California Lagers

Discussion in 'US - West' started by dvnbtn, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Congratulations. You have reached the top of all bottom-fermenting beers. It's all downhill from here
     
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  2. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (4,654) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    well-done, @lucius10! Did you pick up any other yummy treats from the source?

    About a few months ago, Death & Taxes and Reality Czech started showing up at my local Trader Joe's. And since the pandemic I've done 99% of my grocery shopping at a Trader Joe's or other grocery store in the area, so I'm glad to see these.
     
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  3. lucius10

    lucius10 Poo-Bah (2,183) Aug 1, 2017 California
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    Actually, even though I had their rice lager at the brewery and it was fantastic, for some unknown reason, I didn't pick up cans. I have been kicking myself ever since.

    But, I "tooootalllllly" redeemed myself by scoring the Mixed lager case this evening! https://moonlightbrewing.com/products/mixed-lagers-case?variant=35441365385288

    Reality Czeck, D&T, and Side of Rice!!!! Yessir!!! 8 cans of each! Yippee!!!
     
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  4. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (4,654) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    You can't go wrong with anything from Moonlight.
     
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  5. lucius10

    lucius10 Poo-Bah (2,183) Aug 1, 2017 California
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    From my limited lager experience, I totally agree! LOL!

    Although, thanks to recommendations from this thread and other BA'ers, I have tried some really good ones like this from Enegren!

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    And this one!
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  6. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,078) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Congrats @lucius10 , you just California lager'd with the best of them! Another really good pilsner in that area is Seismic Alluvium (I prefer it to Reality Czech, but that's a personal preference), they also make a black lager that's a little softer than D&T.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of lagerbier!
     
  7. lucius10

    lucius10 Poo-Bah (2,183) Aug 1, 2017 California
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    This was recommended by @bret27 in the ASB thread and I gave it a shot. This was a fantastic surprise coming from a brewery known for its hazy juice bombs and fruited sours!

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  8. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,990) Mar 10, 2009 California
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  9. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,335) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Another delicious offering from these guys. I thought it was an ipa. Taste like it. Got this one from my bro-n-law the other day.
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  10. BeerBaron666

    BeerBaron666 Aspirant (235) May 13, 2009 California
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    Ordered a case of the new batch of Edel Pils from Enegren and it's amazing
     
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  11. lucius10

    lucius10 Poo-Bah (2,183) Aug 1, 2017 California
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    I have been very impressed with most of Enegren's offerings...I had this last night! When I heard of smoked lagers or rauchbiers, I was thinking that the smokiness was going to be a general "light a fire" kind of smoke...not the smokehouse meaty savory kind of smoke! LOL! Who knew!?! I'm such a newb...

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  12. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Beachwood's new Barrels to Alsace "rustic pilsner" is delightful and absolutely crushable
     
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  13. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Aspirant (226) Jan 8, 2015 California

    No kidding? I don't shop that often at TJ's but a few months ago I was surprised to see two offerings from Enegren that I happily scooped up. The next time I went they had none. I have seen D&T a few times at the local WF.
     
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  14. Hype_Train

    Hype_Train Initiate (169) Feb 8, 2017 California

    The cellar has it in Whittier, gonna have to buy it all.
     
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  15. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (4,381) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Wish they sent Moonlight down South. Can’t Heineken do anything right?
     
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  16. 310gts

    310gts Initiate (69) Jun 22, 2018 California

    latest batch of crosbo is great! :beers:
     
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  17. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,078) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    New Glory - NGB Pils. Pretty OK. Has this sort of full, slick mouthfeel alongside prickly carbonation that isn't really doing it for me, and the flavor is a little to round. Enjoyable but it's not unseating any of my favorite pils
     
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  18. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (4,381) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Finally the first Enegren that I don’t like - Maibock. It’s not terrible, but it kind of has a Malt Liquor taste.
     
  19. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (4,667) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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    Does anyone remember Sierra Nevada'/Ballast Point Hoppy Lager..that was an awesome beer. Wish they would make it again
     
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  20. lucius10

    lucius10 Poo-Bah (2,183) Aug 1, 2017 California
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    Whoa...this is absolutely fantastic! One of my favorite hoppy lagers!

