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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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796 Ratings
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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 128 | 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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Photo of CMack71968
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a brief white head dissipating quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Mild lager aroma of bready malt, light apple juice and a hint of hops. Flavor follows, with mild bready and biscuit malt, light apple juice, and a pleasant light neutral hop finish. Light to medium bodied. A pleasant low key lager, but similar enough to Anchor's other light beers that I can't really tell them apart from memory. A nice recreation of a historical style, but maybe I've moved on since the 1800s.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is about one fingers high, and barely off-white. Retention is acceptable, and the lacing is thin yet consistent.

S: Typically lager-y: tons of cracker, a touch of lemon, and some grass generally comprise the aroma. No twists, turns, or excitement here; it is well-done though.

T: Apart from the crackery malts, there are some diacetyl elements right before the finish: they neither take away nor take it to the next level. The finish is slightly lemony. Not much to say about this one, really.

M: The malt backbone seems to cut in during the swallow, creating a brew that's just a hair too full. Meanwhile, it's hoppiness does a reasonable job of drying the (otherwise sweetish) finish out. Carbonation - if not low - is at least gentle.

O: A competent lager and a nice history lesson, just not very exciting. It's rather boring, frankly, but it would go well with food.

Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm on a lager kick and Anchor Steam comes through as always. This is a must try.

A: Clear, nice fluffy white head, not much lace, but a nice pour.

S Classic but subtle. It's sweet, lemon-scented grain: Crackers, blonde bread. Simple, direct, pleasant, easy.

T Both sweet and hoppy w lots of flavor. Not quite as good as Ayinger.
Great end of summer beer, was great with fish. It's blonde, light malt with balanced lemony, citric hops.

M: Light bodied and refreshing with a lovely tingle, more going on than in most lagers. Great finish, good carbonation.

O: MUST TRY. Great food and fish beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery straw color w/ a 1-finger white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is mostly grainy malt and floral hops. Delicate and light.

Taste is likewise crisp, light, and mildly fruity. Has a nice hoppy bite to it. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, very drinkable.

Overall a well-crafted lager from Anchor, enjoyable and balanced.

Photo of bearfootdaddy
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Golden slightly amber, with a white one finger head

Smell- Malty smell , fresh and young, sweet.

Taste- light, taste like it might get bitter but never does.

Mouthfeel- flat like water and refreshing

Overall- easy drinking, could drink a whole six pack.

Photo of uncggop06
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of senttochris
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of scootercrabb
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of RCLOHR267
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JakeDebus
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of agreenman19
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Marty91
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Babydave
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/26/13.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell to me.

Photo of TrojanRB
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%

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.