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 Pale 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:
#32,828
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
1,228
pDev:
11.38%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of FadetoBock
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ovaltine
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a delicious, crushable lager - big noble hops bringing grassy aromas and flavors, and a suitable-to-style cracker malt backbone. If I lived in California, this would be my lawnmower beer this summer.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good beer, with good balance between hoppiness and maltiness, somewhat more toward the former but not as hop-forward as an IPA. A good example of a Californian style lager. Refreshing

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Photo of Sam_Math
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chitoryu12
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Hazy amber orange, with a tiny white head.

Smell: Sour yeast and malt.

Taste: Mild yeasty sourdough bread with a bitter back end.

Mouthfeel: Thick and almost creamy.

Overall: A very unique flavor rarely seen in modern beer. You do have to be in the mood, though.

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Photo of scott_qua_scott
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours clear and golden with copious, fluffy white head. A great example of a lager to my eye.

Smell: Sweet (some mellow fruit right off the bat) and fairly mild. Not a terribly complex smell, but pleasant enough. Again, pretty typical of a lager--the smell doesn't overpower.

Taste: This is an eminently drinkable lager. Upfront it's malty and clean on the palate. Finish has a mild grain taste (notes of...corn, maybe?). The hops kick in only at the very end, with a hint of flowery bitterness that sort of flickers in. The flavor has the drinkability you expect of a lager, but with enough interesting characteristics to be suitably 'craft'-y.

Feel: Clean and relatively high in carbonation. A little thick for a lager, but I actually really like that.

Overall: A great lager. I know this isn't exactly a fresh take, but I've been really impressed with all of the Anchor beers I've had. This has some of the characteristics of their trademark "Steam" beer, but chilled out and made even more sessionable. I'm not a big lager guy, but I like this one a lot.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle. Light orange with a finger of white foam. Straw and yeast smell. Medium feel. Tastes of grass, citrus, and a touch of spice. Very good for the style.

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Photo of RBuckley73
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MFS_71
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop_God
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zstamper
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Running2far
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice crisp and flavorful lager.More Hops than the Steam. Had this at the outdoor garden in San Fran. Great outdoor beer.

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Photo of ConnorMobs
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dmac99
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such a well made brew. Crisp and flavorful.

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Photo of tottel
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of knp5280
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of desint
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giangio
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ned57
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good with a bit more hops than Steam. Nice flavor and Anchor is a top tier brewery to me.

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Photo of Suds
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes, in the right circumstances, I appreciate a good American lager. Clear, Golden and light headed. The smell has a bit of malt and lots of cereal grain....sweet. Light in body. Balanced. Not huge with flavor, and slightly sulfury. Easy to drink. Sweetish cereal finish. Not a bad throwback beer.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly pedestrian lager / ale that is easy drinking and should appeal to any beer fan. Give it a try.

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California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,228 ratings