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RATINGS: 683   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JPC1524 (122) - Devon, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Not your typical lager. Immediate hoppy bitterness attacks the senses but mellows quickly.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (2059) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2015
2X BMC! Bland lager style...but lots of flavor and body ! Fun to try, but many superiors

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (6422) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
35cl Bottle from Sterk. Clear deep golden colour, white head. Aroma of aspartame, minerals, sweet malts. Flavour is medium sweet, light malty, light fruity, hint of bread, light grassy bitter finish. Light bodied. Decent stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anfractuosity (345) - - MAY 22, 2015
Not a bad lager, but not exceptional either. Not especially malty..............

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltman53 (465) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle pours a copper color lager. All grains and herbs on the nose. Soft grainy, bready palate, with a lack of hops or bitter finish. Overall, quite different from a Bo Pilsner, but lacks structure for my taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2015
355 ml bottle, as Anchor California Lager, from Fakta, Denmark. ABV is 4.9%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Sweetish aroma of malts and floral, herbal and fruity hops. The flavour is medium dry, well hopped throughout, with a fairly bitter aftertaste. A well made lager - simple, but decent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1935) - Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Appearance: deep honey gold with a finger of white head and minimal lacing. Aroma: grainy, with a bit of biscuit, then light honey and some grassy, herbal notes. Taste: as the aroma indicates, with the addition of a bit of lemon. Finish: clean and crisp, with a bit of herbal hop character lasting longer than expected. Notes: I love a good lager, so I was expecting a lot. For me, it was just meh. Bottle from Total Wine & More, McLean, Virginia.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geiserich (4122) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle: Malty, bready and toasty aroma, grassy and light herbal hops. Pale golden color, white head. Flavor is bready, malty with grassy hop, medium bitterness. Pilsner styled lager, but not too special.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3380) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhamp9 (1669) - 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.


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