Anchor Summer Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Summer BeerAnchor Summer Beer

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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a clear sunset golden yellowish orange with a thick soft white bubbly head that faded in about a minute and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is light lemon citrus with a bit of honey and bread.

The flavor features a good lemon citrus up front with a touch of honey.

Has a smooth creamy medium body with carbonation that grows during the sip.

Overall this is a decent beer, but nothing outstanding. I will enjoy the rest of my six pack and I'm not upset that I purchased this brew.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anchor's Summer Beer smells crisp and bread-like, with strong notes of fresh wheat buns, honeysuckle, rose hips, and berries--in other words, summer smells. A good layer of sugars underlies these aromas, coming across like confectioner's sugar, or perhaps light vanilla cake frosting.

On the tongue, the first notes are sugars and fruits, including apricots, pears, and a dash of white grape. These fade quickly, or are at least overtaken by wheat notes, resembling biscuits, toasted grains, and Grape Nuts cereal. A pronounced rye bitterness comes into play around the edges, though I cannot discern whether that's due to the hops or malts. These grain flavors last for the remainder of the mouthful, and continue into the aftertaste, which fades in a few seconds. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good beer, though it seems a little below Anchor's usual standards. For one, the bitter notes seem to grow with subsequent mouthfuls, leaving the tongue tingling and the tastebuds reeling with sour/tart residue. Still, the flavors are crisp and nuanced, and the brew just screams to be quaffed at a hot beach.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours clear golden with two fingers of white head. It laces better than it should.

S: Lemon, orange peel, a little coriander, and some cracker malts.

T: Lemon, sweet and light caramel, berry tartness, and light spicing.

M: It has a light body with strong carbonation and a thirst-quenching finish.

O: One of the most flavorful Summer beers I've had.

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

The self proclaimed 'first American wheat beer', poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a pale yellow with a haziness to it as well as a frothy white head.

Smells fresh and grassy, wheat-like indeed.

Tastes very refreshing. A bit less carbonation would be helpful. Dry and hoppy on the finish.

Overall a very good beer. Definitely a summer beer.

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Photo of armock
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Safeway market in Manteca, CA

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of grainy wheat with some lemon

T - It tastes better than it smells with some lemon upfront and a grainy wheaty finish

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - For what it is its not that bad pretty much your average American Wheat which is pretty nice and refreshing this time of year worth a try if you like this style

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Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Indeed nothing says summer like a clear, golden-bodied beer and this particular one, visibly well carbonated as the bubbles both in and over top the beer attest, looks idealistically refreshing. Brewed with wheat, it makes the glass shine like a field of golden straw and, almost instantly, makes my mouth start to water at the thought of a first, big gulp.

Anchor Summer has a smell that only a beer drinker could love (and maybe perhaps a baker too). It is a grainy smell, the unmistakable one of malted wheat and barley, with its cereal-y elements misted in a fine fragrance of yeast from which are cast out delicate floral esters. A little dabbing of hops also contributes by way of a vague, soft peachiness.

American wheat beers - of which this claims to be the prototype - are not generally as lush, full or prolific as the average German wheat beer. Although this is brewed with 50% wheat, it doesn't quite share the creamy texture of a hefeweizen, nor does it have the zestiness or savory notes. It does share the bubbles, however, and is every bit as refreshing.

Refreshing, no doubt. But tastiness? Not at all, really. This beer is the ultimate in no-frill quenchers, with no flavour other than that of the wheat and barley malt. Even then, that dry, bready, cereal-type graininess is considerably light on the palate. The hops and yeast are also concealed so as to (in theory) not conflict with quaffability. It's bare bones.

Anchor should know that a little more character wouldn't do their Summer Beer any harm. Sure, as is it makes a delightfully refreshing beer that lives up to the brewery's established standards of quality - and is tremendously approachable to even the most casual of beer drinkers - but it's a little too no-frills for me to buy it consistently, if again at all.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Buggies
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of wheat and lemon. Very clean aroma. Perhaps some faint bits of malt maybe caramel... very faint though.

