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Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

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751 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 16
Gots: 100 | 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 plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft pale malts and a light grassy hop.

The taste consisted of grainy pale malts, a light earthy sweetness and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the softer side of the style.

Overall a tasty session lager.

Photo of sgregory
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of notdriving
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Stidge77
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of swedishmailman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass

A - Light bronze color with a milky off-white cap. Unimpressive retention with minimal lacing.

S - Strong cereal grains, caramel, light citrus, applesauce, toast, grass, tea like aroma.

T - Firm hop bitterness transitions into a hefty amount of sweet grainy malt, tannins and minerals hit the edges and back of the tongue along with grassy and pine hops start to build into a long dry finish.

M - Full bodied, full prickly carbonation, very smooth on the finish.

If you had this blind you wouldn't believe it was a 4.8% pale lager. This is heavily hopped, full flavored and full bodied making for an excellent session beer.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich deep gold color. Touch of chill haze, which faded away to excellent clarity. Three fingers dense white foam.

Assertive fresh hay aroma.

Firm sweet, but not too sweet, foundation. Perfect balancing hops. Clean finish.

Sturdy mouthfeel with real depth.

Everything you could ask for in a lager: clean, refreshing, tasty.

It seems Anchor is still in good hands.

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lots of lagers this month for me, and maybe none more satisfying than this one all things considered. I like anchor this fall, bottling (or at least distributing) a few new ones. this is a full bodied and full flavored lager, caramel in color and boasting almost an inch of just off white suds on top, airy but patient. it smells like it should, slightly rich, dry though, with a complex grain engine and delicate hop accents. the flavor is spot on, not sweet at all, not bitter, not thick not thin, not sharp and muted, but balanced in a sense of the term reserved for the best of the best. definitely malt forward, but there a lot of complex subtleties to this. heavier than some, I cant drink a sixer in a sitting, but I don't need to be able to in order to enjoy this one. a little filling, a lot flavorful, well done again by the brewery that can do no wrong. a lager worthy of repeating.

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of odomosan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a finger thick pillowy surface covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy bready malts with light aromas of floral and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready and grainy malts with only a hint of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral, herbal, and grassy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

O: Easy drinking and with the low ABV, definitely sessionable. Not sure how many of these I would desire to have in a single session as there is not that much interesting to the flavors of the beer. Probably would have made a great beer for enjoying as I grilled but I only got the chance to sample it as the grilling season is starting to wind down (only grilling out about 1 time per week vs. 2-3 nights over the summer when it is to hot to run the oven in the house).

Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rojocorsa
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A code printed on the label. My first beer from Anchor Brewing Company. Excited to try it, expectations are decently high; I tend to enjoy craft lagers.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazed goldenrod colored body with two fingers of creamy bubbly fluffy off-white head. Lots of bubbles rushing topside. Some thick fluffy white lacing.

S - Smell is of fresh sweet grains, wheat, corn, & white sugar.

T - Taste is extremely bready, malty, & earthy. Grassy, grainy, wheaty, crackery, and coppery / metallic, with just a hint of citrus pith. Some scratchy peppery spice in there somewhere, also.

M - Feel is crisp & carbonated with a lightly bitter, dry finish.

Overall, a simple, traditional, classic styled lager. Low 4.80% abv, medium bodied carbonation, high drinkability. Well worth trying, for the lager enthusiast. Looking forward to trying more from Anchor Brewing Company.

Anchor California Lager ---3.5/5

Photo of Spaghett
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of wonothesane42
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.