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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 delicioussimilar 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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2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle. Poured a medium and clear amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Husky aromas with some earthiness and caramel. Tastes of caramel, grainy, and a trace of citrus. Thin body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (11634) - Sborg, DENMARK - APR 17, 2006
Bottled: Golden coloured. LIght dusty. Medium sized off white ehad. Aroma and flavour is sweet and fruity with light herbal notes. Quite smooth and easy to drink. I medium bodied. Ends on a light bitter and rather fresh note. Surprisingly good for the low ABV.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (11035) - 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."

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
shrubber85 (11011) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Bottle. Syrupy barley malt aroma. Medium amber with small head. Slightly sweet barley malt with moderate hops finish. Very watery. I now understand what Shakepeares Henry VI was talking about.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (10925) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Orange/gold pour, nice white head. Barely any aroma. A watery malt and caramel smell barely escapes the glass. Flavor is watery as hell. I am guessing this would only be good on a hot as hell day when you just finished mowing the lawn. Meh.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopscotch (10923) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 This beer was my first small beer. It was my first "drain-pour" in quite sometime. Horrible, thin and bitter from start to finish. Maybe my bottle was off. I dont even want to give it another chance. Bought it at Sams in Chicago, IL. Horrible!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Date: July 10, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: clear gold, fine off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma, light floral hops, touch of sweetness
Flavor: light sweet caramel malt flavor, well balanced earthy bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (10580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10451) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2010
Clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma had hops, fruits, malt and piney notes. Flavour was quite dry with plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits and hints of rubber. Finished bitter.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Dark straw/copper colored, with aroma of malt, some hopcit and fruit. I didn;t detect any "off" aromas here. The taste was uninspiring, with some caramel malt, hops, and slight fruit presence. Did Fritz want to make a "small beer", or did Maytag have a bad fiscal quarter?


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