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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (3426) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
helder gouden met volle witte kraag. aroma van pilsmout, koriander, citrus, fris, mout. smaken zijn die van een typische lager, pilsmout, gist, lichte citrus, matige body, zwakke co2, zoet, stro, gaat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SarkyNorthener (4061) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2016
Can from tesco, Walsall. Golden beer with medium head. Aroma is a little like cheap lager with sweetcorn dominant. The taste is better though, quite crisp, hay, bittering hops and a touch of sweetness. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybion (131) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2016
Can, 355 ml, as Anchor California Lager. Pours clear yellow/gold with lots of visible carb and a sheen of soapy white heat. No lacing. Yeasty, sourdough-esque aroma, mixed in with a light honey note and hints of apple, citrus and grass. Taste of light honey larger malts, white bread and slight citrus, with subdued hoppy bitterness throughout. A little watery and chalky. Slightly reminiscent of a generic speyside malt (think Glenfiddich 12). Aftertaste is yeasty and there’s some lingering bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Easy on the palate: well rounded medium body and less carb than the appearance would suggest giving a smooth feel overall. Not too exiting but by no means unpleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fordest (2455) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2016
Draft at Brigantine La Mesa. Pale yellow. Classic lager but nothing to get to excited about

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryrpat (326) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2016
Nice light lager with a somewhat zesty finish. Better flavor finish that most lagers ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1431) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2016
Golden color . Nice and big , white head. Aroma of bread and herbal hops. Balanced taste with malty beginning and mild hoppy bitterness at the end. Great , underrated beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Popoff91 (101) - Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2016
UPDATED: APR 5, 2016 12-ounce cans poured into a pilsner glass. Immediate harsh flavor compared to other lagers I’ve had, but the finish is much more flavorful as well. Overall, a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Giochaurand (422) - FINLAND - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear golden with large head. Aroma is sweet malts and hay. Taste is sweet toasted malts, honey, hay and some hops. Okay, but not great quality/price ratio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerowl80 (226) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear light amber. Aroma of grass and hay with an hint of lime. Taste is light bitter with a touch of sweetness. Nice and refreshing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1242) - 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

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