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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 bort11
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tall weissbier glass. Huge fluffy merengue white head takes up nearly half the glass. It does not recede so much as float on the surface. Little puffs of foam spot the glass. Body color is a clear bright straw yellow.

Smell has a tart and grainy wheat aroma. It's like freshly malted wheat, which has some lemon grass character. Taste has a more mild lemon flavor up front then moves to biting graininess. There is a dry biscuit character to the malt. Hops add a green herbal quality.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. A very dry finish leaves me wanting more. This is at a session-able ABV of 4.6%, so more is a good thing.

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Photo of corby112
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with golden orange hues and a half finger white head that immediately fizzles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy, spicy around with subtle floral hops and sweet malt. Very subtle wheat characteristics coming through. Faint bready yeast with hints of caramel, biscuit and grassy hops. So far this beer is in almost complete contradiction to the description on the label.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with zesty spice, earthy, floral hops and sweet malt notes. Again, I'm not pickig up much wheat beer character. Light and watery with some grassy hops up front followed by some peppery spice and sweet malt notes. Hits of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Bland but pretty easy to drink. I like their porter and steam beer but this was a disappointment.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy and a darker yellow, almost orange, than most wheat ales. Not a very big head, but very white. Doesn't stick around long. The smell is of wheat and corn starch, like an adjunct lager. Faint fruitiness as well, but not very exciting.

Tastes a lot like it smells, with that wheat and corn starch taste which becomes the beers character. Its reminiscent of an adjunct lager again, which is not what I was expecting from Anchor. What this beer has going for it is a light pine hop taste and a quick and clean lemon zest behind the other flavors that endure into the aftertaste and give it a summery edge for refreshment. The hops and lemon flavor kind of pull this one together and make it decent. Its not very complex, not that a summer beer should be necessarily, but I think I expected something a little different and a little more umph from the "all-malt" beer. The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing and easy.

Overall, its an easy beer to drink, and its decent. Just nothing overly exciting about it.

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Photo of climax
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor's summer starts off bubbly and gold. The head is large and fades lazily leaving frothy mounds.

The aroma had that definite Anchor Steam skunky character to it, no problem to me. Aside from that, it's not too strong. It boasts the typically assigned flavors of lemon peel, wheat, and a dash of yeast.

The flavor is subtle, but fantastic. It starts out simple and refreshing and then diacetyl flavor kicks in as well as lemon, wheat, and a fresh fruit and grassy finish.

The feel is nice and crisp, certainly refreshing for a Cali summer. Behind the bite is a silky feel that's so smooth going down. It's definitely a summer beer with some character, that sets it apart from it's sometimes boring competitors.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. The head is copious at first, but quickly dissipates into a white ring atop the beer. The beer itself is yellow, with orange hues. Not much smell; a few grainy notes detected. The taste itself is grainy, crisp, and dry, with a subtle citrus presence. Easy and pleasant to drink. I think this beer certainly achieves Anchor's goal of making a light, drinkable summer brew, which is why I gave it a solid overall score, even if I'll probably be bored with it by the time I finish the six pack. I enjoy it, but I won't be rushing to have it again, especially at the $12/six pack price point where I live.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in color, slightly hazy with no head retention. Light wheat and Pilsner malts dominate the nose. The hop character is grassy and lightly flowery. Crisp, pale malt taste with the same hop character carrying over from the nose. Floral and grassy backed by some of the Pilsner and wheat. Light and drinkable but nothing to fantastic in the flavor department.

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Photo of mnrider
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle--->Pint Glass

A: Pours a pale golden color. A large fluffy head is created and looks great. Less than excellent head retention but does have some real nice lacing.

S: Full of wheat and some lemon citrus.

T/M: Smooth with plenty of wheat and a great balance between malts and hops. Hint of lemon and hops create a nice taste that balances well with the wheat and barley backbone.

O: Not a world class beer nor an excellent beer, but it is above average. Well worth a try if your looking for a new summer brew.


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Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good enough. Rather coarse carbonation. Light straw color in the glass. Very plain, extremely dry. There is a persistent hint of dishwater, soapy taste. Not a pleasant aftertaste. Very bitter. Thin and austere in mouth feel. This probably is affected by my having had a cheap average Wit earlier in the evening and this suffers terribly by comparison with that simple pleasure.

I don't know what is going on with Anchor but I'm surprised they don't make better beers, given their historic status in the better beer movement.

