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Anchor Summer Beer

Rating: 2.55

This one is another Anchor beer that I’ve been on the look out for recently, in particular over the summer season and I finally spotted a bottle of it in my local beer shop the other week – just in time for summer turning to winter as well but I’ll drink it all the same. The beer follows on from Anchor IPA that I reviewed a yesterday, this one is a bit more settled in the Anchor roaster having been first brewed back in 1984 and was apparently the first American wheat beer of modern times, with around 50% of the malt in the beer coming from malted wheat. The beer was also introduced in bottled format back in 2002 and brings me one step closer to trying all of Anchor’s main beers, only the odd one or two left now I think.

Anchor Summer Beer

Appearance (3/5): Pale, very light amber in colour with a centimetre and a half tall, foamy white head. The beer is crystal clear and the head fades to a thin lacing of a few millimetres thick after about thirty seconds, leaving some minor lace on the sides of the glass in the process.
Aroma (4/10): Quite skunky on the nose initially with some faint citrus and a few pale, light malts. The beer almost comes across like a macro pale lager with not much more than a few grassy hops and some faint bitterness towards the end. There is a faint touch of wheat and some biscuit later on but in truth this one was a real disappointment on the nose.
Taste (5/10): The taste came out much like the nose for this one, again coming across like a pale lager and a cheap one at that. There was some light wheat, some faint grassy hops and a light citrus taste that could have been more pronounced but sadly wasn’t. There was some lager type malts and cereal coming through alongside what was a fairly bland and boring taste.
Palate (3/5): Smooth with a light to light-medium body but definitely more skunky that I would have liked. The beer seemed fairly bland throughout with the odd bit of grain on top of medium carbonation. The only thing saving the beer from a worse fate was that the finish was a crisp and dry one but it’s certainly not a beer with a good mouthfeel.

Overall (9/20): A real disappointment from Anchor here, particularly given the reputation of the brewery and my past experiences with them with this one being forgettable in almost ever area, not to mention boring and bland as well. Both the taste and smell seemed far to weak and featured too much skunk to make them enjoyable, that couple with the relatively poor mouthfeel makes this a beer I can’t recommend at all.

Brewed In: San Francisco, California, United States of America
Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1984
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.40

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  1. April 11, 2017 at 23:09

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