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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

602 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | 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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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

I wish this particular beer was more readily available in my region. We seem to get a rather limited subset of the Anchor lineup to date. I had yet to see this one here in Alberta at all until today, on tap at Beer Revolution and going in 12 oz. tulip glasses. Coolness. You know a brewery is shooting for historical accuracy when they single-hop a beer with Cluster, which is surprisingly still grown in this era during which Cascade is now considered old-fashioned by some. Somewhat unusual color for the style, a golden apple juice hue that is just darkening into a coppery bronze, with maybe an inch of white bubbles on top. Aroma is rather vinous and citric, evoking white wine, lemon zest, fresh grass, and subdued doughy malt. Tingles the nose. Taste includes these elements as well, with extremely crisp and dry middle and end sections. Some faint grass and green tea notes accompany something else that evokes sour fruit and tannins (think quinine from tonic water, perhaps), with a hint of butter (diacetyl?). The total package is just a hair thicker than the usual aggressively carbonated lager. Leaves a nice sheetweb lacing on the glass. If this could be found in bottles here I'd gladly pony up the extra dough the next time I need a 6-pack of yard beer. Like an AAL crafted to have more floral, spicy hop notes and none of that cloying artificial sweetener character. You'll obviously be able to find more aggressively hopped lagers if you are so inclined, but this take on an American classic hits crisp and refreshing clear out of the ballpark despite a slightly thicker mouthfeel.

04-14-2014 01:01:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein with a clear golden color with a frothy one finger white top.Aromas of toasted grain and minerla mainly,a tinge of caramel sweetness.A nice flavor profile that mildly sweet,lightly toasted grain along with some honey and sweetish pizza dough.A pretty damn solid American lager,will be good to throw back while smoking some sausage and shoulders this spring.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: It has a light golden body with some visible carbonation and a small white head that just hangs on to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: There are some light biscuity maltiness and some mild grassy hop notes.

Taste / Palate: I am picking up the same biscuity and white bready maltiness. It’s dry overall and finishes with some mild grassy/herbal/botanical hop bitterness. The palate is light with a well carbonated feel.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-15-2014 19:33:06 | More by Jason
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4/5  rDev +9%

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.