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RATINGS: 236   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (12652) - 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 (375) - 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 (753) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2611) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle. Sweet barley malt aroma. Clear golden yellow with a moderate white head. Sweet barley malt and bitter herbal hops flavor. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle - Pours clear golden with a big foamy white head. 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. This was bottled in April 2013, so not the freshest specimen.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. golden pour, medium bodied. grainy, slight herbal notes, mild bitterness. Decent,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Sampled on 11/15/2013. This Premium Lager pours an orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is grainy, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied lager. The malts are grainy and slightly sweet. The hops are herbal and spicy. Nice carbonation. A nice version of a ‘pre-prohibition’ lager. Grainy, fruity and slightly spicy. Nice dry finish. I think that this is what an American Lager SHOULD taste like. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly spicy and bitter.


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