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 Patrick999
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had this before, let's see what the story is.

As stated on the bottle, very attractive head on this beer, no doubt. Looks creamy and meringue-like, leaves excellent lacing. This is a hallmark of Anchor beers, actually - it seems to me that they are aware that presentation is *part* of all this, because their beers always present very well. This is no exception.

Aroma is probably the weakest part of the beer. It's an American Wheat, so no bubblegum, banana, clove aromas. It's wheat and barley. It smells like one of the good expensive cereals you get at Whole Foods. Nothing off putting at all. It smells like a bowl of bran.

On the palate, slightly sour a little sourdough bread. Fitting, as this is a San Francisco beer. This avoids much of the residual sweetness that I feel plagues other American Wheats - it finishes largely dry, with a slight twangy hop.

Feel, as you would expect is crisp and refreshing. Has good crackle, but the carbonation isn't overbearing. Good thirst quencher/lawnmower beer. I could drink a few at a tailgate or BBQ.

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Photo of berley31
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-large, creamy white head that had pretty good lasting ability. Body is a golden color, with good clarity.

S: Mild grainy/wheat aroma, with a very light hop presence.

T: Slight sweet grainy/wheat flavor, very refreshing, with an extremely slight hop flavor and bitterness. Quite spot-on for the style.

M: Moderate-light body, with medium-high carbonation.

D: An extremely refreshing summer beer, and an excellent example of your standard American Wheat beer.

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

Anchor Summer has a faded John Deere yellow color and a one finger white head. It looks just like what I expect a summer beer should look like. It has a heavier nose than I would have expected. The slightest hint of lemon tickles my nose. The citrus comes out in the first sip leaving some coriander on the tongue. There is some grainy wheat on the finish that lingers. I wish it had a little more UMPH! on the flavor. This is still one of the better summer beer out there.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a little hard to tell this is a wheat beer I think, and it bears more than a passing resemblance to Anchor's more famous brews.

Nice light-copper color with a medium head. Smell is just vaguely "beer smell."

Taste is a bit funny, there's a light hoppy bitterness and a rather noticeable sourness (both of which linger on your tongue for quite a while after taking a sip). There's a kind of "Anchor yeast" taste. Other than that, it's pretty light, not much jumps out.

The mouthfeel is light/medium, but with a nice oily body to it -- this is similar to other anchor beers, and along with the distinctive yeast flavor may be why it's quite recognizable as an Anchor beer.

The drinkability is very very good: despite the very light grain flavor, there's something very nice about the lingering sourness and mild bitterness, the oily mouth-feel, and the distinctive yeast that put this above average summer beers.

To be honest, I'd probably go for an Anchor Steam or a Liberty Ale if I had the choice -- they share many of the same attributes but with a bolder flavor -- but this is still a pretty nice beer if you're looking for something a bit lighter.

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Photo of tapman
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear and filtered, which is less desirable for me in a wheat ale of any kind, a golden honey color houses a plume of bustling carbonation that creates a large head like that of frothed milk. Lacing is ultra sticky and coats the side of the glass that isn't filled with beer.

Yeasty aroma with bready, semi-sweet wheat. The anchor house/ mineral smell is here and that is fine. Hops are subtle and slightly floral. A little band-aid/phenolic smell comes from the yeast.

Taste is like band-aid with some bread and a little spicy bitterness in the finish. An almost cinnamon spice character, probably from the yeast, comes out and is perhaps supported by the Northwest hops that I guess was used.

Mouth is biting and harsh from the carbonation. The froth head is pleasant in the mouth, but the dryness in the finish sucks the moisture right out of the tongue.

Too dry to be refreshing. Lack of pleasant flavor and composed of almost entirely bitterness, if you can imagine that as a taste. The phenols are way too harsh. Maybe a bad bottle, but the bottle I had was not good.

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

New to BC , this is a very typical American Wheat that doesn't pretend to be a Hefe or a Wit. Clean crisp and well made this beer is much like a lager in taste and nose. I added a slice of lime and really like that a Summer patio beer. Not a breakthrough beer like most of the other Anchor offerings but a simple thirst quencher with no pretensions otherwise

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Photo of mralphabet
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear light golden color with a big foamy head, about 2 fingers worth. The head dissipated slowly settling to a nice layer leaving lots of lacing all the way down. Great looking beer.