Tastes OK. lemons up front with a little bit of floral hop flavors. Slight graininess from the wheat.

Overall, really quite bland. Just a slight step up above a generic BMC. Honestly, I'd probably just go with my standby lager.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/22/11 notes. Had on tap at Stoney's in DC. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear dark yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, bread, and grain. Light fruity as well.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, and bread. A bit bland.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall an ok beer, but kind of bland. Easy to drink but not a lot going on. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle at the 6 pack shop.

Appearance: Nice yellow, a little foggy, some bubbly. Looks like a summer beer. If that was what they were going for I would say they hit the nail on the head.

Smell: Definite lemon, some hops, nice and clean.

Taste: A very light beer, no doubt. Probably as much character as you can get for a beer this light. Wheat, other grains, with lemon.

Very crisp, clean, light beer. Sitting in the sun, you could throw down a 6 pack before it hits you. Goes down really nice.

Compared to the cheap stuff, this is all right. This does the job on a hot summer day. But if I were to only have a few beers on a hot summer day, I would choose Bell's oberon, something with more complex flavors.

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

Pours from the 22oz. bottle a rather macro-like golden color with a thick, foamy head that settles into a 1/2 finger collar. Quite high carbonation, lots of tiny bubbles rising in the glass. There's a faint aroma of light citrus. 1st sip brings a modest taste of dry, grassy-like malt & some bitter lemon peel. The taste is a little too understated IMHO. It's not bad, it's just that it's a little too weak & faint for my tastes. Mouthfeel is light & crisp with a bit of sparkle from the carbonation. This is pretty refreshing on a 100 degree plus summer day like today, I just wish the flavor packed a bit more of a punch.

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Photo of Gatch
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours nicely. A white, fluffy, tall head forms and hangs around for a while, settling in a pillowy layer.

S - Plenty of malt, some sweet fruit.

T - First sip: pretty good. Clean, crisp, refreshing. Bready, citrusy, malty.

M - Good carbonation, good flavor on the palate.

Solid beer.

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Photo of pinotboy007
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Very nice looking with an imrpessive white head that leaves some lacing. The beer itself is a nice, perfectly clear gold color.

S-Some wheat, a touch of baked bread and a faint bit of hops and straw.

T-Pronounced wheat without the bubble gum, a bit of an aftertaste similar to dry grass, not that I've ever eaten any. Not bad, but nothing that particulalry stands out.

M-A bit creamy but still refreshing, especially given today's disgusting heat and humidity.

O-Not bad. I'd not really seek this out, but it's OK in a very large field of serious contenders.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Summer - the season of cloud, wind and rain. What could be better than a light American ale to celebrate?

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up at my local beer specialist. Described on the neck label as the first modern American wheat beer; fermented with a top-fermenting yeast.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden hue with good carbonation. Produces a huge head of white foam with a creamy texture and good retention, although it eventually reduces to a decent surface layer. Aroma of light malt with a wheaty character. An obvious note of diacetyl and a dry off-flavour, along with stewed hops and the faintest hint of citrus.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle dry bitterness. A discernible undertone of diacetyl. Notes of grain, yeast, citrus and stewed leaves. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with light astringency. Aftertaste of stewed leaves - not great.

Not a brilliant effor; too many off-notes. There was a brief moment in the first minute or two when it seemed pleasant and lightly hopped, but it went downhill from there. Perhaps I let it warm up too much. At any rate, it's not awful but somewhat flawed. Choose something better.

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

This brew poured up a cloudy amber colored body with an intense foamy white head with amazing retention and lacing. Aromas of toasted/buttered wheat bread, lemon zest, and a hint of some field grasses. Light- to medium-bodied with a nice lemony/bready flavor (almost like a good tea cake) and a subtly hoppy bite on the finish with is smooth and crisp and definitely not heavy or harsh.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow clear and very bubbly which looks a lot like a macro brew except for the awesome head. It's off white and giant! I'm talking mounds of pillowy head that is constantly fed by streams of bubbles. It looks summery fresh and refreshing.

