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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

789 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 124 | 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:
Beer added by: esdeebrew on 02-15-2013

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.
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Photo of merock1402
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Doublicious
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with 1/2 finger of white head

Smell: Clean malt and biscuit aromas with slight floral hop smell

Taste: A nice hop bite of bitterness and finishes very clean

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and isn't thin

Overall: A solid lager

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whatname
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear, amber color. Had a thick, white, head that died to a fine rim around my Boston Lager glass. The etching produced lots of carbonation. Looks nice for a lager.

S- The beer uses an all malt recipe, and you can tell that in the smell. It's two- row pale malt to be exact. And that is the smell. You also also get a lightly roasted grain note with a touch of caramel. A bit grassy. Smells quite nice to be honest.

T- Smell and taste are identical. Sweet pale malts and a lightly roasted, gaininess. Grassy type hops, but the hop note is very light. There is a touch of spiciness from the hops too.

M- The beer is medium bodied, but on the light side of medium. It is very refreshing, clean crisp, and easy/soft on the palate. Drinkability is super high.

Overall, I highly recommend you check this beer out. If you like the Yuengling lager or even Anchor Stream beer, you'll like this beer. The major turnoff to this brew is it's $9.99 a 6 pack. I don't think for what you get it's worth that price on a consistent basis. I'll stick with Miller High Life consistently if I just want an easy drinking, cheap, but very well made American beer. But in general, this beer is worthy of your time!

Photo of outsider
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of y0tommyb
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottJWing
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfund
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good crisp light colored lager

Photo of kd45-music
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had never drank this Anchor brand before, but, I must say, I was impressed. It's so much tastier than the macro lagers. I particularly enjoy the bite at the end of a mouthful. Not too bitter, but just enough to remind you this is a beer to enjoy. It holds its head and carbonation fairly long, and like all beers, it is much better when poured into a glass. I hope to find this beer in a bottle next time instead of a can. I'll bet it's even tastier.

Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml Bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.19):
This one was a very nice Anchor offering, not their best by any means but certainly not their worst either, a great pale lager that comes out miles ahead of the run-of-the-mill macro crap. The clean and crisp taste with the hints of citrus were excellent and the beer was a very easy one to drink; a beer well worth picking up.

Photo of JeffKowalek
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Why can't I leave just a number rating?

Photo of thehardwoodsessions
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks golden, very bubbly, beautiful head. Light&tasty

Photo of bmlehr81
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WGO
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Joshmistake
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thick and clingy off-white head tops this golden-orange brew. Smells sweet and grassy. Crisp and fruit-forward with a hint of spice and a slightly bitter finish. Exceptionally well-mannered with a super clean body. Absolutely top-notch drinking right here.

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of quilty
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SkylerMartin23
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of scottspencer
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.