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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

568 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 16
Gots: 46 | 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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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 04:32:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-21-2013 01:20:38 | More by Roguer
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-20-2013 02:31:43 | More by odomosan
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a finger thick pillowy surface covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy bready malts with light aromas of floral and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready and grainy malts with only a hint of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral, herbal, and grassy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

O: Easy drinking and with the low ABV, definitely sessionable. Not sure how many of these I would desire to have in a single session as there is not that much interesting to the flavors of the beer. Probably would have made a great beer for enjoying as I grilled but I only got the chance to sample it as the grilling season is starting to wind down (only grilling out about 1 time per week vs. 2-3 nights over the summer when it is to hot to run the oven in the house).

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 15:56:00 | More by dbrauneis
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California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A code printed on the label. My first beer from Anchor Brewing Company. Excited to try it, expectations are decently high; I tend to enjoy craft lagers.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazed goldenrod colored body with two fingers of creamy bubbly fluffy off-white head. Lots of bubbles rushing topside. Some thick fluffy white lacing.

S - Smell is of fresh sweet grains, wheat, corn, & white sugar.

T - Taste is extremely bready, malty, & earthy. Grassy, grainy, wheaty, crackery, and coppery / metallic, with just a hint of citrus pith. Some scratchy peppery spice in there somewhere, also.

M - Feel is crisp & carbonated with a lightly bitter, dry finish.

Overall, a simple, traditional, classic styled lager. Low 4.80% abv, medium bodied carbonation, high drinkability. Well worth trying, for the lager enthusiast. Looking forward to trying more from Anchor Brewing Company.

Anchor California Lager ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear golden color with a creamy white head that raised right to the top of the glass with out pouring over it. There is plenty of sticky lacing around the glass and the head retains as a thin blanket on top. Head retains till the last sip.

The aroma is a full of grassy hop with a some pine hints. The two row malt backs up the hop with a soft bread hints. Overall a very clean aroma.

The first thing to hit the palate is the grassy/ mild pine like hops. Hints of citrus lingers as well. But, not like American pale ale. The hops are soft and well balanced with the mild sweetness from the barley. Finishes dry and crisp with some hop bitterness lingering on the the tongue.

Medium/light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and finishes very clean. Perfectly balanced flavor and refreshing. This could be one of top all malt American pale lagers I have had ever tasted. If you see it buy it!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 16:20:12 | More by Luigi
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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.