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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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796 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 128 | 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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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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3/5  rDev -18%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you read this is a lager your expectation is a Pale yellow straw color but instead this has a medium dark golden appearance. It's capped by a bright white dense foam.

For the most part the nose is spot on the style with expected cracker, bread, dough and grassy or grainy scents. I do, however, smell faint whiffs of lemon sweetness and herbal hops.

The flavor is very well crafted and brings me to think this one of the better lagers I've ever had. Strong bready, cracker like malt flavor arrives assertive with mild barley, grain and nut. Some dry toast is then followed by a hint of hops and lemon.

The feel is ultra crisp and satisfying but doesn't depend on carbonation to achieve that.

Well done!

Photo of Zcorechris
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jscheuf
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of robotiks
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ZionNation
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am someone who loves all types of beers and have been into craft beer for decades. in general I believe that lager beers don't get the respect they deserve where some of the best beers on planet earth are lagers, dark lagers, light lagers, bocks, doube bocks, pilsners, etc. etc. anyway, I love a hoppy pilsner and have tried them all but this Anchor Lager, not exactly a pilsner, but simply the best hoppy lager I have ever tried. this beats Victory or Firestone Walker by a mile. I can't get enough of this beer. I have gone through like three cases and the beer stores in AZ are running out. please brew more and ship to Arizona.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle, thanks to United Distributors rep Susie for the sample - see, I remembered your name (even if I didn't spell it correctly)!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with four brash fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent broken webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of musty, almost meaty bready pale malt, yeasty muscat white wine and rising dough that's been left on the counter too long unfortunately providing a more focused olfactory sense, along with some meek and muted citrus and leafy hops notes. The taste is more of the same - yeasty, somewhat crackery pale malt, vinous fruit, some rather overripe lemon, and, well 'organic'-seeming grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, in a tightly frothy sense, the body an agreeable medium weight for the already sort of subverted style, and smooth, but with that weird house yeast caveat. It finishes pretty dry, the crackery, bready, yeasty, and brut white wine esters as strong as ever were.

At first glug, all I could think of was how much this resembles Anchor's purportedly (and thankfully) distinct steam beer (trademark duly omitted) - that weird yeastiness, bordering on some sort of unwelcome bacterial action, and an everyman pale maltiness. Colour me still uninterested, yet at the same time thankful for the freebie, in the sense that I didn't blow north of 15 bucks on a wasted (in the entirely wrong sense of word) sixer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.