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RATINGS: 591   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Awktoberfest (336) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Crisp lager with a nice hoppy edge... Easy to drink but not lacking good flavor...very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6710) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Where and how: bottle 355 ml
Aromanice rounded malt approach with gentle hopping. Cluster hops? – well over reminded me of fresh polish premium lagers.
Appearance :
Top: large, off-white.
Base: amber gold, clear
Palate : medium thinner, soft with light carbonation. Average finish.
Taste: decent frontal feel. Soft malts with gentle herbal hops. Milder carbonation than euro brother is the difference.
other notes nice everyday choice for pale lager choice.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tognetta (398) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 1, 2015
Amarelo claro, espuma de média formação e persistência. Aroma levemente caramelizado, cereais, pão, biscoito, mel. Paladar de dulçor e amargor leves, corpo também leve, média carbonatação. Aftertaste mantém um leve amargor lupulado, dulçor amendoado, boa drinkability.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2015
A golden color with a white head. The aroma contains some hay, corn, and lemons. The flavor is very crisp and refreshing with a burst of lemons and spices. The aftertaste is dry. Overall this is a great summer beer. I’d probably prefer a Steam for sessions but this works well.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewtalita (18) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 22, 2015
Bananas in aroma. Slight maltiness present. Appearance light golden not very thick. Carbonstion medium. Taste banana and slightly yeasty. Medium thickness. Overall i dont like amylacetate especially not in lager.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rusos (157) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden colour. Aroma mostly malty, caramel, candy. Some fruity tones. Taste hops, caramel, fruitiness. Quite high carbonation. Quite good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
From M&S. Well, the faux-sunfaded bear emblazoned bottle, historical blurb and resplendent anchor crown all score bonus points as, let’s be honest, these things matter. But my overriding impression? Thank God were not trapped in 1876 with no more than Cluster to brew with. Bizarre English chipshop batter, dried tea leaf, dewy grass, fennel, marzipan nose. Drinks like a dull sunstruck pasteurised northern English attempt at lager. Stale grass, licked slate and rubber, mineral heavy water, Some redeeming toasted bread and corn-like malt softness on the swallow. A pity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 18, 2015
12oz. bottle. Aroma of spicy, lightly peppery, vegetal hop and biscuity malt, with notes of saltine cracker, faint dough and a slight herbal tone. Clear medium golden in color with a moderately foamy, lasting white head, and plenty of visible effervescence. Flavor profile is pretty well balanced with a good bit of spicy hoppiness throughout, more crackery/biscuity malt here as well as a fairly strong dosage of hop bitterness towards the finish, this straying a bit towards metallic. Palate is quite dry and high in carbonation, body is light-medium. Surprisingly flavorful. Very nice as a warm-weather quencher and all-around general purpose lager. Unsurprisingly, tastes like what you might imagine a beer from the 19th century would.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pkbites (724) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2015
This is what a "regular" American beer should be. Average looking yellow pour, but the head is thick as cream. Tons of lacing on the glass. Unimpressive nose but nice malty, hoppy flavor. But the hops don’t over power. You can sip it, you can chug it. Good cold or room temperature. Nice mild bitter aftertaste. Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzgorog (483) - FRANCE - AUG 16, 2015
Très belle couleur blonde dorée, des centaines de petites bulles alimentent une mousse blanche généreuse et qui se tient. Nez malts, caramel et miel. La bouche est maltée et gentiment houblonnée avec des houblons épicés et herbacés. L’amertume est moyenne et le corps agréable. La carbo très bonne. Ce n’est qu’une lager mais une excellente lager ...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (3964) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle in Amsterdam. Nice glowing orange body. Nose is grassy, metallic. Taste of grains, hops, sweet. Bitterness. Light bodied. Fair enough.


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