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RATINGS: 671   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
DuffMan (9201) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2015
Bottle. Clear light-medium gold, average white head that persists. Bready cereals, moderate grassy hop presence, mildly bitter finish. Nice enough, and hoppier than most alleged "pilseners" being produced these days.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Marduk (6004) - Reval, ESTONIA - OCT 26, 2015
330ml bottle (Viking Line). Clear amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Sweet, warm malts, bready, honey?, some herbal notes in aroma. Very malty, spicy hops, some herbal tones in taste. Malts and spicy hops in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Messy and harsh to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bulldogops (1686) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2015
Rating #1211 - 30.07.2014 - On tap @revolutionyeg Clear yellow pour with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is quite grainy. Taste is light grains, grass, a hint of toasted malt, and a pretty sweet citrusy kick, that is balanced with a light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
FatPhil (13263) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 23, 2015
355ml bottle (Viking Superstar)
Smells of fatty fried bacon sandwich in a buttery white bread sandwich (not toasted). A bit weird, and initially offputting, but not bad. Grains are light and lagery. Looks OK, Gold, tight head. Green unripe banana skins too later. Taste is rough. Light palate, pleasant carbonation, but dry earthy hoppiness is extremely rough on the tongue. A fight to finish, quite unpleasant lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1360) - DENMARK - OCT 20, 2015
En lille smule smag af korn, dog med en lidt dårlig smag af noget syrligt som nok ikke er meningen i øllet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrNosha (1529) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2015
12oz Flasche als Anchor California Lager. Goldgelbe Farbe, weisser Schaum. Getreidiges Aroma. Geschmack süß mit getreide und Hopfen. Für ein Lager nicht schlecht.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rouhlas (2573) - GREECE - OCT 7, 2015
355ml bottle. Clear golden orange color with off white head. Malty aroma, caramel honey, grainy, grassy. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium thin to oily body with soft carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vells (1428) - Rīga, Latvija, LATVIA - OCT 7, 2015
Decent, but feels bit too thin even after “Latvian nothing special” . Nice malty base, caramel, light toast, bit grassy hops. Feels silky, bit watery aftertaste. Decent, but nothing to remember or try again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Can. Deep amber colored body with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Dense off white head. Nose of dough and oranges. I also get hints of carrot. Flavors of raw dough and oranges are present. Bits of carrots are also part of the grainy flavor. Overall, a tasty and slightly sweet brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eRock_2013 (392) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2015
A bit more hefty than other craft lagers, this brew is a relatively more full flavored and full bodied example of the style. Pours a golden yellow appearance with proportionate head and lacing. Aroma is noble hops and sweet maltiness. Flavor is likewise light hoppiness and biscuit malt, a bit too much malty sweetness for my taste. A bit too thick on the palate also. Interesting but not my favorite lager rendition.

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