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Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle..unreadable date on back

A- pours a slight hazed golden/yellow color with a soft 2 finger head slow to recede..that reveals a fresh ring

S- was wheat and grass with some lemon and spice

T- was same a smell but more descript..i piched up some floral hops with a lemon and sweet wheat taste

M- medium carbonation and a sweet taste light lemon

O- a good summer brew but not one i would seek out...i would however drink/try it again

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Photo of danronian
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a medium gold. Poured with a large head that lingered for a while. Bubbles rising from the bottom - a good amount of carbonation for my taste.

Smells like a lightly sweet wheat beer without much complexity.

Taste somewhat sweet, but not as sweet as many wheat beers. I don't get much else out of it taste-wise. That said, the taste is very palatable and light though tasty. I wouldn't mind a few more of them since the taste is something I would like to linger in my mouth.

The mouthfeel is slightly sweet with a good amount of carbonation that makes it go down quickly.

Overall it's a beer I would like to try more than one of. Great summer brew.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 6/7/11

A: A pretty copper color with a nice, thick head that lingers well and leaves some solid lacing.

S: Meh. A hint of wheat and malt, but nothing too strong. It's pretty nondescript, but there is a bit of citrus in there somewhere.

T: The wheat gives it a bit of flavor that's balanced by the slight edge of malt. Overall, it's a very mild flavor but that's exactly what I'm looking for in a beer like this. I definitely don't get much depth to the flavor though.

M: Very well-bodied. Not heavy of course, but it's got a bit of heft and the carb is nice.

O: I have a bit of a soft spot for this beer, but it's still a tasty summer. I'd drink it on a hot day and enjoy it.

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Photo of gfreed
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sort of a weenie wheat beer, which might be an unfair thing to say about a beer that's only 50% wheat, but still... it's a weenie wheat beer. Decent copper color with some nice sparkle; not much of a head; zipless body and something of a dry, corny taste that the malty edge just couldn't push aside. Dang. Anchor makes such terrific porter and their steam beer is decent. What happened here?

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Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Way back when (mid-90's) I drank lots of Anchor products. Now I rarely pick them up. This one was part of a mixed six pack, after I couldn't find a sixth beer I wanted. Poured a light golden color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of wheat, straw and light malt. On the palate, this one was light bodied and drinkable, with sweet malt and just the barest suggestion of hops.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of slight fruits.

Tastes of light wheat and malt notes. Notes of citrus, grainy sweetness, and some bread come through. Not much else going on.

Mouhfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing worth checking out.

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Photo of kevanb
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Golden color, fairly clear complextion. Nice fizzy head, very simple appearance.

S: Fruity, wheaty, biscuity. Its not that enticing, but its not off putting either.

T: Simple flavors. Fruity, strawberries, cherries, heavy on the wheat. It's not that complex, not that endearing either.

M: A little bubbly, not the smoothest beer. Not that bad really.

O: Enjoyable summer beer. It's easy to drink, light and crisp. Should compliment all the summer foods this season has to offer.

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Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 5/28/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light and crisp golden/coppery color; starts with a solid 2 finger slightly off-white head; body is very clear and shows strong carbonation of varying levels; head becomes very rocky and pockmarked as it dwindles down to a thin, incomplete and uneven skim, leaving big puffy patches of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A bitter hop bite is right up front, and beneath is a strong burnt/toasty graininess with a strong wheat presence to it; slightly sweet, biscuity maltiness.

Taste: Taste is alright -- several flavors balance out quite well, starting with the big wheaty graininess that is toasty, followed by a bitter hop presence that has a bit of lemony citrus to it, but it's more bitter than flavorful, all rounded with the a slightly sweeter biscuit aspect.

Mouthfeel: Body is light, as I would expect a beer of this style to be; carbonation is strong and prickly, just shy of sharp and still manages to remain comfortable in the mouth, and it leaves the belly a little tingly; a semi-moist stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall: This is really one of those summer beers that could be drank all day -- the bitterness is refreshing, and the malted wheat provides enough of an earthy sweetness that keeps it balanced. Moderately low ABV would allow for copious amounts to be consumed with little to no worry.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass
A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a slight orange tinge to it. Nice head that is rocky off the pour and hangs around all the way down the glass
S - A bit of light hops and hint of lemon off the nose, but both very faint.
T - This is just a great tasting summer beer IMO. The wheat malt is fairly prominent up front, but it then blends nicely with a lemony/herbal hop flavor that stays throughout the finish. If you let it, the finish goes on for a bit. It's not very strong, but it is quite pleasant.
M - A bit less carbonated than other examples I've had, but it finishes quite dry and refreshing.
Hadn't had this for a while and forgot how good it was. Bought this as a single bottle but will definitely pick up more of this; a beer like this could become a regular for me during a long hot Carolina summer. Recommended.

