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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 ZeroSignal
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours golden yellow, with a billowing, meringue like, two finger head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Light all around; lemon zest, bread, grains, pasta

T&M - Very refreshing, good carbonation, very light bodied. Has a zesty feel, light citric notes, bread mixed with pasta.

D - Very light and nice; an excellent hot day sipper.

Notes: I had this paired with several excellent, authentic Italian salume products, and the citrus and carbonation did an excellent job of palate cleansing, and held up well.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting, delightful brew from Anchor. Expecting more of an above-average generic wheat brew, but Anchor always seems to exceed my expectations. Maybe I should quit second-guessing them.

I can't help but look at this and think piss yellow (or a dandelion shade). My overall impression taste-wise was that this falls neatly and artfully between a hearty, grainy wheat beer and a Berliner Weisse. When considering the latter, the color makes sense. The head wasn't as "abundant" as was advertised on the bottle, but it certainly seemed in line with my wheat/Ber. weisse hybrid theory.

Real crisp, tart beginning. Flows clean with solid bold grain trailing behind. Tastes like the wheat was freshly mowed (or whatever the proper farm terminology may be...). Finishes bright and grassy hoppy. Pretty darn refreshing.

This may be the first beer I can assuredly classify as a "lawnmower" brew. I just might seek this out when I know I'll be in the sun for more than 15 minutes.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear golden color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Citrus, wheat mainly

T: Cirsp hops, malted wheat, some light citrus

M: Pretty crisp, light ABV and lighter bodied

D: I probably would not consider this a mainstay summer beer but it is not a bad beer

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Photo of Hovellord
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lessee. Central Virginia. 90 degrees, fairly humid.

Beer very crisp and carbonated. Sour citrus aftertaste. Cold. Light. Very consumable. Summer beer. It's summer and, frankly, something too complex wouldn't satisfy me when the ol' sweat's a rolling. Would I drink another one? Why, I'm going to get it right now!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light amber, bordering on gold. High foam that settles to about 1-2 fingers. Sticky.

Minor malt smell. Little spice.

Taste opens citrus, very balanced. Creamy with lemon in the mouthfeel. Very bitter slim close. Full citrus taste.

Very drinkable, nice summer beer.

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Photo of riversider76
2.69/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with a thick head that did not disappear. Aroma...I just couldn't smell anything. Body is light and carbonated. Taste reminded me of sour fruit candy,with a bit of a malty finish.this beer is a really weak version of this style.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold hue. Less than average foamy head that leaves virtually no lacing. Not what I was expecting. Looks more like a pilsner/kolsch type beer than any kind of wheat ale.

S: Some hops and (off-putting) floral notes that remind me of Yuengling. Not a compliment.

T: A pilsner and a Kolsch had a baby, and here it is. Mild hops hit the palate immediately, with no attributes of a wheat beer. Bland, boring, ho hum.

M: Good, crispy carbonation, which helps drinkability and sessionability. At least from this perspective, this is an easily drinkable beer that does seem to fit the summer and spring months. It's just not a wheat beer at all.

D: Would I have this again? Probably not. It is easy to drink, but what I expected and what reality actually is; this one is not even close.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a gold color with a medium-sized white head, poured into a pint glass.
Sweet malt aroma, outdoorsy. Kind of on the meek side.
Vaguely lemon taste, a little malt, tiny hint of hops.
A metallic mouthfeel, not very pleasant.
I see this was categorized as a pale wheat beer, but it seemed more like an attempt at a kolsch. Whatever, not a very good beer.

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Photo of JMD
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear light auburn color with active carbonation. Big frothy white head that dissipates slowly and leave clumpy lacing on the glass.

S: Light aroma of bisquity malt and some lemon grass. Very light citrus. Not really what I was expecting from a wheat ale.

T: Where is the flavor? This beer is very light. More of a grainy macro flavor than a wheat. Some faint bisquity malt, and light cirtus hops as it finishes.

M: Very light, moderately carbonated. I little flat.

D: This beer was a disappointment. Sure, they go down like water, but this beer is really lackluster and ordinary. There are definitely better wheats available, and this is certainly not on par with Anchor's other offerings.

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Photo of weller1js
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stopped in the liquor store for looking to try something new in the summer lineup.

Appearance: darker golden hue, slightly cloudy, average head.

Smell: scent of a typical pilsner with a very slight citrus undertone, barely noticeable.

Taste: clean yet unimpressive, no discernable underlying tastes or influences.

