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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2014

Bottle 12fl.oz.

[ As Anchor Zymaster Series No. 1 California Lager ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, hay, straw, malty. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, malty, hay, straw, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20130929]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (39608) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2013
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a huge white head. Aroma is toasted malty and light grassy. Mild fruity, toasted malty, marzipan and toasted dry malty. Dry and bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle at Ølbaren. Clear amber colored with a small white head. Sweet and malty aroma of caramel and bread. Sweet and malty flavor of caramel, bread and hops. Hoppy finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (24603) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Bottled. Goldeny orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, some sweet herbal notes as well as some mild metallic and grainy notes as it got a bit warmer. Flavour is bready, grainy, some slight herbal notes along with mild floral and grassy notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (22256) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Draft @ Hamiltons, San Diego, CA. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty grainy aroma with weak hoppy hints. Fruity malty grainy flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty grainy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (21227) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2014
17th March 2014
Brewdog Camden. Keg. Lightly hazy gold beer, small white head. Palate is smooth with good fine minerally carbonation. Light bready malt with a touch of cream. Slight nutty vibe. Little floralness. Whisper of hops. Light finish with more sweet bready malts. Easy going if slightly soft lager.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (20285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Slightly hazy pale yellow color, fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of white pepper, subtle hay. Taste is lightly bitter, clean, crisp. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (17771) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Can at home in London - sourced from BeerMerchants. Pours perfectly clear gold, effervescent with a frothy white head. The aroma holds lots of grainy malts, slight berries, ripe orange. Light-medium sweet flavor, some pale bread, white grape, grain, hay, sugar, faint caramel. Light bodied with average carbonation. Simplistic finish, some lightly toasted cereal, pale bread, more grains, sun-baked hay, citrus rind. Only a very small notch above regional lager.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (17125) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Jönköping. Clear golden beer with a decent white head. Malty fruity aroma, glue notes, cream, citrus, bready. Hoppy flavor, malty, bready, fruity notes, some glue. Not really to my liking.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (16839) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle from Sourced Market St Pancras and drunk at home. Clear deepish gold lasting white head. Clean lager aroma with a little bit of hop. Yes this is pretty good to be honest. Soft herby and easy drinking and interesting and really pretty good. Relatively fresh too. OK.


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