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RATINGS: 1030   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.


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (901) - USA - AUG 23, 2013
Clear golden with a thin white head. Aroma is floral with a little hay. Flavor is light and crisp with a touch of hops. Nice carbonation though it tows the line of being a bit much. Clean finish, just a touch of bitterness. Not a bad, light summer wheat.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reimer96 (1222) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
Pours a cloudy yellowish gold with a nice frothy white head. Aroma of pale malts, wheat and mild citrus hop notes with some fruity esthers. Flavor is spicy wheat, light residual sweetness up front but drys out on the finish. Crisp and refreshing summer beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammer (1042) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Taste is summer wheat, hay, grain, dough and malt. A bit light for my tastes but easy drinking just the same.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
greenhorn1 (812) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Just a classic, nothing special but still easy to drink. Lively carbonation and some lemon and grass in the flavor. Hardly any spice to it.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (11932) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft. Served with a lemon wedge. Clear pale yellow, thick nitro style white head. Aroma of lemon (after removal of the wedge) and straw. Taste is lemony and light with a bitter pepper finish.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nittanytide (230) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Poured gold in color with a thin foamy white head. Aroma is faint grass. Taste is grass, bread and lemon peel. Buttery mouthfeel. Decent summer beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Idiosynkrasie (3815) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
355ml bottle. Clear, orangey golden colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Cautious, expressionless, minimally strawy, grainy aroma with a metallic-spicy touch of rusty iron. Taste is minimally metallic, cautiously fruity, hints of mandarine, metallic finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
355ml bottle. Its a very pale aley type wheat ale, certainly not a yeast-driven beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2014
355ml bottle from Appellation Wines, cheers Ash! Pours clear gold, thick foamy white head. Aromas are wheat, cereal, light floral hops. Taste brings a lemon bitter note, lingering wheat sweetness. Light body, thin to creamy texture. Long finish. Not bad.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (920) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2014
BB 11/7/2015. Poured a clear golden amber colour with 5mm of white foam that diminished quickly to a collar that laced OK and filmy. Carbonation high and coarse. Aroma subtly malt and grain and a trace of hops. Taste of medium sweet malt followed by citrus/lemon bite followed by a hops bitterness after-taste. Light body. Crisp, dry with a slightly tart/spicy finish. Not like other wheat beers, more lager like. Quite light body-wise and of a very much more subtle taste than the Anchor Steam Beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARH (406) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is mostly a yeast and scone note with some berries, flour, a light floral note, and some bitter lemons. It pours a clear, oily honey color with a soft, white, whipped-egg head. Plenty of this remains, but it only leaves a light lace. The taste is muted, but a light bitter and a medium light sweet come through. There’s lots of soft carbonation to this, light, oily textured beer. The light body is crisp and dry and finishes with a light berry and lemon flavor with a decent spice quality that gets stronger in the aftertaste. The aftertaste, though, stays light, but does have a lingering mouth coat to it.


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