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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle from John, (jjpm74) Thanks!! Man I have wanted to try this forever, because the Anchor beers are what got me into drinking good beer in the first place, so an anchor that for some reason I cannot buy locally is always intriguing. Cant really understand the low rating behind this beer, I have had beers in the top 150 that arent this good . I guess because its a bitter that isnt on cask at the local pub means it gets points taken away. Very lively body and taste. Smooth and refreshing, this is probably a pretty fresh bottle. Some sweetness in the taste, but over all this is a session beer that you could drink a huge amount of. Very refreshing, if I could buy this locally there is no question what I would buy if I needed some session beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Rated 2/4/07: I really like the concept of this beer, had no idea about the process until I had already bought the bomber THEN decided to read the label. Leave it to Anchor to continue an age old method of beer making that likely is rarely performed today. Light lively aroma a smidge of bitterness and malt. Grand pour, nice light copper color with a monsterous fluffy white head and more than ample lacing. Very crisp and surprisingly filling for such a "small" beer. Flavor is real nice. Good maltiness coupled with a fine light bitterness, simple and well received. Goes down real smooth and quick, this is a great session beer. Love the small oval label on the beautiful big bottle, nice touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2007
A nice clean easy to drink small brew. This was light golden in color with a thin head. The flavor was thin but there. This was a very easy to drink and taste beer. Light in all flavors. If you didi not sotre right this beer would go south very fast. I liked trying this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6385) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle: Orange-tinged golden brew, lightly active, with a thin top. The aroma is sweet and almost fruity. It drinks with a stark acerbic sting right up front, not unlike your first sting when you bite into an orange rind to start peeling it. This mellows as you go, but it provides a barrier between this beer being a standard ol’ golden lager or ale and what it is, which is a very cool nice style made by a newly historic brewer. Miscategorized here as a bitter, I suppose because that’s the closest they can do, but this is a neat examplar. (#3227, 11/30/2007)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Big 700ml "Anchor" bottle. Light copper color, white foam. Technically, this should be listed as a Mild Ale, but taste it and you will believe it is a Premium Bitter... Quiet scent of malt. Distant hints of malty WonderBread. Slight fruit, even some Darjeeling Tea. Flavor is light, crisp, refreshing. Clean. Some bread, light hop bitterness. It really is a Foghorn Jr. This is exactly how I imagined it to be. Finishes like a Pale European Lager. Crisp hop florals, refeshing malt character. For the style it is a wonderful beer. Superb offering from Anchor Brewing. If I only had a Surf n Turf Plate, mmm steak and lobster.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2008
From a bottle at Hop Leaf in Chicago. I drank this during a dinner with Graham, Tara and John during my first vacation. Anchor Small Beer is a cloudy copper color with a steady off-white head. Whitle the aroma is faint at best, the flavor is very nice. This is a beer that I could drink all day in the sun and enjoy thuroughly. I also find it fun and interesting to try a bitter. I like the history behind the brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle from Utobeer, drunk at home with tashi, 19th March 09. Deepish amber, quite carbonated. Surprisingly hoppy. Very drinkable and rather under-rated looking at the scores here. A refreshing English-esque beer that you can quaff all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
As far as Bitters go, this is my favorite. It’s, what?, 3% and yet it has enough hoppage to stand up next to any Pale Ale. It’s bitter, for sure, but notes of leaves on a fall day, toast in the morning and light nuts. Flavor is a little sweet, but I don’t get the hate for this excellent Low Alcohol Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
22oz bottle from a recent trade, thanks to whomever sent me this! I poured most of this into a 17oz mug and it looks good, amber color, good head. The smell was kind of average, smells like beer, not much else to say. The flavor was a little bitter and actually pretty good for such a low ABV. I killed this pretty fast. I wouldn’t buy this again but its a perfect beer for the afternoon. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-03-2011 03:35:48

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (4038) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 15, 2013
Dobre choc malo wyraziste aromat chmielny niewatpliwie jest. Piana spora ale do polowy opada a reszta jej sie jakos trzyma. Posmak drewniano zywiczny i wytrawny i gozki slad pozostawia w ustach i na podniebieniu. Kolor ciemno pomaranczowy. Delikatne piwo nisko alkocholowe ale w sporej i smuklej butelce.

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