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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5306) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle. Drunk as California Lager. Very clear bronze appearance. Slightly fruity but otherwise lacking any complexity. Pleasant and straightforward or bland-take your choice of adjectives.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bebum (895) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Pale gold, tall head, no lace. Earthy, yeasty and ammoniacal intense nose. Medium body, moderatebut rich flavor, refreshing mouthfeel, lingering and aftertaste. Moderate bitterness, dry, neutral acidity. Hoppy but not in an aromatic way, slightly citrusy, malty. Pleasant, refreshing but historical reference is the main interest. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 2/21/2015 Total Score: 3
Pale gold, tall head, no lace. Earthy subdued nose. Light body, moderate flavor, refreshing mouthfeel, avg length. Moderate bitterness, dry, neutral acidity. Hoppy but not in an aromatic way, slightly citrusy, malty. Pleasant, refreshing but historical reference is the main interest. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (792) - Linkping, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle @ home. Clear amber colored with a large frothy and lasting head. Dry grainy and a bit sweet malty with grassy, hops, bread, hints of metal and pine. Dry finish, medium bitterness. Lasting metallic noble hop taste with grassy notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (2936) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2015
355ml bottle from M&S Darlington. Deep orangey amber colour, white foam head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of grassy hop, abit metallic. Taste is grainy, sweetish, bready with straw and earthy grassy bitterness. Light bodied, medium carbonation, dry dusty & metallic bitter finish. Quite OK.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kespecial (246) - - AUG 3, 2015
Pours a crystal clear yellow gold. Hay, grass, rising bread on the nose. Moderately hoppy, but not citrusy--the dominant taste is lightly sweet bread, cereal. Chewy and refreshing palate. A really solid traditional lager.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (792) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - AUG 2, 2015
Clara dourada,lmpida,translcida,espuma densa cremosa com boa manuteno;no nariz um bom aroma herbceo e de cereais;sabor inicial de malte e fermento seguido e finalizando com leve amargor,baixo corpo,mdia carbonatao,refrescante,alta drinkability. Boa lager,gostosa,"crocante".

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (1809) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2015
VERY pleasantly surprised by this. Yellow-gold pour with soapy white head. Aroma is floral and noble hops, bread, lemon, sweet malt. Flavor is sweet, fruity, floral, with notes of dried fruit and yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adamnowek (2391) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2015
Clear golden colour with a creamy head. Sweet malty taste with a mildly bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turtles (2456) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2015
355ml bottle from BeerGeek bottle shop. Clear golden, medium big fluffy white head. Aroma is a bit weak, grass, bread and sweet malt. Medium carbonated, round sweet mouthfeel. Taste is sweet malt, grassy sweet, hay. Mild bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (2054) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2015
Keg - Owl Sanctuary, Norwich. A deep golden colour with a small but lasting white head. Follows in the typical lager footsteps but theres a solid malt body - fuller than many of its ilk. Fair length in the finish to boot.


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