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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doghair (286) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Darker amber with a nice two finger head. Lots of visible carbonation. Foam clings to glass all the way down. Smell is very mild hops and malt. Taste is also light. Again hops and malt with a mild bitter finish. This is good beer. Don’t try to make it something it’s not. It’s a second running beer from a barley wine mash. I think it’s a great effort and a nice lighter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olio (7344) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
65 cl @ Hotel room, San Francisco.
Pours clear golden color with medium head. Aroma of grass, pale malts and fruits. Flavour of hay, malts, mild goose berry notes and light fruits. Very watery palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
laiti (6826) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Francisco. No BBE info.
Aroma has some hops and wet wood. Also hints of toffee. Flavour is a bit harsh with toffee and some hops. Feels watery. Easy-going, drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ration (2007) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
200712. Bottle at SF Hotel. Pours light golden with a medium frothy head. Aroma butter, hay, bread. Slight bitter grassy taste. Low palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1469) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trevor211 (1402) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beermack (716) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (1591) - 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.

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