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Anchor Original Wheat Beer 5.6%

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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The first of a new generation of wheat beers in the US, Original Wheat (5.6%) was introduced in 1984. Exclusively available in the Anchor Craft Originals Pack, this unique re-creation celebrates the rebirth of wheat beer in America.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cousin_Larry (328) - - SEP 14, 2014
A wheat beer that is bitter? Never had one before and donít really need to have another.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
grundsow (81) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Wheat beers are just boring. Light, flavorless and uninteresting. Not offensive, but not for me either.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
This is a pretty decent wheat beer. Light and crisp. Wheat and citrus flavors are understated. There is a slick finish to the mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nakedwhendrunk (2145) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Into a pint glass, I see a nice hazy orange to glossy yellow color with a good transparency and a two finger white foamy head that starts with a nice rockiness that ends up dissipating and leaves a nice slightly sticky lacing gracing the sides of the glass, a bit messy but at least thereís something there. The smell, hot damn, very nice as it leads with a nice apple and honey conglomeration. Into the taste, the previously mentioned flavors come back sweetly and sticky. The wheat malt does end up coming in and allowing an even more gentle rolling sweetness. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium and shows a great sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed to be fairly smooth and runs across my tongue in a great somewhat smooth manner. Overall, only qualm about this - was the wheat just seemed more subdued that I thought. I was expecting a kick in the taste or palate, but nothing ever came even after three bottles. Hmmm...other than that, I did like this one for the style and for me. It would be well worthy of having again and could go pretty good with its respected food. Funny, last thing, though Iím not a bleu cheese fan, I could really see this beer going extremely well with a black & bleu encrusted NY strip steak. Iím not exactly sure why that just came to my mind, but hey, ah, who knows.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rangerred (926) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger soapy white head. Head retention is ok due to the abundant carbonation but there is absolutely no lacing at all. Aroma is light and citrusy with lemon rind and orange peel. A little bit of soft vanilla and bread coming through too. Maybe a touch of grass. The flavor is on the light side with lemon dominating but allowing some orange to sneak through. More lightly baked bread and that same vanilla note that I was picking up in the aroma. Seltzer-like mouthfeel with a tad bit of sweetness in the finish. Overall, I can see how this might have been groundbreaking in 1984 but in todayís world, it just doesnít really cut it. A bit weak and uninteresting. It is drinkable, though, and a fairly enjoyable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2614) - Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/13/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon zest, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon zest, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 20, 2014
12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack. The aroma has the typical metallic Anchor house character. Some floral notes, and a little pepper is also there. Transparent golden body with a small, white head present. Kristalweizen? Starts a little metallic and slightly astringent. Becomes a little spicy in the middle, before a bit of an herbal finish. A really interesting beer, as there isnít much wheat character in this at all. Seems a bit more like their regular Anchor Steam than anything else.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (245) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2014
damn tasty wheat beer....pours pale golden...minimal head....very light lacing....a very smooth bodied beer....refreshing with a clean finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badhack (315) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12oz bottle into an irish pint. Lots of lacing. Smells strongly of wheat. Tastes of wheat, a little citrus/lemon and hops. Bready, light carbonation. Good beer, no off flavors, solid offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1269) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle. Golden color. Medium head. As the description states, has a wheaty nose with light fruits. Light sweetness. Average carbonation. Crisp finish. A solid wheat beer.


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