Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

172 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 920
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 26
Gots: 179 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: esdeebrew on 02-15-2013

In 1876, thanks to an ice pond in the mountains and a belief that anything is possible in the Golden State, a little brewery named Boca created California's first genuine lager. Anchor California Lager® is our re-creation of this historic beer. Made in San Francisco with two-row California barley, Cluster hops (the premier hop in 19th-century California), and our own lager yeast, this all-malt brew is kräusened and lagered in our cellars. Its golden color, distinctive aroma, creamy head, balanced depth of flavor, and smooth finish make Anchor California Lager® a delicious celebration of California’s unique brewing heritage.
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Reviews: 172 | Hads: 920
Photo of Thirstygoat
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can
Soft creamy head retained for a while after I poured into a pint glass.

Not much smell

Light malt taste, even less hops

Light on the mouth
Very refreshing. (169 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and laces lightly.

S: Grainy, lemon grass, light fruity notes, and a little sweetness.

T: Floral, lemony, spicy, a little fruity, a bit grassy, and light grainy malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp.

O: Pretty solid lager. Not my favorite style, but enjoyable. (415 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little thin but decent. Gone are the days, I guess, of simply using Beer Advocate as an organizer of beers I've tried. I've been holding on to BA for years, during untapped, etc but I suppose it's time to dump BA.... (218 characters)

Photo of Davidstan
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. Light golden with 1/2 inch head with nice lacing
S. Nice crackery, grassy aroma with slight Anchor hop signature aroma
T. Crisp and mellow at the same time, only Anchor can pull this off.
O. Perfect lager and comes in a can! (229 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no canning date, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a two-finger foamy and bubbly white head that quickly to leave just a ring around the edge

S- grainy aroma with some notes of bread crust, floral and grassy hop, a bit of sulphur

T- slightly peppery, with some toasted breadth malt, honey sweetness with a bit of citrus, grassy and floral hop with a grainy dry finish

M- medium-light body with moderate-light carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- an easy drinking lager that shows no obvious flaws, would pair well with food (603 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent look and lacing on this one. Sharp lemony hops and grain on the smell but the taste is even better! So smooth and well made. You get the sharp hops all the way through with a bready biscuit malt with a minimal grainyness comes through in the middle of the taste. Right up there with Boston Lager as my favorite lager! (327 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.80 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.49 for a variety 6-pack
Purchased: June 26, 2015
Consumed: June 26, 2015
Misc.: Grading this on a curve, since it was still a tad warm

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 7-to-8 fingers of khaki white, fluffy head. That settled down to a nice top, but the head was crazy. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention on the top. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled cereal, wheat, honey, corn, grass, caramel and bread. Like a lager should. (Smell - 3.88)

Tasted similar to the nose, reminding me more or a good American Adjunct Lager than an American Pale Lager. Got honey, corn cereal (Kix, Corn Puffs, etc.), grass, sourdough bread, honey wheat and caramel. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, crisp finish. (Feel - 3.88)

For the style, this was a good beer. I enjoyed it. (Overall - 3.88)

3.80 | 86 | B+ (1,207 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a shaker pint

A: It had a big white, bright head that disappeared, clear golden color, lot of big bubbles come up from the bottom. Some minor lacing.

A: Malts, some slight floral hop aromas, bread, biscuit type aromas, slight citrus zest, alcohol is not present.

T: First thing I realized is that this is really smooth and easy drinking, flavors blend well, yeast up front, sweet malt flavors, goes into a nice mellow lemon zest flavor, there are some grassy and grainy notes, this beer has a lot of complexity, finishes slightly bitter, very good.

M: Thin mouthfeel, finishes dry, leaves a grainy feeling on the roof of my mouth.

O: I am very impressed with this beer, very balanced, easy drinking, lots of complexity on the flavor, the yeast flavor coming through is unique to compared to other lagers I've tried, very well done. (863 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Has a huge, thick head that slowly settles and some lace with a clear amber color. Aroma is fresh pale lager beer. Flavor is a nice, balanced bittersweet with just right tang. Body is excellent. Extremely drinkable brew. I really like this! (240 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let this one warm up, the pale malts are lovely and complemented by the spicy Cluster hops. The barley is doughy and bready with a little toasty note. Very drinkable and fun for beer geeks. Give it a shot. (205 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great craft lager. Bought a box of six cans.
Malt, biscuit, salt 'n pepper grass, slight banana fruit.
Replace Bud cans with this and you'll be thankful you did. (164 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold pour with 2 inch white head. Smell is light, but hints of biscuit and sweet malt are present. A bit grassy. The taste is clean, sweet on the front end with a light malt presence, then slightly bitter on the back end with the hops rising to the occasion. The feel is clean with moderate carbonation. A slightly dry finish for a lager. Overall, a very good American lager, crisp, clean and refreshing. (417 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks wise it gives great head
nice malty aroma
the flavour is slightly odd, the spicy elements create too much of a
'hairspray in mouth'
real good mouthfeel though (165 characters)

