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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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817 Ratings

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 137 | 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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours crystal clear pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, bread, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very pleasant, clean, and well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness without feeling watery, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale lager style. Well balanced hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Anchor California Lager has a thin-to-medium white head, a clear, bubbly, gold appearance, and essentially no lacing left behind. The aroma is of bright, bursting, pungent barley malt and grain sugar. Taste is of sweet barley malt, sugar, a touch of honey, and a low background bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick, and Anchor California Lager finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and a bit dull. Overall, this is very good, but I don't think it is worth the price ($9.99 a six-pack). Michelob, at around $11.99 for a 12-pack, would be the better option. Plus, it's more flavorful than this one.


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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2015. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described as a recreation of California's first true lager - originally brewed in 1876 by the Boca brewery and lagered in an ice pond. The state bear stalks the label.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with hints of grain, grass/hay, mild floral hops and subtle fruity yeast esters. Not dissimilar to the famous Steam beer.

Tastes of light malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of grain, fruity yeast esters, grass/hay, a touch of stewed hops and subtle earthiness. Well-attenuated. A twinge of harsh cardboard in the background, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body for the style. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of grainy malt, mild fruity yeast and faint stewed hops.

Pretty good - a nicely crafted lager. The yeast profile is reminiscent of Anchor's Steam Beer; I presume the same strain was used for this. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are light and vaguely fruity. A faint harshness in the background detracts from the flavour. Decent body. Goes down easily enough, and has spades more character than a typical American macro. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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

Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein with a clear golden color with a frothy one finger white top.Aromas of toasted grain and minerla mainly,a tinge of caramel sweetness.A nice flavor profile that mildly sweet,lightly toasted grain along with some honey and sweetish pizza dough.A pretty damn solid American lager,will be good to throw back while smoking some sausage and shoulders this spring.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
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