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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BobyFischer (296) - FRANCE - SEP 14, 2015
Excessivement léger et désaltérant. Quelque chose de pourri dans cette bière... mais je suis sûrement trop mauvaise langue... Très bonne brasserie au demeurant.Mais là peu à dire. Du houblon simcoe ? Je le reconnais ;)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Larry_Duffman (357) - - SEP 13, 2015
I poured it from the can into a pint glass. It pours a golden color with a big white head and some lacing. The aroma is grassy, hoppy, and bready. The taste is sweet corn, grain, apple, and some hoppy bitterness. It was pretty smooth with a slightly bitter and dry finish. This was decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (5053) - Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Pours clear amber with a thick and frothy eggshell head. Crisp, fruity aroma has a malty underpinning. Flavor has nice, crisp malty and pomme tones. Body and fizz are average, but it is good drinking. Could be a good gateway beer to wean people off industrial sludge.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabuzzer (560) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2015
330ml bottle as Anchor California Lager. Clear and golden with an ok white head. Slight grassy aroma, taste is sweet, with pine and grassy notes. Ok lager

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7115) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Where and how: bottle 355 ml
Aromanice rounded malt approach with gentle hopping. Cluster hops? – well over reminded me of fresh polish premium lagers.
Appearance :
Top: large, off-white.
Base: amber gold, clear
Palate : medium thinner, soft with light carbonation. Average finish.
Taste: decent frontal feel. Soft malts with gentle herbal hops. Milder carbonation than euro brother is the difference.
other notes nice everyday choice for pale lager choice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tognetta (702) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 1, 2015
Amarelo claro, espuma de média formação e persistência. Aroma levemente caramelizado, cereais, pão, biscoito, mel. Paladar de dulçor e amargor leves, corpo também leve, média carbonatação. Aftertaste mantém um leve amargor lupulado, dulçor amendoado, boa drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shag (2837) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2015
A golden color with a white head. The aroma contains some hay, corn, and lemons. The flavor is very crisp and refreshing with a burst of lemons and spices. The aftertaste is dry. Overall this is a great summer beer. I’d probably prefer a Steam for sessions but this works well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewtalita (227) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 22, 2015
Bananas in aroma. Slight maltiness present. Appearance light golden not very thick. Carbonstion medium. Taste banana and slightly yeasty. Medium thickness. Overall i dont like amylacetate especially not in lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rusos (543) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden colour. Aroma mostly malty, caramel, candy. Some fruity tones. Taste hops, caramel, fruitiness. Quite high carbonation. Quite good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
From M&S. Well, the faux-sunfaded bear emblazoned bottle, historical blurb and resplendent anchor crown all score bonus points as, let’s be honest, these things matter. But my overriding impression? Thank God were not trapped in 1876 with no more than Cluster to brew with. Bizarre English chipshop batter, dried tea leaf, dewy grass, fennel, marzipan nose. Drinks like a dull sunstruck pasteurised northern English attempt at lager. Stale grass, licked slate and rubber, mineral heavy water, Some redeeming toasted bread and corn-like malt softness on the swallow. A pity.

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