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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Yetiman420
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a standard 12 oz.(Oberon) pint glass.

A - clear golden color with thin white head leaving splotchy lacing. Reminds me of a glass of urine with a head.

A - malty wheat with some spice.

T - had to track down the bottle to refer to the brewers description on this one - nondescript. Tastes like a macro attempt at a wheat. Flat wheat flavor leans toward malty.

M - could benefit from more wheat body

D - even after a long walk on a summer evening, this beer does little for me. Drink 6 of the 12 oz.for the review.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy with a large rocky head that lasts whole pint.

Slight aroma of lemon zest.

Nice lemony zip on tasting followed by some slight medicinal qualities.

Mouthfeel is light , carbonation is good.

Overall an interesting light beer. I won't have a problem finishing off all 6.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some orange highlights. Quite active visible carbonation. The head has an off-white cream color and is tall, frothy, and reasonably dense. Retention is nice. Some creamy lace is left along the glass.

S: Dusty, wheaty notes are most prominent. Some slight lemon notes and a bit of pepper.

T: Light, slightly sour wheaty flavor. A touch of lemon tartness. Pepper and some vague spice.

M: Medium bodied, with crisp, tingly carbonation. A touch watery, but at it's refreshing overall.

D: Eye-catching? Check. Refreshing and light? Check. Alas, this is a pretty boring wheat ale from Anchor. It's not bad, but there is little to recommend it over some of its competitors.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer is now. Yeah yeah! 12 ounce bottle from Total Wine, on to the beer:

In my Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass, it looks great. Huge white, billowy head looms over a sparkling pale golden body of beer. The head is holding up very well too. On looks alone, I would ask to marry it. The aroma brings this beer back to earth. It's a little bit sweet....wheat sweet (if that makes any sense). A little grainy on the sides.

Light indeed in flavor and feel, but no nasty off-flavors, has an uplifting feel to it. It's clean, a little sweet like honey graham crackers, with a shallow backdrop of spiced hops. Faint citric notes makes appearances as each sip nears its close. Whipped and creamy in the the texture of putting whipped cream in my mouth.

This beer is made for summer sailing. Very uplifing to say the least, and it won't fill you up.

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

Poured from bottle with no freshness date into a pint glass. Bottle describes a foamy egg white head but head left cobb web lacing that topped out at a about an inch. No real scent and easy mouthfeel makes it easy to drink. Nothing about this beer really stands out and say purchase me again I am a great wheat beer.

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

Frothy, dimpled bone white head, crests a little over one finger, slides down the glass sides too easily to develop much lacing. Luminescent pale orange color, much closer to yellow than any darker hue, fully transparent, the slow, well-spaced bubbles visibly rise. Grainy nose, wheat stalks, pine cone, raw pretzel dough with a light dried earthiness, no distinct fruit scents but there's some dried lemon peels. While on the whole light-bodied, what body is there gets anchored to your tongue and is not apt to show any sign of forward progress. Dry with the expected wheat, grain, oat or hay type of taste and texture, curiously the carbonation makes it a bit more rough in feel than smoothed out. Any citrus element a bit player here. If it gets warm enough there's some maltiness near the finish to lessen the bitterness. Would drink one if someone handed it to me, that's about it.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a weizen, clear straw coloring, gigantic three finger dimpled head, does look like whipped egg whites, great retention lasted whole beer, leaves head on glass, really attractive brew.

s- white winey, dry, sweet.

t- grain, malt, super dry finish, maybe a little too dry, although pretty smooth.

m- ok, just a little thin.

d- it's drinkable, just wish the taste matched the killer appearance, i'd drink again, but wouldn't buy it, guess it's just ok for me nothing really stood out aside from the appearance.

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

So if the neck label is to be believed this is the granddaddy of all American wheat beers. And it shows. Spot on for the style. Light and refreshing and slightly zesty.

Gold colored. Nice white lace, a good bit, stays throughout.

Nothing to sneeze at. But I don't think this will make anyone any more sit up and take notice. But a classic and a perfect seasonal.

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - Clear yellow/orange with 1 finger fluffy white head. Sudsy lace.

Smell - Faint wheat. Thats about it.

Taste - Wheaty, bready. Possibly some spice and banana but its so faint I can't tell if I'm really tasting it or if my mouth just wants to taste that. Clean bitterness and a very dry finish.

A crisp, light, and refreshingf beer. I'd gladly have one if I was offered it on a hot day but it's nothing that blows the mind.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a stein. Bottled on April 21st, 2009 according to the code printed on the back.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow. 1-finger head with ok retention.

(S)- Its smells like, well wheat. Some minimal honey.

(T)- Kind of sweet. Bready wheat with corn husk & spice. Rather thin.

(M)- Light in body. Good carbonation level.

(D)- A fine summer beer. Light and crisp. Just nothing to write home about in terms of its flavor.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Summer Beer is a slightly hazy light golden beer with a thick, fluffy, white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a fruity wooden aroma (Saaz?) and it smells a little funky. It's light bodied; smooth and foamy with a crisp finish. It's a mellow flavor. There's enough green bitterness to keep me thirsty. There's a note of lemon rind at the finish. It's a nice summer beer: not watered down, but simple and refreshing.

