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RATINGS: 319   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Golden yellow pour with a creamy white head. Aroma is malt. Taste is crisp malt, with a nice aftertaste. Nice to have a malt lager with most lagers being cereal based in my area.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReggieDunlap (3030) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2013
pours clear gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. aroma has light hoppiness...grass/spice...and a touch of sweet maltiness. flavor follows suit...more to the hoppy side with good grassy bitterness and spice. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dry and grassy/earthy bitter. i could crush this all afternoon!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2013
This looks and smells decent. A good lager that isn’t all that heavy. There really isn’t anything here other than a light flavor that is easily sessionable. A good way to get a Budweiser drinker to branch out.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (7381) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Draft. Honey and barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Mildly sweet barley malt and hay flavor. Lightly bitter herbal finish. Pretty good lager.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2013
On tap at World of Beer, Evanston. Pretty decent try at a pungent, dry lager. Not all that familiar with Cluster hops, but it’s got a more floral noble hop personality. Bright gold, moderate carbonation. Soft and bready flavors come to the fore as you sip it, but always backed up with gentle, understated hops, right in that sweet spot between dry and floral. Decent lager even if there’s not much to it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beertholomeus (704) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Pours a pale golden color with white head. Hop, grass and malt aromas. Hop, grass and malt flavors as well. Lots of carbonation and a light body. Slight bitter finish. Not bad for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
tap. pleasant light cracker and biscuit malts. soft herbal hops. some lemon grass. easy drinkin. light vegetal note was a tad offputing, but still pretty easy going down, my brothers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natronicus (1) - - JUL 20, 2013 does not count
This is my first introduction to an Anchor beer outside their flagship ’Steam’, and I have to say I’m quite happy with the experience. While I would rarely mention the labeling in any review, I’d like to briefly mention this is one good looking bottle of beer... the old-school bear labeling is beautiful! I completely agree with their ’balanced’ profession, as there is a happy hop/malt combo in this brew that provides a tasty complexity that most lagers don’t approach. If you like bold beers (I’m mainly a IPA/Belgian kinda guy), but want something slightly crisper/lighter for the hot weather without sacrificing much in the way of flavor, this is an excellent option.. Nice work Anchor, I’m certainly adding this beer to my ’favorite lagers’ list.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a dense white head.. looked good in the glass. The aroma picked up lemon rind and herbal notes over soft bread and pale malts.. nice yeasty accents too. The flavor found pale and bready malts at the core, with lemon, grass, and herbal bitterness around.. a touch sour (in a good way) on the finish. well-balanced and tasty. Light-medium bodied with smooth, rolling carbonation through the palate.. again the balance was good.. I could drink a lot of these!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Darker gold with creamy, white head, modest lacing / Light nose of corn, honey / Light to medium body, somewhat fizzy and thin, hoppy with some bitterness on the finish / Mild flavors of orange blossom honey, grain, light floral / Fair, for what it is.


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