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RATINGS: 676   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 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 (16483) - 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 (15491) - 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 (1877) - - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2014
Large frothy head nice gold pour medium carbonation aromas biscuit fruit grain the flavours grassy oily biscuit lemon not really palate pleasing sour bitter taste not much good sweetness the finish best tastes grassy note grain but not a winner with me

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12717) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Golden with a small white head. Malty aroma with some toffee and biscuit, along with fruity notes of apple and a touch of grass. Sweetish malty and fruity flavour with grassy hops and a mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Anchor makes great beers. This is not a great beer, but they have done about as much as you can with a simple lager. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thisis12ptfont (1104) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Crisp caramel malt aroma with some bready notes, brown sugar and faint cardboard. Golden appearance with a thin white foam. Flavors of graham cracker, brown sugar syrup, toast and cardboard. Overall, not too bad. Pretty simple amber lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Poured from a 12 OZ. bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma- has a strong sweet aroma with a backdrop of grass and hops Appearance- pours a golden orange color with a thick white head. Taste- Crisp barley flavored beer with some spice thrown in. Palate- a dry beer with that is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall- a really good beer from Anchor, not as good as their Anchor Steam or Porter offerings but worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zita (6109) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
light sweet malty aroma,yellow,clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, light corn finish.

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