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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of HardTarget
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bready yeast with a peppery hop bite.
Appearance: Bright yellow body with a billowy snow white head that slowly collapsed in on itself in valleys and craters. Thick tide marks showed the progression of my enjoyment.
Flavor: Light malt flavor balanced by a crisp hop. A pilsner taste that lingered and faded into a slight citric flavor; slightly lemony.
Mouthfeel: Light body, heavy carbonation, and very dry. It is a bit too fizzy for my tastes. Has a slight alcohol tingle and hop burn.
Overall Impression: Drinkable, as a good summer beer should be. Great looks, but a bit over carbonated to be a good thirst quencher. Enjoyable, but I won’t crave another.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor's Summer Beer is a pleasant hot-weather diversion. It's not overwhelmingly adventurous or stylistically outstanding, but it sure does go down easy on the back porch. It was a bit pricey at $7.99/sixer, but I generally enjoy Anchor products, and I've been in a late-season wheat beer mood, so I picked this one out of the crowd.

The appearance is quite good. This beer produces a massive, creamy head if it's poured correctly. The head takes a long time to dwindle, leaving nice sticky lacing down the sides of the mug. Very, very nice looking.

The smell was strictly average, nothing too much coming through in the nose.

The taste was a bit thin, but interesting. The malts combine to make a quirky taste. Slight hints of citrus, a bit of a grassy aftertaste. Surprisingly dry. I really have never tasted a wheat beer quite like this one. Anchor makes a big deal on the label about this being an all-malt beer, and I'm wondering if this wouldn't have been better if they had fleshed it out a little more with an adjunct. Slight hoppiness to compliment the malts.

Thin mouthfeel, not particularly carbonated. Dry.

Extremely drinkable, though. It would have been easy to put away quite a few of this light summertime offering. Try this on your friends who enjoy light beers and see what they think. Would pair nice with some chicken or some fish. A good backyard beer for those waning summer days.

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Photo of mschofield
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear gold, well carbonated and topped with a merinque like big bubbled white head. Leaves puffy bands of lacing.
Fruity, toast aroma, floral and herb. Light caramel/toffee when it warms, wheat.
Lemon zest taste, hay, wheat comes through strong, nice grassy&spicy hop. A bit of tartness gives it a good balance.
Lemon zest grows as it warms. But let it warm too much and there is an unpleasant powdery note.
Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 aquatonex
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant light amber. Minimal, ephemeral head, must have been the bartender's method on tap. Citrus whiffs immediately blossomed from the brew. Taste has mild hops, a lot of citrus, and a little tartness. Very light and refreshing mouthfeel. Leave the palette nearly clean besides a slight citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing and enjoyable!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear bright gold topped by a large, off-white, somewhat frothy, big-bubbled head. The cap of foam is firmer and stickier than the vast majority of wheat beers and leaves a nice amount of lace in substantial chunks. The aroma is more 'slightly skunked lager' than 'wheat beer' according to my nose. I don't appreciate much citrus, a flavor that I usually find appealing in a summer beer.

Uh, where's the flavor? This beer is so light on the taste buds as to be nearly nonexistent. I'm really having a difficult time describing the flavor due to a lack of it. Summer Beer may be the weakest, least flavorful non-light lager that I've ever had.

I suppose I could say that it's balanced, in the same way that both sides of an empty scale are at equal heights. The body actually isn't that bad; it isn't overly thin in the mouth and the carbonation seems about right. It's drinkable, but then so's water.

Weak, weaker, weakest. Anchor may have brewed the world's first anti-beer, the beer world's answer to a photographic negative. If you don't see Summer Beer in your favorite beer store, try not to remember that I told you not to try it, unless you don't want to that is. Or not.