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Photo of popery
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad but not good, either. This beer pours a bright yellow-gold color with a puffy white head. It smells a lot like a mediocre lager, sorta grain sour. It tastes a bit better with some citric notes and a cleaner malt flavor. I'm still a bit surprised that this is an ale. I'd love if brewers took beers like this and made a lager version of the same recipe. It seems like an interesting comparison with such a light and fairly crisp beer. At any rate, it's drinkable on a hot day and preferable to most BMC lagers, but it's not a huge step up. Then again, it's a fairly weak style, so my score is probably a bit harsh.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours luminous & transparent golden color with enormous white head. Nose is nothing like a wheat beer - instead it has a rather lager-like metallic hop aroma with faint grain in the background. On the palate the hop tang comes through, almost like this is a watery version of a bohemian pils. Light bodied and easy drinking, with not much positive to say.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass
Tawny gold in color with a beautiful big fluffy
eggshell-white head
Aroma-Wheat, malt,slight lemon
Taste-Grainy wheat, crisp with a subtle lemon essence-Very refreshing with a slightly dry finish-Would go great with a Greek or Italian salad
Overall, a fine warm weather beer, easily sessionable

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Photo of bum732
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, nice creamy head leaving moderate lacing. Smells of sweet mild honey and melon, some earthy hops. Tastes of mild earthy sweetness. Moderate bitterness finishing fairly neutral. Light crisp mouthfeel with some grassy notes on the finish.

A good summer beer, very similar to Sierra Nevada's summer. Perfect for a hot day, nice and crisp and grassy.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a big fan of all the other Anchor stuff I've had in the past so getting their summer seasonal was a no brainer. I must say, I'm a tad disappointed with this one. Pours a hazy golden color, not much action going on inside the beer.. starts off with a big fluffy head but quickly dissipates. Typical light bodied wheat summery taste that seems to be cloned across the summer seasonal board, the taste not so appealing on this one though. Finishes a tad try. Drinkable none the less, but I had this following a Southern Tier Hop Sun and that is a good amount better than this one. I'll try other summer seasonals, but thanks for trying Anchor.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear yellow beer with a couple of streams of carbonation. The head is craggy and creamy looking with about 1 finger thickness with good retention.

S- Slightly fruity and biscuity. Pretty mild smelling.

T- Very buscuity woth a fruity aftertaste. Mild, but enjoyable.

M- A good amount of carbonation keeps things light.

D- A fine go to beer on a hot day, but not memorable.

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

This beer pours a clear golden color with a nice fluffy head. Bready malt in the aroma and a little hops, too. Light on the palate with a grainy maltiness dominate. The wheat character is discernible--if only barely. The beer finishes with some bitter hops, just enough to provide balance.

An easy going beer, for sure. It claims on the label to be the first American wheat beer of the modern era--first brewed in 1984. Anchor deserves kudos for that and it was likely quite the brew back then. In the current modern milieu, though, this beer is nothing more then average.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

120z. bottle into pint glass. pours a big fluffy pure white head. pretty nice head retention, as well as some pretty nice lacing. the color is a very pale straw golden color. pretty clear as well.

light aroma. grains with maybe some lemon/citrus aromas.

kind of watery in the taste. you get some lemon, citrus, mild grains. finsihs with a light graininess. not too bad, def not great though.

light body with a good amount of carbonation. very drinkable on those hot summer days. prolly wouldnt buy this again, but definately nice while playing some disc golf.

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Photo of BigMike
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of the prettier light beers i have seen. Mostly due to the huge thickness and creaminess of the head. Like the bottle says, "similar to whipped egg whites" that hangs around through out. The beer itself is crystal clear straw yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles.

Light malts and light lemon zest are on the nose.

The flavor is a huge letdown after the great appearance. It's not bad but its nearly non exsistant. It's hard to believe that a beer could be more watery then Coors light but this one sho nuff is.
Don't get me wrong, i could drink a 12 pack on a hot day and not even blink. One of the better lawn cutting brews.

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Photo of mjurney
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pour into a pint glass.

[Appearance]: Light Golden color with 2 fingers off-white head. Lacing is nice.
[Smell]: Very clean aroma, scent of grainy and spices.
[Taste/Mouthfeel]: Clean and crisp up in front of my palate. Nice mild hop spiciness with grainy finish. Light bodied, very refreshing.
[Drinkability]: Extremely smooth. A great warm weather beer!

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Photo of BarrelO
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear and straw-colored like a pilsner. Big fluffy head.

S: A bit of sweet malt is the only thing that really stands out.

T: Pretty bland. Some hints of lemon, bready malt, and hops, but you have to work to pick them out.

M: Nice and light. Lots of carbonation.

D: Not bad, but not particularly good either. This would be good if you need something to quench a monster thirst without any big flavors getting in the way.

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Photo of enfield249
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light golden yellow in color. 1 finger of white foam that fades to a thin layer.

S - Sweetness, aroma hops (floral?) and a tiny hint of straw.

T - Very malty and sweet, followed by a wheat flavor, and leaves with a minuscule amount of hop flavor.

M - Light, lots of CO2.

D - Great beer to drink sitting on the end of the dock.

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Photo of originalsin
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam's summer seasonal pours a very clear and vary pale yellow.
It smells Coors Light with a bountiful sweet malt addition. A very faint wheat smell as well.
I was sort of hoping this would be a boring but highly drinkable summer wheat. Unfortunately, it isn't. I sort of winced on my first taste but then warmed up slightly to the beer. The mouthfeel is pretty medium on the light side but it lacks the drinkability that it ought to have as a less-than-delicious summer brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a big white foamy head. Left a little lacing.

Light scented wheat and light malt.

Light wheat sweetness with a nice bitter touch at the end. Maybe a little lemon tartness, but this one is a bit thin.

Lighter bodied and carbonated. Gets a few points in this area for assisting in drinkability. A hot weather beer for sure, but not enough complexity to make me seek this instead of something else. Not a stinker in any respect, and well structured for what it is, is what it is.

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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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