Here’s a beer that I bought a sixer of a few weeks ago. The other half actually enjoyed it. Let’s see how it was.
Style: American Dark Wheat Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ve been making wheat beers since the summer of 1984. They’ve all been golden summer refreshers instead of dark winter warmers—until now. Anchor Winter Wheat™ is made with a unique blend of malted barley and five wheats from Belgium, Germany, the Midwest, and a family farm just 75 miles away, where we get our soft red winter wheat. Sown in November and harvested in June, it is used in artisanal flatbreads, cakes, and pastries. In 1848, California farmers forsook their amber grain for golden fortune. By 1878, California wheat was back big-time, winning gold at the Paris International Exposition. There was even a wheat beer brewery in North Beach, one mile from our first home. Today, the robust flavor, malty complexity, enticing aroma, ebony color, and thick, creamy head of Anchor Winter Wheat™ reflect this delicious heritage. Anchor Winter Wheat™ is made with a unique blend of 2-row pale barley malt, Belgian roasted wheat malt, German pale spring wheat malt, ‘Midnight’ and hard red wheat malts from the Midwest, and unmalted soft red winter wheat from a local family farm. The result is a smooth, complex, dark brew with a creamy, lacey head; deep, rich mouthfeel; nutty, bread-like, and subtly roasted flavors; and a crisp, clean finish. A special ale yeast provides clean flavors with hints of dark fruit. And a single hop, Northern Brewer, provides earthy, woody, and minty notes with just the right amount of bitterness.”
Random: I spent about 5 hours on the warehouse floor yesterday, walking back and forth. Needless to say, I am in pain today.
This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly, but didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. Instead, it left a crown on top of the dark brown, almost black body. Because of the color, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had wheat, fig, cocoa, roasted malt and cherry. The taste was really good. It started with cocoa, nuts and roasted malts. It quickly moved to wheat, cherry, and figs. It was really robust for a winter seasonal. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a long finish with cherry and wheat and cocoa. I thought this beer was one of the best I’ve had from Anchor. For $.92 a bottle, this breaks down to $.07 per ounce, which is definitely on the cheaper side. I would highly recommend this one.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0