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RATINGS: 663   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillemsUrenkel (1358) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2014
0,355 l bottle. Dark golden and clear in the glass. Small foamy white head. Low citrus and grain on the nose. Starts with a fresh hopy note for a Lager. Little bit citrus, little bit malt and grain. Pleasant malty bitterness, low roasted. Complex for a Lager. Enjoyed it a lot!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (9052) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2014
355ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear gold, thick white head. Aromas have light vegetal notes, grainy hay and light lemon. Taste is more of the same, light saccharine sweetness. Finishes a bit thin for me, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (4994) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - golden amber with a decent head. Nose - creamy malt with only the faintest hint of citrus. Taste - more citrus this time and fairly well intermingled with the malt. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and then a decent dry finish. Overall - i think this is very much in a helles style. It’s more about decent balance than spectacular taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2218) - - OCT 6, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a two finger head of just off-white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with just some hints of a bready and graininess mixed with a very small amount of a floral and grassy hops. Taste – The taste begins a mix of a drier cracker and bready taste as well as a little bit of a caramel and floral flavors. The caramel fades more and more as the taste advances with a bit more of a floral hop and some grassy notes taking its place. Some graininess and a slight hay-like flavor join the taste profile at the end, leaving one with a very crisp and dry, but rather clean taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer quite thin with a carbonation level that is a little on the higher side. Both are perfect for the lighter abv. and very crisp flavors of the brew, making for a nice easy drinking lager., Overall – Crisp, crackery and somewhat moderately hopped for a lager. This is a nice summer time brew with a good flavor, but having a quite refreshing taste and feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rick_91709 (338) - USA - OCT 5, 2014
Poured from a can. Crystal clear gold. Frothy white head. Bready aroma. Better taste than most lagers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1507) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - OCT 5, 2014
frothy average white head. fair lacing. fully diminishing. clear sparkling thin dark yellow body. aroma: light bread, light hoppy, dough and honey. if: moderate sweet. ff: light sweet bitter; long duration. palate: light medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic finish. Saboroso dulçor de mel permeado por leve amargor metálico (suave o suficiente para não ser considerado como falha). Faz frente às melhores tchecas do estilo - lembra Bohemian Pilsener.10 s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Gold with thin head and some lacing. Corn, grain, lager hops in the nose. Bit of a sweet finish. Decent lager, better than most.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Getbetter (1030) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
From a tap at the brewery.The pour is a clear pale with lively c02.Theres a hop and hay notes.Thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2897) - New York, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottled. Slightly cloudy golden pour, white head. Some bready malts and grass, light tinge of hops. A flavorful but traiditional lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mintzmeet (427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2014
A little bitter for a lager. But great. Light. hopped subtley. Angels like grass. Good malt flavors. refreshing.

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