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RATINGS: 534   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is about one fingers high, and barely off-white. Retention is acceptable, and the lacing is thin yet consistent. S: Typically lager-y: tons of cracker, a touch of lemon, and some grass generally comprise the aroma. No twists, turns, or excitement here; it is well-done though. T: Apart from the crackery malts, there are some diacetyl elements right before the finish: they neither take away nor take it to the next level. The finish is slightly lemony. Not much to say about this one, really. M: The malt backbone seems to cut in during the swallow, creating a brew that’s just a hair too full. Meanwhile, it’s hoppiness does a reasonable job of drying the (otherwise sweetish) finish out. Carbonation - if not low - is at least gentle. O: A competent lager and a nice history lesson, just not very exciting. It’s rather boring, frankly, but it would go well with food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (1703) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2015
2X BMC! Bland lager style...but lots of flavor and body ! Fun to try, but many superiors

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (5247) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
35cl Bottle from Sterk. Clear deep golden colour, white head. Aroma of aspartame, minerals, sweet malts. Flavour is medium sweet, light malty, light fruity, hint of bread, light grassy bitter finish. Light bodied. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anfractuosity (196) - - MAY 22, 2015
Not a bad lager, but not exceptional either. Not especially malty..............

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltman53 (429) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle pours a copper color lager. All grains and herbs on the nose. Soft grainy, bready palate, with a lack of hops or bitter finish. Overall, quite different from a Bo Pilsner, but lacks structure for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5615) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2015
355 ml bottle, as Anchor California Lager, from Fakta, Denmark. ABV is 4.9%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Sweetish aroma of malts and floral, herbal and fruity hops. The flavour is medium dry, well hopped throughout, with a fairly bitter aftertaste. A well made lager - simple, but decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1464) - Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Appearance: deep honey gold with a finger of white head and minimal lacing. Aroma: grainy, with a bit of biscuit, then light honey and some grassy, herbal notes. Taste: as the aroma indicates, with the addition of a bit of lemon. Finish: clean and crisp, with a bit of herbal hop character lasting longer than expected. Notes: I love a good lager, so I was expecting a lot. For me, it was just meh. Bottle from Total Wine & More, McLean, Virginia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geiserich (3618) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle: Malty, bready and toasty aroma, grassy and light herbal hops. Pale golden color, white head. Flavor is bready, malty with grassy hop, medium bitterness. Pilsner styled lager, but not too special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2877) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Lager yeast aromas. Somewhat bland hop notes upfront with mellow grains light yeast backbeats. Average body and mouthfeel. Nice for a lager, but at the end of the day it’s still a lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhamp9 (1255) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Clear gold with a great white head. Aroma is bread, some cardboard earthy hop. Taste is biscuit, honey sweetness, and some citrus rind but thin. Crisp. Light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JBPortland (1102) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 16, 2015
12oz bottle pours clear golden orange with big head and bubbles. Nose is pretty subtle, some grainy corn and cracker, wheat and a touch of malt fruit. Taste is similar, not a whole lot going on, but not unpleasant, just spme corn, cracker, grain, light malt fruit, low bitterness, some creaminess. Finishes pretty dry and low bitterness, creamy malt grain, corn and biscuit.

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