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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1254) - Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Can. Pours mostly clear golden with very little head. Nose and taste are apple, pear, grain. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NallePalle (477) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle, Crêperie Lemoni, Uppsala. Decent lager, nice, round aroma and pleasant finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3775) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2016
Can, from Tesco. Gold, fluffy and sustained white head, good condition. Gentle herbal hops and chalky grain in the nose, slightly fruity in the mouth with a hint of honey sweetness and a background of peppery hops, finish has a tingle of hop bitterness, a chalky mineral note and faint malt sweetness lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownaler (509) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Doughy yeast aroma with tinge of malt clean finish nice session beer similar to Steam.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
budedou (769) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - MAY 9, 2016
Clear orange body with a medium to large white head. Aroma is malt, straw, a bit herbal, some fruit. Taste is light bitter, a bit of a hoppy dryness. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozzy70 (654) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle. Poured golden, foamy white head. Aroma was malty, breads. Taste was semi sweet and malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (1988) - Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2016
12 oz bottle, PDT 10/07/15- Pours clear golden with a pillowy white head with nice retention. Aroma is citrusy, grains, crackers. The taste is citrus, lemon, banana, bready, lingering dry hops. Really nice, tasty, would love to try a fresher bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Punkero (253) - FINLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Malty aroma. Full bodied, malty lager. Slight hoppy boogie. Great when cold enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Manslow (1019) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 3, 2016
Butelka 0,355l Kolor jasnozłoty, mętnawy, piana średnia. Aromat warzyw gotowanych i ziół. W smaku goryczka, na podniebieniu metaliczne. Spodziewałem się więcej, przeciętne.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (3157) - 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.

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