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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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BA SCORE
83
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410 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%


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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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle, thanks to United Distributors rep Susie for the sample - see, I remembered your name (even if I didn't spell it correctly)!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with four brash fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent broken webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of musty, almost meaty bready pale malt, yeasty muscat white wine and rising dough that's been left on the counter too long unfortunately providing a more focused olfactory sense, along with some meek and muted citrus and leafy hops notes. The taste is more of the same - yeasty, somewhat crackery pale malt, vinous fruit, some well overripe lemon, and, well 'organic'-seeming grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, in a tightly frothy sense, the body an agreeable medium weight for the already sort of subverted style, and smooth, but with that weird house yeast caveat. It finishes pretty dry, the crackery bready, yeast, and dry white wine esters as strong as ever were.

At first glug, all I could think of was how much this resembles Anchor's purportedly (and thankfully) distinct steam beer (trademark duly omitted) - that weird yeastiness, bordering on some sort of unwelcome bacterial action, and an everyman pale maltiness. Colour me still uninterested, yet at the same time thankful for the freebie, in the sense that I didn't blow north of 15 bucks on a wasted (in the entirely wrong sense of word) sixer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:16:06 | More by biboergosum
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datalager

Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why I seem to like this beer so much more than the average vote. Perhaps I got a strange "magic" batch. Maybe people are rating the beer against IPA's??? For the intended style this beer is very good, in my opinion, and attractive in that it looks like a beer without apologizing. No, there's no "peaked egg white" in the head. No, it's not ruby red or opaque black. It's an American lager. Rich amber body and medium bubbles in a whitish froth.

Profile is quite similar to Sam's ubiquitous Boston Lager. There was just a touch more nut on the nose, and slightly less malt in the finish in comparison. Good bready notes ground the experience. The beer was extremely easy going in and going down. No need to be fancy here. Just a flavorful beer.

Overall, for the style, I'd say this is an excellent American lager and certainly worth having in the fridge. I only had one of these in my recent mixed case from Craft Beer Cellar. I'll have to see if I can get a six pack locally.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 16:31:32 | More by datalager
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little surprised to see this today at the COOP... Picked up a few bottles and am getting to one while taking care of some business for tomorrow...

Poured into my thin tulip.. clear golden.. small bubble white head rises up and drops pretty quickly but the cap leaves nice drapes of lacing.

Nose shows clean pale malt with just enough hoppiness to balance.. smells fantastic.

Good balanced bitterness that just allows a subtle pale malt sweetness to get interesting... Hop flavors are sorta grassy and inviting.. This is a really well done brew.. Perfect for an evening barbecue..

Light/medium body ... good bubble.. nicely drinkable..

3.25/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 06:36:09 | More by JohnGalt1
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton-white while the body is a clear golden copper that glows orange and bronze when held up to the light. Good lacing with patches of sheeting.

Nose- Fairly subdued and pretty much what you would expect from an American lager. Grain and cornflakes with small touches of white grape and chalk. No presence at all from the hops. Swirling doesn't add anything to the picture either.

Taste- Shows a lot of the nose but adds to it with a subtle addition of hops. Definite grain and cornflakes that hint at fresh baked bread. Some cracker and biscuit which moves into chalkiness that mingles with hop notes of earth, mineral, and slight woodiness. This woodiness builds and takes over the palate to some extent. Slight vinosity of white grapes to even apples. Has many of the notes of an AAL but it shows them in a much better light than your BMC beers. The creamy mouthfeel goes a long way in making these somewhat lackluster notes (at least to my palate) a little more interesting. Light notes of citrus- mostly orange. Definitely shows the influence that German brewers had on American beers before Prohibition but I think I still prefer actual German lagers (and ones made by the Commons). Above average to good beer. Very well executed but not a preferred style of mine.

Mouthfeel- This really sets this beer apart and I don't understand why more modern lagers and AALs don't try to replicate such a mouthfeel. It would definitely allow them compete more with craft beer. Good carbonation with a light carbonic touch. Creamy and smooth texture which expands in your mouth. Almost airy. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easydrinking and perfect for spring or summer. Much more interesting than an AAL. Typical Anchor price but probably not something I would buy again.

Overall- A definite lawnmower, BBQ, and Asian food beer. Above average to good. Not my favorite style but I would drink this if it were offered. A must try if you've never had a pre-Prohibition style lager before.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:57:48 | More by artoolemomo
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ADZA

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden hue with a rather creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is very beery it's herbal hops,pale malts and yeast,the feel is creamy,smooth bodied and well carbonated with tastes exactly like the nose it's herbal zesty hops evened out with those pale malts and yeah there is nothing exciting about it but a well executed lager and a nice session brew cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 10:27:11 | More by ADZA
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vkv822

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : pilsner glass

Clear golden yellow, with a thick, foamy white head.

