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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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406 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 406
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/26/13.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:35:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picking up what they could, westward travelers made beer from all kinds of things as they attempted to make beers traveling toward the promise of gold. Where the California Common ale is well documented, it makes sense that the more tried-and-true Lagers would have also been part of the early settler's beer drinking diet.

Like any well made lager would, Anchor's pours with a medium gold color and bright clarity. Building a creamy ivory-white foam, its head character is long lasting and proud with lacing collars as the beer fades. It's a rather fantastic looking Lager!

Grainy-sweet aromas of raw barley, supple bready sweetness and a richer bread crust rise to the nose for a crisp and pleasantly light scent. Floral hops give a slight perfume character that's similar to honey suckle. Light apple and sulfur lurk in the background and help to round the scent but careful not to make too meaningful of an impact.

To taste, the ale fares similarly- part-malt and part-grain to start, its sweetness is light and is of fresh baking bread, light dough and yeast. But its cracker-like taste reels in the slight fruitiness of honey, apples, and slim citrus. What's floral in aroma provides a soft flowery herb taste before developing a spicy and earthy bitterness that overrides the malts and ensures a crisp and clean finish.

Light bodied, the ale's elegant sweetness might imply more weight, but its bolsterous carbonation lightens the body and floats the lager over the middle to arrive in a finish of lemongrass bite, herbal warmth and pepper.

The lager is surprisingly crisp, clean and refreshing as it shows no apparent off flavors and keeps its balance well in tact. Its a fabulous beer that is sure to fare exquisitely with sushi and Cobb salad.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 06:48:34 | More by BEERchitect
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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - 6-pack - $9.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep yellow, perfectly clear, with a smallish, lightly fizzy, white head.

Smell: Light, lightly malty notes of crustless white bread, crackers with a sliver of fruitiness, lemon, and grassy herbs.

Taste: Soft, bready barley, a bit crackery, with an ample cereal sweetness present. Scantly grainy. Lemon, herbal-toned hops, maybe a bit grassy. Further taste of sans salt saltines on the drying, nicely bitter finish a zip of suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, a little lively.

Overall: Brisk, clean, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 21:19:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and grain. Then some citrus and malt sweetness comes in along with a mild hops presence. The malt character is hearty and there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid poundable beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:23:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale bright gold, racing streams of carbonation, long lasting head of foam and some random spotty lace around the edges. Surface coverage

Mild aroma, lager yeast, dry and bready.

Soft and supple feel, biscuity malt, light apple and a vague herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Smooth and very drinkable, simple but still flavorful. Prototypical example of the APL style.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:15:16 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Musty grain, crackery notes, plus a bit of perfumy hops

T: Some pear notes, leafy hops & some crackery notes up front. More pear & even a bit of green apple, plus leafy hops & mineral dryness. Leafy hops, dryness & muted pear in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, decent balance

I could do one or two of these, then it would be time to move on to something with a more agreeable flavor profile, was hoping for more from these guys

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:49:16 | More by russpowell
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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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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head that settles in a lumpy fashion. Impressive lumpy, ring lace. The liquid is bright gold color with the most mild of chill hazes.

The smell is slightly earthy with a touch of skunk.

There's a sweetness I never expected--almost like strawberries. Good hop counter-balance in the swallow. Full-bodied particularly for a light colored lager. High carbonation. Not necessarily as light and refreshing as you'd expect from a pale lager. It truly lands like an ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 18:24:13 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light orange to dark golden colour. Good head retention, billowy at times, some solid lace.

S: Barley malt direct, bready, some nice noble hopping.

T: Cereal and cracked bread, with a considerable hopping for the style. Notes of grass and earth with a slight citrus.

M: Very crisp and easy drinking, light-bodied, would be great for the summertime.

O: This is an excellent drinking pale lager, well worth a try if you're in Cali.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:14:46 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive golden color shading to the amber side. Foam lasts well. This really tastes like a Kolsch to me. It has that perfumey hop note that seeps into the flavor as well as the aroma. Very thin body with a sharp edge and crackle of carbonation. Crackery and grainy malt flavor. Rather bitter aftertaste. A little winey and acidic, but very light bodied.

Interesting and quite drinkable, but on the sharp and thin side. I like what they say is a historic use of Cluster hops. Maybe this is a good niche for Anchor-- interpreting classic brews from the past-- that don't involve Babylonian recipes. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 04:48:47 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lots of lagers this month for me, and maybe none more satisfying than this one all things considered. I like anchor this fall, bottling (or at least distributing) a few new ones. this is a full bodied and full flavored lager, caramel in color and boasting almost an inch of just off white suds on top, airy but patient. it smells like it should, slightly rich, dry though, with a complex grain engine and delicate hop accents. the flavor is spot on, not sweet at all, not bitter, not thick not thin, not sharp and muted, but balanced in a sense of the term reserved for the best of the best. definitely malt forward, but there a lot of complex subtleties to this. heavier than some, I cant drink a sixer in a sitting, but I don't need to be able to in order to enjoy this one. a little filling, a lot flavorful, well done again by the brewery that can do no wrong. a lager worthy of repeating.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 04:32:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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kojevergas

Texas

2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Snatched this one up yesterday at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale. I'll try anything Anchor puts out out of respect for the brewery. Love the old school no-nonsense label, and Anchor's bottles are iconic at this point - distinctive and cute with the snub neck. Let's get into it, shall we?

