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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

638 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 638
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)
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Earthy spicy hops joined by light, grainy malt on the nose.
Brilliant gold, 1” off white head quickly dissipates to thick film.
Clean malt flavors suggestive of light graham cracker, traces of citrusy fruit, spicy, with a bitter hop accent of the finish.
Medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.

pat61, Sunday at 04:03 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy, golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of floral aroma! Piney hops, clover, cilantro, lavender, rosemary, thyme with touches of lemony citrus and finally, toasted malt.

Taste: Pretty nice. Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of whole wheat crackers and freshly baked French baguettes. There is quite a bit of black pepper, some caramel-like sweetness, and finally, the beer finishes with quite a bit of floral, piney, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and pretty smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. Nice flavors of toasted malt and caramel-like sweetness. The only knock I have against it is that, to my taste, there’s a touch too much hops. I much prefer Anchor’s Steam beer over this one. Hop heads should really like this one, though.

Jeffreysan, Thursday at 03:19 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.16/5  rDev +13%

Appearance - Light gold, nice fluffy white head. Head disappears quickly though, lacing on glass does not last.

Smell - Nothing truly stands out. Typical bread/cornflakes smell. Cannot really smell the hops.

Taste - Taste like it smells. Nice bread-like taste. Malt sweetness. Little to no hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium, nice carbonation. I cannot describe it but the mouthfeel is wonderful.

Overall - Great beer, I really enjoy it. Great drink-ability, light, nice balanced flavor. Its just great. 4.16/5

the_awesometeer, Sep 06, 2014
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.