RATINGS: 727   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrew196 (1761) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Very lager looking... Clear gold, frothy meringue head. Aroma of apples and grain. Super crisp and fresh.... Grain and hay, a lightly hopped edge. Crushable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eckert70 (3) - San Diego, - DEC 26, 2016 does not count
Great taste with no after taste. This beer is hard to fins in San Diego. good stuff

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeardedAvenger (597) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2016
Bottle at The Crown, Horsell. Basement aroma. Bright gold. A touch hazy. Bright white, thin head. Initial sweetness, soon followed by a crisp bitterness. Light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Decent enough for a pale lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (2875) - Hagen / Bonn, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2016
0.355 l bottle from Biermuda, best before April 2018. Clear, golden amber with a medium large, very dense, stable, white head. Sweetish, slightly fruity, floral and a bit grassy aroma of hay, some honey and a bit of peach. Slightly sweetish, moderately fruity, a bit floral and a little grassy taste of honey, apricot, some hay and a bit of citrus, followed by a medium long, quite bitter, grassy-dry finish. Medium body, smooth and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. Very tasty Lager!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (5714) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2016
Bottle in Seattle. Soft foam, orange lager body. Sweet golden aroma. Nice soft malt. Medium carbonation, mild sharp lager quality, honey malt. Fuller mouth feel than the average Euro lager; more sweet green hops too. Modest bittering, soft round finish to the body. Quite lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drmet (922) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2016
L: -pours a clear golden-amber with a big,foamy,white head -high carbonation visible S: -honey,vanilla,biscuity,marzipan,spic potatoes T: -honey,spicy,biscuity,grassy,grapefr to high bitterniss for the style F: -medium,soft carbonation -light to medium body O: A Bomb-ass Lager. Very Czech in Character, it can keep up with the best Euro Examples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ccex (1267) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2016
12 oz. can pours a clear golden color with lots of small bubbles under a moderate white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is bready malts with some grass and floral notes. Taste is slightly bitter with a grainy, grassy aftertaste. Body is light to medium with a crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing and easy to drink. This one greatly exceeded my expectations for a pale lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4597) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2016
Gift can. Golden colour with a white head. Grainy malt citrus and slight floral aroma. Light sweet to mid bitter taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonev (674) - POLAND - NOV 17, 2016
Piwo klarowne w kolorze jasny bursztyn z niezbyt trwala aczkolwiek obfita biala sredniopecherzykowa piana. W aromacie jest slodowo z nutami ziolowo kwiatowymi. W smaku troche toffee i gumy balonowej. Dosc intensywna goryczka jak na ten styl z wysyceniem na srednim poziomie. Bez wad ale rowniez bez szalenstwa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2016
Bottle from Darbys Liquor, Vancouver
Hazy golden color. Smells stale, tastes of malt and cardboard, it has enough bitterness and a bit of herbaceous character.
Not very good. And isnt it a bit pretentious to put a bb date 2 years out???

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