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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Anchor Steam’s® roots go back to the Gold Rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made traditional lagers a viable California option. 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 American 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 craft brewing heritage. The California grizzly bear on our Anchor California Lager® label is from a woodcut by Durbin Van Vleck (1833–1898), courtesy of The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. First published in 1856 in San Francisco, it is a superbly crafted rendering of an original illustration by Charles Christian Nahl (1818–1878), who had painted both eastbound and westbound versions of this bear. Nearly a century later, Nahl’s bear served as inspiration for the design of the bear on California’s modern state flag. Although that bear is heading west, our bear—like the bear on Boca Brewing’s historic lager label—is heading east.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackradioboy (169) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle from M&S. Unusual. Quite smooth with reasonable depth and finish. Some biscuit. Ok-ish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 4/18/2015 Total Score: 3
Bottle from M&S. Unusual. Quite smooth with reasonable depth and finish. Some biscuit. Ok-ish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewTom (556) - - JUL 10, 2015
Golden coloured with Snow White top. Clean yeast aroma. First a hit of carbonation is followed by a smooth, silk palate. Then the bitterness sneaks up on you giving a dry, herbal, piney finish. A pure refreshment. Rated by BrewTom

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sigh_borg (96) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Pours orange-gold with big white frothy head. Aroma dominated by grain-- bready, malty, with some yeast and citrus as well. Taste is mild, with some of the lagery yeast coming through on the palate. Not sweet, barely any bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and very carbonated. Overall refreshing and enjoyable, but there are better lagers out there for sure; wouldn’t choose this one again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
g_georgiou (445) - CYPRUS - JUN 30, 2015
Clear orange body with a medium to large white head. Aroma is malt, straw, a bit herbal, some fruit. Taste is light bitter, a bit of a hoppy dryness. Soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Type: 12-oz. can Glass: Lagunitas mason jar From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif. Price: $8.49 for a variety 6-pack Purchased: June 26, 2015 Consumed: June 26, 2015 Misc.: Grading this on a curve, since it was still a tad warm Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 7-to-8 fingers of khaki white, fluffy head. That settled down to a nice top, but the head was crazy. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention on the top. (Sight - 3.50) Smelled cereal, wheat, honey, corn, grass, caramel and bread. Like a lager should. (Smell - 3.88) Tasted similar to the nose, reminding me more or a good American Adjunct Lager than an American Pale Lager. Got honey, corn cereal (Kix, Corn Puffs, etc.), grass, sourdough bread, honey wheat and caramel. (Taste - 3.75) Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, crisp finish. (Feel - 3.88) For the style, this was a good beer. I enjoyed it. (Overall - 3.88) 3.80 86 B+

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3765) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2015
22oz bottle 6/29/15 (Jewel-Clearance rack)-36° in Lager Glass-Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of hops, malt, biscuit, and grains. Taste of the same with some bitterness and citrus. This light bodied brew is not bad but it does nothing for me.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gunnfryd (13900) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2015
KØLF 281214. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is grain, butterscotsch, fruit. Aroma is butterscotsch, grain, fruit, toffee. Boring beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2966) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Has a huge, thick head that slowly settles and some lace with a clear amber color. Aroma is fresh pale lager beer. Flavor is a nice, balanced bittersweet with just right tang. Body is excellent. Extremely drinkable brew. I really like this!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oldschool_Mike (299) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear straw yellow colour with a finger of white head. Aroma is a touch sulfury. Taste is grain with nice bitterness from the hops. Pretty good lager.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBHansen (685) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2015
bottle @ Hugos w friends/Don+silverfox+the native. Appearance: pours clear golden with ok off-white soapy head with lacing. aroma/taste: bread, toffee and some citrus notes. palette: light to medium aroma, medium carbonation, light body, average malt sweetness, with limited balance by the light bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: decent but uninspiring


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