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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1227) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Pours clear golden color with small white disappearing head Bready and fruity floral aroma with sulfury minerally scent. Floral and slightly fruity hop flavor with bitter woody and minerally taste Medium light bodied with medium high co2. Lingering woody bitterness Easy drinking lager. A bit on the bitter side. One pint would be enough for me before wanting to move to something more balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1475) - ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2016
Bottle. Pale amber and gassy. Strong noble hop aroma. Light fruity taste alongside the bitterness. Good for the style but lacking in flair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (11698) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 5, 2016
from Bier-Bienne; as California Lager -clear golden-bronze beer with a modest head retention; crisp peanutty, grassy aroma; medium-bodied, clean palate, light grainy and bitter; peanutty malty and grassy finish with lingering notes of honey

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (2546) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 29, 2016
Bottle from lovecraft aveiro, portugal. Light hazy dark gold. Medium white head. Light to medium sweetness, light bitterness. Aroma is malty, fruity, herby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HolaWot (13) - - FEB 26, 2016
a descent refreshing Lager beer. Well carbonated with tall white head. Malty taste and light body. A short bitter aftertaste. Grass hoppy aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MelvinKalksma (747) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2016

Malts, hay, corn syrup and hops.

Hazy golden/amber beer with a medium white head.

Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, corn syrup and fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with hay and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (1360) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with small firm white head. Aroma is sweetish, caramel, toffee, hay, malty, yeasty, honey. Taste is up to medium bitter with upcoming sweetness, caramel, hay, weak citrus, pale fruits. Thin body. Easy to drink. Good Lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StudHammer (25) - - FEB 14, 2016
Brewed with San Francisco tap water, fresh from Yosemite, and fermented with our own special strain of lager yeast, our California Lager is kräusened in the traditional manner and lagered in our cellars. The result is a uniquely sessionable lager beer, which is maltier, hoppier, and somewhat stronger than modern American lagers. Its brilliant golden color, lingering effervescence, balanced depth of flavor, distinctive aroma, and smooth finish make this inaugural brew of the Anchor Brewing Zymaster™

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KW92 (1098) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 5, 2016

WYGLĄD: Barwa złota, klarowne. Piana drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, średniej wysokości, krótka.
AROMAT: Średnio intensywny. Standardowo: słodowow-ziołowe/trawiaste.
SMAK: Słodowe. Goryczka niska, krótka.
OGÓLNIE: Cóż powiedzieć? Zwykły lager. Czego więcej można wymagać od pospolitego "jasnego", gdy nie jest to hybryda? Ale co ważne, zupełnie pozbawiony jest wszelkich wad sensorycznych, a jak wiemy jest to zmorą większości lagerów. Opłaca się je kupić choćby również ze względu na uroczy kapsel z niedźwiedziem (od wewnętrznej strony).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quick3Beers (819) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2016
A nice full lager from Anchor. Big malty flavor but with sufficient bitterness, wish more lagers were like this. Good beer.

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