Clean, floral and grassy hops with a crackery malt backbone on both the aroma and taste.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation and a clean finish.

A well done lager. Easy drinking while still offering a pleasant flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 21:31:17 | More by vkv822
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pilsner glass.

A: clear golden yellow colored body with a half finger foamy white head that dies and leaves some thick foamy white lacing that spiderwebs pretty nice; carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace

S: light citruys fruit with a decent cracker-like spice coming through kinda peppery

T: lager-like sweetness strong with that nice cracker-like spice blending pretty nice; sweet cracker-like aftertaste with a clean sweet dry finish

M: it sits fairly light on the body with a decent to moderate harshness trying to take a bite, but actually stays somewhat smooth for the most part, decent sessionability for this one

O: good American Pale Lager well worthy of coming back to, I'll look to have this one definitely again in the summer months. Also, I would say this would definitely be a well worthy transition beer for BMC drinkers

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:21:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours crystal clear pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, bread, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very pleasant, clean, and well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness without feeling watery, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale lager style. Well balanced hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:04:33 | More by superspak
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Anchor California Lager has a thin-to-medium white head, a clear, bubbly, gold appearance, and essentially no lacing left behind. The aroma is of bright, bursting, pungent barley malt and grain sugar. Taste is of sweet barley malt, sugar, a touch of honey, and a low background bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick, and Anchor California Lager finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and a bit dull. Overall, this is very good, but I don't think it is worth the price ($9.99 a six-pack). Michelob, at around $11.99 for a 12-pack, would be the better option. Plus, it's more flavorful than this one.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 14:01:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:59:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 21:21:16 | More by oberon
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matjack85

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Roommate brought these home to share. Did not know Anchor had a lager until now. Website says they were released for the first time in 2012, so they are one of their newest offerings. 12oz brown bottle with a coded freshness date that I can't decipher, so as far as I'm concerned - no freshness date. The label has the California bear on it so it's different from most of the other Achor Steam labels.

The beer pours a crystal clear light gold color with a 1-finger white head. Retention is not long lasting and it makes only a few spots for lacing.

The beer had a very mild smell to it - mostly sweet malt and a little bread.

The taste is also slightly sweet and bready like the smell suggested, but it also has a hefty dose of hop bitterness to it that wasn't picked up in the smell. Well balanced and pretty tasty.

Crisp and ligtt bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall, not a bad lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:04:06 | More by matjack85
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A perfect uniform bleach white bubbled head, all pin head sized and very soapy looking, but holds with three finger tall clump and valley retention. Large crystal clear body with LOTS of cola to pinhead sized bubbles rising up. Quite a solid looking lager going on here.

Light bodied malts and faint herbality hit the background. A controlled light grain sweetness. Extremely clean smelling.

Good thick bread dough, and soft malted body on the palate. A very slow lingering hop finish which really builds to a simple pine on the end after some time. Slightly crisp body, with a little hinting syrup sensations. Lingering nice light toast and white bread, with some mellow warming hop breadth to go with it.

Overall pretty textbook and quite enjoyable if not extreme or amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 21:04:24 | More by smakawhat
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear yellow with a nice big white head that slowly dissipated and left some nice lacing

S-generic lager, which was disappointing-primarily malty with just a hint of hops

T-Bitter, reminiscent of a Euro lager/pilsner, with some sweetness from the malt-very refreshing and crisp but leaves a bitter lingering aftertaste

M-good mouthfeel-not too thick or thin and its not too full bodied

D-very drinkable, the only hinderance being the aftertaste which wasn't the best, but I could see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting

Overall, this is a solid beer and was better than expected. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 15:14:51 | More by thegodfather2701
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and a bit of grain.

Tastes of grainy sweetness with earthy hops. Malts lead off with bread notes accompanied by some grainy sweetness. A touch of fruit comes in the middle. Hops then come in with lemon and grassy notes accompanied by an earthy bitterness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good lager and worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:24:15 | More by ocelot2500
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a thin white head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of grain with a hint of metallic hops.

The taste is of mild, sweet grain with balancing hop bitterness in a crisp finish.

