Anchor – Summer Beer

Tasting: June 29th
Style: Wheat Ale

Fritz Maytag rescued the Anchor Brewery from bankruptcy in the mid 1960’s. Really a chance event that was touched off by Fritz enjoying an Anchor Steam at a popular bohemian restaurant in San Francisco. Fritz Maytag (of the washer/dryer Maytag family) bought the brewery for a few thousand dollars and so began its resurgence.

This summer ale is a wheat beer. It says that more than 50% of the malt used in this ale is from wheat malt. It pours a bright yellow with a very active head. It really does linger on. The initial taste is crisp with a hint of citrus (lemon), the back end fills with a hearty bread grains (no surprise), the finish is nice, this is an easy drinking beer. However, the more I drink, the more the wheat flavor bugs me. It has an off flavor that in time overpowers what was a crisp dry finish. This one started out as 88 points, but finished at 82. I’ll leave it at the 82.

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