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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

603 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | 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)
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Reviews by wattoclone:
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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
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mojohawk21

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

04-20-2014 20:52:50 | More by mojohawk21
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-05-2014 03:38:42 | More by tbryan5
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-30-2013 07:37:11 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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EastBay_Nick

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-13-2013 21:21:51 | More by EastBay_Nick
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-06-2013 07:25:03 | More by danthehopslamman
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-04-2014 23:13:54 | More by DaftPatrick
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Lynch52

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

09-11-2013 19:38:37 | More by Lynch52
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

06-14-2013 19:49:33 | More by SunDevilBeer
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generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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
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mufc

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-07-2013 20:44:48 | More by mufc
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77apm

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

06-27-2014 02:09:09 | More by 77apm
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

11-25-2013 08:29:27 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Beerswag

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-22-2013 21:47:14 | More by Beerswag
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-15-2014 19:33:06 | More by Jason
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

06-02-2014 22:29:19 | More by henryclay_
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-23-2013 01:21:46 | More by Guinnsslvr
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sculls65

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9%

06-08-2014 21:08:04 | More by sculls65
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innominat

Ireland

4/5  rDev +9%

03-27-2014 18:07:50 | More by innominat
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Mirado

Alabama

4/5  rDev +9%

07-17-2014 22:33:53 | More by Mirado
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-10-2014 16:48:33 | More by Janeinma
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dogfishandi

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-09-2014 22:47:07 | More by dogfishandi
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-10-2014 03:34:57 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

02-02-2014 23:59:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
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