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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

681 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 86 | 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 fx20736:
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World on 11/22/13.

Appearance: Old Gold with 2 fingers of soft white foam.

Aroma: a fragrant bouquet of Pilsnerish malt aznd Noble Hops.

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth.

Taste: upfront crackery malt, a soft touch of floral hoppiness and an unexpected kiss of orchard fruit sweetness.

Notes: Never had a pale lager like this before, it has elements of a Pilsner and Helles. This is a unique and delicious beer.

fx20736, Nov 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picking up what they could, westward travelers made beer from all kinds of things as they attempted to make beers traveling toward the promise of gold. Where the California Common ale is well documented, it makes sense that the more tried-and-true Lagers would have also been part of the early settler's beer drinking diet.

Like any well made lager would, Anchor's pours with a medium gold color and bright clarity. Building a creamy ivory-white foam, its head character is long lasting and proud with lacing collars as the beer fades. It's a rather fantastic looking Lager!

Grainy-sweet aromas of raw barley, supple bready sweetness and a richer bread crust rise to the nose for a crisp and pleasantly light scent. Floral hops give a slight perfume character that's similar to honey suckle. Light apple and sulfur lurk in the background and help to round the scent but careful not to make too meaningful of an impact.

To taste, the ale fares similarly- part-malt and part-grain to start, its sweetness is light and is of fresh baking bread, light dough and yeast. But its cracker-like taste reels in the slight fruitiness of honey, apples, and slim citrus. What's floral in aroma provides a soft flowery herb taste before developing a spicy and earthy bitterness that overrides the malts and ensures a crisp and clean finish.

Light bodied, the ale's elegant sweetness might imply more weight, but its bolsterous carbonation lightens the body and floats the lager over the middle to arrive in a finish of lemongrass bite, herbal warmth and pepper.

The lager is surprisingly crisp, clean and refreshing as it shows no apparent off flavors and keeps its balance well in tact. Its a fabulous beer that is sure to fare exquisitely with sushi and Cobb salad.

BEERchitect, Aug 18, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

mojohawk21, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tbryan5, Mar 05, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +6%

A2NobleG, Sep 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DaftPatrick, Jul 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Lynch52, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

SunDevilBeer, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +2.5%

mufc, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

77apm, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Beerswag, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Jason, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

henryclay_, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Guinnsslvr, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

sculls65, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

innominat, Mar 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
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 +9.3%

Mirado, Jul 17, 2014
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.