Lawnmower Lager
Caldera Brewing Company

Lawnmower LagerLawnmower Lager
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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #15
ABV:
3.9%
Score:
73
Ranked #46,604
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 18.69%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
136
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Caldera Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
73
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a lager glass.
The appearance was a fairly copper/bronzed yellow color with a thin sheet of white foamy head. This fell off fairly quick to barely leave any lace.
The aroma had some sweet corn and grassy hop content rolling into some crushed rice particles.
The flavor definitely leaned towards the sweet side. Rice to corn to grassy and then a touch of earthy dry character. Mild aftertaste of earthy character and sweet corn.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Good carbonation. Fairly smooth along my tongue. Mild finish of sticky sweet corn and earthy grassiness.
Overall, odd AAL, or at least to me, I can't say anything is "off" but I am left a bit perplexed on that finish. Maybe again.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear light yellow with little head and no lacing. Smells a bit champagne like with some earthy and spicy hop notes. Flavor has more of that champagne presence, a touch of corn like sweetness, and a bit of butter. Feel is light, mild carbonation, but smooth. Overall, exactly what you'd expect from a 3.9 beer called Lawnmower. Cheers!

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Photo of Isoruku
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A remarkably undistinguished "lager" with a rather sour undertaste. Unpleasant, unrewarding to drink, and not deserving of your attention. Why bother?

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Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two row, pilsner malt, rice, flaked barley, willamette hops. Very pale. Just gold . Like the twinkle in the sunrise. Malty rice scent is mostly neutral. Grass and biscuity. Drinks softly and creamy with a light malt. There is diacetyl. It's on the margin if it is too much. Buttery rice if it's too much. Soft biscuity flavor and the grass makes it just herbal. Light bubble. Very light in both texture and flavors. it tastes white not golden although it does have breaddiness or grainy texture.
As it warms shy hop pepper and a little bitterness to just tingle on the tongue. You can taste the rice prominently and it does not leave with any sour after taste. There is sulfur. I would say well done. Perhaps the rice is favorable to lighter beers in general. The only brewers I know of that have tried to use rice in a different style is a saison from stillwater and a tripel from the bruery. I like the idea of the rice saison.
The other thing rice does is it flattens so it favors the noble hop and its herbal. Two row is breaddy like pils malt but softer. Rice is neutral, a touch sweet and imo stemmy. Pils malt is crisp dry and has more breaddy or toasty quality than the other two. Flaked barley ( instead of oats - oats have been tried in the IPA to lighten body) as the specialty grain for head retention, gives grainy texture, creamy and used in dry stouts. This was not a corn AAL. It's the rice that had to agree to a slight bitterness or else you would bring out more flavors from it.

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Photo of woodchipper
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can "best by 02/06/17" to a Pilsner glass.
Foam Monster! Even pouring down the side of the glass, it foamed over with like a 4" head. It eventually laced the glass, but then dropped to a sad whisker-thin ring of white bubbles.
Sweet buttery hell, there is mild diacetyl in this, not a lot, but present in the nose. Of Course some may be due to the malt (only listed as two row). Hops are Willamette.
Taste is even sweeter and more buttery. Drinkable, but not something to buy again.

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Photo of stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very disappointing. A decent lager at best, but it’s supposed to be a premium lager. Cereal in aroma and taste, looks and feels like a mass market lager. Was hoping for something special.

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Photo of ricke49
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.9 abv was never more satisfying. Great as a good quencher, before moving onto something with a bit more heft and character. Classified as adjunct but only lists malted barley, hops, yeast and water as ingredients. Good malt base. Priced right.

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Photo of Neckhide
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buttered biscuit with honey flavor courtesy of pale malts and diacetyl. Corny and rubbery on the nose, sour notes of lager yeast below. A spritz of piney/earthy NW hops parenthesize the grainy finish.

Inexpensive, enjoyable, poundable, sessionable, refreshing. All the marks were hit for a lawnmower/bbq beer. More craft breweries should make a basic lager, whether it be adjunct based or reinheitsgebot. Caldera showed some finesse at a time when most microbreweries are throwing haymakers. Well done.

: best by 10/17/16

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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a clear mug.

Appearance: clear light-yellow hue with a moderate effervescence and a two-finger head of frothy white foam. The head doesn't stick around too long, although some lace is left on the glass. Looks like an AAL, that's for sure.

Smell: a light sweetness and a light graininess without a whole lot else to recommend it. There is a faint aroma of hops, perhaps noble in nature. Decent for the style, but not a lot going on.

Taste: grainy with a bit of sweetness, plus a light hop character and bitterness. Maybe not the best thing in the world, but really quite good for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and evanescent creaminess.

Overall: again, this beer is darn good for the style, and really can't be beat for drinkability.

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Photo of Hydrophobic
4.34/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear golden hinged yellow with a puffy cloud of white head out of a can into a tulip. Lines of small uniform carbonation march up the sides of the glass while larger, lazier bubbles meander through the middle. fantastic

grass, lemon, fresh grains and honey are on the nose.

