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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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657 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 16
Gots: 77 | 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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4/5  rDev +9%

adahm16, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

HighonHops42, Sep 13, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

MDF, Sep 13, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -6%

MichaelPiazza, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy, golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of floral aroma! Piney hops, clover, cilantro, lavender, rosemary, thyme with touches of lemony citrus and finally, toasted malt.

Taste: Pretty nice. Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of whole wheat crackers and freshly baked French baguettes. There is quite a bit of black pepper, some caramel-like sweetness, and finally, the beer finishes with quite a bit of floral, piney, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and pretty smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. Nice flavors of toasted malt and caramel-like sweetness. The only knock I have against it is that, to my taste, there’s a touch too much hops. I much prefer Anchor’s Steam beer over this one. Hop heads should really like this one, though.

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

aztraz, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -3%

wupika23, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ruckus232, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Acubflem, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

nicole309, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

neckbeered, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of the_awesometeer
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Appearance - Light gold, nice fluffy white head. Head disappears quickly though, lacing on glass does not last.

Smell - Nothing truly stands out. Typical bread/cornflakes smell. Cannot really smell the hops.

Taste - Taste like it smells. Nice bread-like taste. Malt sweetness. Little to no hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium, nice carbonation. I cannot describe it but the mouthfeel is wonderful.

Overall - Great beer, I really enjoy it. Great drink-ability, light, nice balanced flavor. Its just great. 4.16/5

the_awesometeer, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

KeyWestGator, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

WoostaBia, Sep 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A2NobleG, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

offthelevel_bytheplumb, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

LutherBrau, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Exeter, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

whojim, Aug 31, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%

jawaltz, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hohnbaum, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Pens1967, Aug 30, 2014
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.