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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 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 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
robL (22) - California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Gross! Not at all what I expected. Bitter without flavor, almost like a skunked beer. Never try again! Read more thoughts - http://beerhatesme.blogspot.com/2010/12/anchor-ste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geofbaum (21) - Delaware, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Iíll skip the aroma because what I could smell (Iím a bit stuffed up at the moment wasnít bad. Light hop and light over all smell of maybe some sourdough which is to be expected. Appearance is average at best, nothing special itís a relatively clear amber. Taste is ok, sourdough, lightly malted, with a bit of an earthy hop flavor. Nothing extraordinary but at the same time it wasnít bad. Palate was very light, but maybe a little on the dry side. Overall, itís a good beer for what it is but because of that and nothing really standing out to make it something special itís just sort of average. Not something that I would say no to drinking if given the chance again but Iíll drink some others before I come back to it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
louchemobile (18) - Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2005
Best consumed cold-ish as a thirst-quencher at a hot party when a stronger more complex beer would be too much. Either that or mix a bottle with a Foghorn for a great cocktail. Anchor can do a lot better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
believeUme (17) - California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Clear amber with frothy head. Aroma is citrus & floral. Flavor is astringent and acrid as if someone ran too mcuh water through old coffee grounds. Tastes like when i have tried to make beers with second runnings, thin and tannic.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
The aroma comes across as a thin maltiness with an acrid darkness. The beer formed a nice head of bright white foam. Color was a beautiful medium amber. The body was terribly thin with an almost urine-like acidity. I tried two different bottles thinking the first one had skunked or otherwise been mistreated but both were equally bad. Iím really shocked that Anchor released this beer as itís undoubtedly the worst beer Iíve had in the last year (including one infected micro brew.)

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