RATINGS: 768   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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miloszd (71) - 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,

balloonbuffoon (650) - - 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.

Mpuntmuts (328) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2017
Golden clear pour with a fast dissipating head. Sweet malty aroma, some hops, caramel and toffee notes. Pretty on the heavy side of sweet. Light bitter. Medium body with moderate carbo. Nice lager, a bit too sweet though.

azzurro (449) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2017
This one is the proof that not everything that is old is worth recreating. Part of the LCBO 2017 Summer Beer Program. I haven't seen no 'creamy head', mild to no effervescence, aroma is less than pleasing, taste is minimally of interest. Rating for this beer show that this style is difficult, where the beer rates high in its category but below average in the overall. Not my type. Pass.
Friend of mine died today, maybe I'm not in the mood.

martpez (351) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2017
Lovely dry hops with malts make a lovely amber lager it has all the hailmarks of a proper kräusened beer and its pretty decent.

VueltaBirrista (155) - Murcia, SPAIN - NOV 18, 2017
Huele muy afrutada y herbal, como muy apetecible.

En boca, no podía ser de otro modo, se ataca de maravilla. El agua pura de manantial y la malta de cebada le dan el carácter fresco y alegre y el lúpulo Cluster ese toquecito amargo y especiado del final.

Sin pedirle milagros, una lager que se deja beber.

CH-303 (2375) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - NOV 13, 2017
Appearance: Clear golden, fizzy. Lots of white head.

Aroma: Not much, just some slight hops and slight malt.

Taste: Light malt, light hops, slight grains. Mild bitter aftertaste.

Bought: Craft Gallery (Bern), 355 ml, CHF 4.90

Info: 11/11-2017, BB: 31/12-2018

melush (4779) - SPAIN - NOV 1, 2017
35,5cl @ Vinos y Licores Gustos, Guijuelo, Spain.
Golden colour with a medium size white head.
Aroma is malt, sweet, slightly hoppy.
Taste is malt, sweet, slightly hoppy and yeasty.
Medium to light body, average carbonation.

isaacdg (18) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 30, 2017
Equilibrio perfecto entre dulce de malta y lupulo, cuerpo ligero-medio y muy facil de beber.Aroma dulzon y algo lupulado. Perfil limpio de fermentacion y muy bien conseguida, lager sabrosa con notas de lupulo y de trago largo.

Luvystypotables (2077) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Poured from a bottle, clear gold color with a lasting white head foamy, with some lacing, moderate carbonation. Aroma has a strong malt backbone with some light bready and grassy notes. The taste is a sweet malt, slightly skunky with some herbaceous notes. Medium body with a lasting malt finish.

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