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RATINGS: 369   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1688) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine. Deep golden pour with a bubbly white head. Toasted bread, nuttiness, honey and grass aroma. Similar in flavor, light, clean refreshing with and nice sweetness to it. Great lawnmower reeb.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
(bottle, 35.5cl) Clear, golden colour with a firm, medium-sized and slightly off-white foamy head. Strawy and slightly bready malty aroma with herbal and slightly earthy hops. Moderately bitter and slightly sweet flavour, light to medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Herbal hops with mildly bready malt underneath; dry-ish bitter hoppy and delicately sweet malty finish. Solid Lager. 15.VIII.14

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mile (3033) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Light golden, short to average and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate, malty - grainy and sweetish aroma, some bread and faint hoppyness. Body is light to medium, malty - grainy and lightly sweetish flavor, some bread and faint hoppyness. Finish is average, malty - grainy and lightly sweetish, some bread and alcohol. Malty – grainy and not so sweet lager, nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (788) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Malt, wheat, caramel, candy, yeast, spices. Good balance with respectable ABV. Medium body, average-quick duration. I need to drink premium lagers more. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Light gold with a medium head. Musty grain and slightly buttery aroma. Barley flavor. Noble, grassy hops. Almost some fruit in the finish. Light bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Case (247) - GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
Yellow-golden pour with small white head. Aroma is bread, cookies, grass, spice, lemon. Taste is light grain and water, a vague hint of bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel. Great aroma but too watery, even for a lager.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (875) - Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle into pint glass, light orangy-golden color with white head. Aroma of baked bread and floral/grassy hop notes. Taste adds notes of straw, citrus, toast and faint caramel. Light body, moderate-low carbonation, crisp with mild grassy bitter finish. Pretty good simple lager.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (2337) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2014
(Anchor California Lager) Bottle 355ml at home, poured into a lager glass, ABV 4.9% Golden orange colour on the body, tall white and thick head on top, with very good retention, leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Light caramel on the aroma but other than that standard lager aroma, only a bit fresher, malts fresh grass. Malty taste,some bread and cookie dough, grass. Nice intense bitterness on the aftertaste. Medium thin body, nicely carbonated. Quite dry on the palate. Quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (936) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a fairly thick for the style one finger white head. Good head retention although lacing is a bit lacking. Aroma is very bready with some light floral and grassy notes from the hops. Anchor uses cluster hops in this and it does have that distinct American lager aroma. Bready grain in the flavor along with a very prominent hop note of grass/hay like what was present in the aroma. Bitterness is moderate but does remain restrained. Extremely clean finish with incredible drink ability. This might be one of the best pre-prohibition lagers I have had. It is a very clean beer with just enough bitterness to balance things out. It’s crazy to think this is what American lagers used to taste like

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1129) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear gold with a white head. Has an odd very tart apple/pear aroma. Light caramel and biscuit flavors, honey, with some of those pear notes around the edges. Eh.


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