Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Anchor California Lager


Fill date: 12/14/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 27 Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Lager

AROMA: Moderately-strong sweet grainy maltiness. Medium-low earthy/floral hops. Clean fermentation; difficult to distinguish any obvious yeast esters. Perhaps just a faint trace amount of DMS (acceptable). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden/pale copper hue (4-7 SRM). Moderate white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Classic pale malt lager base, though sweeter, more authentic, and no adjuncts present (brew is all-malt). There is a touch of lemon and graham cracker in the background. Moderate dry hoppy bitterness, but with a low general earthy/floral hop flavor. Balance is close to even. Hops linger briefly for a dry aftertaste. Well-attenuated with a mostly clean fermentation (yeast esters may account for some of the flavor, but are subtle to be sure). 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth texture; refreshing; highly drinkable and sessionable at only 4.9% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I can't say just how closely this emulates pre-prohibition lagers (not without a time machine, anyway); but it certainly exemplifies the specs for the style. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

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