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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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BA SCORE
83
good

798 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 130 | 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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Photo of dukeandduke
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bali_hi
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of california lager drank.

Photo of 22Blue
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrandonLBC
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnroby
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Run of the mill lager with a small note of hops

Photo of Premo88
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into pilsener

L: orange ... much darker than lager yellow, maybe even past gold ... a reddish gold -- beautiful; 1-inch head of foam is just a bit off white, almost beige, super sticky at the top; a tight column of bubbles is percolating hard in the brew, so much activity which is creating an almost full skin on top and a thick collar; lacing is cool -- this is a 5

S: sour grain and some citrus, orange-lemon ... hints of malt sweetness in there, just a little bread malt

T: cracker big time ... a little citrusy something, light lemon-orange, and the malt sweetness goes into the bready range, but the cracker for me is undeniable; some fantastic earthy hops are playing with the sweetness; damn is this good, very grounded with that cracker-malt foundation and the pinch of bitterness while the Cluster hops offer up a range of floral and citrus notes

F: fantastic midweight with good crispness ... again ... a 5

O: this beer is FANTASTIC! it's malty, it's hoppy, it's crisp, light, drinkable ... so much flavor, and the weird hint of orange something is a twist I've not tasted in any other brew -- it's hard for me to call it "orange" for it's a floral-orange-lemon thing bouncing off the malt is truly unique. a beer I will buy over and over and over ...

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new stand by for my fridge and collection. Into rotation. Goes right next to my NB Shift Pale Lager and Session Lager. Lucky to have this offering in my local Smith's grocery store. I like to pair this with meats and spicy dishes. Has a dry yet interesting finish. Feels like a Pilsner but not as grassy. Very refreshing and not boring. Sessionable and enjoyable. Well done Anchor. Quality shows.

Photo of Jerryodell
4.61/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just now getting back into lagers, this will probably end up being a favorite.

Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass.
Aroma is malty, a little aqueous, a bit of sulfur, and only hints of green
Good looking. Quite clear and golden. Smallish white cap but good density.
Smacks and bites with a crispness that moves to tart. Strong drying on the finish with a lingering soft but noticeable bitterness. Nice malt flavors with a traditional American hops flavor running through it. Clean but not strongly so as it carries a little heft and the strong drying diminishes it some too.
A solid good drinking everyday lager.

Photo of Genx
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A clean yellow brown in color with a nice white head on top.

S: Grainy with a little bit of a pepper note. Slightly sweet.

T: Slightly bready, with a touch of bitterness, there is a little creamy thing going on as well as a bit more of peppery hint.

M: Medium light in feel, with very active carbonation, there is a little bit of a milky feel to the finish.

O: Overall pretty good, something a little more interesting that the typical lager, although not as amazing as some other lagers in the same vein.

Photo of EmptyPockets
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M477
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ranger7
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Very refreshing. Crisp and clean, with a bit of a hop bite in the end.

Photo of seththehuman
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Golden32
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leantom
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A classic beer. Here goes:

A: Just OK. Pours a clear orange, has plenty of carbonation. However, only pours a one-inch head - no lacing either.

S: Very grainy - lots of cereal grains. Some lager yeast, though, which is good.

T: Very nice and crispy, albeit simple. Can taste cereal grains, some lightly-kilned malt. However, that's it. Good for what it's supposed to be, though.

F: Beautifully crispy. Best thing about the beer.

O: Good, but very simple.

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
2.27/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The taste is something ridiculously close to an AAL. Not a fan at all.

Photo of spedprof
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nelsonracite
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeanKram3r
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.