California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

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California LagerCalifornia 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

A nice full-bodied lager beer. Different in flavor from German style lagers such as Beck's or St. Pauli Girl.

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3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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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3.32/5  rDev -10%

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2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.64/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a two finger head of just off-white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with just some hints of a bready and graininess mixed with a very small amount of a floral and grassy hops.

Taste – The taste begins a mix of a drier cracker and bready taste as well as a little bit of a caramel and floral flavors. The caramel fades more and more as the taste advances with a bit more of a floral hop and some grassy notes taking its place. Some graininess and a slight hay-like flavor join the taste profile at the end, leaving one with a very crisp and dry, but rather clean taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer quite thin with a carbonation level that is a little on the higher side. Both are perfect for the lighter abv and very crisp flavors of the brew, making for a nice easy drinking lager.,

Overall – Crisp, crackery, and somewhat moderately hopped for a lager. This is a nice summer time brew with a good flavor, but having a quite refreshing taste and feel.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,228 ratings