Anchor Summer Beer (2012)
Summer Seasonal (April-October)
12 fl. oz. (x2) / $2.88 USD / 4.5% ABV
About: "Released each year in advance of the summer season, Anchor Summer Beer is an all-malt beer, with over 50% of its malt derived from malted wheat. It is fermented with a traditional top-fermenting "ale" yeast, yielding a clean, balanced flavor that highlights the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. The head is unusually abundant due to the natural protein deposits of wheat, with a thick consistency similar to meringue. Malts: Blend of 2-Row Pale and Malted Wheat / Hops: Goldings and Glacier."
Thoughts: Poured a very light yellow with a fluffy as all hell white head that came bursting over the top of the glass. Looks like of like whipped egg or cream.
The smell is very crisp, light citrus.
Taste is very heavy on the wheat with a dash of sweet lemon zest. It's a real gentle tasting beer, with a smooth malt flow that drifts into a slight haze. The first moment of each sip is a refreshing tingle. It's very clean tasting, aside from a little bit of grass towards the back of the mouth. After my second bottle it got a little metallic tasting, as the grassy undertones built and the sweet zesty citrus tones got clouded.
Mouth feel is light and bubbly. It's actually quite delightful feeling.
I'm confused as to why the description says this is an "all malt beer", and yet, the website states two types of hops and I get the sensation of hops in this. Though I'm not really a summer beer type of guy, I've been trying a few more lately and this one is pretty good. Not great, and not terribly interesting... but the light crisp nature of the brew and the tingling from the zest was fun while it lasted.