Released each year in advance of the summer season, Anchor Summer Wheat is an all-malt craft beer, with over 50% of its malt derived from malted wheat. It is fermented with a traditional top-fermenting "ale" yeast, yielding a clean, balanced flavor that highlights the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. The head is unusually abundant due to the natural protein deposits of wheat, with a thick consistency similar to meringue. First brewed in the summer of 1984, Anchor Summer Wheat is the first American wheat beer in modern times. Anchor Summer Wheat is intended to be a lighter beer for those who don’t want to sacrifice historic tradition or character.