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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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638 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ahommell, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

evenflow1980, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

krampert11, Aug 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

bongobeer, Aug 13, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

snarkout, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a fairly thick for the style one finger white head. Good head retention although lacing is a bit lacking.

Aroma is very bready with some light floral and grassy notes from the hops. Anchor uses cluster hops in this and it does have that distinct American lager aroma.

Bready grain in the flavor along with a very prominent hop note of grass/hay like what was present in the aroma. Bitterness is moderate but does remain restrained. Extremely clean finish with incredible drink ability.

This might be one of the best pre-prohibition lagers I have had. It is a very clean beer with just enough bitterness to balance things out. It's crazy to think this is what American lagers used to taste like

rangerred, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of BogAl
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BogAl, Aug 12, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +6.5%

Beer21, Aug 12, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

Johnct, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Nofear048
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Nofear048, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of yhoshijima
5/5  rDev +35.9%

yhoshijima, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Razorback09, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

rojapa, Aug 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ralphw56, Aug 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

BeerKing510, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

risteardj, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

craft_shannie, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

oneXone, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, sweet. Taste is malty, light hops, a bit of sweetness and grains, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid lager and good session beer.

tone77, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden body with lots of rising bubbles. Thick cream colored head that doesn't recede for quite some time. Decent lines of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Clean malts and grains, a hint of wood and spicy hops.

Taste: Dry and woody up front. A touch of malt sweetness, but otherwise bitter and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy, dry.

Overall: Too thick, too dry, too hoppy. Not a fan.

JuicesFlowing, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

bulldogops, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Donkster46, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

norkram72, Jul 30, 2014
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.