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RATINGS: 570   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 I actually dig this, maybe I could get into small beers. Itís a legitimate, traditional small beer, and the other "small beers" Iíve seen arenít. Aroma is bread and light malt. Golden, clear, and visible carbonation. Light, refreshing taste. Could drink it all day for nice easy rise to a buzz. Maybe a great football beer when all your buddies are drinking low-alcohol lagers, you can still drink an ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2002
Am I the only person who likes this beer? Sure its overly bitter, and not particularly balanced, but it is an interesting mix of flavors.

4
   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 ;-)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1368) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2003
This is another very nice beer from Anchor. Nice frothy head out of the bottle, clear copper color, and a wonderful smooth drinking flavor with just enough hoppy bite to keep things interesting. (Without being obnoxiously sticky). Delicious!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 30, 2007
22 oz bottle. Second runnings of Anchorís Old Foghorn (barley wine) mash, makes this a "small" beer. Not too many commercial examples of small beer exist, so it really is nice to get a sample of this one. This beer pours to a deep golden to light amber color, with a soapy white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is grainy with light aromas of malt and some light citrus hops. Palate is lean, with some good light pale malt flavor, light flavors of estery fruit, and hints of earthy yeast. This beer finishes with more light malt and light fruity flavor up front, then ends with a mild citrus hop bite. Very refreshing, very drinkable, low alcohol beer that you could pound with impunity. A nice beer to enjoy on a hot day, and food friendly beer as well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1291) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours a nice golden yellow with small head but active carbonation. Aroma is of pale malt. Taste is malt forward sweetness followed quickly by sharp bitterness that lingers. Very dry and crisp.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Great for sessioning. Best when cool/cold, end is bitter (esp as it warms), but crisp, balanced and drinkable otherwise. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 5, 2008
1 pint 6oz bottle from a liquor store in Nashua, NH. Pours a crystal-clear golden body with nearly an inch of off-white head that slowly dissipates leaving some impressive lacing. Smells malty, fruity, with caramel and brown sugar notes, and a strong citrussy hop presence. Tastes grainy with caramel and citrus hops. Tastes a little watery, which matches the aqueous refreshing mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. Flavor (other than the hop presence) reminds me more of an American blonde or pale wheat maybe, rather than an APA or bitter. Still, reasonably priced (3.50$ per bottle) and is great for a hot summer day like today.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10563) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2294) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2005
was way better than I figured it would be as being a small beer. My first in this claimed category. I could understand it as a workaday beer. Iíd get more ifn I could. This review is from a memory of this past fall? and its accuracy is neither promoted or guaranteed as accurate and is given in good faith to the best of this tasterís (ME) recollection. Ok Fritz, Ok, good beer....


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