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RATINGS: 236   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1229) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Clear pale yellow color, puffy and sturdy head. Medium carbonation. The lace is scant. Aroma is mild, tart with a hint of green apples. Just using a two-row barley makes such a huge difference, even for a lager. Has a perfumey hop presence and a smooth, bready malt. Actually excellent for style. Flavor is dry, yeast-laden malts. There is a certain English tartness. The yeast is very prevalent, but only acts as an accent. The hop is understated, strictly a bittering agent. This would be a great gateway for Bud Light drinkers to have something with some flavor. A very dry feel. This is a smooth, English-style lager that has a sweet flavor, with no corn or rice to be found, praise Jesus.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1456) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
A fantastic lager. Nice sweet fruity and malty aromas. Sweet grain flavors. Nice hop bite. Refreshing and delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1078) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
(bottle) clear light amber colour with a small white head; strong aroma of noble hops to start with, then some bread, hint of stewed fruit; dry flavour with a medium long light bitter finish; certainly better than the mass produced lagers

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottled sample. Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of biscuits, a bit of caramel, and earthy hops. Clean toasted malts rule the palate, but are backed by more mild caramel and firm leafy hops. Medium bodied with a solid amount of bitterness. Sessionable stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3626) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Clean, fresh lager. Bready, arrowroot biscuity. Not the nicest lager hop taste. Very easy drinking.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle. Outstanding representation of the style. Golden yellow pour with a small white head. Subtle grain and hop, very clean and easy drinking. Well done.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (13351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2014
17th March 2014
Brewdog Camden. Keg. Lightly hazy gold beer, small white head. Palate is smooth with good fine minerally carbonation. Light bready malt with a touch of cream. Slight nutty vibe. Little floralness. Whisper of hops. Light finish with more sweet bready malts. Easy going if slightly soft lager.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
onceblind (3672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Clear golden with a thin rocky white head. Aroma is pretty plain--biscuity cracker bland malt. The flavor has a nice calm crispness, with a toast and clean blonde maltiness, a bit of cracker, and a clean slightly noble hoppy finish. Boring, but not bad for what it is.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (9430) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Jönköping. Clear golden beer with a decent white head. Malty fruity aroma, glue notes, cream, citrus, bready. Hoppy flavor, malty, bready, fruity notes, some glue. Not really to my liking.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zacgillbanks (1847) - 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.


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