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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 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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2100) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7549) - 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…

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3295) - 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.

2.6
   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 didnít 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.

1.9
   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 couldnít 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 ívapid and insipid.í Well done JPDIPSO. Iíll drink Radler before this shite.

1.9
   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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2002
Good clarity,thick white foamy head.Iíve read some other comments, but I found this beer to be anything but highly carbonted,my bottle was moderate to low.Aroma was grainy,hops came through decently,but there wasnít much of malt balance.I do actually wonder why they market this beer other than itís novelty of being related to Foghorn.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
joet (2056) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 27, 2002
Very hopped and dry. Still not much nose and not much in the malt. This is made from their Foghorn washings. Are they better off not putting out this brew?

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 27, 2002
Very fizzy and watery, decent bitterness, but the lack of malt character was unappealing. Low alcohol content is a negative.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2002
I think Iím only the second reviewer who likes this beer. But any beer brewed by Fritz is okay by me. Anchor Small Beer is thin by the standards of American micro ales but it makes up for it in pure refreshment. The bitterness hits pretty hard in a beer lacking much malt profile or body but in thirst quenching way. If I could easily get it on the east coast, this would be an ideal everyday beer ... at least when I donít want to get bloated from Anchor Liberty ;-)


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