RATINGS: 579   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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mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Not very good. Not horrible, but not enough malt to balance the bitterness. Nice try Anchor. They romanced the hell out of the beer to try and get you to buy a "second pressing" liquid, but there is no getting around the fact that I had to force this down.

Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a nice amber color with a frothy white head. The nose has some honey, light florals, and a slight fruitiness to it. The flavor has a touch of sweetness and a weak bitterness, but it lacks flavor overall. Very light (almost watery) body with higher carbonation. This brew could use a touch more flavor.

robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Had this sitting in my fridge since forever, in case anybody came over and wanted a beer. Made sense to open a San Francisco beer on Super Sunday!! Light orange/amber in color. Crystal clear body. Bubbly white head that has went fairly fast. Light hoppy aroma, perhaps Liberty?? Thin body, as expected. Bit of a hoppy bitterness to it. Not something I’d be drinking on a regular basis. If anything, at least it’s got a clean palate.

unclemike (3121) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Medium orange gold color. Head is smallish. Aroma is malty and slightly skunky. A light bodied beer. Very light and watery tasting. There is something not quite right with this beer, not sure quite what it is, but it ain’t right. Malts are way to mild. Hops are way to astringent. And it only 2.3 % alcohol as well. Not a very good effort from Anchor

Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours chestnut brown with a light off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel and grass. Taste is sweet with light bitters. Light bodied and slick texture. Enjoyable as it is so light, would make a great table beer.

NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours pale straw yellow with a big white head. The aroma is grassy with a little cereal grains. The flavor is that of a good bitter. Clean finishing and refreshing.

jake65 (3689) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle: Muddy amber pour with a huge beige head. Sort of a blend of sour bread and soapy florals. Interesting, but not for me.

cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s in Fort Collins. Pours a clear toasty orange appearance with a creamy, tan head. Grainy, rich straw, a bit herbal, green hoppy, cracker aroma. Bitter herbal, chewy saltine cracker, toasty malty, hay flavor. Probably my least favorite beer from Anchor.

arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
22oz bottle from a recent trade, thanks to whomever sent me this! I poured most of this into a 17oz mug and it looks good, amber color, good head. The smell was kind of average, smells like beer, not much else to say. The flavor was a little bitter and actually pretty good for such a low ABV. I killed this pretty fast. I wouldn’t buy this again but its a perfect beer for the afternoon. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-03-2011 03:35:48

jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Big bottle in an English pint. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of pale malts and some floral hops. Flavor the same. Light to average texture. A decent beer for the style, but pretty light.

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