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RATINGS: 370   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (4732) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle from Convi. Deep golden color with thick white head. Malty aroma with hoppy touch.Malty taste with grassy hops. Hoppy bitterness in finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (3340) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
355ml bottle. BBE 01/16. As California lager. Clear golden, thick white head. Typical oremium lager aroma, grainy malt, some hops. Flavor has grain, hay, hops. Nice dry bitter finish. Clean brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (1432) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2014
This was a pleasant surprise. I haven’t found a great appreciation for Anchor beers. This was a solid beer with a nice malty backbone and hop balance finishes slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2014
[Rating from a bottle of Anchor California Lager] Californians make so many strange claims about beer that leave me uncertain as to what a "Californian Lager" might be.
This pup pours a golden bodied liquid with a modest yet sustained creamy white head. The aroma has a grainy sweetness with a touch of candy corn. (Note to non-Yanks: "Candy corn" is a popular Halloween candy that saw its heyday WAY back when I was a kid... some time afore Hector was a pup.) They taste is quite beery, as friend cheap might say. Pretty much what the nose had advertized. There’s a soft earthy bitterness in the finish. Guess I’ll stick with furrin loggers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Pours clear golden with a soapy off-white head. The aroma has smooth lager maltiness, light nuttiness and phenolic spice. It has a medium crisp body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with dry malt,crackers, tree bark and nuts. The finish adds spicy hops and phenols. Good easy drinking lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Surprisingly full of flavor and very easy to drink. Smooth texture. Fruity, beery and grainy malt flavors are clean, and they are rich and cracker-like in the finish. Moderate hop bitterness is very balancing. Big and rounded aromas of herbs and spices drift nicely into the aftertaste. Tremendously well-made pale lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3320) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Can. Pours crystal clear golden butterscotch, medium fizzy white head that mostly dissipates but leaves a nice residual and great lacing. So far so good... Aroma is grassy, notes of honey, grain and perhaps a bit of corn. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, grassy, a bit metallic on the finish but otherwise pretty crisp. Lightish body, bubbly carbonation, lingering bitterness into the far finish.
Earlier Rating: 8/14/2013 Total Score: 3.5
Taster. Pours clear pale golden, large white head, nice lacing. Aroma is grain, grass, faint citrus. Flavor is the same, little sweetness, brisk bitterness. Light body, refreshing, bitter far finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ronaldtheriot (1281) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Anchor California Lager (canned version) has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of malt, with a noticeable hop zing. Taste is of sweet barley malt and fairly significant hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Anchor California Lager finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. RJT
Earlier Rating: 2/11/2014 Total Score: 3
Anchor California Lager has a thin-to-medium white head, a clear, bubbly, gold appearance, and essentially no lacing left behind. The aroma is of bright, bursting, pungent barley malt and grain sugar. Taste is of sweet barley malt, sugar, a touch of honey, and a low background bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick, and Anchor California Lager finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and a bit dull. Overall, this is very good, but I don’t think it is worth the price ($9.99 a six-pack). Michelob, at around $11.99 for a 12-pack, would be the better option. Plus, it’s more flavorful than this one. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pepinis (48) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2014
Cerveza de color dorado, limpia y brillante. Tiene buena formación de espuma pero poco persistente. Destaca el aroma a malta que recuerda a pan y bizcocho. En boca aparece el lúpulo suave y refrescante de aroma y sabor herbáceo. Se trata de una cerveza de cuerpo leve y bien carbonatada. Una cerveza de diario.(Botella 355ml)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pours a nice looking golden yellow with a huge white, pillowy head. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Aroma is sweet malts, and a definite hop presence; mostly tropical fruit and citrus. The taste is sweet up front with a bubble gum note in there. Finishes with a bit of hop flavor, this time more piney. Not thin and watery like most American lagers, but rather medium bodied and almost silky in the mouth feel. Overall this is an outstanding lager.

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