trevor211 (1584) - 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 (725) - London, ENGLAND - 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 (2121) - 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.
smellandsip37 (4) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Caramel, bread slight floral, a small beer in the ttraditional sense, though not the best example. Could be a little more aromatic. Has a slight metallic taste, and that could be my palate.
burg326 (5253) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured an orangish color from the bottle, aromas of grass, caramel, light fruit, and some grains. Flavors are the same, not much bitter, meh.
Sledutah (6834) - Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Stubby 22oz bottle picked up at Bevmo
Appearance: Pours clear golden with a medium sized white head and good lacing
Aroma: Pilsner malts, skunky and honey
Taste: Malts, grainy, citrus and mild bitterness in the finish
OK, but couldn’t finish the bomber.
BVery (9284) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear light orange pour with a large white head. Nose is kind of off-putting - kind of cardboard like. Thinner palate. Taste is grassy hops, and other than that is fairly mild. Wasn’t really digging this one.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Discount Liquor Milwaukee. Pours a light amber color with a white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy, pine. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is mild, malty up front, with a light bitter hop finish. Tasty at 3.3%.
jandd1983 (3690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
It poured a golden color with an off-white head. The aroma was grainy pale with some grassy hops. The flavor was pale and light hoppy notes. Not what was expected as a bitter.