Monday, December 8, 2014

Anchor Winter Wheat

The Wheat beer is usually thought of when spring or summer comes around and we don’t really think of them during other seasons of the year. But the Anchor Brewing Company does. Over in San Francisco California Anchor brews Anchor Winter Wheat, 7.0% ABV. Anchor has been making wheat beers since the summer of 1984, but they have 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 seventy-five miles away from San Francisco, where Anchor gets their soft re winter wheat. This wheat is sown in November and harvested in June. Anchor Winter Wheat pours a deep dark black with brown hues on the edges with a two finger creamy brown head the sticks around for a little while and quickly fades into light lacing. No light is visible through the glass and I couldn’t see much of any carbonation bubbles on this beer due to the dark color of this beer. The aroma is somewhat roasted with bits of some spiced chocolate and a hint of dark fruit notes. Anchor Winter Wheat has a rich roasted chocolate taste to it that has hints of a dark fruit and a bit of a lite spice note. The mouth feel is medium to almost full and somewhat rich. Anchor Winter Wheat finishes nice and smooth with touches of a spicy note and has a rich semi sweet chocolate finish. Overall this is not a bad beer, so I would give this C+. I would’ve thought there would be more of a wheat flavor to this beer and that is was going to be more of a dunkelwiezen, but it was more like a porter, but still a good beer and an interesting take on a winter warmer/dark wheat beer.  This beer is more on the heavier side but nothing like any stout, but enjoyable still. I wouldn’t rush to have this again because I didn’t find it as easy to drink as some winter beers out there. But I might have this again. So go and try Anchor Winter Wheat for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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