Prufrockstar (436) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great for sessioning. Best when cool/cold, end is bitter (esp as it warms), but crisp, balanced and drinkable otherwise.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Plaas (82) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Basically, this is a nice malty beer, but this basics are a bit killed by the hops. Less is more, but this is too much. Could have been deeper and complex, even as a small beer - just let the malts do their job.
Doghair (189) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a pint glass. Darker amber with a nice two finger head. Lots of visible carbonation. Foam clings to glass all the way down. Smell is very mild hops and malt. Taste is also light. Again hops and malt with a mild bitter finish. This is good beer. Donít try to make it something itís not. Itís a second running beer from a barley wine mash. I think itís a great effort and a nice lighter beer.
olio (4807) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
65 cl @ Hotel room, San Francisco.
Pours clear golden color with medium head. Aroma of grass, pale malts and fruits. Flavour of hay, malts, mild goose berry notes and light fruits. Very watery palate.
laiti (4537) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Francisco. No BBE info.
Aroma has some hops and wet wood. Also hints of toffee. Flavour is a bit harsh with toffee and some hops. Feels watery. Easy-going, drinkable.
ration (1839) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
200712. Bottle at SF Hotel. Pours light golden with a medium frothy head. Aroma butter, hay, bread. Slight bitter grassy taste. Low palate.
ronaldtheriot (969) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Anchor Small Beer has a very thick, fluffy, off-white head and a cloudy, bubbly amber appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is faint, but one can, with deep inhalation, pick up barley malt, caramel, tea, and sweetness. Taste is of bitterness across the sip, and one detects tea, light malt, and even some light lemony aspects. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, and Anchor Small Beer finishes mellow and dry. Overall, this is an interesting one to try. Itís unlike anything Iíve had before. RJT
luttonm (1755) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUL 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at SIBF. I was in the minority in my group in actually really liking this. Crisp pale yellow, foamy head. Wort, malt and hops. Sweet and light, great beer geek tasty treat. It is what it is, but the flavors are there.
trevor211 (1240) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at SIBF 2012. Light golden pour, with little to no aroma -- just a faint hint of a malt backbone. The flavor is slightly malt-forward, but very... well... small. Seltzer water. Very mineraly. Very meh.
ACD (527) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 25, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Pours golden with thin white head that lasts the distance, not much lacing. Very muted aroma - bit of hay, malt, and citrus at a push. Taste is much the same - very subdued - grassy and slightly lemony hop notes are there, very light malt character; decent level of bitterness but let down by a very thin and watery mouthfeel. Well, this bottle has been an education: this is what "small beer" was! fair enough to the Anchor lot for giving this forgotten style a go, I guess they weren't trying to win any awards for taste, but it was a refreshing sessionable, and reasonably interesting beer nonetheless.