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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

648 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 72 | 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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Ratings: 648 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Lynch52
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Lynch52, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of jme015
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jme015, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -18.5%

timjim1327, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Luigi
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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!

Luigi, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of priwen
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

priwen, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of buffcityx
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

buffcityx, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of ClarkHimself
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ClarkHimself, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

SocalKicks, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

david131, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Theheroguy
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

After my first round of tasting this lager I was sure it had at least three kinds of hops. It's nicely bittered, has an herbal leafy hop flavor, and it has a very pleasant and gentle hoppy aroma. To my surprise I learned that in fact this lager is only brewed with cluster hops. This beer has given me a greater appreciation for the complexity and versatility of that strain. I'll be using more of it in my home brews in the future. I highly recommend this lager I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Theheroguy, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of MIrvine
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

MIrvine, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Beeranator
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Beeranator, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Wrex68
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Wrex68, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of rx-beer
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden color, 2 inches of head, very nice head retention, and decent lacing.

S - Light hops with sweet biscuity malts and some alcohol

T - Bready malt gives way to mild grainy boozy bitterness and then fades into a light taste of crackers while retaining a bit of the bitterness.

M - Smooth medium to light body with light carbonation.

O - This beer really took me by surprise. Was expecting a traditional pils/lager flavor based on the aroma and appearance, but then wow - what a kick! ...but in a good way. Love the complexity of the flavors. Would not hesitate in coming back to this beer.

rx-beer, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

spoony, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

augustgarage, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles are seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Grassy hops, 2 row sweetness, and bready malts.

Taste: Same as above with mild tingly hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, chewy, refreshing, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Smells like commercial domestic, but tastes like a cradt brewery. Good stuff.

Flounder57, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

IRONRakkasan, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

2GOOFY, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of HarryPotHead
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

HarryPotHead, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a fizzy white head that fades fast. The color is a crystal clear straw. Light carbs.
Aroma is grainy and malty with a hint of hops.
The taste is malty and grainy. Plenty of bread and/or crackers yeast and sutle hops to give a semi bitter finish.
On the palate there is a crisp dryness. It finishes clean with a semi bitter finish.
A good well made brew.

micromaniac129, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Appears a bright clear gold color with a cream white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

S - Surprisingly lacking in hop aroma, which is disappointing. However the pale malt aroma is nice, basically a stronger but similar smell to domestic lagers.

T - Flavor begins very light and works into a balanced bitter/sweet flavor in the middle. The finish has a great lager crisp finish. The lingering aftertaste is not very enticing.

M - Medium body. Perfect amount of carbonation for style.

O - Definitely worth a try. Seeing this style come out from Anchor is very exciting, and as usual they did not disappoint. It is great to see them not have to fallow in the "let's just make a [insert style] and load it with American hops" like both craft brewers big and small do today.

DrinkinBoy, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of EHackbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

EHackbeer, Aug 25, 2013
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.