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RATINGS: 1122   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 thiscombined with the distinctive flavor of the wheatmakes 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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2009
pours golden with a somewhat persistent white head. aroma is mostly wheat along with some funk. taste: grainy, slightly malty, with maybe a bit of lemony sweetness. pretty thin and light.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (3085) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (19883) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (5157) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (1931) - 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 hasnt got any big aromas, but a lot of subtle quality in my opinion.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (8469) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkSong (371) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2016
It pours a hazy yellow with a beautiful medium sized, long lasting white head. It has a floral hop aroma. I also smell citrus and resin. I think this is one of the best American wheat beers Ive ever had. It has a nice hop bitterness, which in no was overwhelms the beer. I also taste tangerine, pine, lemon & wheat. I recommend this beer.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ozzy70 (970) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 29, 2016
12 oz. can. Poured clear golden, foamy lasting white head. Aroma was fresh clean laundry, pine. Taste was lightly sweet, lemon water, light pine. Slight spicy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mateuszk (2513) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle. Almost clear, golden in colour, small white head. Grassy aroma with touch of citrus. In taste lightly malty with bitter and grassy hoppy finish. Simple beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4928) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2016
Can whilst watching Hell or High Water at Cineworld, Shrewsbury. No comment on appearance as consumed straight from the can. Nice floral lemon citrus aroma. Taste is smooth, wheat, citrus, floral, lemongrass. Nice, easy-going flavourful cinema beer.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dacrza (916) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2016
DATE: 27 August 2016... OCCASION: a beer for relaxation and a thought that Dad continues to recover in the hospital... GLASSWARE: Penn State weizen.... pours a clear, streaming golden body with clumpy, chunky head that mellows to a half-finger rather swiftly.... lacing is cumulus clouds sporadically finger-painted.... heavy cracker pervades, with the expected wheat aspects like bubblegum, funk and candy fighting for depth... palate is textured, with the throat bubbly but soft and drinkable... lemon and orange citrus hint at, surprisingly, creamsicle, while the cracker creates a memorable flavor profile... carrots and other vegetable flavors also... yeasts do not develop much nuance outside of popcorn, although the finish is clean and refreshing... this one is surprising, as I have enjoyed most of what Anchor has offered.... this is not one I would seek out again, with its curious distinctions and uneven flavors... much better wheat ales out there...


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