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Anchor Summer Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Summer BeerAnchor Summer Beer
1,306 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pint glass in San Fran.

A: Nothing spectacular; fitting to the style. Lager yellow, with some flat champagne carbonation. The head is overconfident at first, but then quickly fades to murky puddles. The lacing is standout though, with grandma’s tablecloth intricacy. Sticky icky.

S: Next to nada. A faint floral bouquet; lot’s of freshness though. Smells like a summer session.

T: Very much made for drinking a lot of, or in other words, not much potency in flavor. Very light, very lager-y. The wheat does not come through much here.

M: Probably its best quality. Light, yet there, feathery, yet sticks around.

D: Session, session, session. I may have gotten into this one a little late into the season, which may explain some of the flavor and nose dissipation. I wouldn’t mind having a few of these on a really hot summer day. An SF summer day requires a little bit more of a bite though.

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

Picked up as part of a mixed six at Wegmans. I love the stubby bottle. The head was super fluffy and looked great. Typical wheat color. The nose was more wheat than usual. Nice lemony flavor (but hold the lemon wedge please). Easy to drink and quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - almost completely clear golden, fluffy white head dissipated slowly with lots of sticky lacing
S - very grainy, leafy, metallic, and just a little yeast
T - wheaty bready malt, crisp grassy hops, some metallic, mildly fruity
M - hearty fullness with a nice carbonation kick, crisp with a lingering sweet and dry feel, filling yet refreshing
O - a very easy drinking brew with a nice combo of pale ale crispness with hearty hefe characteristics, just in time for the end of summer :(

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Displays a rich golden hue beneath a thick, puffy white head.

S: Mild aromas of wheat, cream, honey, and tart citrus. Nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

T: A tart, grainy entry gives way to notes of wheat, butter, lemon, honey, cream, grass, and herbs. Finishes short and smooth with traces of wheat, herb, and citrus flavors.

M: Dry and fairly crisp. Feels a little more substantial than many of the other American pale wheat ales that I've tried.

O: I find this beer to be average. It's a pleasant treat on a hot summer day, but I do not feel that it is all that memorable. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice fluffy head that sticks around. Pours golden yellow, with a little cloudiness.

S: Wheat, grain

T: Clean, refreshing taste. Malty wheat. Not a lot of complexity, but very refreshing.

M: Very nice amount of smooth carbonation. Even though the taste is simple, the great carbonation makes it good.

O: This is a great smooth easy drinking beer. I recommend it.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale golden color straw color with a very thick white head. Very good head retention.

S: Lemon, yeast, and some earthy aromas.

T: Light bready malt, lemony light citrus, very slight sweetness in the back end. It's clean, well balanced, and very drinkable.

M: Light bodied, above average carbonation.

O: A very good summer wheat beer, a great beer to kick back with on a warm summer day.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Code but no bottle date.
A: lightly hazy, gold. Really nice head is as it says on the bottle-thick like whipped eggwhites and persistent.
S: faint. Crackery malts remind me of a helles or pilsner for some reason. Maybe get some of the wheat malts as well.
T: bready, biscuity malts are lightly sweet and clean out with a light sourish wheat twang.
M: light bodied but not too light especially considering the abv. Nice and frothy.
O: nicely done, but I like a bigger citrusy hop presence in an apwa.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (date code 1AA = 2011 April 1) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with the slightest of haze. Persistent 1/16" dense white foam with sheets and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: The fainest of grain and hops, and I mean really faint. I really had to give it a good swirl to even get that. Otherwise it's almost odorless.

Taste: Definite sour twang up front, followed by some slightly pine-like hops bitterness, and then a dry crisp finish. Very much like an American pale wheat.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation...quite spicy on the tongue. A little watery after the carbonation goes away. Still, the higher level of carbonation goes well with the taste - dry and crisp again.

