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RATINGS: 573   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
smellandsip37 (4) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burg326 (4298) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Poured an orangish color from the bottle, aromas of grass, caramel, light fruit, and some grains. Flavors are the same, not much bitter, meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sledutah (5599) - Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2012
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (7438) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sherm1016 (1202) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2012
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%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jandd1983 (2979) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2012
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Syzzer (605) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WVHouseofBeer (917) - Tallahassee, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (995) - Providence, Rhode Island, 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.

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