RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
The tradition of brewing two distinct beers from one mash has existed for thousands of years, and for centuries the term "small beer" was used in English to describe the lighter and weaker second beer. We make our Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale from the rich first runnings of an all-malt mash, and Anchor Small Beer is our attempt to duplicate the "small beers" of old by sparging that same mash: sprinkling warm water over the Old Foghorn mash after the first wort has run off, thereby creating a second, lighter brew from the resulting thinner wort. We believe you will find Anchor Small Beer delicious—similar to what modern brewers call a "bitter"—and we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance.

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Inbreak (5814) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2014
25.09.2014, tap @ In de Wildeman:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet grassy, caramel malts, hay, weeds, butterscotch, nuts, hops. Taste is dry and neutral, hay, weeds, paper, grass, hops, bark. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry watery mouthfeel. Boring.

madmitch76 (24502) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
25th September 2014
De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Keg. Clear gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and dry and crisp. Smooth semi dry malts, touch of dry cream. Floral bitter hops. Whisper of citrus. Dry finish. Medium bitter linger. Clean but basic golden bitter.

slowrunner77 (11930) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"this was a bit of a pleasant surprise, as i was not expecting much. pleasant session ale, with a nice refreshing aroma and taste. slightly recommended."

Theydon_Bois (19200) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Keg at De Wildeman, Amsterdam, 25/09/14. Clear golden with a moderate off white covering. Nose carries light floral notes, caramel, dark fruits, malty pinch. Taste comprises earthy tones, bitter orange, spice, straw. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter trace in the close. Ok but a little basic, ticks the style boxes I guess but a good advertisment as to why bitters are way better on cask in order to allow the flavours to develop!

kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2014
Draft at In De Wildeman. Pours clear dark golden with an off white head. Aroma of grain, fruit, spice. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

jmgreenuk (9330) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 9, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014 Tap at the Wildeman, Amsterdam. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is yeast, citrus fruit hop. The flavour is light bitter with a dry yeast mineral sulphur like palate. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. What were the Anchor guys need thinking of. Probably the worst beer I’ve had had from this brewery.

PotjeBier (3218) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2014
Had this several times before (pre-RB). On tap @ In De Wildeman. Clear golden color. Frothy white head. Aroma’s: grain, a bit vegetal & sulphuric. Retronasal it’s grain & fruit. Flavor is moderate bitter, grainish. Light bodied, quite thin. Finishes with a rather earthy bitter flavor. Pleasant enough.

sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
In tap inthe Wildeman. Poured light amber with a small off white head. Aroma of lightly sweet and moderately bitter hops, soft malt. Medium body, flavour is medium bitter and not much else.

nealblind (1849) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Amber gold pour. Aroma of skunk and honey. Tastes like watery wood and tobacco. not enough flavor. I’ve had better bitter.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Reviewed from notes. I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy brown color with a quick dissipating less than a finger’s worth of foamy head. It did leave some nice adequate foamy lacing. The smell was exactly the true aspects of an English Bitter - that English earthy and soapiness invading my nose in a malty sort of way. The taste was malty but not necessarily sweet. There was a quick malty aftertaste and just a dry finish. On the palate, it sat fairly light and sessionable. The carbonation was there and decent for the style. Overall, well, this is an English Bitter by style and it fits the bill. Not bad to me, but still nothing over the top. It would probably be fitting as a great beer with fish n’ chips.

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