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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
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539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 16
Gots: 39 | 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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McBadger

California

4/5  rDev +9%

02-22-2014 18:01:53 | More by McBadger
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California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-22-2014 08:25:01 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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GarrettFM

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-22-2014 00:01:02 | More by GarrettFM
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nhirsch04

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-21-2014 03:48:18 | More by nhirsch04
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

02-16-2014 23:13:12 | More by pathman
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Hockey_Fan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-16-2014 18:01:33 | More by Hockey_Fan
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Wiscodrinker

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-14-2014 01:13:55 | More by Wiscodrinker
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ortie

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-13-2014 01:03:18 | More by ortie
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vosibeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

02-11-2014 23:25:10 | More by vosibeer
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -12%
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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ManEdward1979

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-11-2014 02:31:23 | More by ManEdward1979
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Lewdd

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-01-2014 01:54:38 | More by Lewdd
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vinylrooster

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-01-2014 01:26:12 | More by vinylrooster
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EersandBeers

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-30-2014 15:21:49 | More by EersandBeers
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AndersonGT

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-28-2014 01:55:37 | More by AndersonGT
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-26-2014 23:13:26 | More by Azpittil57
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gritz147

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-26-2014 22:48:52 | More by gritz147
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Kyrojack

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9%

01-25-2014 17:42:56 | More by Kyrojack
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Adkins1203

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-25-2014 04:10:55 | More by Adkins1203
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-24-2014 15:29:34 | More by AJ01923
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matjack85

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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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pdeezy42

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-23-2014 12:04:01 | More by pdeezy42
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Rilesmiles

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-22-2014 02:20:08 | More by Rilesmiles
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.