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Kenzinger - Philadelphia Brewing Company


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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%

Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tempest on 03-16-2008)
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Photo of metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with hints of bready and grainy malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of floral hops along with stronger notes of bready and grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't seem to be a good representation of the style—the malts do not taste like those in a German helles.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 23:33:55 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some bright yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium patch of thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts with some light notes of citrus/lemon and grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit malts with some lighter notes of cereal grains and a hint of toasted malts. There is a light flavor of lemon citrus and some hints of grass. Light amounts of herbal and floral hops that impart a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades fairly quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly chewy.

O: This one does not really fit well into any specific style but it is an interesting beer to try - I did not love it but I didn't hate it either. Pretty easy to drink and sessionable but not super interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:41:14 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of IronLover


3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. Bready, biscuity aromas with light floral hop and earthy, grassy notes at the end. On the lighter side of medium bodied with crisp carbination. Flavor is similar with bready, biscuity malt up front with floral hop flavor through the middle to the end. Finishes clean and crisp with a tangy floral hop bite followed by a bready, maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:15:07 | More by IronLover
Photo of tim_philadelphia


3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I live in Philly and so, this is one of the local beers I have at home once in a while.
When I first tasted it, I was sure it's a pretty decent Pilsner, but if it warms up a little bit, one smells and tastes a wheatish touch. According to Phila Brewing Company's homepage, it does, indeed, contain a small amount of wheat. That said (and if their information is correct), it's clear that it's neither a Pilsner, nor a Dortmund style lager. And it's definitely not a Koelsch (which is an ale - this is a lager), which I read in some reviews.

Alas, it's a peculiar beer, but with many of the good characteristics of a rather hoppy European Pilsner (or a lightly hopped American one). I like that the hops is very aromatic but not so bitter that it dominates all other tastes; you can still enjoy the (pretty) light maltiness, the distinct minerality (which some could regard as a negative feature), and the additional body that comes from wheat and not completely filtered yeast.

An easy but not too ordinary drink. One can easily enjoy more than one of those on a warm summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:10:03 | More by tim_philadelphia
Photo of GiantMidget


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at L'Etage in Philly.

I've also had the Phila Brew Newbold IPA which is pretty good.

This seems almost more of a pilsner than a kolsch to some degree.

Yellowish hazy appearance with a sweetish caramel malt smell.

That caramel flavor goes right into the taste. It's a smooth beer with a nice mouthfeel and balance of minimal hops and enjoyable subtle sweetness.

Good job by Phila. Brewing co. but maybe some fine tuning in what it's being marketed as.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 01:23:23 | More by GiantMidget
Photo of ColdWaffles


3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint. This is PBC's current flagship beer and a decent craft beer you can find cheap at most decent bars in Philadelphia. I've had this many times on draft, only a few times in a bottle.

A side note: A lot of people here really want to focus on style on this one it seems. I wouldn't do that. PBC doesn't really market it as a Kolsch. Their website emphasizes pilsner malts, but I wouldn't call it a pilsner so much as PBC's attempt at a crossover hit. This is a beer made for people who don't usually drink craft beer, and it is probably one of the best beers you can give someone to help them cross over into better territory. From their website: "This crisp, light-bodied, golden beer is the very definition of refreshment." Anyway...

Appearance: Nice gold color with a decent white head that doesn't stick around too long. Looks sort of like a "super" adjunct.

Smell: Lightly sweet, some citrus notes and a lot of bready wheat.

Taste: Citrus and hops first, gives way to a deliciously bready beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but if you're comparing it to adjuncts, a little heavier. Ample carbonation, effortlessly drinkable/sessionable and pretty refreshing and crisp.

Like I said, this is what I give to people looking to try something new with only experience in Miller/Coors/Bud/Keystone/whatever or Yuengling lager. It does its job, plus it keeps me satisfied on the cheap in quite a few bars.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:39:18 | More by ColdWaffles
Photo of nofalltoofar


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale sunshine yellow, a little cloudy.

S: Sharp, pungent with an immediate citrus presence, slightly musky.

T: Quite bitter, citrus and wheat, think aftertaste

M: Smooth, perfect level of carbonation. Nice tingle sensation aftertaste

O: Good bitter beer. Also, decently affordable. Before this I wasn't familiar with the boys at the Philadelphia Brewing Company. After this I think I'll get friendly with some of their other brews. It's a nice balance of bitter and savory, enough to interest a seasoned beer drinker, drinkable enough not to drive away an amateur.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 22:37:27 | More by nofalltoofar
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/12 notes. On tap at Dirty Franks in Philly, PA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bready malts, biscuit, and dough. Not bad but pretty bland and average overall.

t - Taste is a bit better. Tastes of lemon, citrus hops, fruit, floral hops, grains, wheat, and bready. Light nice fruit and citrus here, better than the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent better, though the nose has nothing going on. The taste is nice and it is easy to drink; worth checking out once if you're in the mood for a kolsch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 17:04:25 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Alkey


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color, looks to be unfiltered with lots of tiny bits floating around. Nice white fizzy foam head that settles to about a finger. Hint of citrus in the aroma.

