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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

604 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 604
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by boilermakerbrew:
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

A- Pours a light, clear, pure golden color. Clarity is high, like that of a lighter style lager. Small, 1 finger head that doesn't stick around long at all and leaves a light trail of lace down the sides of the glass.

S- Starts with a very light, almost fruity, malt presence. Slight grainy scent intermingles and reminds me of corn adjunct in some other beers. Stays light throughout the entire smell before displaying the slightest bit of hops flourish at the end.

T- Starts light and floral in taste before moving toward a more traditional, light malt flavor. Middle and end of the drink is all light malts and some light, grainy flavors. Ends with a crisp, light malt bite that doesn't linger.

M- Light and high in carbonation. Very easy to drink, being light in body and having low levels of hops. This feels like a classic lager.

Overall, this is a craft version of a macro style lager even more than the steam beer is. Good flavors, but nothing special as far as a breakout from the style.

07-28-2013 03:17:11 | More by boilermakerbrew
More User Reviews:
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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.

01-24-2014 21:21:16 | More by oberon
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mojohawk21

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

04-20-2014 20:52:50 | More by mojohawk21
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-05-2014 03:38:42 | More by tbryan5
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-30-2013 07:37:11 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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EastBay_Nick

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-13-2013 21:21:51 | More by EastBay_Nick
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-06-2013 07:25:03 | More by danthehopslamman
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-04-2014 23:13:54 | More by DaftPatrick
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Lynch52

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

09-11-2013 19:38:37 | More by Lynch52
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

06-14-2013 19:49:33 | More by SunDevilBeer
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generallee

New York

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.

05-23-2014 07:53:00 | More by generallee
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mufc

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-07-2013 20:44:48 | More by mufc
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77apm

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

06-27-2014 02:09:09 | More by 77apm
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

11-25-2013 08:29:27 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Beerswag

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-22-2013 21:47:14 | More by Beerswag
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-15-2014 19:33:06 | More by Jason
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

06-02-2014 22:29:19 | More by henryclay_
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-23-2013 01:21:46 | More by Guinnsslvr
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sculls65

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9%

06-08-2014 21:08:04 | More by sculls65
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innominat

Ireland

4/5  rDev +9%

03-27-2014 18:07:50 | More by innominat
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

07-11-2013 17:40:42 | More by wattoclone
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Mirado

Alabama

4/5  rDev +9%

07-17-2014 22:33:53 | More by Mirado
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-10-2014 16:48:33 | More by Janeinma
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dogfishandi

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-09-2014 22:47:07 | More by dogfishandi
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-10-2014 03:34:57 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.