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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 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Syzzer (590) - Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Strangely and disappointingly shallow beer. It had a magnificent frothy white head that lingers. It has an amber/peach hue. But then you smell thin beer alcohol... the flavor is watery with slight barley. 3-j 2.5-B

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
rich42 (128) - USA - AUG 7, 2002
like someone took an esb and mixed it 50% with seltzer water. the bitterness stands out because there’s nothing else to it - maybe a slight hint of malt someplace. is strangely filling for how watered down it is. if you want something light and refreshing - get a bass instead. sometime’s there’s a good reason ’they don’t make them like that anymore’

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Clear orange color. Bitter vomit-like aroma. Extremely bitter flavor, if you can call it that. Extremely watery. Not much to this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Cool brewing idea, bad outcome. Very light color with zilch head. Bitter yes, but not in the good way that bitters usually are, more in the way where you wrinkle your nose and ask "what the hell?" Just nothing redeeming for me about this.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
The outcome of ’brewing two distinct beers’...leaves me KNOWING this is di-stink! I think no.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
The aroma comes across as a thin maltiness with an acrid darkness. The beer formed a nice head of bright white foam. Color was a beautiful medium amber. The body was terribly thin with an almost urine-like acidity. I tried two different bottles thinking the first one had skunked or otherwise been mistreated but both were equally bad. I’m really shocked that Anchor released this beer as it’s undoubtedly the worst beer I’ve had in the last year (including one infected micro brew.)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
caesar (5043) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2003
Definitely the worst of the Anchor brews i've tasted. Dark yellow color, quite big head. Aroma is skunky and hoppy. Taste is too bitter and sewer-water-like. Bitter palate. Why do they sell this crap in 0.5 liter bottles, and the nice old foghorn only in 0.25 liter?!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
jgb9348 (4689) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Strong golden colour with a dense white head and a bunch of large bubbles rising from the bottom (looks like artificial carbonation). Aroma of skunky malt, stale hops and a prolonged caster sugar sweetness. Light-bodied; Offensive foul-feet tasting beer with a gross malt quality and an even worse hoppiness. Bitter presence consisting of bad sour/funky tastes. Nothing in this one is pleasing, and its freshness makes me wonder even more just how bad this beer can get. I wanted to sample this because I can regularly find it...but I'm sorry I did...this is definately not worth the money! Aftertaste is very offensive and doesn't please the palate at all. Overall, I'd stick with seven ounces of Old Foghorn over 22 ounces of this one...ANY DAY! I bought this 22 ounce bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York and sampled it on 11-December-2003. This beer was bottled on: 7-October-2003.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2350) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Has a pissy aroma like a bad lager. Finish is bitter but offensive. Despite a fairly attractive body this one is garbage. I wouldn’t drink this if it was free. There is absolutely nothing rewarding about this beer. It can barely even get you drunk! 3.3%?! Anchor makes some good beers, but this is a joke.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Only good feature of this beer is the appearance. Pours translucent amber with rocky white head that is thick and retains well. Nose has a metallic hop quality, but overall is fairly faint. Palate has a sour, spent grain flavor that isn’t simply not very good - it’s actually has a bad taste. What are they thinking? And no, the bottle is not defective. Finish is unpleasantly bitter. Has an unwelcome sulfur component as well. Couldn’t finish this one. I hope the kitchen drain enjoys it more than I do.

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