Drinkability: it has no outstanding qualities, reminds me of drinking a cheaper pilsner, drinkable, but nothing that want make me buy it again.

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Photo of thekanna
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold with a large white head.

S: Some what malts; generally clean and unoffensive, from what I can detect.

T: Wheat, some toasted rice, and a bit of citrus zest. Generally muted; the biscuity wheat malts dominate and there is not much complexity otherwise.

M/D: Slightly thin body and somewhat over-carbonated, but in the extremely-filling-and-difficult-to-get-through-one-bottle respect, not the sharp-biting-carbonation-that-makes-you-want-to-belch respect. Somewhat of a lackluster beer overall.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with about a finger of bright white dense fluffy head that slowly reduced down into a fuzzy scum leaving great lacing after every sip.
S: Smells lightly of wheat and sweet malt.
T: Light flavors of wheat and dry roasted grains. A touch of lemony citrus can be tasted as well. Malted barley adds some clean sweetness in the finish that balances the grainy wheat taste.
M: Very clean, crisp and refreshing. Definitely a summer beer. Body is medium-light and carbonation is frothy and tingly.
D: One of my favorite summer sessionalbe beer. A clean and easy to drink beer with good flavor and no bitterness. Great on a hot day or with a meal.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color with a decent sized head.
S: Citrus, spices and wheat malt.
T: very clear and sweet from the wheat malt. It has a little tang to it and is a very crisp beer.
D/M: clean, not too carbonated and very refreshing. A very solid summer brew.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in San Francisco. Poured into a small 6 ounce fluted glass. The best way to describe this beer is wispy and fresh. Pretty drinkable and quite delicious. Nice wheat flavor with moderate bitterness from the hops. Great sessionable summer wheat.

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

Back at Safeway so I thought I'd grab some for a bbq.

a - Has the appearance of a summer beer but a bit more golden than the straight yellow of popular summer lagers. Pretty substantial head.

s - Smells like wheat, but for me, its pretty muted and does not jump right out.

t - Really like the taste of this one. Mostly I get the taste of wheat and the taste of the hops is very subtle and subdued.

m - Probably my favorite aspect of the beer. Very smooth and mellow.

d - Right alongside the mouthfeel, its very smooth, mellow, and super drinkable. Not too bold, so I think for a summer ale, it does its job nicely.

I haven't tried many summer seasonals that really stand out for me, but this one does and I make sure to get my fill every summer.

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Photo of m1ked
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from the local over priced market in th west village.

A- Pours a bright clear light golden color with a huge pure white meringue like head that recedes down with lacing but continues to look meringue like, maybe even more. Multiple bust streamers. Looks so refreshing.

S- A slight wheaty citrus tang, light biscuits. All rather subdue, but smells good.

T- Like the nose I get the wheaty/citrus tang with a continued biscuity. Ever so slight bitter blip at the end. Light crisp flavors, refreshing.

M- Light bodied, crisp, good carbonation that doesn't overwhelm.

D- This could easily be this summers session beer for me. So easy to drink, light clean crisp and refreshing. What else could I ask for?

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3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.
Listening to Grateful Dead, Let It Grow.

a: The beer poured with a nice two finger head. Short retention. The color of the nose is bright white, with a gold/straw body.

s: The aroma is that of a full bodied wheat beer. The aroma is the such that it gives the taste straight to the nose.

t: The taste is quite nice. Not my favorite style, but when I compare it to those of the same, it is impressive. Good carbonation.

m: A very dry, quite mouthfeel for this one. A taste that does not linger on the palate. This beer would be a good one with chicken on a summer evening.

d: Rather drinkable, I feel that this is the type of beer that could be over "drinkable" with the fact that it is a lighter style. But this one has more of a full-bodied taste and overall character.

notes: I would go back for this one. Summer time beers are my least favorite seasonal style and this one is bending my expectations.

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Photo of vazy
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium golden yellow color that is crisp and clear. It is high in carbonation and its foamy head and crisp golden color are inviting.

S- Its nutty and doughy, most resembles banana nut bread. Hops are leafy and

T- Its really grassy and has some bite too it. The aftertaste is like popcorn!

M- medium bodied and very crisp, this was really refreshing. Its somewhat thin to a certain extent.

O- Very refreshing and full of flavor, I would find this beer a great thirst quencher on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy gold brew with a prety big head. Super carbonated. Has a grainy macro brew smell to it.Taste,hmm very good!! Now mind you im rating this for the style, taste is very mild, well balanced , not much in the way of hops or malt,but,its incredibly smooth. Beats the crap outta any macro out there. Mouthfeel is avg.Drinkability super high on list. An awesome summer brew.

