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RATINGS: 240   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.


3.2
   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 (763) - 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 (3503) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4184) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle. Vibrant golden beer with a strong white head. The aroma is fruity and dry, and the flavour is fairly bitter with a smooth dry and mildly yeasty finish. Overall a nice smooth drinkable golden dry beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (12675) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle from Sourced Market St Pancras and drunk at home. Clear deepish gold lasting white head. Clean lager aroma with a little bit of hop. Yes this is pretty good to be honest. Soft herby and easy drinking and interesting and really pretty good. Relatively fresh too. OK.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Masterkush7 (381) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Nose is honey, soap, pale malt, sweet grain and next to no hop presence. Taste is straw, honey, a bit of skunkiness, a tiny whiff of herbal hops, and a sweet bready maltiness. Doughy. Medium bodied and smooth carbonation

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (357) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Straw yellow color with a healthy two finger head that lingers. Has a faint sweet corn-like aroma. Light bitterness and feels zesty on the tongue cause of carbonation. Finish is clean with a faint sour note. A respectable sessionable brew as it is pleasant and doesn’t over power you.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle->lager. Clear yellow with small white head. Barley malt, grains, grass. Metal lager aftertaste. Not at all good for me. Expected much more.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
zickbeer_ye (221) - Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Aromas of yeast and barley some metallic mustyness. Thon white head and golden body. Yeasty metallic corny flavor. Not much on the palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emeister84 (767) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Aromas are nutty and grassy, with notes of white bread and yeast. Clear gold with a lasting white head. Dry, some cereal, and with a grassy bitterness. Light, quenching, and clean, with zippy, palate-cleansing carbonation.


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