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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

550 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear golden color with a three-fingered head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Doughy with a hint of graham cracker; slightly grainy and grassy

Taste: Doughy and crackery, up front, with lemongrass flavors developing; grainy and grassy, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: I was expecting to be underwhelmed but this is actually rather good; a great crossover beer to bring to a BBQ

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 21:57:30 | More by brentk56
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-04-2014 23:13:54 | More by DaftPatrick
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goodshiz

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-04-2014 14:30:35 | More by goodshiz
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-04-2014 05:35:02 | More by BlueMoon10
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pheelingIt

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-04-2014 02:42:46 | More by pheelingIt
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Arkay

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-04-2014 02:02:54 | More by Arkay
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 7/3/14. Comes in a nice brown bottle with a great looking label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a golden honey in color with a good 1/2 finger white thick head that lasts the whole drink. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that clings along the sides of the glass. The aroma is of malts with a slight hint of caramel as well. More going on with the taste actually as the malts, crackers & biscuit and grassy hops comes together with a slightly dry finish. Crisp and clean with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Perfect carbonation. Usually not a big fan of Pale Ales but this one is very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 23:37:12 | More by BeerWithMike
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Casterbridge

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2014 11:53:00 | More by Casterbridge
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jeffthepony

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-03-2014 02:02:14 | More by jeffthepony
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nate_nate_nate

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2014 00:19:22 | More by nate_nate_nate
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brongladest

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-02-2014 22:26:13 | More by brongladest
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Jamstone714

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-02-2014 21:15:26 | More by Jamstone714
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djoprahwinfrey

Manitoba (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - golden brown pour, 1 finger of slightly off white head which clears up pretty fast leaving a slight ring of lace, appears rather low carbonation

S - mostly malts, bready, caramel, some minor hops

T - caramel, crackers, rye bread, some sweetness which fades away with light hops and some lemon near the end, slightly dry finish

M - medium body, medium carbonation, creamy, dry, clean

O - I found this to be enjoyable. Uncomplicated, clean and pretty well balanced. A unique tasting lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 15:59:59 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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samtrillo

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-02-2014 01:22:09 | More by samtrillo
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-01-2014 23:28:02 | More by PTEdelman
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mfgreene

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-01-2014 01:31:36 | More by mfgreene
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

06-30-2014 14:25:03 | More by mwar
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JDeming

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-30-2014 01:56:37 | More by JDeming
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LakerLeith

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-29-2014 16:12:31 | More by LakerLeith
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DrBirdman1995

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-28-2014 20:26:09 | More by DrBirdman1995
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champ103

Texas

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw yellow color. A dense two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Biscuit malts, light grassy hops that lingers just a tad. Very simple, very clean.
T: Biscuit and cracker like malts with grassy hops again. Lager yeast that is ultra clean an soft. Light lingering bitterness fading in the finish.
M/D: A light body with nice effervescent carbonation. Ultra smooth at the same time and one of the cleanest beers I have had. All day with this. Really enjoyable.

Almost to simplistic, but so clean and enjoyable for the summer. Not my favorite lager, but already growing on me more as I finish the bottle. Something I really enjoy and will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 17:36:31 | More by champ103
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DaisyBeans

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-27-2014 22:49:19 | More by DaisyBeans
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77apm

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-27-2014 02:09:09 | More by 77apm
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ChrisFurlowLSU


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-26-2014 21:29:29 | More by ChrisFurlowLSU
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Glaucio

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-25-2014 19:01:14 | More by Glaucio
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.