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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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (4545) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
On tap at a random place at Fishermans Wharf, August 2013. Clear darker golden with a small head. Not that much to say about this one. Malt, some bread and light fruit. The mouthfeel was crisp, easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sawbuck (314) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bready malt aroma with some spicy hops hidden in there. Darker yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. Spicy hops first taste, then mildly sweet bready malt flavors. Melds nicely together and finishes with a peppery hop spiciness that is refreshing. "Californian Pilsner"...very good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2052) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle. Nice grassy aroma with a touch of peppery hop. Medium-dark straw color with a 1-cm head. Mild grass and sweetness in initial / a little dose of bittering in mid / light, smooth bitterness remains. Thin body. Bittering seems just right for the body.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (887) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Not bad for what it is. Much better than its larger competitors. Strong lager yeast smell with a hint of corn; however, I don’t think it was used. Nice very clear golden color with a white decent head. Crisp easy palate. Lighter weight than most. Simple lager flavors, just more natural tasting. Malty with some hops on the finish but not too strong. Would be easy to drink a few of these.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TimsRatings (414) - - AUG 21, 2013
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh) Bud... It tastes like a slightly better Byf than Bud - Yeungling-like. Probably a decent lager, but after learning the wonders of stouts, porters, IPAs, etc, ye basic lager just is not doing it for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rrauth (1177) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Draft. I'm not a lager fan. This is close to unpalatable IMHO. No aroma. No backbone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UncleMcHoppy (26) - 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 (2753) - 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 (4005) - 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.


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