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RATINGS: 716   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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2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gururyan (721) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Poured from bottle, great looking label, high hopes for a brewery I often enjoy. Aroma is very faint, color is pale, taste is quite weak, palette is smooth...not watery but flavor is so light and just mediocre. Disappointed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (2752) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle. Clear golden pour with a generous head. Notes of hay, green grass, some sweet syrupy notes and a light bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13834) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottled, 355ml from Marks & Spencers in Banbury, Oxon. Yellow gold with white head. There is a light, crisp body to this, some cereal and a touch of light caramelisation. There is a sweetness along with a lime / lemon note. The beer is fine and easy drinking, which is its point I suppose. Its fine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (6000) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Mundane golden liquid, with a diminished white head. Aromas of grain, pale malt and light fruit and hint of herbal hops. Dry malt flavors in the front that lead to herbal to light citric hops. Somewhat earthy with a bit of dry honey in the finish. 6/13

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (1659) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Aroma is corn, wheat, metallic, sweet, earthy hops. Appearance is darker golden, white head, bubbly and mostly clear. Taste is sweet corn, earthy hops, metallic, some wheat, mostly just bitter. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, spritzy, with a metallic earthy hop aftertaste. Overall, its probably as good as they come, but boring and crushable.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ehaak26 (305) - - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Aroma of hay and barnyard yeast. I dont really like lagers, though.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fisler (446) - Bamberg, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2017
Behbige Perlung, leicht trb. In der Nase leichte Frucht, Heu. Im Trunk frisch, kernig, leichte Bitternoten, sffig, lecker.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (4165) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Jak na lager to nawet niezle. Ach Ci Amerykanie nachmiela wszystko. Ale wyglad swiadczyl ze to bedzie kiepskie piwo, jasne piana prawie zerowa, klarowne. W zapachu juz sie czulo ze bedziemy miec doczynienia z amerykanskim chmieleniem. W smaku tylko chmielowe akcenty amerykanskie, piwo skromnie slodowe. Ogolnie wypada srednio na tle chmielenia w piwach gornofermentacyjnych, ale jak na jasnego lagera jest bardzo dobrze, oby wszystkie euro i egzotyczne lagery tak smakowaly

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjaxson (525) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Classic tasting lager has that drink-all-night vibe. Caramel and grassy aroma gives away to a light body with a nice taste bite that my friend Dave would call a beautiful barley pop. Goes down easy and sweet with an aftertaste leaving you looking for another.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daverock (36) - Nymburk, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 30, 2016
Lhev, zakoupeno topvino.cz. Moc dobr Kalifornsk lek, mm radi vrazněj kusy, ale pivko mě potěilo.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrew196 (1671) - 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.


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