Anchor Brewing Co. “Summer Beer” Review (#077)

Anchor Brewing Co.
“Summer Beer”
San Francisco, California

From The Brewery:

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.
Wheatmalt 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.

First Brew: 1984
First Bottling: 2002
Malt: Wheat, 2-Row Barley
ABV: 4.6%
Availability: April – November

Review:

Appearance: I poured this semi hazy straw yellow beer into an imperial pint class. It was topped off by a half inch, white head with fine carbonation bubbles that lasted a thrid of the beer.

Smell: Mild smelling with a little bit of hops along with the wheat. Some yeast characters also poke through.

Taste: Crisp, tart and drying; the wheat comes through first, followed up by a little hop on the finish. It is balanced nicely between the two.

Mouthfeel:Lively and refreshing, leaving you with a dry feeling.

Drinkability/Palitability:Lower; on a hot day it is very refreshing, but overall, a little too tart for me.

Notes:A decent brew. Not my favorite American Wheat, but a solid one. Pairs well with a hot humid day like today.

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