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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Our California Lager is also a single-hop beer, using only fresh, whole Cluster hops, all descended from an old line originally grown in California. Cluster has a long history as a “dual-purpose hop” for both bittering and aroma, which creates a flavor profile like no other. Brewed with San Francisco tap water, fresh from Yosemite, and fermented with our own special strain of lager yeast, our California Lager is kräusened in the traditional manner and lagered in our cellars. The result is a uniquely sessionable lager beer, which is maltier, hoppier, and somewhat stronger than modern American lagers. Its brilliant golden color, lingering effervescence, balanced depth of flavor, distinctive aroma, and smooth finish make this inaugural brew of the Anchor Brewing Zymaster™ Series a delightful tribute to the rich heritage and traditions of California brewing.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
degbert (1103) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, lambent gold with a high, large-grained, cream-colored head with lots of visible carbonation and lace. Nose is lime, wheat toast, gardenias, and a touch of burnt malt; it’s quite weak. Somewhat vegetal on the front of the tongue, with butterscotch malt kicking in right after; the vegetal note turns herbal with substantial body and bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finish is medium to long with citric lime notes. Not a bad lager, but nothing really notable about it. No flaws, but no hook either.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (1681) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle from Save On. Clear golden with lasting head and lace and rising bubbles. Mild bready grassy woody aroma. Mild crackery honey sweetness with very clean grassy woody mildly bitter finish. Light body. Effervescent carbo. It is what it is, which is pretty good. Wonder how like it will continue to take for Anchor to go big.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8037) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Golden with a white foam. Aromas are bready with nutty cereal and herbal notes. Hints of lime with apple and spices. Flavours are nutty and grainy with herbal leafiness and base biscuit. Green apple with spices. Grew on me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2079) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 25, 2014
Crisp and dry, bone dry, but tasty. Pleasing malt aroma, small light and fluffy head, golden clear body. Taste is malt and bread, saltine crackers, abrupt finish, but refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2014
Gold with a white head. Malts, bread, faint hops. Smooth palate, bready malts, sweet, toffee, easy finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1641) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2014
On tap @ In De De Wildeman. Clear golden blonde color. Uneven white head with pretty good lacing. Aroma’s: somewhat malty sweet, but also some fruitiness. Retronasal there’s grain/malt, light sweetness with a delictae hop aroma. Flavor is grainish/malty, light sweet with a light bitterness. Light bodied, not too thin. Good bitterness eventually. Solid lager, quite German.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle-pours lite orange with a small soapy white head and no lacing. nose is somewhat musty-wet grains, sort of wet cardboard thing going on. I dont think this beer is that old, i think they just use old or shitty malt. flavors exhibit these wet cardboard and cracker like malt profile. long grainy finish with some very faint spicy hops but pretty dull hop profile. really not into this one very much. i wonder what it is like on fresh tap?

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenter2000 (41) - , Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2014
smells like my minds’ nose-vision of what beer should smell like. The smell I conjured up while watching the simpsons in grade school. Homer would drool over a beer and I would imagine a smell like this. It’s not a great smell nor is it a bad one. It just is a beer smell. Appearance is hard for me to judge. I don’t have many biasses and usually think most brown transparent liquids look healthy to me. This does not taste like a traditional lager, which is a shift from what the aroma would suggest. I find it tangy and sweet. Slightly bitter. A taste that comes on strong initially but eventually fades the more I sip(i suppose that is the case for all beer). I didn’t love the palate and decided to give it a modest 3. It sparkled in the mouth a little too long. Overall I am enjoying the beer and happy I purchased it at 2.99 for a single bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Edmonton pours a copper color with a finger of white head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild with grains and grass. Taste is a grassy and spicy hop bitterness with a grainy malt sweetness. Light to medium body with decent carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2589) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
355ml brown bottle. Clear yellow pour. White cap, creamy. Spotty lace. Nose has cereal/grains with light sweetness. Taste has grains, bit of herbal hops. Clean finish with a light leafy hop aftertaste and light bittering. Overall a good clean lager, good session beer.


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