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pry-off ("Use Opener") cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery's reputation and influence.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I can't corroborate the ABV; I don't see one listed on the label.

A: Pours a two finger wide light white-khaki colour head. Soft smooth complexion. Nicely frothy. Fair creaminess. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty decent - probably 6 minutes - but that's not too impressive for the mild ABV.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper; vibrance is above average. Pretty standard fare for the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Not unique or special, but I don't notice any obvious flaws. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Two row malts; quite clean. Neutral efficient yeast; no spiciness or biscuity character here. Cream. Vague adjunct - corn maybe? Clean barley. Quite grainy; graininess is definitely dominant. Any hopping is largely unevocative; it's purely preservative. I suppose it's to style, but it does leave something to be desired. No alcohol is detectable. I'm optimistic given the brewery, but I can already tell it's not going to blow me away.

T: Clean. Grainy and malty. Hop character is unevocative, adding little. Clean barley and cereals. No yeast character comes through. No alcohol comes through. Some residual sugars on the back end leave it feeling sweet - almost like it was brewed with candi sugar. Weak, but I wouldn't call it bland. It's certainly boring, though. I do get some mineral notes - perhaps from the water. Light dough - especially on the climax. There's not much to say about it given its simplicity. No subtlety here, but decent balance. Flavour duration and intensity are average. It does feel a bit artificial, almost like adjunct was used.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly crisp. Overcarbonated. Good presence on the palate. It's somewhat refreshing. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. A bit too thick. Not syrupy, viscous, harsh, gushing, or oily.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. I definitely wouldn't bother with this again. I do think it's necessary to point out that Anchor likely met their goals; I don't doubt this is an authentic recreation of the beer they based this on. I applaud the revere for brewing history, but frankly the resultant beer is just plain dull. Very pedestrian indeed. That said, this might be a great beer for easing macro-swill drinkers into craft/micros. It's easy sippin', but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. A dud from Anchor.

Low C

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 06:13:23 | More by kojevergas
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Zorro

California

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

Light golden colored lager with a small white colored head.

Smells malty with a biscuit malt aroma. Herbal and spicy hop aroma. Slight citrus aroma.

Starts out dry with a good bite of bitterness. Hard water mineral bite. Little bit of toasted grain flavor but mostly this is pretty dry with a solid hop bite to it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a nice clean lager from Anchor Stream, something lighter that is well suited to drink with lunch.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:05:02 | More by Zorro
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was surprised when I saw this in the cooler at Monde Market in PHL on Thursday. "When did Anchor begin making lagers?" I wondered to myself. This has been a recent West Coast trend in response to many East Coast (read PA) brewers taking medals for Lager-style beers at GABF and jealousy will get you nowhere. My analogy is that of a stick shift driver to an automatic driver: if you can drive stick, you can drive anything. If you only know automatic and somebody puts you behind the wheel of a stick, you are going to grind a lot of coffee before you are done. If you can brew with lager yeast, you can brew anything, although some stalwarts don't even want to bother. If you only know ale yeast and suddenly decide to brew lagers, you are going to produce some evil stuff before you are through. Capice?

From the bottle: "Anchor Steam's roots go back to the Gold Rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made traditional lagers a viable California option. in 1876, thanks to an ice pond found 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 Claifornia 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 krausened 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."

California Lager?!? It seems like a contradiction on terms to me, but I promise to give it a fair shake, as I do for every beer. This is a very carbonated beer, so even a gentle pour seems to create a lot of dense, pillowy, French-vanilla colored head which also gives the beer a pseudo-cascading effect as it settles. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity and once more, Croesus and King Midas were fighting over it, now joined in the fray by Mammon. I have no time for their antics, so I leaned in for a sniff. The nose was clean, very much a lager, with a grainy maltiness and a grassy hoppiness that put me in mind of a German Pils. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was soft, I mean like as in soft water and the taste was very grassy, very much Noble hops, although I was not getting the malt the way that I did on the nose. Finish was dry and refreshing, but I kept thinking that I wished that they had allowed the malt to play better with the grassy hops. Not bad, but I know several PA breweries that make lagers that I will stick with/to, at least for the time being.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 02:42:12 | More by woodychandler
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a pale brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft pale malts and a light grassy hop.

The taste consisted of grainy pale malts, a light earthy sweetness and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the softer side of the style.

Overall a tasty session lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 00:02:53 | More by plaid75
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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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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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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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a finger thick pillowy surface covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy bready malts with light aromas of floral and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready and grainy malts with only a hint of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral, herbal, and grassy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

O: Easy drinking and with the low ABV, definitely sessionable. Not sure how many of these I would desire to have in a single session as there is not that much interesting to the flavors of the beer. Probably would have made a great beer for enjoying as I grilled but I only got the chance to sample it as the grilling season is starting to wind down (only grilling out about 1 time per week vs. 2-3 nights over the summer when it is to hot to run the oven in the house).

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 15:56:00 | More by dbrauneis
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a brief white head dissipating quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Mild lager aroma of bready malt, light apple juice and a hint of hops. Flavor follows, with mild bready and biscuit malt, light apple juice, and a pleasant light neutral hop finish. Light to medium bodied. A pleasant low key lager, but similar enough to Anchor's other light beers that I can't really tell them apart from memory. A nice recreation of a historical style, but maybe I've moved on since the 1800s.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 20:58:09 | More by LiquidAmber
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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

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.