RATINGS: 709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Anchor Steams 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 Californias 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 krusened 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 Californias unique craft brewing heritage. The California grizzly bear on our Anchor California Lager label is from a woodcut by Durbin Van Vleck (18331898), 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 (18181878), who had painted both eastbound and westbound versions of this bear. Nearly a century later, Nahls bear served as inspiration for the design of the bear on Californias modern state flag. Although that bear is heading west, our bearlike the bear on Boca Brewings historic lager labelis heading east.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bulldogops (2323) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2015
Rating #1211 - 30.07.2014 - On tap @revolutionyeg Clear yellow pour with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is quite grainy. Taste is light grains, grass, a hint of toasted malt, and a pretty sweet citrusy kick, that is balanced with a light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 23, 2015
355ml bottle (Viking Superstar)
Smells of fatty fried bacon sandwich in a buttery white bread sandwich (not toasted). A bit weird, and initially offputting, but not bad. Grains are light and lagery. Looks OK, Gold, tight head. Green unripe banana skins too later. Taste is rough. Light palate, pleasant carbonation, but dry earthy hoppiness is extremely rough on the tongue. A fight to finish, quite unpleasant lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1661) - DENMARK - OCT 20, 2015
En lille smule smag af korn, dog med en lidt drlig smag af noget syrligt som nok ikke er meningen i llet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrNosha (1896) - Baden Wrttemberg, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2015
12oz Flasche als Anchor California Lager. Goldgelbe Farbe, weisser Schaum. Getreidiges Aroma. Geschmack s mit getreide und Hopfen. Fr ein Lager nicht schlecht.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rouhlas (2941) - GREECE - OCT 7, 2015
355ml bottle. Clear golden orange color with off white head. Malty aroma, caramel honey, grainy, grassy. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium thin to oily body with soft carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vells (1674) - Rga, Latvija, LATVIA - OCT 7, 2015
Decent, but feels bit too thin even after Latvian nothing special . Nice malty base, caramel, light toast, bit grassy hops. Feels silky, bit watery aftertaste. Decent, but nothing to remember or try again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Can. Deep amber colored body with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Dense off white head. Nose of dough and oranges. I also get hints of carrot. Flavors of raw dough and oranges are present. Bits of carrots are also part of the grainy flavor. Overall, a tasty and slightly sweet brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eRock_2013 (421) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2015
A bit more hefty than other craft lagers, this brew is a relatively more full flavored and full bodied example of the style. Pours a golden yellow appearance with proportionate head and lacing. Aroma is noble hops and sweet maltiness. Flavor is likewise light hoppiness and biscuit malt, a bit too much malty sweetness for my taste. A bit too thick on the palate also. Interesting but not my favorite lager rendition.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
damzz (477) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Pours a clear medium yellow with a white head that leaves lacing. Nose is cereal. Body is medium. Taste is malt with a slight sweetness with hop bitterness that lingers. 12 oz bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Sampled November 2014
A soft pour from the can into my globe glass produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head; the head is quite dense, and has lots of staying power, including leaving some lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is a nice golden copper hue that shows a clear, bright golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma is hop dominant, though the overall effect is low; notes of black currants, a slight metallic hop character, grassy herbal notes, and a touch of menthol are all noticeable. The hop aromatics are backed by cracker leaning, with just a touch of English biscuit maltiness.

Nicely balanced between malt and hop in the flavor, the beer has a nice clean flavor to it, except towards the finish where the hop character has an herbal, sort of metallic edge to it that is nice. The bitterness is nicely bitting from beginning to end, and this balances the light, chewy, cracker / bread like malt sweetness that is here. Touches of menthol, a bit of black currant, with a grassy herbal character, and even a touch of bright citrus zest round out the hop notes here. The body has a touch of viscosity to it that provides some palate heft, yet is still eminently quaffable, just as it should be.

This is a really nice beer, not sure why I am enjoying this so much, but it tastes fresh, clean, and vibrant. It actually is doing better than any Anchor Steam I can find in Arizona; somehow this seems fresher and has traveled better.

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