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RATINGS: 688   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18744) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Can at home in London - sourced from BeerMerchants. Pours perfectly clear gold, effervescent with a frothy white head. The aroma holds lots of grainy malts, slight berries, ripe orange. Light-medium sweet flavor, some pale bread, white grape, grain, hay, sugar, faint caramel. Light bodied with average carbonation. Simplistic finish, some lightly toasted cereal, pale bread, more grains, sun-baked hay, citrus rind. Only a very small notch above regional lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2015
12 ounce single bottle from the local Harris Teeter, as part of a create your own six-pack. Pours a golden color with a thin head. Light aroma of yeast. Taste is a light toasted malt with a slight bitter after taste. Nothing too special about this beer, probably tastes beer as a draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sarpa (1381) - FINLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle 355ml from Alko. Pours clear golden with a nice white head. Hay and grass, malts in the aroma. Malty, smooth, a bit bitter, balanced flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BitchPls (763) - FINLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Pale orange. Foam is big and white. Some bitterness in aroma. Sweetness from malts. Decent bitterness. Nice drinkability. A good lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
arsol (989) - NORWAY - FEB 28, 2015
Lys, litt tåkete med hvitt skum. Lukter malt og litt sødme. Sødme i smaken også litt kjedelig tam lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vighals (3256) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2015
Gulbrun noe tåkete med lavt hvitt skum. Honning og maltlukt. Lett. Søtlig i smak med lett bitter avslutning.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RexTalionis (3522) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Golden color, whitish head. Notes of malts and grassy meadow in aroma. Grassy bitterness and bready malts in taste. Sweetish finish. There’s something though here that I like, extra points for that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
domienS (250) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2015
Pours a clear blonde beer with a small, unstable white head, has some pearling. Smells malty, some hop, bit flowery. Tastes bitter. Palate is small, non alcoholic. Well saturated. OK but nothing special at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerheart65 (1421) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Pale straw, short thin head. Grainy dry aroma, mild distant fruit. Nice malty flavor with bit hoppyness balancing, light body and feel, potent carbonation, very easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Bottled. Goldeny orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, some sweet herbal notes as well as some mild metallic and grainy notes as it got a bit warmer. Flavour is bready, grainy, some slight herbal notes along with mild floral and grassy notes.

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