RATINGS: 571   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3159) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a thick frothy head. Pouring also kicks up a nice noble hop smell, followed by some light amber malts. Taste is pretty nice. Low malt levels, as expected, toasty with a bit of a dry finish. Hops are a bit sharp and spicy, close to a German lager profile with an English subtext. Nice to find a "light" beer that realizes that more hops don’t add calories or alcohol. A fine session beer.

alexsdad06 (10947) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2017
Bottle from old backlog notes. Pours a clear dark golden/light amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale bready malts, grainy, light fruit, some bitterness, flavor is bland.

bartlebier (4161) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2016
(Backlog 2014 Midwest tour recollected for completeness in tranquility). 650ml buddel, CHI hotel. Bref: earthy tealeaf bitterness remains on dried/spent caramels in this sparted "Orval Vert" version of Anchor Steam, an all-time favourite. Like the Lady Grey dregs in the teapot, watery remains of something basically lovely and well-quenching.

Christos (5897) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2016
(Anchor Small Beer) Tap at Thornbdidge Den Bosch, 250 ml.
Deep orange colour on the body, clear, with a tall and thick white head on top,very good retention.
Weird aroma, with cheesy notes, toffee, caramel and hay.
Taste is mostly malts and grains with some hay too. Mild bitterness.
Medium thin body, okay carbonation.
Nothing special, probably the weakest I had from Anchor.

hansvf (932) - - OCT 6, 2015
Mooi, goud, licht troebel met prima schuim. Ruikt hoppig en erg fruitig. Smaakt idd bitter als thee, gek

markextrae (4515) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2015
From draft, poured a clear golden colour with a white head. Nose of
Malts, cereal, citrus, cardboard, metallic notes, and a weak watery mouthfeel. Just a low abv beer

nybol (2372) - DENMARK - JUL 10, 2015
følge producentens hjemmeside er øllen en bitter, og det er den.
En meget humlet øl, med lav procent og en god eftersmag der er lidt mere blød en selve smagen og et stejf af et eller frugtagtigt.
Er man glad for humlet øl, er denne sagen.

Abijen (2572) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2015
Goud ondoorzichtig bier met een goede witte schuim kraag. Ruikt hop, fruitig en kruidig. Smaakt licht bitter, thee bitter, en hop. Erg saai.

MonsterMagnet (1595) - NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2015
Tap, sample. Fairly hoppy tasting bitter. Feels watery, no surprise given the abv. Ok.

teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - FEB 17, 2015
Backlog rating. Bottle from Utobeer, London. It pours a clean golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is grainy, grassy, herbal. Taste is lightly bitter, with notes of herbs, skunky grass, grains, earth. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nothing special really

Gerardgathier (597) - - DEC 30, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

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