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RATINGS: 1102   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
355 ml can from the Bishops Cellar. Pours a clear bright golden colour with modest white head. Aroma is spicy hops, wheat and light fruitiness. Flavour is wheaty with nice spicy/floral hoppiness with gentle tree fruit. Softer carbonation. Gently drying finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adamnowek (1525) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2015
Golden colour with a thin white head. Very crisp. Lemony iced tea flavour. Good for a summertime brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (1035) - ESTONIA - JUL 29, 2015
I got this bottle from Don Quijote at Naka-Meguro, last stop in a long day of shopping. Drank it maybe 20-30 minutes later when the bottle was heavily sweating and Japanese summer heat had made it already a bit warm. Not bad though, poured nice and golden, initially with some white head but that actually didn’t stay for long - regardless of all that wheat malt it seems. Aroma was simple and malt-dominated. Taste similarly simple, clean and having this interesting Anchor fruity thing going on. Something that reminded me their Humming Ale, something that I have had in largest numbers from this brewery. Overall, nice and refreshing beer, did exactly what I wanted it to do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aquilo (598) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 23, 2015
I keep hoping to find a good American wheat beer, and I keep getting disappointed. This one is actually pretty good, but there are a few things about it that annoy me. The aroma has a plastic-y smell, kind of like a new car smell, that overpowers an otherwise pleasant spicy hop profile. The flavor is mild, and there is a bit of spice in the finish. In comparison to German and Belgian wheat beers, this is bland and boring, but for an American wheat beer, it’s pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1153) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2015
It is funny how we beat up light tasting beers. Even when you read the ratings, this beer is spot on for a summer wheat. It does everything you can ask for. Refreshing, crisp and dry. Easy to drink. Since it is 95 degrees here, I say this one is a great summer drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
radio_nowhere (1348) - Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Can into pint glass, clear golden color with white head. Aroma notes of wheat malt sweetness, light floral/fruit and faint spice. Taste adds bread, hay and light grass. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy yet crisp, with light wheat-yeasty grass finish. Pretty bready wheat ale, kind of bland yet refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 14, 2015
12 oz. can. It pours a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is pretty strong with florals and menthol with a considerable amount of fruit candies, sweaty tropical fruit and bready malts. The flavor has more tropical fruit gummies, light menthol/floral notes, a little caramel and bread with a light/medium floral bitterness. Nice substantial body for the ABV with a good amount of acidity (not sour). A pretty good session beer I would purchase again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thorongil2 (2161) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2015
(can) hazy yellow colour with a small white head; aroma of spice, hint of lemon, iced tea; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sm89walt (1914) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2015
355ml bottle. A hazy yellow with a tall, mostly lasting white head. Muted across both nose and palate with wheat, bready malts and subtle touches of citrus, estery yeast and white spices. Very light but crisp and refreshing. Light-bodied, medium carbonation finishing short and soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamP01 (652) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Can. Pours pale yellow with a large white head. Has a wheat grassy hay aroma, some light lemon and citrus notes as well. Taste same as aroma. Palate is a light body, mildly crisp with light carbonation. Finish is of wheat, grass, hay and some citrus notes. Overall an ok brew, good for those hot summer days when you want a light drinking brew.

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