Tasted like a good balance of flavors following the nose with an understated hop kick.

In the mouth an initial liveliness descends into a calm retirement, yet stays interesting. This is smooth but things are going on, good.

Overall, I could drink half a case of these in succession but still feel like I was maintaining certain beer quaffing sensibilities. A wonderful lager, good presentation, design, playful packaging and excellently crafted through and through.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel and fresh cut grass. Sweet caramel with a biscuity maltiness. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-05-17 in Gallatin, TN from a 12 oz can

A - Clear yellow with a 1.5 finger head that drops quickly leaving very little lace.

S - Cracker, yeast, grass, flowery. Quite nice.

T - Bread, grass, light lemon and some residual bitterness but less than a Pils.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Sparkly and dry.

O - I enjoyed this. Very thirst quenching after a 10-mile hike this morning. Doesn't taste like an adjunct beer. Very sessionable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh, man, the graphics on the CAN are sweet! I wish that I could share them with you. One of the unexpected pleasures of The CANQuest (tm) is how much better the graphics translate onto aluminum than paper labels. Funny, colorful, collectible and sharp all are adjectives which immediately come to mind. I had this at Garage in PHL, but they do not allow off-license sales so I had to score another for review.

From the CAN: "Go Biking [-] Go Rafting [-] Go Cut Some [-] Go Skiing [-] Go Fishing [-] Go Snowboarding"; "This Lager was Brewed and C[AN]ned by: Caldera Brewing Company Ashland, Oregon ... 'Live Product. Keep Cool, Just Like You'".

Wahoo! What a Crack! It might be live, but I am CANducting an inverted Glug all the same! Man, I was getting a lot of foaming, so I backed off, still creating three-plus fingers of puffy, cloud-like, bone-white head that fell like my HomeEc souffle when a bone-head football player slammed the oven door shut. Geez, Louise! I still tear up thinking about that potential masterpiece. This was also a masterpiece. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity and beyond. I was taking X-rays of my hands and feet until the Doc told me to stop. Nose was ... Adjunct?!? Who says?!? Cry Bulls**t and let slip the CANs of war! This had the crisp, malty sweetness of a German Pilsner or at the very least, a clean Lager. Adjunct?!? Adjunct-frei! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was clean, very malt-driven, but biscuity with a slight sulfuric twang. Adjunct?!? F**k the hell off, you punter! Finish was clean, semi-dry, refreshing and a welcome addition to my Sunday. If this is what they drink to acCANpony mowing their lawn, I am moving to OreCAN this summer!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours a finger of head on a clear golden body.
The aroma is a nice dry grain smell.
The taste is a mild to moderate pine bitterness, slowly moves to a honey sweet finish. Great profile.
The texture is crisp and a little fizzy.
An excellent lager.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%

Sent to me from 302BeerGuy, thanks Kevin!

Appearance (4.25) : For a lager, it's world class. A fluffy, creamy, pillowy head about three fingers tall that gradually descends and sets at about 1 finger. The body is a straw color but it's more like a chardonnay, it's classy. Lacing left on the glass as the head goes away.

Aroma (3.25) : Hop, malt, barley. Some straw. Not incredible but hey, it's a lager.

Taste (3.75) : Pretty delicious. Lots of hop and yeast action going on. It starts out with a malty and hoppy bite, and moves towards a more robust malt body with a rush of yeast. The yeast finishes out the taste with a semi-dry finish. I can't really pinpoint any flavors, I mean...it's mostly just hop and malt, but it's done nicely.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy. Medium bodied. Carbonated. Semi-Dry finish.

Overall (3.84) : This lager will impress you. It's a nice departure from B/M/C land and gives you a healthy dose of hops and a yeasty finish. Try it, just try it!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear light golden body, white fizzy head with moderate retention, decent lacing.

Aroma: Malt sweetness and grains up front, a little dry grass on the back end.

Taste: The malty backbone is dressed in dry grasses and some almost honey-like sweet notes with a tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat cream considering the ABV.

Overall: I sort of liked this more and more as I drank it and picked out the subtle qualities.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, raw grain, biscuit, and slight grass aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, grass, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very 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 an above average beer that is drinkable but fairly boring and forgettable in my opinion.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Huffs
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice full head with great retention and decent lacing. Nice golden, straw cooler. Aroma was light with notes of grain and grass. Taste was grainy and mild with some light hop notes. Mouthfeel was light with a slight bitter aftertaste. Great beer for what it's advertised to be.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have decent retention. The head is pure, cotton-white while the body is a pale straw that shows hints of golden straw when held up to the light. A considerable amount of lacing, not great.

Nose- Has a bit more presence that a lot of the beers in its style. Light fruitiness, mostly soft apple- not exactly green. Big touches of grain that move into cereal and cornflakes. Seems softer but more apparent than many in the style.

