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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

614 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 59 | 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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CHickman

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours clear gold color with a ton of bubbles racing up it to a 1 finger snow white head that faded and left minimal lacing and a thin layer on top; typical boring lager looks. Smells of malt, grains, light caramel and faint floral hops; smells like a sweet bready lager with a hint of fruit – pretty cut and dry nose with no exciting aspects. Tastes like malt, grains, wheat bread crust, caramel, light floral hops, herbs and pear with a little hoppy bitterness. The finish is malty with a lemon zest zing that trails off dry. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with light carbonation, a very light body and a slightly bitter malty finish on the dry side. An above average malty lager, but not one I’d run out to get again anytime soon.

06-03-2014 03:16:10 | More by CHickman
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-02-2014 22:29:19 | More by henryclay_
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gnikola

Serbia

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

06-02-2014 21:06:16 | More by gnikola
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wrightst

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-02-2014 02:31:31 | More by wrightst
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allengarvin

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

New Anchor, at least in Texas. It forms a pale gold beer in the glass with a dense though small head. The nose offers mostly grainy malt, though with a nice floral hop underpinning. The taste is decent for a session lager: some nice initial bitterness up front, light hop flavor, and clean malt that's only slightly grainy. Though fairly generic, it is pretty drinkable.

06-02-2014 00:58:35 | More by allengarvin
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kew

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-01-2014 20:41:27 | More by kew
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-01-2014 19:10:40 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-01-2014 18:30:43 | More by Karibourgeois
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-01-2014 13:15:58 | More by bigred89
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

06-01-2014 10:13:31 | More by ejimhof
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dwagner003

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-31-2014 23:39:56 | More by dwagner003
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evbro

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-31-2014 21:03:59 | More by evbro
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-31-2014 20:58:43 | More by mooseo
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WraythOsu

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-30-2014 21:27:34 | More by WraythOsu
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cdog707yo

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-30-2014 19:46:57 | More by cdog707yo
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aasher

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-30-2014 03:18:27 | More by aasher
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-29-2014 12:46:25 | More by cdwil
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Brad007

Vermont

4.31/5  rDev +17.1%

Pours a bright gold with a huge head into my glass. How else to describe it? I haven't tried this beer yet.

Sweet and crisp with a great dose of Cluster hops. Also, my nose thinks that it's very dry.

Dry with sweet, grainy malt upfront and the hop bite somewhere toward the back. "Fluffy"

Rich, buttery finish accentuates this fine example of a lager.

I'm really impressed with this lager. Any drier and it would (vaguely) resemble that Carling Dry I had a few weeks back.

05-25-2014 00:32:23 | More by Brad007
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-24-2014 17:02:40 | More by Latarnik
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-24-2014 14:49:28 | More by dcbeers
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

05-24-2014 11:21:01 | More by TheBigBoy
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Tom_Servo

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-23-2014 23:54:39 | More by Tom_Servo
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generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: It has a light golden body with some visible carbonation and a small white head that just hangs on to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: There are some light biscuity maltiness and some mild grassy hop notes.

Taste / Palate: I am picking up the same biscuity and white bready maltiness. It’s dry overall and finishes with some mild grassy/herbal/botanical hop bitterness. The palate is light with a well carbonated feel.

05-23-2014 07:53:00 | More by generallee
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hophugger

Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -6%

Nice color, good head. Nice clean hop flavor and a slightly caramel flavor. A good beer if drinking just a few, but may get a little heavy after several...just sayin". Anchor beers are dependably consistent and this one does not let you down. Also, a touch of bread/yeast???. Head maintains and dissipates slowly...

05-22-2014 16:54:31 | More by hophugger
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notchucknorris

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-20-2014 01:14:51 | More by notchucknorris
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.