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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Very unusuall style, I've often heard about this beer but never tried untill I was at the brewery. Its the perfect summer beer. Extremely light malt, subtle hops, very low alcohol content...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- orangey, golden color, small foam head with a steady stream of bubbles, light aroma, hoppy with a light fruity sweetness; flavor is highly, highly bitter, yet not a tasty bitter – overbearing, malt is also very plain and thin – a poor showing from a great brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 2, 2004 I didn't realize that this beer was so low in ABV, I might not have bought it had I known. But, I bought it, so here I am. Aroma similar to that of Steam. Creamy, slightly off-white head. Fairly light in color, as expected. Fair amount of carbonation. Kind of a fuzzy mouth feel. Not one of Anchor's best brews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2003
As this beer is made from the reused, second mashing of their Old Foghorn beer, it comes out a tad weak. There's obviously a reason why the mash generally isn't reused, and the taste of this beer makes that clear. Anchor gives you a real big bottle of "small beer" as if to make up for it's unpleasant taste. It's sort of like a watered down Anchor Steam.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Slight malt aroma, with a touch of malt throughout. Decent amount bitterness for style. A good session brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Pours a light orange color with a small white head. Not much aroma besides a trace of skunk. Watery mouthfeel. Slight bitterness. This beer is weak, watery and nothing like Anchor’s other offerings. I’m certainly never going to drink this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Deep golden hue, slight red tint. White head that clings to glass. Crisp malt nose. Lots of carbonation, light footed on palate, sweet malt first, clean all the way through, then a big over bitter finish. Decent, crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Tastes almost like bitter club soda. I like bitter beers, so I can’t say I totally disliked this beer. I am happy I tried it, but will not buy it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2002
Pouring with a closed rocky head with a pilsner-like nose, nice and smooth with balanced malt and hop all the way though, definatly a good summer time beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2002
I must have had a long expired bottle. It didn’t really smell skunky, but it smelled old. Very yeasty and dry. The beer itself was an attractive dun color, with a respectable head. Something was obviously wrong with this beer, because it had that funny old beer taste. I’ll have to find a new bottle and give this another shot. From what i could tell, the beer tasted nicely balanced, dry, with a good deal of malt in the mash. I wish stores would pull old product off the shelves. Only in a perfect world.

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