Zymaster Series No. 1: California Lager | Anchor Brewing Company

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Zymaster Series No. 1: California LagerZymaster Series No. 1: California Lager
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Zymaster Series No. 1: California LagerZymaster Series No. 1: California Lager

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 06-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ. bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- has a strong sweet aroma with a backdrop of grass and hops
Appearance- pours a golden orange color with a thick white head.
Taste- Crisp barley flavored beer with some spice thrown in.
Palate- a dry beer with that is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall- a really good beer from Anchor, not as good as their Anchor Steam or Porter offerings but worth a try.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale golden-straw color, nice white head with good retention, leaves some lacing.

S: Aroma of grains, slightly sweet with hint of citrus.

T: taste as expected in a good lager with yeasty grains, sweet malt and finishes dry with a slight bitterness.

M: Clean & crisp mouthfeel, moderate carbonation - very pleasant.

O: Very refreshing beer. One of my favorite lagers.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped with something that looks like 1-FL. Sampled on May 31, 2014.

The pour is basically light amber to pale yellow with a big white head and loads of carbonation leading up to it.

The aroma is alive with toasted biscuit, malts, sweetness, and a quick hop bite.

Light to medium body

The taste is very traditional and meets the style right on. Good malty sweetness and mild bitterness at the end. I liked it.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I Picked this up at Whole foods in Fremont, CA, enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is resplendent golden with quick moving bubbles of small carbonation rising to a thick collar of off white foam with fine bead, lace clings in a thick film with great retention. The smell is faintly floral with a yeasty almost skunky aroma but it has a good amount of malt in the smell along with a mild pine/pepper hop odor it has the slight sweet aroma combined with a czech pils yeast accent. The feel is great moderately bitter with a good amount of carbonation and slight sweet back note with clean and dry body with moderately full feel for the strength.

The flavor is very good, hops dominate with a slight pine-like bitter quality but sufficient malt is there to taste with slight sweet and toasted grain flavor, the yeast kind of hampers the taste with some floral hops coming in toward the finish with mostly dry pilsner malt quality adding to the overall perception. I like this but was not expecting anything and it is pretty drinkable for the style so for the 1.75 price I think this is a pretty decent beer if you like pale lagers with some hop flavor.

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Photo of jj139
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden straw color with about 1/2 finger of an off-white head. Just a few streaks of lacing.

S - Very shy nose of grain with hints of citrus

T - Grain, yeast with a slight malt sweetness.

M - Clean, dry and very refreshing with moderation carbonation.

O - Very easy to drink. I love the idea behind Anchor using an old California Lager recipe.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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Zymaster Series No. 1: California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 34 ratings