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Lawnmower Lager | Caldera Brewing Company

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Lawnmower LagerLawnmower Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
calderabrewing.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by freed on 12-22-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
120
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
36.84%
 
 
Wants:
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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Saw this at the store for a great price (2 bucks for a 22oz bottle) and picked it up.

A- A clear pale straw yellow, very clear and clean. Very little head but then again most beers of this style don't have much head so in comparison to the style it is good.

S- This has your typical lager yeast smell. There is a bready, earthy, grainy and gritty smell. Very rounded and bold smells in terms of beer of this style.

T- The beer is crisp and refreshing. I'm getting a big grain taste that is like chewing on the top of a barley stalk. More like the smell of when a grain truck dumps its freshly harvested barley load into the grain grate to be weighed and priced, take that smell and put it as a taste and that's what I'm getting. There is a subtle sweet honey taste that is coming though and adds a nice level of flavor. There is actually a nice complexity going on with this beer, especially when you are comparing it to other beers of the style.

M- Good mouthfeel, nice carbination and a very light body.

D- Easy to drink, the name of the beer fits very well. I would drink this after working out in the yard no prob. This is clean but not BMC clean. It's more like clean but in a dirty glass type clean.

Lagers are not my favorite styles of beer. But one thing I've found is that the flavors are more subtle then other styles. Many craft lagers get a bad wrap because of BMC lagers and how many people are so against them here on BA. I rated this beer based on its style, and for its style it is very well done and tasty. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Hydrophobic
4.34/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

YES! More craft brewers need to adjunct their beer. The lacing has staying power, though the haze on the yellow is distracting. This lager packs a yeasty, grassy aroma. Crisp and a bit slick, obvious light body. Fresh- cut grass and nutty yeast coat the palate; hops are fresh with ample bitterness and a good amount of flavor, which brings this beer up a few notches. The maltiness is a bit light, but right where it's supposed to be. Flavor overrides cleanliness. Very drinkable as well.

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Photo of Neckhide
4/5  rDev +17%
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 Spikester
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of ricke49
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%

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 Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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 Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%

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 Tucquan
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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 zoso1967
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear very light yellow with strong carbonation but a weak head. The aroma is sweet, non-descript malt with just a touch of grassy hops and some graininess. The flavor is quite similar with pale malt sweetness, some grassy herbal hops, clean yeast, grainy notes and a surprising amount of bitterness. I have to say that the flavor is pretty disappointing, even for this style, though the dryness does give it some merit. Mouthfeel is not just light, but watery. It has a nice dry finish and is very quaffable, and holds up alright when compared to other beers in this category, but I think there are better options.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a clear straw yellow body with a small vanilla head that quickly drops into some scattered lacing.

Aroma has some crackery malt and a hint of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a spritzy carbonation.

Taste is dominated by a crackery pilsner type maltiness that is balanced by a dry grassy and floral hoppiness. Reminds me of kolsch.

Unpretentious and unoffensive. A decent lawn mower beer, I suppose.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at Brewforia on the way home from work. Poured into my big Shorts Imperial Pint (thanks Kevin).

Foamy 1" white head dies back into nice lacing... no real retention though... okay cap... the brew is very pale golden with seemingly a lite haze of some sort.

Clean grains... little else.. a bit husky and traces of sulfur if I really concentrate.

Again... very clean.... pale malts... a bit doughy.

Slightly better than expected body and carbonation.

Meh... okay I guess... good for what it is... tastes pretty fresh and crisp.

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/4.5

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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 artoolemomo
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Huffs
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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 flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 DoubleJ
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of Docer
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%

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 philbe311
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Two plus fingers of big chunky fizzy effervescent pure white head... Pretty impressive retention, especially by Adjunct Lager standards... An extremely pale slightly hazy golden straw color... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation swirls throughout...

S - Cracker... Cereal... Doughy... Grainy... A touch of honey and a kiss of lemon...

T - Dominated by pale malts... Bready... Grainy... Cracker... Lemon zest... Just the slightest presence of honey... Just an allusion of light pilsneresque hops...

M - Medium bodied... A muted carbonation bite... Slightly chewy... Crisp... Mildly refreshing...

D - Quaffable... Nothing to write home about, but slightly more drinkable than your average Adjunct Lagers.... As simple and straight forward as they come... Doesn't challenge the palette or any of the senses, but every once in a while that's okay...

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Reidrover
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Slight aroma of bread, light whiffs of cheese for some reason. Ugly looking beer..insipid pee colour..least the small white head hangs around. Taste papery, bread, some lemongrass. Really very little to it Macro-lager palate to it..average. Overall pretty bad stuff here.' Get a 40 of MHL or PBR save you money.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a pale yellow, soft white head, fairly good retention per the style.

S: Some grainy malt notes, light hops, mild inoffensive nose.

T: Direct pilsner esque barley malt flavour, light hopping. Again, mild but the malt flavour is good.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, very clean, refreshing.

D: A solid pale lager, not as much flavour as I wanted, maybe akin to Full Sail Session is what I was looking for. As an innocuous easy drinking lager it did its job.

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Lawnmower Lager from Caldera Brewing Company
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