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Kenzinger - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 278
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 29.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of xnicknj
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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.


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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, large voluminous head that fades slowly, lots of bubbling, slight haze, bright straw coloring.

s- bright lemon, light bit of tartness, rye again?

t- i'm convinced that philadelphia brews every beer with rye. some noble hops, light lemon, some tartness.

m- light.

d- refreshing, but the best kolsch but it's drinkable.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A careful pour still produced a large and foamy head. Retention and lacing are top notch. Color is pale yellow. Smell is different for a kolsch. More of a corn smell than anything else. Taste is bitter and a little dry. Some corn husk, lemon zest and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is fluid but there is certainly some weight on the tongue. Doesn't seem like a traditional kolsch and isn't really my thing.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in the branded glassware at the Silk City Diner in Philadelphia.

A. Pale gold with small thin white head.

S. Mild malt and slight bitterness.

T. Bitter upfront with some corn and adjunct.

M. Thin to medium body with high level of harsh carbonation.

D. Ok for a hot night, but I was disappointed that the waiter at an upscale restaurant would recommend this. Someone trying to convert from macros to micros might find this a step in the right direction (albeit a small one).

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer used to be off in many ways. First, as a "kolsch", it was reddish amber, maltier, and hoppier than any authentic kolsch. Resembled more of a second cousin to an alt. Not that it was bad really, just, in my opinion, off in style.

Today, however, I had a couple pints out at one of my favorite spots, and my has it changed. For the better.

Now, they appeared to have gotten the color/look right - clear, lightly golden yellow. Attractive, compact head that swells up like champagne after the pour and settles down quick enough, leaving a little fuzz on the top and around the glass.

It's still noticeably hoppy in the aroma, reminding me of the bitter stems of dandelions. The hops carry over evenly in flavor, and mix well with the blend of a fuller-bodied malt and plenty of fizz. All in all, I am feeling now that it's finally tasting more like a kolsch, especially in the aftertaste.

I wouldn't go so far to say it finishes as crisp as say a Gaffel. A heavier feel takes it just beyond the realm of being "refreshing" as well. It's still quite tasty and easy to drink. Good job! Now fix your other beers, because them prices be right.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of magnj
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a little pub in Philly.

A - Light yellow body, little head as the pour was near the brim.

S - Clean aroma, as it should be. Slight grassy, floral hops and grainy breadyness as it warms.

T - Again really clean but finishes with grassy and grainy. Really simple but very enjoyable.

M/D - Light mouthfeel, really easy to drink.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.

A - clear golden color, thin white head

S - slight aroma of hops

T - crisp hop bitterness, dry malt finish. balanced.

M - moderate to high carbonation. as expected, lighter body

D - high drinkability, typical of a lager

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Photo of irish
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a nice find!

Pours a little off the expected color, toward dirty gold . A bit cloudy. Lace is fine, thin.

Nose is inviting, grainy, fresh. Not too strong, but enough to tell that you are getting an actual been, not a cachepot of chemicals.

Fine taste, fresh, balanced except for the hops, which go a tad over, and leave an aftertaste. I suppose that it has become fashionable to welcome gobs of hops, but really, there IS an upper limit. I won't quibble much, though, because I like it.

It fiills the mouth just fine, but I am going to ding the drinkability for the overhopping. It really does detract--excessive hops, that is.

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Photo of Mojoman8561
2.46/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

-L- Clear and golden in color. No head to speak of.

-S- Bitter. Like the rhine of a grapefruit.

-T- Very bitter initially and then calms down as the drink warms in the glass. Hoppy.

-F- Not a bad texture. Light in body. Hoppy kick to it.

-D- Not bad but not my favorite.

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Photo of deereless
2.46/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Thick and dense head with lots of sticky lacing, a medium gold color - 4.00, S: Quite earthy aroma, dry and somewhat medicinal - 3.00, T: Quite tart and extremely citrusy, without a date on the bottle it is hard to know whether this beer's flavor profile is being accurately reflected or if this particular bottle is old, but after reading a few other reviews the characteristics that I am picking up seem consistent with other reviewers, a little on the dry side and with a slight hop bite - 2.25, M: 2.75, D: As far as Kolsh's go Kenzinger seems to miss the mark, the lemony flavors are somewhat off-putting, it is unlikely I would buy this particular beer again - 2.00

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Photo of TommyW
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Fizzy golden body with a tall, white head.

S- Some clean malt with a note of citrus.

T- Sweet malt upfront blending with some citrus and grapey notes towards the semi-dry finish.

M- Smooth, medium body with an aggressive carbonation.

D- Not the best Kolsch I've ever had, but an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold. Small white head,that laces surprsingly nicely.
Pilsen malts, spicy hops lead to a pleasant aroma to take in.
Twangy hops bitter the back of the tongue. Smooth malty backbone reinforces this offering rather nicely.
Good to style. Really enjoy this one.

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Photo of rfgetz
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright golden yellow. Fluffy white head, retention good, minimal lacing. Smell is of freshly dried grains and a hint of lemony citrus. Taste is of freshly dried grains, slight citrusy hop presence. Very light, very carbonated, semi dry. Decent light beer, doesnt do anything wrong which makes it stand slightly above light BMC products.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow color. The white head is foamy, frothy, and moderately tall. Retention is decent, with average lacing.

S: Basic graininess up front. Lemony citric notes, along with some floral/herbal hop character. Clean.

T: A solid grainy malt bill. Again, crisp lemony citrus flavor. The hop profile is moderately assertive, with floral and herbal flavors. Bitterness is medium.

M: Somewhat light-bodied. Quite crisp and dry. Refreshing.

D: A pretty solid Kolsch here. Flavors are clean, crisp, and refreshing. I feel that this beer, with its faux-retro label, is probably targeted at the boho-hipster crowd to ironically appreciate, but that doesn't detract from enjoying what is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of dude
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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!

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Kenzinger from Philadelphia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.