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RATINGS: 314   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zacgillbanks (2124) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. A bright golden beer with a sweet malt, sugary toffee and almond flavour, slight grassy notes and a fruity, dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2140) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
Definitely one of the better pale lagers I’ve ever had. Vibrant golden body with nice white head and lacing. Sweet very malty aroma. Taste is malty, bready but with a nice bitter aftertaste. Not super hoppy - this is no IPA. All the flavours are typical lager flavours but ramped up. Nice. As a pale lager should be.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreamflower (565) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Either I’m desperate for a beer and super thirsty or this beer is the best thing ever. Crystal clear golden hue crowned with the fluffiest whitest head. Sweet hoppy aroma and taste. Floral. Lovely.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2014
I must honestly say I am surprised at how much I dislike this one. I was excited to see this as a new arrival at my local bottle shop, but the beer just really doesn’t live up to what I now realize are lofty expectations for a nice tasting lager at the end of a long week. Oh well, i bet it will get better the more of this six pack I drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockeybeerguy (1611) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 6, 2014
The appearance has a clear golden yellow colored body with a half finger foamy white head that dies and leaves some thick foamy white lacing that spiderwebs pretty nice. The carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace. The smell has some light citrusy-fruit with a decent cracker-like spice coming through kinda peppery. The taste has a lager-like sweetness strong with that nice cracker-like spice blending pretty nice along with a sweet cracker-like aftertaste with a clean sweet dry finish. On the palate, it sits fairly light on the body with a decent to moderate harshness trying to take a bite, but actually stays somewhat smooth for the most part. There is a decent sessionability for this one. Overall, this is a good American Pale Lager well worthy of coming back to, I’ll look to have this one definitely again in the summer months. Also, I would say this would definitely be a well worthy transition beer for BMC drinkers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a clear yellow golden color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have bready and biscuity malt, earthy and lightly bittering hops, grass, some yeast. Worth trying, just not my thing.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2758) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
This tastes to me basically like Pilsner in which the traditional noble hops were substituted for American cluster hops. That is all well and good but, honestly, clusters are just not very good tasting hops. I am not sure how this escaped the notice of Anchor’s "Zymasters" but apparently someone was asleep at the switch. I do like the idea of recreating a traditional and forgotten American style in theory but you don’t wind up drinking the idea and this beer is just not all that great.

As mentioned, it is somewhat along the lines of a Czech Pilsener. There is just a touch of malt character and a good amount of hops in both the nose in the finish. The hop character itself is sort of strangely tutt-fruity and the bitterness in the finish is astringent, giving this a drying quality on the tongue. It strikes me as well made beer in general in that there doesn’t seem to be any oxidation or any kind of flaws that might be the result of poor process control but it simply doesn’t taste all that great at the end of the day.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is about one fingers high, and barely off-white. Retention is acceptable, and the lacing is thin yet consistent. S: Typically lager-y: tons of cracker, a touch of lemon, and some grass generally comprise the aroma. No twists, turns, or excitement here; it is well-done though. T: Apart from the crackery malts, there are some diacetyl elements right before the finish: they neither take away nor take it to the next level. The finish is slightly lemony. Not much to say about this one, really. M: The malt backbone seems to cut in during the swallow, creating a brew that’s just a hair too full. Meanwhile, it’s hoppiness does a reasonable job of drying the (otherwise sweetish) finish out. Carbonation - if not low - is at least gentle. O: A competent lager and a nice history lesson, just not very exciting. It’s rather boring, frankly, but it would go well with food.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (1877) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 21, 2014
12fl oz bottle from El Coleccionista, Gijón. @home 21-2-2014.
In short: a tasty lager.
Pours quite clear golden, with nice white head. Some head retention, poor lacing. Malty, syrup aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some cripys texture. Taste is malty, grassy, some sweet, spicy. Quite balanced and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2055) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Draft at liberty union. Pours clear copper with a medium sized white head. The aroma has a nice mix of biscuit and bready malts. The taste is biscuit, a tad sweet, really smooth and easy to drink.


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