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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
panzerwolf (170) - FINLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Pours clear amber. Taste has hay and hops, a little bit grassy with just the slightest tinge of bitterness and floral notes. Light-bodied beer, easy to drink, would try again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fantti (777) - FINLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Pullo @ Alko. Kaatuu tuoppiin kullankeltaisena ja kirkkaana, vaahto on muhkea ja noin 3 sormen paksuinen. Puhtaasta tuoksusta löytyy viljaisuutta, ruohoa, voimaisuutta ja hivenen makean hedelmäinen. Hieman raskas tuoksu lageriksi. Maussa viljaisuus on hyvin vahvaa, nyt ruohoisuutta ja kukkaisuuttakin on reilummin joukossa ja voimaisuutta ei tunnu. Loppumaussa on makeaa hedelmäisyyttä. Suutuntuma on melko kevyt, hivenen humaloitu ja suht raikas, vaikka onkin makea. Ihan hyvä, mutta hieman turhan raskas ja makea. Lagerilta kun odottaa raikkautta ja virkistävyyttä, nyt sitä on turhan vähän.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dermi (734) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2015
355 ml, bottled. Pours clear orange with a white head. Aroma: Grassy hops, hay, straw. Taste: Medium sweet, some bitterness. Grassy flavours. Malt. Hay. Palate: Medium body. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aumentm (400) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Love the label. This lager has a real pound on the way. Real balanced and has an aroma that you know when you smell it. Deep flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malvrich (87) - durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
A: 1 inch head atop a clear yellow gold body with busy carbonation. Laces nicley too S: Piney herbal hop smell with mild malt bread. T: Much like the nose with ample hop flavor but well balanced by sharp sourdough. Tastes good an bitter. M: Light and fizzy, Refreshing and dry on the finish. O: Decent lager you can’t go wrong with. Flavorful and interesting. Available and reasonably priced.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bebum (456) - - FEB 21, 2015
Pale gold, tall head, no lace. Earthy subdued nose. Light body, moderate flavor, refreshing mouthfeel, avg length. Moderate bitterness, dry, neutral acidity. Hoppy but not in an aromatic way, slightly citrusy, malty. Pleasant, refreshing but historical reference is the main interest. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (408) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 Keg at Grove Bar & Grill, Liverpool. Clear pale amber colour with a frothy white head. Aroma is malty with smells of grain, bread and earthy hops. Taste of sweet malt, bread, grass and a hint of banana. Moderate carbonation and light bodied. A clean, sweet malty finish. A crisp and refreshing American lager.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (3030) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
Tasted as Anchor California Lager. I guess Anchor wouldn’t be Anchor if no Californian tradition, in this case the Cluster hops, would be attached to it somehow. Pours a deep ’old gold’ colour, yellow blonde with an ever so subtle olive hue, very slightly hazy and with calm but steady sparkling; the very lightly greyish white head, medium thick and moussy, stays closed and densely packed the whole time and makes a clearly audible crackling sound for minutes on end. Weak and pretty straightforward, but pleasant and sweet aroma of freshly baked cake, perhaps a suggestion of dried apricot, white bread, baked banana, honey, leafy and earthy hops. Neutral onset, very lightly metallic, with sharpish carbonation, quickly becoming sourish and minerally, tingling on the palate and tongue and even numbing them for a moment, proceeding in a light but delicately bready malt sweetishness and ending in a fairly hoppy, quenching finish, leafy and grassy, pretty floral too (almost honeyish), bittering and of medium length. Worthy premium lager, and if this class is to be considered as the next best thing to a classical Pilsener, I’m willing to stand up for classifying this as a genuine Pilsener - and a good one at that. The Anchor brewery, as the grandfather of American craft beer culture, has always more or less restrained from wild experiments and keeps thing simple, but never disappoints. Very decent, to say the least.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgiskOlklub (955) - Viby J, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2015
Golden light hazy body and a small white head. Aroma of bread, hay, apricot, flowers. The taste is medium sweet and medium to heavy sweet. Long bitter finish, medium body, oily feel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3704) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle (12 oz) bought @ Winooski Beverage Warehouse.

Appearance: Clear golden with a small white head and heavy lacing.

Aroma: Biscuit and honeyed malt along herbal sweetness and light caramel.

Taste: Pils malt, honeyed notes, biscuit, caramel and floral notes.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Honeyed finish. Mild lingering herbal notes.

Overall: Good sessionable lager made in the Anchor way, so nothing spectacular, but nothing out of place either. Good work with the malts.



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