lacing is ultra sticky and coats the side of the glass that isn't filled with beer.

Yeasty aroma with bready, semi-sweet wheat. The anchor house/ mineral smell is here and that is fine. Hops are subtle and slightly floral. A little band-aid/phenolic smell comes from the yeast.

Taste is like band-aid with some bread and a little spicy bitterness in the finish. An almost cinnamon spice character, probably from the yeast, comes out and is perhaps supported by the Northwest hops that I guess was used.

Mouth is biting and harsh from the carbonation. The froth head is pleasant in the mouth, but the dryness in the finish sucks the moisture right out of the tongue.

Too dry to be refreshing. Lack of pleasant flavor and composed of almost entirely bitterness, if you can imagine that as a taste. The phenols are way too harsh. Maybe a bad bottle, but the bottle I had was not good.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very golden straw color. Very little head that quickly disapates. The aroma is somewhat light. Wheat, grains and just a hint of citrus. There is almost too much carbonation for me but you get used to it. The taste is pretty mellow. Bitter and grainy. Finishes crisp and dry. Not great but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of seedyone
2.52/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From an undated bottle. What little head there was dissipated very quickly. Aroma was non-existent. Taste was in the middle of nowhere. The only redeeming factor was a substantial mouth-feel. What I don't get is what substances are in there that don't manifest on the palate? Quite disappointing compared to the original Anchor Steam.

On tap & from bottle. From the tap this hits the nose with a bit of funk which is quickly dispelled once it hits the tongue. The rich looking head quickly dissipated leaving an intriguing lacing pattern until about half way down the glass. The body is the most noticeable trait thus far. Unlike most "summer" brews there is a lack of the crisp & citrus character so ubiquitous this time of year. That should not be misconstrued as something bad, it can, when all is said & done, be a long as it has a purpose...& in this case it seems to. Anchor Steam, in my mind, has always had a character that I can best be describe as "a fistful of flavor". The heartiness of which is not lost in this venture to the lighter, brighter side. As a New Yorker whose summers are a series of intermittent hot days inter-dispersed with VERY hot days, this would be great on the merely hot days. Synchronize with a mid-Californian moderate clime. Bottom line is grab some, if it's warm, but spare it, if it's HOT & humid, but, if you like robust beer, no matter what, keep it on the list. Now on to the bottled effort. The head was nowhere to be seen but the lacing showed up. virtually other aspects corresponded.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass:

A - Pours a light golden/straw color with a creamy, white three finger head. Retention is solid/

S - Sweet malts with a strong hoppy aroma. Overall, fairly simple. The hops are overpowering.

T - Hops dominate the entire palate. Some malt and citrus flavors hidden somewhere. No finish to this beer at all.

M - Crisp, and highly carbonated. Entirely to dry. Mouthfeel is off entirely.

Not a terrible beer overall, but not great by any means. I wouldn't go back to this one.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one at Half time. Never seen it before. Not sure if I will ever see it in my fridge again.

I am sampling a chilled brew in a pint glass. The beer pours very light yellow with a bleached white fluffy head foaming up about 1 cm. Very large bubbles on the sides yet finely packed on the surface.
Aroma is slightly grainy with light lemon hints. Very mild overall. First sip reveals a thin brew with rather prickly carbonation. Flavor is mild but some wheat twang is present. The beer is crisp and refreshing but rather devoid of any bold flavors. The finish leaves me wondering where the taste is??

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Photo of morimech
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is a clear, golden colored beer with a thin head that leaves spotty lacing. This is a dark wheat beer and not the witbier I have been accustomed to. The aroma is biscuits and yeasty malt. The taste is malty with no bitterness noted. Not what I expected from a wheat ale. I did not like it at all. It is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Leaves a bit of an unappetizing lingering aftertaste. Time to put this one to bed.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.40):
A real disappointment from Anchor here, particularly given the reputation of the brewery and my past experiences with them with this one being forgettable in almost ever area, not to mention boring and bland as well. Both the taste and smell seemed far to weak and featured too much skunk to make them enjoyable, that couple with the relatively poor mouthfeel makes this a beer I can't recommend at all.

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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