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Kenzinger - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 03-16-2008)
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Photo of MikeRa
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here is what i can say about the Kenzinger:

A: It has a Golden Pale color.

S: It has a unique smell, which comes from the wheat grains and the citrus hops.

T: It has a semi-bitter taste.

M: It's mouthfeel is unique, where you can taste the citrus in the beer.

D: This is a beer that you can drink over and over again.

MikeRa, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The kolsch appears a pale golden yellow color with an inch of fluffy bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of lightly toasted cereal grains, floral, fruity hops, citrus fruits, mild caramel. Crisp, medium body with adequate carbonation. A tasty warm weather drink.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of dude
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 ounce drafts. Gotta love 'em. I loved this one in particular. Clear and golden honey appearance; doughy and vinous nose. Flavor is very pleasant blend on bread-dough, wheat grains and lemony citrus hops. Balanced, light-bodied, crisp carbonation and an easy drinker. It has positive characteristics of an all-malt lager, pilsener and american wheat all in one. Very enjoyable and if more Kolsh's are like this one it might just be my new favorite style!

dude, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of ljbrisson
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip a hazy yellow-orange color with a voluminous, pillowy head. I think this bottle may have been a little shaken before I opened it. There appears to be little spherical spices at the bottom of the glass... coriander? Aroma is yeasty, crisp, with some citrus and grass. Mouthfeel is a little heavy but with good carbonation despite the frothy explosion on the pour. Taste is smooth, crisp, citrus, yeast, orange, very spicy. Overall I enjoy this brew and would try it again.

ljbrisson, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of TheDeuce
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kenzinger Kolsch....

Appearance-dark sort of clear gold, heavy head and nice lace.

Smell-light malt, hop mixture, alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light and refreshing, nice balance, grainy and mild hop pine comes through, the flavor is nice and the lightness works well.

Drinkability-light body, good flavor, nice balance.

Overall-I love a good Kolsch (one of my favorite beers to brew) and this hits the mark solidly. Nice job.

TheDeuce, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of scottbrew4u
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle a Clear, golden color with a fluffy white head. Good lacing on the glass as this goes down.

S: Aroma of dry grains and lightly roasted malt that comes off slightly ashy. Light herbal hops in the background.

T: Husky grains, bitter but not overly bitter. Hops are light with a spicy herbal character just enough to balance.

M: Light to medium body, with crisp carbonation.

D: Really simple yet delicious. So easy to drink quite a few in a session. Highly recommend this as one of the best Kolsch beers brewed in the US.

scottbrew4u, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

akorsak, May 17, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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,

mikesgroove, May 09, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Dodo2step, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Philabeerphia, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with some haze and a thin cap of fizzy white bubbles. Lots of spotty lacing. Floral and lemon hops were prominent in the aroma, backed by some citrus sweetness and cereal grains. Balanced flavour. Bitterness was light, but stayed solid underneath the malt until the sweetness faded, leaving it to linger in the finish. Lemon hops up front, a bit floral, with a hint of spice. A bit biscuity and bready, but not overly so. Light bodied with ample carbonation, crisp and on the dry side. More powerful in character than I expected, this one has a solid hop presence. Quite refreshing.

DrJay, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of PrAndo
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This could be a perfect "lawn mower" beer. Or maybe something I'd take tailgating with my buds for whom fresh good craft beer is nothing more than a novelty. Or maybe the perfect bowling alley beer. Or maybe I just think that becuase of the label. It just says Lebowski to me.

A - pale golden, decent head retention.
S - balanced hops and malt, but the hoppy aroma is up front. Slighty spicy.
T - again, balanced with the malt and hops. A little toasty.
M - just felt like a "normal" beer - maybe a little higher carbonation?
D - you could make an afternoon out of these but if you did so, I think you'd be aiming for a buzz instead of just enjoyin the beer.

PrAndo, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Finn
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip, this beer a moderate golden hue, much like a blonde ale. slight head retention with pure white foam.

Aroma:Grain, grapes, mild fruit sweetness, not an everyday aroma, but pleasant.

taste:A slightly fruity flavor mixed with a touch of caramel sweetness, followed by an almost astringent flavor mixed with grainy noted and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium to light in body, with strong carbonation. a refreshing crsipness is present.

drinkability: very high. This beer had grown on me a lot. the first few timesi had it i wasn't impressed, but it is a great session beer with some unique characteristics and flavors, that come together to make this a tasty, refreshing beer. I like how this beer is the session beer at many bars in philly now, ($3 kenzingers at many places). if you like session beers, then try this one. Oh, by the way, I don't think this is much like a kolsch, except they may use a kolsch yeast, as there are some interesting and subtle flavors going on.

