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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UncleMcHoppy (25) - Old Tappan, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Found a 6-pack of twelve ounce bottles in St. Simons Island, GA, of all unlikely places. Pours beautifully golden into the glass, with an excellent head. Refreshing lager taste with just the right amount of hoppiness. Goes down smooth on these hot August Dog Days. Anchor has not lost the touch! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4035) - Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2013
12oz Anchor bottle. Aroma of pale grains, earthy hops, lager esters. Flavor of sharp earthy hops, hearty grains. Finishes with notes of cardboard & hints if steamed vegetables. Smells & tastes like a Corona Extra, except better made & with better water. So good, I wish this were in bigger bottles, like a lager should be. Ugh, I love this Anchor! (3801)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
americanpm (2) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2013 does not count
From a 12 oz. bottle, pours a beautiful light golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet malt and light hops with a nice lager yeast character. Light mouthfeel with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Flavor of soft malt and delicate hops lead to a subtle sulphur lager finish. Great summer beer. It's too bad it's only available in Cali. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle from the Anchor Brewery - thanks Dad! Pours a clear straw yellow, good couple of fingers of pillowy head. Aroma is floral and grassy, with a little perfume, a touch of Ribena and just a hint of caramel. Taste is genuinely wonderful - light floral hops with blackcurrant juice, grass and perfume. Slightly sweet, but quite dry on the finish. Pretty full body, just the right CO2 sparkle and really refreshing. Even the bottle label looks great. Honestly, probably my favourite lager, I just can’t fault it.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Rich golden color with thin white head. Very crisp and refreshing, nicely balanced. An excellent lager.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Star80 (32) - Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Date code 3AZ. Brewed on April 26th 2013. Pours out a lovely golden color with lots of bubbles. Smells like citrus, lemons, some grassy hops and sweet malt. Taste is crisp refreshing and citric. Some slight malt sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent summer lager. This beer is miles beyond your typical American Lager! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolfunnj (311) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2013
aroma of yeast corn and cereal=like malt..looks just like an American pale lager should,amber-ish yellow,clear,thin white head..tastes of a dry hop up front then the yeast and corniness with a bitter finish..palate is light to creamy..overall..a noticeable improvement over the mass produced American lagers if you drink bud or mich..or enen Heineken or yuengling youll love this

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natronicus (1) - - JUL 20, 2013 does not count
This is my first introduction to an Anchor beer outside their flagship ’Steam’, and I have to say I’m quite happy with the experience. While I would rarely mention the labeling in any review, I’d like to briefly mention this is one good looking bottle of beer... the old-school bear labeling is beautiful! I completely agree with their ’balanced’ profession, as there is a happy hop/malt combo in this brew that provides a tasty complexity that most lagers don’t approach. If you like bold beers (I’m mainly a IPA/Belgian kinda guy), but want something slightly crisper/lighter for the hot weather without sacrificing much in the way of flavor, this is an excellent option.. Nice work Anchor, I’m certainly adding this beer to my ’favorite lagers’ list.

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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1143) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy head. Aroma is almost fresh spring water right from a well mixed slightly with a tart lemony syrup. Taste is a pleasant balance of light tartness lightly sweet maltiness and a crisp dry finish. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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