Kenzinger - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tempest on 03-16-2008

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Reviews by MmmIPA:
Photo of MmmIPA
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now there is always "that beer" that makes me appreciate that certain style more and hooks me.This is "that beer" Cheers PBC

Golden body with a nice one finger head that just bubbles away.

I smell fruit and malt.

Malty up front with a nice crisp hop bite at the end of the sip.I would assume they used german noble hops in this beer and it was the perfect choice.Nice lingering bitterness is left on your tongue.

Prickly on the tongue but its nice.Goes down very smooth,dangerously smooth.

This is one hell of a session beer that I need to pick up often now that I enjoy the style and the beer itself.One fine beer and thanks again PBC!

More User Reviews:
Photo of asuburbanman
2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Good session beer that you can drink a few of.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got the best mix of brews to session with this weekend ranging from the four brews from PBA found in the Burgh right now to some Southampton Keller Pils and Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss and Summerfest in the DBF. Appears a slightly hazed golden hue in the body with fine haziness suspended in the glass, full on thicket of bright white head forms nicely. Lacing is sporadic on my hop tulip pint glass from Sierra Nevada, aroma has a slight metallic hint to it with a nice mellow citrus playful malt and hop ratio. Flavor has a nice zesty citric hop mix going with some light toasted malts it has a light IPA flavor going on with the massive amounts of alpha acids from American hop additions. Mouthfeel is dry in the finish a nice unrelenting hop bitterness in a lighter styled brew, carbonation is sturdy even a bit much at times overall feel is a solidly dry hoppy finish that brings the hop burps cooking. Drinkability overall just due to the flavors provided and enjoyment of the product is very high. Add the sessionability to your drinkable score and this one rises substantially.

Photo of glid02
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Noche in Philadelphia.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head quickly recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light pale malts with hints of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of light citrus hop flavors. The malt flavors sweeten midway through the ship, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I didn't think this was crisp enough to be a traditional kolsch but it was still a fairly drinkable beer. Not worth seeking out but a decent beer that's worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

At $3-$4 per pint, it's the best bang for your buck in Philly.
Light color and a nice head in the glass. Drinks clean and grainy with a noticeable kick of citrus hops. Light and bubbly with a metallic tang in the finish.
It's definitely an American take on lager rather than a traditional one, but if you want a light, crisp, hoppy lager, this is a good way to go. This is the beer Budweiser should be.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Phildelphia Brewing- Kenzinger

A- Light golden orange with a small but sticky head.
S- Fruits really come out at me. I detect Raspberry, Grape, and apple!? Good sweet buttery malt really kicks in.
T- Sweet fruit flavors; apple, cherry/ raspberry taint the buttery shortbread malt.
M- Thick and buttery throughout the body with a sweet, chewy, slight cloying finish.

Overall- Quite tasty and a surpise to me cause I didn't know what style this was until I started to drink and review it. A really good BBQ beer!

Photo of KenC
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Standard Tap.

I thought this was an American Pale Ale until I read the beer's description. The flavor has mild biscuit and bread malts with a small grapefruit hops kick that fades into a grassy and earthy aftertaste. I think I might get just a touch of dry toffee in there too. The aroma is similar with a subtle balance of clean pale malts and hops and the mouthfeel is right on for a lighter, yet tasty beer. All in all, this brew has balance, drinkability, and flavor. It also happened to be only $3 a pint, which all things considered, makes this beer a winner.

Cheers to PBC!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is dry grain and mild lemon.
The taste has a moderate lemon bitter, mild malt body with a clean finish.
The texture is crisp.
An enjoyable beer.

Photo of kenito799
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear yellow brew with foam white head, holds its own. Crisp light malty aroma. A very fresh, homey flavor, minimal bitterness, lots of crispness and good flavor. Nicely balanced and very drinkable; screams session beer, immediately makes you want to grab another. Perect for summer.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. The beer is the color of honey. A 1" foamy white head formed. Nice lacing was left as the head subsided. Very nice lacing was left down the entire glass once I was finished. Smells sweet with hints of caramel and bread. Can taste some bitter hops and biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is medium with crisp carbonation. A very good beer.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1.5 inch head. I drank 3 of these in each had a large head despite a careful pour. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is crisp, well balanced malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear bronze-gold with a thin, foamy white head that was very active on the surface and short lived while leaving a fair streaky lacing. Visible carbonation was moderate.

S: citrus and oranges with a spicy hopping and a touch of floral.

T: The initial flavor had a bright citrus zing to tit with lemons and oranges standing out. The flavor was sharp with a seamless transition of flavor from start to finish. The bright citrusy hop zing makes this a thirst quencher while finishing with a touch of tart grapefruit. My only minor complaint was that the flavor thinned out a bit in the end while there was a very subtle hint of soapiness detected but was minimal.

M: light and oily and very smooth with only trace amounts of carbonation detected around the edges of the tongue.

D: Good marks as session material. A bright citrusy hop zing makes this a summer time quencher that is case worthy.

Photo of akorsak
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a variety case purchased at Breski's.

A: The kölsch is an exceedingly pale ale, a light yellow sun color that could be a glass of water with several drops of food coloring. A fuzzy haze hangs over the body, as do the remnants of a finger of head.

