Baxter Tarnation California-Style Lager

This beer is a style that is relatively rare. I’ve only had 4 others, the most recent being in January of 2014, so I was excited to give this beer a try.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: California Common/Steam Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed in a style born in 19th-century California, Tarnation is Baxter Brewing’s first lager. American crystal malts provide light toast and caramel notes along with the beer’s rich amber hue, while Munich malt supplies Tarnation’s malty body. The complex malt notes balance the ample bitterness of American Northern Brewer hops (the signature hop for this style) giving the beer great balance. An authentic San Francisco lager yeast ferments the brew, yielding a clean, crisp and satisfying beer. This lager requires several weeks of cold conditioning (‘lagering’). but we think it’s worth the wait.”

Random: I really like this brewery’s can art. It’s bright and visually pleasing.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, orange color with light carbonation visible. It also had a lot of floaties. The nose was mild with clean malt and a touch of caramel. The taste was really clean with biscuit, caramel and then a little bit of bitterness from the hops. The body was thick for the style with high carbonation. It had a long, clean finish with biscuit and dryness from the hops. The can was $2.13 ($.18 per ounce), which is a nice price for a quality beer. This was a nice, easy drinking beer that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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