Rumspringa Golden Bock - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Rumspringa Golden BockRumspringa Golden Bock

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81
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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerIsland on 06-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 48
Photo of jifigz
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint glass

This beer pours a deep golden color with a head that disappeared almost instantly. The color of this beer comparable to that of a deep apple juice. The aroma of this brew is sugary sweet with tiny little wisps of hops. I'm not really picking too much else up in the aroma. The taste is very smooth and very sweet. It almost is too sweet and needs another flavor to the profile to be anything special. The beer is basically nothing but sweet. The MF is smooth and medium bodied, due to all of that residual sugar I'm sure, and it goes down very easily.

This beer is very average. Not something I will probably ever buy another case of. It isn't great, but it isn't bad. It is a refreshing and easy to drink beer with no real bold character.

Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a thick off white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Grainy, bready malt aromas with sweet honey earthy herbal hops in the background. On the thicker side of medium bodied with a slighlty slick feel despite the assertive, rolling, yet refreshing carbonation. Herbal hop flavors at the beginning that taper through the middle. Earthy malt flavor from beginning to end with a touch of honey sweetness. Finishes cleanly with a light herbal bitterness.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.36/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Clear & golden, but with average head that fades without appreciable lacing.

S: Mild sweetness and grain, but I can't help thinking of fragranced soap.

T: Half a second of sweetness, but immediately it's replaced with a sharp bitterness of hops without any of the expected grain or fruit flavors. The finish had an unpleasant fatty acid taste.

M: Moist but not very well carbonated, and lacking crispness.

O: Even a bite of salty crackers between sips couldn't entice me to finish this one. A bad can? I don't know; but it ended with a drain pour. I doubt I'll try any of Lancaster's other offerings based on this unpleasant experience.

Photo of Jimmys
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can. 02813 is the code on the bottom of the can.

A: no carb. golden/orange body. head is white, retention is decent, lacing is not.

S: sweet, a lotta honey, almost caramel flavor. yeah this thing really blasts you. all sweet, no balance.

T: starts sweet. more of unfermented grain than honey in flavor. virtually no hop bitterness besides a minor balancing act in regard to all this sweetness. a little bit of diacetyl on the finish.

M: carb is low. body is medium.

D: meh, a so-so bock. too sweet with a few imperfections. pass.

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Harrisburg Location, enjoyed chilled in a nonic.

the color is deep golden with light haze and thick cream cap with micro bead and thick lace. The smell is very full with lots of sweet malt and perhaps a floral honey aroma which adds to the malt presence. The feel is good with slightly fuller feel and creamy body with modest carbonation and semi sweet finish with light spice.

The taste is excellent for the style with plenty of lager character and enough malt to be considered a bock without any question and the slightly sweet aspect the honey brings is nice with mild hops and gentle yeast which makes you think it is unfiltered. I enjoyed this but would probably on enjoy 1 per sitting since it is a filling beer with more sweetness than most in the lineup.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Transparent pale amber body with a bubbly off white head. Carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the pint glass and the head leaves some lacing.

S- Honey and lager yeast. Some grainy bread aromas come through as well. Definitely a lot of sweet aromas from the honey, but also some tree fruit aromas.

T- More bock-like flavors than I expected. The honey compliments, but does give this one a lot of sweetness. Some fruity flavors come through along with the grainy lager flavors. There are also some weird flavors that sneak through as well like unsweetened Rice Krispies. Overall all pretty good flavor though.

M- Medium bodied, crisp with medium carbonation. Very good.

O- Pleseantly surprised with this one. Great spring beer with nice bock flavors.

Photo of claspada
2.89/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very dark golden yellow color with a small white head that recedes at a medium pace.

Aromas begin with a slight candy malt sweetness and that clean lager yeast presence. Some light sourish wheat and some light herbal hops.

