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Cable Car Small Batch Lager - World Brews

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BA SCORE
68
poor

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2007)
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Photo of swiegner
4.33/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has the taste of my favorite Leinenkugel original.
I love to wisconsin beers
Very clean and crisp very smooth

Hopefully miller Brewing does not buy this one like it did Leinenkugels.
My alltime favorite beers were Olympia, Grain Belt, Old Style.

This one is a keeper

swiegner, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of TheBeard89
4/5  rDev +47.1%

TheBeard89, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of tapman
3.8/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I will do my best to review based purely on style and will attempt to save personal opinion for the last category. Regarding this style, I'm sure you all understand.

The head is a huge 2+ fingers and creamy with the smallest bubbles I have ever seen, and that includes Guiness and other nitro tap beers. Honestly looks like nitro-tap. Crystal clear and the color of late fall corn; is NOT the color of piss yellow. Adequately carbonated. Perfect for the style.

Smells very sweet and creamy (as in a cream ale). Must be a lot of adjunct in this one as it smells just a like cream ale, an ale brewed with a high percentage of simple sugars to lighten the body of the beer. I imagine smelling some neutral earthy hop in there, but I can't be sure. I could stand it being a little less sweet.

Tastes like a cream ale, light and sweet, but with a very low degree of bitterness, but bitterness nonetheless. A little cardboard, some minerals, and a little hoppiness.

Very light and smooth with a bubbly, though not harsh, carbonation.

Too sweet for my taste, though on tap it would be a good brew. I bought this at the Whole Foods for 5.99. For the price it is a good beer and I want to try their amber ale. @ 5.99 as well some more flavor can only enhance the value. Not the best, but at the price I could drink this one instead of a northcoast scrimshaw which is $10 a sixer most places.

tapman, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Getinthevan
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine surprised me with a bottle of this earlier today and needless to say, I applauded his decision that he didn't buy something mainstream.

A - mildly yellow, nothing too spectacular for this lager.

S - much stronger for a lager, but not by much. As another reviewer said before, it possessed somewhat of a piney smell as well.

T - smooth and refreshing. For a beer I had never heard of before, it was a nice surprise, as it also had a crispy aftertaste.

M - Smooth, yet watery. Even though it was a good beer, it still had a bit of watery retention in it, almost giving it an unfinished quality. Not bad at all.

D - six packs of this can certainly be gone within a short amount of time. This stuff does have an addicting taste to it, and it's a whole lot more wholesome than other lagers.

Getinthevan, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of tjsmith910
3.7/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I learned of this beer from a neighbor who knew I liked a Lager style American beer. I was very skeptical until I tasted it. Hell, I even read reviews on this site about it and most of the reviews were not the most flattering, yet I tried it any ways.

It was exceptionally refreshing. I have no sense of smell so I gave it an average 3.0 rating as I have for all the beers I have reviewed. The color was basic. Nothing special about it at all. The taste and mouth feel though were nice. It was very smooth and had not a taste at all of bitterness. I did not feel full after a six pack and the price was right for this style of beer. My mouth and thirst were clinched in a very surprised way. I would not necessarily go out and purchase this beer on a regular occasion but I would definitely drink it on a here and there scale. It was very much worth it for me to try this beer.

tjsmith910, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of shanemcp
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%

shanemcp, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Strwrs777
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Strwrs777, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of rolltide82d
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i'm new to beer advocate so i don't know that i can give such an in depth review like everyone else. I love lager, so i try just about every one that i can find here in alabama. With our strict beer laws we don't have the variety that the rest of the country has. This is a new beer to our area. The packaging is pretty cool, each beer is labeled one cable car ride. On a twelve pack it is labeled twelve rides, you get the picture. This beer pours easy but dosen't form very much of a head maybe 1/4 of an inch. In the mouth it has a distinct hops taste like a watered down boston lager. has great drinkability. A good beer for backyard games (cornhole, frisbe, horseshoes).

rolltide82d, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of DonnieNarco
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Settles down immediately with no head, no aroma. Couldn't be less exciting....Taste begins a tad bitter but goes down smooth and somewhat refreshing. Tastes like a Pilzner similar to Miller Lite. Looks like typical "beer" but does have some refining taste to it. Have had better for cheaper.

DonnieNarco, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of hopjuicer
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Purchased at a Chicago Whole Foods.

A rough pour left a good inch of head with reasonable retention.

Nose is a little sweet, mostly grainy.

Good drinkability. Just got back from a bike ride, and it's a refreshing and smooth beer. Good lawnmower beer. Wish it had a more pronounced hop profile, would balance out the sweetness better.

Just a little more flavor than your standard macro. Nothing special, but accessible.

hopjuicer, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of kflorence
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Loved the packaging, very intriguing. My first thought was that it was some kind of new San Francisco beer, only to read that it was from Rochester, NY (interesting). Anyways, the pour was very bland, little to no head and your typical light, straw yellow color.

S: The smell is actually quite nice for a lager; malts and grains, some butter, some hops... overall sweet with a slight pine note in there. Inviting.

T: A little bit bland, to be honest. It tastes quite nice, but it's very basic... grains, malts, hops... a very slight butter, bread flavor lingering in the background. As someone else had mentioned, very slightly reminiscent of Anchor Steam, but much less flavorful.