Light body, taste starts out slightly grass, citrus, hop bitterness, then turns sort of dry with a bit of a tart finish. Overall a good easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:57:31 | More by Alkey
Photo of SpdKilz


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my tulip with a hazy golden color and massive amounts of head. Over three fingers worth that dissipates gradually leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Lots of floral and citrus notes, yeast, bready malts, and grain.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. Floral notes and hops with grain up front, slight citrus backing, lots of bread.

Mouthfeel – Over carbonated in my opinion – too prickly. Finishes a hint dry.

Overall – An interesting Kolsch though it reminds me a bit of a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:38:00 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Boto


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it that didn’t leave much lacing. Bit of a hoppy nose to it. Slight citrus and floral notes. The taste is pretty decent. A bit of malts, some bitterness, and a fairly clean, crisp taste. Very nice on a hot day. Worth haveing again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 18:19:55 | More by Boto
Photo of jwhancher


4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a staple beer here in Philly the last 5+ years. Pours a clear gold with fluffy white head. Smells of noble hops, mostly a delicate floral. Some sweet tasting malt character. Tastes light & refreshing with a nice crisp hop bite. A tad too sweet to be an excellently rounded beer but the eveness is mostly there. A great session beer clocking in at only 4.5% ABV. Surprised to see this classified as a Kolsch. Always figured it was a hoppy pale ale. Overall, a solid contender in the the "everyday beer" category.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:46:58 | More by jwhancher
Photo of MrOH


3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light gold, white head, decent retention. Nice lace.

Light fruity esters and pilsner malt. Just like it should be.

Full, round pilsner malt flavors, some soft fruit flavors, and a bitter bite at the end. Too bitter for the style, IMO.

Light bodied and refreshing, decent carb.

A good drinkin' beer. As stated above, its too bitter for the style, but I like it. Actually, it's probably my favorite kolsch ever.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 22:29:24 | More by MrOH
Photo of KenC

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Aggressive pour to a pint glass. Overflowed the glass, but quickly dissipated to two fingers of white head, than dissipated to nothing at all. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a red color.

S- Smell is in-your-face HOPS and bread malt, nothing else!

T- Taste is a nice balance of bread malt, wheat and grain notes; it has great hop bitterness in the start and malt at the finish.

M- Mouthfeel is very heavy, hop bitterness and over carbonation.

D- This was a fine example of an IPA; it is surely not a Kolsch, pilsner, or even a lager. Not what I was wanting or expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 17:59:55 | More by KenC
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kenzinger has a dull golden body with an off-white head. Retention is OK, but not a whole lot of lacing.

The aroma has a lot of hops, and they smell like they are of the fruity American variety (after tasting the beer it is safe to say they are not).

This is a Kolsch? Really? When I tried it I didn't really know that, I just knew that it was some kind of lager that didn't really work with the big, fruity, bitter hops. Although the aroma seemed like this one had some sort of American hops, the flavor does not. I'm not sure if my nose was off, but this is packed with noble hops. Right up front there is a lot of bitteress with flowery notes and some lemon in there. The hops pretty much run the show, with a light pale malt backbone.

Bitter, and really heavy for a kolsch.

I didn't love this one when I thought that it was some sort of over-hopped pilsner. When I learned that a Kolsch sort of over0hopped pilsner, it is fair to say I might have liked it a little bit less. Not a horrible beer, but not something that I would really want another glass of either.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 14:02:35 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Sachsenfreude


2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance; very hazy, hay yellow. White head, moderate lacing and retention.

smell; slightly sweet, grainy malts with some citrusy hops.

taste; much too much hop bitterness to be a Kölsch, almost resiny, a characteristic largely absent in German style beers. The malt profile is good but completly overpowered by the wrong sort of hop flavors. Aftertaste is of hops not husky and grainy malts....completely off for the style.

mouthfeel; very crisp and dry, smooth and refreshing with fine carbonation.

overall; not really a bad beer but the balance is all wrong for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:49:35 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of SFLpunk


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike & Sarah for the mixed 6 pack of PBC's. There's a long production code under the label, but I don't feel like typing it out. 12oz brown glass bottle.

Pours crystal clear orange gold with thin white head that leaves no trace. Nose is reminiscent of orange blossom honey and elderflowers (I know, right?). Palate is slightly bitter and has a grain-(like)-y texture. Some pale ale malt and corn husks come to mind.

