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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UncleMcHoppy (25) - Old Tappan, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Found a 6-pack of twelve ounce bottles in St. Simons Island, GA, of all unlikely places. Pours beautifully golden into the glass, with an excellent head. Refreshing lager taste with just the right amount of hoppiness. Goes down smooth on these hot August Dog Days. Anchor has not lost the touch! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alobar (2613) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Clear pale yellow color with a white creamy head. Aroma of grain, lemon, and hops Creamy body with grain and hop flavor with some citrus sweetness. Really nice for a lager.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (3870) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Soft and clean straw gold pour with one finger of soft creamy white head. NOse shows a nice soft malt sweetness and touch of bread. Spicy hop notes with some heavier malt notes. Very nice flavor. I could see it being a touch sweet for some but I like that against the spicy hops. Rich malt flavor and some grassy hops. Medium body with a moderate hop bite on finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle from the Anchor Brewery - thanks Dad! Pours a clear straw yellow, good couple of fingers of pillowy head. Aroma is floral and grassy, with a little perfume, a touch of Ribena and just a hint of caramel. Taste is genuinely wonderful - light floral hops with blackcurrant juice, grass and perfume. Slightly sweet, but quite dry on the finish. Pretty full body, just the right CO2 sparkle and really refreshing. Even the bottle label looks great. Honestly, probably my favourite lager, I just can’t fault it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (2568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Taster. Pours clear pale golden, large white head, nice lacing. Aroma is grain, grass, faint citrus. Flavor is the same, little sweetness, brisk bitterness. Light body, refreshing, bitter far finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle from Blue Dog, and I think my first new Anchor rating in years. Pours chill hazy dark golden with 1-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is grainy pale malt, lemongrassy hops, citrus. Tastes of bready pale malt, resiny hops, citrus, finishing florals, and a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhunter151 (467) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours golden yellow with a white head. Crisp and refreshing. Better than most lagers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Onionkid (359) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. Has a balanced aroma of hops, malts, and grassy/fruity notes. The taste is crisp and malty with some hops to the finish. Pretty decent and likely a good session brew. 4.9% alcohol.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (5953) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 12oz bottle from Warehouse in Valdosta, Georgia. There’s really not much I can say beyond my video review of this beer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAA1uD78gh4

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gururyan (548) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Poured from bottle, great looking label, high hopes for a brewery I often enjoy. Aroma is very faint, color is pale, taste is quite weak, palette is smooth...not watery but flavor is so light and just mediocre. Disappointed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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