Anchor California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager
1,216 Ratings
Anchor California LagerAnchor California Lager

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Golden color with a big white head, it's light bodied and well carbonated. Has that classic lager aroma with a little lemon and slight banana esters. Taste had a slight tang which I didn't fault it for, it was malty and finished clean, but I definitely didn't note it for any complexity. A versatile beer that's refreshing any time.

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Light-to-medium bodied and decently refreshing. Significantly bitter in the back end.

I would like it except for that bitterness.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Initially tasty and refreshing, don't really like the after taste

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Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,216 ratings
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