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Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager
BA SCORE
3.69/5
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1,210 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:
#30,439
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
1,210
pDev:
11.38%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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52
Gots:
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Ratings: 1,210 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mobrado
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very pleasant, well-rounded lager, one of the few American-brewed ones that can stand up to the big boys from Germany and the Czech Republic.

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Photo of jheimiller
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chucker17
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkawachi
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikalMick
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden hue with a small head. Smells of grain and faint lemon zest, plus grain and cracker and even biscuit. Taste is of crackers and sweet biscuit, with floral hops and a grain finish, with hints of orange and lemon zest. Overall an excellent lager. Well done.

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Photo of breardon1776
2.46/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of snowmageddon
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a bright, clean deep golden yellow with a puffy billowing white head that levees minimal lacing on my tulip.
S: grass, hay, light bready malts
M: the mouthfeel is actually a little on the creamy side for a pale lager, with some mild prickly carbonation.
T: biscuit, caramel, grass, hay. medium-length grassy/earthen hop finish
O: fantastic, refreshing beer that isn't mindblowing but does not have any huge flaws. I think the mouthfeel was a standout characteristic. Great summer beer.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.5: Weak head. Lacing is also almost non-existant. Pours out a lagery pale gold. Nothing special.

Smell 3.25: Smells like a lager. Nothing bad at this level, but certainly nothing special.

Taste 3.75: Front is dry with some nice hop bitterness. Middle also starts out dry, with some residual hoppiness. This transitions into a slight sweetness that sneaks in from the edges. Finish is dry and refreshing. Only in the aftertaste do the familiar unpleasant lager elements sneak in: corn, boiled vegetables, etc.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Good. Again, nothing special or unusual.

Overall 3.75: A good lager. If anything, it is a bit dry for the style, particularly in the mid-level of the taste. Would be good with food, etc. However, price must factor into the equation and this beer is far, far too expensive ($25 for a case of 24 in ATL, GA) for what you get. There are better (Grolsch, Heineken, Moose Head, etc.) out there for much, much less.

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

Photo of Extrajoker00
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkLinton1
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic Lager. Beautiful golden color. Old style beer with Anchor Brewing accents. Refreshing back porch Summer beer.

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Photo of kemikall
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of repl1ca
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can
Soft creamy head retained for a while after I poured into a pint glass.

Not much smell

Light malt taste, even less hops

Light on the mouth
Very refreshing.

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

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and laces lightly.

S: Grainy, lemon grass, light fruity notes, and a little sweetness.

T: Floral, lemony, spicy, a little fruity, a bit grassy, and light grainy malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp.

O: Pretty solid lager. Not my favorite style, but enjoyable.

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Photo of pkalix
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little thin but decent. Gone are the days, I guess, of simply using Beer Advocate as an organizer of beers I've tried. I've been holding on to BA for years, during untapped, etc but I suppose it's time to dump BA....

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,210 ratings
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