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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 136 | 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:
Beer added by: esdeebrew on 02-15-2013

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.
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Ratings: 817 | Reviews: 166
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of hophugger
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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...

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of boku56
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of chiva
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of MrBoz21
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of humuloner22
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ckk527
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of dedbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear golden straw with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Bready malt, grains, hint of hay, grassy hop, lemon.

Taste - Bready malt and grains along with a hit of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a crisp, clean bitterness.

Overall - A simple and sessionable lager. Good bitter hops in the taste, along with bready malts that makes this an excellent choice for summer.

Photo of Jen-P
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Clydesdale
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep, clear golden color. The off-white head is initially tall, with a densely creamy and frothy texture. Retention is strong, and a good amount of lacing adheres to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Some grainy maltiness in the nose. Mildly sweet aromas. Hop notes are herbal and leafy, and fairly prominent. There's a bit of lighty fruity and sourdough-esque yeast character present as well.

T: Grainy, crackery pale malt flavor up front. Faint sweetness initially fades quickly. Rather bitter for the style, though not unenjoyably so. Hop flavors are, as the nose suggested, mostly herbal and leafy. Some faint apple or grape fruitiness is just detectable into the finish.

M: Crisply carbonated, and fairly dry overall. The body is above average before a lasting dry finish.

O: This is a very good, confident lager from Anchor. It's not a very sexy style at the moment, but this beer is executed nicely and draws you in sip by sip.

Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Pivo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
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