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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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681 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 86 | 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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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

oriolesfan4, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Cleaver35
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Cleaver35, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

MammothTarantula, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of RichardMNixon
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

RichardMNixon, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A recreation of one of America's first "craft beers", this historic lager pours a clean golden-amber, with a luxurious head of white bubbles. Sparse, but tall spokes of lace.

Nose is crisp lager grains and malts. I get toasted barley. Perfect lager aroma.

Flavor is subtle -- heavy on the grains and malts up front, with niche touches of citrus hops and a tingle of bitter under the tongue near the finish.

Overall, a superlative and flavorful lager.

secondtooth, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of mrmitsui29
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

mrmitsui29, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive golden color shading to the amber side. Foam lasts well. This really tastes like a Kolsch to me. It has that perfumey hop note that seeps into the flavor as well as the aroma. Very thin body with a sharp edge and crackle of carbonation. Crackery and grainy malt flavor. Rather bitter aftertaste. A little winey and acidic, but very light bodied.

Interesting and quite drinkable, but on the sharp and thin side. I like what they say is a historic use of Cluster hops. Maybe this is a good niche for Anchor-- interpreting classic brews from the past-- that don't involve Babylonian recipes. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

mactrail, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of zhokar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

zhokar, Aug 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

EdTheEdge, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

@ Milltown

Sparklingly clear golden color with a small, sticky head above. Clean, simple aroma of surprisingly fruity lager yeast and a little floral character. Clean yeast, slight biscuit and cereal grain, and light fruit such as pear and grape. Light and soft with a satisfactorily crisp end. A pretty nice, neat little beer that I might pick up in the future if I'm looking for something on the less-hoppy end of the pale lager spectrum.

wedge, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Vigilante
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Vigilante, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Duff27, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

egrace84, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of bump8628
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent label. Pours a clear vibrant gold with a nice build of white foam. Cluster hop forward with its dirty, spicy, rustic flavor. Malt lends a clean cereal flavor with a pleasant faint corn note that gives it a nice old school American lager feel. Firm bitterness on the finish. Yeast throws off just a hint of apple and sulfur adding complexity. Surprisingly full bodied. Anchor knocked this one out of the park - a great example of an historic American lager that still holds its own today. Love the aggressive Cluster hopping and sub 5% ABV.

bump8628, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Garrett092112
3/5  rDev -18%

Garrett092112, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Gregwa, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head that settles in a lumpy fashion. Impressive lumpy, ring lace. The liquid is bright gold color with the most mild of chill hazes.

The smell is slightly earthy with a touch of skunk.

There's a sweetness I never expected--almost like strawberries. Good hop counter-balance in the swallow. Full-bodied particularly for a light colored lager. High carbonation. Not necessarily as light and refreshing as you'd expect from a pale lager. It truly lands like an ale.

smcolw, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

philaduffia, Aug 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

jk3, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Profchaos20, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

JeffTheJuice, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Libationguy
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light gold color with a brilliant appearance. Rich, full white head with medium retention. Well carbonated. Lacing in the glass is prominent.

Bready and biscuit dough. Toasted bread and a faint lemon and orange zest quality. The yeasty notes on the nose give it a good deal of richness for the style.

Bread and biscuit and backed up with some tastiness. A little bit of Marzipan and grapefruit peel.

Medium bodied and slightly watery around the edges. The beer is well attenuated and cleans up on the palate. There is a nice aftertaste that carries the beer through the palate to a solid finish.

Really nicely done for the style. If you're a Budweiser or Coors drinker, you could do worse than to give this beer a try.

Libationguy, Jul 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

RegalEagle, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and grain. Then some citrus and malt sweetness comes in along with a mild hops presence. The malt character is hearty and there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid poundable beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 30, 2013
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.