Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

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85
very good
1,197 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:
1,197
Reviews:
239
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
323
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ThePold
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a glass. Fresh. Darker than some lagers, and tarter, too. Not much head. Mild carbonation. Taste and feel is a good lagerish palate pleaser. I would always get this when I'm seeking a lager, but honestly that is only an occasional occurrence.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Willi Becher glass. Stamped 7JK.
3.75/3/3.25/3.75/3.5
A: Pours with a vigorous two fingers of loose head that fades quickly. Perfectly clear amber-yellow with moderate effervescence.
S: Smells sweet, lagery, and yeasty.
T/M: Pleasant, straightforward lager profile. That's not meant as a knock. Much more sweetness than sulfur, this is the style of lager that I could knock back with a burger or enjoy as a small domestic upgrade. If someone likes Budweiser, they will really like this. Malty and smooth, with only a touch of hops or carbonation.
O: More like a euro-lager without any of their pitfalls (skunkiness, sulfur, terrible aftertaste) than a light beer, this is a classic lager that succeeds in its style, but not on its merits.

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Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw color with a finger of fluffy head. The nose is distinctly pilsner malty. The body is hearty for the style with a decent semi-dry finish.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrider
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoponit
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a clear golden yellow colored body with a half finger foamy white head that dies and leaves some thick foamy white lacing that spiderwebs pretty nice. The carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace. The smell has some light citrusy-fruit with a decent cracker-like spice coming through kinda peppery. The taste has a lager-like sweetness strong with that nice cracker-like spice blending pretty nice along with a sweet cracker-like aftertaste with a clean sweet dry finish. On the palate, it sits fairly light on the body with a decent to moderate harshness trying to take a bite, but actually stays somewhat smooth for the most part. There is a decent sessionability for this one. Overall, this is a good American Pale Lager well worthy of coming back to, I’ll look to have this one definitely again in the summer months.

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Photo of PrestonJEdge
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good lager!

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Photo of ckaire69
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pootz
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle - pours a lightly hazed honey gold lager with a puffy white cap. Aroma is pungent with bready malts and a herb-floral undertone, a wee pit of sweetness mingles with some woodiness. Flavor is big on lush rounded malts, decent balance from some bright hopping , never sweet but malt-pronounced.... moderate finish still well balanced and rounded goes a little bitter with a nice fresh bread after taste. A great American lager like they were before prohibition malty hoppy, sturdy and satisfying. I bet this is awesome when fresh on tap. I’d drink this all summer if it were available here

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Photo of mkh895
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,197 ratings.
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