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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

639 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 65 | 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 datalager:
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4.16/5  rDev +13%

I'm not sure why I seem to like this beer so much more than the average vote. Perhaps I got a strange "magic" batch. Maybe people are rating the beer against IPA's??? For the intended style this beer is very good, in my opinion, and attractive in that it looks like a beer without apologizing. No, there's no "peaked egg white" in the head. No, it's not ruby red or opaque black. It's an American lager. Rich amber body and medium bubbles in a whitish froth.

Profile is quite similar to Sam's ubiquitous Boston Lager. There was just a touch more nut on the nose, and slightly less malt in the finish in comparison. Good bready notes ground the experience. The beer was extremely easy going in and going down. No need to be fancy here. Just a flavorful beer.

Overall, for the style, I'd say this is an excellent American lager and certainly worth having in the fridge. I only had one of these in my recent mixed case from Craft Beer Cellar. I'll have to see if I can get a six pack locally.

datalager, Apr 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
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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.

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 08, 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 04, 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%

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%

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 639 ratings.