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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
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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 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1100) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 11, 2012
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. It’s unlike anything I’ve had before. RJT

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2069) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUL 8, 2012
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2012
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.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ACD (568) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 25, 2012
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.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Love anchor but this one wasn’t up to par. Poured a clear yellow color with a tiny white head. Aroma was grass and malt. Flavor was mild bitters, grass and lemon. Average at best. Good session beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (1076) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a tall flute. Golden to orange color and transparent. A thick, 2 inch white head formed and held. The head reminds me of a good pilsner pour. Smells of light fruit, ripe pear. It really smells like a pils. Well, as advertised; it tastes bitter. Bitter from beginning to end. Unfortunately that is all there is to it. Lots of bubbles. Light bodied. It would be easier to drink without all the carbonation. I applaud Anchor for trying this old technique of the "Small Beer" but maybe there is a reason that most breweries do not make the Small Beer anymore? So, I am torn. Does this beer taste like a Small Beer should or not? I do not know since this is the first one I have had. What is curious is that everything but the color says "pilsner", even though it is an ale. For that reason it is worth trying.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
smellandsip37 (3) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
Caramel, bread slight floral, a small beer in the ttraditional sense, though not the best example. Could be a little more aromatic. Has a slight metallic taste, and that could be my palate.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burg326 (3232) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Poured an orangish color from the bottle, aromas of grass, caramel, light fruit, and some grains. Flavors are the same, not much bitter, meh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sledutah (4113) - Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Stubby 22oz bottle picked up at Bevmo
Appearance: Pours clear golden with a medium sized white head and good lacing
Aroma: Pilsner malts, skunky and honey
Taste: Malts, grainy, citrus and mild bitterness in the finish
OK, but couldn’t finish the bomber.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (5612) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2012
Bottle. Clear light orange pour with a large white head. Nose is kind of off-putting - kind of cardboard like. Thinner palate. Taste is grassy hops, and other than that is fairly mild. Wasn’t really digging this one.


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