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RATINGS: 570   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MiP (13788) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (12992) - 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 (12788) - 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
argo0 (11636) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (11509) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11237) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle. (April 2006, 3,2 % on the bottle). Pours an orange amber with a fine soapy-looking yellowish head. Aroma is weak with some caramel and a touch of smokyness. Taste is surprisingly crisp - roasted, smoke and caramel with a little thin bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a foamy white head and gold color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet, musty. Taste is medium malt-sweet, musty, dry hops bitterness. Light/medium body. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (11070) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Date: July 10, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: clear gold, fine off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma, light floral hops, touch of sweetness
Flavor: light sweet caramel malt flavor, well balanced earthy bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

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