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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

637 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | 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 jazzyjeff13:
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3.54/5  rDev -3.8%

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2015. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described as a recreation of California's first true lager - originally brewed in 1876 by the Boca brewery and lagered in an ice pond. The state bear stalks the label.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with hints of grain, grass/hay, mild floral hops and subtle fruity yeast esters. Not dissimilar to the famous Steam beer.

Tastes of light malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of grain, fruity yeast esters, grass/hay, a touch of stewed hops and subtle earthiness. Well-attenuated. A twinge of harsh cardboard in the background, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body for the style. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of grainy malt, mild fruity yeast and faint stewed hops.

Pretty good - a nicely crafted lager. The yeast profile is reminiscent of Anchor's Steam Beer; I presume the same strain was used for this. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are light and vaguely fruity. A faint harshness in the background detracts from the flavour. Decent body. Goes down easily enough, and has spades more character than a typical American macro. Worth sampling if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 02, 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
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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
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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 637 ratings.