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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
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 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
From tap at the brewery. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is light cornish. Flavour is light malty and crisp hoppy. Mild bitter and dry flavoured finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (34660) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 9, 2004
The aroma is sour with notes of malt and mash. The color is orange and it has a fine head. The flavor is very malty in the beginning and has a rather bitter end. The body is thin. All the good stuff from the mash has already been extracted and is to be found in one of my favorite beers: Old Foghorn - so I'll stay away from this one and stick to Old Foghorn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber coloured with a white ehad. Aroma of malts, caramel, tea and hops. Flavour of malts, fruits and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2008
Bottled (thanks whoever sent this is a trade, found in my cellar). Pale ambery golden colour with small off-white head. Aroma is wood and quite harsh skunky earthyness. Flavour is earthy, grassy, a bit wooden and also has some slight fruity notes lurking in the background. A bit harsh as for the earthyness, but otherwise quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) "Small Beer" has the same brewing history as what we used to call "thin beer" in Denmark a hundred years ago: giving the remaining mash from top-product Old Foghorn a second go. Amber coloured with a slight haze, a very small head is left on top of the beer. Very bitter, not much sweetness to detect here. And naturally not much body either. But quite fresh and quenching.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (23716) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2003
Bottled. Golden coloured. Light bodied and drinkable but with harsh late bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (23355) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2009
Draft @ Anchor Brewing Company. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a malty bready caramel aroma. Sweetish weak malty grainy flavor. Has a sweetish malty finish with some hoppy bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
25th September 2014
De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Keg. Clear gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and dry and crisp. Smooth semi dry malts, touch of dry cream. Floral bitter hops. Whisper of citrus. Dry finish. Medium bitter linger. Clean but basic golden bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (21884) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2010
American Bar in Amsterdam ...very pale yellow ... small tight foam head ... light soft hop nose ... soft musty toffee malt ... dull bitter linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
Golden color. Quite nice Barley Wine-like aroma. Really thin body, with an exaggerated bitterness. Odd…

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