The first beer I tried in this rotation was an Anchor Summer beer, a wheat ale from the esteemed Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. I am a fan of Anchor's beers - their Steam, is, of course, terrific, and I really enjoy their Porter. Amazingly, I had never had their Summer, even though they started brewing it in 1984 (according to their web site, it was the first wheat beer brewed in America post-Prohibition). So I'm slack - this should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me. I was looking forward to this one.
Unfortunately, I came away disappointed - although the color was a gorgeous, clean amber-gold, the head was very thin. This in spite of the fact the bottle promised a head similar to "whipped egg whites." I've screwed up a meringue before - the head on this was very similar. And the taste was just - nothing special. Slight hop bitterness, and had a clean mouth feel (it clocks in at 4.5%). But it just wasn't something I would go out of my way to have again. And since Anchor beers here on the East coast tend to run on the high side price-wise, I'll look to other ports to quench my stormy thirst (that was the best anchor metaphor I could come up with - you see why I don't do this for a living).
Rating: 2 sunburns out of 5