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RATINGS: 663   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5827) - 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 (4184) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Milter (684) - Nyborg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2015 Orangegul klar øl med et fint skumhoved. Dejlig frisk, men tydelig en lager øl på den måde at den ikke er synderlig interessant. Velbrygget men kedelig.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HuskerTan (1521) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. A- Grains, corn, cereal. A- Pale golden color, clear liquid, white head. T- Grains, cereal, subtle spice, subtle caramel, malty. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, crisp finish. O- Lets be real here. It’s a lager. To me it’s no different than any mass produced pale lager like Coors or Bud. Yes, maybe a tad more flavor but not enough to say those suck and this is amazing. Again, it’s a lager. It’s okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jice (264) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 25, 2015
Achetée par curiosité et pour sortir des bières européennes. Très légère amertume en fin de bouche, un peu maltée. Correcte, mais sans plus. A essayer sans y mettre un prix démesuré.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2939) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
Flaske: Orangegul klar øl med et fint skumhoved. Dejlig frisk, men tydelig en lager øl på den måde at den ikke er synderlig interessant. Velbrygget men kedelig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lodgewick (62) - Finland, Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Lagerlike colour with thin white head. Some bitterness and fruit in aroma. Fruit and bitterness in taste as well. Medium palate and a bit waterlike feeling. Good lager, average beer if ales included.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3143) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Solid flavor. Like a nice Pilsner with a strong bite light color, has a nice malt and strong bite but not too hop bitter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerdedDave (1251) - - JAN 21, 2015
gold color; citrusy hops and light malt aroma; a crisp, clean, bitter lager

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (7599) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle from Vinmonolpolet. Pours clear golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is weak, light caramel and hops. Taste is light dry bitter, some weak nutty malts, long dry finish.

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