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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (845) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2016
Bottle. Fresh grain and bread aroma. Golden in colour with a small white head. Grain and malt flavours with a hints of bitterness. Nicely balanced finish. Good lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silverbush85 (65) - - JUN 11, 2016
Good lager. Medium color, orange slightly cloudy. Medium hop balance. Decent, would drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5565) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2016
355ml can from Tesco. Served cold from the fridge as befits a beer drunk for refreshment. There is a pleasant fruitiness to this which suggests a more active yeast than is commonly used in lagers, or perhaps the temperature was slightly hotter during fermentation, or they didn’t ferment out fully. Whatever, it’s nice to get some malt character in a lager. The old fashioned hop, Cluster, is my kind of hop. Balanced and restrained and subtle. It is earthy and floral and fruity - bringing in a dusty and thirst-quenching bitterness, but also imparting a bright thin fruit, which complements and enhances the fruitiness of the malt. This beer doesn’t taste American at all - this is like something from Syria or Africa. It has a wild and wonderful crudeness and character and genuine flavour. It tastes of beer, not of hops, and the malt is rough and complex and quite delightful. I haven’t enjoyed a lager this much for ages. Not that I’m getting carried away, but I certainly would be interested in trying this again at a warmer temperature to see what it really tastes like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adasko (1927) - Poznan, POLAND - JUN 5, 2016
Golden, perfectly clear, tiny white head. Malty aroma, with a bit of esters, and a touch of hopy fruits. Taste is rather clear, malty with very light bitterness. Refreshing, crisp, quite clear in taste. It’s ok, nothing super exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nurmis (428) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours deep golden with foamy white head. Aroma of grassy hops and rich maltiness. Nice bitterness for a lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fombe89 (2261) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2016
Botella. BBD:06/2017 Color amarillo dorado, sabor caramelo, malta, cuerpo ligero.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
polo_marco (320) - milton, Vermont, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Smells of wood sweet malts saltwater. Color is a light yellow Orange with slight white head that lasts for a bit. Really nice flavor featuring sweet malts and woody taste. Nice clean crisp smooth dry finish. Lightish body with super chipper carbonation. Really great lager need to try more from you guys. Nice work!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1263) - 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 (523) - 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 (3808) - 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.

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