Anchor Summer Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Summer BeerAnchor Summer Beer
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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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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 theboozecruise
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A friend brought some over for the LSU/Auburn game... new one to me, sweet.

It pours a nice light golden color, typical of wheat ales, with a thick creamy head. Lots of carbonation... took more than one pour to get it all into the pint glass. A definite aroma of hops with some citrus and wheat present.

The taste is more of the same, although there is a lemony tang to it that is more powerful than the aroma. Very light in the mouth, and very easy to drink.

Definitely not a bad choice for the end of an afternoon mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a lightweight and drinkable beer. It will not be one to possess your mind, but it is a pleasant enough way to pass some time with a refreshing summer beer.

Pours golden with lots of carbonation and a frothy head. It smells wheaty and sweet. The taste is clean and wheaty with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin and clean.

Not a bad choice if you want something different from a standard issue lager or Pilsner in the summertime.

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Photo of andrewm190
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Again, this is one of those beers that does well when its a bit chilly and the day is hot. I'm typically not a fan of wheat beers, but this one does alright--for its appropriate summer heat. I'm not sure I'd be fan of this beer in other climates. The beer is apparently made in San Fransisco, which to me is odd, if only for the sense I have that this beer would fail my palate miserably in the bay area. I think its and mild success, but on accident.

Outside of its appropriate context, I'd steer away, but feel free to enjoy in front of a summer game.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden-yellow color with a decent frothy, white head. Aroma is all malts, bread, grains, wheat, and a bit yeasty. Flavor is sweet all the way, light and unoffensive. Decent beer, kind of bland, but nothing really special about it.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a six pack the cost $9.69 at the North Coast Coop in Arcata, CA this poured a cloudy yellow with a foamy head and light lacing. Nose of light malts. light hops, and very little wheat. Light mouthfeel. Flavor is much the same and there is a light and watered down finish. Not a very good effort by a brewery that usually does better.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3 or 4 finger foamy white head forms atop this brew. The head has a great deal of structure and does live up to the description on the bottle (like whipped egg whites) The beer is very clear with a good amount of visible carbonation. The color seems to sit at the intersection between light amber and dark gold. Nice looking brew. As I poured it I was able to get the head to form a ¼ inch above the top of the pilsner glass. Now that's a lot of structure. Big clumpy lacing.

Aroma was slightly fruity with a slight sweet and biscuit aroma. You can detect the use of wheat.

Flavor was very light and very crisp. Lightest ever malt note, but really of cracker and/or dry crispy bread. There is just a touch of hop bite to counteract the very slight sweetness. But the overall sensation is crisp clean flavor. Not a great deal of depth. Again in the finish you can detect the use of wheat.

Very light body and extremely drinkable. Total session beer and one for the hot weather.

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Photo of froghop
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a clear yellow with a large white fluffy head, good lacing.

smell is of grass, malt, bread dough, slight amount of sweet fruit, some wheat,, bubble gummish in the back.

taste is of grain, very slight citrus, wheaty, aftertaste is slight dry and tangy.

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Photo of usmittymc
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler glass from a bottle.

A: Slightly hazy golden color. Off-white heaad builds and reduces to a nice cap.

S: Not much going on in the aroma category. Just a clean smell, with a faint hint of spiciness.

T: Clean, slightly sweet wheat at the beginning of the draw, contrasted very nicely with a fruity hop bite.

M: A little creamier than other wheat beers that I have tried. Execellent carbonation.

D: This is damn quaffable beer. I wish that I had more of this over the summer. It would make an excellent session beer after yardwork, before/during/after the ballgame, or while grilling. Goes well with with grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp.

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Photo of KeefD
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a inch head that becomes slightly rocky as it settles, and turning out some decent lace. Would liked to have seen some more haze. Smell is grainy and sweet. Taste is clean grain flavors, a bit of spiciness and citrus elements from the hops, an average wheat flavor, sweet in the beginning and dry on the finish. Good carbonation, crisp and somewhat refreshing. A good summer beer for a hot day in the sun, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of sleazo
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a relat with a relatively clear straw colour. The eggshell head is filled with very large bubbles. It started out at three fingers and moderately quieted down into a nice soapy cap. Lacing is a strong point.

S_Mild odour. Slight wheat twinge and a bit of what appear to be noble hops.

T_ A nice crisp acidity from the wheat dominates throughout. Mild hoppiness towards the end reminiscent of a Czech Pilsener. There are also slight mineral overtones that become more pronounced as the brew warms.

M_Light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Well done for a summer beer.

D_Quite refreshing for a hot summer day. To me this seems like a Czech Pils made with a good deal of wheat. Also this is very clean tasting with no apparent flaws which would be easily detected given the lightness of the beer. Not an all year round beer for me but I will pick up a sixer of this for the next heatwave we are supposed to get.

