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RATINGS: 340   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4106) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Clear, maple gold. BIg ivory head. Slope-shouldered Anchor 12oz’er with a good label and cap. Cereal, sweetish malt lager aroma. Sweet, smooth, nicely bitter, a little astringent, malty. Mouthy, with a cereal finish. There is nothing that really stands out about this beer, except for its balance and incredible drinkability. Well done. ABC, Betton.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BLADT (577) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle pour. Clear dark gold with full white head. Aroma is light, but pleasant. Grainy with trace hops. Taste expands. Vegetal, a bit of sulfur. A mild, underlying sweetness. Overall, a really solid lager.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8102) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2014
Draught @ In de Wildeman. Clear golden color, medium sized lightly off-white head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is very faint, probably due to it being served very cold. Taste is nothing out of the ordinary: malts, slightly grains, nicely bitter. Decent lager.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kermis (4921) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours clear golden with an off white head. Aroma of grain, caramel, malt and toffee. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5173) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
355ml bottle from Bier&zO. Thin white head. Clear golden pour. Nice and hoppy. A decent lager.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tricksta_p (1016) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2014
Aroma of biscuity malt, grass, touch of lemon. Flavour is more biscuit, little bit of sweetness. Decent Lager.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JHeath99 (898) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Tap from Lazy Dog. Pours a bright golden with a thin layer of cream colored head. Aroma is very mild. Taste similar, not much.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jur (282) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2014
Draught @ Wildeman. Pours clear golden, with quick fading white head. Nose malty and bit hard candy. Round mouthfeel, malty again, light bitter finish. Okay

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiercepanda (526) - Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2014
A clear copper beer with a small white head. The aroma is light grains and hay. The flavor is slightly bitter hops, citrus, and grain.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2789) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Rustic hop bitterness under the cap, more like a Northern Brewer. Foams up a lot when poured into my Sam Adams glass. Just a tad darker than the usual pale lager color, while most old-time lagers (Juengling, Sam) tend to be darker. That slight oxidation that comes with most light lagers. Taste is both highly bittered from that "all-purpose hop," and a bit sweet. If they used a truly historical 2-row barley, they might have had to amp it up with adjunct. An interesting beer, but it’s a little too close to a Pabst for me.


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