California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

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3.69/5
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1,219 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:
#31,320
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
1,219
pDev:
11.38%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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52
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Ratings: 1,219 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of habaceeba
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MouldyCrow
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thommo_nk
4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is superb, it has the best frothy head of any lager I have ever tried and coats the glass as you drink. It has a slightly hazy appearance, perhaps it is unfiltered but I am not sure. Taste is light and hoppy with a subtle bitterness. Summer in a glass or indeed a 330mL can.

Cheers.

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Photo of monkist
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caburdette51
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 88caprice
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tall glass.
Overall: a great, straightforward American pale lager.
Looks golden and bubbly with a huge foamy head.
Smells like a lager with some grassiness and malt.
Tastes balanced, malty, and grassy.
Feels very sparkly and clean.

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Photo of Bendulum
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bombelsky
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden clear. Nice, two fingers tall, frothy off-white head. Not persisting. Spare lacing.
Moderate malt aroma, moderate aroma of spicy and floral hops.
Medium-high bitter flavor balanced with medium malt sweetness.
High carbonation, watery, medium body, long dry finish, crisp, fresh, spicy.

Fresh pre-proh. lager. Reminds some of European pilsners.

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Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of swierczt
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themegamancave
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty. The taste is hoppy, malty, kinda yeasty. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with almost no head, big, swift bubbles.

Aroma is rather faint, malty.

Crisp and easy, light yet grounded.
Initial simplicity giving way to subtle honey, moderate bread flavors.

Subtle grandeur.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnotherDisease
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjurney
4.66/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Golden color, clear. Lots of carbonation. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Sweet pale malts, biscuity, some spicy-floral hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet pale malts, bready, biscuity, faint honey. Hop bitterness is moderate, mostly spicy-floral. Finish is very crisp, a little dry. Medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, super drinkable.

Overall:
Well made lager!!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is yellow crystalline. The head is white, created a two finger thick head but then it went to just one finger thick. Shows a below average retention. No lacing.
S: The aroma is mostly sweet, like big brand beer lager. In the back there's a big malty profile followed by a hint of alcohol, already showing some presence here.
T: The taste is very straightforward, as it is just a loooong profile of malt. Nothing else is present here. It's kinda blank this but I'm really not a lager fan.
M: Body is medium low to low. Carbonation is high and harsh. Bitterness is almost non-existent.
O: Easily the most bland Anchor beer I've had to this date.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dreyski
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PMarcy78
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,219 ratings