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RATINGS: 985   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   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.

Murph06's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Slighlty above average, not to be turned down. Like a good Belgian Wheat that's been watered down alittle... Nice lemony/citrus bite, would be very refreshing after mowing the lawn.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CopterScott (85) - Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2014
aroma is light malt and hops. Flavor is hops, citrus, spice, and malts. medium carbonation. Refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (148) - POLAND - APR 16, 2014
Aroma: malty, herbs. Appearance: golden clear color, nice white head. Taste: medium bitterness (floral), zesty, slightly sour, earthy. Palate: low body and huge carbonation, bitter and zesty finish. Overall: I don’t have any idea what I should think about this beer. Style is a kind of puzzle, taste is quite strange and huge carbonation. That is not my pair of shoes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
BLADT (214) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 11, 2014
From bottle. Clean orange in glass with a solid head of largish bubbles. Mild aroma of chaffed gain, dish soap and faint honey. Not really looking forward to drinking this after that smell. Taste is swampy wheat, lemon?, basic English malts. Strange aftertaste. Boring and not that enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Danyel (460) - Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours yellow with white head. Aroma is a bit fruity, vanilla, light on the aroma. Tastes is very light, wheat, grainy, wood, a touch of citrus...has a bit of ’dirtiness’ about it. Fine, not expectionaly.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Gorm (857) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
Lys gyllen farve med lyst skum. Lukt av noe malt og humle. Smak av noe malt, humle og sitrus. Vaaland.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nilsas (982) - 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 (5610) - 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 (920) - 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 (606) - 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 (29) - 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.

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