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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle from Raley’s in Vacaville, CA. This is top notch for a lager. Most are jjust a corny, grainey mess. This had a decent hop presence and had a sweet and fruity flavor. Not my style so had to knock it down a bit on the overall


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
gam (3351) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2014
Large frothy head nice gold pour medium carbonation aromas biscuit fruit grain the flavours grassy oily biscuit lemon not really palate pleasing sour bitter taste not much good sweetness the finish best tastes grassy note grain but not a winner with me

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11280) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Golden with a small white head. Malty aroma with some toffee and biscuit, along with fruity notes of apple and a touch of grass. Sweetish malty and fruity flavour with grassy hops and a mild bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammer (1056) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Anchor makes great beers. This is not a great beer, but they have done about as much as you can with a simple lager. Decent.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thisis12ptfont (866) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Crisp caramel malt aroma with some bready notes, brown sugar and faint cardboard. Golden appearance with a thin white foam. Flavors of graham cracker, brown sugar syrup, toast and cardboard. Overall, not too bad. Pretty simple amber lager.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ordybill (144) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Poured from a 12 OZ. bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma- has a strong sweet aroma with a backdrop of grass and hops Appearance- pours a golden orange color with a thick white head. Taste- Crisp barley flavored beer with some spice thrown in. Palate- a dry beer with that is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall- a really good beer from Anchor, not as good as their Anchor Steam or Porter offerings but worth a try.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zita (4924) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
light sweet malty aroma,yellow,clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, light corn finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hansen (6888) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
@Fakta, Randers C. Yellow coloured and clear. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma of light bread and faint corn. Flavor starts light sweet and finish moderate bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1008) - SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2014
355ml Bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.19):
This one was a very nice Anchor offering, not their best by any means but certainly not their worst either, a great pale lager that comes out miles ahead of the run-of-the-mill macro crap. The clean and crisp taste with the hints of citrus were excellent and the beer was a very easy one to drink; a beer well worth picking up.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kleschyshyn (3) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
I like the bottle and label this lager came in. The color of the lager was a nice golden color and a nice white head to it. I’m not a fan of overly hoppy beer and this one was just about right.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5076) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of light honey, sweet cereal, straw, and a hint of grass. It pours a transparent gold with a two finger white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is some decent webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sweet cereal notes and a touch of honey. The finish has moderate straw, light grass, and a hint of herbal notes. It’s light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, a solid lawn mower beer.


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