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RATINGS: 1027   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.


Crille's rating

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crille (83) - Varberg, - JUL 5, 2013
Yellow color with a white head. The aroma is ok, lots of grain and hints of straw. Grassy flavors, dry bitterness. Light bodied beer with lots of carbonation.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (11415) - 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 (229) - 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 (3758) - 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 (7337) - 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 (3193) - 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 (892) - 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 (381) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Douberd (2232) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle 355ml at home, poured into a small tulip, ABV 4.5% Light orange golden colour on the body, bright and clean, with a tall white hed, nicely thick, with very good retention, leaving light lacing on the glass. Aroma is lightly hoppy, perfume, clean wheat. Taste of wheat, floral notes in there but also fruits on the finish. Quite good, albeit a bit weak. Good bitterness on the aftertaste though. Medium thin body, good carbonation, slightly dry palate. Overall an okay beer, it would be better if it was a bit more fruity and aromatic. Expected more to be honest.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jado (519) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2014
From 345 ml bottle. Pours a clear straw gold with a lasting white head and lively carbonation. Aromas are very light but some lemon and pepper come through. Taste is fresh citrus with lemon and some lime. Clean finish with a light peppery aftertaste. Drinks more like a lager than a wheat ale. Refreshing but pretty simple.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (2794) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle from local Alko, Espoo. Originally rated 19082011. Colour is clear yellow with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Wheat, fruits, hops and malts.


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