Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
10-11-2013 23:48:26 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
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
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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
2.5/5 rDev -32.1%
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
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.