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Craftsman 1903 - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman 1903
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86
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Craftsman Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-28-2004)
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tastyville

California

5/5  rDev +29.2%

I have tasting notes but I don't feel like using them. People don't know how to drink and enjoy lagers, I swear! This is the standard by which I evaluate every other lager. One of the best beers to be made in Southern California. It's incredibly underrated and really doesn't have room for improvement. Looks beautiful, smells perfect and the taste is devine. It has wonderful depth for not having layers of flavor. Having this beer first thing when I come back to Los Angeles.

11-22-2013 03:00:49 | More by tastyville
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MrVonzipper

California

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

02-11-2012 06:15:31 | More by MrVonzipper
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Emn

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

I have to say, the craftsman 1903 (pasadena) is one of my favorite beers. I didn't like it much when I first tried it, due to the fact it had a bit of a bitter after taste but definitely did grow on me. If it is served cold, on tap, cold glass. It is Awesome!

08-21-2013 16:45:00 | More by Emn
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Flip4beers

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-29-2014 19:10:36 | More by Flip4beers
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ycortez


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-08-2012 03:18:05 | More by ycortez
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Dukeofearl

California

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

16 oz (?) pint at Father's Office in Santa Monica on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I've had this one before, and it is just a great easy drinking enjoyable beer. But now that I sit down to review it, it really rises to the top of the heap for the style.

A pretty sunset golden hue with a fluffy snow-white head atop the liquid. Aromas of breakfast cereals. In fact, so much so, that it reminds me of the aromas of touring the Kellogg's plant in Battle Creek, Michigan as a kid (before they stopped the tours). Cooking Corn Flakes, and I mean that only in the best way.

Flavor follows through, but more malty (using the analogy, maybe Malt-O-Meal?). Hops are there, sure, but as a regulator only to keep things from going out of control. Edit: Now that I've read other reviews, someone mentioned nutty, and I think that's right on.

Creamy mouthfeel that makes me want to drink this beer all day long. This is the best of the style that I can recall.

Highly recommended, if you can find it in its very limited distribution.

03-10-2007 01:16:50 | More by Dukeofearl
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ThinkRedEsq

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-05-2012 03:39:36 | More by ThinkRedEsq
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rboinski

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-28-2013 20:41:51 | More by rboinski
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PG2G

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-26-2011 01:46:00 | More by PG2G
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mactrail

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%

The greatest mouthful of lager ever. Rich with all the malty and hoppy flavors but just 5.3%. Amber gold color in the halt-litre nonic. Really fragrant with a flowery hoppiness. The hops are aromatic with none of the pine overdose and ever-popular dank bitterness.

Mellow and bright flavors with just enough bitterness to keep you looking for that next gulp. The right hint of malty sweetness to remind you why beer tastes good. Not overly strong. A brew with a bold flavor that is distinctive yet subtle. Stone, Ballast Point, and Green Flash-- drink this and weep for your lost years!

Altogether a fine brew that reminds me why lagers should be one of our favorite styles. On tap at Tiger! Tiger! in San Diego.

01-06-2013 04:23:45 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber colour, slightly darker than your average pils, with a firm white head with good retention.

S: Full of bread malt, some sourdough, wheat husks, very grainy overall smell.

T: Tastes a lot like a fresher version of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold which I just had last night for the second time. Delicious bready malt, biscuits, crisp hops make for a delightful tasting lager beer.

M: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, everything a Pre-Prohibition Lager Beer should be.

D: This is a really nice lager from Craftsman. Why can't the bigger boys on the block make something of this caliber? A true treat for the lager fan.

12-23-2007 01:31:53 | More by Halcyondays
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dill

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

served draught style in a pint glass.

A: pale copper color with a thin head.

S: a bit of a sense of apple.

T: really light, a bit of fruit flavor with a hoppy finish.

M: smooth and easy to drink.

D: really light and easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one and will keep going back to it when something light is desired.

03-12-2008 23:04:40 | More by dill
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sloejams

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

I wish I could get this in bottle form to convert some friends from their BMC standards. This is usually on draught at the Library Bar in downtown LA, where I used to work. So I've had this a bunch of times.

The first thing you notice is the glorious malt profile in the nose. Touches of corn also come through. It's a full flavored lager - slight peaks of hops show through, but this is malty beverage. Refreshing in the summer, with high drinkability.

08-28-2007 19:38:30 | More by sloejams
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AleHunter805

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-25-2014 12:21:26 | More by AleHunter805
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nightwing002

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 22:05:33 | More by nightwing002
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mrcraft

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-17-2014 02:07:27 | More by mrcraft
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craft_is_king

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-25-2014 08:23:45 | More by craft_is_king
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

One of the draft taps I had not tried before, recommended by our waiter at "The Saloon", in while in CA.
Pours a deep golden color, slightly darker than your average lager, with a short but solid white head with good retention.
Smell of bready/biscuity malt, grainy overall smell, not much hop smell. Taste was a nice suprise, bready malt, and some balancing hops made for an enjoyable pint. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel, refreshing and clean. This was a really good lager from Craftsman, will have to keep my eyes open for more from this brewer.

01-30-2011 16:18:00 | More by BigBry
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crob3888

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-05-2012 23:40:24 | More by crob3888
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

On-tap at The Press

A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a finger worth of white head that has pretty good retention.

S: There's a pretty nice bready malt character to the nose along with the distinctive aroma of lager yeast. Not a ton of hop aroma, but a nice bit of floral and grassy hop character.

T: A solid bread and malt flavor to start this one off. There's a touch of toasted character to it as well as some very subtle hints of corn. The hops are a bit more pronounced on the palate and give the beer a pleasing bitterness and balance.

M: The body is medium, pretty solid for this sort of lager, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This was one of the better Craftsman beers I've had. Quite a solid beer and very easy to drink.

12-18-2010 20:22:21 | More by womencantsail
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berlinabb

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-12-2013 01:15:23 | More by berlinabb
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FeliciousDoyle

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-24-2011 06:32:57 | More by FeliciousDoyle
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-27-2012 15:19:20 | More by beerpadawan
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Impressive golden color in appearance, my draft was served with little head on top. This all-malt lager bursts into toasted flavors on the palate, with a mild hop finish in the back and a drying finish. Not much sweetness at all, which is what I was expecting. Quite meaty in flavor, yet mellow enough to be quaffable.

10-17-2008 23:56:26 | More by DoubleJ
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moonknight31

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-23-2013 05:14:16 | More by moonknight31
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Craftsman 1903 from Craftsman Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.