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RATINGS: 352   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (1928) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Malty, full, with a nutty and caramel like flavor. Smooth and flavorful. Better than most lagers out there.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3211) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a nice amber color with a small white head. The nose is lightly floral with stronger grain notes. The flavor seems out of balance, both too sweet and too bitter without a lot of character. Light, sweet biscuit notes with a floral bitterness. Rather thin on the palate with a bit too much carbonation. Certainly drinkable but not one I would go back to.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1521) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Deep gold color with white head. Nose is herbal/lightly woody citrus with some sweet pale lager malt in the background. Flavor is a thick layered herbal almost grapefruit hop bitterness and pine with a solid golden malt backbone. Above average palate presence from the boosted hop presence. Really quite nice.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Roonai (245) - - SEP 8, 2013
Pours clear gold. Nose is grains and straw. Taste is same- like spring break- grains and wheat and easy to drink but bleh

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Aroma is light citrus, fruit/berries and a hint of biscuit malts. The flavor is citrus, fruit/berries, malts and a dry and mild/medium bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lukaduke (2194) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Pours a pale golden color with three fingers of fizzy white foam. Nose is bright with grassy lemon, round apple and doughy bread malts. Palate is crisp and easy drinking following the nose nicely with a touch of spicy yeast that comes across as cinnamon with a touch of bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4000) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Nice carbonated pour. Golden body. Pretty floral and hoppy lager. Light malt build. Slight sweetness to finish. Tasty and good summer beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MattH (646) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle. Does not taste like your traditional lager. Seems like anchor uses hop varieties that are not used by most brewers. Taste is similar to the steam beer.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jamedra (474) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 31, 2013
Láhev 355 ml. Lehké aroma chmele v pozadí je také znát kvásek. Pěna je jasně bílá, jemná, nízká a nedržící. Barva samotného piva je zlatá. Chuť je lehká, ze začátku není příliš výrazná ale o to má příjemnější střed který lehce připomíná chuť citrusů, okraj je krásně svěží a finiš příjemně hořký. Celkově se jedná o vcelku chutné pivo, dobře pitelné ale nepříliš výrazné.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
RobG88 (2) - - AUG 29, 2013 does not count
Sampler pour Very light in color Odd perfume sort of aroma Just not a good tasting lager at all ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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