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RATINGS: 567   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.


1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Syzzer (591) - Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Strangely and disappointingly shallow beer. It had a magnificent frothy white head that lingers. It has an amber/peach hue. But then you smell thin beer alcohol... the flavor is watery with slight barley. 3-j 2.5-B

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Golden amber color-good carbonation level-has a decent head. Somewhat hoppy aroma.Bitterness is right upfront with minimal malt. A bit unbalanced in my opinion. Average mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WVHouseofBeer (838) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Light aromas of grass and grains. Pours a clear orange color with a white head. Flavors of grass, grains, some caramel and fruit. Fuller body than I was expecting but the finish leaves an unpleasant taste in my mouth. Overall......eh, I gues I’m glad I tried it.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (817) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2012
A small beer! cool. 3.3% abv! I love it. Simple hazy happy gold compliments Belle and Sebastian well. fizzy, ok head retention. Aroma of moderate caramel, and a flat grass hops smell. Flavor is dry grain lightly bitter grassy leaf hops. It’s good, light on alcohol, yet almost medium-bodied and fairly flavorful with hops/grain and a caramelly aroma. As it warms, the flavor (and the hops in particular) become a more astringent and less enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2012
22 oz bottle. pours a pale orange with a 2+ finger white head. pils nose with wheat and faint citrus. med body with bright lemon, bread notes, orange peel and light pale malts. spicy and bitter finish with lemon, orange and some light wheat.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
snapple2 (12) - Dallas, Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2012
This beer is exactly what I thought of and heard about "Small beer" a low alcohol and lightly bodied beer brewed with the sparged mash of Anchor Foghorn. It was more bitter than I expected but not overly so. I thought that it is a good example of the "small beer" style.

2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SSSteve (3786) - - JAN 17, 2012
larger bottle than i was expecting to find a small beer in. the elusive small beer! it pours a clear orange with a small white head. aroma is grainy with light fruity esters and kind of stinks sometimes;. flavor is bitter and watery with plenty of unsweet graininess. light, refreshing palate. small beer turned out to be an awesome sessionable experience but not something i would probably seek out agian. now where the heck is that anchor bock???

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MadIndian (2414) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2012
A thin copper pour with hints of grass and sweet malt. Not too much going on in this one. It was ok.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
high_on_hops (633) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
A gold/amber color with a foamy, short-lived white head and lots of lacing and carbonation. The aroma has some malt and yeast and smells almost like an adjunct beer. The flavor is light, with some faint malt and a crisp aftertaste. It’s like a michelob or other mainstream beer made with better ingredients. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 Grassy hops on the nose with bready malts. Small beer pours golden in color with a thick white head. Grassy hops and an earthy bitterness upfront with hints of light caramel and bready malts. Great session beer!!


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