Review: Anchor Summer Beer, Anchor Brewing

Anchor Summer Beer
Anchor Brewing Co. — San Francisco, CA

  • Style:  Wheat Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 4.5% ABV
  • Malts:  Wheat, 2-Row Barley
  • Hops: Not specified
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

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 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.”  — Anchor Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   Here's another wheat beer from my 2nd series on Summer seasonals.

The tasting:  Gold in color, slightly hazy, with a large white head that dissipated slowly, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.  Aroma of bready malt and lemon—very simple and straightforward.  Flavor of biscuit malt, grassy hops, spicy hops, and lemon citrus.  It's well balanced, with not a lot of malt sweetness or hop bitterness. Anchor Summer Beer is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes with a slight citrusy tartness. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   Anchor Summer is a decent beer.  However, it tastes similar to other summer brews I've sampled recently and wasn't memorable for me.  

Have you tried Anchor Summer Beer?  How did you like it?

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