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RATINGS: 577   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11640) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11526) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2003
Light amber color. 3,2% on the label. Citrus and blackcurrant aroma and flavor. Just a bit of hopbitterness and some tartness. Fairly thin but loads of flavor, especially for a low ABV beer. Heartily recommended as a low alcohol beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond, VA, opened 9/23/10. Pours a clear amber color with a large foamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, apple, nutty notes, floral hops. The taste is biscuity malts and strong bitter hops as well as a bit of green apple. Medium bodied. Somewhat disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is Northern Brewer hops and light cracker malt. Flavor is heavy bitterness, moderate hops, light malt and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (11018) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 17, 2006
Bottled: Golden coloured. LIght dusty. Medium sized off white ehad. Aroma and flavour is sweet and fruity with light herbal notes. Quite smooth and easy to drink. I medium bodied. Ends on a light bitter and rather fresh note. Surprisingly good for the low ABV.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2010
Clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma had hops, fruits, malt and piney notes. Flavour was quite dry with plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits and hints of rubber. Finished bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Orange/gold pour, nice white head. Barely any aroma. A watery malt and caramel smell barely escapes the glass. Flavor is watery as hell. I am guessing this would only be good on a hot as hell day when you just finished mowing the lawn. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 This beer was my first small beer. It was my first "drain-pour" in quite sometime. Horrible, thin and bitter from start to finish. Maybe my bottle was off. I don’t even want to give it another chance. Bought it at Sam’s in Chicago, IL. Horrible!

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