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Lawnmower Lager | Caldera Brewing Company

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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

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Added by freed on 12-22-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,510
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
128
pDev:
19.22%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of InstantBeer
5/5  rDev +50.2%

Good flavor. Crisp and refreshing

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.71/5  rDev +41.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
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 J_Snax
4.36/5  rDev +30.9%
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!

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Photo of Hydrophobic
4.34/5  rDev +30.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
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 +20.1%
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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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Neckhide
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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 foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Elimination
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Bruschuk
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect for the Beach!

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Photo of Spikester
3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
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 +18%
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 Devehf
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%

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 +15%
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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Lawnmower Lager from Caldera Brewing Company
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