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RATINGS: 565   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 deliciousósimilar to what modern brewers call a "bitter"óand we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 24, 2004
This beer is nasty stuff...and I love the regular Anchor Brewing products. Tastes like dry-hopped water, basically.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2003
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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2002
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 ;-)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - APR 24, 2006
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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
67F100 (32) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2000
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chef_brewardee (28) - Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sridleyGTR (23) - Golden, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2009
05/17/09. 22 oz in shaped pint glass. Clear amber with a thin, lasting off-white head that leaves some lacing. Medium carbonation with large bubbles. Biscuit aroma with some malt sweetness. Watery but fizzy mouthfeel. Flavors of malt, sourdough, and some citrus. Crisp finish with lingering bitter aftertaste. Some complain of a metallic flavor, which I got, but I didnít find it unpleasant. Plenty of oomph for 3.3%. Iíd love to try this alongside its larger brother (Old Foghorn) to see if any similarity can be detected.

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