Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,183 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:
1,183
Reviews:
234
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
314
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BellinghamBiker
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Urk1127
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AxlSkull
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from a six-pack purchased at the LCBO; best before Mar 2019 and served well chilled.

Pours a crystal clear medium golden hue; highly effervescent, with one finger of soapy white foam generated atop. Excellent head retention for a pale lager, as it manages to last for the better part of ten minutes before finally wilting down to a generously-proportioned collar of suds. Decent lacing; pretty attractive-looking. The aroma is very basic - I want to say it smells like a beer and leave it at that, but that's probably bad form. It smells mostly of grainy pale barley malts and crackery sweetness, with the Cluster hops imparting some distinctly floral undertones and hints of grassy hay. Clean and fairly enticing, at least if you're a lager-head like me.

Now this right here, this is a quality pale lager. Straightforward flavour profile - as it was back then, and as it should be -
there's plenty of pale malt graininess, with subtle notes of bready, biscuity sweetness popping up throughout the sip. Grassy, floral hop bitterness rounds out the back end, lasting into a brief aftertaste that also includes a hint of their house yeast. Light body, with appropriately assertive carbonation that prickles the palate gently yet firmly. Crisp texture and thirst-quenching, with outstanding drinkability.

Final Grade: 4.17, a very solid A-. Anchor's California Lager is a prime example of how simplicity does not equate with blandness. Pale lagers are an underappreciated category on this site, but I have always felt that they can be every bit as enjoyable as pale ales or imperial what-have-yous - and though they may lack complexity, they excel at sessionability (which is often a more relevant concern, at least for myself). This is just a damn fine lager, any way you slice it. I think I prefer Anchor Steam over this, but either one would be a more-than-welcome addition to my refrigerator. If you like pale lagers, this is a beer that you simply must try.

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

Photo of yancot
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

06/01/2017 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 bottle 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

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