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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

591 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | 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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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

12oz bottle, bottled on 2013 July 10 (3LJ). Served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep gold with a 1/16" persistent white head. Nice strands of delicate lacing.

Smell: Clean, herbal hops, some citrus, maybe a hint of geranium? A tiny bit of skunk hint on a swirl.

Taste: Crisply bitter up front, quick clean malt middle, with a bit of cracker to it. Finish is nicely bitter. Lingers a bit with orange zest citrus, a bit of pine, and some more malt which reminds me of the slightly sweet finish of Munich Helles. Tasty from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, just south of fizzy. Hop oils stick to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: I like just about everything that Anchor puts out so I'm trying to be objective here but I will wonder out loud if I'm not capable of that. Nicely hoppy, with a different hop profile than all the other hoppy CA beers out. If this is what beer was like in CA in the late 1800s, I'd be happy if this was all there was. I do think it would be better with food, and I'm thinking some stronger tasting seafood, as one is enough for me without food. Nice at the end of the day, but I'm not wanting another right now. Another tomorrow yes, and maybe another one the day after that, but not one right after the other. The only thing I didn't quite care for was the carbonation - but Lagers are supposed to have a bit more carbonation. I think it's just me wanting thicker and less carbonated beers lately.

10-11-2013 23:48:26 | More by damndirtyape
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iwillhaveanother

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-10-2013 14:33:18 | More by iwillhaveanother
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

10-09-2013 23:26:59 | More by djrn2
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Wedcat

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-09-2013 00:56:44 | More by Wedcat
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-08-2013 18:02:23 | More by Evil_Pidde
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cw13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-07-2013 15:31:34 | More by cw13
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-07-2013 02:57:10 | More by ROGUE16
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-06-2013 15:29:54 | More by jjd315
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crobinso

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-06-2013 01:23:02 | More by crobinso
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Joel12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-06-2013 00:11:02 | More by Joel12
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troobie

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-04-2013 05:37:10 | More by troobie
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-03-2013 20:17:18 | More by tdm168
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottled 3LW so July 23, 2013

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of fluffy head that fades down to tiny bubbles

S: Lightly fruity and grainy, with some floral hops and bready malts

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light spicy hop presence and fruitiness, followed by the graininess and bready malts. Finishes with lingering bready malts and light floral hoppiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid re-creation of a "classic" 19th century lager. Just enough flavor and aroma to make it appealing and highly drinkable. For the classic American lager fans

10-03-2013 05:15:40 | More by BEERMILER12
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BrewCaveDweller

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-02-2013 23:53:41 | More by BrewCaveDweller
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IWannaEatFood

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-02-2013 19:31:44 | More by IWannaEatFood
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plaid75

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured a pale brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft pale malts and a light grassy hop.

The taste consisted of grainy pale malts, a light earthy sweetness and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the softer side of the style.

Overall a tasty session lager.

10-02-2013 00:02:53 | More by plaid75
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sgregory

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-30-2013 00:32:02 | More by sgregory
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-29-2013 23:08:21 | More by notdriving
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Stidge77

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-29-2013 20:57:04 | More by Stidge77
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swedishmailman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-29-2013 04:16:02 | More by swedishmailman
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Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-29-2013 01:58:22 | More by Braz
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

12oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass

A - Light bronze color with a milky off-white cap. Unimpressive retention with minimal lacing.

S - Strong cereal grains, caramel, light citrus, applesauce, toast, grass, tea like aroma.

T - Firm hop bitterness transitions into a hefty amount of sweet grainy malt, tannins and minerals hit the edges and back of the tongue along with grassy and pine hops start to build into a long dry finish.

M - Full bodied, full prickly carbonation, very smooth on the finish.

If you had this blind you wouldn't believe it was a 4.8% pale lager. This is heavily hopped, full flavored and full bodied making for an excellent session beer.

09-27-2013 19:31:10 | More by StaveHooks
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Rich deep gold color. Touch of chill haze, which faded away to excellent clarity. Three fingers dense white foam.

Assertive fresh hay aroma.

Firm sweet, but not too sweet, foundation. Perfect balancing hops. Clean finish.

Sturdy mouthfeel with real depth.

Everything you could ask for in a lager: clean, refreshing, tasty.

It seems Anchor is still in good hands.

09-27-2013 03:34:08 | More by RonfromJersey
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-26-2013 22:28:58 | More by vfgccp
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

lots of lagers this month for me, and maybe none more satisfying than this one all things considered. I like anchor this fall, bottling (or at least distributing) a few new ones. this is a full bodied and full flavored lager, caramel in color and boasting almost an inch of just off white suds on top, airy but patient. it smells like it should, slightly rich, dry though, with a complex grain engine and delicate hop accents. the flavor is spot on, not sweet at all, not bitter, not thick not thin, not sharp and muted, but balanced in a sense of the term reserved for the best of the best. definitely malt forward, but there a lot of complex subtleties to this. heavier than some, I cant drink a sixer in a sitting, but I don't need to be able to in order to enjoy this one. a little filling, a lot flavorful, well done again by the brewery that can do no wrong. a lager worthy of repeating.

09-26-2013 04:32:41 | More by StonedTrippin
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.