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RATINGS: 237   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badhack (278) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Malt and biscuit on the nose. Golden color. Quite crisp and tastes of biscuit and a lot of bitter hop from beginning to end. Very drinkable lager. Nothing offensive but lacks that crystal clear quality great pilsners have.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Awktoberfest (258) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Crisp lager with a nice hoppy edge... Easy to drink but not lacking good flavor...very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheCametron (1592) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to Neil. It’s a well produced lager. hoppy enough and bitter enought to not be shite. No twist.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlainG (1035) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
Blonde dorée et limpide. Une belle mousse blanche, dense et persistante la recouvre. Le malt me semble être le principal arôme. En bouche, c’est aussi malté. C’est poivré, alors qu’une forte effervescence ajoute du piquant. Suis-je encore enrhumé pour apprécier cette bière à sa juste valeur? Probablement. (909-121213)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonnyguns (800) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2013
Tap. Nice crisp lager with grain tones on the nose and a clean biscuit malt flavour. Real easy going inoffensive stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
yiannnos (691) - , CYPRUS - DEC 9, 2013
Hazy golden colour. Clean, easy drinking. A decent lager, but rather boring for me

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1112) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2013
A slightly hazy, gold pour with a small white head. The aroma is faint with some light grain notes. It has a light, crisp body with lively carbonation. The taste is mildly bitter with a dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2013
330ml bottle from The Beer Cellar. A pretty good beer from Anchor. Golden orange colour with a white head. Grainy aroma.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 7, 2013
The old school label brings us back to a time before Californian Grizzlies had been hunted to extinction. The beer looks reasonably healthy, even though it was a gusher, with not much of a nose. Nice dry taste, bitter, herbal, certainly superior to the vast majority of pale lagers around, but not as sweet, aromatic and fruity as some NZ lagers have been made.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (3501) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle 355ml, a clear golden beer with huge head, good lacing. Nose has peppery hops notes as well as dry caramel and burnt caramel hints. Aroma is on dry malt, peppery hops, relative bitterness, light dry grape touch, basic.


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