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RATINGS: 573   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 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.


1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, 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.

1.5
   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.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
tiggmtl (4545) - 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.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Medium orange gold color. Head is smallish. Aroma is malty and slightly skunky. A light bodied beer. Very light and watery tasting. There is something not quite right with this beer, not sure quite what it is, but it ain’t right. Malts are way to mild. Hops are way to astringent. And it only 2.3 % alcohol as well. Not a very good effort from Anchor. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is harsh. Aftertaste is bitter. DRAIN POUR TIME!!

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Very clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma was very faint...some bitter hops. The flavor was very faint as well...some bitter hops in the aftertaste. Very watery, thin feel. This beer was almost like drinking carbonated water...almost nothing to it.

1.4
   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.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Dark golden color, light hoppy aroma, light smoked fish taste, light body, watery finish.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Straw colored - fizzy head. Extra malty aroma. Body is thin and mostly uninteresting. Old Foghorn’s red-headed step child for sure. Tastes like a flat Miller Lite. What are you doing putting your name on this Anchor?!?!

1.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Bottled. Pours a clear golden orange color with a frothy off-white head. The aroma is that of yeast and malt but reminds me of a Sam Adams Boston Lager. The taste is...well...lacking. Bitter and not much else. No malt character. This is my first "small beer" so maybe I just don’t understand the style but it seems to me the grain was spent by the time they sparged this. Adding hops to water doesn’t make beer IMHO. I love Anchor but I don’t like this beer.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
This stuff is horrible. Terrible aroma of water and grains. Light brown appearance. The palate is watery thin. The taste is watery and grainy. This ranks right up there with Miller Light in my book.


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