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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 138 | 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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12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with no head. Some lacing. The aroma is of sweet cereal and malts. Slightly sour with some caramel and toasted malts. The taste is more of that sweet cereal with the caramel and toasted malts. Hints of floral hops. Lots of bread and cereal flavor. Light mouthfeel with a medium body. Very drinkable with not much of an alcohol presence but that's expected. Overall, a decent easily quaffed beer with a good amount of flavor.

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12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled October 11, 2013.

A: Pours a clear amber gold with a nice white head sitting on top. Leaves lacing all down the sides of the glass. Just a touch of visible carbonation in this one.

S: Very mild aroma with a sweet malty character. Hints of bready and toastiness. The sweet malts seem to be most prevalent.

T: As with the aroma this lager is on the sweeter side of things. I believe it is the barley coming through that makes this brew balance out nicely. Hops do mellow it out some but the grainy malt sweetness comes back for the aftertaste. T

M: Light to medium body with a well rounded creamy character. Clean finish that keeps this one sessionable.

Overall this is an enjoyable lager showing there was much better beer around pre-prohibition than there was in the 80's. Worth a try if you like lagers.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my SA PP glass right to the top exactly, head rises a little over the top, nice pillowy fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace at first, then pretty much stops as the bubbles streaming up from the bottom balance the pot marked head fade. Crystal clear honey tan color.

Nose isn't bad, starting with some nice pilsner malts, a little straw like, some lager crispness, some fruity lager characters as well, a very light steam beer kinda soft lager malt characters, mild grassy Czech Saaz like noble style hops, hint of a grainy crackery aroma.

Taste starts light and refreshing, pretty crisp, with more straw toasty pilsner malts, into a mild sweet malt character and even slightly syrupy like, with more light crackery flavors. Hops are stronger than I expected, a little grassy and hint spicy, more Euro style hops with a little nobble grassy but also little earthy herbal, and fair bitterness. Hint of a sulfury lager note. Finish is not as crisp, little syrupy sticky and fairly bitter, bit more lager notes and grassy hops.

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Appearance: Light golden color with great carbonation and a pale head that has good retention.

Smell: Malts and grain with a fruity note.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Grainy and bready with a distinctive apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and malty. Well carbonated.

Overall: Decent, but much fruitier than I expected. I thought that this would be similar to Anchor Steam and maybe that's where the problem came in. Just a bit too grainy and appley for me.

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
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