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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

549 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 39 | 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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DustinSWB

Florida

5/5  rDev +35.9%

03-06-2014 04:41:05 | More by DustinSWB
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ZionNation

Arizona

5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am someone who loves all types of beers and have been into craft beer for decades. in general I believe that lager beers don't get the respect they deserve where some of the best beers on planet earth are lagers, dark lagers, light lagers, bocks, doube bocks, pilsners, etc. etc. anyway, I love a hoppy pilsner and have tried them all but this Anchor Lager, not exactly a pilsner, but simply the best hoppy lager I have ever tried. this beats Victory or Firestone Walker by a mile. I can't get enough of this beer. I have gone through like three cases and the beer stores in AZ are running out. please brew more and ship to Arizona.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 04:25:02 | More by ZionNation
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eulerthegrape

California

5/5  rDev +35.9%

06-11-2013 19:50:03 | More by eulerthegrape
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Spaghett

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

09-15-2013 19:35:39 | More by Spaghett
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ToMakeEndsMeet

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

06-14-2014 00:12:55 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
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DELLmark14

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

07-29-2013 22:14:35 | More by DELLmark14
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Feel_the_Darkness

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

06-17-2014 23:39:08 | More by Feel_the_Darkness
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tykechandler

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

06-19-2014 04:05:29 | More by tykechandler
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Lynch52

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

03-06-2013 06:27:59 | More by yeastinfection
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Aash

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

04-12-2014 13:35:38 | More by Aash
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

07-28-2013 21:06:30 | More by KingBiscuit
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Trilogy31

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In terms of an APL how can this not be close to perfect for the style? Beautiful old gold sunset with the slightest crimson hue. Beautiful clarity with a billowy cap of eggshell foam, sticky cobwebs all over as i drink this one down. Nose brings cereal, cornflakes, some graham as well as a light floral/herbaceous character to go along with a light, pleasant bitterness. Would i rate it as high compared to my fav stouts and ipas? No way but i am rating it to style and it deserves the high marks - expertly crafted and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:46:01 | More by Trilogy31
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-29-2013 23:08:21 | More by notdriving
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voidrunner

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-14-2014 01:23:47 | More by voidrunner
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BaronRogue

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure golden hue with fizzy white head and fairly decent retention.

Smells a little chalky, with a nice grassy hop tang on top, you can tell you're in for a treat as soon as you open the bottle.

Tastes as though you put a small handful of milled two-row into your mouth, with a slight hop bite and crisp carbonation. Flawless as far as lagers go. Unmistakable ingredients, excellent for this style.

Mouthfeel goes right in hand with the taste... refreshing and crisp.

This is pretty much what I'll be comparing future American lagers to, for the foreseeable future.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 05:39:55 | More by BaronRogue
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OtisCampbell007

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-24-2013 23:37:29 | More by OtisCampbell007
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ifnkovhg

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

07-20-2013 19:36:54 | More by ifnkovhg
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Glaucio

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-25-2014 19:01:14 | More by Glaucio
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Babydave

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

10-20-2013 03:10:32 | More by Babydave
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IRONRakkasan

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

08-27-2013 19:03:16 | More by IRONRakkasan
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Johnct

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-24-2014 14:27:44 | More by Johnct
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JamesQuaff

California

4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Pours a deep golden color with a bit of an orange-copper cast. Head is a dense, foamy 2 finger cap of white that has good retention and leaves a thick coating of lacing. Lots of bubble action. Excellent looking pale lager.

A generous aroma for the style. Nice hop notes, fresh baked bread, a bit of funky umami. Very agreeable.

Also a generous dose of flavor for the style. Slightly sweet malts, generous hop bite, long crackery finish with the hop bitterness holding on right along with it. Great balance. Very tasty.

Crisp and light bodied, but not thin or watery. Carbonation doesn't have as much bite as the bubble show led me to expect. Eminently drinkable.

Overall this is an excellent example of an all-malt American pale lager, maybe one of the best I've had. Price is a tad steep for what it is, but it delivers a level of flavor and aroma that few others I've tried within the style can match. I've been experiencing a bit of a personal DIPA backlash recently, having had a few examples that just did not impress. Simplicity, balance and drinkability have been doing it for me more and more lately. This beer will be making appearances in my fridge this summer for sure.

EDIT 6/10/14 - I've been spending a lot more time with this beer and have upped my ratings a bit. I now consider this my personal favorite lager produced in the US. It possesses all the cleanliness, crispness and breadth/depth of flavor of the finest German lagers but is quintessentially 100% American. I will usually have 6 or 8 different brands and styles of craft beer in my fridge, all great brews, but when the CA Lager is amongst them, I almost always find myself instinctively reaching for just another one of them until they're gone. An absolute gem of a lager that stands up to anything produced in the world today.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 20:46:46 | More by JamesQuaff
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear golden color with a creamy white head that raised right to the top of the glass with out pouring over it. There is plenty of sticky lacing around the glass and the head retains as a thin blanket on top. Head retains till the last sip.

The aroma is a full of grassy hop with a some pine hints. The two row malt backs up the hop with a soft bread hints. Overall a very clean aroma.

The first thing to hit the palate is the grassy/ mild pine like hops. Hints of citrus lingers as well. But, not like American pale ale. The hops are soft and well balanced with the mild sweetness from the barley. Finishes dry and crisp with some hop bitterness lingering on the the tongue.

Medium/light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and finishes very clean. Perfectly balanced flavor and refreshing. This could be one of top all malt American pale lagers I have had ever tasted. If you see it buy it!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 16:20:12 | More by Luigi
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fx20736

New York

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 16:46:02 | More by fx20736
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.