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RATINGS: 682   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pours a nice looking golden yellow with a huge white, pillowy head. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Aroma is sweet malts, and a definite hop presence; mostly tropical fruit and citrus. The taste is sweet up front with a bubble gum note in there. Finishes with a bit of hop flavor, this time more piney. Not thin and watery like most American lagers, but rather medium bodied and almost silky in the mouth feel. Overall this is an outstanding lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
EsGils (7) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2016 does not count
This is not a pale lager. It’s more of a Bohemian Czech style beer. Haz the golden orange colour and the slight sweetness to the taste. Very nice balance but perhaps a little dull to be a true session beer. Overall, a solid beer and good one to have as the first beer of the evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cajun (388) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle - Pours golden with orange tint, soapy white head. Aroma of buttered biscuit, pale malt, lemon. Flavors of pale malt, light lemon, hay, buttery biscuit, with a smooth bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdleedahl (176) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 14, 2016
This is a wonderfully crisp lager. It's how light american lagers should be made. It actually has flavour and it's perfectly brewed for the style. Great summer beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiddleBrau (1163) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Can, pours golden orange with faint haze, off white head. Bready aroma, some corn. Crisp bite, light flavor drier finish. Decent body and some creaminess. Malt is a minor player.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALIBALI (687) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2016
Solide, untergärig schnuppernd und schmeckend, grasig, ein wenig würzige Malzsüße und das alles wird mit einem Schuß Hopfenfruchtflavour abgerundet. Sehr guter Durchschnitt, für ein langweiliges b.z.w. schwieriges Biergenre. 355ml/5 Euro beim TAKE ROOT FESTIVAL 2016.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Banksiz (94) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Light malty nose, a touch of lemon, some ripe fruit as it breathes. Medium-light body, a bit maltier than most light lagers made by U.S. craft brewers and North Sea European breweries. Moderate hoppiness, no real noble hop flavor, bitter finish with no harshness. No flaws, but nothing that really grabs me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Can, from the Cali mix pack. Golden copper color with a modest eggshell head, aroma of sweet lager malt and grass. A bit herbal too. Tastes sweet, bready and lightly floral. Crisp enough too. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heidbummer (232) - SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2016
Can at home. Minimal aroma. Good carbonation - nice balance of softness and fizz.. Pours clear pale gold with foamy head. Crisp, slightly sweet, but dry finish. Has some depth to it. A good lager, nice balance of sweet and dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desolat (26) - ChongQing, CHINA - AUG 14, 2016
AROMA-Medium-low grainy maltiness sweet, bread. Light herbal hop aroma. Low fruity ester, apple. Low DMS. APPEARANCE-Gold. Little hazy. Creamy white head. FLAVOR-Medium grainy malt, light toast, hint of nutty. Light herbal hop. Medium high hop bitterness. Balance is bitter. Finish is malty and light fruity ester. Aftertaste is medium-high bitterness with light malty and salty, last long. Light astrigency. MOUTHFEEL-Medium body, smooth. Medium high carbonation, crisp. OVERALL-Very good lager. Will be better with less salty feeling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaserov (181) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 31, 2016
Escaso aroma, muy similar al sabor. Color típico de rubia con pequeña corona de espuma blanca. Carbonatación media tirando a baja. Sabor similar al de la Liberty Ale pero con menor personalidad. Si la hubiera probado sin saber que es Anchor... jamás lo hubiera dicho. No es mala pero es algo plana, sin mucho matiz. Disfrutable y refrescante, pero pido más.

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