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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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724 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 17
Gots: 93 | 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 cdog707yo
3/5  rDev -17.8%

cdog707yo, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

aasher, May 30, 2014
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +9.6%

cdwil, May 29, 2014
Photo of Brad007
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright gold with a huge head into my glass. How else to describe it? I haven't tried this beer yet.

Sweet and crisp with a great dose of Cluster hops. Also, my nose thinks that it's very dry.

Dry with sweet, grainy malt upfront and the hop bite somewhere toward the back. "Fluffy"

Rich, buttery finish accentuates this fine example of a lager.

I'm really impressed with this lager. Any drier and it would (vaguely) resemble that Carling Dry I had a few weeks back.

Brad007, May 25, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

dcbeers, May 24, 2014
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

TheBigBoy, May 24, 2014
Photo of Tom_Servo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Tom_Servo, May 24, 2014
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: It has a light golden body with some visible carbonation and a small white head that just hangs on to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: There are some light biscuity maltiness and some mild grassy hop notes.

Taste / Palate: I am picking up the same biscuity and white bready maltiness. It’s dry overall and finishes with some mild grassy/herbal/botanical hop bitterness. The palate is light with a well carbonated feel.

generallee, May 23, 2014
Photo of hophugger
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice color, good head. Nice clean hop flavor and a slightly caramel flavor. A good beer if drinking just a few, but may get a little heavy after several...just sayin". Anchor beers are dependably consistent and this one does not let you down. Also, a touch of bread/yeast???. Head maintains and dissipates slowly...

hophugger, May 22, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

notchucknorris, May 20, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -11%

KevMo84, May 20, 2014
Photo of boku56
4/5  rDev +9.6%

boku56, May 18, 2014
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

MidwestBA, May 18, 2014
Photo of chiva
3/5  rDev -17.8%

chiva, May 17, 2014
Photo of MrBoz21
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle, 45 degrees.

Very bright golden yellow. Thick foamy white head that has moderate retention. Settles to thick cap with good lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Bready malt, with lager sulpher.

Clean caramel malt, smooth hop backbone that rides to back of throat and fades.

Mouth is relatively dry, mild carbonation.

Overall - easy to drink lager that does not offend. Nothing particularly complex or interesting, just tasty.

MrBoz21, May 17, 2014
Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Gabriel_Vaughn, May 12, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best lagers I have ever had. I have tried a few Anchor beers in the past and I really wasn't impressed at the time. But, I thought I should give this one a go. I was happy with my purchase and I got it for a really good deal too. Which makes it all that much better.

This is a lager. This is what a lager should taste like.

Appearance: A little bit of a golden hazy color, not to light but just right.

Smell: A bit of faint hops and graininess, but typical of lager style.

Taste: This is a great tasting lager, I know people will say. Its a lager nothing special there, but this one is a better than normal lager. A "California" lager apparently which has a slightly different take on the style but well worth the pursuit, if you run across it for a decent price, which I did.

humuloner22, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Kmat10, May 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

dogfishandi, May 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Lee_Hancock, May 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

ckk527, May 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

dedbeer, May 05, 2014
Photo of ZoomanCru
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor California Lager – Lager (?%) - Anchor Brewing Co. (California)

App: Pours a dark straw to gold color. Darker than a lot of lagers out there, but I usually take that as a good sign. Off white head comes up quick and settles quick, but leaves a steady ring of bubbles. Carbonation evident. Some lacing.

Smell: Aroma is light and grainy, with a slight corn like character. Hop aromas very faint, with some herbal notes.

Taste: Slight vegetal and sulfur character. Hops are lightly bitter and earthy. Very well balanced against this beers subtle sweetness. Clean and crisp, with a refreshing bitterness that lingers after swallowing. Pretty narrow, but a pretty good representation of the style.

Mouth: Light bodied with solid carbonation that makes for a refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip Glass. 5/4/14.

ZoomanCru, May 05, 2014
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.