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The tradition of brewing two distinct beers from one mash has existed for thousands of years, and for centuries the term "small beer" was used in English to describe the lighter and weaker second beer. 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. We believe you will find Anchor Small Beer deliciousósimilar to what modern brewers call a "bitter"óand we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (5716) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 9, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014 Tap at the Wildeman, Amsterdam. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is yeast, citrus fruit hop. The flavour is light bitter with a dry yeast mineral sulphur like palate. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. What were the Anchor guys need thinking of. Probably the worst beer Iíve had had from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PotjeBier (1986) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2014
Had this several times before (pre-RB). On tap @ In De Wildeman. Clear golden color. Frothy white head. Aromaís: grain, a bit vegetal & sulphuric. Retronasal itís grain & fruit. Flavor is moderate bitter, grainish. Light bodied, quite thin. Finishes with a rather earthy bitter flavor. Pleasant enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
In tap inthe Wildeman. Poured light amber with a small off white head. Aroma of lightly sweet and moderately bitter hops, soft malt. Medium body, flavour is medium bitter and not much else.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nealblind (1029) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Amber gold pour. Aroma of skunk and honey. Tastes like watery wood and tobacco. not enough flavor. Iíve had better bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (2679) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Reviewed from notes. I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy brown color with a quick dissipating less than a fingerís worth of foamy head. It did leave some nice adequate foamy lacing. The smell was exactly the true aspects of an English Bitter - that English earthy and soapiness invading my nose in a malty sort of way. The taste was malty but not necessarily sweet. There was a quick malty aftertaste and just a dry finish. On the palate, it sat fairly light and sessionable. The carbonation was there and decent for the style. Overall, well, this is an English Bitter by style and it fits the bill. Not bad to me, but still nothing over the top. It would probably be fitting as a great beer with fish ní chips.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Patrickctenchi (4722) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle: Slightly hazed amber with a large, pillowy, off-white head. Caramel, bread aroma. Grain, cardboard....watery taste. Incredibly watery...metallic bitter. Not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
StevieT (962) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
Pale amber colour, tiny white head, thin mouth feel with mild fruity hops flavours. Itís OK but by no means great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
VinegarStroke (339) - Napa, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle: Clear, gold to copper, we ah head. Very neutral malt and hops. Reminds me of my fathers beer from the 70ís in Australia. I see very little aroma but rather an ugly childhood memory when beer tasted like crap. Dry, slightly sour and bitter like your mothernlaw. Short, low to no flavor. This is not craft brewing. Itís worse than averge. For those who work in the fields without access to fresh or clean water it would be gold. For a modern California craft brewing itís a joke.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle code: 2LI Pours a nice light amber with a solid sheet of loose whites. Smells of peanuts, light grain, sweet toffee (faintly), some hints of grass. Flavor is bitter up front, some of the peanut flavor comes through, a good dose of cardboard (candy box style) some bits of metals. Medium bodied with much too much carbonation and a wettish finish. Not very impressive, but I can see how on a sunny summer day, with sweat dripping down my face this would satisfy. Maybe if this wasnít listed as a bitter. Serving type: bottle 09-25-2012

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scrapersnbeer (1507) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Earthy caramel and peat aroma like the olde bitter should have. Clear orange color, head will collapse within a minute. Weird sweet saltine cracker taste, almost bitter, dry and flaky. Insincere cask-age finish. Light body, feels like near beer, which it almost is. Any beer this weak should be very bitter or sour. I like Anchor quite a lot, but this feels like trying to milk something for more than itís worth.

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