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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

790 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 124 | 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:
Beer added by: esdeebrew on 02-15-2013

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.
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Ratings: 790 | Reviews: 152 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass.
Aroma is malty, a little aqueous, a bit of sulfur, and only hints of green
Good looking. Quite clear and golden. Smallish white cap but good density.
Smacks and bites with a crispness that moves to tart. Strong drying on the finish with a lingering soft but noticeable bitterness. Nice malt flavors with a traditional American hops flavor running through it. Clean but not strongly so as it carries a little heft and the strong drying diminishes it some too.
A solid good drinking everyday lager.

Photo of Genx
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A clean yellow brown in color with a nice white head on top.

S: Grainy with a little bit of a pepper note. Slightly sweet.

T: Slightly bready, with a touch of bitterness, there is a little creamy thing going on as well as a bit more of peppery hint.

M: Medium light in feel, with very active carbonation, there is a little bit of a milky feel to the finish.

O: Overall pretty good, something a little more interesting that the typical lager, although not as amazing as some other lagers in the same vein.

Photo of EmptyPockets
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M477
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ranger7
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Very refreshing. Crisp and clean, with a bit of a hop bite in the end.

Photo of seththehuman
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Golden32
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leantom
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A classic beer. Here goes:

A: Just OK. Pours a clear orange, has plenty of carbonation. However, only pours a one-inch head - no lacing either.

S: Very grainy - lots of cereal grains. Some lager yeast, though, which is good.

T: Very nice and crispy, albeit simple. Can taste cereal grains, some lightly-kilned malt. However, that's it. Good for what it's supposed to be, though.

F: Beautifully crispy. Best thing about the beer.

O: Good, but very simple.

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
2.27/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The taste is something ridiculously close to an AAL. Not a fan at all.

Photo of spedprof
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nelsonracite
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeanKram3r
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JoshuaUnitt
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BryantForestry
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of d_darosa
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bryanweppner-123
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rabbitguy
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoppy91
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.