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RATINGS: 652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (1174) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours a light golden and clear. Has a really big head. Would be great in the summer but for some reason I am drinking in december.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
574deadzone (1342) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a mostly clear gold with some floating sediment present. A fair, rocky off-white head is produced, leaving a nice foamy lace as it descends. Nose involves soft dough, light metallic notes, some dustiness and noble hop spice, and light lemony citrus. Barely sweet, fairly bitter. Medium bodied, pretty active and sprite, with a dusty malty finish. Reminds me a lot a of Old Style, and I think I’m rating it about the same. Not a great value for what you get ($13 6-pack in my area), though I do like the cause. Still, a bit underwhelming.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bif (1920) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a light golden color with a small head and bits of lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel and grass. Taste of light malt sweetness, so me caramel and grain. Fairly mild bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly light body, smooth with just a touch of crispness. Not a fancy beer but still enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YigSvartka (273) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Translucent golden orange. Quickly dissipating head. Few bubbles. Splendid malt, caramel, cotton candy and bubblegum aroma. Slightly thicker than an average lager, but still quite refreshing. Notes of cereal, grass, malt, caramel, citrus and a comfortably mild hop. A complex and rewarding lager.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jfb (5297) - Freising, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2014
(bottle) slightly hazy golden colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of powdered sugar and green apple, with big notes of pear, some dandelions and maple syrup. flavour is mostly powdered sugar and floral hops, with a hint of bubble gum, some cardboard and a medium-bitter finish. light- to medium-bodied with average carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DialSquare (4065) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
12oz can from Kroger in Grandview. Gold pour, huge frothy white head. Aroma of earthy caramel malt, grain. Tastes cereal, hay, grass, toasted malt, light spice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palme (3639) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2014
0.33l bottle. This is a near clear looking golden one with a medium sized good looking lacing white head that’s leaving some nice lacings down the glass. Smells mild floral and malt sweet. Pale malts with soft fruity traces of pear, canned juices and some generic red thin fruits. Not horrible at all - at least not for a lager. Quite nice to drink also. Again, at least for a lager. Light oily in the mouth and it’s about average on the carbonation level. Mild straws and more floral sweetness in the taste. It’s what I would call lightdrinkable, perhaps a tad dull but not a bad lager at all. As this rating might hint to, I’m not directly in love with lagers, no matter if they come from Cali or not. 29.11.2014

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6755) - Utah, USA - DEC 2, 2014
12oz can labeled "California Lager" picked up at the state store
Clear light golden with a small white head, light lacing. Aroma of hay, cereal and yeast. Flavor of straw, cereal, bready, grainy and honey
Decent lager

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (1784) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear pale body with low head. Aroma has malty aroma, light grainy. Taste has medium malty support, earthy bitter finish, pretty strong. Body is full, medium carbonation. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4754) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Can. The look is golden in color, white colored head, and slightly hazy. The smell is grainy, sweet, malt, and ok. The taste is grainy, malty, swertness, floral.


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