Anchor Summer Beer

Reviewed by on August 13, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company

  • Origin: San Francisco, CA, US

  • Rated On: August 12, 2014

  • Best Before: July 2016

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: American Wheat Ale

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Anchor is one of the fore-fathers of American craft brewing, most famous for their (proprietary) Steam Beer.  Their summer offering is a wheat beer, in that over half of the malt comes from wheat.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two chubby fingers of foamy and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice streaky and striated lace around the glass as it very slowly recedes – the retention on this sucker is solid!

It smells of mild barley and stronger wheat grain, earthy yeast, stale butter, and floral, sort of woodsy hops. The taste is still quite light, with some biscuit/caramel maltiness, cereal-like wheatiness, more slightly off-putting room temperature buttery notes, and some floral, grassy, and soapy hops. The carbonation is a bit too strong up front, but settles well enough to a testy frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, wispy, a tad prickly, but overall it calms down to an acceptable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a wheaty dough sweetness dominating any latent hop aspirations.

A summer ale that is all about the undulating fields of wheat, and much less about what the hops can do for you, as they are pretty low-key in this offering. Unfortunately, what the malt has to say just isn’t all that interesting, being that it has a leaky diacetyl valve, or something. Not something that I care to repeat on this, or any other patio I might stumble into – across, I mean across!

Brady White

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