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RATINGS: 675   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Lager yeast aromas. Somewhat bland hop notes upfront with mellow grains light yeast backbeats. Average body and mouthfeel. Nice for a lager, but at the end of the day it’s still a lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhamp9 (1637) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Clear gold with a great white head. Aroma is bread, some cardboard earthy hop. Taste is biscuit, honey sweetness, and some citrus rind but thin. Crisp. Light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JBPortland (1480) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2015
12oz bottle pours clear golden orange with big head and bubbles. Nose is pretty subtle, some grainy corn and cracker, wheat and a touch of malt fruit. Taste is similar, not a whole lot going on, but not unpleasant, just spme corn, cracker, grain, light malt fruit, low bitterness, some creaminess. Finishes pretty dry and low bitterness, creamy malt grain, corn and biscuit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Madsen1635 (629) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden pour with dense white head. Aroma is fresh pilsner. Taste is lightly bitter and crispy. Medium body and average carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2973) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle from Walmart. Light copper in color. Grainy nose with some acidic quality to it. Grains and some malt up front in the flavor. Crisp and pretty clean tasting. A bit of a grassy sort of hop character. Decent lager beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madquacker (1107) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2015
Soapy and sudsy with a small head and quite a bit of water. Quite natural and authemtic in taste though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hammy78 (959) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle from a homebrewing buddy. Pours an almost clear Amber/ copper, white head that dies to a ring. No lace. Nose is A-typical Pilsner-lager. Tastes malt forward a little bitter, a little dry, a little fruit. Not my fav kind of beer, but pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8893) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle at home from M&S Watford drunk at home. Aroma is dusty grainstore, cereal, straw, some sweet malts, light caramel. Crystal clear deep golden coloured pour with a big lasting fluffy white head. Flavour is composed of cereal malts, biscuit, grainy, earthy hops, light brambles. Palate is light and dusty, little bit of sweetness and a crisp finish. Firm earthy bitterness. Pretty standard beer, brewed very well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
razzanof (72) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours golden color with minimal white head. Grainy aroma with grass notes. A subtle bitterness throughout with a light malt backbone. A slightly above average lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauritsio (736) - FINLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle from Alko. Pale with some head. Fruity, nutty and bread. Lasting bitterness. Fizzy carbonation.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

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