S: Very light aroma lots of malt with a touch of lemon (not a lot !!)... More malt than I was expecting.

T: Just like the smell, wheat malt upfront with a light lemon finish... not much compared to other Summer Beers.

M: Light to Mid bodied, more body than most Summer Beers I've had. Carbonation is very good, but flattens as it warms.

D: Low ABV is good, but I was surprised by this beer... Not full of citrus and crisp. This one has a little more too it that most Summer Beers, give this one a try.

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

This one snuck into a six pack of Anchor Porter somehow. I haven't tried this in at least five years so I figured I'd give it a review. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Forms a massive bright fluffy white head that settles in a hurry but leaves excellent lacing. Body is a mostly clear pale orange color with active carbonation easily visible.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty in a bread-like way. No real estery banana character although there is a faint non-descript fruitiness lingering in there.

Tastes like it smells for the most part. Faintly bready and fruity with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Really not much going on here. Bland to an almost shocking degree given almost everything Anchor releases is near the pinnacle of it's style.

This is one of my favorite brewers and Pale Wheats have their place but this just misses the mark. There are at least half a dozen easily available versions that are markedly more enjoyable.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An extremly clean and clear looking wheat ale. Body is light golden in color and the head is a foamy bright white, retention is very good, milky lace coating my glass. Looks refreshing indeed.

S- Grainy & grassy, I had a hard time pulling that out even. I was really dissapointed given the look.

T- Better than the nose for sure. Wheat is noticeable throughout, the finish has a nice lemony zesty type bite and there's a very mellow bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

M- Light bodied, smooth, a little tingly on the tongue.

D- It's a refreshing ale for sure, drinks like a lager a bit I guess. No problem putting a couple of these down in the summer heat.

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Photo of CMW
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden straw yellow color with a fluffy white head.

S - It smells grainy with a touch of fresh grass.

T - A little more wheat-like than expected. Nice malt backbone, however, nothing really stands out.

M - Light and airy.

D - It's drinkable for the summer but for me it would lose every time to a good German hefe.

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Photo of JayQue
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold color. Poured into a pint glass. Big pillowy white head. Very good retention and good lacing. Aroma is grassy and malty, fairly mild.

Tastes like a lager with a crisp, rich malty body and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Good drinkability, nicely balanced - just not that exciting a beer.

Would be good in a session. I could pound a few of these!!!.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden with a nice big layer of foam. It dissipates slowly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. A restrained aroma, with tangy, citrusy notes up front, but less of a malt presence than I had hoped for. Tart, citrusy notes up front again in the taste, but not much maltiness to be found. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but there is a nice, lively level of carbonation. Overall, this seems to be a decent choice for nice, hot summer days, but I think there are better brews of this style to be found out there.

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Photo of Tone
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of grain, slight metallic, hint of hop, hint of citrus, and pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, metallic, hint of hops, hint of citrus, and pale malt. Overall, not that great. Odd metallic notes are off-putting and there is a strong grain presence that is not helpful at all.

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Photo of beertunes
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear medium yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had good retention and minimal lacing. The aroma was benign and bland, no wheat, malt, hop or yeast scents.

The taste was also mostly benign, but had a bit of grainyness and a slightly funky yeast finish. The body was typical for the style. Drinkability was OK, but with the beer being so bland, why would you bother?

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Photo of cnally
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It is Summer. Therefore, it makes sense to drink an Anchor Summer Beer.

A mild orange-gold color, very clear, a small-bubbled white head.

Adjunct aroma. Corn, wheat...slight malt kick.

A little sour up front for a pale wheat. A decent bitterness from the hops, very much a corn/wheat flavor as well.

Fizzy and wild on the tongue, light feel.

A drinkable, if not good, beer. It would certainly be refreshing in the right circumstance but would be a bit underwhelming under any others.

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

355ml bottle at Wunderbar.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two chubby fingers of foamy and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice streaky and striated lace around the glass as it very slowly recedes - the retention on this sucker is solid!

It smells of mild barley and stronger wheat grain, earthy yeast, stale butter, and floral, sort of woodsy hops. The taste is still quite light, with some biscuit/caramel maltiness, cereal-like wheatiness, more slightly off-putting room temperature buttery notes, and some floral, grassy, and soapy hops.

