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RATINGS: 688   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (4831) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 12, 2016
35,5cl bottle from MS Viking XPRS. Pours clear golden with a white head. Mild hoppy and malty aroma with lightly fruity and grassy notes. Moderate sweet with mild, but rather nice and balanced hoppy and malty flavours and a certain bitterness in the finish. Plain, but balanced and rather tasty. Sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (849) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Can. I have a cold, so the nose is distorted: malty, hint of bourbony grain (odd might be me), grass, cereal. Taste is malty, grain, hint of bourbon, very light chocolate, bits of banana, cereal, grass. Pleasing dry finish Very nice for a larger and with (relative) subtlety and depth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
geologyguy (1354) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2016
Medium light malty smell, taste is malt on front end hops on back, bitterness is just a hint on the finish...malt is straightforward and dry...one dimentional and grainy...the lightest amount of sweetness if any...medium strength but boring...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hartoloni (211) - - JUL 4, 2016
Pours amber light white head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma floral, rose,bitter hop. Taste similar malty with floral hint, slightly soapy. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alex_leit (2510) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Straw-yellow color. Aroma: sweet, corn, candy, malt. Taste: sweet, malty, slightly bitter, candy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fluffy (2389) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Another tepid entry from Anchor. Don't get me wrong-it's not bad. It's just kinda bland. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beeebon (404) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
From can, pours a light amber with miimal head. Aroma of grains, slight bready malt and a touch of hop. Not too sweet with good dry bitterness. Overal a pretty good pale lager!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (2497) - oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2016
Botella 33 cl de vivalabirra tomada en Oviedo en el momento 17..06..2016. (r661). Fcpref 6..2017. Color dorado casi transparente con espuma blanca. Aromas y sabores la ver con buenos toques de maltas y cereales. Cuerpo medio algo pastoso y espumoso. Buena.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Aroma of apples. Quite fruity and estery for a lager. Smooth creamed corn in the finish. Floral hop bitterness rounds it out. Not sweet but not overly dry. Very drinkable and flavorful for a pale lager. I’d tend to prefer something like this to have more noticeable notes of grains involved, but this is pretty good for a crisp light drinker if you’re not in the mood for a hop bomb. It does a lot of the same things that Anchor Steam Beer does well, but I guess I’d take one of those if given the choice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
massingasetta (668) - München, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2016
The California Lager is good and leaves one feeling satisfied. It is rare that a beer without much flare so thoroughly surprised me in a positive sense. Usually US beers tend to disappoint, especially when titles a lager. This beer however is tasty, drinkable and has a good aftertaste to go. Very good.

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