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RATINGS: 559   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.


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2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle from BoE. Amber gold with a large gushing head. Good attempt by Anchor to produce a low gravity British bitter, but unsurprisingly it doesnít really work. Odd aroma of plastic and not much else except some bitterness. Slightly disappointing accompaniment to Christmas Eve sirloin.


2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Patrickctenchi (3075) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle: Slightly hazed amber with a large, pillowy, off-white head. Caramel, bread aroma. Grain, cardboard....watery taste. Incredibly watery...metallic bitter. Not good.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
StevieT (377) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
Pale amber colour, tiny white head, thin mouth feel with mild fruity hops flavours. Itís OK but by no means great.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
VinegarStroke (207) - Napa, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle: Clear, gold to copper, we ah head. Very neutral malt and hops. Reminds me of my fathers beer from the 70ís in Australia. I see very little aroma but rather an ugly childhood memory when beer tasted like crap. Dry, slightly sour and bitter like your mothernlaw. Short, low to no flavor. This is not craft brewing. Itís worse than averge. For those who work in the fields without access to fresh or clean water it would be gold. For a modern California craft brewing itís a joke.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle code: 2LI Pours a nice light amber with a solid sheet of loose whites. Smells of peanuts, light grain, sweet toffee (faintly), some hints of grass. Flavor is bitter up front, some of the peanut flavor comes through, a good dose of cardboard (candy box style) some bits of metals. Medium bodied with much too much carbonation and a wettish finish. Not very impressive, but I can see how on a sunny summer day, with sweat dripping down my face this would satisfy. Maybe if this wasnít listed as a bitter. Serving type: bottle 09-25-2012

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scrapersnbeer (1431) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Earthy caramel and peat aroma like the olde bitter should have. Clear orange color, head will collapse within a minute. Weird sweet saltine cracker taste, almost bitter, dry and flaky. Insincere cask-age finish. Light body, feels like near beer, which it almost is. Any beer this weak should be very bitter or sour. I like Anchor quite a lot, but this feels like trying to milk something for more than itís worth.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrettTaylor (390) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Poured from 22 oz bottle. Pours an orange gold. White frothy head, dissipates quickly. Aroma is minimal - somewhat bready, but watery. Tastes very much like a watered-down barley wine. There is a strange bitterness mid-taste. While this is an interesting idea as a historical exercise, it is not something I would purchase again.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
generallee08 (64) - New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (1519) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2013
Modest and not very outspoken bitter beer. I drank it as a light beer to get some fresh air between some very heavy tastings.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nike (878) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2013
12oz bottle, overall a good brew, maybe one of Anchorís weakest. Bitter finish, taste of grass, earthy, light body, but balanced.


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