Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,192 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:
1,192
Reviews:
236
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
320
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,192 |  Reviews: 236
Photo of singletary
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I drank it from a 12 oz bottle. Nice taste and smell to it, has a bit of a bite to it but still very drinkable. I would have another one of this in the future. Overall a very nice lager.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, drank straight from it.
Nice, crisp flavors and an easy drinker.
A touch of Euro feel to the lager, but overall, very good.
I would definitely consider this as a go to lager.

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

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reminded me a lot of Pilsner Urquell in its workmanlike approach and classic balance. Earthy. Not exciting exactly, but good. I could go for one of these once in a while when the mood strikes. Very nice, soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of canarycommotion
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very agreeable lager - a lovely find in a small pub with a quirky beer menu. It pours, looks and smells on point for a lager - white fizzy head, active carbonation, and a bready odor. The taste is lovely - malt forward and crackery - reminiscent of stoned wheat thins in the best way possible. The finish is extremely dry, with just enough hopping to remind you this is a well-crafted brew.

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

Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad and it's rather enjoyable through the first half of the can. But after that it just kinda flattens out like it's been sitting in the sun too long. Overall, it has a nice smooth hoppy finish but nothing too exciting. I'll revisit someday

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Photo of tongbliss
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Georgedisrespectful
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good solid beer.

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

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAbastard760
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SGT_Cookie
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's not bad on first drink but it has a coppery aftertaste which isn't very pleasant and it's not great tasting anyway. A middle of the road forgetable beer.

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

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

Dark gold to amber appearance, 1" of white head. Aroma was largely neutral, maybe a minor amount of hops (Cluster) and lager yeast that wasn't pungent at all.

Lots of barley noticeable, good to check that in a lager, no adjunct corn or rice here. So rare I talk about malt in a lager. Less fruity yeast than in the steam ale. Cluster hops well placed in the flavor and bittering, floral.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours golden, with a quickly fading minimal white head
S-Toasted carmel malt, buttered popcorn, sweet and rich with clean hops
T-Follows the nose, quite buttery, malt heavy, hops finish it off clean.
M-Super smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation. Multiple of these would be no problem.
O-Wow this surprised me. This is a nice smooth malt driven lager, sweet but crisp and clean. Very interesting.

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Photo of bombventure
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,192 ratings.
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