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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StevieT (1627) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
From a bottle. Pours clear amber with a lasting tightly bubbled head, not much aroma, smooth with a hop hit at the back. I don’t really like lagers but this is quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (1733) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - NOV 18, 2014
355 ml bottle from Ales by Mail.
Clear, golden body, with a big, stable, frothy, white head, that leaves a thick lacing.
Aroma of grains, hay, grass, caramel, some bread and biscuit.
Taste follows the nose and adds herbs and some citrus.
Quite light, slick mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation and it finishes bitter, with herbs, grass and slight sweet bready notes.

Nice one! Fresh, clean and crisp, with enjoyable grainy aromas and smooth, balancing, sweet malts. One of those quite rare Lagers, that I really enjoy drinking!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Obfuscate (481) - Minneapolis, - NOV 17, 2014
For me this isn’t much different than a Budweiser or Coors or any other American lager. Maybe a touch better but I would have to have one here to compare it to be sure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Inbreak (4721) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
16.11.2014, 0,35l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet grainy, cereal, caramel malts, wet grain, hay, weeds, paper, hints of almond essence. Taste is slightly harsh, weeds, grain, hay, harsh grass, paper, alcohol, almond essence, cereal, minerals. Medium bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Meh!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
probstblueribbon (3726) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
12 oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear golden with a full, off-white head. Aroma: Sweet grainy maltiness, a hint of peppery/grassy hops, clean. Palate: Medium body, fairly full carbonation. Flav.: Sweet grainy/cereal maltiness, a touch of something that seems like vodka (odd), very light grassy/woodsy hops, clean; dry with low to moderate bitterness and a grainy/cereal malt finish.

Meh. It’s fine but quite boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Pours a yellow-gold with tight, fluffy head. Sulfur, restrained banana ester, and light malty character on the nose. Bright hop bitterness slightly overpowers the malt, and there’s a hint of diacetyl. High carbonation and thin-medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bkurtz (1061) - MOROCCO - NOV 13, 2014
Can - Pours a clear, golden/yellow with a nice creamy head that left some lacing. Malt and grass aromas, semi-sweet. Has a nice tang, but the finish could be cleaner. I was expecting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kristall-König (2726) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2014
Zitronig, grasig in der Nase. Startet süßlich-grasig. Mitte Zitrus, Kräuter, leicht bitter. Abgang bitter mit moderater Zitrusnote. Recht gut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (1273) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours clear, orange, nice white head but not much lacing. Aroma of yeast and grain combined with some fruit and malt notes. Slightly bitter, cereal notes, yeast and malts. Quite easy to drink, no bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6846) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy bright golden color with an enormous creamy yellow-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was malty with biscuit, bread, and faint fruity and perfumey hops. The flavor was malty bread, honey, biscuit, faint fruity hops, moderate bitterness and a bit of perfume. Long finish with bitterness and perfume growing. Moderately full bodied. Meh.

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