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RATINGS: 424   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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Rustic hop bitterness under the cap, more like a Northern Brewer. Foams up a lot when poured into my Sam Adams glass. Just a tad darker than the usual pale lager color, while most old-time lagers (Juengling, Sam) tend to be darker. That slight oxidation that comes with most light lagers. Taste is both highly bittered from that "all-purpose hop," and a bit sweet. If they used a truly historical 2-row barley, they might have had to amp it up with adjunct. An interesting beer, but it’s a little too close to a Pabst for me.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14113) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle @ Fakta. Pours golden with a off white head. Grains, biscuit, grass and slight marzipan. Medium bodied. Short bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CloakedDagger (782) - - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle 35,5 cl. Comes as "Anchor California Lager". Pours yellow with a slight haze with a white head. Sweet, malty nose with what appears to be European hops. Medium body, a little grainy, biscuity malts and a fairly solid dose of German or Czech (?) hops. 271214

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 (11282) - 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 (868) - 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 (1010) - 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.


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