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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

605 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 56 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-05-2014 00:06:23 | More by dedbeer
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3.41/5  rDev -7.3%

Anchor California Lager – Lager (?%) - Anchor Brewing Co. (California)
☆☆☆½

App: Pours a dark straw to gold color. Darker than a lot of lagers out there, but I usually take that as a good sign. Off white head comes up quick and settles quick, but leaves a steady ring of bubbles. Carbonation evident. Some lacing.

Smell: Aroma is light and grainy, with a slight corn like character. Hop aromas very faint, with some herbal notes.

Taste: Slight vegetal and sulfur character. Hops are lightly bitter and earthy. Very well balanced against this beers subtle sweetness. Clean and crisp, with a refreshing bitterness that lingers after swallowing. Pretty narrow, but a pretty good representation of the style.

Mouth: Light bodied with solid carbonation that makes for a refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip Glass. 5/4/14.

05-04-2014 23:12:28 | More by ZoomanCru
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-04-2014 18:49:53 | More by dmorgan310
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance - Pours a clear golden straw with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Bready malt, grains, hint of hay, grassy hop, lemon.

Taste - Bready malt and grains along with a hit of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a crisp, clean bitterness.

Overall - A simple and sessionable lager. Good bitter hops in the taste, along with bready malts that makes this an excellent choice for summer.

05-04-2014 02:59:26 | More by leaddog
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Jen-P

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-03-2014 15:42:33 | More by Jen-P
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-03-2014 08:41:37 | More by BamfBacon
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

A: Pours a deep, clear golden color. The off-white head is initially tall, with a densely creamy and frothy texture. Retention is strong, and a good amount of lacing adheres to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Some grainy maltiness in the nose. Mildly sweet aromas. Hop notes are herbal and leafy, and fairly prominent. There's a bit of lighty fruity and sourdough-esque yeast character present as well.

T: Grainy, crackery pale malt flavor up front. Faint sweetness initially fades quickly. Rather bitter for the style, though not unenjoyably so. Hop flavors are, as the nose suggested, mostly herbal and leafy. Some faint apple or grape fruitiness is just detectable into the finish.

M: Crisply carbonated, and fairly dry overall. The body is above average before a lasting dry finish.

O: This is a very good, confident lager from Anchor. It's not a very sexy style at the moment, but this beer is executed nicely and draws you in sip by sip.

05-01-2014 23:39:54 | More by Clydesdale
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Arizona

3/5  rDev -18.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%

When you read this is a lager your expectation is a Pale yellow straw color but instead this has a medium dark golden appearance. It's capped by a bright white dense foam.

For the most part the nose is spot on the style with expected cracker, bread, dough and grassy or grainy scents. I do, however, smell faint whiffs of lemon sweetness and herbal hops.

The flavor is very well crafted and brings me to think this one of the better lagers I've ever had. Strong bready, cracker like malt flavor arrives assertive with mild barley, grain and nut. Some dry toast is then followed by a hint of hops and lemon.

The feel is ultra crisp and satisfying but doesn't depend on carbonation to achieve that.

Well done!

04-27-2014 15:45:53 | More by KYGunner
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Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Missouri

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.