The carbonation is a bit too strong up front, but settles well enough to a testy frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, wispy, a tad prickly, but overall it calms down to an acceptable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a wheaty dough sweetness dominating any latent hop aspirations.

A summer ale that is all about the undulating fields of wheat, and much less about what the hops can do for you, as they are pretty low-key in this offering. Unfortunately, what the malt has to say just isn't all that interesting, being that it has a leaky diacetyl valve, or something. Not a drinking experience that I care to repeat on this, or any other patio I might stumble into - across, I mean across!

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Photo of velosuds
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Poured a clear golden yellow with a two finger creamy white head that looks like whipped egg whites. Modest retention and lacing.

S-Aroma is disappointingly lacking, and what is there smells earthy and grassy from the wheat malts.

T-Mildly bitter and only a slight wheat grass taste. Kind of bland and light. Tastes like a non-distinct light lager.

M-Smooth and nicely carbonated. Refreshing on a summer day.

D-Surprisingly refreshing on a hot summer day. Had me two.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light clear yellowish orange. massive fluffy head.

light wheat, malts, and floral hops.

light and refreshing. nice dose of zesty floral hops with a slight bitterness, VERY slight. light wheat and malt carry on through out.

medium body with moderate carbonation.

this is pretty easy drinking, in fact, VERY easy. nice low ABV and light refreshing taste make this perfect for summer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A hazy yellow wheat beer. Good cloudiness and carbonation.

The usual suspects: wheat, lemon, citrus, haze, and little wallop of bitterness. Maybe some coriander in there as well. A decent summer offering, nothing to write home about. Anchor stuff always seems a little pricey.

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Photo of bump8628
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a big creamy head that lays down big rings.

Cleany grainy, crackery wheat with a wisp of grassy hop flavor and enough hop bitterness to keep this from being a really puny wheat beer. Clean on the finish with a touch of lemon rind hop flavor.

A pretty standard wheat. Well made, just nothing out of this world. I'd drink again but wouldn't lay down many bones for one of these.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Anchor Summer Beer, on tap, pours a light gold in color with a decent head and lace. Aroma is light, just some zested citrus and pale malts. Flavor is quite satisfying and refreshing, wheat and lemon playing key roles in the flavor theater. I was along for the ride and it was certainly worth it. Mouthfeel is light bodied, drinkability rates very high. A summer beer with some character and flavor. Another great one from Anchor.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Reviewed on my droid.

Pour has a huge three finger head that clings to the glass and dissipates slowly. Color is a cloudy yellow. The aroma is unassuming, some faint sweetness but not much else.

The taste is mild, the wheat flavor is prevalent and not too much of a contribution from the hops or yeast. There is a bit of a grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, buttery.. which is a bit unusual. All in all this is an ok beer, not something I'd seek out again.

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

Appearance - Pours a clear auburn color into my SA Perfect Pint with about two fingers of bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Lemon grass dominates the nose, with biscuity malts and wheat. Overall relatively muted.

Taste - Lemon zest up front with as the nose was, biscuity malts. Relatively sweet from the wheat malts, and has somewhat of a tang to it.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes crisp.

Drinkability - Quite easy to quaff this down. Doesn't overload the senses and is a good summer beer. I honestly prefer SA's Summer to this and in the future will pick that up over this, but good to try.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a belgian style stemmed glass.

appearance - transparent gold, huge head, massive retention, tiny carbonation bubbles

smell - yeast, citrus, malt

taste - yeast, malt, citrus, slightly bitter, grassy

mouthfeel - light, well carbonated, frothy, slight dry finish

drinkability - smooth, crisp, light, the lingering taste is not awesome but it's fine

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Photo of andrenaline
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a solid thumb of fluffy white head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing after it settles.

S - The grassy wheat comes through quite strong, much like a pilsener, but there's a slight lemon scent with a bit of orange zest.

T - Based on the amount of sweet fruit I smelt I had developed a bit more with respect to expectations, however, the flavour was rather light. Bready wheaty malts off the top and a bit of sour lemon on the finish.

M - Goes down very smooth, very light and bubbly on the palette. Quite refreshing.

D - They nailed it with the summer ale as it is the perfect drink to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon. Very sessionable and perfect for sharing amongst friends. Non-offensive and would be enjoyed by any beer drinker, definitely not exclusive to craft beer drinkers!

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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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