Lawnmower Lager
Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #59
Ranked #29,008
3.34 | pDev: 18.86%
Mar 20, 2021
Dec 22, 2004
Lawnmower LagerLawnmower Lager
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Ratings by Spikester:
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Reviewed by Spikester from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours clear gold with one finger of fluffy white head. Minor lacing. Aroma is slightly corny, some bread from the yeast. Taste is malty and just a hint of hop bitterness. Clean and full bodied for the style. Moderate carbonation. Clean, sweet, and some mild bitterness in the finish. Served a bit warmer than the style calls for. Still prefer Full Sail Session beer for mowing lawns but if Caldera were to can this beer I would drink some on a hot day by the pool or mowing the yard. I like the fact that it is 3.9% abv. Good beer for such a low alcohol content. Really a "light lager". And in that category it is a winner. I paid $3.09 for a bomber which is too expensive for lawnmower beer. Let's see if they can this brew. I would buy it over the macros if it was about $5.99 a sixer.
Update 4/12/2014: Bought this in a six pack of cans. Paid $6.49 minus 10% senior discount.
So Caldera must have read my review! So this canned version is even better then the bottled bomber version. I poured this about 10 minutes ago and it still has a cap of head. Good amount of lace for the style. Best lawnmower beer in the USA!
Apr 08, 2010
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Reviewed by DrMullet from Florida

3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear medium yellow with a minimal head that lingers.
Smell is grass and lemon with some malt sweetness.
Taste is grain and corn. Faint grape taste in the finish.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 3.48 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 3.29 by MobBarley from Oregon

Mar 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.54/5  rDev +6%
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.
Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by adam36 from Illinois

Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 3.48 by GuitarIPA from Connecticut

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 2.88 by Seamck333 from Oregon

Dec 19, 2018
Rated: 3.31 by warrenc from Oregon

Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 3.05 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Dec 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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!
Aug 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Isoruku from Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
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?
Jul 29, 2017
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Rated by bankboy66 from New Jersey

2.56/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Decent but unmemorable. Wouldn't buy again.
Jul 08, 2017
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Reviewed by utopiajane from New York

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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.
Jun 14, 2017
Rated: 3.44 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

Jun 04, 2017
Rated: 3.48 by rarigney from Washington

May 25, 2017
Rated: 3.39 by prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma

May 22, 2017
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Reviewed by woodchipper from Connecticut

2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
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.
Dec 11, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
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.
Sep 20, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Sep 16, 2016
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Rated by Bruschuk from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Perfect for the Beach!
Sep 07, 2016
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Reviewed by ricke49 from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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.
Aug 03, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 3.16 by hophugger from Virginia

Jun 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Neckhide from California

4/5  rDev +19.8%
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
May 24, 2016
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Rated by alexrichman from Oregon

2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
A nice looking beer but it's a diacetyl bomb. Nothing worse than a buttery beer :( Bottle ID LAWN/993.
Apr 14, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by devilmakesthree from Oregon

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 3.3 by datalager from Connecticut

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 3.31 by sd123 from Georgia

Dec 23, 2015
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Rated by Devehf from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Makes me feel like I've earned something when I'm done mowing the lawn.
Oct 10, 2015
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.
Aug 26, 2015
Rated: 3.28 by WheelsRule from Oregon

Jun 27, 2015
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Rated by MadeInOregon from California

4.71/5  rDev +41%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
adjunct lagers are usually cheap excuses for beer but this is just fantastic. could go head to head with any of the malty German or Czech pilsners.
Jun 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Hydrophobic from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +29.9%
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.
Jun 13, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Jun 13, 2015
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Rated by J_Snax from Washington

4.36/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
a really nice session beer for a hot day!!!good news...they are supposedly going to start canning their version of Kolsch!!cheers!
Jun 11, 2015
Rated: 3.37 by PVMT from New York

Jun 11, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jun 10, 2015
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev +6%
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.
May 19, 2015
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