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RATINGS: 776   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.

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3.4
spiffero (52) - Camelford, Cornwall, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2018
Pours a honeyish gold, with a hint of cloudiness and a creamy, lasting head. Smells quite malty. It drinks smoothly, treacly round the tongue. You get a bitter undertaste only at the end, but it is faint, so this should go down well with regular lager drinkers. I'm not one of those, but I felt thirsty tonight so this was just right. It sets out to be a recreation of an old Californian lager, but, strangely, it tastes like a German Pilsener to me ... something from around Cologne, maybe. But, for all I know, the gold prospectors who thought of lagering beer in the ice pools of the California mountains were German immigrants, longing for a taste of home. I like this very much as a lager--it has that purity you get when you venture away from mass-produced lagers, which seem to be made with a sprinkling of powdered shit and metal filings in the brew. To my surprise, I slightly prefer it to Anchor's Steam Beer, though that is a pleasant drink too.

2.8
yerffoeg (107) - Dinant, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2018 Une bière jaune-orangée très claire et transparente avec une belle mousse blanche relativement épaisse. L'amertume du goût reste bien contrôlée. Très fraîche elle est rafraîchissant et se boit facilement.

3.8
franclh (138) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2018 Fles 35,5cl thuis. Droog, wat hoppig bitter, aardtonen. Ook zoettonen . (11-2014)

3.4
MacBoost (1992) - Victor, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2018
Smells light. Chugged from a pint glass. Tasted spot on. Slightly over hopped, yet not entirely disheartening. Decent. Overpriced.

2.9
beermastersasho (172) - - JAN 22, 2018
Nothing special. Just a lager, close to budweiser, zagorka or smth else... but in better form. A little bit hoppy, hop+

4
smalldog (19) - - JAN 20, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2018 bottle. beautiful crisp pour. mild carb. low head retention with zero lacing. light malt character...honey mild caramel. easy drinker. refreshing. Nice drinker with the malt flavours to remind you your not drinking big beer crap.

3.4
cagou007 (1262) - FRANCE - JAN 14, 2018
Pours clear golden with medium white head. Nose is slightly hoppy. Aromas are grain, herbal and lemony hops. Average carbonation, medium body. Medium bitter and herbal finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
ianwelby (1593) - SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2017
Golden beer, white head. A very light, sweet aroma but not much. Flavour is crisp and fresh. Some citrus, maybe even a touch of something like caramel or honey.... whatever it is it's faint but it really makes the whole thing really smooth and easy-going. This isn't anything spectacular but it's not bad either. Pleasant enough for what it is.

3.7
miloszd (83) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2017
bread, hay, resin, grass, spruce, basement aromas, leather, smoke, woody, pale, clear, sparkling, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, umami, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, astringent, bitter, long finish,

3.4
balloonbuffoon (808) - - DEC 1, 2017
12floz bottle, BOD: 01.26.2017 ("7JT" code), $1.75 unit cost, pint glass. I somehow forgot that the "J" stood for January upon purchase ( I was thinking June). Looks like big beer commercial beer, but with a tad darker shade of gold. Smells like clay and grass. Tastes like a Euro style pale lager, and similar to zwickels I've had from American breweries. This is to say it is light-medium in body with mineral and hay notes. Reviewed as is, it probably would rate about a 3.8 if fresh.


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