Anchor Summer Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Summer BeerAnchor Summer Beer
BA SCORE
3.4/5
1,306 Ratings
Anchor Summer BeerAnchor Summer Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,203
Reviews:
603
Ratings:
1,306
pDev:
14.71%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy drink, great slightly chilled for summer. Creamy wheat mouthfeel.
Very frothy though temporarily. Malty and lemon twang with citrus hop and grass and fruit aroma. Thin but like Anchor. Above average carbonation. Crisp, clean, and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of acurtis
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a huge 3 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt and some citrus zest. Taste is of sweet malt and some bitter citrus zest hops. Very little lingering bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good summer beer that is pretty refreshing but not one of my favorites from Anchor.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nothing earth shattering here, but a pretty nice brew for the hot months. smells like grassy hops, light tea crackery malt palate, and perhaps a touch of citrus zest. flavor is very well balanced, with more malt features than hop features. its got a sort of german or czech pils malt profile, which is bigger than a lot of summer seasonals. floral blooming polleny grassy hops are very crisp and seasonally appropriate o the tail end of this beer. feel is good, not too light on the body, but very very easy drinking. refreshingly robust carbonation and a quick finish. this is a nice outside slammer for the summer, and a lot less boring than many of its contemporaries.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't overly thrilled by this brew from Anchor. The beer poured out as a straw yellow with a big white head on it. The aromas of fresh grains were bursting out of this one. The hops weren't there or hidden by something else I suppose. The flavor was very light on this brew. I really thought Anchor would have done something to kick this up a notch. I felt that the mouthfeel was good for a summer brew but the flavors just weren't overly exciting.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a big fan of all the other Anchor stuff I've had in the past so getting their summer seasonal was a no brainer. I must say, I'm a tad disappointed with this one. Pours a hazy golden color, not much action going on inside the beer.. starts off with a big fluffy head but quickly dissipates. Typical light bodied wheat summery taste that seems to be cloned across the summer seasonal board, the taste not so appealing on this one though. Finishes a tad try. Drinkable none the less, but I had this following a Southern Tier Hop Sun and that is a good amount better than this one. I'll try other summer seasonals, but thanks for trying Anchor.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head, which as the bottle label says, resembles beaten egg whites, and has excellent retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts, wheat and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but has stronger flavors. There are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels slightly more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and would be particularly refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As summers usually go, the heat and arid nature demands a beer of crispness, refreshment, and high drinkability; but without compromising quality and character. If this is the case, than Anchor Summer Beer might be your beer of choice.

Crystal clear and medium golden in color this decisive beer coats the surface with an abundance of foam- airy, froathy, and with a liquified texture, the cotton-white head both retains well with a fluid nature while leaving broken rings and pockets of lace on the walls of the glass. More formitable of a look than most summertime seasonal beers.

Lemon, apple, and an everso slight lactic acidity hits the nose while softer wheat breadiness buffers closely behind. Lighlty grassy, the herbal hop notes help to accentuate and substantiate the ester and acidic notes.

The acidic fruits and grassy herbal-ness continue in taste. Zesty green apple or crabapple flaovrs carry a lightness that blends well with the wheaty bready taste. All remaining light, like cracker crispness and accented by slight tartness for a snap and sprite late. Lightly grainy, the extra strain gives tartness and husk flavor but without much offense.

A short-lived creaminess/fullness quickly ushers in a mid-palate of acidic grain, light tartnss and mild astringency that's probably as much an asset to the beer as a deterrant. Finishing very crisp, clean, and with a refreshing minty vanilla taste- the beer has a hoppy and alcoholic minty-cool dryness that supresses taste just before the memory of wheat malt in aftertaste.

As summer ales go, this ones hit all the key components: a wheaty body that anchors flavor and body, an acidic balance of tart esters and sulfurs, and a grassy hop crispness that finish the beer. Keep it low in gravity for an effortless beverage to drink and we have a beer that's prime for the season. We have Anchor Summer Ale so bring on the heat!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle at Wunderbar.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two chubby fingers of foamy and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice streaky and striated lace around the glass as it very slowly recedes - the retention on this sucker is solid!

It smells of mild barley and stronger wheat grain, earthy yeast, stale butter, and floral, sort of woodsy hops. The taste is still quite light, with some biscuit/caramel maltiness, cereal-like wheatiness, more slightly off-putting room temperature buttery notes, and some floral, grassy, and soapy hops.

The carbonation is a bit too strong up front, but settles well enough to a testy frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, wispy, a tad prickly, but overall it calms down to an acceptable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a wheaty dough sweetness dominating any latent hop aspirations.

A summer ale that is all about the undulating fields of wheat, and much less about what the hops can do for you, as they are pretty low-key in this offering. Unfortunately, what the malt has to say just isn't all that interesting, being that it has a leaky diacetyl valve, or something. Not a drinking experience that I care to repeat on this, or any other patio I might stumble into - across, I mean across!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of brentk56
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: One beautiful beer, with a clear pale golden color and a fluffy white head that lasts forever and leaves lacing all over the place

Smell: Lemon perfumy

Taste: Sets out a flat biscuit malt backbone against which there is a touch of bitter lemon on the finish; very light

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: What a disappointment! I have truly enjoyed the other Anchor beers but this one is way too light and flavorless for my tastebuds.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - On tap. It had a light golden color with a good-sized white, foamy head. It left some lacing.

S - It smells of wheat and grass.

T - There is a light malt taste complimented by the wheat and yeast components.

M - It is light-bodied and dry.

D - I really enjoyed it. I have yet to try it from a bottle, but I thought is was quite good on tap.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Lubière: Poured a yellow/white color beer with a huge pure white bubbly head with good retention. Aroma of bubblegum and banana is just sublime on this hot summer day. Taste is refreshing with a nice crisp presence of wheat and some discreet hops in the background. Very well done for the style and very enjoyable during summer –not sure why the rating are so low for this beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized white to off-white head rests above a clear golden colored beer.

Avery very light aroma, I can barely smell a light citrus coming from this drink unless you stop and search for it.

Carbonated sweet malt with hints of citrus almost lemon sour but not quite taste. A light almost dry aftertaste.

Considering how much I like Anchor Steam, I was quite let down with this beer. Just seemed like a washed out summer offering.

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