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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mikkos (306) - FINLAND - JUN 12, 2015
A bit hazy golden beer with a long lasting white head. Aroma is sweet malty with some fruity and grassy hoppiness. Taste is smooth sweet malts with some fruits and pine, maple syrup maybe. Very smooth mouthfeel and finish. Liked this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

wekker84 (2420) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy citrus fruits and hops flavor malts citrus fruits spicy and hops

loubar (157) - Los Gatos, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
12 oz. can from BevMo. Clear gold color with a good white head that lasts and leaves lots of lacing. Floral and grassy nose. Lightly sweet floral maltiness with an assertive grassy hops finish. Light, well carbonated. Great balance with just a bit of sweetness and a dry moderately bitter hops finish. An excellent light lager. Love the low ABV.

Leini (2079) - SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2015
Clear golden body with a medium white head. Light bread and grass. Pretty straight forward.

hohops (1115) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Appearance is clear and light, golden, loads of carbonation, a big fluffy white head which clings a bit. Aroma- wheat, corn, malt, hint of rice, hop undertones, cereal. Taste- crisp hops, quite a firm bitterness, malty undercurrents, hint of creamy malt, citrus and spice. Fizzy mouthfeel and a short finish.

villevav (509) - FINLAND - JUN 6, 2015
Clear and golden in appearance. Surprisingly dense white head for a lager. Aroma has resin and grassy hops, thus reminding of German Pilseners. The taste is dominated by barley malt, which is supported by a medium body and rich bitterness. Medium carbonation. Despite relatively potent hopping, I’d prefer to have a bit more in the finish. As such, it is not a good session beer nor sufficiently interesting for serious tasting.

kalervo (1035) - FINLAND - JUN 4, 2015
Kontiolahdella 5/2015. Enjoyable, tasty lager. Well balanced, lots of body and hops compared to most lagers.

Kauge (2127) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2015 Bottle as a gift from Helsinki. BB 1.2017. Pale straw colour with minimal haze and off-white, slightly creamy foam. The head drops fast, leaving a film and very little lace. The nose strikes at first as an abundantly hopped lager, not unlike so many others with lots of straw - but then after it’s been sitting for some minutes a more interesting character starts to reveal itselft. The aroma is somewhat milky or creamy, and also spicy and herbal - a curious mix. It tastes of straw, indistinct herbs and some peachy fruity notes with perhaps a drop of citrus and a tiny bit of honey sweetness. Smooth soft texture with very thin but active carbonation and herbal bitter finish. It’s not bad but I would (knowing I shouldn’t) probably make less of it without the accompanying texts.

Another try: Bottle from a Viking Line ferry. BB 3.2017. Noted some sweet white wine aspects I’d missed earlier. Interesting. It’s quite pleasant for a lager - I pushed up the overall score by a notch.

tsd08460 (1261) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Aroma: hay, bread,
Appearance: clear gold, white head
Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: light body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter finish,


JPC1524 (228) - Devon, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Not your typical lager. Immediate hoppy bitterness attacks the senses but mellows quickly.

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