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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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Golden copper with a thick, fluffy white head. Probably stirred up a bit. Ample carbonation.

Aroma: Light and brisk. Wheat and spice shows through in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and bready/wheaty upfront. Very mild hop bitterness. Not much else for flavor.

Mouthfeel: Dry and wheaty. Again, not much flavor. Relatively light. Drinkable at best.

Drinkability: Not too bad. It feels somewhat bland but goes down well and could make a good session ale. Average at best.

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Photo of biggmike
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with nice white very fluffy head that diminishes to a white film. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Flavor is the same. Lacing on glass was minimal. Mouthfeel was pleasant. This is a very refreshing beer with a high degree of drinkability.

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Photo of QuentinCompson
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Goliath glass

A - Nice malty finger head, goldish brown brew; great lacing

S - Grassy, wheat, skunky, a bit stale smelling

T-M - Malty with heavy wheat flavor, watery yeast, nothing that special

D - I could probably drink a number of these at a baseball game, out in the sun, etc; it's easy to drink; however, I'd probably rather something else. I really enjoy other Anchor Steam brews, so I guess my expectations were high for this. It just didnt do much for me. I plan to give it another shot sometime. May revise.

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Photo of illidurit
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A shade redder than gold, with a thick and dense head that sticks around forever.

Aroma is of stale malt. Kind of a crackerish quality.

Flavor is of fresh bread with very little fruitiness. This beer tastes wheaty, not like what happens when wheat is fermented, but literally it tastes like wheat. Cereal graininess and no fruitiness make this pretty dubious stylistically. Almost tastes like a macro pilsener actually.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Good carbonation and body, refreshing when cold. Just doesn't really hit the spot.

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Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a weizen glass, it had a brownish-amber color and somewhat thin texture. Had a typically big amount of head and some decent lacing.

S: There really didn't seem to be much of a smell here. A bit of wheat and malt, but little else.

T: Like the smell, it didn't seem to be much of anything. A faint wheat flavor, with a malty finish, but mainly it was very thin.

M: This is an under-carbonated beer. Not lively at all. The finish was decently smooth. Below medium in body.

D: This is a disappointingly average beer. It's really a halfhearted attempt at a wheat beer that's too simple in its style.

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Photo of Cunningham26
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first wheat beer I have encountered that had no haze to it (I am not certain, but I assumed it had to do with the top fermenting yeast, I'm sure someone knows), and being so it made for an extremely odd and somewhat uncomfortable drinking experience. While it tasted like a wheat, it looked everything like a pilsner or light lager.

On taste, I found it had little if any characterization. It had a brief typical wheat taste that left all too soon with a settling dryness. Beyond that, I didn't get any hops or even a malt that came through.

It must be said, this beer smelled absolutely terrible. It didn't taste anything like it smelled, but the aroma made me initially suspect that this was a leftover from the previous summer.

Overall this didn't stand out in any way, and I was pretty disappointed.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle
A- A nice golden color with a large head. The head disappears far too quickly though.
S- The scent is of quality wheat, but it is rather weak. Some very distant fruit scents.
T- The taste is decent. It's a strong wheat taste though it finishes a little sour.
M- It leaves my mouth a little dry and is a bit too highly carbonated. It is of decent weight, perhaps a little lighter than optimum.
O- It is light enough that it is easy to have a few. Fairly easy to drink.
Overall an ok beer. A good purchase, but I doubt that I will purchase it again. I wouldn't turn it down if offered though.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, single bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison for $1.89...
Pours a light, straw-colored, amber, tawny appearance with a minimal head that soon receded and left hardly any lacing, with ample carbonation visible...
Faint aroma of banana, citrus, and apple..
Taste strongly complements all smells present, and was crisp, clear, and refreshing, with a slight pepper-bite to it...
Good mouthfeel, crisp and clean, and a really good level of drinkability to match make this an ideal warm-weather beer...

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Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled fresh at the brewery after the tour. Noticeably better and fresher than bottled back in Tx. Medium golden color with bright white head. Definite lacing. Smell is of eggy foam, kind of like a fresh meringue. Kind of unappealing. Crisp wheaty honey taste and a medium length finish along with the eggy flavor again. Decent and easy to drink, but there was a flavor in this that once I picked up, I couldn't really enjoy it any more.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the cellar beer cooler... I think Steven picked this up back in September while in Seattle... I know I should have popped it by now, but it sorta got lost in all the other brews.

Poured into my small weizen glass.. Long lasting white head with chunks of lace.. beautiful slightly hazy gold brew.

Aroma is fruity ale yeasts with wheat malt and just a dusting of earthy hops.

