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RATINGS: 682   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gurthnar (4986) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle from Seoul Plaza. Overall somewhat sterile beer, not too much character. I thought of pasteurisation right off the bat and I can not be very wrong with the incredible BBD of 8/2016. Not much more to be said here. Lightly metallic, washing cloth taste in an otherwise flavourless brew. Drinkable, yet utterly unimpressing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
procraste (472) - FRANCE - JAN 6, 2015
Un peu simple .... Pour la soif ... Blonde un peu amer. Sans grand goût. Décent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4437) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear pale yellow with a White head. Aroma light to medium malty (caramel), medium hoppy (piney). Flavor light to medium sweet, medium+ bitter. Medium body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charlotte (5188) - rødovre, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle.Clear golden colour with medium white head.Aroma of hops and citrus, nice and well balanced with light carbonation and smooth note of grain,really nice beer by style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brnandersen (3272) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2015
355 ml. bottle from a Fakta discounter as California Lager. Clear, deep golden colour with a thin, white head. Sweet aroma with grasses, pale malts and fruits. Taste is bitter. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter with grasses, pale malts and a good fruitiness. Nice Lager

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (3402) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
12oz Bottle as Anchor California Lager (Zymaster alias, still?). Maruhn 12/2014. Continentally grainy with a harsh husky, intended edge complementing something like likewise grass-edgy Saaz. Very dry. Does not offer any surplus value to anyone living in Continental EU, but it’s interesting the West Coast cluster hops can mime European grassiness like this.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benfi (692) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
Clear pale body with low head. Aroma has malty aroma, light grainy. Taste has medium malty support, earthy bitter finish, pretty strong. Body is full, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle. As Anchor California Lager. It pours a clear golden body under a dense, off-white head. The aroma is weak and grainy, with a fruity touch. Some caramel and toffee hints. It’s medium to thin on the palate, with a very soft carbonation. Some bitterness in the flavor, with a fruity, almost apple like touch. Some bitterness towards the finish too. Superbly boring and not brewed to a standard I’d expect from Anchor. 141228

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (15536) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle @ Fakta. Pours golden with a off white head. Grains, biscuit, grass and slight marzipan. Medium bodied. Short bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CloakedDagger (1925) - - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle 35,5 cl. Comes as "Anchor California Lager". Pours yellow with a slight haze with a white head. Sweet, malty nose with what appears to be European hops. Medium body, a little grainy, biscuity malts and a fairly solid dose of German or Czech (?) hops. 271214

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