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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

564 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-02-2014 21:15:26 | More by Jamstone714
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djoprahwinfrey

Manitoba (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - golden brown pour, 1 finger of slightly off white head which clears up pretty fast leaving a slight ring of lace, appears rather low carbonation

S - mostly malts, bready, caramel, some minor hops

T - caramel, crackers, rye bread, some sweetness which fades away with light hops and some lemon near the end, slightly dry finish

M - medium body, medium carbonation, creamy, dry, clean

O - I found this to be enjoyable. Uncomplicated, clean and pretty well balanced. A unique tasting lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 15:59:59 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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samtrillo

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-02-2014 01:22:09 | More by samtrillo
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-01-2014 23:28:02 | More by PTEdelman
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mfgreene

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-01-2014 01:31:36 | More by mfgreene
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

06-30-2014 14:25:03 | More by mwar
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JDeming

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-30-2014 01:56:37 | More by JDeming
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LakerLeith

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-29-2014 16:12:31 | More by LakerLeith
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DrBirdman1995

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-28-2014 20:26:09 | More by DrBirdman1995
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champ103

Texas

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw yellow color. A dense two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Biscuit malts, light grassy hops that lingers just a tad. Very simple, very clean.
T: Biscuit and cracker like malts with grassy hops again. Lager yeast that is ultra clean an soft. Light lingering bitterness fading in the finish.
M/D: A light body with nice effervescent carbonation. Ultra smooth at the same time and one of the cleanest beers I have had. All day with this. Really enjoyable.

Almost to simplistic, but so clean and enjoyable for the summer. Not my favorite lager, but already growing on me more as I finish the bottle. Something I really enjoy and will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 17:36:31 | More by champ103
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-27-2014 22:49:19 | More by DaisyBeans
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-27-2014 02:09:09 | More by 77apm
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-26-2014 21:29:29 | More by ChrisFurlowLSU
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Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-25-2014 19:01:14 | More by Glaucio
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pjbfromkc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-24-2014 20:47:29 | More by pjbfromkc
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-24-2014 19:52:30 | More by T6PP
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Johnct

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-24-2014 14:27:44 | More by Johnct
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fmccormi

New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a fat, stubby tulip; no canning or freshness date visible on the can itself, but I’m optimistic that this isn’t very old. Sold as a single at Whole Foods, the date of the UPC code was 6/14, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that it came into the store’s stock a couple of weeks after canning.

Appearance (3.75): About two and a half fingers of dense, creamy foam come off of the pour, capping a perfectly clear, honey-golden body sporting a steady stream of bubbles rushing to the surface. The head dies down slower than average, leaving first a cratered surface before leaving a thick film on the surface. Some suds and lacy legs stick around on the surface of the glass, showing decent but not outstanding lacing.

Smell (4.5): Extremely floral with a distinct but subtle lager yeast character—very, very nice. Honeyed biscuits, wild flowers, pear juice, fresh cut grass, some garden-fresh herbs, and soda bread. Smells fantastic for the style.

Taste (4.25): Spritzy citrus notes and a floral character jump right out, while still retaining a somewhat restrained, smooth hop character that blends with the malt body: biscuits, a touch of honey, and more soda bread. A solid, grassy-floral bitterness comes in next, showing green tea, edible flowers, and sweet grass. That bitterness moves into a mostly grassy finish that clings for half a minute before dying down. Really, really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Smooth carbonation leads the charge, followed by a light- side of medium-weight body with a dry feel that almost comes off as lightly tannic. The hops and dry malt, grassy with soda bread, really aid the dry feel. Very easy to drink, but satisfying at the same time.

Overall (4.25): This, in my opinion, is an outstanding example of the style, hitting all the right notes while still incorporating some distinct flourishes—light but not too light, refreshing but not without character, flavorful but not overpowering, etc. Awesome beer, and even better that it’s in a can.

Serving type: can

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden color with soft clarity. The head looked nice. Almost started to lace.

Barley malts, light hop grassiness, and semi-chalky yeast. Soft, but distinctive, with lagered smoothness.

Very clean. True barley grain flavors with a moderate bitterness level. Low in hop flavor, with some light grassiness. Easy drinking mouthfeel with balanced flavors, carbonation, and light body.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 02:04:24 | More by thecheapies
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Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-21-2014 18:24:33 | More by hooliganlife
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.