California Route - New Belgium Brewing
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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +1%
12 ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
The bottom of the can is dated 23 MAR 2014.
Appearance: Pours a very lightly hazed, dark yellow body with just under an inch of white foam. Not particularly much lacing.
Smell: Agreeable biscuit nose, a thin, thin sliver of caramel sweetness, and hop notes scented of citrus fruit, flowers, and dried herb.
Taste: Lightly biscuity, lightly toasted grains with a thin layer of incorporated sweetness. Citrus, floral, spicy-edged herb hop notes. Medium-light bitterness. Soft yeastiness. Drying, modestly spicy finish with a mild, lingering fruity lemon flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Refreshing, easy-drinking.
02-22-2014 23:22:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.71/5 rDev -5.1%
"To celebrate 40 years of fun hogging, New Belgium and Patagonia, Inc. have crafted this medium-bodied, unfiltered organic lager in the 'California Common' tradition." Brewed in the style of a California Common Lager/Steam Beer. One time collaborative canned release by New Belgium with Patagonia outdoor wear.
Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 54º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a foamy pearl-white head over a moderately hazy amber-yellow body. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25
(Smell) Lightly sweetened pale malts with a clean caramel grain malt. Hop potency is very bold, with earthy, spicy hop aromas and a moderate bitterness. Balance is equally in favor of bitterness and sweetness, with high accessibility. The aroma is very sessionable, potent and appealing. 4
(Taste) Up front, expect a very light, mildly sweet pale biscuit malt, joined by a mellow earthy hop profile with a mild peppery bitterness. California Route finishes with a notable lager lightness despite some meager complexity from some muted lemon and biscuit. Very drinkable, although not all flavors come through as boldly as they do in the aroma. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Lightly chewy, mildly acidic, otherwise clean. Carbonation generates some froth and fizziness. Body is shy of medium for the style, light+ overall. Alcohol presence is light. 3.75
(Overall) While I don't care about Organic endorsements, I found California Route to be an enjoyable, easy-drinking lager. Those looking for more flavorful lager options outside of the macro choices should consider trying the California Route. 3.75
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California Route Organic Lager
02-08-2014 04:37:10 | More by Jadjunk
4.16/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a New Belgium Globe glass. Date on can is March 23, 2014.
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.
Smell: A crisp, zesty, and balanced aroma with nice hints of biscuit and earthy hops. Pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, yeast, straw, caramel, and cracker. Surprisingly strong hop presence with good earthy, floral, and citrus aroma. Hints of grass and slight pine. Citrus hints of orange and lemon zest. A very solid and well balanced lager aroma.
Taste: Like the smell, a crisp and zesty well balanced lager taste with good biscuit notes and a strong hop balance. Bready pale malt with notes of biscuit, grains, straw, yeast, crackers, and caramel. A very solid hop balance with floral, earthy, and citrus notes. Grassy taste along with some pine. Citrus hop notes of orange peel and lemons. A very nice zesty taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, nicely chewy, and smooth. Finishes dry.
Overall: A really solid take on the California Common style. Good biscuity malt presence with a really nice zesty hop balance.
01-21-2014 07:56:21 | More by MattyG85
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
This pours a hazy, yellow color with a foamy, off-white head. The aroma has a slightly bitter tone with hints of yeast. The taste is a smooth, mellow lager taste this well balanced in hops and malts. This isn’t anything that will wow you, but it is very drinkable and well made.
01-21-2014 01:44:04 | More by Lemke10
3.95/5 rDev +1%
Poured from a 12 oz can in a glass. It pours a hazy Golden color. With a white head that's about half an inch thick. The nose it has a nice piney hop smell with a little grain to it. The taste is medium body, has that nice pine hops and some yeast to it. The hops don't linger which is nice. Overall this is a really nice beer. A really nice refreshing beer
01-19-2014 20:32:23 | More by Clints1991
3.89/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.
Appearance: yellow-orange hue with a moderate haze and moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of fluffy eggshell foam. I think it's quite attractive!
Smell: grainy malt with evergreen-scented hops and a moderate, chalky yeastiness. Pretty spot-on for the style, I would say. I quite like it.
Taste: grainy, yeasty and a little bit hoppy. It's sweeter and less hoppy than the aroma; I admit I like the aroma a little bit more, but it's still quite good.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good roaminess. Good carbonation here yields a satisfying creaminess which I quite enjoy.
Overall: a pretty damn good example of the California Common style. Typically, New Belgium's brews aren't in my palate's wheelhouse, but this is a pretty successful and drinkable brew.
01-11-2014 01:49:07 | More by flagmantho
California Route from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.