RATINGS: 757   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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cattaneopapa (417) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2016
Bottle from GNG in San Francisco. Cellared since August. Pours a clear deeep gold colour with one finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of wet bread. Tatse matches the aroma with some sweet malty notes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth light lager. Not bad.

beer_rookie (637) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Opens with a snap. Interesting, almost like a vaccum. Pours a very clear golden color. Has huge three finger thick foamy slightly off white head. Almost all carbonation must be reflected in head. Head is short lived. That big old head doesn’t last long. Okay retention, okay lacing.

Aroma is grainy, honey, pears. Herbal or maybe floral hops. Has a slightly sweet smell.

Taste is pretty balanced. A little more bitter than most lagers, certainly not as sweet. Pretty grainy, not so much malty.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied. Very smooth, just a little creamy. Goes down easy. Surprisingly dry. Easy drinking.

Overall, it’s pretty good. It’s not as good as I expected. On tap it would be great. For the price I paid for it, I think I would prefer Budweiser over this. I would recommend it, but I would probably only buy it again were it on tap. I might buy a single again. But anyway, it’s not terrible. Give it a try.

rodsquad (306) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2016
Can from Sainburys. Aroma of boozy Christmas cake with a clear red-to-amber look. Taste follows nose with malty spiced fruit. Gentle carbonation to a smooth sour finish. A fine refreshing lager with a malt kick. Good.

Graham77 (514) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2016
12oz can. Aroma of pear and caramel. The taste is very good for a lager. Light/medium sweet with fruity and grassy hops. Nice mouth-feel with soft/medium carbonation. A high quality lager.

alaridus (1) - - OCT 21, 2016 does not count
Nice and tasteful beer. Would recommend to both fish and meat. Can drink this beer also without food ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Svesse (8731) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2016
(Draught at Beer Temple, Amsterdam, 16 Sep 2016) Golden colour with dense, white head. Malty nose with bread, hay and grass. Malty taste with notes of bread, hay, grass, grainy malt, a touch of toffee and a gentle grassy bitterness. Medium body, with a certain malt sweetness. Not really exceptional, but well balanced and tasty. Quite enjoyable.

rodbod (419) - Motherwell, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2016
Can from the Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer. This pours quite dark for a lager - mid amber I’d say (maybe too dark?) - with a very generous pillowy white head. Nose is lager, which is to say clean, a bit of malt, not much else. It is at least much cleaner than a lot of lagers. Taste is very malty (more so than most lagers), and not as clean as the nose. Palate is very refreshing.

Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2016
Tin @home from Sainsburys. Pours golden amber with a big fluffy white head, lots of carbonation. Nose is caramel, apple, grapefruit and some grass. Taste is toffee and caramel sweetness with some slight biscuit. For a lager its ok

BeerNinjaUK (484) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2016
Can from Tesco. Pours clear amber with ample fluffy slightly orange head. Aroma not overpowering - some herbs and damp grass but otherwise a fairly bland lager.

FinnIckler (785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle from maruhn. Smells are citrus, banana. Taste starts sweet and citrusy. Palate is fruity and bubblegum, just a tad bitter. finish is sweet. This is quite Drinkable, definitely the Best pale Lager i have tried.

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