M: A bit on the watery side, but that's pretty common for this style. Nonetheless, nothing spectacular to be found here in the mouth-feel category. Not much body or character.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It's simplicity lends itself to be quite session-able. Overall it is just another average micro-brew... nothing special here but nothing displeasing either (and for less than a dollar a beer, nothing bad at all).

kflorence, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You can call a beer "small batch" and put a trendy label on the bottle, but mediocre is mediocre. A touch harsh at the front, then settles down to a moderate but one-dimensional bittering. Some out of balance sweetness moves in toward the end, where some astringent clean-up is needed. Overall, nicely packaged, somewhat more hopped Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Brent, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Beermazter310
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Beermazter310, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of VWBuggirl
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is very yellow, almost the color of apple juice with a foamy white head.

First and foremost in the scent is the maltiness, then comes a bit of skunk and the citrus (probably orange and lemon).

The taste is malty at first and ends with a good bit of citrus, similar to the smell. For a lager it is pretty decent.

This is pretty drinkable, and a deal at $4.99 for a 6-pack.

VWBuggirl, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev +10.3%

TicoCali, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bdeast1
3/5  rDev +10.3%

bdeast1, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of NeutroMan
2.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Crystal clear pale straw color with a white frothy head that didn't stick around too long. Visibly carbonated. Aroma has the familiar grainy, corny sweetness of adjunct lagers. Minimal malt aroma and no hops whatsoever. Taste is crisp and dry with some grainy sweetness and not much else. High carbonation gives it quite the dry bite. Mouthfeel is very light bodied and very carbonated. On the plus side, this makes it extremely drinkable and refreshing.

NeutroMan, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of allstar255
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

allstar255, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of rabbitguy
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

rabbitguy, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.65/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle, 4.5% ABV. My inquiries into the conspiracy-prone nature of this offering in relation to all its shelf-adjacent friends, have sadly fallen on deaf ears, from retail store, through black-hooded distributor, all the way to the obvious brewers themselves. Fuck it, fuck 'em all.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves some streaky alien alphabet lace around the glass as it surprisingly lingers in its ebbing out of existence.

It smells of grainy, stale hay bales, hollow lemon cleanser, and old partially melted plastic toy soldiers. The taste is semi-sweet corny, grainy malt, a touch of stale cereal, underwhelmingly pithy, bland citrus fruit, admittedly tame stewed veggies, and a lingering, and mostly obtrusive petrochemical essence.

The carbonation is present, perfunctory, and little else, the body barely above the light side of things, weight-wise, and smooth with a rather ungainly, well, white noise nothingness. It finishes just off-dry, the sweet, corn-fed graininess and now established vegetal skank really offering nothing more than what you should rightly imagine.

Not the worst example of the style, I suppose, but it shows enough of the 'standard' attributes to make me gag just a tad, and pushing forward, does nothing for beerdom, or likewise my stomach, as a whole.

biboergosum, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of changeup45
2.65/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from the bottle. Pours a golden color with only a small amount of head retention. Little lacing. Slightly grainy and sweet with touches of malt and corn. Pretty simple but refreshing and drinkable. Kind of a ho hum Lager and a notch above swill level.

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Drew966
2.65/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cable Car Small Batch Lager pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is very little aroma, what I can smell is grainy. There isn't much in the way of flavor either, a little grain followed by a very mild sweetness. Not much to this one. It's not offensive, but on the other hand, it's not particularly tasty either.

Drew966, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
2.63/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light golden color, some white head that fades fairly quick. Smells of corn and grain. Tasted the same with some piney after tones. Didn't keep me wanting another but it's not terrible. It's a typical macro, but better than some, worse than others. You aren't missing anything if you haven't had it.

beeroclock, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of Kaiser81
2.58/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Needed to clear some room in the fridge, so I had to drink it.

Got this in December from my coworker who gave me a multi-pack of beers. Thanks, Justin.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in my snifter glass. Really, I'm giving this much respect to a lager? Well, here we go.

A - A clear orangish color. There was a faint head at first, but it disappeared quickly.

S - Some grains, some corn. Maybe some faint whisps of chardonnay style grapes. Nothing good.

T - There's really not much flavor. Maybe some corn and grain qualities mixed in, but nothing I can really pick out.

M - Crisp and carbonated. It'd be nice to have on a warm day after running a mara...no, not really. I'd prefer an IPA over this.

D - Meh

Kaiser81, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of MNJR
2.58/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is cheap beer packaged and labeled to look like a microbrew. I was fooled. Nowhere does it say it is brewed by City Brewery in LaCrosse. If it did, you'd know what to expect because all their beers are cheap macros. It tastes close to LaCrosse Lager, BUT here you are getting ripped off paying $8 for a six pack, instead of $12 for 30 CANS of LaCrosse. So, this beer is a scam, pure and simple. Now, I happen to think at $12/30 LaCrosse is a good deal. But, getting it with a fancy label for 4X the price is criminal.

Drinkability is far less than LaCrosse Lager, because after all how drinkable is something that puts an unjustifiable squeeze on your wallet?

Do not be fooled by this beer. Stay away. Someone should feel shame for foisting this BS on honest beer drinkers.

MNJR, Sep 21, 2010
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Cable Car Small Batch Lager from World Brews
68 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.