Finn, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

TheFightfan1, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of rallison
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

rallison, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma smells like a macro.Taste is bready with some citrus and malts.I have nothing really bad to say about this.I enjoyed it but it's kind of boring and run of the mill.With that being said the beer as whole was good.

matty, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of jackorain
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Cloudy, dull straw color topped with a ¾ inch tight, white head. Head fell rather quickly but left an attractive coat that crawled up the glass by about ½ inch.

Smells of husky grains, biscuit and cooked corn.

Biscuit and husk in the front, the middle is a sort of sour astringency. This finish is a nice earthy hop bitterness that lingers and clears the pallet of the sourness, but it come back with each swallow.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a brisk carbonation.

I've this several times now as I have purchased the variety pack a few times. It's okay, but I wouldn't pursue it .

jackorain, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a modest head and a bit of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with hints of lemon and grain

Taste: Biscuit malt opening with a bit of toast and lemon; turns slightly grainy by mid-palate, and the hops jump out a bit with a pithy burst after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a pretty nice version of the style

brentk56, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very pale golden color. It poured with a medium sized white fizzy head.

s: Very nice! Biscuits, apricots, and some lemony hops. Hoppier than most kolschs but thats okay.

t: Mimics the smell. Surprisingly bitter grassy hops at the end. Off-style perhaps, but not overwhelmingly so.

m: Crisp overall with soda like carbonation.

d: Complex, full-flavored, and sessionable. This one's a winner.

DIM, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of gdfan47
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

im very supristed to see this under the kolsh caterogry, It tatsed and appeared to be an apa

it pours a copper color with a large white head

it smells like fresh hops and a little malt, a tad on the nuttier side

it tastes pretty smooth, not as much hops as id like

it almost has a skunk taste to it , or maybe I just got a bag keg or pour

low abv makes it for a good session beer

not a bad beer, just kinda run of the mode

if a place sells the new bold, id drink that over this one

but support PBC they are only gonna get better, and still provide some of the best deals in the city

update from dec 15th
I had this again tonight, seems much fresher and did not have the "skunk" taste it had last time
Looks like they worked some bugs out

gdfan47, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of djeffbee
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

djeffbee, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of corby112
2.03/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at London in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.

Pours a clear golden yelow color with a thin white head. Aroma and flavor are both quite bland with no noteworthy traits. Crisp and easy to swallow but nothing about the flavor stands out. Not as hoppy as advertised. Another bland and boring offering from this dissapointing brewery.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.45/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale gold body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Combination of lemon juice, pils malts, vague spice notes, and some out of place off scent. Hmm, I have a bad feeling about this.

Taste: Cereal grains with a pinch of juice and a squirt of lemon. You know that watery juice you get if you don't remember to shake up a bottle of French's mustard? Yeah, well, it seems some of that found it's way into the beer. Peculiar twanginess throughout. Spicy hops with a mild bitterness. A finish that can't come quick enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: An odd beer and not in a fun, quirky way. I didn't particularly care for it. Not recommended.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 22oz bottle - Pours a cloudy light pale color with almost no head and well below average carbonation. Smells of light malts and a tad of hops in the nose. First sip is sweet with a light malt backbone. Very light bodied, lightly hopped, but not too light. Nicely carbonated.

ATLbeerDog, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of NitroGen
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck bottle

A: Poured a slightly hazy light golden yellow with an intense two finger head of brilliant white foam, that slowly lowered to a ¼ inch head with lots of carbonation and lacing throughout.

S: Crisp grains and slightly acidic piney hops.

T: Bright and 'crisp'..yea I said crisp, and smooth grains and mellow hops that burst into the mouth and then linger to a lingering aftertaste.

M: The carbonation really helps to make theis a really refreshing and smooth tasting beer.

D: Really enjoyed this one and am envious of those who have access to this great tasting beer. Although not extreme it is a great tasting beer that I recommend.

NitroGen, Sep 29, 2008
Kenzinger from Philadelphia Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.