1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

692 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 692
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 16
Gots: 89 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Anchor California Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 692 | Reviews: 132 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

imperialking, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +9.3%

hilgart1, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale bright gold, racing streams of carbonation, long lasting head of foam and some random spotty lace around the edges. Surface coverage

Mild aroma, lager yeast, dry and bready.

Soft and supple feel, biscuity malt, light apple and a vague herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Smooth and very drinkable, simple but still flavorful. Prototypical example of the APL style.

emerge077, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

InspectorBob, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Rhettroactive, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Boone757, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

stephenjmoore, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

khargro2, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of magnusdave
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

magnusdave, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

AngusOg, Aug 14, 2013
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
Photo of MammothTarantula
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
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
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.