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RATINGS: 571   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 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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2.1
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 A good semi alcohol beer. Little abc % while still having decent beer flavor. But only if you’re the dd.

3.7
luvcasks (178) - USA - FEB 18, 2007
From a bottle at the Anchor brewery Golden with amber/orange highlights with a medium ivory quickly diminishing head Taste: Slight toast, some caramel when the big hop/astringency comes from behind to overtake this light malt profile... Palate: Light bodied with moderate carbonation and the woodsy (Northern Brewer?) hop bite Overall: A rare style of beer... a hidden gem amongst the big-beer filled constellation... for a bitter seems too hoppy. What a tip of the hat to the traditional English partial gyle brewing tradition. Genius lives in the ability to brew magic in small beers Cheers!!!

2.1
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.

2.7
natedoggkc (165) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 27, 2007
A pretty easy beer to drink. A little malty with some hoppiness on the finish. Not a lot of body but it’s not too bad.

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posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - JUN 2, 2008
A very odd beer. Pours a very nice brown color, with a thick, very dense head. Aroma, however, is very lacking. Flavor is very, very watered down, almost like a pale lager, with a definite alcohol bite in the end. It’s ok, I guess, if you’re just thirsty. If not, look somewhere else.

2.9
treadyroc (163) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Has a very malty flavor to it & is highly carbonated. Nothing notable in the color, but the aroma really reminds me of the stuff that floats at the top of a fermenter tank. An interesting concept for a brew, & worth trying, but not something I’d go for other than that first novelty.

2.8
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Nice clear golden-amber with a small off-white head. Light, sweet aroma of malts, maybe some bread and caramel. Well-balanced flavor, some biscuitiness and more hop flavor than I expected. Body is pretty thin; not much of a finish. This reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Light, only with more flavor (and less alcohol). For what it is, this is pretty good. Nothing great, but not bad. It does lose some points for having such a low ABV, though.

3.4
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Nice session bear. Faint taste of Foghorn, but much much much lighter. They should put this in cans.

2.7
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 14, 2007
650 ml bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a moderate white head. Unassuming nose with a slight sweetness. Light semi-sweet body with a touch of hops in the finish.


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