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  21. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,078) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I tell myself that I'm a real grown up and totally not an alcoholic because I haven't set up a weekly case delivery of they beer. I literally drank the first one I tried before I realized what was going on. I hadn't chugged a beer like that since I was a degenerate highschooler crashing college parties.
     
  22. StonedRaider

    StonedRaider Initiate (147) Oct 25, 2007 California
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    A truly outstanding beer. Especially in this extreme heat. I’m going to pick some up tomorrow.
     
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  23. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,335) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Xtreme heat? 70 here in HB. :ok_hand:
     
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  24. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    67 here in Pedro
     
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  25. dvnbtn

    dvnbtn Initiate (81) Sep 9, 2012 California
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    Just cracked my last Reality Czeck from my Memorial Day weekend stash. Still fantastic.

    Followed it with Monkish’s Italian-style pils, Sample Loop, a solid crusher.
     
  26. Aztec_Chris

    Aztec_Chris Initiate (64) May 7, 2015 California

    Had a couple today. They really need to up their production of this beer and make it more available in cans.
     
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  27. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (122) Dec 19, 2010 California
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    Picked some up last week and forgot about it in my fridge. Holy crap this beer is absolutely fantastic! I think I prefer it over Timbo, and I REALLY love Timbo.
     
  28. JBogan

    JBogan Savant (909) Jul 15, 2007 California
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    I went to Highland Park last week and picked up 5 or 6 different four packs of beers. Crosbo was my favorite of the bunch. Like you, Timbo has been a favorite of mine but I think I might like Crosbo even more.
     
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  29. weaverr

    weaverr Aspirant (203) Jun 10, 2008 California

    Trademark Brewing out of Long Beach has a really excellent Czech Pilsner called Saaz Queen. Rumor has it their head brewer used to brew for Firestone Walker.
     
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  30. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (4,381) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Saw this at my local shop Bradley’s in Tustin. I’ll give it a try.
     
  31. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    I was never really impressed with Trademark the few times I visited their brewery. Maybe I need to give em a third chance
     
  32. weaverr

    weaverr Aspirant (203) Jun 10, 2008 California

    From what I’ve heard, they brought on a new head brewer this year and she’s been changing up the recipes. Maybe give them a shot later this summer and see if you notice an improvement.

    I’ve only had a couple of their beers, but the Saaz Queen was really impressive. The owner of Stateside Crafts recommended it and said that with the previous brewer it was an alright beer, but whatever the new brewer did to the recipe significantly improved it.
     
  33. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Good to know. Their space is really nice, so I definitely want to like it. Guess I'll have to go back for science
     
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  34. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,335) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Like Unknown, been twice. Maybe it’s time to revisit. It’s a nice place.
     
  35. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (4,381) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Topa Topa Fifty cc Italian Pilsner is simply amazing. Picked up a 4 pack at Costa Mesa Windsor for around $13.99. Very clean and smooth. Yeah buddy.
     
  36. atomicpunk5151

    atomicpunk5151 Aspirant (266) Jul 25, 2010 California
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    This new Urban Roots Helles Lager was so good, I better post a pic in the Cal Lager thread as well. For when it is Hotter Than Hell outside....

    HELL - German Style Helles Lager Bier

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  37. ChazMania

    ChazMania Aspirant (231) Jun 13, 2006 California

    Picked up the new Burgeon/Highland Park collab called Park Pass hoppy lager. It's fantastic.
     
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  38. dvnbtn

    dvnbtn Initiate (81) Sep 9, 2012 California
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    If you have a Bottlecraft location near you, get their 10-yr anniversary pilsner; it’s outstanding.
     
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  39. ChazMania

    ChazMania Aspirant (231) Jun 13, 2006 California

    Eppig Natural Bridge Pilsner cans are also fantastic, having one now.
     
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  40. lucius10

    lucius10 Poo-Bah (2,183) Aug 1, 2017 California
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    After I saw @atomicpunk5151 post this in the Urban Roots thread, I knew I had to track it down to give it a try...this might be my new favorite Helles Lager! This is absolutely fantastic!