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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 138 | 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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Ratings: 819 | Reviews: 166
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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Hammer35
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden color with great carbonation and a pale head that has good retention.

Smell: Malts and grain with a fruity note.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Grainy and bready with a distinctive apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and malty. Well carbonated.

Overall: Decent, but much fruitier than I expected. I thought that this would be similar to Anchor Steam and maybe that's where the problem came in. Just a bit too grainy and appley for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of bready and caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the malts are a little stronger and have flavors of biscuits, bread, caramel and crackers while the hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and doesn't have very strong aromas or flavors so it seems like it would pair well with lighter fare meals.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of fx20736
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World on 11/22/13.

Appearance: Old Gold with 2 fingers of soft white foam.

Aroma: a fragrant bouquet of Pilsnerish malt aznd Noble Hops.

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth.

Taste: upfront crackery malt, a soft touch of floral hoppiness and an unexpected kiss of orchard fruit sweetness.

Notes: Never had a pale lager like this before, it has elements of a Pilsner and Helles. This is a unique and delicious beer.

Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this beer in Totowa a few weeks back, having never tried this before. Been a long time since I had anything from Anchor and I expected this to be as good as their other offerings that I enjoyed. While this beer didn't blow me away, it was easy to enjoy, light on the alcohol and a good representation of the style. It's just hard to find a lot of depth in a lager like this though, even from Anchor!

This had a crisp, golden hue to the pour with a moderate head and hardly any lacing to be seen. Not a strong aroma here either but certainly, there was some grass and lemongrass to be found here. More of that was in the taste with a bit of grain,wheat, and sourness in the back. Very crisp from start to finish, the malt was cracker-like but not chewy, with a hint of starch underneath it. An easygoing beer like this had enough going for it to make it enjoyable, even though none of the flavors in particular stood out or lasted long.

I only bought one bottle of this but since it was so light on the alcohol, I could have easily had a few more in one sitting. Those who love the Steam or the seasonals may be a bit disappointed here since this fell just a bit short of those but like everything else they brew, this was true to stylistic form and enjoyable, in a subtle way that increases by each sip.

Photo of USAF77
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ChainGang says most of what I experienced. Its a nice looking Lager tho the head and lacing were a bit disappointing. The carbonation was a little above medium.

Yes herbs in the smell and some citrus. Smell deep enough you'll get to the grain and the malt.

The strength of this lager is in the taste. It has that little crisp bite to it I like from my Lagers. Really well balanced bread, grain, but it could be a little bit maltier. Its finishes nice and dry while leaving the mouth nice and wet for the next sip. The after taste takes a few minutes to settle to the roof of the mouth. Very nice.

""Overall: Brisk, clean, refreshing."". Yeah I have to agree. It finishes crisp, just like I like my Lagers to. This is an above average Lager and Im kinda sorry I only bought one bottle in a sample 6.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - 6-pack - $9.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep yellow, perfectly clear, with a smallish, lightly fizzy, white head.

Smell: Light, lightly malty notes of crustless white bread, crackers with a sliver of fruitiness, lemon, and grassy herbs.

Taste: Soft, bready barley, a bit crackery, with an ample cereal sweetness present. Scantly grainy. Lemon, herbal-toned hops, maybe a bit grassy. Further taste of sans salt saltines on the drying, nicely bitter finish a zip of suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, a little lively.

Overall: Brisk, clean, refreshing.

Photo of Huffs
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a light head, white, with mild retention and little lacing. Appearence was clear with a golden straw color. Aroma was light with grain and some floral notes. Taste had notes of grass, light hops and some citrus. Mouthfeel was mild to light with a dry aftertaste and a nice bitter bite at the end.

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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.

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
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