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Photo of pezoids
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 tjd25
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head looks silky and smooth but wasn't as "unusually abundant" as they said on the label; it lasted quite long on the very slightly hazy yellow orange color body. The smell I found weak, some citrus and some herbal notes, the wheat not being really noticeable. The taste was very round and dry; fruity with liquorice and herbs. It reminded me more of whipped eggs than the head. Some sourness, more refreshing than annoying. Quite enjoyable and refreshing, and highly drinkable. The fruitiness is humid on the palate, but the hops made the throat dry.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a light golden color. The head is about a quarter inch, but fades before I even take a taste, contrary to what the label says. The beer smells sweet and slightly malty to me. A moderate malt flavor comes through first followed by a refreshing hop finish that doesn't linger too long on the tongue. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and just heavy enough without being heavy. Drinkability of this beer is just above average. I would expect just a little less malt in a summer beer. There is no lacing to speak of as I drink the beer down. This would not be my first choice for a beer while grilling in the summer, but I wouldn't turn one down if it were given to me.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish color with a nice 2" head. Some light lacing develops. The aroma is mild as some citrus, yeast, and hay tones are evident. The flavor is simple - some wheat and lemony citrus tones with a touch of hops. Some hay or grass is minimal but there.

The mouthfeel is lighlty crisp at the start and finish. The finish is slightly dry. This is lighter bodied and is light on the carbonation. Very drinkable, a definite thirst quencher for a hot day.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden pils color with no yeast haziness at all. Has some subdued wheat ale characteristics in the aroma. Rather thin in the taste, but I suppose if one was drinking seasonally, this beer is quite refreshing and easy to drink. I prefer a bit more oomph, myself. Nonetheless, a moderately good beer, but lacks a certain character I look for in a summer thirst-quencher.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear, deep gold with very active, fine carbonation. Short-lived head is smallish, creamy and pure white. Surprisingly thick lacing.

Smell: A bit odd. Wheat, citrus, but also slightly papery with a bit of musty, pissy yeast aroma. None of the sweet banana or clove I'd expect, though.

Taste/Mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is pretty good for this style, light, tight and very crisp with sharp carbonation; quite refreshing indeed. The taste, though, is another story. The wheat taste is flat and slightly metallic. It finishes with a slight lemon sourness and a drying hoppiness. There's virtually no sweetness or fruitiness at all, which, again, is odd--and missed.

Drinkability: Could I? Sure. Would I? Probably not; many better examples of the style are easily (and more cheaply) available.

I first had this at the San Fran Beer Fest and hated it, but that was after extended stays at Ommegang, Unibroue and Stone--I figured it deserved another shot. It got it, but still, not impressed. They seem quite proud that it's the USA's first wheat--maybe they should concentrate a bit more on making it the best.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very average, and disappointing for an Anchor. Some aftertaste saves it from being totally bland, but compared to other good wheat beers nothing to recommend. None of the customary fruitiness typical for the style. Also, not much hops (compared to other micro wheat ales). The Baltika I had after this absolutely blew it away.

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Photo of winomark
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium golden color with a fluffy white head and lots of streaming bubbles. Slightly sweet, lagerlike nose(cereal grains). Hops not noticable. Very mild palate. Wheat malt has control throughout the palate. Soft, lingering finish. Quite refreshing. Light mouthfeel, but exactly what I expected. Nice overall. A super, easy-drinking summer brew. I wish I had access to this more easily. Another great Anchor brew.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beer poured to a nice golden color with a bit more saturation than a light pilsner. Reasonable white head disappeared quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint aroma reminiscent of grains and yeast, no complex or interesting notes to speak of.

Taste: Clean taste of malt with a soft hop, interesting yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: Average to light bodied, nothing exciting to speak of.

Drinkability: I'd drink it but I'm sure there are more interesting and exciting beers out there. There weren't any notes that aren't met by a typical pilsner - it would make a good drink on a hot afternoon but I don't see a reason to go out of your way to get your hands on this brew...

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Photo of Thrasher
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold with frothy head that dwindles to a sudsy ring. Aroma of hay and light lemony hops. The beer is smooth, and initially sweet, with a clean and ample maltiness. Wheat plays a part too, adding a slight graininess and breadiness. Hops are mellow, providing slight friction and very little bitterness. The trademark Anchor yeast seems to be the dominant characteristic, supplying a slightly earthy, musty complexity with some sour raisiny fruitiness. A decent beer but not as fully dimensional as Anchor's classic Steam beer, which uses the yeast to better effect. This is a light, easy sipper that will quench the thirst but not the desire for adventure.

