Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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753 Ratings
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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 16
Gots: 100 | 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 Daktah
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton-white while the body is a clear golden copper that glows orange and bronze when held up to the light. Good lacing with patches of sheeting.

Nose- Fairly subdued and pretty much what you would expect from an American lager. Grain and cornflakes with small touches of white grape and chalk. No presence at all from the hops. Swirling doesn't add anything to the picture either.

Taste- Shows a lot of the nose but adds to it with a subtle addition of hops. Definite grain and cornflakes that hint at fresh baked bread. Some cracker and biscuit which moves into chalkiness that mingles with hop notes of earth, mineral, and slight woodiness. This woodiness builds and takes over the palate to some extent. Slight vinosity of white grapes to even apples. Has many of the notes of an AAL but it shows them in a much better light than your BMC beers. The creamy mouthfeel goes a long way in making these somewhat lackluster notes (at least to my palate) a little more interesting. Light notes of citrus- mostly orange. Definitely shows the influence that German brewers had on American beers before Prohibition but I think I still prefer actual German lagers (and ones made by the Commons). Above average to good beer. Very well executed but not a preferred style of mine.

Mouthfeel- This really sets this beer apart and I don't understand why more modern lagers and AALs don't try to replicate such a mouthfeel. It would definitely allow them compete more with craft beer. Good carbonation with a light carbonic touch. Creamy and smooth texture which expands in your mouth. Almost airy. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easydrinking and perfect for spring or summer. Much more interesting than an AAL. Typical Anchor price but probably not something I would buy again.

Overall- A definite lawnmower, BBQ, and Asian food beer. Above average to good. Not my favorite style but I would drink this if it were offered. A must try if you've never had a pre-Prohibition style lager before.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ADZA
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden hue with a rather creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is very beery it's herbal hops,pale malts and yeast,the feel is creamy,smooth bodied and well carbonated with tastes exactly like the nose it's herbal zesty hops evened out with those pale malts and yeah there is nothing exciting about it but a well executed lager and a nice session brew cheers.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of vkv822
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : pilsner glass

Clear golden yellow, with a thick, foamy white head.

Clean, floral and grassy hops with a crackery malt backbone on both the aroma and taste.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation and a clean finish.

A well done lager. Easy drinking while still offering a pleasant flavor profile.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.