S: The ale has a crisp, citrusy hop profile that really jumps out of the glass. Not oily, the aroma is nonetheless fragrant. Pale malts linger underneath the hops, but the hops are most memorable.

T: The hops again take center stage in the taste, coating the tastebuds with citrus bite that is floral. The hops have a green vegetal quality that pops up right before the malts make their appearance. The grains don't really add much to the taste, allowing the hops to keep the spotlight.

M: The ale is very hop-forward, coating the tastebuds at the expense of the malt bill. That being said, I like how it tastes.

D: A quaffable ale, no doubt about it. The low alcohol level is a feather in its cap.

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, box is dated 4/17/09. Poured into my Kenzinger pint glass - awesome to have the proprietary glassware! A beer with superior clarity, colored a bright honey golden. A light, full 1-1/2 finger head grows on top as the pour ends - this head is in no hurry to go away, leaving rings of lace that are still present after the glass is empty.

Smells of a crisp bright hop backed with full malt biscuit. Finishes with a sharp apple sweetness, which softens into a sudsy, flowery hop. complex enough, although maybe lacking a note or two from some top examples.

Starts crisp and celery-like clean on my tongue, opens into pears, apples, maybe even a hint of peach, then loosening into more than enough sharp malty biscuit to build towards a complex experience. Dominated in the end with a sappy, piney, at times bracing bitterness. The beer recedes into an ashy yet clean, dry finish. Soapy, flowery bitterness lingers for several minutes in my throat. The mouthfeel is crisp although semi-full with a sudsy back end. A nice moving show - pounces, builds, then ends.

A truly sessionable beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Westy's Brewing

A- a clear wheat yellow with gold highlites and nice carbonation. Sticky lacing on the side of my pint but very minimal head.

S- strong on the hops and some spicyness. Bready and biscuity malts. Hints of grapefruit as well.

T- biscuity malt taste as well as grapefruit hops and some wheat barber.

M- a dry hoppy feeling in the mouth and leaves the mouth feeling wheaty.

D- an easy session beer to pound back. A case of this would be good for the Dave show!

Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long neck. Consumed 11/16/09

A) Pours with an overactive head. Insane amount of upward carbonation - even a slow pour yields a two inch head. Lacing is big bubbled and semi sticky. Slight haze in the body. Gold in color.
S) Grainy. Light citrus notes.
T) Very light malt notes (unfortunately over-shadowed by front forward fizzy body). Finishes with subtle hop notes. Overall taste is just average.
M) Fizzy. Slightly dry. Light body. Crisp.
D) Just average, not much more to it.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as an extra in a recent trade. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/08/2009.

Decent pour here, though nothing to get really excited about. Pale yellow in color with a light head of white on the top that settled down a bit too quickly. Very light aroma of light grain, hints of something, maybe a light banana like touch underneath, but again nothing really very great here. Smooth, even flavor with a very light body, but again it was mostly light bready malts and grain without much in the way of depth or really strength in any direction. Went down smooth and quick though, very light on the palate.

Overall it was ok, though nothing to write home about. I dont think I would revisit this one again,

Photo of rallison
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you DIM for the chance to try this beer.

Bready aroma. Body is quite dry with a bready taste that follows to a sharp bitterness. The flavors and the sharpness don't quite meld for me. This sharpness overpowers the rest of the body. Carbonation is ample.

Overall, not a fan of this beer. While I've had few of this style, I am sure there are better examples out there.

Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of djeffbee
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear pale gold with a finger white head with nice lacing left througout.

S: Spicy hops, citrus, grassy, sweet malt

T: Nice hop presence, light body and very quenching. Bitterness is balanced well with the sweet malts.

M: Nice finish, high carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Thirst quenching, low abv - perfect session beer.

Nice offering from PBC, I will definitely seek this out during the warm summer months.

Photo of LunaChick
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my intro to the PBC brews. I asked for another brew and the bartender handed me a sample of this. I was hooked instantly.

Rich golden color, frothy head. Bright scent, slightly spicey in the nose. Taste is slighty hoppy with a nice yeast finish--very nice balance. Light in the mouth, very easy to drink. A true session brew, its easy to drink several of these without even begining to feel full from it. A perfect year round brew great for bbq in the summer or watching football when its cold outside--a good brew to get your buddies away from that other stuff they keep around if you know what I mean.

Photo of joezak5
4.72/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; nice golden honey color with real nice lacing and good just lightly dusty white head retention.

Smell: Wow... I didn't know a 4.5% ABV beer could smell like this... honey and nutty almond cereal... tea-like in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light and silky smooth, very low carbonation just floating on the palate.

Taste: Sweet, biting honey tea with a nice dry and bitter finish... hay-like earthiness in the middle with some more honey background...

Drinkability: I'm fortunate to sample this less than a week after bottling... I'm blown away by this one... especially after the Newbold... complete opposite... this one does Philly proud... I wanna throw one in the freezer so I can enjoy it in a few minutes.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a large bubble white heading. That decipates quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell is bready with a touch of lemon,and some spiciness.

Taste is dry grapefruit with very faint hops on the backend

Mouth is very wet,a light bodied decently carbonated beverage

Drink is very good easy to enjoy a couple of these.

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Kenzinger from Philadelphia Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.