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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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675 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 84 | 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 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
Photo of EdTheEdge
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
Photo of Gregwa
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
Photo of philaduffia
4/5  rDev +9.3%

philaduffia, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -18%

jk3, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Profchaos20
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Profchaos20, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of JeffTheJuice
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
Photo of RegalEagle
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
Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Musty grain, crackery notes, plus a bit of perfumy hops

T: Some pear notes, leafy hops & some crackery notes up front. More pear & even a bit of green apple, plus leafy hops & mineral dryness. Leafy hops, dryness & muted pear in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, decent balance

I could do one or two of these, then it would be time to move on to something with a more agreeable flavor profile, was hoping for more from these guys

russpowell, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of DELLmark14
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

DELLmark14, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Dcunicelli
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Dcunicelli, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4/5  rDev +9.3%

BeerNDoggerel, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of KingBiscuit
4.5/5  rDev +23%

KingBiscuit, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light, clear, pure golden color. Clarity is high, like that of a lighter style lager. Small, 1 finger head that doesn't stick around long at all and leaves a light trail of lace down the sides of the glass.

S- Starts with a very light, almost fruity, malt presence. Slight grainy scent intermingles and reminds me of corn adjunct in some other beers. Stays light throughout the entire smell before displaying the slightest bit of hops flourish at the end.

T- Starts light and floral in taste before moving toward a more traditional, light malt flavor. Middle and end of the drink is all light malts and some light, grainy flavors. Ends with a crisp, light malt bite that doesn't linger.

M- Light and high in carbonation. Very easy to drink, being light in body and having low levels of hops. This feels like a classic lager.

Overall, this is a craft version of a macro style lager even more than the steam beer is. Good flavors, but nothing special as far as a breakout from the style.

boilermakerbrew, Jul 28, 2013
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.