thetmaxx (810) - West Sacramento, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bomber while grilling chicken. This beer is just what they set out to make. Corn malt, lager yeast notes. Pretty good though, dedefinitely better than most lagers.
shoulderbroken (2828) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at Grub. Aroma is a bit sweet, bit of wheatiness, bit of berries. Taste is strawberry, fruity, bit of wheat at the end. Bit creamy. Light hop bite. Nice enough. I like the can design.
Chad9976 (1439) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For the most part, what separates “craft” beer from non-craft beer is the recipe. After all, the vast majority of the beer brewed and consumed in the world is of the adjunct lager style with only slight variations between recipes. So I’m not sure what the point of Caldera Lawnmower Lager is since it’s very similar to the Big Boys’ brews in every facet. Not that it’s bad, though; in fact, I’d definitely take this over a macro of the style, but there are better craft lagers out there.
I poured a 12oz can into a shaker glass. It was canned on 6/17/15 and cost $2.30 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: Golden in color with spastic carbonation easily seen through the clear body. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates but does leave a bit of a lacing.
Smell: Similar to other fizzy yellow lagers. No distinct malt or hop presence. Clean and inoffensive, though.
Taste: I think the best way to describe this palette would be as macro adjunct lager done better. Though that’s not that great of a compliment. The taste here is quite familiar – pale grain with only a touch of hops (it’s only 16 IBUs, after all). I get a slight tangy presence on the finish, maybe even some acetaldehyde. I was hoping for some real hop flavor, but there’s just a light dry bitterness throughout. It’s made with flaked rice so there is a familiar Budweiser-like component here. Still, it doesn’t taste like canned corn or metallic like many macro brews.
Drinkability: I drank this specifically on a hot and sunny summer day because at only 3.9% ABV, it’s exactly the kind of beer you want for the situation. Unfortunately, Caldera Lawnmower Lager is not especially refreshing. In fact, there is a bit of a starchy taste that lingers. I will say it’s plenty crisp and easy to get down, though I would not consider it for sessioning because I’m not enamored with the taste.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3329) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from Ezo Beer. The nose is grainy bready pastry like light malts, herbal grassy hops. Light bodied, quite sweet and fairly fruity with a mildly bitter green hop finish. OK but kind of boring.
Banksiz (55) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Faintly malty nose with a touch of lemon. Slight brothiness as it warms up. Slightly maltier flavor than most American lights. Medium body, no off-flavors. Bitterness inoffensive, no harshness. A creditable effort to make something that’s a step up from mass-market American Pilsneroids.
geologyguy (986) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very slight smell and same light flavor smooth and equal mix of malt and hops, very neutral and light
unclemike (2567) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
ours clear yellow with a modest white head and a floral aroma. There is a fruity light malt flavor with a carbonated slightly bitter finish.
mjg74 (2852) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can from Roth’s. Light golden in color. Grainy nose. Sour and creamy. Smells like a real cheap pale lager. Grainy and off in flavor. Not a very good pale lager. Not nearly as clean as even the worst BMC lager.
mansquito (4196) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn can: Pours really pale with a small white head. aroma is light bread and maybe one hop. Taste is really light. Somewhat crisp. Relatively low sweetness. Did not realise that the alcohol was this low. Aint a bad beer and I guess it do what it do.
tom10101 (4004) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can (12 oz) bought @ Winooski Beverage Warehouse.
Appearance: Clear pale yellow/golden with a medium quickly diminishing but easy to revive creamy off-white head and good lacing.
Aroma: Mild, but interesting nonetheless with a nice herbal presence, light spiciness, lemon, fresh cereals and light apples notes.
Taste: Crisp malts, freshly cutted grass, light spiciness, lemony notes and mild honeyed sweetness.
Palate: Light body. Lively carbonation. Clean and crisp mouthfeel while being a bit fluffy too. Dry and herbal finish. Mild moderately lasting spiciness.
Overall: Best Pale Lager I have ever had by a fair margin. A beer I would easily drink a 4-pack while working outside on hot summer days (only the days I don’t have a fresh Walden growler in the fridge though). Well executed light quenching beer.
TylerGreenDC (583) - - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Faint aroma of wet grass. A whole lot of flavor from a 3.9% beer. Lots of lemon with some... pepper? As good as any American lager.