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RATINGS: 415   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryecatcher (825) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden, not much of a head. Tastes like a lager. Not bad, but in all honesty, I still don’t see paying premium pricing for something that the likes of Coors, Bud and Miller can do for a lot cheaper. I mean, c’mon, regardless of how much barley goes into it (vs. adjuncts like rice and corn) it’s still a fucking lager.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (3304) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Pour is a bright golden with a large white head. Aroma is grainy malt and a bit of metal. Flavor is a nice clean lager malt and not much of a hop presence. Finish is clean and quickly gone. Probably more body than mass produced stuff but still a little bland.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle at BeerTemple. Clear amber/golden - white head. Grassy. Toasted. Ok bitterness. Cocoa powder. Some light licorice. Old hops. Light dusty. Orange notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rarbring (1548) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of bread, banana, peach and sulfur.
Appearance: A clear brass colored beer. A white head with some lacing and some curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet wheat bread, apple and bitter seeds.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a sticky texture. A medium body with a dry finish.
Overall: Sweet, somewhat unbalanced
Note: Bottle 355 ml at a De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2013-09-28.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
csaso (1464) - Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Tap - fair size foamy head, light gold color, sweet light malt aroma and flavor with slightly above average hop balance - not bad overall for a lager of this type ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (7002) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has lots of bread and grains with a hint of lager yeast. Flavor starts with lots of bread and earthy grains and has a bit of biscuit coming out in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (890) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 Aroma has a fairly malt forward character with some cracker and biscuit as well as hints of caramel and honey. Hint of a sulfur character but it blows off fairly quickly. Light herbal hop character. Pours a brilliantly clear golden orange with a small, slightly thin white head that has surprisingly nice retention for how small it was. Lingers nicely on the edges. Flavor starts out with a nice sweet maltiness with some cracker as well as honey and light caramel notes. Moderate hop flavor with notes of light citrus, grassy notes along with some spicy floral and vegetal notes. Moderate bitterness. Lingering bitterness and light maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a very tasty lager beer. Fairly crisp but with lots of nice maltiness and hop character. Very flavorful but not as light as a typical American lager.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sic1314 (3812) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2013
Poured straw with a frothy, disappearing white head. Aroma of sweet grainy malt. Light, slightly lively body, flavour of bitter hops, astringent end.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2016) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Aroma of light citrus, caramel... Color is golden orange... Flavor is light, crisp, slightly bitter, earthy hops.. Easy drinking lager ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rocbyter (1908) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Grain aroma. Clear yellow color with a small white head. Light beginning with a sweet fruity finish.


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