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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
skortila (5284) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2003
Sweet aroma, malty. not great. Appearance is okay, lasting head, golden to amber coloured. Clear. Taste is sweet, ugly malty, some hops, some fruits. Palate is metallic. It would have been better if they put the old foghorn in the big bottle and this 'small beer' in the small 0ldfoghorn bottle.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Smells like a toilet...couldn’t get past this. Little appreciable flavor or anything else. Ugh!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 29, 2008
light yellow gold body with a lasting white head. sheetrock nose, it smells a lot like coos to be honest. metallic unpleasant grain taste. i know it’s an ale, but it tastes like a lot of cheap pale lagers. bitterness dominates. slightly floral majorly unpleasant. i’ve been waiting to try this for a while, now i never need to again. 3 3 2 2 6

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
glennmastrange (2666) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle. Moderate hay for the (spent) malt, light dried grass for the hops with hints of cooked vegetable and paper. Head is average size, fizzy turning rocky, white with just a bit of lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear light amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately acidi and sour, then the long finish is lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is light to medium, dry with a lively to fizzy carbonation and a metallic and lightly astringent finish. Only a few good aspects made it worth drinking the whole bottle. My advice: toss the wort. Blah.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Clear, deep golden color with a slightly creamy white head. Some malt, maybe some hops in the aroma, but overall not that impressive. Really bitter taste, but nothing you'd expect from a true bitter. Kind of skunky actually. It actually tastes like this was brewed twice, which isn't that impressive to begin with. I bought this 22 oz. bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Funky, funky, funky. Smells like shoe polish, tastes like spent grains. Really bitter, but in a bad way. Tanniny. I actually feel as if I have wheat and barley husks in my mouth. Can taste the remants of an Old Foghorn buried deep in there somewhere. This has dashed my idea of making a barleywine and an IPA from the second runnings. Phenominal lacing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Mildly hoppy, grainy nose. Light copper coloured with thick, large-bubbled white head that diminishes to thin ring. Lifeless looking. Husky flavours and strong bitterness without much supporting malt body. Seems like it’s both oversparged and overhopped. Light, watery body. Astringent. Bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - SEP 20, 2008
The only brew they didn’t have after the brewery tour, I had been looking for this one for a while. Oops, this is not good at all. Taste of adjunct grains, odd bitterness, bad mouthfeel. All around missed the mark. I’m surprised Maytag put his name on this one, the worst beer they brew. Cool idea, second runnings from barley wine, but that grain should have been sold off as cattle feed instead of making this beer. This is what I expect the new bud ale to taste like.

   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
This is somewhere between a non-alcoholic brew and a normal beer. VERY light, but that's what its supposed to be. If you want something this light by alhambra.

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