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RATINGS: 734   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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nurmis (601) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours deep golden with foamy white head. Aroma of grassy hops and rich maltiness. Nice bitterness for a lager.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fombe89 (3182) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2016
Botella. BBD:06/2017 Color amarillo dorado, sabor caramelo, malta, cuerpo ligero.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
polo_marco (328) - milton, Vermont, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Smells of wood sweet malts saltwater. Color is a light yellow Orange with slight white head that lasts for a bit. Really nice flavor featuring sweet malts and woody taste. Nice clean crisp smooth dry finish. Lightish body with super chipper carbonation. Really great lager need to try more from you guys. Nice work!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Can. Pours mostly clear golden with very little head. Nose and taste are apple, pear, grain. Pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NallePalle (614) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle, Crperie Lemoni, Uppsala. Decent lager, nice, round aroma and pleasant finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3872) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2016
Can, from Tesco. Gold, fluffy and sustained white head, good condition. Gentle herbal hops and chalky grain in the nose, slightly fruity in the mouth with a hint of honey sweetness and a background of peppery hops, finish has a tingle of hop bitterness, a chalky mineral note and faint malt sweetness lingering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownaler (634) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Doughy yeast aroma with tinge of malt clean finish nice session beer similar to Steam.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
budedou (946) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - MAY 9, 2016
Clear orange body with a medium to large white head. Aroma is malt, straw, a bit herbal, some fruit. Taste is light bitter, a bit of a hoppy dryness. Soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozzy70 (1071) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle. Poured golden, foamy white head. Aroma was malty, breads. Taste was semi sweet and malty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (2183) - Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2016
12 oz bottle, PDT 10/07/15- Pours clear golden with a pillowy white head with nice retention. Aroma is citrusy, grains, crackers. The taste is citrus, lemon, banana, bready, lingering dry hops. Really nice, tasty, would love to try a fresher bottle.


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