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Churchville Lager | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pennsylvania breweries are known for world-class lagers, and this 2013 Great American Beer Fest Gold Medal winning Vienna-style, no fuss amber lager is clean, crisp, and brewed with Munich, and Vienna malts that give it a touch of malt backbone and toast-like character. Hopped exclusively with German Tettnanger hops, it’s got enough hop bitterness to counter that malt backbone as well. Lagered for six-weeks, Churchville Lager comes in at 4.9% ABV, and is the perfect beer for a night out with friends, and family, or the holiday BBQ. Don’t be afraid to order the new ‘Lager’ in town.

Added by TheFightfan1 on 06-29-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 134
Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and earthy yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of toasted malts along with notes of earthy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style, especially with its malty flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company "Churchville Lager"
12 fl. oz. can, no production code or freshness dating
$1.99 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Churchville Lager pours a slightly hazy deep copper colored body beneath a creamy head of off-white. The head retention is good but the lacing is just average. Gently fruity and mildly toasty malt greets you in the nose along with some floral hops, and unfortunately, some detracting esters. The flavor follows suit, opening up the malt to display a little bit more grain, and the hops a touch more grass and spice. It's medium-light in body and gently crisp, balanced by a firm bitterness that's somewhere in the 20 - 25 IBU range.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

I am CANtinuing down the road this afternoon, CANducting The CANQuest ™ in the manner in which it was intended. In fact, this CAN and the next one were some of the first CANs released to the public at the brewery during the second Saturday of Philly Beer Week 2014! I made a day trip up to Croydon and hung out with some bikers that afternoon. Bro. Woody is of the life, just not in the life.

From the CAN: "2013 GABF Gold Medal Vienna Style Lager"; "Vienna Style Amber Lager".

Jeremy Myers was the first microbrewer putting his beers in CANs to explain to me why brimful is the rule - it cuts down on the possibility of any oxygenated headspace before the lid is seamed on! Of course, this one was brimful when I Crack!ed it open. An inverted Glug netted me not quite two fingers of dense, tawny head that slowly fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a solid ... Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity! Yay, truth in advertising. Nose was lightly toasty, very malty, but not in a honey-sweet way like I often associate with Lagers. This was more rich in terms of its maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was toasty, malty with a slight grassy hoppiness. Finish was semi-dry and just cried out to be CANsumed with some hard pretzels, which I always keep on hand. Perfect! At 4.9%, it was quite sessionable and a great beer for a late-Summer afternoon with baseball going on TV. I could see filling a cooler with it and Trauger Pils.

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Photo of tone77
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%

A big thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is, well, faint. Several large whiffs resulted in just a few faint malts. Taste is malts, some sweetness, bready, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer but nothing special.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a clear orange-amber color with a small head of off-white color. The head fades very fast, leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass and a persistent foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma of surprisingly strong with a big toasted bready smell mixed with a moderately strong caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas are some lighter hints of some lighter fruits as well as a bit of grass and grapefruit hop.

Taste – The taste begins with the sweet caramel and the toasted bready taste that were detected in the nose. These two flavors create a base for the beer lasting throughout the entire taste. Some lighter fruit flavors of apple develop more toward the middle of the taste. This apple is very light, but is accompanied by a moderate grainy taste. Some grass and grapefruit hop flavors later come to the tongue at the end, combining with the rest to produce a lightly hopped, sweeter bready taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to average side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Overall the feel was pretty good as it matched well the sweeter caramel and fruit flavors of the brew in its more light feel, all while not being too thin or highly carbonation to support bready and hopped flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather refreshing and quite flavorful lager. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Pour is dark hazed copper with a good bit of tight light tan head and a thick lacing. Nose is heavy caramel and grainy malt. A bit doughy, faint herbal hops. Taste is sweeter, more caramel, a bit less grainy. Chewy stale malts, herbal hops, moderate bitterness.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a mug.
The beer pours a clear copper color with fluffy eggshell white head foaming up about 2 cm with a gentle pour. The beer has a grainy and sweet nose with no hints of hops anywhere. Mostly caramel and cereal notes, fairly mild overall.
First sip reveals a very clean and crisp textured beer with very fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel and some husky grain. I do get a little spicy hops on the finish that linger with some bitterness. Actually dries my palate out pretty well on each sip. The beer goes down very easy and is simple and decent. No flaws anywhere but not overly complex or bold anywhere either.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Amber with 1 finger of bone white head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Bread, biscuit, brown sugar, and a Lagery yeastiness.

Biscuit and caramel drizzled bread. Lightly toasty with touches of brown sugar. Light earthy hop bitterness on the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

An absolutely fantastic Lager!

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't to sure on the style. I'm just going by the color amber with golden highlights and that it's a lager hence the style American Amber/ Red Lager. Also I'm not sure if this is a year round yet or not but it is brewed for the Churchville Inn and recently started on tap at the brewery.

No B.S. probably the best all around looking lager I've head. Amazing head retention, two fingered eggshelled colored heading. Amber in color with golden highlights. Amazing lacing that leaves ringlets throughout the tasting.

Nothing too big with the nose. Toasted malt, sweet caramel and a touch of medicinal hops.

Though not that much different the nose everything just seems to come full force. Caramel malt backbone with an awesome toasty flavor. Slight sting on the palate in the finish of medicinal hops.

Balanced almost perfect maybe a little on the chewy side. Medium to Full bodied. Excellent carbonation.

Overall I am very impressed. Extremely tasty. I recently had Brooklyn Lager which is rated very high for this style and I most say Churchville Lager is every bit better in all aspects. It has the looks, the taste , the body and just that overall enjoyiness. A must try. This could possibly be NCBC's best beer to date !

