legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some nice citrusy bitterness and a giant cedar full of flower buds…Strong salted cheese..A breeze of caramel…
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good clarity,thick white foamy head.I’ve 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 wasn’t much of malt balance.I do actually wonder why they market this beer other than it’s novelty of being related to Foghorn.
joet (2038) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 27, 2002
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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?
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 27, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very fizzy and watery, decent bitterness, but the lack of malt character was unappealing. Low alcohol content is a negative.
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think I’m 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 don’t want to get bloated from Anchor Liberty ;-)