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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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640 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | 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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Photo of Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Caskaway, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

KYGunner, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Zcorechris, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Kramerwtmf, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

axxe, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jscheuf, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

robotiks, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

afsdan, Apr 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

mojohawk21, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

paresis, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

rudabegga9, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of ZionNation
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am someone who loves all types of beers and have been into craft beer for decades. in general I believe that lager beers don't get the respect they deserve where some of the best beers on planet earth are lagers, dark lagers, light lagers, bocks, doube bocks, pilsners, etc. etc. anyway, I love a hoppy pilsner and have tried them all but this Anchor Lager, not exactly a pilsner, but simply the best hoppy lager I have ever tried. this beats Victory or Firestone Walker by a mile. I can't get enough of this beer. I have gone through like three cases and the beer stores in AZ are running out. please brew more and ship to Arizona.

ZionNation, Apr 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

VeganUndead, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

karlt, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

JoeLacy, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
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 rather 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, yeasty, and brut 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.

biboergosum, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

smithj4, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

thatoneguymike, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wish this particular beer was more readily available in my region. We seem to get a rather limited subset of the Anchor lineup to date. I had yet to see this one here in Alberta at all until today, on tap at Beer Revolution and going in 12 oz. tulip glasses. Coolness. You know a brewery is shooting for historical accuracy when they single-hop a beer with Cluster, which is surprisingly still grown in this era during which Cascade is now considered old-fashioned by some. Somewhat unusual color for the style, a golden apple juice hue that is just darkening into a coppery bronze, with maybe an inch of white bubbles on top. Aroma is rather vinous and citric, evoking white wine, lemon zest, fresh grass, and subdued doughy malt. Tingles the nose. Taste includes these elements as well, with extremely crisp and dry middle and end sections. Some faint grass and green tea notes accompany something else that evokes sour fruit and tannins (think quinine from tonic water, perhaps), with a hint of butter (diacetyl?). The total package is just a hair thicker than the usual aggressively carbonated lager. Leaves a nice sheetweb lacing on the glass. If this could be found in bottles here I'd gladly pony up the extra dough the next time I need a 6-pack of yard beer. Like an AAL crafted to have more floral, spicy hop notes and none of that cloying artificial sweetener character. You'll obviously be able to find more aggressively hopped lagers if you are so inclined, but this take on an American classic hits crisp and refreshing clear out of the ballpark despite a slightly thicker mouthfeel.

CalgaryFMC, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Aash, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Kegatron, Apr 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

BrewClint, Apr 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mdagnew, Apr 07, 2014
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.