Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,182 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:
1,182
Reviews:
234
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
313
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,182 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of rbmjr1
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Perfect clarity, golden-yellow body with nice carbonation, rich white head that, sadly, fades to barely anything. Bottle shape, art/styling/colors, story, everything is beautiful.

S: Grain/corn, kinda sweet.

T: Sweet grain, but no off- or nasty residual flavors., no real bitterness. It's not much, but it's exactly what it should be.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

O: An 'ancient ale' that isn't gimmicky, and pretty good despite it's rustic, limited roots.

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Photo of dipso123
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bshaw22
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of charlzm
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Consumed on draft.

Beer started off cold, tasting and smelling as probably intended. As it warmed, the aroma became awful with cabbage-like DMS. Could barely finish the pint.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tdenham
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't a huge fan but worth trying. Sort of an OK but unremarkable lager, but with more hop character.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3/6 (Bottle) - Pour a solid orange pour, minimal white head and nominal carbonation. Sweet orange, malt aroma, and a good texture. Taste was minimal, which was surprising based on the aroma. Lighter beer than I typically drink may have been a factor.

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Photo of Bali_hi
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of california lager drank.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrandonLBC
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnroby
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Run of the mill lager with a small note of hops

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Photo of Premo88
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into pilsener

L: orange ... much darker than lager yellow, maybe even past gold ... a reddish gold -- beautiful; 1-inch head of foam is just a bit off white, almost beige, super sticky at the top; a tight column of bubbles is percolating hard in the brew, so much activity which is creating an almost full skin on top and a thick collar; lacing is cool -- this is a 5

S: sour grain and some citrus, orange-lemon ... hints of malt sweetness in there, just a little bread malt

T: cracker big time ... a little citrusy something, light lemon-orange, and the malt sweetness goes into the bready range, but the cracker for me is undeniable; some fantastic earthy hops are playing with the sweetness; damn is this good, very grounded with that cracker-malt foundation and the pinch of bitterness while the Cluster hops offer up a range of floral and citrus notes

F: fantastic midweight with good crispness ... again ... a 5

O: this beer is FANTASTIC! it's malty, it's hoppy, it's crisp, light, drinkable ... so much flavor, and the weird hint of orange something is a twist I've not tasted in any other brew -- it's hard for me to call it "orange" for it's a floral-orange-lemon thing bouncing off the malt that is truly unique. a beer I will buy over and over and over ...

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new stand by for my fridge and collection. Into rotation. Goes right next to my NB Shift Pale Lager and Session Lager. Lucky to have this offering in my local Smith's grocery store. I like to pair this with meats and spicy dishes. Has a dry yet interesting finish. Feels like a Pilsner but not as grassy. Very refreshing and not boring. Sessionable and enjoyable. Well done Anchor. Quality shows.

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Photo of Jerryodell
4.61/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just now getting back into lagers, this will probably end up being a favorite.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass.
Aroma is malty, a little aqueous, a bit of sulfur, and only hints of green
Good looking. Quite clear and golden. Smallish white cap but good density.
Smacks and bites with a crispness that moves to tart. Strong drying on the finish with a lingering soft but noticeable bitterness. Nice malt flavors with a traditional American hops flavor running through it. Clean but not strongly so as it carries a little heft and the strong drying diminishes it some too.
A solid good drinking everyday lager.

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

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

Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A clean yellow brown in color with a nice white head on top.

S: Grainy with a little bit of a pepper note. Slightly sweet.

T: Slightly bready, with a touch of bitterness, there is a little creamy thing going on as well as a bit more of peppery hint.

M: Medium light in feel, with very active carbonation, there is a little bit of a milky feel to the finish.

O: Overall pretty good, something a little more interesting that the typical lager, although not as amazing as some other lagers in the same vein.

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Photo of EmptyPockets
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M477
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,182 ratings.
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