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RATINGS: 1010   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Anchor Summer is the first American wheat beer in modern times. Our first brew of this light and refreshing beer was in the summer of 1984.

Anchor Summer is an all-malt beer, and over 50% of its malt comes from malted wheat. It is fermented with a Triticum aestivum, AKA wheat traditional top-fermenting "ale" yeast because we prefer the clean flavors developed by this yeast. We believe that this style best celebrates the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. You may notice that the head on this beer is unusually abundant, with a consistency similar to whipped egg whites. This is due to protein contributed by the wheat.

The brewers at Anchor are proud to have revived not only rich hearty dark beers, but also this light crisp style of a modern American wheat beer.

Wheat malt contributes to an unusual lightness and dryness to the palate, and this—combined with the distinctive flavor of the wheat—makes for a perfect thirst-quenching beverage. It is the ideal drink for beer lovers who appreciate tradition and character in their beer, but also seek a lighter, refreshing style, perfect for warm weather.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nilsas (1192) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
Noe sur søtlig duft. Fin lys gyllen farge. Lite skum, litt langs kant. Frisk og lettdrukket øl. Helt greit øl i varmen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerhunter111 (6776) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein goldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht hefig fruchtig, Citrus. Geschmack fruchtig, würzig, malzig, Citrus, etwas eigenartig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (988) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2014
July 17th, 2012 - A summer beer for a summer day. Sometimes the weather lets you kick back and ignore the rigors of rating beers. Yep - it’s a heavy burden, scrawling down notes and judging the work of others. Someone has to do it. But we unsung heroes on Ratebeer and elsewhere deserve breaks too. /sarcasm When reviewing this beer, I tried to think heavily about the context. A lighter beer, no matter how artfully crafted, is unlikely to fare well on a slow, droopy and snowy day. But by the same token, a light beer might benefit unduly by being enjoyed on a seasonal summer day, when sweat and sun fatigue lower a drinker’s inhibitions even before his or her BAC spikes. So, with a fair and objective eye, I approached Anchor’s Summer beer, which promised a lighter drinking experience, and also one that transcends other pale brews. The color is light and colden, closer to a faded dandelion, and topped with a thin off-white head, supported by crowds (nay, hordes!) of bubbles. A drizzle of honey and white grapes coalesce in the aroma, but it’s a more powerful scent than what I usually catch in well made lagers. The scent of freshly baked and cut bread crust wafts from the glass too, causing me to check my dinner schedule to see how far away I am from the prospect of a roll. The carbonation is solid, but not so much that it masks the flavor, which begins quiet and neutral with a slight sweetness with the grape, and then swells to a yeastier flavor with all the tastes of a yeasty slice of white bread - sourdough maybe? It’s tasty and refreshing, and while there are better light beers out there for a summer seasonal, this seems to have carved a flavor profile of its own.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HoppyBudgie (640) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2014
Golden yellow with small head. Aroma of malt, light hops. Taste is very light hops, wheaty character and little malt. Bought in desember so maybe out of date. Mediocre

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
znawca (47) - POLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle from Bier & Co. Poor, very slight aroma of hay and bread. No sign of hops (not a downside in this case). Alcohol insensible. Color of bright amber or dark gold. Rather clear. Rich, but rather frothy head. Sweat, very light bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonnyguns (878) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle from Mane liquor. From the stubbie. Nose is quite malt driven - biscuit and toffee. Small amount of grapefruit there. Not real summery. Taste is dry biscuit malt driven. Wouldn't call this a summer beer. Pretty approachable though none the less ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfest5 (1127) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 28, 2014
A bland style for the most part, and a bland interpretation. I understand that when temperature reach boiling point that I don’t want a full flavored beer, but I want some flavor. Sparkling water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blade86 (538) - Wrocław, POLAND - JAN 25, 2014
golden clear, big falling to small and moderately long lasting white foam; citrus, floral, malty aroma; malty taste: medium bitterness with light(+) sweetness; medium body, thin feel, quite lively carbonation, long bitter slightly tartish finish; Overall: refreshing, drinkable, good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Neorej80 (26) - - DEC 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Light white head, vanishes quickly. Smell of malts. First it has a bit of chery taste, but 2nd zip tastes like regular beer or lager. Well ok, it’s called Summer Beer, but i was expecting a bit more from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cagou007 (312) - FRANCE - NOV 20, 2013
Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white head. Aromas are grass, lemon and citrus. Creamy texture and lively carbonation. Medium bitter finish. Not really aromatic, but quite balanced. It reminds me czech pils.

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