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RATINGS: 340   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (5785) - 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 (842) - 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 (10828) - 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 (10870) - 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 (13851) - 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 (7976) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
Deep golden pour with a thick white head. The nose is softly malty with a bit of light breadiness and some earthy hoppiness. A bit of fruit and a bit of soft herbal character. Decent brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (1658) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Pours Amber with a work a white head. Aroma is grass, floral, earthy and a touch of citrus. Light bodied with a smooth texture and crisp finish, good carbonation. A very solid session.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1467) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Faint citrus and grain aroma. Nearly clear orange color. Very bitter for a lager, comes off more as a crispness than a flavor. Hints of apple. Light body but again it’s crisp to a fault almost. Old school lager here. Would make a good base level product, doesn’t fly as a special edition.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle. Bottled on: 06/20/13. A clear amber pour with a thick & creamy beige head. The aroma features some lemons, Sweet Tarts, orange juice, a crisp wheatiness, and a touch of caramel malts. Goes down thin, crisp, and awfully refreshing. The taste starts with some semi-sweet cereal graininess and finishes with some tart lemony flavors. Nicely balanced. Very sessionable. Quality stuff, but boring nonetheless.


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