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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Our California Lager is also a single-hop beer, using only fresh, whole Cluster hops, all descended from an old line originally grown in California. Cluster has a long history as a “dual-purpose hop” for both bittering and aroma, which creates a flavor profile like no other. 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™ Series a delightful tribute to the rich heritage and traditions of California brewing.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3443) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Surprisingly full of flavor and very easy to drink. Smooth texture. Fruity, beery and grainy malt flavors are clean, and they are rich and cracker-like in the finish. Moderate hop bitterness is very balancing. Big and rounded aromas of herbs and spices drift nicely into the aftertaste. Tremendously well-made pale lager.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3349) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Can. Pours crystal clear golden butterscotch, medium fizzy white head that mostly dissipates but leaves a nice residual and great lacing. So far so good... Aroma is grassy, notes of honey, grain and perhaps a bit of corn. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, grassy, a bit metallic on the finish but otherwise pretty crisp. Lightish body, bubbly carbonation, lingering bitterness into the far finish.
Earlier Rating: 8/14/2013 Total Score: 3.5
Taster. Pours clear pale golden, large white head, nice lacing. Aroma is grain, grass, faint citrus. Flavor is the same, little sweetness, brisk bitterness. Light body, refreshing, bitter far finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ronaldtheriot (1288) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Anchor California Lager (canned version) has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of malt, with a noticeable hop zing. Taste is of sweet barley malt and fairly significant hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Anchor California Lager finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. RJT
Earlier Rating: 2/11/2014 Total Score: 3
Anchor California Lager has a thin-to-medium white head, a clear, bubbly, gold appearance, and essentially no lacing left behind. The aroma is of bright, bursting, pungent barley malt and grain sugar. Taste is of sweet barley malt, sugar, a touch of honey, and a low background bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick, and Anchor California Lager finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and a bit dull. Overall, this is very good, but I don’t think it is worth the price ($9.99 a six-pack). Michelob, at around $11.99 for a 12-pack, would be the better option. Plus, it’s more flavorful than this one. RJT

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pepinis (49) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2014
Cerveza de color dorado, limpia y brillante. Tiene buena formación de espuma pero poco persistente. Destaca el aroma a malta que recuerda a pan y bizcocho. En boca aparece el lúpulo suave y refrescante de aroma y sabor herbáceo. Se trata de una cerveza de cuerpo leve y bien carbonatada. Una cerveza de diario.(Botella 355ml)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pours a nice looking golden yellow with a huge white, pillowy head. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Aroma is sweet malts, and a definite hop presence; mostly tropical fruit and citrus. The taste is sweet up front with a bubble gum note in there. Finishes with a bit of hop flavor, this time more piney. Not thin and watery like most American lagers, but rather medium bodied and almost silky in the mouth feel. Overall this is an outstanding lager.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (1967) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
A golden body with a white head that faded away quickly. Light toasted malts on the nose some nice floral and grassy notes. Floral notes were more apparent in the flavor. Malts were mildly sweet but mostly lightly toasted malts. Nice crisp finish. Mild but well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (456) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 25, 2014
California Lager is an excellent tribute to the old-world German lagers. Its smooth flavor and bigger hop profile also make it American enough to bear the name of California Lager. In the end, it’s not very complex or unusual but it’s a gorgeous lager to look at. Also, the clean, refreshing feel is just right for quenching your thirst. I love the bottle artwork, too. That highly-detailed bear is awesome. Like most of the other bottles in Anchor’s inventory, this one is classy and distinctive.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7096) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle at Old Fountain. It pours clear amber with a quickly dissipating white head. The nose is earthy, dough, spice, hay and light toast. The taste is crisp, bitter, grassy, spice, light toast, grain and biscuit backbone with a refreshing my dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Good malty lager.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1670) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2014
I have never met an Anchor beer that I did not absolutely love. They really are the best brewery in California, and maybe even more. This beer is inspired by an 1876 batch of brew made by Boca Brewery, a California brewery that made the states first Lager by harnessing the power of a frozen mountain pond. The beer is amazing. Get it at all costs.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4656) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
Crisp amber with a nice foam. Definitely know you are drinking beer here. Interesting combination of hops and malt on the tongue. You can taste the grain and a nice spiciness. Long finish and aftertaste.


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