Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,184 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:
1,184
Reviews:
234
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
315
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,184 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A. Light golden with 1/2 inch head with nice lacing
S. Nice crackery, grassy aroma with slight Anchor hop signature aroma
T. Crisp and mellow at the same time, only Anchor can pull this off.
O. Perfect lager and comes in a can!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of h4ger
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ericstites
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Pretty good for a lager. German quality.

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

Photo of SABERG
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no canning date, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a two-finger foamy and bubbly white head that quickly to leave just a ring around the edge

S- grainy aroma with some notes of bread crust, floral and grassy hop, a bit of sulphur

T- slightly peppery, with some toasted breadth malt, honey sweetness with a bit of citrus, grassy and floral hop with a grainy dry finish

M- medium-light body with moderate-light carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- an easy drinking lager that shows no obvious flaws, would pair well with food

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Photo of Madbum101214
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite anchor beer because even though it's not an IPA, it packs a great amount of flavor.

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

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebrood1987
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent look and lacing on this one. Sharp lemony hops and grain on the smell but the taste is even better! So smooth and well made. You get the sharp hops all the way through with a bready biscuit malt with a minimal grainyness comes through in the middle of the taste. Right up there with Boston Lager as my favorite lager!

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

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

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1mrbeer
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.49 for a variety 6-pack
Purchased: June 26, 2015
Consumed: June 26, 2015
Misc.: Grading this on a curve, since it was still a tad warm

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 7-to-8 fingers of khaki white, fluffy head. That settled down to a nice top, but the head was crazy. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention on the top. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled cereal, wheat, honey, corn, grass, caramel and bread. Like a lager should. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted similar to the nose, reminding me more or a good American Adjunct Lager than an American Pale Lager. Got honey, corn cereal (Kix, Corn Puffs, etc.), grass, sourdough bread, honey wheat and caramel. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, crisp finish. (Feel - 3.75)

For the style, this was a good beer. I enjoyed it. (Overall - 3.75)

3.74 | 84 | B

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Photo of Brolo75
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a shaker pint

A: It had a big white, bright head that disappeared, clear golden color, lot of big bubbles come up from the bottom. Some minor lacing.

A: Malts, some slight floral hop aromas, bread, biscuit type aromas, slight citrus zest, alcohol is not present.

T: First thing I realized is that this is really smooth and easy drinking, flavors blend well, yeast up front, sweet malt flavors, goes into a nice mellow lemon zest flavor, there are some grassy and grainy notes, this beer has a lot of complexity, finishes slightly bitter, very good.

M: Thin mouthfeel, finishes dry, leaves a grainy feeling on the roof of my mouth.

O: I am very impressed with this beer, very balanced, easy drinking, lots of complexity on the flavor, the yeast flavor coming through is unique to compared to other lagers I've tried, very well done.

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Photo of drpimento
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Has a huge, thick head that slowly settles and some lace with a clear amber color. Aroma is fresh pale lager beer. Flavor is a nice, balanced bittersweet with just right tang. Body is excellent. Extremely drinkable brew. I really like this!

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let this one warm up, the pale malts are lovely and complemented by the spicy Cluster hops. The barley is doughy and bready with a little toasty note. Very drinkable and fun for beer geeks. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Chickenshack
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,184 ratings.
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