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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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679 Ratings
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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 85 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: esdeebrew on 02-15-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picking up what they could, westward travelers made beer from all kinds of things as they attempted to make beers traveling toward the promise of gold. Where the California Common ale is well documented, it makes sense that the more tried-and-true Lagers would have also been part of the early settler's beer drinking diet.

Like any well made lager would, Anchor's pours with a medium gold color and bright clarity. Building a creamy ivory-white foam, its head character is long lasting and proud with lacing collars as the beer fades. It's a rather fantastic looking Lager!

Grainy-sweet aromas of raw barley, supple bready sweetness and a richer bread crust rise to the nose for a crisp and pleasantly light scent. Floral hops give a slight perfume character that's similar to honey suckle. Light apple and sulfur lurk in the background and help to round the scent but careful not to make too meaningful of an impact.

To taste, the ale fares similarly- part-malt and part-grain to start, its sweetness is light and is of fresh baking bread, light dough and yeast. But its cracker-like taste reels in the slight fruitiness of honey, apples, and slim citrus. What's floral in aroma provides a soft flowery herb taste before developing a spicy and earthy bitterness that overrides the malts and ensures a crisp and clean finish.

Light bodied, the ale's elegant sweetness might imply more weight, but its bolsterous carbonation lightens the body and floats the lager over the middle to arrive in a finish of lemongrass bite, herbal warmth and pepper.

The lager is surprisingly crisp, clean and refreshing as it shows no apparent off flavors and keeps its balance well in tact. Its a fabulous beer that is sure to fare exquisitely with sushi and Cobb salad.

BEERchitect, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Initially tasty and refreshing, don't really like the after taste

moundbz, 18 minutes ago
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3.32/5  rDev -9.3%

alfanut, 41 minutes ago
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tdmccarthy, Yesterday at 03:25 AM
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3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

Tylertut, Monday at 03:31 PM
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3/5  rDev -18%

GMan, Sunday at 05:34 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

baxter94, Sunday at 05:29 PM
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4.24/5  rDev +15.8%

Ryan1994, Sunday at 03:15 PM
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

ken05tsl, Sunday at 01:35 AM
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Modernrickk, Saturday at 10:57 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jsouza, Oct 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

aanth, Oct 16, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

ZethOfTheNorth, Oct 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

zaptone, Oct 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

GoNoles, Oct 10, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a two finger head of just off-white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with just some hints of a bready and graininess mixed with a very small amount of a floral and grassy hops.

Taste – The taste begins a mix of a drier cracker and bready taste as well as a little bit of a caramel and floral flavors. The caramel fades more and more as the taste advances with a bit more of a floral hop and some grassy notes taking its place. Some graininess and a slight hay-like flavor join the taste profile at the end, leaving one with a very crisp and dry, but rather clean taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer quite thin with a carbonation level that is a little on the higher side. Both are perfect for the lighter abv and very crisp flavors of the brew, making for a nice easy drinking lager.,

Overall – Crisp, crackery, and somewhat moderately hopped for a lager. This is a nice summer time brew with a good flavor, but having a quite refreshing taste and feel.

Darkmagus82, Oct 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

SuperMario, Oct 05, 2014
3/5  rDev -18%

LADYBEAST, Oct 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

ygtbsm94, Oct 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jsh420, Oct 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TwoTrees, Sep 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ryanjtravis, Sep 29, 2014
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.