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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SPDickerman (1192) - Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Pours clear golden with a large off-white head. Smells of grain, malt sweetness, and a subtle earthy pininess. Taste is sweet maltiness, hints of pine. Light-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Anchor California Lager finishes with a lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (7889) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
pours unclear bright gold with a creamy/frothy white head, excellent retention and lacing - can’t get any better than that. spicy and grainy lightly toasted maltiness, fruitiness - spicy berries, lemons and limes, grassy leafiness, light woodsy vanilla, minerals, honey flowers, lightly earthy, touch of caramel and cardboard. average carboantion, light body - slightly watery; balanced herbal-grassy-spicy finish. tasty lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
panzerwolf (294) - FINLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Pours clear amber. Taste has hay and hops, a little bit grassy with just the slightest tinge of bitterness and floral notes. Light-bodied beer, easy to drink, would try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fantti (942) - FINLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Pullo @ Alko. Kaatuu tuoppiin kullankeltaisena ja kirkkaana, vaahto on muhkea ja noin 3 sormen paksuinen. Puhtaasta tuoksusta löytyy viljaisuutta, ruohoa, voimaisuutta ja hivenen makean hedelmäinen. Hieman raskas tuoksu lageriksi. Maussa viljaisuus on hyvin vahvaa, nyt ruohoisuutta ja kukkaisuuttakin on reilummin joukossa ja voimaisuutta ei tunnu. Loppumaussa on makeaa hedelmäisyyttä. Suutuntuma on melko kevyt, hivenen humaloitu ja suht raikas, vaikka onkin makea. Ihan hyvä, mutta hieman turhan raskas ja makea. Lagerilta kun odottaa raikkautta ja virkistävyyttä, nyt sitä on turhan vähän.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dermi (1130) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2015
355 ml, bottled. Pours clear orange with a white head. Aroma: Grassy hops, hay, straw. Taste: Medium sweet, some bitterness. Grassy flavours. Malt. Hay. Palate: Medium body. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Love the label. This lager has a real pound on the way. Real balanced and has an aroma that you know when you smell it. Deep flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malvrich (255) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
A: 1 inch head atop a clear yellow gold body with busy carbonation. Laces nicley too S: Piney herbal hop smell with mild malt bread. T: Much like the nose with ample hop flavor but well balanced by sharp sourdough. Tastes good an bitter. M: Light and fizzy, Refreshing and dry on the finish. O: Decent lager you can’t go wrong with. Flavorful and interesting. Available and reasonably priced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (1900) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 Keg at Grove Bar & Grill, Liverpool. Clear pale amber colour with a frothy white head. Aroma is malty with smells of grain, bread and earthy hops. Taste of sweet malt, bread, grass and a hint of banana. Moderate carbonation and light bodied. A clean, sweet malty finish. A crisp and refreshing American lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
Tasted as Anchor California Lager. I guess Anchor wouldn’t be Anchor if no Californian tradition, in this case the Cluster hops, would be attached to it somehow. Pours a deep ’old gold’ colour, yellow blonde with an ever so subtle olive hue, very slightly hazy and with calm but steady sparkling; the very lightly greyish white head, medium thick and moussy, stays closed and densely packed the whole time and makes a clearly audible crackling sound for minutes on end. Weak and pretty straightforward, but pleasant and sweet aroma of freshly baked cake, perhaps a suggestion of dried apricot, white bread, baked banana, honey, leafy and earthy hops. Neutral onset, very lightly metallic, with sharpish carbonation, quickly becoming sourish and minerally, tingling on the palate and tongue and even numbing them for a moment, proceeding in a light but delicately bready malt sweetishness and ending in a fairly hoppy, quenching finish, leafy and grassy, pretty floral too (almost honeyish), bittering and of medium length. Worthy premium lager, and if this class is to be considered as the next best thing to a classical Pilsener, I’m willing to stand up for classifying this as a genuine Pilsener - and a good one at that. The Anchor brewery, as the grandfather of American craft beer culture, has always more or less restrained from wild experiments and keeps thing simple, but never disappoints. Very decent, to say the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgiskOlklub (1052) - Viby J, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2015
Golden light hazy body and a small white head. Aroma of bread, hay, apricot, flowers. The taste is medium sweet and medium to heavy sweet. Long bitter finish, medium body, oily feel.

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