California Dry Hop Lager - Sudwerk Brewing Company

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California Dry Hop LagerCalifornia Dry Hop Lager

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Fatehunter on 09-28-2013

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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 7
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Photo of Fatehunter
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured half finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is an interesting mix of orange, grapefruit and grain. It's borderline unpleasant...
The taste is metallic, pine and dry grain. Not great balance or mix.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's worth trying, but I did not enjoy it.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a huge sudsy detergent-like head that reduces to 3/8" and patchy lacing. Color is deep golden. Aroma is malty honey sweetness and grassy, herbal hops. Flavor is light pilsner and biscuit malt notes and sweet white wine and grassy/citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is light and "smooth". Overall a tasty lager with good hop flavors.

Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Sudwerk Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy of white head that settles but lingers on top and laces well.

S: Light citrus hops, a bit grassy, some herbal notes, and light cracker malt.

T: Light citrus, mostly lemon, a bit grassy, some herbal and pine notes, hint of fruitiness, and light crackery malt.

M: A bit more towards the medium end of light body, moderate carbonation, fairly crisp.

O: This one's not bad. It's got some nice bitterness and is pretty refreshing as a lawn mower beer.

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't improve on McStagger's review. It is an interesting clash of styles and flavors. I'd say it's quite drinkable, though, and an interesting kind of light beer that is well worth a try. Sharp and pleasantly carbonated. A picnic beer with a big dose of hops. Fruity and limey aroma.

Handsome clear amber in the glass with a modest foam. What I call the browned biscuit taste is quite intense. Lime and a touch of lemon. Woody and quite bitter at the finish. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grain, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid dry hopped flavor that makes this one easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

Photo of chrisjws
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a pint glass. No apparent freshness date, beer person at Whole Foods said it had been received in the last few weeks.

A: Golden color. Nice clear appearance without any haze. Regular carbonation with two fingers of head, settling down to half a finger. Patchy lacing around the glass during consumption.

S: Hops are very apparent on the head, as well as some malt sweetness with notes of crackers. Citrusy, lemony scents are most apparent in the hops. Some herbal is apparent as well.

T: Slight bitterness upfront. I have a hard time gauging bitterness in some beers given my penchant for high IBU IPAs. A lot of citrus and pine in the flavor with a dry finish and pine lingering in the aftertaste. Slight sweetness appears to be coming from the malt.

M: Not a lot of body, carbonation is very apparent.

O: An American take on a German style. Maintained the softness of a helles while adding a nice hoppy punch to the flavor.

Photo of McStagger
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich golden color. Much darker than your standard pale lager. Two fingers of slight off white head. Vigorous carbonation, with moderate/large bubbles racing to the surface.

S: Hoppy. Leafy, herbal, citrus. Big time lemon, getting notes of...pine? That doesn't seem right. Not much malt, but there is a mildly crackery backdrop.

T: Big bitterness up front. Kinda nondescript. Hints of citrus, pine and herbal. Middle of the mouth picks up malt notes, but these are grain dominant. Picks up notes of green grape here. Finish resumes with the same hop bitternes. Finishes very dry and with a noticeable herbal/pine bitterness. Very lean and hop dominant.

M: Light bodied. Carbonation prickles the tongue.

O: This is a decent take on the style. Still not sure how much I like new world hops working with German style lagers. Seems a bit discordant and unbalanced.

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California Dry Hop Lager from Sudwerk Brewing Company
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