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RATINGS: 340   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (1929) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
A golden body with a white head that faded away quickly. Light toasted malts on the nose some nice floral and grassy notes. Floral notes were more apparent in the flavor. Malts were mildly sweet but mostly lightly toasted malts. Nice crisp finish. Mild but well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (430) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 25, 2014
California Lager is an excellent tribute to the old-world German lagers. Its smooth flavor and bigger hop profile also make it American enough to bear the name of California Lager. In the end, it’s not very complex or unusual but it’s a gorgeous lager to look at. Also, the clean, refreshing feel is just right for quenching your thirst. I love the bottle artwork, too. That highly-detailed bear is awesome. Like most of the other bottles in Anchor’s inventory, this one is classy and distinctive.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6660) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle at Old Fountain. It pours clear amber with a quickly dissipating white head. The nose is earthy, dough, spice, hay and light toast. The taste is crisp, bitter, grassy, spice, light toast, grain and biscuit backbone with a refreshing my dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Good malty lager.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1545) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2014
I have never met an Anchor beer that I did not absolutely love. They really are the best brewery in California, and maybe even more. This beer is inspired by an 1876 batch of brew made by Boca Brewery, a California brewery that made the states first Lager by harnessing the power of a frozen mountain pond. The beer is amazing. Get it at all costs.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4608) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
Crisp amber with a nice foam. Definitely know you are drinking beer here. Interesting combination of hops and malt on the tongue. You can taste the grain and a nice spiciness. Long finish and aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
generallee08 (638) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Appearance: It has a light golden body with some visible carbonation and a small white head that just hangs on to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is minimal. Smell: There are some light biscuity maltiness and some mild grassy hop notes. Taste / Palate: I am picking up the same biscuity and white bready maltiness. It’s dry overall and finishes with some mild grassy/herbal/botanical hop bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bjakk (333) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - JUN 19, 2014
Golden with nice white head. Metallic light sweet aroma, hint of candy. Malt, with strong metallic bitterness in the aftertaste. Could be better balance. High in carbon

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (6115) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2014
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear golden color with a small white head. Quiet hay-dominant and herbal aroma, some faint malty notes, distant hops and some fruits. Bitter dry malty flavor, mild dry fruits and some hay. Quite straightforward and dull actually. Never would have guessed this to be a Anchor brew if tasted blind.
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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tsekouratos (195) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JUN 19, 2014
355 ml bottle from The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Golden color with a thin white head. Aromas of malts and some earthy notes (and alcohol???) . Bittersweet taste, malts first, caramel, and some astrigent earthy notes. Mild aftertaste, long. Sticky, oily mouthfeel, Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (10138) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle. Golden color. Malty floral flavor, almost medium bodied. A moderate bitterness and an even more moderate aroma. Still a decent lager.


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