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Tarnation California-Style Lager - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Tarnation California-Style LagerTarnation California-Style Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 03-04-2014)
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-14-2014 01:34:17 | More by metter98
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-24-2014 00:46:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting Steam Lager from a can. Could be interesting, esp for a hot summer day like today. Bottom has a code on it, but no legible date, that's just as annoying as nothing.

Pours a huge frothy head that forces me to stop pouring early, hits 2+ fingers but fades back fairly quickly at least, decent spotty lacing, a clear but sediment laden nectar orange color, plumb of bubbles streaming up.

Nose is fairly steam-esque, a light doughy lager malt, light golden malts and toastiness, light and aromatic malts, with a little grassy hop kick to it, and a bit of a crisp slightly fruity lager note.

Taste brings more of the same, a coppery like malt, little toasty and doughy, with some almost but not quite grainy lager malts, mild straw, etc. That starts to wane as big hops kick in, mostly grassy and leafy, little herbal earthy as well, quite bitter dominating over the light crisp lager underneath. Finish is dry and crisp but big bitter grassy almost spicy hops, little herbal and earthy still, long lingering bitter finish.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall not bad, I do like the malt base, and aroma is decent, but the hops turn up a bit too much on the taste for a nice lager, at least in this case it just overpowers it, something like American Darling they go well as the lager and malts are stronger and they balance, this just goes a little overboard on the hops. Still a nice crisp enjoyable summer lager.

Serving type: can

07-13-2014 16:18:13 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chunky white head. Copper amber color and clear. Plenty of ring lace with a couple clumpy areas.

Caramel aroma from the toasted malt. Low hop nose.

The taste is better balanced--the hop is far more pronounced. Dry finish but with a caramel overtone. The aftertaste is biting and bitter, but not long lasting. Full body but the carbonation is high as well.

Serving type: can

06-27-2014 18:51:49 | More by smcolw
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal-clear, copper coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation, and a bubbly, fluffy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of toasted grains, subtle toffee sweetness, and roasted notes throughout. Flavors are roasted caramel sweetness forward, with an underlying hops bitterness and roasted character. Richly sweet throughout, on a slick, mid-body. The aftertaste is roasted, as well, with a sweet caramel characteristic, and some nutty notes mixed in. Clean, smooth finish. More body than what I would expect from the style, but damn tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-16-2014 03:13:09 | More by GarthDanielson
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

07-28-2014 02:00:04 | More by wrightst
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can marked 03-31-14. Whether that is a canning date or an expiration date is unclear but I sampled it on April 19, 2014.

Handsome looking medium amber-copper color with a lingering cream colored head and good clarity.

The aroma has some caramel malt elements and a clean crisp hop character like a standard lager but beyond that it is fairly non-descriptive.

Medium, smooth body.

The taste has a bit more character than the nose with the same caramel maltiness but a decent bitter and dry finish. Drinkable for certain.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 21:02:41 | More by puboflyons
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light, clear orange. White head that wisps away over time. Soft lacing. Was expecting it to be more yellow but I enjoy this color.

S-Lively lager yeast. Mostly malty besides that. A hint of floral hops. Very good representation of the Common Beer, at least in the nose.

T-Pretty tasty and vibrant. The flavor pops. Tangy lager yeast with some caramel. Bread crust maltiness. Light, floral hops in the back.

M-Quite drinkable. Well carbonated. Would be an easy beer to session.

O-Common Beer's have never been my cup of tea but this one is different. I've only had a few of the style butt his one is probably my favorite.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 18:35:03 | More by VelvetExtract
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- 12oz can poured to a pint glass with a lightly hazed, pale amber body. A cap rises to the top of the beer with a thick, creamy texture. The head reaches about two fingers with great retention and reaches ring status after quite some time. Lacing covers most of the glass in webs and sheets.

S- The aroma consists of a moderate dose of Northern Brewer hops, light toasted caramel grains and some light fruits. The hops are woody, earthy and herbal like mint just a bit.

T- Moderate hop flavors from the style signature Northern Brewer varietal. Overall they are earthy, herbal, floral and somewhat minty. Malts match the hop strength with light caramel, toasted, sweetness and a hint of nutty grains. Light apple fruits on the back end.

MF- Light, crisp body that has a fairly creamy texture when agitated. Carbonation is at a high end level supporting the flavors present. Low-medium bitterness on the palate in the finish.

A nice balance is found between the earthy hops and toasted caramel grains. Very crisp and one that can be quaffed. Nice to see someone brewing a Steam Beer in New England.

Serving type: can

04-25-2014 03:33:57 | More by cbutova
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-01-2014 12:02:28 | More by petermethot
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-18-2014 01:05:44 | More by donkeyrunner
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-23-2014 18:43:33 | More by Rekrule
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-24-2014 22:08:50 | More by PatGreer
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-04-2014 20:23:16 | More by BEERMILER12
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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-22-2014 00:57:58 | More by Auror
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dunix

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-19-2014 18:01:16 | More by dunix
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-07-2014 00:26:39 | More by rderedin
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-11-2014 20:44:20 | More by smutty33
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-07-2014 03:39:54 | More by jwps214
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can

A) Pours with a two finger head. Tight and creamy foam. Bronze colored body, nearly clear.
S) Subtle hints of caramel, citrus and pine. Not overly aromatic.
T) Pleasant malty notes. Slightly astringent grainy taste. Some fruity tones-apple with a grapefruit rind finish.
M) Crisp carbonation. Medium-light body.
O) A decent brew. I'd drink another one.

Serving type: can

05-21-2014 23:56:42 | More by u2carew
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-15-2014 16:59:30 | More by ChrisL24481
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dasenebler

Maine

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

5/18/14
Baxter Tarnation
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
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hopley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-07-2014 03:26:43 | More by hopley
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-27-2014 15:57:01 | More by Dizzy242
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braican

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-07-2014 12:47:06 | More by braican
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Tarnation California-Style Lager from Baxter Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.