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Photo of JamesS
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark straw color with excellent head and lacing (for a wheat beer). Good scent, slightly malty and wheaty, but fairly weak. Good taste, although the pepper/spice flavors almost completely overtake the wheat beer flavor lurking in the background. It's a little rough going down, but not bad. Not the best summer beer, nor the best wheat beer, but worth a try if that's your style of interest.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz short Anchor bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice creamy white head that provides good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is on the faint side with faint malt and wheat and just a touch of hops.

T- The taste is pretty clean and crisp with some malt and a mildly spicy hop finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty damn drinkable, would be a perfect to enjoy in the outdoors in the summer time, or mowing the lawn.

Overall, Anchor Summer Beer is a pretty decent brew to enjoy in the warmer summer months. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a fluffy head and lace.
The aroma is a wheat,mild skunk and a touch of alcohol.
The taste is (what taste ?) just some wheat,light malts and hops with a hint of lemon. Not much taste.
The feel was crisp and the carbonation was medium with a light body and a bit of a watery finish.

Notes: What a disappointment. I found this easy to drink in the sense that it was not a horrible beer,yet in this style I expect a whole lot more. I remember enjoying my thin Widmer more and that is not even in top class. Do you think I will buy this again?

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Photo of bonkers
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
a-pours with an impresive thick head that sticks around for a while, the color is a golden yellow
s-sweet, some what malty
t-slightly sweet, the wheat malt is not overpowering
m&d-medium bodied mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer
overall- a solid summer brew

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Photo of steinlifter
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This poured a medium-golden,with a big frothy head that left broken lacing.
Citrus,hop aroma, hint of Orange peel.
Light and hoppy with citrus notes.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp.
drinkability is excellent, this is a really nice "Summer Brew".

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Photo of Sweasty
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Crystal clear gold color. It forms a 3 finger white head. Head eventually falls to a ring, but leaves adequate lacing .

Smell - Light aroma. Wheat malt with a citrusy/lemon backbone.

Taste - Reminds me more of a pale lager versus a wheat ale. As with the nose the flavor is fairly light as well. Its crisp with wheat and citrus flavors. The finish is dry and citrusy.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with an effervescent carbonation.

Overall this a refreshing brew. A good quaffer for these blistering summer days. The beer is fairly light all the way around. Its a good brew, but there are other summer brews I would reach for.

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Photo of BBM
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with thin white head. mellow smell of grass and bread-lie malts.

A mild herbal wheat flavor comes though, along with caramel malts and a subdued hop presence. This beer is perfectly unoffensive, but lacks any stand-out qualities. Nice for a summer day where you don't want to have to think about what you're drinking.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light looking with a massive inch and 1/2 head on it.
Smell: Hardly any. Slightly sweet.
Taste & Mouthfeel: A bit carbonated, with a "grassy" taste (probably the Ends with a sweetness that turns into earthy taste. Lite bodied throughout with a smooth aftertaste.
Drinkability: I've had better summer beers, but this isn't a bad attempt, just average. I was expecting a little more from the Anchor crew.

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Photo of Phocion
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Massive rocky white head covers a bubbly, clear, golden beer. Good retention and chunky lacing. None of the cloudiness that one would expect from a wheat beer.

Aroma is surprisingly mildly skunky, and full of earthy wheat. No scent of citrus to speak of.

Wheaty malts and just a tiny lemony twang. Very mild floral hoppiness. Well-balanced, but very little flavor to speak of.

Well carbonated, and -- compared to the flavor -- not terribly thin mouthfeel. That is, unfortunately, the only good thing about this beer. I have to admit I'm pretty disappointed after everything else I've had from Anchor. Still drinkable, but nothing I'll pick up again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
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 ShrLSU
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Clear copper color with a slight white foamy head, one finger high eventually settling in.

S - caramel malty scent slightly earthy

T - A good crisp beer. Very refreshing. nice malt taste. Not a lot to it, but a goos summer lager

M - Light and smooth, not overly carbonated. Not very complex at all.

D - Not the best Anchor has but solid. I'd prefer the Liberty Ale for a refreshing beer.

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Photo of mltobin
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide glass.

The appearance is medium yellow with a thick and frothy head.
The smell is sweet and slightly bitter.
The taste is of corn and some sugar, certainly a summer style.
Mouthfeel is average, kinda ordinary for a wheat ale.
Drinkability is a bit above average.

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Photo of mayor55
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip glass. I like it very cold. Awesome white foamy head like whipped cream. Leaves some nice rings. Nose very flat. Feels good in mouth. I'm starting to like wheat beers. Clean aftertaste. Lives up to it's name. Very drinkable summer beer. Would like to put a case of this on ice, and drink a few and take a nap.

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Photo of midaszero
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Clear light yellow with 2 fingers of foam that are sticky

S - Kind of a grassy smell reminds me of Budweiser

T - Not a lot of flavor but crisp and clean again reminds me of Budweiser.

M - smooth and light body with little carbonation

D - Better then Bud or Miller but not that impressed.

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 1,308 ratings