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Craftsman 1903 - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman 1903
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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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Photo of DogFood11
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at 3rd stop in LA, near beverly hills. It forms a decent head, I had no idea what style it was when I ordered but after one whiff I knew it was leaning towards a macro lager feel. Pale yellow appearance with moderate carbonation.

I have to say that a slightly bitter feel comes through more than you would think with an all malt lager. Malts lean towards a slightly roasted side, although very mellow. Highly sessionable and interesting to say the least.

Notes: Eh....its alright. I like some Craftsman brews and I'm happy to see a LA/beverly hills establishment have it on tap but the other 5 craftsmans they had on tap were much better.

DogFood11, May 13, 2006
Photo of himynameisping
3/5  rDev -22.5%

himynameisping, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

mpenske, Jan 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

kendellmarie, Oct 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

mrelizabeth, Apr 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

RoyFokker, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

kojevergas, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

AApparel, May 27, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

852nd Review on BA
Draft to Taster

@Boho Gastropub, Hollywood, CA

App- A very light yellow color. A good amount of see through color as well. A big one finger slow receding head with good lines of cling.

Smell- A good deal of american lager notes in there. A little wheat, a little malt, and a bit of lemon.

Taste- Better than the nose so I was glad for that. Seems to retain more AAL flavors than nose, but more bold with a little more lemon and malt dominating to ratchet up flavors.

Mouth- A light bodied beer for sure. A very high carbonation as well. Retains a small amount of lemon flavors.

Drink- This was pretty tasty. A good take on a classic American style but done in a bold fashion. Id have this one around the house.

FosterJM, Oct 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ste5venla, Aug 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bostonryan, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BREWS4LA, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of bh123
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bh123, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of callmescraps
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to give the local favorite a try at the otheroom in Venice.

Appearance - Hard to say since it was about the darkest bar on the planet. Seemed to be a sort of yellow/gold. Definitely had a nice head on it, almost fluffy.

Smell - Like bread fresh from the oven. Very yeasty.

Taste - Also like a loaf of fresh bread. There was just a hint of hoppiness, and a little bitter lemon on the finish. Mostly just a big hunk of bread tho.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and a little creamy.

Drinkability - Very solid. Pretty refreshing and crisp. Easy to session.

Overall not a bad offering. Reminds me of the Steel Rail from Berkshire, but not quite as good. Still, very nice and drinkable. Not a terribly demanding style, but one of my favorites for an easy-drinker.

callmescraps, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lucky Devils, Hollywood, CA

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light flavors of grainy malts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is clean and easy to drink. It is a pretty good beer for the style.

metter98, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at one of my fav joints - Cole's French Dip in Downtown, LA.

Yep! Raul on dis one like a bumblebee on a stick of honey. Straight up, all Raul asks is why can't our major American macro's taste like this? I bet back in tha day when Cowboys were lassoin' indians and executives were jumpin out of buildings on Wall Street, this was the beer they sipped on before they did all those said thangs. Not amazing, but a solid lager.

Raul approves!

RaulMondesi, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BWH999, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mhaugo, Sep 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Krevee
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank 5/10/10
Reviewed from notes
Poured on-tap into a pint glass

A - The beer pours a light amber/orange with a moderate amount of head that had a decent amount of retention. There was very little lacing.

S - I can smell a decent amount of sweetness in the malts and some hops.

T - Taste is similar to the smell, but when drinking the beer I can taste a great amount of fruit in the sweetness. Has a slightly hoppy finish.

M - Light/medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice and crisp/refreshing with little to no lingering taste in the mouth.

D - Nice and easy drinking with low ABV. A nice example of a lager.

Krevee, May 12, 2010
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on a quiet and rather wet Saturday afternoon from one of the bank of neatly arranged Craftsman Taps that sits front and square at LB's bar. Tall thin square sectioned wooden Tap handle with the words "Craftsman – 1903" in black text running top to bottom. No strength listed.

Appearance: Pale yellow body with a slight hint of gold. Sheer clarity lends a thin look to the body but the soft white head rescues a decent presentation. Intermediate streamers are constant but there are not many of them.

Nose: Corn is definitely easily extracted from the aromas, yet I didn’t find too much trace of it in the rest of the brew.

Taste: Starts with a malty beginning, but the middle has a nice balanced crisp bitterness that rises in the finish. Sharp at times, soft and gentle at others. Lingering bitterness on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with some creamy aspects. Light body but it is very clean with a nice refreshing crispness.

Drinkability: The clean lines and bitter balanced malt sweetness make this a nice drinker. It also has a very refreshing quality. Could well be an easy going Session brew on hot days.

Overall: A solid craft interpretation of an old style, much better than the modern day legacy. I am not sure exactly what the date refers to specifically, but I do know that this is a pre-prohibition style lager. I first tried this at the Stone 9th Anniversary Party and I enjoyed it then also. Nicely done.

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear light orange-yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, corn flakes, and some sweet/sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hoppy flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lightly sweetish corn aroma to it, but it is backed by a solid maltiness as well. The taste is sweet, smooth an creamy. The finish then abruptly kicks in with a solid hit of bitterness that nicely balances the front of this beer. This is quite a good commercial example, it is sharp and biting yet smooth and creamy, with a hint of clean sweetness to it. This is quite enjoyable, and I wish there where more commercial example of this style out there.

Gueuzedude, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Father's Office in Santa Monica for around six dollars, have seen this many times and finally decided to try it

A-Medium orange color with some amber tint, thin creamy 1/2 inch white head that lasted a few minutes, some retention, no lacing
S-Wheat, corn husks, whole grains, mild hops, very soft malt, grassy accents, small amount of spice, lemon, and toasted bread
T-Starts off with a slightly sweet taste, mostly doughy bread though, the middle is made up of cornmeal and malt, slight hop presence in the finish but still malty and crisp, I taste some vanilla later on once it warms to add to the sweet variety, not too dry or sweet any point, nice and easy to drink
M-Crisp, grainy, and refreshing mouthfeel, thin to medium body, good strong level of carbonation, taste does not linger long but that is expected with this style
D-Goes down really easy, alcohol has to be pretty low, it seems like it is anyways, my guess would be somehwere around five or six percent, light on the stomach and smooth

Craftsman is a solid brewery and this is a pretty good representation of this style, this is pretty much their staple from what I have seen, it seems to be everywhere their beer is on draught, would drink again, something light and refreshing, worth trying

Floydster, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Fathers Office

A: Very pale clover honey color. Clean and clear with some bubble movement in the base of the glass. Head is there but not stellar, greenish tint with a slight frothy nature.

S: Green apple, white corn and fresh grass clippings

T: Begins lightly fruity and malted with notes of green grape, yellow apple and melon. Quickly moves to a nutty persona, sun flowers seeds come to mind. Bready nature becomas apparent and a pronounced peanut butter taste comes in focus. Finishes lightly hopped but very much toasted bread with peanut butter aspects. Aftertaste is fresh malted grains.

M: Medium body, smooth consistency.

D: This seriously tastes like peanut butter toast at times. Interesting brew.

Westsidethreat, Nov 27, 2006
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Craftsman 1903 from Craftsman Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.