Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Anchor Brewing Company - Anchor Summer Beer

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug

Anchor Summer Beer, brewing in San Francisco, is a pale wheat ale that pours a very-clear moderate straw body with a golden glow. The huge fluffy head is a craterous white foam with large carbonation bubbles. The retention on the head is excellent and the lacing is light. The nose is dry and bready reminiscent of a fresh pizza crust with a light basily herbal component. There's a lightly fruity edge and seemingly leafy vegetation.

This beer is all malt with a mélange of barley and wheat malts. It's lightly sweet, but even without hops the beer remains balanced. The different malt flavors play off each other, but seem to turn a bit sour. The beer is crisp and full-bodied with a refreshing texture, but is a bit more filling that expected. The beer has herbal and dry notes, but finishes with a lasting malty sweetness.

Final Verdict: B-*

* - I've never had an 'all malt' beer before, so my rating might be naïve (in either direction). If you've had Anchor Summer Beer before and have an opinion, let me know. Also, if you've had and enjoyed a malt-only beer before, please recommend it so I can expand my palate.

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