California Lager
Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Lager - American
Ranked #94
Ranked #25,256
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
Apr 09, 2022
Feb 15, 2013
California LagerCalifornia Lager
Notes: 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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4 by Beecham from California on Apr 09, 2022
3.63 by QuintusHorace from California on Mar 17, 2022
3.83 by Hophazzard from California on Feb 14, 2022
3.9 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2021
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3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by TheSixthRing from California

I'm not sure how I never reviewed this back in the day, but I'm not gonna bother with a proper review now. It's a unique lager, but not too different from their steam, and it's too dry and with that signature Anchor "sawdust" character for me to really wanna drink it again.

Nov 02, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HipCzech from Texas

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a 7 oz tall Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden yellow with a sudsy head of bright white foam.

Smell: Clean aromas of cereal grain and floral hops.

Taste: Light, refreshingly flavor with a nice balance of pale malt body and just enough spicy, floral hops and clean butter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, smooth and crisp carbonation.

Overall: Any easy drinker with a nice balance of malt body and crisp hops.

Oct 28, 2021
3.81 by JTuomi from Finland on Oct 01, 2021
3.75 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Aug 22, 2021
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4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by SoCalNative from California

Anchor Brewing makes a ton of hoppy beer.

This is the exception.

I first tried these California Lagers years ago and fell in love immediately. (I'm not a big fan of beers with a bitter hop approach. I'll drink them, but it's a "once in a great while" thing for me.) Finding a beer with a malty approach from Anchor was an eye opening moment.

This beer pours gold. I mean LITERALLY golden. Nice head for a lager, it disappeared rather fast, though. Not much visible carbonation, some, but not much. Smell is a nice mix of malt and (VERY LIGHT) fruity hops. Taste is a strong malt with slight bitter bite. (Less than a lime in a Corona.) Wonderful fullbodied flavor, nice amount of carbonation.

Overall my FAVORITE beer for the summer. You name it, it's good for it!!! From bbqs to reunions. Everyone seems to like this West coast lager!

Jul 08, 2021
2.75 by mpenske from California on Jun 28, 2021
4 by wafers from New York on Jun 25, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ZymurgyDan from Maryland

This is a really well made beer with good balance between hops and malt. It's clean with good mouth feel. Bitterness is not a clean as I would like but it's a characteristic of the Cluster hop. It's easy to drink. It tastes like beer.

Jun 07, 2021
3.75 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on May 22, 2021
3.56 by Johncnh from New Hampshire on May 15, 2021
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

I don’t want to come in here all bombastic like Lebron after winning a title (I’m a Kobe guy), because this isn’t a bombastic beer. It’s just there, chilling like a good hound dog after eating his supper. And while drinking this thing, that’s all I want to do: chill.

Be at ease, my children.

Apr 08, 2021
3.61 by O-Meg from New York on Apr 02, 2021
3.55 by Arg914 from New York on Apr 02, 2021
3.46 by funku2 from Colorado on Mar 15, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by robin13791 from England

Delicious balanced taste that is crisp and has a dark caramel smell and taste. It is not heavily carbonated but it does have a thick feel on the tongue. A beer that I have bought on more than two occasions.

Mar 11, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Jan 31, 2021
3.88 by jsgodfrey from Netherlands on Jan 07, 2021
3.78 by flgimp from Pennsylvania on Dec 15, 2020
4.06 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Nov 21, 2020
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3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by daliandragon from Maryland

This is the only the second beer I have ever had that has bragged in the description of the "krausening" process. The other, of course, is Old Style. Absolute clarity in the body, mild barley in the nose. This has a precise amount of carbonation and goes down quite nicely. Flavor is basic but limited. The aftertaste seems watery, if that is possible. Not awful, just not a lot of flavor.

Nov 04, 2020
3.49 by bret27 from California on Oct 28, 2020
3.63 by BlueSpader from Washington on Oct 04, 2020
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1.47/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by PathofChaos from Maryland

Harvest gold and crystal clear. Sprouts a slender cap of white which makes it known early that it doesn’t intend to stay long.

Dried corn husk, canned corn, basically a shitload of corn with some fermented grains behind it. If that sounds bad, it's because you have self-respect.

So light and sessionable you could almost mistake it for water, except that its rife with enough carbonation to make an unopened seltzer feel insecure.

My first mistake was paying too close attention to the palate. My second mistake was continuing to drink it. Those corn husks from earlier are a little charred now but they take a backseat to the grain; which comes forward like a some horrid bog monster. Repulsive, unseemly, and festooned with unsavory swamp grime.

Another disappointment from Anchor Brewing Co… which is astonishing, considering they brew the best porter on Earth. Drain pour.

Oct 01, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle with a 29 April 2020 bottling date stamp on the label, served in a lager glass.
Look. Exactly as expected for style, or just a shade darker, with a clear amber body and a semi-durable white head. Decent lacing.
Crisp, clean aroma and flavor. Very harmonious with a fine, mildly bitter aftertaste.
Crisp, semi-dry, medium body.
Overall. Excellent example of the style that reminds me of drinking fresh lagers in the Czech Republic.

Sep 19, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Robert34510 from Massachusetts

This is a very underrated beer, not too much well known about it, but if you are looking for a great tasting lager, go for this one.

Sep 15, 2020
3.58 by Jeez from Massachusetts on Aug 09, 2020
4.07 by RyanPollie from California on Jun 24, 2020
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3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by OrdinaryManDrinks from England

Picked this up because I was in a lager mood. It looks a bit orange tinted when poured. Maybe because I had it after a Belgian dubbel, it felt quite thin. Overall it made for a pleasant though a bit unremarkable experience.

May 28, 2020
3.88 by Lanas from Greece on May 27, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Crystal clear golden color, with quickly dissipating quarter finger white head. Aroma is of touch of floral hops and hint of pale malt. Taste starts with soft floral notes, wiff of lemon zest, that fades into a soft and lighter bread. Ends crips. Body is light. Overall a nice lager, not gonna blow your socks off, but easy drinking and well balanced though arguably more subtle than some other famous lagers.

Mar 25, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Mugman8 from New York

Part of an Anchor Variety Pack. Pours clear, copper tint, with light creamy head and some lace. Nice bready aroma, with some floral hop. Taste is bread and hops with a dry finish. Feel is light, mild carbonation. Pretty good brew, but not great.

Mar 07, 2020
4.03 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 16, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by mikeinportc from New York

Bottled 09/025/19

Pours clear coppery-orange , with light, quickly-dissipating off-white head.

Light bready aroma, slightly fruity,fresh hay, with some floral hop smell.

Taste is toast with the barest dab of orange marmalade, a hint of toffee & caramel as it warms, faint dried apple+pear, and light spicy/floral hop flavor. Mild bitterness that lends to a slighlty drying finish .

Feel is light-medium with light-side-of-moderate, very fine carbonation tingle.

Overall, enjoyable and would have it again.

Jan 07, 2020
3.87 by Ssitron from Michigan on Dec 29, 2019
3.88 by avckc from California on Nov 18, 2019
3.74 by alexsergio from New York on Nov 06, 2019
California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
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