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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
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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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3.9
BigBen2120 (687) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 5, 2008
1 pint 6oz bottle from a liquor store in Nashua, NH. Pours a crystal-clear golden body with nearly an inch of off-white head that slowly dissipates leaving some impressive lacing. Smells malty, fruity, with caramel and brown sugar notes, and a strong citrussy hop presence. Tastes grainy with caramel and citrus hops. Tastes a little watery, which matches the aqueous refreshing mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. Flavor (other than the hop presence) reminds me more of an American blonde or pale wheat maybe, rather than an APA or bitter. Still, reasonably priced (3.50$ per bottle) and is great for a hot summer day like today.

3.8
bierkoning (13813) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2003
Light amber color. 3,2% on the label. Citrus and blackcurrant aroma and flavor. Just a bit of hopbitterness and some tartness. Fairly thin but loads of flavor, especially for a low ABV beer. Heartily recommended as a low alcohol beer!

3.8
drpimento (3815) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2005
was way better than I figured it would be as being a small beer. My first in this claimed category. I could understand it as a workaday beer. I’d get more ifn I could. This review is from a memory of this past fall? and its accuracy is neither promoted or guaranteed as accurate and is given in good faith to the best of this taster’s (ME) recollection. Ok Fritz, Ok, good beer....

3.8
redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 Grassy hops on the nose with bready malts. Small beer pours golden in color with a thick white head. Grassy hops and an earthy bitterness upfront with hints of light caramel and bready malts. Great session beer!!

3.7
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
This beer introduces itself with a mild aroma of hops mixed with honey and wheat. It is a bronze colored solution with a decent white head. This moderate bodied beer has a bitterness that slightly dries the mouth. There is a mild nutty taste that has a hint of honey in the background. A hearty bitter taste is left as an aftertaste.

3.7
smcd (366) - USA - OCT 2, 2006
Simply put ... a great small beer. Tasty. Aromas are almost non-existent, but this looks like something you want to drink, is nice and smooth and has a wonderfully light and slightly spritzy palate. Always nice.

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!!!

3.6
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pale golden yellow color, fizzy white head with quick dissapation. Sharp huskiness and muted floral hop aromatics. Watery nose, acrid floral hop bite next, with a slight malty sweetness. Crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light and astringent.

3.6
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Very "grainy" malt characteristic that hints at the complexity of Old Foghorn. Good crispness with a little spicy hops character as well. Quite good for what’s considered a "small" beer.

3.6
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle. Clear golden color with a light white head. Slight lacing. Aroma is light and almost smells like toast. Definitely different. Easy-drinking mouthfeel. Flavor is small, like its name suggest, with a slightly hoppy and bitterness to it. I’m a fan of Anchor, and this is a decent beer. I’ll buy it again.


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