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Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out a clear, almost copper amber color into a Duvel glass with a 1/2 inch ivory head that soon recedes to a thin covering of the surface leaving a ring of foam on the sides of the glass. There is light, visible carbonation. Sipping leaves small patches, speckles and legs of lacing.

The aromas include some nice rich bready malt and some faint touches of grassy, earthy hops.

The flavors are pretty much predictable from the nose with the rich bready rich malt flavor and some grassy character and light bitterness from the hops.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium and there's a light persistent prickly carbonation. The finish becomes nicely dry inviting the next sip.

This is a nicely drinkable beer. It definitely fits the style guidelines as I understand them and will most certainly be a repeat in the future.

Note: After finishing this review I found in some other information about Neshaminy Creek won a GABF medal in 2013 for this lager. Having now had the beer I can understand why it made it into the finals of the judging and eventually won the medal.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy, herbal hops and caramel malt. Body is light and smooth. Grassy, herbal hops and caramel malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Just OK brew.

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Photo of Act25
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the brewer.

12 oz. can poured into craft tulip.

A Dark copper, clear. Head lasts a bit, one finger, off white. Not enough lacing.

S Malt is dominant - toasty, rich. More spicy than sweet. Interesting. What Sam Adams is supposed to be.

T Malt is there again, with a nice toast flavor. With jammy mid-tones, that for me, are too sweet. The hop flavor comes out a little more.The flavor is a marmalade rich, but finishes clean.

M It's medium-light, mid stream just a bit too sweet, finish is adequately dry

O- Very solid. But it's a style that I only seek occasionally, being too much toast and jam.

Like it better than Brooklyn or Sam Adams. As well as a Lakefront.

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Photo of IronLover
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color with a honey yellow hue. Slight chill haze at first pour but cleared beautifully in a few minutes. Poured with a thick white foam that reduced to a healthy cap and left rings of wet sticky lacings on the glass. Earthy, grainy, toasted malt with sweet caramel malt and earthy hops in the background. Medium bodied with a pleasantly smooth, delicate feel. Fresh, clean, toasted and caramel malt flavors throughout with earth, herbal flavors emerging through the middle to the end. Finished crisply and cleanly with a pleasant herbal tanginess followed by a sour bread aftertaste. Crisp, clean, drinkable and refreshing. 

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brought home a six-pack of cans from the brewery.

Pours copper in color with a large, pillowy head that diminishes pretty quickly. Great clarity. Toasted malts and caramel in the aroma with some light noble hops cutting through. More toasted malts in the flavor, very rich, but with a good hop bite as well. Finishes dry and super smooth. Medium bodied and clean. A really nice lager from Neshaminy Creek. Pairs well with grilled meats and veggies.

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Photo of Samp01
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Pours dark amber with a small off white head. Aroma and taste is mild toasted grains, grass, hay, some yeast and mild fruity notes. Palate is a medium mildly crisp body, moderate carbonation. Finish same as taste with some lingering yeast and toasted grains. Overall a ok drinking brew.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty nondescript lager, mostly your normal pale malt and a distant tropical / citrus hop flavor. It has a nice carbonation & the weight of the beer is on point. Finishes clean, could have been a little more crisp. Still, for a U.S. Brewed lager from a smaller brewery, it is commendable

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Photo of BWED
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into craft tumbler

A- Dark copper, clear. Head is one finger and just off white. Specks of lacing.

S- Malt is toasty and rich. Just a slight sweetness. Just a hint of a spicy hop aroma.

T- Malt is there again, with a nice toast flavor. The hop flavor comes out a little more to balance. The flavor is a little rich, but still finishes clean.

M- A little rich and toasty. The body is medium-light. The finish is semi-dry.

O- Very solid. Nice toast and rich malt character. But still light and clean.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right out of the can but it looks amber to reddish. Malty spicy smell. Tastes like how it smells. Malty. Spicy. Medium feel. It was like a better yuengling. I like this. But most likely for a while would not buy again but I do enjoy almost every beer I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.61/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a stemless wineglass style beer glass.

Pours an amber, copper color. Head is an off white with a faded amber hue. Not overly aromatic but Vienna lagers shouldn't be. Taste is of caramel and wheat. There is no residual off favors as some beers of this varietal. It is not overhopped either.

Overall, this is a great example of style. It is crisp and clean, yet flavorful and hearthy. Just an awesome beer.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into an Eagles glass. From my work

L - brown-amber color with a clear hue. One finger sustainable foam dome. Ring around the glass, loose lacing.

S - caramel notes, light hop essense. Some vanilla in there too.

T - Intense malt flavor, slight aroma-matching taste. Sharp, soapy hop finish.

F - loose syrupy feel with medium carbonation. Clean but thick finish. What you would expect from a Vienna lager

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Photo of irs
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at main street cafe in Princeton. Nice drinkable lager. Nose is quite winey, not a bad thing, just a bit unusual. A very pleasant nose all in all. A bit on the sweet side, but only pleasantly so. Very nice on a muggy summer afternoon.

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Photo of Johnor3
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice when poured, Amber color is very good. I thought that the head disappeared rather quickly. Smell gets some hints of pine needles and citrus. Tastes complex, strong flavor with a sweet middle and bitter finish. Feel, like a bubbly lager. It just did not do it for me. I had heard this beer hyped up as winning a gold medal, and saw reviews of praise from beer drinkers. I had high expectations about this beer, so I bought a six pack. I found it to be a bit too bitter for my taste. I do not drink beer often and when I do it is only one or two 12 oz servings. This beer may grow on me since I will have to drink the rest of my six pact. As far as Vienna Lagers go, I like Samuel Adams Boston Lager a a lot better than this one.

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Churchville Lager from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.