arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 24, 2004
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
This beer is nasty stuff...and I love the regular Anchor Brewing products. Tastes like dry-hopped water, basically.
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Gusher, but pour gets me stoked. It looks great. Golden, nice head, streaming bubbles. Smells like nothing, then maybe some yeast. Tastes like metal, then sour. Terrible. I let it sit an hour (donít want to drink). Try again at RT. Much nicer this time. Biscuit and yeast replace sour and metal. No hop presence. Watery, watery, foamy. Not so good. I canít think of a time I would want to drink this ass water.
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a light golden straw color and has a white minimal head. Aromas highly of cereal, some hay and light citrus. A very light bodied beer of course, but big on bitterness and carbonation...fizziness takes over the palate basically. Finish is bitter and very dry. Iím a fan of Anchor but this isnít up there at all for their best...just the steam beer alone is way a better choice. Cool bottle but I wouldnít buy it again.
generallee08 (64) - New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The neck label has a short description of the beer but there is no freshness date or abv%.
Appearance: The body has a light amber to orange amber color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. From the pour I got an average size head (about two fingers) with a just off white color. This head fades slowly and makes some nice lacing on the glass as I drink.
Smell: It light overall and has a light pale biscuit like maltiness with some mild grassy/herbal hops. (This was not what I was expecting at all.)
Taste/Palate: The flavor closely matches the smell. It starts with a thin pale malt with light bready and biscuity notes. This is then quickly over run by a slightly citrusy, almost astringent, grassy hop character. It finishes with this acidic bitterness hanging on to the tongue. The body has a light and fairly thin feel with plenty of scrubbing carbonation.
Notes: For a beer based off the second running of there Barleywine this was not what I was expecting and not a beer that I would seek out again.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very unusuall style, I've often heard about this beer but never tried untill I was at the brewery. Its the perfect summer beer. Extremely light malt, subtle hops, very low alcohol content...
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think Iím only the second reviewer who likes this beer. But any beer brewed by Fritz is okay by me. Anchor Small Beer is thin by the standards of American micro ales but it makes up for it in pure refreshment. The bitterness hits pretty hard in a beer lacking much malt profile or body but in thirst quenching way. If I could easily get it on the east coast, this would be an ideal everyday beer ... at least when I donít want to get bloated from Anchor Liberty ;-)
IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - APR 24, 2006
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Anchor Small beer (small being the operative word) pores a hazy gold with little head, little if any aroma, crisp "draw" but uneventful flavor, the beer is a good idea but isnít a good beer
67F100 (32) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber, clear, with moderate carbonation. Very large bubbles at first. Thick, pillowy head with fairly decent lacing. Faintly metallic aroma, the bland smell does not bode well. First taste yielded an immediate second taste because the flavor is so weak. What flavor there is starts slightly sweet but turns quite bitter very rapidly, finishing in a combination not unlike sourdough rolls. Overall impression is that this beer has been beefed up because the malt was too watered down. Nice concept, poor execution. Not a horrible beer, but certainly not worth the price or the time.
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2000
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer, but a little weak in flavor. Bitterness seems to be in the background and not the forefront as I expected. Enjoyed it, but would rather their Steam Beer.
chef_brewardee (28) - Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a light orange yellow with thick bubbly head. Smells of honey and some fruityness. Tastes is really light. honey and sweet malt, finishes slightly tart. Thin watery palate ( to be expected from second runnings) overall for a low alcohol session beer its OK.