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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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BA SCORE
83
good

776 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 113 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a full, crisp, dark golden body with a thin white pale lager head.

Smell: Bready malts and slightly metallic (almost Noble hop smelling) hop aroma.

Taste: Pale malt flavor with a spicy hop bitterness for balance. I would imagine that this is what an all malt version of Budweiser would taste like based upon the classic American hops (Cluster). Like a craft version of Michelob, only better.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, prickly mouthfeel from the carbonation. Appropriately refreshing.

Overall: Very interesting and I am glad this made it's way to Maryland. Only problem is that at $11.99 a six pack, I wouldn't make this a regular go to.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A picture-perfect lager, from the head down to the bubbles nucleating at the bottom of the glass and back into the classy bottle from which it came. Presentation matters, people! Bright 24-karat golden body with an upward flurry of champagne bubbles, forming a resilient, smooth, snowy white head.

And it smells almost as good. Fresh grain – like really good Middle Eastern bread, or a sack of malts, or caramel corn. Dandeliony hops give the slightest of nods. Chewy and airy, balanced and zesty – a lager to sink your teeth into. It is first and foremost a showcase for pure malt flavor – I involuntarily picture amber waves of grain when I take a sip. Bready and substantial, with a rich nuttiness like halva. The hops creep in, along with the bubbles, with their slightly soapy lemon-lavender flavor, to whip the malts into shape. Juicy. Refreshing. Balanced. Full of character. Superb!

Photo of ericlawton007
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of gory4d
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of sanitarium16
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 2013 July 10 (3LJ). Served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep gold with a 1/16" persistent white head. Nice strands of delicate lacing.

Smell: Clean, herbal hops, some citrus, maybe a hint of geranium? A tiny bit of skunk hint on a swirl.

Taste: Crisply bitter up front, quick clean malt middle, with a bit of cracker to it. Finish is nicely bitter. Lingers a bit with orange zest citrus, a bit of pine, and some more malt which reminds me of the slightly sweet finish of Munich Helles. Tasty from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, just south of fizzy. Hop oils stick to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: I like just about everything that Anchor puts out so I'm trying to be objective here but I will wonder out loud if I'm not capable of that. Nicely hoppy, with a different hop profile than all the other hoppy CA beers out. If this is what beer was like in CA in the late 1800s, I'd be happy if this was all there was. I do think it would be better with food, and I'm thinking some stronger tasting seafood, as one is enough for me without food. Nice at the end of the day, but I'm not wanting another right now. Another tomorrow yes, and maybe another one the day after that, but not one right after the other. The only thing I didn't quite care for was the carbonation - but Lagers are supposed to have a bit more carbonation. I think it's just me wanting thicker and less carbonated beers lately.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Joel12
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3LW so July 23, 2013

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of fluffy head that fades down to tiny bubbles

S: Lightly fruity and grainy, with some floral hops and bready malts

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light spicy hop presence and fruitiness, followed by the graininess and bready malts. Finishes with lingering bready malts and light floral hoppiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid re-creation of a "classic" 19th century lager. Just enough flavor and aroma to make it appealing and highly drinkable. For the classic American lager fans

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.