Doghair (286) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
olio (7344) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
laiti (6826) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ration (2007) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
200712. Bottle at SF Hotel. Pours light golden with a medium frothy head. Aroma butter, hay, bread. Slight bitter grassy taste. Low palate.
ronaldtheriot (1469) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
trevor211 (1402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Beermack (716) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 25, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Fatehunter (1591) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.