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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
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 delicious—similar to what modern brewers call a "bitter"—and we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 Grassy hops on the nose with bready malts. Small beer pours golden in color with a thick white head. Grassy hops and an earthy bitterness upfront with hints of light caramel and bready malts. Great session beer!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
This beer introduces itself with a mild aroma of hops mixed with honey and wheat. It is a bronze colored solution with a decent white head. This moderate bodied beer has a bitterness that slightly dries the mouth. There is a mild nutty taste that has a hint of honey in the background. A hearty bitter taste is left as an aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcd (366) - USA - OCT 2, 2006
Simply put ... a great small beer. Tasty. Aromas are almost non-existent, but this looks like something you want to drink, is nice and smooth and has a wonderfully light and slightly spritzy palate. Always nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - FEB 18, 2007
From a bottle at the Anchor brewery Golden with amber/orange highlights with a medium ivory quickly diminishing head Taste: Slight toast, some caramel when the big hop/astringency comes from behind to overtake this light malt profile... Palate: Light bodied with moderate carbonation and the woodsy (Northern Brewer?) hop bite Overall: A rare style of beer... a hidden gem amongst the big-beer filled constellation... for a bitter seems too hoppy. What a tip of the hat to the traditional English partial gyle brewing tradition. Genius lives in the ability to brew magic in small beers Cheers!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
Copper penny colored; Head was dense and fluffy; Nose had grass- appealing. VERY dry- almost abrasive. No Malt presence. Hops have little floral or citrus characteristics- pure aromatic and drying. Most flavorful sub 3% beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2003
Bottle. Amber colour, good white head and moderate condition. Good English style Bitter hoppy aroma, full bodied hop and caramel in the mouth and a lingering chalky dry refreshing hoppy finish with a faint trace of Orval about it. A good session bitter with plenty of flavour for such a low ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pale golden yellow color, fizzy white head with quick dissapation. Sharp huskiness and muted floral hop aromatics. Watery nose, acrid floral hop bite next, with a slight malty sweetness. Crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light and astringent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Very "grainy" malt characteristic that hints at the complexity of Old Foghorn. Good crispness with a little spicy hops character as well. Quite good for what’s considered a "small" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle. Clear golden color with a light white head. Slight lacing. Aroma is light and almost smells like toast. Definitely different. Easy-drinking mouthfeel. Flavor is small, like its name suggest, with a slightly hoppy and bitterness to it. I’m a fan of Anchor, and this is a decent beer. I’ll buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - OCT 15, 2011
What a great drinkable beer. I’ll be stocking up on this one. Light feel perfect amount of bitterness for a lower alcohol beer. Love it.

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