Tarnation California-Style Lager - Baxter Brewing Co.
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2.25/5 rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Served from the can and poured into a 12 oz mug. The appearance is golden/red and very clear. The aroma is very much sweet without a hop note to be found. The mouth feel is crisp and carbonated. The taste is where this beer goes down hill; it is an absolute malt bomb with little encouraging me to open the next can from the 6 pack.
Serving type: can
03-21-2014 00:51:03 | More by BeerBouncer
3.33/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12oz can, date not legible
Pours a clear, deep gold. One-finger foamy head, average lacing. Nice color. (4)
Aroma is yeasty, lightly fruity with subtle ethyl acetate. Caramel malt. (3)
Flavor is malty and balanced, leaning a bit towards the sweet. Biscuity malt, caramel sweetness, nice Bock-like malt profile. Finish is clean, with lingering herbal bitterness. Hop flavor is in the background, some spicy and tea-like character. Mouthfeel is medium body, with medium-low carbonation. (3.5, 3.5)
Overall a pretty clean, solid offering from Baxter, definitely better than most of their stuff. Ends up being a bit too sweet and lacking crispness towards the end of the pint. (3)
Serving type: can
05-18-2014 22:35:04 | More by dasenebler
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
The beer pours a creamy, very light amber/rich golden color with a silky, off-white head of medium-sized bubbles. In body, the beer is clean and translucent, with just a slight haze from the beer’s rich coloring. Bubbles are a constant fixture within the beer, and punch towards the surface with quite a lot of tenacity, keeping the head rocky at about a fourth of a finger’s width. The head leaves some nice fluffy lacing as it moves down the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of caramel, cream corn, slight cider, herbal hops, and a finish of sweet bread. The cream corn is a little strong in the nose, but not off-putting. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a bitter back finish that balances out the beer. There is a little earthiness in the beer, adding slight complexity, but really this is a simple sweet and bitter beer. In flavor, it tastes of cream corn, crackers, soft caramel, and very faint watermelon. These flavors slide into a finish of herbal and grassy bitter hops that blend and mellow the sweetness, leaving a slight metallic twinge on the finish and aftertaste. Again, the DMS seems a little high in the initial sip, though it’s nicely drinkable and inoffensive. As you drink more of the beer, the bitters tend to grow and provide a nice bite that covers up much of the cream corn character. In the mouth, the beer feels light bodied with just a little gelling. The carbonation is fluffy and full, and the mouthfeel is silky (nearly syrupy) with a nice little crispness on the finish. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly wet, but fairly neutral, making it perfect for another sip. From the can I detect little to know change in the drinking experience, aside from the slight metallic bite, which is actually quite pleasant in this particular beer. Overall, the beer is refreshing and simple. The DMS is a little high, but still manageable, and the flavors are all inoffensive. I’d place this a step above the Adjunct Lagers. It’s easy to drink, refreshing, and mild in flavor. Not a bad beer, but not amazing either. A nice, simple (almost) session lager.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2014 17:43:52 | More by Maxwell
Tarnation California-Style Lager from Baxter Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.