Descent body and carbonation.. flavor is more fruity flavors and pale wheat.. more flavorful than I can describe ... but not much (I have a hard time with American wheats).. dry husky/grain finish... slight lemony tang in there... very smooth and drinkable.

I remember liking this one alot more.. maybe it was the hot weather at the time... really a very good take on the style; possibly just not when there is snow on the ground.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, spice, caramel, lemon and some of hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with flavors of wheat and a little fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a decent balance. The malt character is a little heartier than you typically get in this style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a nice lighter beer but there are several others that I would pick first.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
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 tmitch75
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw color with light head and little lacing. None of the thick creamy head described on the bottle.

Smells bready and yeasty with some spicy notes.

Tastes like biscuits and wheat malt with some spices again (grains of paradise?) as well as a little lemon.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Nothing too memorable here, although I will give it another shot in the summer months when it would be fresher and could really hit the spot.

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Photo of billybob
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a honey golden opaque with a two finger white head that fades quickly with a fair amount of good sticky lace. weak slight spiced aroma. very bland spice,pepper taste what saves it is the light sharp crisp mouthfeel and carbonation. have had much better and don't think i will buy this beer again.

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Photo of stewart124
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got ahold of this one late in the season but I am always willing to try an anchor beer.

Pours a clean dark straw color with a thick slightly off-white head. Smell is fairly faint with bits of grass and floral hops that are barely noticable.

Sweet and clean with a dry finish that is a little spicy. There are slight fruity esters from the anchor ale yeast. Hops blend well and are not very noticable. It is a bit malty and this works well. Body is medium but a bit chewy from the 50/50 wheat to barley mash.

Almost seems like a kolsch for this wheat/summer ale. Not bad but really not the special. Refreshing and I wonder if I would appreciate this more given the correct season.

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Photo of drpimento
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is better than the average American wheat ale. And this one does seem to drift towards the Bavarian styles without really going there. Do like the Bavarians much better, but this isn't bad. Clean, yellow hazy gold color. Fresh nose. Satisfying flavor, body, and finish. Easy drinking.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle driven 4/5 of the way across the country by malthead - thanks!
A: clear light golden appearance, resembles a kolsch. the neck band refers to an 'unusually abundant' head, which I did not experience. the head that did form, however, did resemble the whipped edd whites that the band also mentions. sparse lacing that didn't last long.
S: bready and malty with a slight funk
T: the low IBU is a great way to calibrate the pallate.
M: it has a foamy presence, expands in the mouth
D: maybe in August after mowing the grass this would be a good thirst-quencher, but as I sit here tonight - even as a fan of malt - I am happy to have experienced yet another unique brew, however, I won't be actively seeking more.

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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 Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from my girlfriend's house

Surprised to see this was the first American Wheat beer to be brewed, that is cool

Great beer that has a real nice golden color and thick foamy head

Taste was full of lemons and hops, interesting combo made for a decent brew

Could drink a lot of these, especially in the heat

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, pours a clear shade of pale gold,.a fluffy white head of half a finger, lots of nice lacing, quite nice. The aroma is very much Anchor... which I respect, but don't like all much. Wheat, hay, and earthy things are prominent in both aroma and taste, some citrus in the latter, like lemon-grass. The mouth is probably the most pleasant thing about this beer, at once smooth, crisp, and a bit grainy in the finish. In all, its one more Anchor beer I don't like, but would still drink, my weird love-hate thing with em'.

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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 mdagnew
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a very pale golden colour. White head poured quite rocky then faded quickly to thin wispy coating. Pretty sparse carbonation.. light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Very light biscuit malts, some juicy fruits (lemons, apples, grapefruits), some doughy traces, cut grass, some sea salt, light spicy hops, floral, some graininess...

Taste - Pretty much as above with some light wheaty traces... pale malts, watered down fruits, light honey sweetness, grassy, salty notes, definite graininess...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light bodied... Pretty drinkable at only 4.6%.. good on a hot summers day but definitely needs to be chilled as the grainy notes become more pronounced as it warms up...

Overall - An decent enough brew - pretty drinkable when chilled... worth a try...

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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 techdiver
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a decent head that dissipates into a smaller rocky head and finally a thin cap of foam. Displays good carbonation.

Modest nose of wheat and faint hops.

Taste echoes the nose, nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The carbonation helps greatly here.

Like so many summer brews, this is good for a hot day. Easy drinking, but then there are so many more that are notches higher.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden body with substantial visible carbonation. Excellent fluffy head leaves some nice lace down the glass.

Aroma is pretty average. Nothing really stands out.

Grains, malts, hints of citrus, light crisp hops. Wheat flavor is muted and not as full or rich as I like for the style. Alcohol is surprisingly noticeable at only 4.6%.

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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