Smooth and easy to drink. It's a nice, basic American pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 22:31:01 | More by jwc215
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with no head. Some lacing. The aroma is of sweet cereal and malts. Slightly sour with some caramel and toasted malts. The taste is more of that sweet cereal with the caramel and toasted malts. Hints of floral hops. Lots of bread and cereal flavor. Light mouthfeel with a medium body. Very drinkable with not much of an alcohol presence but that's expected. Overall, a decent easily quaffed beer with a good amount of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:39:10 | More by PicoPapa
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CloudStrife

New York

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled October 11, 2013.

A: Pours a clear amber gold with a nice white head sitting on top. Leaves lacing all down the sides of the glass. Just a touch of visible carbonation in this one.

S: Very mild aroma with a sweet malty character. Hints of bready and toastiness. The sweet malts seem to be most prevalent.

T: As with the aroma this lager is on the sweeter side of things. I believe it is the barley coming through that makes this brew balance out nicely. Hops do mellow it out some but the grainy malt sweetness comes back for the aftertaste. T

M: Light to medium body with a well rounded creamy character. Clean finish that keeps this one sessionable.

Overall this is an enjoyable lager showing there was much better beer around pre-prohibition than there was in the 80's. Worth a try if you like lagers.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:28:08 | More by CloudStrife
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my SA PP glass right to the top exactly, head rises a little over the top, nice pillowy fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace at first, then pretty much stops as the bubbles streaming up from the bottom balance the pot marked head fade. Crystal clear honey tan color.

Nose isn't bad, starting with some nice pilsner malts, a little straw like, some lager crispness, some fruity lager characters as well, a very light steam beer kinda soft lager malt characters, mild grassy Czech Saaz like noble style hops, hint of a grainy crackery aroma.

Taste starts light and refreshing, pretty crisp, with more straw toasty pilsner malts, into a mild sweet malt character and even slightly syrupy like, with more light crackery flavors. Hops are stronger than I expected, a little grassy and hint spicy, more Euro style hops with a little nobble grassy but also little earthy herbal, and fair bitterness. Hint of a sulfury lager note. Finish is not as crisp, little syrupy sticky and fairly bitter, bit more lager notes and grassy hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little syrupy for a lager.

Overall OK but not great, started OK but got a little syrupy sweet and not too crisp, hops are a little stronger than expected but not bad, so a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:46:13 | More by jlindros
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Hammer35

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden color with great carbonation and a pale head that has good retention.

Smell: Malts and grain with a fruity note.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Grainy and bready with a distinctive apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and malty. Well carbonated.

Overall: Decent, but much fruitier than I expected. I thought that this would be similar to Anchor Steam and maybe that's where the problem came in. Just a bit too grainy and appley for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 06:07:47 | More by Hammer35
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of bready and caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the malts are a little stronger and have flavors of biscuits, bread, caramel and crackers while the hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and doesn't have very strong aromas or flavors so it seems like it would pair well with lighter fare meals.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:02:14 | More by metter98
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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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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this beer in Totowa a few weeks back, having never tried this before. Been a long time since I had anything from Anchor and I expected this to be as good as their other offerings that I enjoyed. While this beer didn't blow me away, it was easy to enjoy, light on the alcohol and a good representation of the style. It's just hard to find a lot of depth in a lager like this though, even from Anchor!

This had a crisp, golden hue to the pour with a moderate head and hardly any lacing to be seen. Not a strong aroma here either but certainly, there was some grass and lemongrass to be found here. More of that was in the taste with a bit of grain,wheat, and sourness in the back. Very crisp from start to finish, the malt was cracker-like but not chewy, with a hint of starch underneath it. An easygoing beer like this had enough going for it to make it enjoyable, even though none of the flavors in particular stood out or lasted long.

I only bought one bottle of this but since it was so light on the alcohol, I could have easily had a few more in one sitting. Those who love the Steam or the seasonals may be a bit disappointed here since this fell just a bit short of those but like everything else they brew, this was true to stylistic form and enjoyable, in a subtle way that increases by each sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 21:44:58 | More by JerzDevl2000
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USAF77

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ChainGang says most of what I experienced. Its a nice looking Lager tho the head and lacing were a bit disappointing. The carbonation was a little above medium.

Yes herbs in the smell and some citrus. Smell deep enough you'll get to the grain and the malt.

The strength of this lager is in the taste. It has that little crisp bite to it I like from my Lagers. Really well balanced bread, grain, but it could be a little bit maltier. Its finishes nice and dry while leaving the mouth nice and wet for the next sip. The after taste takes a few minutes to settle to the roof of the mouth. Very nice.

""Overall: Brisk, clean, refreshing."". Yeah I have to agree. It finishes crisp, just like I like my Lagers to. This is an above average Lager and Im kinda sorry I only bought one bottle in a sample 6.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 21:01:17 | More by USAF77
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.