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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2259) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Draft at liberty union. Pours clear copper with a medium sized white head. The aroma has a nice mix of biscuit and bready malts. The taste is biscuit, a tad sweet, really smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
znawca (54) - POLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle from Bier & Co. Aroma of bread. Golden color. Clear. Unpresuming head. Medium sweetness, light bitter. Light body, average carboxination. Overall: average lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2014
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours crystal clear pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, bread, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very pleasant, clean, and well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness without feeling watery, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale lager style. Well balanced hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper body under a one inch fizzy off-white head that left a bit of lacing. The nose is clean toasty and lightly sweet maltiness with just a little hoppiness. The flavor is pretty decent, it’s very clean and well lagered, with just a lightly hoppy flavor, minimal bitterness. Not sure that I care too much for the hop in here, but it’s fairly clean and subtle. Lighter bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and a clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
12 oz bottle, Kroger, Bridge St., $1.69. Pale golden-straw pour; white almost-fizzy head doesn’t hold at all, and quickly this beer is just a glass of orange liquid. Aroma strongly bready, and very subtle floral/grassy notes. Aroma is similarly bready and just a tiny bit fruity and bright. Thin mouthfeel; abrasive carbonation. If we’re going to compare this to Budweiser, then yeah, this is 10 times better. Versus almost anything else, this is pretty unimpressive. 95th percentile for the style, yes; but folks are sucking the Anchor teet pretty hard for this to be 70th percentile overall. Sorry, Anchor, but I’m not paying 10 bucks a sixer for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5091) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle. Nose is very pleasantly malty in a very traditional way, some notes of caramel, toffee, earth, even getting some good yeast character, but really it’s just depth of malt that’s wowing me. Clear golden pour, very effervescent with a dense sudsy off-white head. Taste is medium bitter, semi-dry with some earthen and resinous moods, malt with cigarette ash underpinnings, corn, and thin but sticky caramel that seems to have been stretched into long ribbons. Light-medium body not what I’m looking for, but does help the drinkability here. There’s this Anchor soda thing going on, this one note I sometimes find in between their bubbles, usually chalking up to ’house character’ that is a negative tweak I’m able to overlook. Some weird things going on here, and a second opinion might call this ’unclean’ instead of ’unique’; it does share some qualities with dirty German and Polish lagers I’ve had, but in the current marketplace, I’m enthused!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Aroma - the malt is of a caramel nature, the hops are spiced, but muted Appearance - beer pours pale, liquid clear and emitting constant nucleation, the head is white and originally about 1/2" and settles down to a thin layer. Taste - the taste is pleasant, but not super bold. There is a hop profile typical to quality lagers, the taste is slightly spiced as well. Palate - the body is between light and medium; the texture somewhere between thin and thick; the carbonation lively on the tongue; the finish is crisp and slightly spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1330) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Clear rich gold color with a 1-finger bright white head that disappeared pretty quickly and left minimal lacing. Modest bready malt aromas, with wisps of grassy hops and spice. Flavors were similar, with a more generous hop bitterness than the aromas would suggest. Light body, lively carbonation, prickly mouthfeel and a clean refreshing finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VinegarStroke (280) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle: deep gold, clear and light head. Poor lace. Malt, ester lift. Hint of slightly roasted malt. Caramel. Clean and fresh. Dry to off dry, not sour and moderately bitter. Rich and medium length. Nice balance and malty flavour. Bitterness is slightly too high.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnbuck100 (241) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
This is definitely the heaviest lager I have had. Very complex flavor that equally balances the hops and malt. I get a very pepper-y taste that lingers long afterwards. Lower in alcohol, but not what I would consider a session beer due to its heavy flavor. Glad I tried it and definitely one of the best lagers I have had, but I’ve had some India Pale Lagers recently that add flavor but less weight (my preference). Still, a recommended beer to try.

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