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RATINGS: 1044   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.

Nephilium's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1425) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Almost no aroma with this beer. Pours a clear amber with a nice fluffy white head. Flavor is a bit of hops with a touch of wheat. Very light on the palate, with a bit of carbonation fighting with the hop oils. Overall, not a bad beer... seemed a bit tame for the style, not bad for a hut summer night.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 16, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 05.22.14. A: 2 finger head. See through honey/amber. S: Skunky hops. T: Wheat, malt. Flower is subtle. M: Creamy. Pretty watery after a few sips. O: This was somewhat tasteless. It had extremely subtle flavors with almost no hop presence. It only had a little bit of malt presence, which surprised me. I expected that it wouldn’t have been hop-heavy as it comes from an earlier time, but it should have had malt flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (565) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
35.5cl bottle @ home from Bert’s Bierhuis Oost, Utrecht. Body is clear, golden-orange, Head is small, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing, fair lacing. Nose is fruity, Aroma is honey, tropical fruits, malt, Taste is medium sweet, light bitter. Finish is light fruity and hoppy bitter-sweet, average duration. Light body, slightly sticky texture, average carbonation. Very refreshing, easy, tasty light beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
malvrich (34) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2015
12 oz. bottle into a Foothills glass A: Clear yellow/gold Tight low white head. Almost no visible carbonation. Clarity surprising for a wheat beer. Lace collar holds well. S: Wheat, I guess. Grain. T: Sharp, citrusy hops. Crisp, fresh wheat. Tastes fairly much like beer. M: Very light with good carbonation feel despite none seen. Crisp, clean though kind of wet finish O: Pretty good beer for a wheat. I do not like wheat beer so take this review with a grain of salt. This is fairly nice and probably my favorite one but that’s not saying much. Won’t buy again but glad I tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (161) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Anchor Brewing is well known for outstanding beers and the Summer Beer doesn’t disappoint. from its sem-cloudy golden appearance to its awesome clean aroma, it is another winner for them. The taste is sooth with an overwhelming drinkability. lightly carbonated and pours with a small head. this is a must try if Anchor products are available in your neighborhood.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StevieT (768) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2014
From a bottle. Pours clear, not much aroma, fruity with a mild sour finish. Not too bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kleurplaatje (56) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2014
Pours clear with an inbetween golden and amber color with a large frothy head that lasts long. Nice lacing. Quite a good looking sight. Aroma is a bit citrusy/grassy with some malts, bit of hay as well. Bit bland. Taste is clear hoppy bitter with a small kick of the malts and some fruits. Mild bittersweet touch in the aftertaste as well, yet far too watery. Not that special, but not bad though (despite the watery finish). Light bodied, with a thinnish mouthfeel... Soft and easy drinkable. Decent brew, certainly not bad, but a bit too bland with a watery miss in the aftertaste and on the palate. Should work out fine on a warm summer night.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
yy0pp (639) - - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Clear golden color with tiny offwhite head. Aroma - grass, lemon. Weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"not my favorite style, but this one is light in body and refreshing. not very complex, but there’s a nice biscuity wheat character. ever so slightly above average for the style."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GoufCustom (905) - HONG KONG - OCT 11, 2014

355ml bottle bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty during Summer’s “American Food Festival” promotion.

Clear amber honey colour; Less than one-quarter finger head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Small sticky lacing with very slight carbonation; Aroma of very light malt, with papaya, light peaches, very light floral, molasses, yeast, faint citrus and faint grass; Zero sweet taste of very thin malt, with faint tartness, soda water, molasses notes, faint lemon and notes of bitter hops; Light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is seriously watered down wheat lager. Despite the advertised 50% wheat malt, its smell, taste and feel suggest much less than that. No tartness, not much dryness, minimal head retention. Very empty otherwise as there’s not much barley or wheat to show for, taste almost like soda water with occasional molasses and faint lemon notes to show for. Very disappointing… Hoppiness is minimal: Golding and Glacier contributes only very light sweet and floral aroma. Faint lemon in taste with barely detectable bitter notes for soda-like non-finish; Fairly dry after taste, fairly easy and watery to mouth.

Comments: This is perhaps the most disappointing Anchor beer I’ve had so far. It’s simply a pale shadow of typical Wheat Ale, if you can actually call that - everything are minimal, from barley and wheat malt to yeast and West Coast hops. Taste a bit like the Lander Bräu Weissbeer but without the latter’s malty backbone and caramel taste. I would rather drink free tap water than paying to drink this. Poor!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bnwokedi89 (71) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2014
This beer seams to be missing in texture. It us very surprisingly thin. The brewers of this beer say that the wheat malt contributes to an unusual lightness and dryness to the palate... I say that this beer is unusually thin and tasteless. Not a fan 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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