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RATINGS: 601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eRock_2013 (342) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2015
A bit more hefty than other craft lagers, this brew is a relatively more full flavored and full bodied example of the style. Pours a golden yellow appearance with proportionate head and lacing. Aroma is noble hops and sweet maltiness. Flavor is likewise light hoppiness and biscuit malt, a bit too much malty sweetness for my taste. A bit too thick on the palate also. Interesting but not my favorite lager rendition.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
damzz (378) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Pours a clear medium yellow with a white head that leaves lacing. Nose is cereal. Body is medium. Taste is malt with a slight sweetness with hop bitterness that lingers. 12 oz bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Sampled November 2014
A soft pour from the can into my globe glass produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head; the head is quite dense, and has lots of staying power, including leaving some lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is a nice golden copper hue that shows a clear, bright golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma is hop dominant, though the overall effect is low; notes of black currants, a slight metallic hop character, grassy herbal notes, and a touch of menthol are all noticeable. The hop aromatics are backed by cracker leaning, with just a touch of English biscuit maltiness.

Nicely balanced between malt and hop in the flavor, the beer has a nice clean flavor to it, except towards the finish where the hop character has an herbal, sort of metallic edge to it that is nice. The bitterness is nicely bitting from beginning to end, and this balances the light, chewy, cracker / bread like malt sweetness that is here. Touches of menthol, a bit of black currant, with a grassy herbal character, and even a touch of bright citrus zest round out the hop notes here. The body has a touch of viscosity to it that provides some palate heft, yet is still eminently quaffable, just as it should be.

This is a really nice beer, not sure why I am enjoying this so much, but it tastes fresh, clean, and vibrant. It actually is doing better than any Anchor Steam I can find in Arizona; somehow this seems fresher and has traveled better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (379) - - SEP 19, 2015
Can from Head of Steam Newcastle. Nice rich flavour, hoppy and refreshing. Another strong beer from an excellent brewery

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mambossa (140) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle to lager glass. Straw gold, lively and retaining head, no lacing. Nose of biscuit, spice, skunk, mild hop. Flavor is hay with some very mild floral hop, dry, watery body. Not an off-putting lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (13371) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2015
Bottle from M&S, 15/09/15. Clear golden with a well appointed off white covering that retains well. Nose is caramel, straw, light bread, apple tree, grain, cereal. Taste comprises popcorn, caramel, light vanilla, corn, cereal, bread dough. Medium bodied, soft massaging carbonation, semi drying close with a pinch of bitterness. Solid lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BobyFischer (176) - FRANCE - SEP 14, 2015
Excessivement léger et désaltérant. Quelque chose de pourri dans cette bière... mais je suis sûrement trop mauvaise langue... Très bonne brasserie au demeurant.Mais là peu à dire. Du houblon simcoe ? Je le reconnais ;)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Larry_Duffman (140) - - SEP 13, 2015
I poured it from the can into a pint glass. It pours a golden color with a big white head and some lacing. The aroma is grassy, hoppy, and bready. The taste is sweet corn, grain, apple, and some hoppy bitterness. It was pretty smooth with a slightly bitter and dry finish. This was decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (4163) - Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Pours clear amber with a thick and frothy eggshell head. Crisp, fruity aroma has a malty underpinning. Flavor has nice, crisp malty and pomme tones. Body and fizz are average, but it is good drinking. Could be a good gateway beer to wean people off industrial sludge.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabuzzer (321) - SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2015
330ml bottle as Anchor California Lager. Clear and golden with an ok white head. Slight grassy aroma, taste is sweet, with pine and grassy notes. Ok lager

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