RATINGS: 762   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jibby (13) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Golden color. In the aroma, definitely has that bread, cracker flavor that we expect from Steam. Also some apricots. Light-medium bodied. Very clean and subtle. More malty than other lagers, but still light. Nice creamy mouthfeel when you swirl it around. It’s not spectacular and I think that Liberty Ale is more interesting, but I’d probably prefer this to Steam (pretty much just a lighter version of it).

CH-303 (2358) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - NOV 13, 2017
Appearance: Clear golden, fizzy. Lots of white head.
Aroma: Not much, just some slight hops and slight malt.
Taste: Light malt, light hops, slight grains. Mild bitter aftertaste.
Bought: Craft Gallery (Bern), 355 ml, CHF 4.90
Info: 11/11-2017, BB: 31/12-2018

melush (4689) - SPAIN - NOV 1, 2017
35,5cl @ Vinos y Licores Gustos, Guijuelo, Spain. Golden colour with a medium size white head. Aroma is malt, sweet, slightly hoppy. Taste is malt, sweet, slightly hoppy and yeasty. Medium to light body, average carbonation.

isaacdg (18) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 30, 2017
Equilibrio perfecto entre dulce de malta y lupulo, cuerpo ligero-medio y muy facil de beber.Aroma dulzon y algo lupulado. Perfil limpio de fermentacion y muy bien conseguida, lager sabrosa con notas de lupulo y de trago largo.

Luvystypotables (2067) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Poured from a bottle, clear gold color with a lasting white head foamy, with some lacing, moderate carbonation. Aroma has a strong malt backbone with some light bready and grassy notes. The taste is a sweet malt, slightly skunky with some herbaceous notes. Medium body with a lasting malt finish.

AgentAle (1809) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2017
Light crisp lager with more depth than most lagers. Fresh and very drinkable.

Ascelja (1729) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 2, 2017
Bottle. Almost clear, gold, medium white head. Aroma of yeast, malts, hops. Taste is semi-sweet, lightly bitter. Hops, yeasts, nice malty base, unfortunately with papery tones and fermented apricots. Medium body and carbonation.
Well, not best lager, but better than many commercial examples...

suurjuust (3762) - ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2017
355ml bottle. Pours clear golden, medium white head. Nose is papery, somewhat sweet, mild fruit and hop notes. Tastes rough, the hops in the finish are even rougher than the starting malts. And the aftertaste, oh the aftertaste, where hops dance across your palate like little cones of barbed wire. Hard to get this one down.

Rotin (1732) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 26, 2017
Bottle 0.355l. Lightly cloudy, gold colored. AROMA- malty sweet, slight hoppy tones. FLAVOR- smooth, neutral, lightly bitter, hops, malt. Light to medium bodied.
Average lager.

BeerTrooper (2) - Hermosa Beach, California, USA - SEP 25, 2017 does not count
Beer snobs need to do blind tests, and then rate for style. This is a great beer on draft and a very good beer out of the bottle.

tanel025 (222) - ESTONIA - SEP 22, 2017
Clear golden beer with lots of creamy white head, stays for couple of minutes. Aroma is mostly hops. Taste is caramel, malt, hops. Medium body. Medium sweetness, low bitterness. Simple beer, very drinkable and very good.

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