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Photo of bsp77
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice. Bottling date of 1MR (which is March 18, 2011)

Appearance: Straw-gold with huge, foamy white head and great lacing. This is a fantastic looking American Wheat, rivaling Hefeweizens.

Smell: Very dry wheat, lemon and light pepper.

Taste: Very peppery and wheaty, with light overtones of lemon and orange. Ends spicy and straw-like, with more pepper. Almost too peppery at the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, pretty light body, extremely dry finish.

Overall: This is probably the best "American Hefeweizen" I have had. That doesn't make it the best American Wheat Ale I have had (as it is broad style that includes diverse beers such as Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin, Bell's Oberon, and Big Sky Trout Slayer), but in terms of the old fashioned American Wheat that are simply Hefeweizens without the German yeast, this is pretty damn good. Most are overly sweet or bland, but this is dry and spicy as hell. Glad I finally tried this, as I put it off as I did not expect much.

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Photo of champ103
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that leaves little lace.
S: Pretty neutral. Pale malts, bread, light earthy wheat aromas. Nothing else really.
T: Pale malts, earthy wheat, and a lingering bitterness. Some cooked veggies and a metallic flavor that I don't like. Just kind of bland.
M/D: Thin, watery, and even a bit under carbonated. Easy enough to drink, but not something I am coming back to often (if at all).

I love Anchor, but this is pretty bland and ho hum. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is like three different styles rolled into one. The appearance is pale wheat, but the aromas and flavors seem to go off on a bit of a tangent.

Huge frothy head rises out of the glass. Pale translucent golden. Aromas are tart citrus and wheat, with a bit of something "baked". Upon first sip, the first thing I notice is the super high carbonation and overall crispness of the beer. Flavors are mildly buttery malt and wheat/grass. Thin mouthfeel, with lots of residuals behind.

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

I'm not normally much of a fan of the pale American wheat style - usually finding them bland and a waste of the glass they are bottled in. Consequently, I've bypassed this beer numerous times as I cruised down the aisle. But, with warmer weather upon us, I decided a lighter beer was in order and grabbed the six-pack - after all, Anchor makes some fine beers.

And this is no exception. Very bright flavor profile, with a very nice touch of tartness to the wheat up front. Middle is moderately soft, with some faint wheat grain notes at the finish. Quite nice.

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Photo of BigB415
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden into my Bear Republic glass. A good sign of carbonation when the little bubbles are floating to the top. A very subdue smelling and tasting beer with notes of faint hops rising through. This is my first summer themed beer and I'm sure it won't be my last with summer starting for me wednesday afternoon. This would be a good pool side beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold/straw color. Poured a 3 finger stark white head with excellent retention to a 1 finger cap. Decanted continually. Laced in thin rings.

S: Wheat malts and wet grain. Citrus and lemon character. Very faint fruit aroma with some grassy hops.

T: Bready wheat malt; slightly sweet. Lemon rind and citrus flavors refresh throughout. Grassy hops give a very mild, building finish with enough of the citrus character lingering to be very refreshing.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and refreshing. Balanced, good building finish.

O: Very drinkable. Has some malt and hop character that's nicely balanced. Citrus and carbonation in building finish is very refreshing.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for this after practice beer.

A- Pours a semi-hazed golden yellow color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Light lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Pale wheat malts on the upfront of the aroma. Citrus overtones come through in the front as well and stick with this beer throughout the aroma. Hops on this are a mix between grassy hops and citrus hops. Lemony overtones to this beer. A nice refreshing summertime smelling beer.

T- Wheat upfront with a hint of bready malts toward the ending of the front of the beer and middle. Lemony citrus hints also show up in the front of the beer and ride through the entire rest of the beer. Ending shows a mix of grassy hops in the front with citrus hops toward the ending. Light alcohol flavor in the final tasting of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat overtones, citrus, and bready malts. Aftertaste is light alcohol, lemony citrus hops, and light grassy tone. Flavors were very well put together for the style I thought. No off flavors were present at all. Light alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This was a very nice drinking summertime beer. I really liked the way the beer just was refreshing. Alcohol was really no problem at all which could be a bad thing. A nice drinker from Anchor and I will be looking for this one during these warming months.

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Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange in body with white bubbly head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of light cereal, subtle wheat, subtle citrus. Refreshing flavor of light cereal grain, wheat, cornflakes, subtle citrus, dry and clean in the finish. Light body with light carbonation. A clean, palate and thirst quenching brew. Pretty flawless.

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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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