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RATINGS: 560   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MadIndian (2342) - 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 (582) - 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 (2316) - 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!!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Appearance: orange and copper under a massive clumpy off-white head. Lace abounds. Fades with solid bands of lace.
Nose: malted grains and cereal grains – grape nuts especially for their crunchy sweet goodness. Lemon essence. Straw.
Palate: grains, grape nuts, hay, stale bread crusts, and dried lemon peel. A relatively short and forgettable finish. Bitterness in the back hits hard after each swallow, leading into dry parching stale bread crusts.
Final Thoughts: I drank all of my 22oz Anchor bomber and when all was and is said and done…I still haven’t decided whether I liked this beer or not. Their Small Beer is by no way bad but it left me with no impression whatsoever. Maybe fresh and on draft at source it’d have more wow factor but from the bottle into my glass and down the gullet, not so much.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rjplumer (373) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Pours a clear golden amber color with two finger head that lingers for little bit. Has a mild grass aroma. Has a bitter bite right at the beginning. Then it goes sour. The bitterness fades a bit but still lingers. I’ll drink this one but won’t get it again.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle from BoE. Amber gold with a large gushing head. Good attempt by Anchor to produce a low gravity British bitter, but unsurprisingly it doesn’t really work. Odd aroma of plastic and not much else except some bitterness. Slightly disappointing accompaniment to Christmas Eve sirloin.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfest5 (1125) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
ummm, this was an interesting surprise but overall not the best beer ive ever had, a little funk in the end that was unappetizing. couldnt get the feeling that I was drinking the "backwash" of a real beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aquilo (533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours a clear golden-amber color with a thick white head. Smells just like Anchor Steam; very herbal and bready. Flavor is very bitter, and the finish is abrasive. Overall, it could be better.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
glennmastrange (2205) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle. Moderate hay for the (spent) malt, light dried grass for the hops with hints of cooked vegetable and paper. Head is average size, fizzy turning rocky, white with just a bit of lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear light amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately acidi and sour, then the long finish is lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is light to medium, dry with a lively to fizzy carbonation and a metallic and lightly astringent finish. Only a few good aspects made it worth drinking the whole bottle. My advice: toss the wort. Blah.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of overripe fruit, burnt malts and light earthy hop. Taste moderately bitter with some resin and burnt ashy malts again. Pretty watery texture. Not really what I was a expecting knowing that it was a second running of Old Foghorn. Overall this has too much burnt grainy taste to it.


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