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RATINGS: 371   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1923) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bought as California Lager. Six Pack from Fred Meyer in N.Salem OR $8.78 Pours an ever so slightly hazy golden yellow with a very large and thick off white head. Nice and balanced aroma with the cluster hops showing well but being equaled by a lovely light caramel malt aroma. Wonderfully balanced but not boring taste semi sweet honey toned malts and a floral bitterness from the hops dance a merry jig on the tongue. Great palate..this is at once gulpable but you can taste the depth of the beer. Very good lager..late summer is best.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6134) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2014
A really beautiful 500 ml bottle from Johns. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A grainy honey nose. Smells like a nice lager. Sweet toasted malts, light fruit, peppery, some honey. Very nice. I could drink a keg of this easy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1693) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine. Deep golden pour with a bubbly white head. Toasted bread, nuttiness, honey and grass aroma. Similar in flavor, light, clean refreshing with and nice sweetness to it. Great lawnmower reeb.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
(bottle, 35.5cl) Clear, golden colour with a firm, medium-sized and slightly off-white foamy head. Strawy and slightly bready malty aroma with herbal and slightly earthy hops. Moderately bitter and slightly sweet flavour, light to medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Herbal hops with mildly bready malt underneath; dry-ish bitter hoppy and delicately sweet malty finish. Solid Lager. 15.VIII.14

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mile (3039) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Light golden, short to average and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate, malty - grainy and sweetish aroma, some bread and faint hoppyness. Body is light to medium, malty - grainy and lightly sweetish flavor, some bread and faint hoppyness. Finish is average, malty - grainy and lightly sweetish, some bread and alcohol. Malty – grainy and not so sweet lager, nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (789) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Malt, wheat, caramel, candy, yeast, spices. Good balance with respectable ABV. Medium body, average-quick duration. I need to drink premium lagers more. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Light gold with a medium head. Musty grain and slightly buttery aroma. Barley flavor. Noble, grassy hops. Almost some fruit in the finish. Light bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Case (247) - GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
Yellow-golden pour with small white head. Aroma is bread, cookies, grass, spice, lemon. Taste is light grain and water, a vague hint of bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel. Great aroma but too watery, even for a lager.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (876) - Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle into pint glass, light orangy-golden color with white head. Aroma of baked bread and floral/grassy hop notes. Taste adds notes of straw, citrus, toast and faint caramel. Light body, moderate-low carbonation, crisp with mild grassy bitter finish. Pretty good simple lager.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (2345) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2014
(Anchor California Lager) Bottle 355ml at home, poured into a lager glass, ABV 4.9% Golden orange colour on the body, tall white and thick head on top, with very good retention, leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Light caramel on the aroma but other than that standard lager aroma, only a bit fresher, malts fresh grass. Malty taste,some bread and cookie dough, grass. Nice intense bitterness on the aftertaste. Medium thin body, nicely carbonated. Quite dry on the palate. Quite good.


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