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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

646 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 71 | 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 damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 2013 July 10 (3LJ). Served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep gold with a 1/16" persistent white head. Nice strands of delicate lacing.

Smell: Clean, herbal hops, some citrus, maybe a hint of geranium? A tiny bit of skunk hint on a swirl.

Taste: Crisply bitter up front, quick clean malt middle, with a bit of cracker to it. Finish is nicely bitter. Lingers a bit with orange zest citrus, a bit of pine, and some more malt which reminds me of the slightly sweet finish of Munich Helles. Tasty from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, just south of fizzy. Hop oils stick to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: I like just about everything that Anchor puts out so I'm trying to be objective here but I will wonder out loud if I'm not capable of that. Nicely hoppy, with a different hop profile than all the other hoppy CA beers out. If this is what beer was like in CA in the late 1800s, I'd be happy if this was all there was. I do think it would be better with food, and I'm thinking some stronger tasting seafood, as one is enough for me without food. Nice at the end of the day, but I'm not wanting another right now. Another tomorrow yes, and maybe another one the day after that, but not one right after the other. The only thing I didn't quite care for was the carbonation - but Lagers are supposed to have a bit more carbonation. I think it's just me wanting thicker and less carbonated beers lately.

damndirtyape, Oct 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -25.3%

mojohawk21, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

tbryan5, Mar 05, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

A2NobleG, Sep 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DaftPatrick, Jul 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Lynch52, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

SunDevilBeer, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +1.9%

mufc, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

77apm, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Beerswag, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Jason, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

henryclay_, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Guinnsslvr, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

sculls65, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

innominat, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of wattoclone
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
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 +8.7%

Mirado, Jul 17, 2014
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.