California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

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3.69/5
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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:
#33,189
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
1,231
pDev:
11.38%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 1,231 |  Reviews: 250
Photo of BellinghamBiker
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Urk1127
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AxlSkull
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from a six-pack purchased at the LCBO; best before Mar 2019 and served well chilled.

Pours a crystal clear medium golden hue; highly effervescent, with one finger of soapy white foam generated atop. Excellent head retention for a pale lager, as it manages to last for the better part of ten minutes before finally wilting down to a generously-proportioned collar of suds. Decent lacing; pretty attractive-looking. The aroma is very basic - I want to say it smells like a beer and leave it at that, but that's probably bad form. It smells mostly of grainy pale barley malts and crackery sweetness, with the Cluster hops imparting some distinctly floral undertones and hints of grassy hay. Clean and fairly enticing, at least if you're a lager-head like me.

Now this right here, this is a quality pale lager. Straightforward flavour profile - as it was back then, and as it should be -
there's plenty of pale malt graininess, with subtle notes of bready, biscuity sweetness popping up throughout the sip. Grassy, floral hop bitterness rounds out the back end, lasting into a brief aftertaste that also includes a hint of their house yeast. Light body, with appropriately assertive carbonation that prickles the palate gently yet firmly. Crisp texture and thirst-quenching, with outstanding drinkability.

Final Grade: 4.17, a very solid A-. Anchor's California Lager is a prime example of how simplicity does not equate with blandness. Pale lagers are an underappreciated category on this site, but I have always felt that they can be every bit as enjoyable as pale ales or imperial what-have-yous - and though they may lack complexity, they excel at sessionability (which is often a more relevant concern, at least for myself). This is just a damn fine lager, any way you slice it. I think I prefer Anchor Steam over this, but either one would be a more-than-welcome addition to my refrigerator. If you like pale lagers, this is a beer that you simply must try.

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

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

Photo of Electros
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlampe83
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a st. Arnold barrel glass.

Look is a light orang with a creamy head.

Aroma is a deep biscuity with lager yeast at the end.

Aroma is an interplay of malt and yeast. Rich and creamy.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcbogantes
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,231 ratings