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Photo of drtth
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear bright gold, with a frothy white 1" head. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass with lots of rings and patches as it slowly recedes. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side of the glass with lots of speckles of lacing on the other. There is foam sticking to the glass and a thick head for most of the time it takes to drink the beer.

Smell: The aroma is soft but full of lemon zest backed up by some lightly grassy character and some wheat.

Taste: The flavor is predicted fairly well by the nose. There is the lemony tartness, along with a bit of biscuit and sweetness from the malts, but it is not clearly wheat flavored. There is also some grassy bitterness provided by the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and creamy with lots of soft carbonation. The finish medium length and is crisp, clean and dry as the lemony grassy character fades in to a lightly bitter ending.

Drinkability: I thought this was a nice, lightly flavored and refreshing beer that would be quite good a summer beer for a yard party. I could see having another and I certainly would not turn it down if offered. That being said I don't think I'll be making any strong efforts to seek out more of this beer.

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Photo of imblane
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh bottle into a clean snifter to taste.

Aroma - Grainy sweet malts with a hint of fresh honey. No innapropriate esters, DMS, or diacetyl. No noticeable yeast character as appropriate to style. Clean fermenting characteristics.

Appearance - Clean straw colored with a persistent white head along with good retention. Tight small bubble pattern.

Flavor - Grainy sweet malts and honey up front along with just enough earthy hops to balance it out. Clean fermentation characteristics, very lager like in cleanliness.

Mouthfeel - medium-high carbonation along with a medium body and creamy smooth wheat characteristics. No cloying sweetness or other off flavors to associate with this one.

Overall impression - A smooth clean American Wheat beer. No cloying sweetness or overly dry character in the finish. Very effervescent and refreshing on the palate. A very good Summer beer! Would pair well with a crisp shrimp salad and a clean tart dressing!
BJCP Score: 33

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out to an amber straw color with a decent frothy head that subsides slowly.

Smell is rather nice, of apricot and lemon. Hops are faint here.

Taste is very very bready, most apparent at the slow finish. Hops are light but spicy, finish very quickly.

Mouthfeel is very thin and carbonated.

Drinkability isn't bad at all. Quite content with this one!

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Photo of mempath
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light straw with very frothy white head, laces a bit, settles fairly quickly. though light by nature, looks to be substantial.

nose is a clean, biscuity-lemon with more emphasis on the breadiness. perhaps a metallic note, nonetheless fresh and promising.

very refreshing from the first taste and swallow...quite dry though and high carbonation whisks it all away. quite crisply, but i would like this to linger a bit. biscuit notes remain. not so much the citrus. perhaps a light hop 'bitterness' molecule lingering about 20 seconds after the second swallow though i believe this is an all-malt ale. actually quite a simple but clean brew. nothing bad at all about it. a natural yardwork pause for sure. for what it 'is' this is 'good' ...

EDIT: i return to this because it seemed there was a little bit more to it. talk about a finish. i think as it warmed, it was a bit better. not that i want this warm on a summer day, but i did drink this on a cool spring evening...i just compared it to the Sierra Nevada Summerfest. and i think i would prefer this one if i had a choice.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw color with a light orange tinge, and a thin, white head that fades quickly.
Smell is slightly bready malts, with some faint fruit aromas, including pear, banana, and apple. Hint of hops as well.
Taste is crisp malts that carry to the finish, taking on a Cheerios flavor at the back of the mouth. Some faint lemon and hops come in as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a little bite near the finish. Just right for this style.
Drinkability is very good. This is definitely a good beer to enjoy on a hot day during or after some yard work.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden body capped by a mountain of densely packed white head that fades slowly and leaves nice, patchy lacing.

Aroma: Mild grassy hops over a pale, slightly sweet, and wheaty malt body with just a touch of honey.

Flavor: A mix of weak lemony and grassy hops, golden fruit, and grainy malt. Just a little thin and not quite as interesting as the nose suggested. Apples and husky malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a clean finish.

Drinkability: An easy drinker if it holds your interest.

Verdict: Up to this point in my journey, the Anchor beers I've tried have always been incredibly solid and have held up remarkably given their age. Unfortunately, Anchor Summer Beer just doesn't live up to the rest of the line for me in the flavor department. I can see this being the right beer for the market back when it was introduced, but today it just comes off as too thin and bland. Maybe it's time for something new.

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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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