Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.79/5 rDev +3%
Pours clear medium orange with a nice foamy white head that lasts and sticks to the glass.
Pale malt nose, some hop leaf, some mineral.
Nice malt profile up front. Dries out nicely with some malt and then some decent clean bitterness. Long bitter finish.
Medium Body, good carbonation.
Nice structure with this beer. Nothing fancy, but a nice clean lager. A little on the bitter side, and that can work well with food. These guys found a nice summer beer here.
06-22-2013 18:46:20 | More by OtherShoe2
3.59/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a bright and light gold color, very clear, with a nice white head.
Aromas are doughy, with some bread, yeast, and light grassy hops.
Taste is semi sweet, lightly creamy, and fairly dry. Finish has hints of mineral hops, with a light grassiness.
Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and dry. Almost feels a bit too thick though.
Overall, a pretty nice lager. It's a bit too thick and sweet to me, and I wish it was more crisp, clean and dry tasting. Still a pretty good beer though.
06-15-2013 04:55:31 | More by flexabull
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a crystal clear bright yellow with a half finger of dense head sitting atop an active glass of bubbling brew. Typical lager aroma with a good nutty kick to it. No one nut stands out, but it's more prevalent than the slight tang from the yeast, solid honey presence, and somewhat metallic twinge. I also get some cracker, which is of note since I normally don't detect any malt in the nose. This starts out a little sweet from un-fermented malt and honey, but turns quickly to mild tang and nut, toasted cracker, and fades to a bright, nectar hop with bitterness mild and fleeting. A mix of the young hop bitterness and cracker linger together. Feel is slightly watery with more body than I would have imagined with a sweet finish.
This is a very solid offering from Anchor. While I still prefer Trumer, this would be great on a hot day. If they were to get more attenuation or just bring down the sweetness in another way then this would be a great brew.
06-10-2013 04:31:33 | More by Philousa
3.66/5 rDev -0.5%
I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.
Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.
Smell- Grain and hay aromas with a hint of floral hops.
Taste- Bready malt and hay-like flavors with a slight herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth with an average amount of carbonation.
Overall- A tasty and easy drinking lager.
06-09-2013 22:16:20 | More by scratch69
3.89/5 rDev +5.7%
Just learned this new beer was available in my area and -- hey! One of my locals actually had it!
Trademark short Anchor bottle with its mysterious dot matrix coding.
A -- Pours a clear, deep golden color with a craggy white head that holds up well.
S -- Grainy malts and mild, spicy hops. Not a terribly big nose, but nothing offensive.
T -- Grainy malts with some underlying sweetness and good spicy bitterness in balance. The proprietary Anchor lager yeast is present in the same bready and tart way it tastes in the Steam, though maybe a little milder. The finish has a cross between the graininess and mild sweetness along with the clean, dry spiciness of the hops.
M -- Mouthfeel is soft, on the verge of syrupy, to crisp in the finish with a light to medium light body.
O -- I'd like to think this is what a true pre-prohibition beer tasted like, though I have the feeling the hop-rate is a little bigger in this one. Nonetheless, this is a great tasting beer that's perfect for quaffing every day. Has a good, though mild malt character and a good amount of hop bitterness to be paid attention. A damn fine take that ought to make some macro drinkers (old or nuveau) take note.
06-07-2013 21:26:22 | More by steveh
3.94/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured into a pokal glass from a 12oz bottle.
Pours a golden, yellow clear color with a ton of champagne-like carbonation that (at least, thanks to the glass), keeps pumping bubbles upwards for what seems to last forever. Some sit on the bottom, around the edges of the glass. A foamy, white head crowns the top, dwindling to about a half finger size but never giving up. Thicker than expected. When rated to the style, this is pretty much top notch.
The flavor is a lightly laden combination of crisp cereal grains, grassy, wet hops, and an undeniable skunky flavor that comes quite often in these types of beers. The finish is a dried apple/pear combo, with a little bit of mustiness from the yeasty byproduct, as well as a refreshing, dried grass and floral hoppiness. A touch of sweetness from the alcohol, although at that point everything gets more subtle. Light indeed, but pleasant.
The flavor consists of a bittered, cracked barley flavor combined with a juicy, slightly sweetened malty character with a little bit of grass from the hops, and dried skunkiness from the yeast. Everything is well represented here! The grains immediately bring in some bitterness, but it quickly turns into a fruity, dried finish combined with the hop flavor and slight alcohol sweetness. The apple cider-ish flavor still is at full strength here, but the emphasis clearly in on the cereal golden grains. Carbonation is excellent, and this is far more thickened as a result. Very bite-y, even as far as the style goes, and not as gentle on the palate as a result, but I think that makes it more interesting.
I really enjoy that this is available year round as of this year - but I especially love using this as a replacement for all of the rather generic summer beers that come around this time of the year. I could have a ton of these in one session. Anchor really made an everyday, crowd-pleasing beer here... But it's quite tasty and one of the best German style lagers I've had in America in a long time.
05-24-2013 05:26:34 | More by magictacosinus
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
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