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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10140) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (9999) - 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!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (9544) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9457) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s in Fort Collins. Pours a clear toasty orange appearance with a creamy, tan head. Grainy, rich straw, a bit herbal, green hoppy, cracker aroma. Bitter herbal, chewy saltine cracker, toasty malty, hay flavor. Probably my least favorite beer from Anchor.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (8941) - 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.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopscotch (8898) - 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!

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle. Poured a medium and clear amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Husky aromas with some earthiness and caramel. Tastes of caramel, grainy, and a trace of citrus. Thin body.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle. Pale amber colour with a creamy white head. Aroma is pretty decent. Soft and fruity with alot of orange marmalade character. EKG and Fuggles gives a fairly prominent hoppy aroma. Malts smell lightly crackery. The flavour comes across a bit muddled however. Fairly watery palate. There are a lot of good components in this beer, but it just never really comes together all that well. It’s pretty authentic, not terrible but not great either.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
22oz?. Pours a clear honey gold color with a healthy, fluffy, white head with good retention and big webby lace. Aroma is honey, sweet malt, orange juice. Taste is soapy saaz hops, some metallic hoppiness/bitterness, lots of diacetyl on a thin body creating a melted butter mouthfeel is too high for the abv level. Spritzy, near seltzer carbonation. Not enough character really from the second runnings of Old Foghorn.


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