RATINGS: 741   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (3104) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Rustic hop bitterness under the cap, more like a Northern Brewer. Foams up a lot when poured into my Sam Adams glass. Just a tad darker than the usual pale lager color, while most old-time lagers (Juengling, Sam) tend to be darker. That slight oxidation that comes with most light lagers. Taste is both highly bittered from that "all-purpose hop," and a bit sweet. If they used a truly historical 2-row barley, they might have had to amp it up with adjunct. An interesting beer, but it’s a little too close to a Pabst for me.

PietS (317) - Bergen op Zoom, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2017
Grainy, medium bitter, and a slight weird sweet taste. An ok lager, but not my thing

NotABeerFan (13) - GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2017
As lagers go I quite like it. Has a sweetness to it and not too carbonated either. More hoppy than most lagers I’ve tried, which I like, more flavourful than mass produced stuff like Tennents, Coors etc

kryon (3599) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2017
Pours clear pale yellow with low white head Aromas of bread, malts, herbal, bit floral, grainy Taste has notes of crisp bread, herbs, some maltyness, sweet bread Mouthfeel is medium sweet, average carbonated with a low to medium bitter ending

Xtoph (49) - AUSTRIA - AUG 10, 2017
Bottle bought in a local supermarket. Appearance: Nice bottle, amber color, hazy liquid and a white and quite stable head. Aroma: Surprisingly rich. Quite malty with notes of caramel and bread. Hoppy aromas are floral and citrus with some herbs. Hardly any yeast. Very good. Taste: Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Palate: Nice carbonation on the palate. Oily texture and a medium finish. Overall: A good lager with some very nice aromas and a very good bottle design.

redders1974 (1518) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2017
Darker than average for the style clean with a hint of white pepper has a stronger almost imperial pils finish good for the style.

The_Osprey (8211) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2017
July 2017 - 355ml bottle at home in Richmond as ’Anchor 1896 California Lager’, 4.9%, BB Jan 2019. Currently one of the top 15 pale lagers in the world according to Ratebeer.com. Pours an amber orange, highly sparkling, translucent with a foamy, creamy off-white head. Aroma is airy, crackers, water, wet pebbles. Body is light, frothy with tingly carbonation. Taste is clean and quite watery, white pepper and sodawater, light floral hop tang, dry into the finish. Clean and drinkable, but very plain and basic. Just not my sort of thing I’m afraid. (4-4-4-3-10=2.5)

camay1997 (51) - patton, California, USA - JUL 28, 2017
A thick but short lived head, a top a pale-ish gold body. Smells yeasty, with a hint of grass. It taste yeast heavy, which is a first for me. It’s still a good beer, just a touch unfamiliar. The finish is a touch IPA but not too bad.

Pudding (262) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2017
12 fl. oz. can. Beer fobbed beer on opening, (stored at 13 deg. C). Clear gold with subsiding white head. Aroma of cereal and aromatic hop. Mouthfeel quite prolonged. Reasonably bitter. A smooth finish. Overall: a strongly flavoured lager.

sebsky (164) - ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2017
355 ml can @home,bb 20/04/2019. Deep gold,clear. Aroma? I don’t smoke,nor have blocked nose yet can’t smell anything bar faint echo of some malt. At least it doesn’t stink. Taste is malt,minimal bitterness. Just average lager,meh.

LakatosKE (504) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 20, 2017
0.355l bottle. Clear golden color with high stable white head. Aroma: malt, strane, caramel. Taste: malt, grassy, biscuit. Light body, moderately to lively carbonated.

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