Overall / Drinkability: Surprisingly quite drinkable for a shallow flavor profile beer. But maybe that's why it works. It's not trying too hard to wow you, it's not amazing: it's just very drinkable. Washes food down quiet well (I think this would be great with seafood) and went well with a BLT for an unofficial end of summer beer on labor day. I think it would definitely would be refreshing on a hot day as well.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Summer Beer has an incredibly thick, meringue-type head, and a mostly clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance. The aroma is a sharp, bready, somewhat sweet smell, and the taste is bready, slightly fruity, sweet, and quite bitter at the back end. The mouthfeel is medium, and Anchor Summer Beer finishes mostly dry and bitter. Overall, this is a very good beer.


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Photo of nickd717
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review dated 12/19/2008.

OK brew. Hazy golden color with a small white head. Light and citrusy, with about as much flavor as the steam coming off an anchor (not much). It is a good summer beer for when you are taking a summer vacation...from taste. Wheaty and mildly malty with some lemon notes. Light on the mouthfeel. Drinkable at least, easy to pound or funnel. Marginal showing from a decent brewery.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured with a large, frothy head and dark-like gold color. Aromas were slightly strong with some cloves, malts, and wheat. The taste is really enjoyable and bittersweet. The malt and bready balance leaves a bitter flavor at the end, which is nice and refreshing. Along with a good solid body, the beer is a wonderful wheat ale.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Crystal clear pale gold color with a 1" firm, fluffy white head. Much like whipped egg whites, like the label says. Retains at 1/4" and leaves thick fluffy lacing.
The nose is fairly faint and simple, but it smells like good beer. Nice pilsnery and wheat malt smells with a little grassiness.
The taste, while also simple, is nice. Extremely clean, fairly dry, with grassy hops and soft malt. A little bit of lemon zest. Finishes clean with a lingering, slightly bitter herbal hop finish. The lemon comes out more as it warms along with a touch more malt sweetness. If BA still rated drinkability this would easily be a 5.
Very nice, soft texture, manages to be creamy and crisp at the same time.
Overall I think it's very well made, and a great easy drinking summer beer. It could use a little more character, but its subtleties and simplicity are very enjoyable.

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Photo of HBeezley
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't usually like wheat beers, but when I do, it's probably Anchor Summer.

Despite a lot of mediocre reviews (some I agree with some I don;t understand), I am left to be satisfied in my own ability to enjoy this beer.

I like it!

A - Golden, light, refreshing.

S - Not too much here. Malty, bready.

T - Bread, hops, malt, little floral to it. Not complex at all; which, lets be honest, is a nice break from way complex beers. and for a simple brew, this one does it well.

M - Might stray a little too far towards that light beer style.

O - Nice Brew. I find it delicious actually! Nice beer to get the night started since its so refreshing. I'll definitely be back for more next summer.

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

I like the colors on the label, very muted and cool pastels. Some head, very thin. Honey-colored, not a bad looking summer.

Smells just a bit wheaty, but other than that, there's not much nose.

Light, but not as light as expected. It's got a stronger flavor than expected too. Defies expectations I suppose, but not in a spectacular way. The wheat is almost overpowering.

Nothing great about the mouthfeel. It's okay, but a little watery. Could use more body.

Overall, it's refreshing enough to be a decent summer, despite the generally below average scores I gave it. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is golden colored, with a very slight haze and plenty of effervescence. The head is white and measures about a half inch, leaving some decent lacing in its wake.

The aroma is of malt and lemons, and maybe a hint of wheat.

The flavor is OK. This beer is a light, malty offering, whereas some of the better examples of this style offer a bouquet of citrus and floral hops to compliment the wheat. Obviously, personal preference and opinion come into play in that regard. The malt bill reminds me of Anchor Steam, which I think is a much better beer. The flavor is bready and malty, with some light bitterness in the middle and back.

Crisp and refreshing, but there's just not a lot going on. The finish is just a tad harsh.

This would be suitable for a scorching hot day, but even then, I can think of many beers I would prefer to this. I don't see myself having this one again.

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Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Batdorf's in Annville. This is a basic, clean American wheat - boring but refreshing. There was a very mild wheat and pale barley taste with no real discernible hops character. It's on the mark for the style, but I wouldn't order this again.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
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 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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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 1,306 ratings
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