Taste- Starts of with lots of grain which moves into cornflakes and cereal. A light chalkiness followed by little notes of apple in the middle which then turn back to the grain and cornflakes. Has much of the typical “beer” flavor profile but doesn't have much of the linger problems. Most AALs' aftertastes tend to trigger a little big of gag reflex for me but his one is pretty smooth. Granted it doesn't taste like much of anything but it is a pretty good take on the style. I even drank a couple somewhat warm ones the other day without much problem. I'm inclined to rate it as above average because of this. May be the highest rating I've ever given an AAL. The tinge of apple, the DMS, works pretty well with the grain and cornflakes. I just wonder if Caldera is as consistent as the big boys. I might have to try it some other time just to see. Light vinosity, some white grape. But not at all cloying as can be the case in some AALs. Maybe the faintest hints of what might be Noble hops- slight chalk, a touch of spice, but nothing terribly discernable.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with appropriate carbonation, even a little light for the style. Not real carbonic touches. Slightly smooth. Probably the best mouthfeel I've ever had in this style. Dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and sessionable. Hints at being crisp. Runs about 5.50-6 bucks Comparable to the macros but much better. I could see myself grabbing this again if I wanted some beer soda around after I drink some bigger beers.

Overall- Above average beer which is a very good example of the AAL style. Some would give this between a 4 and 5 on the basis of this but I factor in both a beer's strength within its style and compared to all other beers. Really good AAL but just above average beer. Does exactly what it should. Worth a try and something I might buy again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a one-finger head into my glass. I was intrigued enough by the name as I've heard the term thrown around to describe adjunct lagers.

Wow. VERY crisp in the nose. Sweet too. It helps that it's well-carbonated as well.

It's a little spicy upfront with only a touch of hops and buttery malt.

The mouthfeel is where the light body seems to work against it. It's too light and a tad bland. Otherwise, no harsh flavors.

Why drink an adjunct when you can have this on a hot day? It definitely fits the term.

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Photo of brentk56
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw color with a very nice head that leaves a bunch of lace

Smell: A little grainy, a little sweet but not very much aroma at all

Taste: Tastes like the aroma; very clean with a slightly grainy character that intersperses with the slightly sweet malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderately high carbonation

Overall: Nothing to get too excited about here - a beer clearly brewed with the mass market in mind; more power to them if they can crack it with this one

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Photo of KajII
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a clear pale yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that diminished rapidly, down to a sparse film with a very small collar and some poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, a mild grassy hop and a soapy yeast with a strong adjunct odor (rice and grain).

The taste was lightly acidic and had a light mild sweetness throughout with an ever so light bitterness at the end. The flavor lasted an average time with a mild grainy Lager taste left to linger for a short time longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a solid medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty basic tasting Lager, that is nice and low in alcohol and light enough not to fill you up. In other words, a great session beer that would be a good addition to a hot days beer selection...

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, straw gold color. Creamy, smooth, white head typical of the style. Average retention leaving minimal lace.

S - Really nice aroma. Pretty nice, bready malt aroma. Touch of honey sweetness. Floral and tea like hops. Sweet, balanced and flavorful aroma.

T - Huge letdown from the nose. Grainy, corny malt flavor. Pretty tame flavor. Hints of floral hops. Disappointing given the smell.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp and light.

D - Easy to drink but it doesn't make me want to drink more.

Notes: Great smelling lager, but it lets down on taste. Better than macro adjunct lagers but not significantly. I guess as it says on the label, it's just beer. Not great but it does the job for a lawnmower beer I guess.

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Photo of Docer
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- Nice clear straw yellow lager, rather bubbly. Finger of white foaming head quickly dissipated to a thin spotty layer over the brew. Not bad.

Smell: (3.5)

- Does seem to have a nice creamy biscuity malt flavor. Nice pine and grassy hops are certainly present. This smells like a full on 6% abv lager. Liking the grainy notes.

Taste: (3.0)

- This is a simple grainy and somewhat bready lager. It's light, grassy, with a slight lager tart finish. It's simple, solid, and has the nice flavor of a heavier abv beer. Really not bad.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

-This has an initial dry approach, hits slightly chewy in the middle, and finishes tart which makes the mouth water. It's a light bodied beer, and drinks very well.. well carbonated.

Overall: (3.5)

- This is a solid session beer. I won't get geeky and say you can never chill a beer to fridge temps, but this is nice rather cold. Refreshing for an early day beer. Worth the try!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not moving the lawn, I need something to wash down chili. Ok, on to the beer:

Looks like a fizzy yellow beer. The head dissipates quickly, huge bubbles run through the glass, the the beer's color is pale yellow and quite filtered. But whole it has the character of a fizzy yellow type in its nose, at least it has an appealing aroma. There's some straw, a moderate corn sweetness, a bit of grassy hops, so it's not all bad.

Light in flavor like a Bud Light, however the flavor itself doesn't suck. Little flavors of grass and graham cracker emerge along with traces of adjunctiness. There's a big bite of carbonation which helps give the beer a clean finish.

This is a beer to go for when you're not looking for a large rush of flavor. This is a beer that's good for refreshment. I like the low 3.9% ABV level and its easy character, and in this case, it works.

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Lawnmower Lager from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 136 ratings