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Lawnmower Lager - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
75
okay

69 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 12-22-2004)
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wehttam

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

03-23-2014 22:06:57 | More by wehttam
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +38.9%

Saw this at the store for a great price (2 bucks for a 22oz bottle) and picked it up.

A- A clear pale straw yellow, very clear and clean. Very little head but then again most beers of this style don't have much head so in comparison to the style it is good.

S- This has your typical lager yeast smell. There is a bready, earthy, grainy and gritty smell. Very rounded and bold smells in terms of beer of this style.

T- The beer is crisp and refreshing. I'm getting a big grain taste that is like chewing on the top of a barley stalk. More like the smell of when a grain truck dumps its freshly harvested barley load into the grain grate to be weighed and priced, take that smell and put it as a taste and that's what I'm getting. There is a subtle sweet honey taste that is coming though and adds a nice level of flavor. There is actually a nice complexity going on with this beer, especially when you are comparing it to other beers of the style.

M- Good mouthfeel, nice carbination and a very light body.

D- Easy to drink, the name of the beer fits very well. I would drink this after working out in the yard no prob. This is clean but not BMC clean. It's more like clean but in a dirty glass type clean.

Lagers are not my favorite styles of beer. But one thing I've found is that the flavors are more subtle then other styles. Many craft lagers get a bad wrap because of BMC lagers and how many people are so against them here on BA. I rated this beer based on its style, and for its style it is very well done and tasty. I would definitely buy this one again.

06-05-2010 21:00:52 | More by Wetpaperbag
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ckk527

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

06-05-2014 22:45:04 | More by ckk527
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stript

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

06-03-2013 03:08:17 | More by stript
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rudedude985

California

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

08-09-2014 00:25:22 | More by rudedude985
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

YES! More craft brewers need to adjunct their beer. The lacing has staying power, though the haze on the yellow is distracting. This lager packs a yeasty, grassy aroma. Crisp and a bit slick, obvious light body. Fresh- cut grass and nutty yeast coat the palate; hops are fresh with ample bitterness and a good amount of flavor, which brings this beer up a few notches. The maltiness is a bit light, but right where it's supposed to be. Flavor overrides cleanliness. Very drinkable as well.

01-11-2011 03:22:57 | More by BeerAdvocate
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +25.4%

05-10-2014 16:28:17 | More by henryclay_
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chossboss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +25.4%

08-10-2014 05:27:52 | More by chossboss
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

4/5  rDev +25.4%

12-24-2013 06:31:01 | More by foxyaardvark27
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +25.4%

07-13-2014 00:54:44 | More by AngusOg
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Elimination

Oregon

4/5  rDev +25.4%

11-23-2011 18:38:05 | More by Elimination
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Spikester

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +24.8%

Pours clear gold with one finger of fluffy white head. Minor lacing. Aroma is slightly corny, some bread from the yeast. Taste is malty and just a hint of hop bitterness. Clean and full bodied for the style. Moderate carbonation. Clean, sweet, and some mild bitterness in the finish. Served a bit warmer than the style calls for. Still prefer Full Sail Session beer for mowing lawns but if Caldera were to can this beer I would drink some on a hot day by the pool or mowing the yard. I like the fact that it is 3.9% abv. Good beer for such a low alcohol content. Really a "light lager". And in that category it is a winner. I paid $3.09 for a bomber which is too expensive for lawnmower beer. Let's see if they can this brew. I would buy it over the macros if it was about $5.99 a sixer.
Update 4/12/2014: Bought this in a six pack of cans. Paid $6.49 minus 10% senior discount.
So Caldera must have read my review! So this canned version is even better then the bottled bomber version. I poured this about 10 minutes ago and it still has a cap of head. Good amount of lace for the style. Best lawnmower beer in the USA!

04-08-2010 05:59:02 | More by Spikester
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Brad007

Vermont

3.79/5  rDev +18.8%

Pours a bright yellow with a one-finger head into my glass. I was intrigued enough by the name as I've heard the term thrown around to describe adjunct lagers.

Wow. VERY crisp in the nose. Sweet too. It helps that it's well-carbonated as well.

It's a little spicy upfront with only a touch of hops and buttery malt.

The mouthfeel is where the light body seems to work against it. It's too light and a tad bland. Otherwise, no harsh flavors.

Why drink an adjunct when you can have this on a hot day? It definitely fits the term.

