Anchor Small Beer
Anchor Brewing Company

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English Bitter
3.16 | pDev: 17.09%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: "We believe you will find Anchor Small Beer delicious--similar to what modern brewers call a "bitter"--and we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance. "

"We make our Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale from the rich first runnings of an all-malt mash, and Anchor Small Beer is our attempt to duplicate the "small beers" of old by sparging that same mash: sprinkling warm water over the Old Foghorn mash after the first wort has run off, thereby creating a second, lighter brew from the resulting thinner wort. "
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3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Frankly I think that my expectations got in the way of this beer. Being a small beer made from Old Foghorn I expected a little more going on in the malt department. It is a bit thin, not a lot happening on the malt side but it dones have a nice hop bitterness to it. If I remember right the brewer said he was shooting for an authentic english bitter. Like I said maybe I was expecting too much out of it. Maybe someone will chime in with a un-cluttered review.

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Photo of Todd
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 pint, 6oz bowling pin style brown bottle. No freshness date, bottled on 09/15/2000.

Appearance: Light, clear amber/golden. Large bubbled frothy white lace

Smell: Smells of watery hops and malts. Has a bit of an earthy, grain husk aroma.

Taste: Light bodied with a fairly consistent mouthfeel. Malt flavour and sweetness is thin. There's a crisp dryness that is augmented by a good dose of carbonation, grain husk flavours (tannin-like) and bold hops that dominate with a sharp, salty, citrus bite. About 3/4 of the way through you can pick up on yeast characteristics, like some light nuttiness and bready flavours. Palate finishes dry with more grain husk flavours (powdery mouthfeel).

Notes: This is a decent beer, a good session beer. Anchor applied some "waste not, want not," as it's made by rinsing warm water (secondary runnings) over the mash of Old Foghorn, Anchor's seasonal barley-style wine. Very rare style these days.

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Anchor Small Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 452 ratings