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RATINGS: 235   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.


2.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cousin_Larry (240) - - OCT 24, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2013 Smells like Miller Lite. Pours like a commercial. Royally Hoppy brew. Although it tastes better if you pair it with some chips.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skokott (39) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Highly underrated. Cereal grain taste, hay, light but sufficient hops. Smooth and crisp. Big fan.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (7926) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2013
12 ounce bottle from Downtown Wine & Gourmet, Harrisonburg. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin fizzy white head. Average head retention. Aroma of sweet cereal grains, mild grassy hops. The taste is herbal, grassy hops and a mild nutty graininess. Thin bodied. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (1718) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2013 12oz bottle thanks to Bob F.! Drank from the bottle after work. Aroma is grainy, lager yeast, and grassy hops. Taste is the same. Light citrus, grassy hops, grain, and yeast.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (5042) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle @ Home. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, grain, grass, hay. Flavor is malt, little caramel, grass, grain, hay. Medium body, lively carbonation, light bitter finish. Easy drinking beer.181013

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ciaranc (706) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 18, 2013
12 Oz bottle from Redmonds. Very pale, ultra clear bright gold. Big rocky, frothy white head. Grainy notes in the aroma, soap and leather. Big flavour for a premium lager, banana, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, yeast notes too. Light bodied as you would expect, fairly fizzy and brought on the palette. Citrus and lingering bitterness in the finish. I should drink more lager.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (9832) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, light fruity and moderate hoppy - straw and flowers. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 171013

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (9829) - DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle, 4.9%. Clear yellow with small white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, grainy and hop. Flavour is malt, fruit, hop, caramel, little grass, little grainy, little yeast, straw and a little bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are rich hops, grass, straw, little earthy malt. Nice bitter finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle. One pour gives a fluffy, rigid head of pure white, which smells like minerals, flowers / dandelions with touches of sweet lemon and saltine cracker and baked butter apples. After the head settles, the sugary baked granola and flax seed cracker malt is more noticeable. Body is medium-light. Carbonation is a tad fizzy and brash. Taste is sweet, then bitter, then drying, then more bitter From toasted grains, granola, some oat and corn and DMS, to a finish of excess silt, clay, dirt in the mouth, all strong and lingering.


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