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RATINGS: 757   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
RexTalionis (3782) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Golden color, whitish head. Notes of malts and grassy meadow in aroma. Grassy bitterness and bready malts in taste. Sweetish finish. There’s something though here that I like, extra points for that.

2.5
domienS (250) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2015
Pours a clear blonde beer with a small, unstable white head, has some pearling. Smells malty, some hop, bit flowery. Tastes bitter. Palate is small, non alcoholic. Well saturated. OK but nothing special at all.

3
Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Pale straw, short thin head. Grainy dry aroma, mild distant fruit. Nice malty flavor with bit hoppyness balancing, light body and feel, potent carbonation, very easy to drink.

2.8
oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Bottled. Goldeny orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, some sweet herbal notes as well as some mild metallic and grainy notes as it got a bit warmer. Flavour is bready, grainy, some slight herbal notes along with mild floral and grassy notes.

4
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Pours clear golden with a large off-white head. Smells of grain, malt sweetness, and a subtle earthy pininess. Taste is sweet maltiness, hints of pine. Light-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Anchor California Lager finishes with a lingering sweetness.

3.6
czar (9338) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
pours unclear bright gold with a creamy/frothy white head, excellent retention and lacing - can’t get any better than that. spicy and grainy lightly toasted maltiness, fruitiness - spicy berries, lemons and limes, grassy leafiness, light woodsy vanilla, minerals, honey flowers, lightly earthy, touch of caramel and cardboard. average carboantion, light body - slightly watery; balanced herbal-grassy-spicy finish. tasty lager.

3.1
panzerwolf (353) - FINLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Pours clear amber. Taste has hay and hops, a little bit grassy with just the slightest tinge of bitterness and floral notes. Light-bodied beer, easy to drink, would try again.

3.1
fantti (1030) - FINLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Pullo @ Alko. Kaatuu tuoppiin kullankeltaisena ja kirkkaana, vaahto on muhkea ja noin 3 sormen paksuinen. Puhtaasta tuoksusta löytyy viljaisuutta, ruohoa, voimaisuutta ja hivenen makean hedelmäinen. Hieman raskas tuoksu lageriksi. Maussa viljaisuus on hyvin vahvaa, nyt ruohoisuutta ja kukkaisuuttakin on reilummin joukossa ja voimaisuutta ei tunnu. Loppumaussa on makeaa hedelmäisyyttä. Suutuntuma on melko kevyt, hivenen humaloitu ja suht raikas, vaikka onkin makea. Ihan hyvä, mutta hieman turhan raskas ja makea. Lagerilta kun odottaa raikkautta ja virkistävyyttä, nyt sitä on turhan vähän.

2.9
Dermi (1193) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2015
355 ml, bottled. Pours clear orange with a white head. Aroma: Grassy hops, hay, straw. Taste: Medium sweet, some bitterness. Grassy flavours. Malt. Hay. Palate: Medium body. Pretty good.

3.8
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Love the label. This lager has a real pound on the way. Real balanced and has an aroma that you know when you smell it. Deep flavor.


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