California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

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California LagerCalifornia Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

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.

Added by esdeebrew on 02-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,533
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
1,250
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
346
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,250 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of Dkloubec
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of c014572
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macamah
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MKV
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear, light golden color. Not much head. Nicely crisp but pretty thin body. Bitterness throughout but not overpowering. Carbonation on the heavy side. Not much of a distinct flavor.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes 11/27/13: Pours a clear pale gold producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, clumpy, white head which leaves only a few wisps and motes of lace behind. Aroma is cereal grain and lager yeast, Graham crackers, honey, some citrus and grass. Taste is clean grain, bread, lager yeast, vanilla pound cake, the hops notes are predominately grass with a touch of lemon giving way to a bittersweet finish and an aftertaste that is nicely balanced but transitions to bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth with some prickly pepper spice.

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Photo of gboley
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jadpsu
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Legacy as part of a 12 bottle variety pack.
LOOK: Pours a very clean light gold with just a faint tinge of amber. All white head that has average retention.

AROMA: Lots if malts come through, along with a touch of yeast as well a little dry hop accent.

This is a good lager. Not as bland as many it the style and with more flavor than typical lagers.

Nice dry finish.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rairis01
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.61/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

L - Deep amber, slight rising CO2 into lacing which soon clears.
S - Fresh, grainy notes. Maybe I'm congested I don't sense much more.
T - There is pleasant balanced strength and richness in the middle that goes into a nice gentle dry/hoppy ending.
M - The CO2 appeared low in the glass, but I'm surprised that there is also very, unsually little, CO2 on the tongue. Wondering if this is an unsually low-gas beer, or whether I might have a dud bottle.
O - It's hard to sum up as this is either genuinely meant as a low-CO2 beer, or something isn't quite right here. What I can say is that it would be nicer with more prominent CO2. What is nice is that it's not 'yet another American/American-style over hopped hop-bomb of a brew'.
Bought from Waitrose, London, UK. 355ml bottle. BB 3/2020. The bottle is also notable for having an unusually elegant lable featuring a bear.

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Photo of mehak
2.14/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SargeC
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of malt,grain,toasted cereal/cracker, and yeasty bread
Taste follows the nose, malt arrives first but is nicely balanced with a mild hop finish

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Photo of DMcGirr
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kwright
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeilSilber1
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright golden with light amber tint and white foamy head. Smooth easy drinking lager.

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Photo of dctarga
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of matodowd
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Harrison8
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slighty foggy copper with a finger and a half of snow-white head. Head retention is fair. Aroma is pilsner, bread, and toast malts with a dash of yeast. It's a pretty malty, but clean aroma. Flavor profile is pilsner, bread, toast, and biscuit malts with a dash of yeast ester at the end. Mouth feel has a crisp edge, but a velvety, semi-fizzy interior giving a medium thickness. Overall, a pilsner focused almost solely on malts. It does a good job of being simple.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a lovely golden color with a solid two fingers of slightly off white head that is audibly crackling. The head actually looks somewhat gold as the beer is poured as well.

Has a nice malty clean lager smell. Maybe a bit of sourdough bread with a lightness on that sourdough.

The taste is a touch of sweet and a touch of hops. Picking up a faint hint of lemon in here. Nice bready maltiness. The hops are more pronounced than an AAL but subtle enough to add a nice touch to the lager characteristics.

Mouth feels like it is leaning towards the medium side with a nice clean full mouth of beer feel. The finish is fairly crisp but does have a bit of slickness to the very back.

Overall this is a must try for lager fans and a definite must try for those that like AAL's. This beer really hits a lot of good notes for me. I would love to try this fresh as could be out of the tap. The only thing that holds me back just a bit on this one is the price. I see a lot of reviews that mention it is a bit pricier than other lagers. Yet this one really does taste cleaner, if you will, than the average AAL. So it does have that going for it. Good stuff! Give it a spin and see what you think of this golden California Lager!

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Callednumbers
2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,250 ratings