Anchor Zymaster Series No.2: Mark's Mild | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drabmuh on 08-03-2012

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Photo of Offa
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent dark mild.

Dark red-brown copper, it has a medium off-white head slowly shrinking and a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is nice, rich, caramelised toast, dried fruit, hint of brown sugar.

Taste is similar, a strong character of lightly earthy caramelised toast with some dark dried fruit. It is mild, no real bitterness being detected, but it is not very sweet, either, and it has nice, full character and body. Feel is nice.

It is highly drinkable, a very good session beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Final Gravity.

A: Nutty amber body with a finger of dense, soft looking cream colored head that faded into a fuzzy film. Great sheets of lace were left down the glass after each sip.
S: Sweet and fruity nose with hints of apple juice and bready malts. Overall a light nose.
T: Mild flavors of crackery malt, lightly sweet fruit juice, biscuit dough and hints of red grapes. The finish is quick with a mild malty sugary aftertaste. Very low key and smooth.
M: Medium body, velvety carbonation, soft, smooth, clean, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.
O: Anchor does it again. Tough style for people to get behind but this drinks extremely well. I wish more local breweries made beers like this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac (Prado location) in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark amber-hued body, clear, and with a half-inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Fruitiness forward, apple mainly, followed by charred breadcrusts, roasted grain, and a little bit of dark brown sugar.

Taste: Roasty, toasty malts with a hefty pinch of brown sugar lands on the tongue simultaneously. Lightly herbal quality, just enough bitterness to be had. Scant fruitiness of apple, raisin. Lowly fruity, malty finish that leisurely dries out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Now drink up and enjoy. (By that I mean, I will drink up and enjoy.) Sorta seemed like a Brekle's lite.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a light amber tan with nice foaming. There’s a light malt aroma atop. Lots of caramel malt. Tastes sweet and malty. Nicely smooth and it can stand up to warming. Mild, easy-going, but not terribly exciting. I hate to say it but I don’t get what all the praise for this one (in the region, not on BA) is about.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

If Poppy Jasper was the appetizer, then I thought that the Zymaster Mild would make an excellent compliment to an apple crepe. Unfortunately, something wrong occured. On to the beer:

I can't complain about a ruby brown color with crimson hues and a good looking head. The aroma worried me. The mild is usually soft, but you can find a sweet aroma without too much digging. In the Zymaster, I had to dig for a long time to find any trace of malt. In fact, I think I smelled more of a mineralic note than malt.

I may have well ordered some water instead. There's almost no taste to speak of. The best aspect was that the beer wasn't repulsive, as some low scoring beers tend to be. Very (and I use the term lightly) light in the malt department, and very light with fruity esters. And that's it. Despite the lack fo taste, the body wasn't like water. Light, but with a little meat, and with gentle carbonation, probably helped me finish the pint.

I wound up exteremly underwhelmed with the Zymaster Mild. I've had several milds up to now, and this is easily the worst that I've had. That's something that I thought I would never write about an Anchor product, but this was not for me.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mark apparently set out to craft a mild ale. Success. This two-shades-darker-than-tawny beverage formed a smart and refined, tan and foamy head that kept calm and carried on.

A deep sniff caught light brown sugar and bread.

It traveled smoothly and left the campsite clean. Allowed to linger on the palate though, it showed its effervescence and some very restrained fruit; I'm not sure if it was from the hops or from the yeast. My guess is the yeast.

I would happily drink another at this moment.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Co. on Aug. 17, 2012 (for $5?), in San Diego. Poured an amber, reddish brown with about one finger (when I got it) of grayish tan head. Looked good on the top. Average retention on the way down.

Smelled chocolate milk, cocoa, caramel and toffee. Very malty.

Tasted a lighter version of the smell. Got toffee, caramel and chocolate milk, all light. Very smooth ending.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, abrupt finish. Went down nicely. Was surprised how much was gone before I knew it.

A good way to start the night. This beer was nice and smooth. I would have it again. My slight cold may have hurt or helped this rating as well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and grain and some slight caramel flavors. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at City Beer, Mark's Mild is a dark auburn with a small off-white head leaving light lace.

Smell is modest, some malt, a touch sour, loads of bread dough.

Taste is malty, some biscuit, smooth.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is fine. I'm not a big fan of this style, but this is well executed, smooth and clean, with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey served in a snifter. Beer is brown and clear with a tan head, one finger, mild retention, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet, caramel, mild.

Beer is almost holiday spicy in a way, light in body, sweet, burned sugar, nice caramel, sweetness. Overall a nice beer but it falls a little flat. The finish is mildly unpleasant with a roasty grainness that makes me not want to drink a lot of it. Low in alcohol at least but not a repeat.

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Anchor Zymaster Series No.2: Mark's Mild from Anchor Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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