California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

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3.69/5
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1,228 Ratings
California LagerCalifornia 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:
#32,848
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
1,228
pDev:
11.38%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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53
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Ratings: 1,228 |  Reviews: 248
Photo of dandy14
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Bought a single 12oz from Don Quiojte $1.79
Clear golden color
Light-Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light malt flavors
Overall just ok. Nothing to justify a premium price.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Average looking straw amber colour with foamy white head. Not much aroma and tastes smooth but nothing that stands out. Mouthfeel is pretty good and goes down smooth but still nothing to make this lager stand out. Just slightly better than average.

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Photo of sethcroisant
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely Amber with a white bubbly head that hangs around.

Lemon, citrus, nutty fruit, and rich cereal grain backed by a slight floral bouquet.

Taste follows nose lemon citrus bite followed by a nutty fruit malt flowing to a solid cereal grain malt backbone. An excellent lager.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

From Elcervevero. In Teku glass. After dinner. Null aroma and not much taste, just some grassy notes that becomes worst as it warms up. Bigger body than usual. No defects but boring.

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Photo of KennyDerenbecker
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThePold
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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 -10%
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 +1.9%
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 -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrider
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoponit
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -3%
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 +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pootz
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BellinghamBiker
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,228 ratings