Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager
BA SCORE
3.69/5
1,202 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
Ranking:
#29,440
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
1,202
pDev:
11.38%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
325
Trade:
0
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Photo of BehnLovesBeer
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Above average lager taste.

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Photo of PGD120
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgarvis
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of curtisjoseph
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DOCRW
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djcpub
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Out of a can. I really enjoy this. It has a very enjoyable bready and honey taste. Excellent for a summer drink or a lunch drink. Light, but quite flavorful. I'd get it again.

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Photo of beegs
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beershrine
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Cans

Pours very nicely into a 17oz British glass. Clear golden and bright
Smells hoppy and fresh
Taste is fantastic a little aggressive on the hop load
Mouth feel lingers hops with a malt background, stays on the tongue awhile
I like Cluster hops just don't over use them. In 1876 they probably didn't use
as much hops as today and they were only half as strong so with authenticity
they are way off.

Overall it's a very good beer. I will buy again.
Beautiful packaging great job.

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Photo of Spike
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy, gold with an orange sheen. No carbonation visible. Two finger, fluffy head dissipates to a cap but leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Quite a prominent nose for a lager. Malt up-front with grains in the background. No nasty adjuncts.

T: Spicy, herbal, dry, hoppy.

F: Medium body with a good, solid level of bitterness. A little sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Plus creamy carbonation.

O: A great American lager. Drink it cold. Drink it all the time. If this is what American beer used to taste like in the 1800s it makes prohibition even more incomprehensible.

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

Photo of Foley67
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheStocky
4.51/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly smooth and refreshing beer. Taste is very good and and strong. Extremely solid lager.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy brass with towers of pitted sandstone head that webs. 4
Lots of grass, flowers and hay with thin honey malts underneath. 4
Thread of pils sweetness, a touch of tartness, slight lemon, and some jagged herbal hops. 3.75
Slight orange peel end and ringing herbal tea linger.
Past light, round, some snap. 3.75

There is definite IBUs, which is not expected in an American lager. Should bite crisper in the body. Would like to know more about Cluster - there's a leafy thing to the hops that almost goes dank, and a citrus thing that seems almost proto-Cascade. Plenty more character than a macro, and some change from the expected lager profile.
Rough, in a good way. 3.75

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Photo of jbmann
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of milwaukee512
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of s4s
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cokeandodie
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brandon632
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jtaylord
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice lager. Definitely has that Californian influence. Light, crisp, and clean flavor profile. Not bready or heavy, no stickiness from the yeast. Almost a slight saltiness to it and somewhat on the dry side. Very easy to throw a few of these back at a time.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kalafkalasch
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of riotontheroad
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,202 ratings
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