Notes: A Micro-Macro lager. Nothing to write home about but I won't pour it down the drain either.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 05:09:05 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of Rifugium


3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Khyber, Philly, PA

A tasty, inexpensive blonde ale, but not the best that PBC has to offer. Poured a clear golden-yellow with a small but lace-friendly white head. Grains and floral hops in the nose. Similar taste with light floral hops, lightly toasted grains, pale malts, grass, and a bit of lemon zest. Light body, and easily drinkable. And usually cheap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 18:05:20 | More by Rifugium
Photo of StaEva


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Johnny Brenda's.

Color is a clear bright golden honey-yellow. There is a fluffy white head with good retention and not much lacing to speak of.

Smell is giving the impression of freshly dried grains with a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste mirrors the aroma: freshly dried grains, slight citrusy hop presence. Very light, very carbonated, semi dry on the mouth...definitely a decent beer, doesn't do anything groundbreaking, but doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 01:21:03 | More by StaEva
Photo of pburland23


3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Before reviewing the beer, let me just say that I love this bottle. It may be one of my favorite beer bottles. It's simple, clean and totally retro. I could see my grandfather drinking Kenzingers straight from the bottle.

Beer pours a light, golden color with about a finger of dense head. Aroma is very much like a pilsener. It's crisp and dry with grassy malts and a touch of citrus fruit. Taste is grassy and clean. Ther e is a touch of slight hops bitterness that rounds out the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and the carbonation is consistent throughout.

Overall, Kenzinger is one of my favorite local beers. It's the perfect craft alternative to your run of the mill backyard beer. I find myself wanting it as soon as the weather in the City of Brotherly love turns warmers.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 01:03:37 | More by pburland23
Photo of xnicknj


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at about 100 places in philly, finally reviewing this

Pours a clear, bubbly golden yellow with some faint orange tones. One finger high crop of white head, retains for a bit, some spotty lacing on the glass.

Hints of floral hops, biscuit malt and grain. Some light sweetness as well.

Small smack of bitter hops up front, quickly rushed by toasted grain. Soft malt base with biscuit and a hint of butteryness. Light grassy hops with some hops towards the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, tingly and a bit dry. Drinkable and refreshing, alright for a happy hour beer or something during a baseball game, but nothing I'd go out and buy often.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 18:25:34 | More by xnicknj
Photo of sholland119


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear gold with a little bit of white head. No lacing.

S-Nice bready malt with not a lot else.

T-Malty and crisp. Biscuity malt and a hint of light hoppiness.

M-Light bodied and nicely dry.

D-Yeah, not bad, decent for the style. Would not seek this out but would not turn it down.


Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 00:23:54 | More by sholland119
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass; thing white head, dissipated pretty quickly; bit of lacing on the glass; nice pale yellow color with very light carbonation.

Smell is mild biscuity, bready malt, slightly subdued on this particular bottle (i drink this beer often and it does have a good scent on draft). Feint hop presence on the finish, lightly floral.

Taste is a good balance of biscuity, bready malt, light wheat and grain notes; good hop bitterness balance, just enough presence to give balance and flavor. I love this as a summer beer, and is great go to session beer.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice balance of sweetness and bitterness on the tongue with a good mix of carbonation.

Exceptionally drinkable, I'll drink this a go to brew any day and all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:48:04 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Thorpe429


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for sending this in Blind Bill Round 4. Served in a tulip.

Pours brings a golden-colored, transparent beer with a bit of spotty lacing. No real visible carbonation. Nose brings forward a pretty strong grainy presence along with a slight amount of Noble hops, though not enough of the latter to really call this a pilsner. The flavor is mildly fruit with a bit of grain and some mild Noble hops. Fairly chewy, though still a bit light. Carbonation is moderate, though it seems like it should be a bit higher. Light body. Drinks pretty well overall. My guess is either a kolsch or a Munich Helles. Going with the former given the fruitiness and lack of true "bready" flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 01:52:32 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of BARFLYB


2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at The Lost Bar a block away from Philadelphia Brewing Company. I've had this many times and wanted to review it as fresh as possible.

Comes to me looking the part with a pale golden color that's a bit yellowish on the sides. Not much of a cap off of the spout and once it reached me there was nothing, not a very good looker, no cling. Scents include pale malt heavy, some faint apple and well, thats it. Taste is laid back, if this is a kolsch, it's not a very good one. I remember thinking this was a biere de garde, but I could be wrong. Pale malt without the sweet caramel and light apple juice like tastes, nothing in terms of hop flavor, just a small earthiness. Feel is a step above light and not very carby, this just goes down kinda dead like, bottles seem to be a bit livlier. This is not a beer that i'll be getting alot. I remember getting a mixed case of fresh PBC beer and drank one of these than gave the rest of the five bottles to the cooler at a party to try to get rid of them.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 03:44:09 | More by BARFLYB
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Kenzinger from Philadelphia Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.