Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,176 Ratings
Anchor California LagerAnchor California 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
Ratings:
1,176
Reviews:
233
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
309
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,176 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of Electros
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlampe83
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a st. Arnold barrel glass.

Look is a light orang with a creamy head.

Aroma is a deep biscuity with lager yeast at the end.

Aroma is an interplay of malt and yeast. Rich and creamy.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SoCalBeck
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a revisit. It has been a while since I have drunk Anchor. Anyway here is my review of this fine product. Poured out of a 12 ounce can into a clean pint glass. The liquid poured a fairly light color with some bubbles streaming. The head was thick and frothy, settling after a few minuets. I detected a very faint aroma of biscuit and maybe just a hint of sweet malts. The beer tasted like...well...beer but it was not overwhelming. I really liked the low a.b.v. which meant I could drink a few and not feel sick. I felt that the mouth feel was medium and not slick. Very refreshing. My over all impression was the same I had before. This is a well made and very flavorful beer. An excellent product which is saying something since I usually tend to drink ales and stouts most of the time. I must say I like this better and would reach for A.C.L. over say Liberty Ale. Grade wise based on my observations I would give Anchor California Lager a solid A.

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Photo of jcbogantes
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of habaceeba
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MouldyCrow
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thommo_nk
4.73/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is superb, it has the best frothy head of any lager I have ever tried and coats the glass as you drink. It has a slightly hazy appearance, perhaps it is unfiltered but I am not sure. Taste is light and hoppy with a subtle bitterness. Summer in a glass or indeed a 330mL can.

Cheers.

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Photo of monkist
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caburdette51
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 88caprice
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tall glass.
Overall: a great, straightforward American pale lager.
Looks golden and bubbly with a huge foamy head.
Smells like a lager with some grassiness and malt.
Tastes balanced, malty, and grassy.
Feels very sparkly and clean.

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Photo of Bendulum
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bombelsky
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden clear. Nice, two fingers tall, frothy off-white head. Not persisting. Spare lacing.
Moderate malt aroma, moderate aroma of spicy and floral hops.
Medium-high bitter flavor balanced with medium malt sweetness.
High carbonation, watery, medium body, long dry finish, crisp, fresh, spicy.

Fresh pre-proh. lager. Reminds some of European pilsners.

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Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of swierczt
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themegamancave
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty. The taste is hoppy, malty, kinda yeasty. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with almost no head, big, swift bubbles.

Aroma is rather faint, malty.

Crisp and easy, light yet grounded.
Initial simplicity giving way to subtle honey, moderate bread flavors.

Subtle grandeur.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnotherDisease
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjgsilva
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,176 ratings.
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