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Photo of budgood1
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a brilliant golden colour...pure white clumpy, frothy head...lots of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of my tall glass. lightly spiced wheat aroma...grainy, earthy. taste is a big letdown. any real wheat flavour is drowned out by an overwhelmingly spritzy mouthfeel. i want to taste my beer, not feel like i'm drinking seltzer water. a hint of bittering hops make up the finish. not very good.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Although not true to the typical American Wheat style (in terms of hoppiness) this beer is really good. Pours to a beautiful white foam head with tiny bubbles and bits of lace. Clear deep yellow color--obviously fined and filtered. Flavor is mostly dry, tangy and hoppy with a nice malty finish with slight notes of fruit and butter as well. An excellent choice for summer sessions. Very easy drinking if you like bitter beer. Flavorwise this beer has more in common with German Pilsner than it does with most wheat beers. If you enjoy a good Pils you may appreciate this oddball brew.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a crystal clear pale straw with a huge white everylasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with soft wheat and slight hops.

The flavor was slightly sour with hop bitterness that dominates with fruity and wheat flavors.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter into the aftertaste and the body was medium light.

I found the sourness quite refreshing, but the beer was a little boring.

12 ounce bottle served at 42nd St Oyster bar for $2. I remember when they used to just have Anchor Wheat. I guess at some point they made it a summer seasonal.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
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 granger10
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a bright golden color with a foamy white head. Good amount of lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell has a nice semi-sweet wheat nose to it. The flavors in this beer seem to not really mesh too well together. I notice the wheat malt upfront and maybe a little citrus taste in the background but then that really fades. Spicy hops are in the finish but they seem almost out of place. This beer isn't too smooth and not really exciting either. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, bright, clear golden color with a light, slightly foamy head. Not much aroma - just clean grain and a whiff of yeast. Nice, clean taste. Crisp malt, with a light hop bite. Nice, full body allows the flavor to linger on the palate. Wish I'd bought more than a single body of this one, it's a great session beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear light goldenrod, forming a large meringue-like rocky white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong with spiral streamers. Aroma is light and piquant with a suggestion of wheat malt and pale malt, some distant floral hops, an ale fermentation with a touch of dusty dryness. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body. Taste begins with a touch of floral hops...tastes like Saaz, then some flimsy malts, some ale esters, a medium herbal and earthy bitterness towards the semi-dry finish with touches of lemon-pith astringency.

Rather indistinct from any other entry-level American Wheat ale, this beer does little for me. It's clean and cold, but that's about it. I would pass on this in the future.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden slightly hazed nice white head leaves nice even lacing down my glass. Aroma: Sharp sweetness with a citrus tone wow, it's not a wit definitely an American wheat ale. Taste: Bready, slight bitter finish not a smooth wheat beer light citrus and wheat flavor but clean. Mouthfeel: Lighter body lacks smooth crispness, high carbonation. Drinkability: Mediocre wheat ale, not my cup of tea at all flavors are blend leaves me wanting more flavor a whole lot more.

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Photo of nomad
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa, its got a head like whipping egg whites to soft peaks. Underneath is a chunky stain wrapping around the dull golden beer. Sharp carbonation brings on crisp malt, snappy wheat, and equally brisk hops competing in a loud battle. Tastes like a better version of a macro pilsener; actually, eerily close to one. Green, bitter hops last really long but are fairly watered and balanced out in the finish. Dry paper is a dominant notion as the profile is as rough and poorly hewn as I could imagine. Smell is forgettable, similar to how it tastes but nowhere near as powerful.

I'm guessing this is probably what a good American pilsener was before Prohibition: some pale malt, some wheat because its cheaper, and whatever hops you could get your hands on.

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 1,301 ratings.
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