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RATINGS: 375   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8110) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8511) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (1708) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1490) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1367) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4695) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a light amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is weak malt with a little yeast. The flavour is weak bitter with a watery slightly acidic apple palate. Served cool and very refreshing. An interesting take on a lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1850) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2013
California Lager has a great backstory. Anchor has recreated a retro beer, unfortunately flavors of malt, grain and earthy bitterness come together in an above average beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6272) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs), with light notes of cement/solvent and DMS. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Seriously, this is the best Anchor could do? Rough, husky malt character and very little hop aroma...cement and veggie brine...dirty and husky aftertaste...ugh. I understand this isn’t aspiring to be a German pils, but still...WTF???

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBoxer (2063) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a rich light tan color with a crisp taste but gets kinda flat. Easy session but not as good as the steam ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours nice light gold color with a small head that quickly dissipates. Nice aroma, mellow grass and grains with a small amount of citrusy hops. Nice bitter start with a slight toasted bread taste. Leaves a nice bitter flavor on the back of the sides. Lighter body crisp, smooth and dry.

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