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RATINGS: 412   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
12 oz can. Deep gold with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of bread, malt, light herbal notes. Taste is of honey, malt, herbal hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mbgrayson (558) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Pours a clear gold, with ample white head. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is sweet and malty at first, fading into a slightly bitter palate. Still, fairly smooth and drinkable, but not my favorite lager.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
patricks110 (1758) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
A solid lager. Pours a bright golden yellow with a fizzy head that leaves a light lacing ring. The nose is toasty with honey and caramel malts and a moderate citrus hop presence. Nice crisp, full bodied lager with a solid hop backbone and light tropical and citrus hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle@ trailer. Bright golden color with ivory head. Nice lagered grainy pale malt, light berry fruit, mild hop aromas. Smooth mouthfeel. Crisp bready pale malt flavors with light fruits, and a drying nicely bitter finish---not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StevieT (737) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
From a bottle. Pours clear amber with a lasting tightly bubbled head, not much aroma, smooth with a hop hit at the back. I don’t really like lagers but this is quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (434) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - NOV 18, 2014
355 ml bottle from Ales by Mail.
Clear, golden body, with a big, stable, frothy, white head, that leaves a thick lacing.
Aroma of grains, hay, grass, caramel, some bread and biscuit.
Taste follows the nose and adds herbs and some citrus.
Quite light, slick mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation and it finishes bitter, with herbs, grass and slight sweet bready notes.

Nice one! Fresh, clean and crisp, with enjoyable grainy aromas and smooth, balancing, sweet malts. One of those quite rare Lagers, that I really enjoy drinking!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Obfuscate (95) - Minneapolis, - NOV 17, 2014
For me this isn’t much different than a Budweiser or Coors or any other American lager. Maybe a touch better but I would have to have one here to compare it to be sure.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Inbreak (2401) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
16.11.2014, 0,35l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet grainy, cereal, caramel malts, wet grain, hay, weeds, paper, hints of almond essence. Taste is slightly harsh, weeds, grain, hay, harsh grass, paper, alcohol, almond essence, cereal, minerals. Medium bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Meh!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
probstblueribbon (3058) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
12 oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear golden with a full, off-white head. Aroma: Sweet grainy maltiness, a hint of peppery/grassy hops, clean. Palate: Medium body, fairly full carbonation. Flav.: Sweet grainy/cereal maltiness, a touch of something that seems like vodka (odd), very light grassy/woodsy hops, clean; dry with low to moderate bitterness and a grainy/cereal malt finish.

Meh. It’s fine but quite boring.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cthomas2390 (224) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Pours a yellow-gold with tight, fluffy head. Sulfur, restrained banana ester, and light malty character on the nose. Bright hop bitterness slightly overpowers the malt, and there’s a hint of diacetyl. High carbonation and thin-medium bodied.


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