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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

658 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 16
Gots: 77 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by JamesQuaff:
Photo of JamesQuaff
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Pours a deep golden color with a bit of an orange-copper cast. Head is a dense, foamy 2 finger cap of white that has good retention and leaves a thick coating of lacing. Lots of bubble action. Excellent looking pale lager.

A generous aroma for the style. Nice hop notes, fresh baked bread, a bit of funky umami. Very agreeable.

Also a generous dose of flavor for the style. Slightly sweet malts, generous hop bite, long crackery finish with the hop bitterness holding on right along with it. Great balance. Very tasty.

Crisp and light bodied, but not thin or watery. Carbonation doesn't have as much bite as the bubble show led me to expect. Eminently drinkable.

Overall this is an excellent example of an all-malt American pale lager, maybe one of the best I've had. Price is a tad steep for what it is, but it delivers a level of flavor and aroma that few others I've tried within the style can match. I've been experiencing a bit of a personal DIPA backlash recently, having had a few examples that just did not impress. Simplicity, balance and drinkability have been doing it for me more and more lately. This beer will be making appearances in my fridge this summer for sure.

EDIT 6/10/14 - I've been spending a lot more time with this beer and have upped my ratings a bit. I now consider this my personal favorite lager produced in the US. It possesses all the cleanliness, crispness and breadth/depth of flavor of the finest German lagers but is quintessentially 100% American. I will usually have 6 or 8 different brands and styles of craft beer in my fridge, all great brews, but when the CA Lager is amongst them, I almost always find myself instinctively reaching for just another one of them until they're gone. An absolute gem of a lager that stands up to anything produced in the world today.

JamesQuaff, Jun 10, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

oberon, Jan 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

mojohawk21, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

tbryan5, Mar 05, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A2NobleG, Sep 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DaftPatrick, Jul 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Lynch52, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

SunDevilBeer, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

generallee, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mufc, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

77apm, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Beerswag, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jason, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

henryclay_, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Guinnsslvr, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

sculls65, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

innominat, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of wattoclone
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As a fan of Anchor Porter and lagers in general, when I saw this recently I had to pick up a six pack. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with this one. It smells and tastes like an IPA, not a lager. The grassy hops pervade the nose and leave a lingering potent bitterness that only IPA lovers would enjoy. Yes, there is substantial maltiness up front, but it is quickly overcome by the strong hops. If the hops were cut to about a quarter of the current level this would be an outstanding lager.

wattoclone, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Mirado, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

MicroBeerMan1980, Sep 15, 2014
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.