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RATINGS: 344   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.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nik925 (745) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
A real lager - a fine beer for this category. Nice malt, well made, clean and tasty hop. Still very limited by style, but a damn nice premium lager.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThirstyBird (1542) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2014
Pours a clear brilliant golden yellow color with a sustained of-white head. The smell is caramel, bread a bit floral. The taste is caramel, light fruit, bread with some nice fruity dryness on the end. Light+ in body with some slickness and tight crisp carbonation. A real nice beer that has depth beyond the simple lager name.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (1929) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Clear golden amber with a thin head cover and sprays of lace, Taste is full malt mixed with distinctively bitter floral hops. Both sides work well with each other, producing a srink that goes down easily. A nice simple brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle poured a golden color with a thin cap of white head. Aroma has grains, light hops, and some yeast. Mouth feel is medium for the style and the carbonation on the lower side. Flavor has light supporting malt, grains, mild hops, and a clean finish. Fairly full flavored for a lager with touches of bitterness poking in from time to time.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2410) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle. Clear gold with a large white head that lasts well, high bead. Aroma of light bread, mild floral and spicy notes. Sweet with some caramel as well as light bread, gentle bitterness teases through, leaving some spices to linger. Fair enough.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Growler. Clear golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of herbal hops, bready malt and light spice. Clean light Malty flavor with medium hop bitterness. Light body average carbonation. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
12oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass A - Light bronze color with a milky off-white cap. Unimpressive retention with minimal lacing. S - Strong cereal grains, caramel, light citrus, applesauce, toast, grass, tea like aroma. T - Firm hop bitterness transitions into a hefty amount of sweet grainy malt, tannins and minerals hit the edges and back of the tongue along with grassy and pine hops start to build into a long dry finish. M - Full bodied, full prickly carbonation, very smooth on the finish. If you had this blind you wouldn’t believe it was a 4.8% pale lager. This is heavily hopped, full flavored and full bodied making for an excellent session beer. Serving type: bottle 09-27-2013

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3565) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Draft: Poured a golden with nice frothy white head. Aroma was sweet with light grain and floral perfume. Taste was crisp fresh, mix of grain and balance malt body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shot (132) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Pours golden with a white head that quickly dissipates to a spotty lace. Aromas of malt with skunky notes. Taste is crisp, like a pilsener, but maltier. Nice citrus hop bite with notes of pine. Light, peppery mouthfeel. Refreshing. This would be a great beer for a barbecue.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drjay44 (2614) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained white head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark yellow (SRM 4) body.....nose is cereal, minimal esters, light hop spice....taste is cereal malt, light hop bitterness, hints of hop spice....mouth feel light,watery, carbonation high, with light acid. This is a well made, but exquisitely simple and dull beer. It fits the style, is obviously session-able, but why? BJCP 6/3/12/4/6


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