Meyer Lemon Lager

California
United States
Anchor Beer Meyer Lemon Lager
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

We are excited to present our zestily unique craft-brew, Anchor's Meyer Lemon Lager™. Many of us at Anchor have Meyer lemon trees in our backyards and, for over thirty years, this unusual fruit has played an important role in California's slow-food movement.

Our goal with Anchor's Meyer Lemon Lager™ was to create a brew that would highlight the delectable character of this singular fruit: brightness without sharpness, fullness of flavor without heaviness, floral aroma without floweriness, complexity without cacophony. When life hands you Meyer lemons, make Meyer Lemon Lager!

Once poured, the appearance is a bright, clear, golden color with tight white bubbles. The aroma of fresh lemon zest hits you, followed by hints of lager yeast, citrus hops and lemon verbena. The taste is tartness of citrus balanced by malty sweetness. It finishes with a clean, pithy bitterness, like a Meyer lemon peel.

Profile

ABV: 
4.5%
Hops: 
Cluster, Nugget, Steiner, Experimental
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Pilsner
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This lager starts with melted Creamsicle aromas supported by clean frothy milk, low Mexican vanilla and sour lemon candy.  After a minute, freshly made crepes and an earthy fern character appears. The beer is a clear straw color with fine consistent carbonation creating a low, white, filmy head. The flavor starts as creamy wheat cereal, crisp mouthwatering homemade lemonade and lemon saltwater taffy that's neither cloying nor sweet. The finish is dry with a tart lemon hard candy character and very low alcohol heat aftertaste. A high level of carbonation balances the moderate creaminess from the wheat and very low alcohol warming in the belly.  Overall, this is a balanced beer with a complex and evolving aroma. Easy to drink yet interesting enough to go back for a second pint.