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RATINGS: 302   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
fiercepanda (505) - Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2014
A clear copper beer with a small white head. The aroma is light grains and hay. The flavor is slightly bitter hops, citrus, and grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Rustic hop bitterness under the cap, more like a Northern Brewer. Foams up a lot when poured into my Sam Adams glass. Just a tad darker than the usual pale lager color, while most old-time lagers (Juengling, Sam) tend to be darker. That slight oxidation that comes with most light lagers. Taste is both highly bittered from that "all-purpose hop," and a bit sweet. If they used a truly historical 2-row barley, they might have had to amp it up with adjunct. An interesting beer, but it’s a little too close to a Pabst for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4302) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2014
Draught: Small sample in a taster: Medium sized creamy head on top of a cloudy yellow colored beer. Aroma is a mix of the typical pils aromas, mostly the pils malts, with some crispyness, light fruity and light flower tones. Flavour has some flowers with cream and bitters with some hay, malts and a fruity sprinkle. Aftertaste has some bitters with flowers. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and a creamy texture. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2014
The aroma is spot on for the style with grassy hops and malt with just a touch of yeasty bread. The appearance is golden with a delicate head. The taste is spot on too with all the elements from with aroma and well balanced hops and malt. The palate is smooth. Overall one of the best examples of the style I have had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (931) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a golden yellow color with a hay aroma. Taste is grainy with a dry finish. A slighly bitter finish after the swallow. A light dirty flavor which I attribute to the tap water used when making this beer. Overall a decent lager iI enjoyed on a trip in SF.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
CelticBrew (750) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a golden frothy, somewhat like hay. Big white foamyness, aroma of floral hays with a medium bitterness. Sorta metallic, but comes in clean and refreshing. Decent I suppose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lightrider (299) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a yellow with a thick head. Aroma is light but grass and malt. Taste is a bitter wash and corse malt. Finish is a nice bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (867) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
Aroma: malty, grain, bread. Appearance: clear gold, medium creamy white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: refreshing light bitters, malty, fizzy carbonation. Overall: boring Lager, lacks complexity and flavours on all fronts. Bottle at The Caledonian, Carlisle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3507) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2014
Aroma isn’t much. Clear gold beer pours with few bubbles but has a lasting white head. The malty grain sweetness in the flavor I don’t care for but it is an exceptionally crisp beer with appreciable bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
degbert (1060) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, lambent gold with a high, large-grained, cream-colored head with lots of visible carbonation and lace. Nose is lime, wheat toast, gardenias, and a touch of burnt malt; it’s quite weak. Somewhat vegetal on the front of the tongue, with butterscotch malt kicking in right after; the vegetal note turns herbal with substantial body and bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finish is medium to long with citric lime notes. Not a bad lager, but nothing really notable about it. No flaws, but no hook either.

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