Not all that bad an ale, but a lousy summer beer. Summer beers should be light, creamy, with a citrus background. Low on hops, high on malt, loaded full of wheat, not barley. This is 50% wheat, and uses ale yeast. It has a noticeable bitterness to it that doesn't make it at all refreshing, which a good summer beer should do, first and foremost. While I'd like to give it high marks for being a good beer, I just can't bring myself to do it. Maybe it'll be better in winter. On the upside, it's the best Anchor beer I've had to date.
Reviewed: January 29, 2005
I'm going to disagree a little with Steve on this one, too. I didn't even know Anchor MADE a wheat beer until I blundered into it this summer. It's nondescript and inoffensive, but I wouldn't call it bad. It's filtered, and supposedly the yeast sediment lends the complexity to American wheats, so maybe that's another reason he was none too pleased. At any rate, I found this light and refreshing, if not memorable. Now on to assaulting his Anchor Porter review...
Reviewed: October 28, 2006