The tastes begin with the above slight honey/pale malt sweeteness with this immediate odd brash yeast and/or alcohol flavor that I can't quite place. Some light herbal/noble hop presence with that continuing odd estery flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly medicinal and estery and lacks that clean yeast presence I was expecting after the aroma.

Overall I am not sure what the issue with this can of beer was but it was just not good. For a helles bock or maibock you expect solid malt flavors with a complementary clean lager finish. This has neither, so pass.

Photo of FosterJM
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1524th Review on BA
Can to Speiglau wheat 
12oz

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this
No canning date

App- A very honey color with rich goldenrods and dark oranges. A nice puffy two finger head that was pure white. Semi scattered cling.

Smell- The honey is very prevalent on the nose with a malty candy sweetness. The bock style comes out with some fruit,wheat and booze.

Taste- For a person with an aversion to honey, this was pretty tasty. A bit malty, a bit sweet and well rounded. Semi dessert glaze like with some caramel in there.

Mouth- A semi medicinal flavor is present on the finish. A bit of the honey creeps forward and brings a semi medium body with a medium carbonation.

Drink- Fairly tasty with a good depth of flavor. As this warms takes on a very unique flavor which I cant put my finger on. Probably wouldnt have this one again though.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark straw yellow with eggshell white head.

Smell is nice..sweet, grainy, plenty of malt, little hops.

Taste is a bit too sweet, even boozy in an odd way, little bitterness, light floral hops.

Not a bad canned brew but not the best from LBC

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ha! Funny name for a beer...which 99% of people will have no clue as to what it means.

A mennonite guy I knew once told me (with a look of disturbed awe in his eyes) that Amish kids do more drugs, party harder, and everything else you can imagine, more than anyone else he has ever seen. The root of this behavior is Rumspringa, when Amish kids are permitted to go out and do whatever they please for a specific amount of time. Then, they are required to choose which life they wish to lead. I hear that 99% choose to return to and live a purely Amish life.

Well, as for the beer. I don't like bocks. I would never, ever, ever, order a bock in a bar by choice. This is a pretty nice one though. Smooth tone with a nice bitter back bite, in a bock kinda way. Not that I am an authority on bocks or anything. But this is a pretty decent and easy drinking bock. Nice character and well done. I can dig it.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can for a buck fidy. A code of 02412 is printed, but I'm not sure what that means.

A mostly clear orange amber with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and a little lacing, this looks pretty decent. The nose is quite nice for the style (which, I have to be up front about, is one I don't care for). To me, a lot of maibocks really do smell like liquid bread, and this is no different. Honey, bread, a mild hop character (earth and lemon). A little bit of toffee is also present, as is a little sulfur. Solid.

The palate opens quite smooth with a blend of honey, burnt sugar, a modest hoppy bitterness and some earthy flavors. The burnt sugar note is quite nice, especially the way it complements the honey and sweeter notes - not quite bitter, a little sharp (in the way solvent-y beers are, but this isn't solventy at all). Toast, bread, a mild caramel note and again, the burnt sugar round out the palate. A little spicy as well. The hop level here seems pretty darned good, lending just a little bit of bitterness and flavor. Mildly sweet on the finish with burnt sugar, caramel and a little honey, this beer is medium in body, moderately carbonated and quite smooth on the palate. I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying this. Recommended.

Photo of B33R501
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was delicious with last nites Chaps Norristown happy hour dinner French onion soup and 1/2 price hot wings. And 1/2 price $2.35 pint, you can't beat that.

Pretty golden color, not much aroma probably hard to tell with the hot wings but it smells like a lager. Taste just popped though, robust and nicely malted, sweetbreads with a nice blast of sweetness and honey. Balanced and drinkable, terrific mouthfeel. Surprisingly boozy for a < 7% beer that I don't mind at all, some may say this detracts, I say it enhances the beer.

Outstanding. Think I'll get a 32 growler today, something different for a change.

