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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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ANZUShophunter (446) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2017
From bottle (BB 10/17) in shaker. Pours amber with bready nose and faint hops. Finish more bitter than a typical lager with a hint of bubblegum. Decent.

3.3
axl (868) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2017
Clear golden with white head. Aroma is light malts, white bread and light grass. Taste is dry and moderately bitter with grass, light citrus and flaky malts. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation and refreshing light bitter aftertaste.

3.1
kajser27 (1805) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 9, 2017
Clear, deep golden to amber colored, small+ white head, not overly lasting. Aroma is of some malt, creamy buttery, fruity notes, some grassy hops. Taste is medium sweet malt and some biscuit, fruity notes, some butter, light to medium grassy strawy bitterness, dryish finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation, creamy.

3
Mister_Li (1376) - GERMANY - APR 1, 2017
Klares goldgelb mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, getreidig, etwas Heu, leicht blumig, würzig.

2.6
cgarvieuk (24462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 29, 2017
Keg at ushers... Golden amber.. Big grassy hay fruits nose... Long bitter herbal hay

3
PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2017
Tastes like a fairly typical vienna, a little bit on the blander side of that. Pale amber color with a nice clean white head, pitted on top. Aroma is mildly caramelized with that richer toffee like notes found in German lagers, even a vague vinous note, oak-aged sherry type thing going, flavor is similar with that sweeter vinous toffee’d malt. Again very much like a vienna or o-fest style but thin on the palate, lighter in flavor, watered down version of vienna. Its pretty clean and well built, I would just like a little more fullness, maybe it’s just meant to be lighter and refreshing.

3.3
JStax (6482) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2017
12 ounce can poured into a can glass. The beer is a clear gold aith a big head of white foam. The aroma is doughy and grassy. I get a little lemon zest from the beer. Grainy and a little corny. Lighter to medium body with high carbonation.

3.4
Piw (1127) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2017
355ml Dose. Golden und klar mit kleiner Schaumkrone. Malzige Honigaromen. Voller Körper. Süßlich mit mildem Abgang.

3.5
oobawa (1399) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Beer. (Which would be my entire review, were it not for RB’s 75-character requirement.) That is to say, Anchor California Lager is beer at its most basic, recognizable form, a step up from macro swill yet tracing a direct line from cheap industrial crap to craft quality. Hits all the lager requirements: moderately sweet malts, fruity apple notes coming from the yeast, mild Euro-hop finish tightening up the back end. A beer-tasting beer, without any noticeable flaws yet also lacking any discernible traits to make it stand out. Not bad, not by a long shot. Just normal.

4.1
AtronSeige (1535) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 25, 2017
Aroma: Medium-light bready, toasty. floral, spicy. Appearance: Slightly hazy, amber body. Medium, off-white head, fair retention. Flavour: Medium malty, bready, rich, Medium bitterness. Medium-light spicy. Medium-dry finish with lingering malty and spicy notes. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-high carbonation, smooth. Overall: Almost vienna like. Flavorful, complex but still easy drinking. Color and head retention are issues, but nothing major. 350 ml can, poured. 27F. Historical Beer - Pre-prohibition lager


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