Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,174 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:
1,174
Reviews:
233
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
309
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,174 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
2" sudsy white head falls moderately with some mild lacing. Color is clear golden with plenty of streaming carbonation. Pleasant of aroma of sweet malts, cracker, floral & citrus hops. Flavors of bread crust, cracker, pine, citrus, floral. Overall a very well done lager.

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Photo of andpit
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of S_McAteer_95
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Anchor's California Lager off the single shelf at Binnys in my old hood. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent is faint not much there perhaps some wet grain. The taste is nicely balanced and very easy to drink....great session lager. There is a touch of biscuit that give it a good foundation. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of Papawheelie
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
4.93/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mschlatterbeck
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JakeScully
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this American pale Lager from Anchor into a teku glass.

Good! I was reminded of the typical aroma from Anchor and could recognize it in a blind taste.

This brewery delivers, you can safely purchase it... CHEERS!

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: clear straw yellow, with a thin white, long lasting head
S: biscuit malt and a slight earthiness
T: malty, earthiness from the hops
F: very light body, but a good upfront mouthfeel
O: need more good lagers like this....well done

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy pale gold color. White, sticky crown of foam. Rather lacy.
Sweet biscuit malt, slightly earthy and funky from the yeast and also very herbal in the nose.
History comes alive with this brew. Love original recipe recreations. This one has a nice, if not rather thin, malty flavor, honey, bready and amber malt tasting. Vety subtle hops, although, earthy and slightly sour along with the heady yeast makes this interesting, if not slightly mundane compared to todays big complex offerings.
Based on true style, it delivers exactly what it promises, and not much more.
The feel is pretty light, rather thin in fact.
I really dig it when modern brewers bring back an historic brew from the the ages past, however, at the end of the day i have to review a beer based on how much I liked it. Complexity of flavor is low, easy to drink and rathet enjoyable, but slightly mundane.

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Photo of Triple569
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Anchor Brewing Company "California Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "6FX" = bottled on 2016 February 24
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

The question was put forth, "What breweries do you find you can always rely on?", and one of my answers to that is Anchor. With very few exceptions they've always put out solid beers, and each one of them has always had a clear Anchor character. This one is no exception, despite the fact that it's actually a re-creation of a beer that was brewed way back in 1876.

In the glass it's a deep amber that's headed towards becoming copper in color, with a lovely white head of creamy froth that holds well and leaves some remarkable lacing behind.

The aroma is floral and spicy (cinnamon?) with a hint of yeasty sulphur over a delicately caramel accented maltiness.

The flavor follows suit but adds a touch of fruitiness (juicy apples and berries), and a bit of grassiness. The Anchor yeast is quite clear, although not nearly as clear as it is in their flagship Steam Beer. It's superbly balanced, allowing the malt to shine upfront and then steadily erode through to the finish which is dry but not bitter. Some floral, fruity, spicy, and grassy notes linger gently for some time.

In the mouth it's light-medium with a gentle, delicate caress of carbonation across the palate.

In the end it's fairly basic, and really nicely balanced - but it's also really quite unique due to it's floral and fruity character. I even wonder, is there some cinnamon or other spice added, or is that perhaps coming from the Cluster hops? It's massively drinkable, and I can't imagine a situation wherein it wouldn't work or would seem out of place. As stated at the outset, this is another completely reliable beer from the Anchor Brewing Company. It may not turn heads, but I doubt any head would turn away from it.

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Photo of Campodog
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 8BaconBits
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DocD
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Buddance
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dentist666
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into lager glass.
Slightly hazy orange golden beer, good off-white head and retention.
Smell - grain, salty cracker, hay, cereals.
Taste - grainy, good hopping.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mklmcgrew
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chris826
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,174 ratings.
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