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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Keg at De Wildeman, Amsterdam, 25/09/14. Clear golden with a moderate off white covering. Nose carries light floral notes, caramel, dark fruits, malty pinch. Taste comprises earthy tones, bitter orange, spice, straw. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter trace in the close. Ok but a little basic, ticks the style boxes I guess but a good advertisment as to why bitters are way better on cask in order to allow the flavours to develop!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (16192) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 3, 2005
Draught @HBF2005
Golden color, small head. Light fruity nose. Well hoppied bitter flavor in the watery body. Long bitterish aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (15804) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2000
A decent bitter, but something about it just seemed off kilter. Maybe a little too astringent in the finish (small beers do end up overhopped sometimes).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MiP (15296) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle. Weak, hoppy aroma. Copper colour, small white head. Bitter start which stays for a long time. Very good for a beer of this ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Amber pour in the glass. Very carbonated pale. Smooth to drink. Not terrific, but okay. Rated 2/20/04

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Light caramel malt aroma with some noble or floral hop nose. Amber gold color with a white head that wasn’t trying too hard. Near medium body with mild, creamy carbonation. The flavor is something of light caramel with a very impressive bitterness. The finish is pretty much the same, and the bitter persists nicely into the finish. Not exactly crisp, but very, very nice. This is a session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13587) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle. Poured clear amber with medium white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Medium sweet malty aroma. Medium body. Well balanced flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle @ Falling Rock Barlywine dinner poured a clear light amber with a small lasting off white head. Aromas of sweet malt, biscuits and earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of biscuits and some earthiness with a lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
argo0 (13309) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2005
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear light amber body topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, bready, caramel, some apricot. Taste is mild sweet, earthy, faint caramel. Light body. I can give them credit for trying something that has not been done much, but after the first time it came out this way I cannot understand why they continue to bottle it. Definitely subpar relative to their other beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
(Bottle, batch 9L9, courtesy of BarZigKin) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of florals, cereal, subtle citrus, and grain. Flavor of grass, florals, earth, and some caramel with a bitter finish.

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