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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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797 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 129 | 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 gritz147
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Adkins1203
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.

Photo of AJ01923
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of matjack85
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Roommate brought these home to share. Did not know Anchor had a lager until now. Website says they were released for the first time in 2012, so they are one of their newest offerings. 12oz brown bottle with a coded freshness date that I can't decipher, so as far as I'm concerned - no freshness date. The label has the California bear on it so it's different from most of the other Achor Steam labels.

The beer pours a crystal clear light gold color with a 1-finger white head. Retention is not long lasting and it makes only a few spots for lacing.

The beer had a very mild smell to it - mostly sweet malt and a little bread.

The taste is also slightly sweet and bready like the smell suggested, but it also has a hefty dose of hop bitterness to it that wasn't picked up in the smell. Well balanced and pretty tasty.

Crisp and ligtt bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall, not a bad lager.

Photo of pdeezy42
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A perfect uniform bleach white bubbled head, all pin head sized and very soapy looking, but holds with three finger tall clump and valley retention. Large crystal clear body with LOTS of cola to pinhead sized bubbles rising up. Quite a solid looking lager going on here.

Light bodied malts and faint herbality hit the background. A controlled light grain sweetness. Extremely clean smelling.

Good thick bread dough, and soft malted body on the palate. A very slow lingering hop finish which really builds to a simple pine on the end after some time. Slightly crisp body, with a little hinting syrup sensations. Lingering nice light toast and white bread, with some mellow warming hop breadth to go with it.

Overall pretty textbook and quite enjoyable if not extreme or amazing.

Photo of animal69
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear yellow with a nice big white head that slowly dissipated and left some nice lacing

S-generic lager, which was disappointing-primarily malty with just a hint of hops

T-Bitter, reminiscent of a Euro lager/pilsner, with some sweetness from the malt-very refreshing and crisp but leaves a bitter lingering aftertaste

M-good mouthfeel-not too thick or thin and its not too full bodied

D-very drinkable, the only hinderance being the aftertaste which wasn't the best, but I could see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting

Overall, this is a solid beer and was better than expected. I would drink this again.

Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MJSJr
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bennetj17
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and a bit of grain.

Tastes of grainy sweetness with earthy hops. Malts lead off with bread notes accompanied by some grainy sweetness. A touch of fruit comes in the middle. Hops then come in with lemon and grassy notes accompanied by an earthy bitterness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good lager and worth a look.

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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 797 ratings.