The nose is mild and easy going with a base malt scent paired with a light lemony pith. A simple smell that doesn't have gobs of character but is clean and pleasant.

The taste is very light in every way. The balanced flavors pingpong back and forth between muted fresh grains and the slight hints of lemon rinds. Very refreshing mild wheat comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp with some firm carbonation and a light body. The co2 adds a nice soda like bitterness in the finish that is the icing on the cake. Maybe I am biased about this summer beer because it's 105 outside right now but this seems to be a perfect glass of suds. Great beer!

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale straw color with some visible carbonation. Large, foamy off-white head has good retention and some lacing.

Smell: Mild wheat aroma with a bit of malt sweetness and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Starts out with a good deal of wheat with some lemon and underlying malts. By the end the bulk of the flavor is a big lemon-ish bitter (and slightly sour) flavor. It is really over-the-top and kills the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with quite a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Low ABV, but unfortunately the overwhelming finish and aftertaste takes a major toll on this beer's drinkability.

Looks nice and smells good, but this seemly promising beer suffers from the strong lemony bitterness in the flavor.

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

Pours a clean gold with moderate cap of white soapy froth. Scent is uber pale with a faint kiss of malt sweetness, lemon and bready yeast. Taste brings just a bit more to the experience... still a very light beer with only touches of sweetness, bread and lemon. Lighter side of medium, slightly watery at first but creamy as carbonation escapes and the beer warms. Not quite sure what the goal was, but the beer was too mild and lacking any sort of style.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear bright slightly golden yellow color. Provides a thick white foam head that has exceelent retention. There is plenty of lacing. The carbonation is quite visible.

S: The nose is a little light. What does come through is malty, wheat and some very faint hints of lemon.

T: The taste is pretty similar from start to finish. Lots of malted wheat up front and throughout. There is a slight citrus undertone as well.

M: A lighted bodied beer that leaves a clean crip refreshing taste on the palate.

D: This is a decent summer beer. You can drink this all day. Not sure if I would necessarily reach for this one first, but would not turn it down!

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Photo of LXIXME
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
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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Photo of 1after909
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another suprisingly good summer ale for me. I usually don't care for summer ales as I think the breweries try to get too cute and the brews come off too light.

This one had a decent head and a light golden color. Didn't come across as too "wheaty" for me.

A good choice to have a packed cooler with a selection from a quality brewer.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow with a 2 finger sudsy snow white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with a touch of citrusy hops and grains. The aroma is very light.

Taste: Lightly bitter citrus up front followed by malt in the middle before a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is mild and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily. You could knock back a few without any trouble on a hot summer day.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. I feel like Anchor was going for something light and refreshing for summer and this meets the criteria. I'd consider this to be a step above light beer, which in this case isn't a bad thing. I'd recommend giving this one a shot on a hot day.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellow in a glass with a nice frothy white head. Aromas of wheat, lemon and maybe a hint of banana. Lemon and wheat on the palate with a crisp finish. Light body with a really nice tightly wound frothy carbonation. A solid beer from Anchor.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Provisions

A: The pour is a pale golden-amber color with a white head.

S: Smells of corn and vegetables with a bit of candy.  Light floral and herbal hops and a bit of grass.  There's just something very off qbout the smell of this beer...

T: Sweet bread and sugar, a really sweet, almost candy-like flavor. There are some light hop notes, mostly of the grassy and floral varieties. Really a strange/odd beer.

M: I would call the body and carbonation medium.

O: As good as some Anchor beers can be, they have some pretty bad ones.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass on the beach for 4th of July.

Look: clear golden body with a large, white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Looks good.

Smell: very light aroma with a little wheat and a little lemon.

Taste: follows the nose with a light flavor, some lemony hops, biscuity malt, and some wheat. Fairly simple to be expected from a summer beer.

Feel: medium to light, crisply carbonated, easy drinking, conceivably a good session beer.

Overall: solid summer offering from Anchor. Its simple and understated, which is good considering the purpose of this beer and its one of the better light wheat ales I've had. Cheers.

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 1,306 ratings.
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