Photo of StoutHobbit
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear gold, white foam
S: Sweet, grassy, and a little oath
T: Fresh cut grass, wheat, and a kick of bitter on the back of the mouth
F: smooth, down pretty easy,
O: a good lager, love to have it around the house, it's a current staple (236 characters)

Photo of Edmond-Bird
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice, clean lager with distinctive Northern Californian traits. Beautiful golden color with good carbonation. Tastes upfront like a German pilsner but finishes with notes of sourdough bread and subtle, biting hoppiness. (219 characters)

Photo of 911CROFT
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £1.90 for a single bottle.

Pours an impressive clear, bright amber coloured body with a tall, thin white head. Retention is OK and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is mainly of malt and a slight floral note. The taste follows the nose with simple malt and floral hints, not much more. Small bubbles give a good carbonation and a pleasant initial mouth feel. The finish is a little too bitter with more astringency than I was expecting. Dry hops linger in the mouth longer than I would like in a lager.

Overall this is a good beer. Good, but not amazing. I would recommend it to a friend, and certainly try it again, but not go out of my way to do so. (723 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer produces a big white frothy head with good retention and thick bands of lacing. Beautiful clear gold color. Aroma is fairly standard for a lager. Plenty of malt and a little grassy bitterness. Taste is more of the same. Mostly rich and malty with some balancing grassy hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Enough bitterness to call it "balanced". Not a bad summertime beer. (452 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Crisp golden streaming body with a good two finger foam head that has good retention and dies to a thick lace cover. This is a great looking lager but it does not leave much lace in the glass.

Smell - Floral and grassy. The malt front in this beer is sharp and crisp with a light sweetness that balances well with the more bitter hop. There is a slightly musty element to this beer but in on word I would have to call it balanced.

Taste - Nice and sweet, but mild, malty front that is grassy and and caramel like coupled with a more bitter and musty back this is beer is well balanced and tasty.

Mouth Feel - Full and creamy and yet bitter and fresh with a long drying linger.

Overall - This is beer is basically on point for all elements of its style and although it does have some minor elements to detract from it, it is damned tasty. (856 characters)

Photo of MikeMcCl
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Possibly been sitting too long, but smelled and tasted a bit stale to me. Bought as single bottle. Couldn't find any bottle date. I'd have to try again (151 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear gold with abundant white head that retains well and leaves lots of lacing
Smell: floral and grassy
Taste: Lightly sweet floral maltiness with an assertive grassy hops finish. Great balance.
Feel: Light and nicely carbonated

Overall: This is a lager worthy of the Anchor name. For me it is an ideally balanced, with just a bit of sweetness but a nice dry bitter hops finish. This is basically what I look for in a light lager. (442 characters)

Photo of Brittney_Ouderkirk
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden with a foamy head. Smell: Bready and bright. Taste: Well balanced malt presence, biscuit, bread. Kind of husky, sunflower seeds. Slightly malty finish. Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, crisp, refreshing. Overall really enjoyable with a refreshing brightness. (266 characters)

Photo of Straycorn
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It's been awhile since I consumed a lager... I've been on quite an IPA and stout/porter kick for months. Don't miss this one. It's awesome all the way around. Hits all the best lager notes and then some! (208 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden and very clear. Thin bubbly head and good lacing. Lots of aroma; malty sweetness with a buttery biscuit feel, a nice floral and perfume feel, yeast, hops and spices. As the drink warms, a fruity and honey essence takes over. Taste also has a lot to offer; toasted malts, bready, herbal and peppery. A hint of citric sourness. The hops and yeast balance it out and give a slightly dry bitter finish. Medium light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and extremely drinkable.
I really liked this one. A lager lots of flavor and complexity. (574 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Lager yeast and floral hops. The taste is hoppy, yet bready and clean. Slight bitterness on a bready, not even buttery but lively palate. Crisp, clean, faint citrus and husk grain. Medium bodied, well carbonated and crisp. This is a beer, and a good one. (288 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

What we have here is some no-frills, American-brewed craft beer that pays homage to California’s first lager brewed during the gold rush of the late 1800s. Brewed with both malt and hops from California to keep with the true re-creation of this beer. Beers like this, without any crazy hopping, bugs or barrel aging, can still reach a level of greatness, and Anchor Brewing certainly has found it here.

STYLE: American Pale Lager
ABV: 4.9%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Epic froth, clear deep golden hue

SMELL: Fresh-cut grass, leafy, mildly citric, crackers, clean, faint lemon zest

TASTE: Perfect crispness, moderate-sized body, smooth, grassy, clean, peppery, ample hop bitterness, rustic bread, mild orange pith, slightly herbal, long grainy finish, ends dry (814 characters)

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
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