California Dry Hop Lager
Sudwerk Brewing Company

California Dry Hop LagerCalifornia Dry Hop Lager
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Style:
Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #24
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Ranked #38,995
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 10.35%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
82
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Sudwerk Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Year-round
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in the summer of 2017.

Pours that golden yellow color most familiar as beer. 1/2" white head. Good retention for something dry hopped, the clarity was nice to look through as well. The dry hopping appears to be related to normal lager hops, i.e. noble/saaz. Lager yeast detectable too.

Taste pushes a higher end bitterness for style. Dry hopping seems to have been all/mostly bittering hops. Not really sure about the Dortmunder designation, seemed this one went with hops, whereas that style is more malt forward than this. Could also be the crisp carbonation in the mouth feel pushing this review in that direction. Good light metallic, grassiness and slight pine element to it. I would have thought this a pilsner before a Dortmunder. Not a lot of familiarity with it, but just thought there was too much going on here that wasn't sweet maltcentric like a Dortmunder has been in my experience.

Aug 10, 2020
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JLaw55 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and easy drinking, with a fairly assertive hop bite on the finish. Little sudsy on the body and initial sip. Fair amount of grain in the middle. All in all not bad.

Apr 16, 2019
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the_awesometeer from California

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is golden with a head that disappeared very quickly. Nice carbonation. All i could smell was floral hops. The taste was a mix of citrus and pine hop flavors. The malt flavor was overwhelmed by the hops. The beer is light but very refreshing.

Jun 16, 2017
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Absolut from California

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Head disappears quickly.

Smells of fruity hops and breads malt

Clean taste with a bit of hop flavor. Crisp and clean.

Dec 19, 2016
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jmd1978 from Missouri

2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pale golden color light head. Nose fruit, sweet malts, hops, little grassy and bready. Taste a tad skunky (maybe an old bottle), sweet dried fruits and caramel, pepper. Clean lager finish. It's an ok lager much more flavor than macros but being an ale and stout guy it underwhelmed me. Would try again in case the bottle was past its prime.

Aug 13, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus, slight yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of alcohol, and hops. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager, not necessarily a Dortmunder / Export Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus, yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, refreshing and very well balanced.

Nov 06, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent bronze with a pinky of cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & floral hops

T: Follows the nose, also some dryness up front. Grassyness, limes, slight graininess & dryness as this warms. Finishes with a bit of crispness, grassiness, lemons & slight grainyness

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, slightly off style, but enjoyable none the less

Sep 05, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden yellow with a small, white head of foam. It smelled floral and herbal with hints of caramel. Sweet toasted caramel and citrus taste with a hint of bitterness.

Aug 31, 2015
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UncleEmu from Hawaii

2.49/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sudwek Dry Hop Lager
serving type: kolsch glass, draft but a terrible pour at California Craft Beer, Fremont, CA (May 2014)

A: Golden, weak head

S: Greeny hops, not much else

T: Hops followed by sweat, bready malts. Some biscuit and sourdough. Nothing quite works well together.

M: Highly carbonated, light, appropriate for style

O: Just not good. Weirdly and poorly done

Jul 28, 2015
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Short almost white head. Body is pretty standard wheat colored gold. Nose has some citrus zest wheat and cleaning solution. The taste is clean and crisp with some citrus rind. Hope don't really shine through. This is a very nice summer lager.

Jul 24, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Sudwerk Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy of white head that settles but lingers on top and laces well.

S: Light citrus hops, a bit grassy, some herbal notes, and light cracker malt.

T: Light citrus, mostly lemon, a bit grassy, some herbal and pine notes, hint of fruitiness, and light crackery malt.

M: A bit more towards the medium end of light body, moderate carbonation, fairly crisp.

O: This one's not bad. It's got some nice bitterness and is pretty refreshing as a lawn mower beer.

Mar 20, 2015
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chrisjws from California

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a pint glass. No apparent freshness date, beer person at Whole Foods said it had been received in the last few weeks.

A: Golden color. Nice clear appearance without any haze. Regular carbonation with two fingers of head, settling down to half a finger. Patchy lacing around the glass during consumption.

S: Hops are very apparent on the head, as well as some malt sweetness with notes of crackers. Citrusy, lemony scents are most apparent in the hops. Some herbal is apparent as well.

T: Slight bitterness upfront. I have a hard time gauging bitterness in some beers given my penchant for high IBU IPAs. A lot of citrus and pine in the flavor with a dry finish and pine lingering in the aftertaste. Slight sweetness appears to be coming from the malt.

M: Not a lot of body, carbonation is very apparent.

O: An American take on a German style. Maintained the softness of a helles while adding a nice hoppy punch to the flavor.

Dec 31, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't improve on McStagger's review. It is an interesting clash of styles and flavors. I'd say it's quite drinkable, though, and an interesting kind of light beer that is well worth a try. Sharp and pleasantly carbonated. A picnic beer with a big dose of hops. Fruity and limey aroma.

Handsome clear amber in the glass with a modest foam. What I call the browned biscuit taste is quite intense. Lime and a touch of lemon. Woody and quite bitter at the finish. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Oct 03, 2014
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McStagger from California

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich golden color. Much darker than your standard pale lager. Two fingers of slight off white head. Vigorous carbonation, with moderate/large bubbles racing to the surface.

S: Hoppy. Leafy, herbal, citrus. Big time lemon, getting notes of...pine? That doesn't seem right. Not much malt, but there is a mildly crackery backdrop.

T: Big bitterness up front. Kinda nondescript. Hints of citrus, pine and herbal. Middle of the mouth picks up malt notes, but these are grain dominant. Picks up notes of green grape here. Finish resumes with the same hop bitternes. Finishes very dry and with a noticeable herbal/pine bitterness. Very lean and hop dominant.

M: Light bodied. Carbonation prickles the tongue.

O: This is a decent take on the style. Still not sure how much I like new world hops working with German style lagers. Seems a bit discordant and unbalanced.

Sep 20, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grain, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a 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 a pretty good beer with a solid dry hopped flavor that makes this one easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

Sep 15, 2014
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a huge sudsy detergent-like head that reduces to 3/8" and patchy lacing. Color is deep golden. Aroma is malty honey sweetness and grassy, herbal hops. Flavor is light pilsner and biscuit malt notes and sweet white wine and grassy/citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is light and "smooth". Overall a tasty lager with good hop flavors.

May 09, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured half finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is lemon, grapefruit and a little floral.
The taste is moderate grapefruit bitterness, a touch metallic. Good balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable.

Sep 28, 2013
California Dry Hop Lager from Sudwerk Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 82 ratings