RATINGS: 734   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2013
I am a fan, this beer tastes pure, like the ingredients are money. Its not often you come across a high quality lager, and I have to say I dont think I have tasted one this good yet. Best lager I have ever had. Love it. Hoppy, signature yeast flavor in their beer, bitter, and a bit fruity. Again, serious lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghawener (1601) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - MAY 22, 2017
Bottle: Found in a supermarket in Costa Rica. Great for a Pale Lager, but why would you brew a Pale Lager?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SanfordBrewer (1541) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Brilliant gold with persistent white head and high effervescence. Medium body with a little slickness and high carbonation.

Aroma: doughy pale malt, assertive and slightly wild yeast character, faint vegetal hops.

Taste: mildly tart, rough and lingering herbal bitterness, slight metallic.

What i would expect from a clone of a beer brewed in a time of very limited ingredient options and no refrigeration. Rough around the edges, but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ogivlado (7699) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 15, 2017
Bottled 355ml. -from Pivoteka Zagreb. Clear golden coloured, small white head, rather neutral nose. Sweet malty, light grainy, herbalish hoppy and caramel with some bitterness in the finish. Boring one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (2062) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2017
355ml can from Tesco - Clear light amber body, decent white top. Nose is grass and hay with an hint of lime. Taste is light bitter with a touch of sweetness. Nice and refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (2600) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2017
Fruity, sweet and chewing gum in the scent. Malt, little sweet, and good hops taste. Good bitterness that fills the whole mouth for a long time. Another uncommon lager beer but maybe not the best unfortunately. Still good beer. Follow me @ Kung av l @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jooilakon (72) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2017
Bottle from M&S Hammersmith. Better than the average lager in the market taste wise, but there is a clear lack of aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (8985) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 30, 2017
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Clean grainy base, straw, mild sweetness, and faint flowery bitterness. Fresh and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (7059) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2017
American 12 fl oz can (355ml): BBD 13th Apr 2018. Opened early morning of 28th Apr 2017. Just finished working at a beer festival and needed a cold beer once I got home: this was the second of them. Poured slowly into a Chimay chalice. Golden body, full white blanket of foam on top, this full blanket soon turned into one of the thinnest sheets on earth. Grainy nose, oranges and other citrus fruits also appear in the aroma, but more so in the taste. Thirst quenching and refreshing: would be ideal sat in the Californian sun while allowing warm grains of sand run through your toes, but in darkest Shropshire at one in the morning it is just another Lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ANZUShophunter (409) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axl (822) - 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.

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