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RATINGS: 671   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (2110) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2015
12oz bottle pours a clear golden with a large white head. Aroma of caramel malt, lager yeast, and mild hop spice. Taste is similar to aroma, pretty tasty and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Can at home. The aroma was pleasant with sweet grains, bread, some honey and light citrus. Flavor was dominated by a sweet bread taste and lightly grassy hops. Not a bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
edsspoon (855) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle - golden with a fizzy white head which shortly fades away. Aroma of wheat and fruits. Taste of fruits, yeast and hay with a light toastiness and some sourness. Light body, prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (856) - Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2015
12 oz can. Clear golden and very bubbly with big off-white head. Aroma is light lemon citrus. Light body sweet malt, typical lager with all flavors centered around the malt and some citrus hop. This one is light on the hop (as the style calls for). It is very nice considering the category: I give it a 3.5 when compared to all beers in the world, I’d give it a 4.6 is all beers in the world were categorized as "premium lager" or if that is all I had ever had in my life. I would buy a case for a BBQ or use this to ease a macro drinker into craft beer. It’s actually quite good right from the can too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Niller (1356) - Hammel, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle from Fakta. Pours golden/yellow with a good white head. Light bitter taste of malts, grain, grass, hint of fruits. Soft carbonation. A bit watery. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KoNrRiI (1150) - Århus, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2015
0.355 bottle. Clear, gold color and virtually no head. Aroma of caramel, hops, delicate herbs, and some flowers. Taste is sweet, malty, with noticeable floral and herbal notes. Medium body, slick texture, and lively carbonation. Finish is medium long at best and gradually leaves a delicate, hoppy astringency. Overall a bit better than a standard pale lager due to this herbal additions, although still it remains within the usual spectrum.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1952) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2015
Golden coloured beer with an medium white head. Aroma is malty. Flavor is malty with some hay notes. Light to medium palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mikkellund42 (746) - DENMARK - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with medium white head. Aroma is malt, grass, hay, flowers and hops. Taste is light sweet, medium to very bitter and light acidic. Body is watery with lively carbontaion. Finish is long and rather bitter with notes of hops, hay, grass, flowers, lemonade and lime juice. Also some dry notes of rice (eventhough there’s no rice in the ingredients list?). Refreshing and quenching.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5884) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2016 12oz bottle from Wegmans, Buffalo, NY. Pale amber with a thin white head and light carbonation; pleasantly floral aroma; crisp, dry, and full bodied, this is a well constructed lager with a good balance of malts and grassy, citrusy hops. A grown-up lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4190) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear golden pour, thin white head. Aroma is slightly spicy, slightly grainy, some floral hops, a hint of citrus and a bit fruity. Flavor is subtle bitter, somewhat dry and a bit thin. Still well balanced and very refreshing.

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