01-25-2014 22:08:33 | More by Brad007
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IDABEERGUY

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-25-2014 14:48:33 | More by IDABEERGUY
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JoelClark

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

08-03-2014 17:25:33 | More by JoelClark
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a clear very light yellow with strong carbonation but a weak head. The aroma is sweet, non-descript malt with just a touch of grassy hops and some graininess. The flavor is quite similar with pale malt sweetness, some grassy herbal hops, clean yeast, grainy notes and a surprising amount of bitterness. I have to say that the flavor is pretty disappointing, even for this style, though the dryness does give it some merit. Mouthfeel is not just light, but watery. It has a nice dry finish and is very quaffable, and holds up alright when compared to other beers in this category, but I think there are better options.

06-21-2010 00:58:26 | More by zoso1967
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +12.9%

Bomber pours a clear straw yellow body with a small vanilla head that quickly drops into some scattered lacing.

Aroma has some crackery malt and a hint of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a spritzy carbonation.

Taste is dominated by a crackery pilsner type maltiness that is balanced by a dry grassy and floral hoppiness. Reminds me of kolsch.

Unpretentious and unoffensive. A decent lawn mower beer, I suppose.

08-08-2010 01:07:31 | More by merlin48
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.6/5  rDev +12.9%

22 picked up at Brewforia on the way home from work. Poured into my big Shorts Imperial Pint (thanks Kevin).

Foamy 1" white head dies back into nice lacing... no real retention though... okay cap... the brew is very pale golden with seemingly a lite haze of some sort.

Clean grains... little else.. a bit husky and traces of sulfur if I really concentrate.

Again... very clean.... pale malts... a bit doughy.

Slightly better than expected body and carbonation.

Meh... okay I guess... good for what it is... tastes pretty fresh and crisp.

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/4.5

09-15-2010 04:44:09 | More by JohnGalt1
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.54/5  rDev +11%

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have decent retention. The head is pure, cotton-white while the body is a pale straw that shows hints of golden straw when held up to the light. A considerable amount of lacing, not great.

Nose- Has a bit more presence that a lot of the beers in its style. Light fruitiness, mostly soft apple- not exactly green. Big touches of grain that move into cereal and cornflakes. Seems softer but more apparent than many in the style.

Taste- Starts of with lots of grain which moves into cornflakes and cereal. A light chalkiness followed by little notes of apple in the middle which then turn back to the grain and cornflakes. Has much of the typical “beer” flavor profile but doesn't have much of the linger problems. Most AALs' aftertastes tend to trigger a little big of gag reflex for me but his one is pretty smooth. Granted it doesn't taste like much of anything but it is a pretty good take on the style. I even drank a couple somewhat warm ones the other day without much problem. I'm inclined to rate it as above average because of this. May be the highest rating I've ever given an AAL. The tinge of apple, the DMS, works pretty well with the grain and cornflakes. I just wonder if Caldera is as consistent as the big boys. I might have to try it some other time just to see. Light vinosity, some white grape. But not at all cloying as can be the case in some AALs. Maybe the faintest hints of what might be Noble hops- slight chalk, a touch of spice, but nothing terribly discernable.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with appropriate carbonation, even a little light for the style. Not real carbonic touches. Slightly smooth. Probably the best mouthfeel I've ever had in this style. Dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and sessionable. Hints at being crisp. Runs about 5.50-6 bucks Comparable to the macros but much better. I could see myself grabbing this again if I wanted some beer soda around after I drink some bigger beers.

Overall- Above average beer which is a very good example of the AAL style. Some would give this between a 4 and 5 on the basis of this but I factor in both a beer's strength within its style and compared to all other beers. Really good AAL but just above average beer. Does exactly what it should. Worth a try and something I might buy again.

02-22-2014 03:42:58 | More by artoolemomo
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Huffs

New York

3.54/5  rDev +11%

Poured to a nice full head with great retention and decent lacing. Nice golden, straw cooler. Aroma was light with notes of grain and grass. Taste was grainy and mild with some light hop notes. Mouthfeel was light with a slight bitter aftertaste. Great beer for what it's advertised to be.

04-19-2014 21:26:41 | More by Huffs
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RobDB

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

04-22-2014 20:27:25 | More by RobDB
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Boski

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

04-28-2014 02:45:46 | More by Boski
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

11-25-2012 02:58:37 | More by LJWalker
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

07-29-2013 00:42:02 | More by OregonGrown7
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dsshuck

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

01-21-2013 00:28:24 | More by dsshuck
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Lawnmower Lager from Caldera Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.