Photo of jonvan04
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can and into a glass, the color was a light brown with a faint amount of red in there. The head was thin and white. The aroma was of biscuity malts with some wheat and honey thrown in along with a little bit of an herbal hop aroma. The taste was of smooth bready malts up front followed by sweet toffee and caramel like flavors surrounded by a refreshing hop bitterness at the end. There were some lingering dark fruit, more plumlike flavors mixed in along with some notes from the honey. It was light bodied and easy drinking, more complex than I had thought. A good easy drinking spring beer.

Photo of philbe311
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The slightest of fizzy off-white head that quickly fizzes away leaving nothing more than a splotch of lace and a thin collar... The color is a glowing mix of amber, honey, and orange... Loaded with medium sized moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - A pleasant slightly sweet aroma... Oranges... Honey... A bit of brown sugar... Fruity... Melon... Cantaloupe... Pears... Some bready and wheat notes...

T - The palette is much more assertive than I expected... A bit of booziness from the get go... Sweet fruits... A surprising bit of bitterness... Some brown sugar notes... Heavy on the bready malts...

M - Medium to full bodied... Prickly carbonation... The finish is slightly dry and a bit chalky... Rather pedestrian...

D - An interesting offering from Lancaster Brewing... Not bad, but nothing memorable either... Some interesting components, none of which seem to compliment one another... Very good aroma and average at best in all other facets...

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Golden, honey copper color with virtually no head despite ferocious carbonation bubbles and spirals.

S: Spicy yeast and hop aroma with a subtle, fruity, honey aroma laced with some bracing alcohol.

T: Bright, sweet and bitter malts up front with a hint of spicy, floral hops before becoming sticky sweet with a cloven, honey taste. The finish is dry, herbal and a bit boozy with lingering traces of honey goodness.

M: Medium-full bodied bock with fierce carbonation and a slightly sweet honey slick in the finish.

O: An herbal take on the traditional Helles bock style with local flair; Lancaster county honey. The 6.6% ABV bock comes off a bit boozy, and the carbonation is a little extreme for my palate. Not all that bad, but not without its flaws, either.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a pristine clarity shows a light whisper of carbonation. The head is quick to come and go, leaving a thin creamy covering that was light beige. No window dressing.

S: Light freshly cut pears, green melons, dry grains with a light flowery fresh green hopping. Some hay and dried honey toast rounds things out.

T: The flavor was fresh with grains and hay, honey toast with some spicy dried fruitiness. Some pears and green melon as observed on the nose with some dry flowery hops and dried orange hints. Nice grain base with a complimentary dry flowery seems like noble hop presence. A light alcohol detection finishes things out.

M: Buttery mouthful, medium bodied with a decent feel.

O: Overall grainy, dry with a spring time feel of flowery hops makes for a decent spring bock beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Recipe by Lancaster B.C., contract brewed and canned at Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA

I've been seeing these cans around so much, I decided it was time to give the beer a try, but not being much of a 6-pack buyer, I was fortunate to see this on tap at TJ's. Copper color with a fluffy white head that dissipated quite a bit but left some lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty light, sweet and grainy. Taste of toasted grains, honey sweetness, leafy hops, with a dry bitterness left in the mouth. Light mouthfeel and a bit watery. Pretty underwhelming overall, but not too bad. Easily drinkable anyway.

Photo of chefhatt
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, had on-tap at paradise by the slice.
Was served in a pint glass. It had a golden honey color body, with no head to it. The smell is a little malty with hints of honey. The taste is sweet up from and some malt comes through with a little bitterness to finish. Great mouth feel and overall a enjoyable beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Well for canned in spring and being over 6 months old their is still a good amount of creamy sticky head. Color is a nice orange yellow.

S - Smells of bready malts and honey mostly. Grainy as well but mostly sweet smelling.

T - Fairly smooth and sweet but not very hoppy. Good sweet malts, honey flavors, and a touch of caramel. Good bock.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall it was a good buy at $1.75 for a single and would be worth buying again.

Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear coppery gold, with several fingers of slightly off-white colored billowy head. This settles down into a thick finger, leaving back a sticky latticework of foamy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and floral and lightly spicy, with a dash of citric fruit. There is a touch of sweet grains and honey across the back but main focus of the nose is on those hops.

The taste is much sweeter, with notes of honey and toasted bread. Maybe a bit too sweet feeling overall. Hops hang on the edge of the profile, with spicy and earthy citrus flavors that cut some of the sugars and finish this dry and pithy feeling. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (maybe a little fuller); with a light sharpness on the tongue that then gives way to more of a softly carbonated chewiness along the back. This feels about right for a Bock, with the alcohol thankfully being confined just to the fuller feel here.

This actually wasn’t bad for a Bock (I try to keep my expectations in check when it comes to Lancaster beers) but the honey addition did add a bit too much sweetness to this that didn’t always sit right with the heftier feel. I’m not quite sure if this is the best choice of a style to put in a can but this is far from a bad beer.

Photo of Chaz
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey amber-gold in color, topped with a frothy off-white head. Good head retention and lacing exhibited right here.

Nose is sweet and malty, with lighter spicy phenols and a fusel element that seems out of place...

On the first sip this one is as sweet and malty as the nose had suggested it would be, and there's a huge, truly massive tongue-coatingly creamy smoothness to it that all but overwhelms my other sense impressions. Sweet and fruit-forward is probably the most succinct way that I can describe the flavors, here: notes of ripe golden apple, pear... nary a trace of bitterness here, though perhaps the last couple of reviews have caused my bitter-detectors to go kittywampus (both were IPAs).

Boozy*, and the fusel notes I picked up in the nose make me wonder a little about the proportion of honey to base malt in this recipe. Of course, this one is not very much like any of the other honey beers I've tried (lager or ale), but I'm not holding it against the mighty Rumspringa GB! I know that this is a lager 'cause the labeling tells me so, but it is manifestly Ale-like.

Smooth and perhaps a little bit -too- easy drinking, to the point that I'd like to have *TWO* of these in succession, but two of these in a row would likely knock me on my CAN, har har!

I'd sure like to try this one again, perhaps in a blind taster against another Helles/Mai/bock. After all, just how many helles bocks do you find in a can nowadays, huh? A big THANK YOU to Woody Chandler for providing me with the opportunity to finally try a beer from the world-famous brewing town of Lancaster!

*I'm sure this one is 7%+ -- the yeast got away from ya, folks!
Can code: 08711

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can to pint glass.
Pours a amber/copper color with good clarity. The head is nice and fluffy with a little cling. The nose is malty and sweet with a good german lager yeast smell rounding it out. Palate is nice and malty with just a touch of honey. If it didn't mention the honey on the can, I might not have noticed it. There is plenty of body and finishes a bit dry. A nice bock at a fair price but isn't a stunner by any means.

Photo of engisch
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a decent white head. Extremely clear! Nearly flawless looking. The smell is of malts and sweet sugars. Leaves behind a lacy head.

Taste is vey malt forward. If you like malty beers this is a good one for you. Very little bitterness, but enough for malty-swinging beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but nothing offensive. Overall, I'd definitely drink this again when I'm in a malty beer mood. One more good can beer!!!

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice spice notes. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly spicy. Medium Body. A very tasty brew.

Photo of Buggies
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting aromas of alcohol, banana, grapes and caramel. I'm not sure what the grape is coming from, but interesting none the less.

If you like malt forward, sweet beers, than this one is for you. All the aromas com through in the flavors. Sweet and good, but the sweetness is cut short by a little hop balancing.

Overall, I love this damn beer. Not sure that it fits in the style that it claims (maybe the cause of many bad scores), but this is a damn fine beer. And it's in a can as well.

Not for everyone, but those who like a beer on the sweeter side, this is one for you.

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Rumspringa Golden Bock from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.