drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 I actually dig this, maybe I could get into small beers. It’s a legitimate, traditional small beer, and the other "small beers" I’ve seen aren’t. Aroma is bread and light malt. Golden, clear, and visible carbonation. Light, refreshing taste. Could drink it all day for nice easy rise to a buzz. Maybe a great football beer when all your buddies are drinking low-alcohol lagers, you can still drink an ale. Suttree (6505) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2002
Am I the only person who likes this beer? Sure its overly bitter, and not particularly balanced, but it is an interesting mix of flavors. Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2002
I think I'm only the second reviewer who likes this beer. But any beer brewed by Fritz is okay by me. Anchor Small Beer is thin by the standards of American micro ales but it makes up for it in pure refreshment. The bitterness hits pretty hard in a beer lacking much malt profile or body but in thirst quenching way. If I could easily get it on the east coast, this would be an ideal everyday beer ... at least when I don't want to get bloated from Anchor Liberty ;-) MaBeer1972 (2164) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2003
This is another very nice beer from Anchor. Nice frothy head out of the bottle, clear copper color, and a wonderful smooth drinking flavor with just enough hoppy bite to keep things interesting. (Without being obnoxiously sticky). Delicious! TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 30, 2007
22 oz bottle. Second runnings of Anchor’s Old Foghorn (barley wine) mash, makes this a "small" beer. Not too many commercial examples of small beer exist, so it really is nice to get a sample of this one. This beer pours to a deep golden to light amber color, with a soapy white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is grainy with light aromas of malt and some light citrus hops. Palate is lean, with some good light pale malt flavor, light flavors of estery fruit, and hints of earthy yeast. This beer finishes with more light malt and light fruity flavor up front, then ends with a mild citrus hop bite. Very refreshing, very drinkable, low alcohol beer that you could pound with impunity. A nice beer to enjoy on a hot day, and food friendly beer as well.
jsmerig (1667) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours a nice golden yellow with small head but active carbonation. Aroma is of pale malt. Taste is malt forward sweetness followed quickly by sharp bitterness that lingers. Very dry and crisp. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Great for sessioning. Best when cool/cold, end is bitter (esp as it warms), but crisp, balanced and drinkable otherwise.
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