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RATINGS: 563   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
Striking yellow-amber hues along with the far off smell of a freshwater lake mixed with malt start off this diminutive brew. A bit bitter bite and little else makes up the bulk of this beer. Without the cloying and annoying bite, which lasts quite long, there wouldn’t be much here. Lake water laced with fertilizer is the best I can describe it.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
rich42 (128) - USA - AUG 7, 2002
like someone took an esb and mixed it 50% with seltzer water. the bitterness stands out because there’s nothing else to it - maybe a slight hint of malt someplace. is strangely filling for how watered down it is. if you want something light and refreshing - get a bass instead. sometime’s there’s a good reason ’they don’t make them like that anymore’

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Astonishingly bad for this brewery. Thin and bland malt flavor that finishes with an unbearable dryness. At 2.3%, I find myself wondering why I even purchased this.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Bleah. Refreshing, but weirdly filling as well. I’m glad to have tried it, but it’s a bit much after a while. Bitter and thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2169) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
Copper penny colored; Head was dense and fluffy; Nose had grass- appealing. VERY dry- almost abrasive. No Malt presence. Hops have little floral or citrus characteristics- pure aromatic and drying. Most flavorful sub 3% beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Some nice citrusy bitterness and a giant cedar full of flower buds…Strong salted cheese..A breeze of caramel…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3334) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2002
Sparkling tan-amber appearance with a drossy foam and cream head. The crips smell of thsi beer has notes of mash with a beef-like quality as well. Msh and brassy flavor with the soft undercurrent of hops. The underbelly of this beer is of a definite metallic character with some bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2002
Beer made from leftovers? Initially I was completely disappointed as there didn’t seem to be any character other than a slight hop bite in the finish. Develops a little doughy malt in the nose and a biscuity flavor as it warms but never really convincing. Just seems to be a novelty beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2002
What the hell was that??? I tried reading the description of the beer on the neck of the bottle, but I couldn’t figure out exactly what it was supposed to be. Is this the leftover crap when they brew Old Foghorn???? Bad beer... reminiscent of a German pilsener, but not nearly as good. Boooo Small Beer, booo. 2.3% ABV???? What, I might as well be drinking my own piss!!! The best thing that could possibly come of this beer is someone calling it ’vapid and insipid.’ Well done JPDIPSO. I’ll drink Radler before this shite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2002
I can appreaciate some of the history of this style, but why grains are no longer a high commodity. Very weak and flavorless. Vapid and insipid.

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