Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,171 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:
1,171
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
308
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Dreyski
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PMarcy78
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cliff1066
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SGR1220
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clarknova
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a moderate, frothy, bright white foam with good retention. Medium malt aromas with fruity apple and pear notes through the middle and faint lemon peel near the end. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. A brief light creamy feel through the middle is followed by a tangy carbonic bite that accentuates the hop bitterness. Medium light malt flavor up front followed by light citrus notes and medium bitterness through the middle. Light apple and pear flavors from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dryly with light fruity flavors and lingering bitterness. Easy drinking, crisp, and flavorful.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DallasK
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nugganooch
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a true Pilsner glass
Notes taken from 08/22/15

Golden honey colored body – light amber look with a minimal amount of yeast haze.
Smells is of creamy malts. Grains and breads with some spiced hops, leafy greens, stone fruit and a crisp lager yeast note.
Tastes much the same with a very traditional beery lager flavor. Bready and lightly toasted with some mild earth and spice hops. Fallen orchard fruits and some leafy grasses. Low actual bitterness. Nothing here to really excite the senses. Smooth and creamy which goes down swiftly. Low moderate carbonation with a crisp sensation in the finish.
Has a very blue-collar attraction. Drinkable but also forgettable.

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Photo of SDL1911
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patlee3324
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drmeto
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear golden-amber with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-honey,vanilla,biscuity,marzipan,spicy,spruce,cooked potatoes
T:
-honey,spicy,biscuity,grassy,grapefruit,nutty
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium,soft carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A Bomb-ass Lager.
Very Czech in Character, it can keep up with the best Euro Examples.

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Photo of kamaal
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of madelf66
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gspeer711
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
2" sudsy white head falls moderately with some mild lacing. Color is clear golden with plenty of streaming carbonation. Pleasant of aroma of sweet malts, cracker, floral & citrus hops. Flavors of bread crust, cracker, pine, citrus, floral. Overall a very well done lager.

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Photo of andpit
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,171 ratings.
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