RATINGS: 1126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Anchor Summer is the first American wheat beer in modern times. Our first brew of this light and refreshing beer was in the summer of 1984.

Anchor Summer is an all-malt beer, and over 50% of its malt comes from malted wheat. It is fermented with a Triticum aestivum, AKA wheat traditional top-fermenting "ale" yeast because we prefer the clean flavors developed by this yeast. We believe that this style best celebrates the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. You may notice that the head on this beer is unusually abundant, with a consistency similar to whipped egg whites. This is due to protein contributed by the wheat.

The brewers at Anchor are proud to have revived not only rich hearty dark beers, but also this light crisp style of a modern American wheat beer.

Wheat malt contributes to an unusual lightness and dryness to the palate, and this—combined with the distinctive flavor of the wheat—makes for a perfect thirst-quenching beverage. It is the ideal drink for beer lovers who appreciate tradition and character in their beer, but also seek a lighter, refreshing style, perfect for warm weather.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2567) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2013
Poured two fingers of foamy head on a clear, golden colored body. Lots of bubbles, looks great. The aroma is nice: honey and clover. The taste has a moderate, dry bitterness that almost goes towards metallic. It’s tempered by the wheat softness. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. It’s on the more bitter side for a summer beer, tends towards a German pils bitter taste.

Luneylane (193) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - JUL 15, 2017
Summer beer campaign down at Familymart. Aroma: rather sour. Appearance: clear dark amber, minimal head. Palate: light-bodied and thin, average carbonation, bitter finish. Taste: moderately bitter, bananas and pear drops at the end. Misleading, tastes more like an IPA, where’s the wheat?

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a yellow pale transparent color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Sly messy lace. The aroma had some sweet floral to herbal character touching down with a keen clean sweet wheaty crispness. The flavor copied the aroma sweetly providing a clean crisp aftertaste and finish. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a clear sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, pretty good easy going American pale wheat ale that would be good again for the warmer weather.

Piw (1127) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2017
355ml Dose. Klar und golden mit großer Schaumkrone. Leicht Getreidig mit Weizen- und Citrusaroma. Leichter Körper. Süßlich und mild im Geschmack.

DavyK (135) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2017
Lovely and sunny, quick finish and zesty edge to it. Very easy drinking with nice carbonation. Doesn’t compare favourably to more complex European varieties but it’s not trying to. Does what it sets out to, very very well.

basaywhat (281) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2017
12 oz can. Pours a cloudy yellowish gold with a nice frothy white head. Aroma of pale malts, wheat and mild citrus hop notes with some fruity esters. Flavor is spicy wheat, light residual sweetness up front but drys out on the finish.

andrepintado (3402) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 23, 2017
Can from beers of europe. Light hazy gold color. Thin white head. Medium bitterness, light sweet. Medium thin body. Aroma and flavour is hops, citrus, wheat, fresh herbs.

Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2016
Can at home in London - picked up at the Drinkers’ Paradise. Pours crystal clear gold with a creamy, white head. The nose has some dried citrus peel, lemon rind, dried wheat flakes, pale grains. Light sweet flavour with more grainy wheat character, some white bread, straw, old worn-out lemon peel. Light bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with more lemony notes, faint plastic, more hay, dried grains. Pretty basic stuff, really.

mr_h (5535) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2016
355ml can at home on 14 Dec 2016, from Appellation Wines, Dalry Road, Edinburgh (bb 31 Mar 2018), floral, wheat, light citrus aroma, golden with a thin off-white head, wheat, light citrus, toffee, some soft fruitiness, fairly fizzy, mild floral finish.

Saeglopur (2178) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 10, 2016
355 ml can bought in London.
Orange, clear body, with a medium, creamy, lacing, off-white head.
Aroma of citrus, flowers, orange, some tropical fruits, wheat, some bread, some yeast.
Tastes quite light, but crisp, with about the same aromas and some more candy.
Medium, a bit oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes smooth, crisp, quite dry, citric, floral, a bit yeasty, moderate piney.

Really nice. Easy, crisp and with the characteristic balancing smoothness I love this brewery for. Quite light, but not in a boring way at all, with nice fruity and floral notes throughout. Overall much better than expected, of course this hasn’t got any big aromas, but a lot of subtle quality in my opinion.

onceblind (9676) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2016
Slightly hazy light golden with a large rocky white head. Aroma has a earthy grassy and herbal citrusy nuances back up a gentle wheat toast backbone. Crisp dry wheaty flavor with a herbal and faintly citrus rind-y bitterness and a grassy dry finish. A bit plain and un-exciting.

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