Anchor Brewing, San Francisco, CA
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.
Clear light orange in color with a typical lager nose with a hint of sweetness. This beer has a bit in the middle, then some sweetness, but the bitterness goes through to the aftertaste. Just a little too bitter for u to call this beer refreshing. Despite the bitterness, it is surprisingly light. We like this for a lager: it is different and gets less bitter as you drink it. Very complex for a lager.
Would we have it again? Yes
Would we get a 6-pack? Nah…