Rumspringa Golden Bock - Lancaster Brewing Company

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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:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
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
Reviews by ZeroSignal:
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A - Dark golden pour with nice clarity; thinnish off-white head that quickly settles to a skim, leaving a loose lace.

S - Sweet and malty in the nose, toasted malt is abundant with just a hint of an herbal, maybe somewhat grassy hop presence

T&M - Thicker feel with a medium-heavy body. This beer carries a certain viscous quality while drinking, and while I pick up the honey flavor very easily, I think it's even more pronounced by the thickness of this beer. Add sweetness from the toasted malts and you've got one sweet brew...almost syrupy, but not sugary. Some generous hopping with a clean, herbal nature cleans it up a bit, and keeps the drink rolling; adding a bit of smoothness where I wouldn't expect to find it given the feel. Sweetness resonates in the finish with just a hint of alcohol.

O - This is a bigger, heavier brew then I was expecting. It's actually quite tasty when enjoyed rather slowly, as otherwise I found the sweetness to be somewhat overwhelming. It's not cloying by any stretch; it just builds throughout the drink. This one forces moderation, and I'm okay with that. All told, I would revisit if the mode struck.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Rumspringa has been a long time comin'. Rolled out for Phila Beer Week, this golden lager appeared at the the brewery on Friday, the 4th of June. It starts out with a tight head that dissapates into lace. There is a slight floral honey nose. It's very bright and golden in the glass. It's very smooth tasting and well balanced. Even with the honey, there is a tart finish helped by some nice German hopping.

There was significant debate amongst the LBC personnel concerning the ABV of this item. The server said 7+%. Dale the brewer opted for 9-10%. Some folks in the back thought more like 8%. I guess when the labs come back, the controversy will be settled.

2nd Update! Labs conducted at The Lion indicate 7.4%

Suffice it to say, the Rumspringa has considerable heft although one would never know it. It's possible some of that tang on the finish is a bit of alcohol, as well as hops. I would be very surprised if it was over 9; 7-8 seems more likely based on the effect of a Mug Club mug.

UPDATE FROM THE LBC WEBSITE: Malts: Carmel 40, Cara-Pils, 2 Row Pale, Munich 10, Honey

Hops: Tettnang, Hallertau, Cluster, Saaz

OG: 18

ABV: 6.6%

IBU:30

Bottom line, this is the beer to drink while considering a lifetime of Anababtist piety. Forgiveness is all !

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a Lancaster Brewing product canned and brewed by the Lion Brewery in Wilkes Barre, PA. Either way I love seeing another PA brewed can option out there. This one pours a brilliant honey golden completely clear body with a brilliant off white head forming thick and leaving behind fine even bands of lacing. Aroma sweet biscuit malts drizzled with honey this beer smells great with a welcoming background of Euro hops coming out herbal/grassy notes. Semi balanced mix of sweet malts with notes of honey additions really making up the malt backbone to this honey infused Maibock. A bit of rough grainy character going on with herbal/grassy hop finish, a bit one dimensional in a good way. I also enjoyed their canned Kolsch but I feel it had that same rough graininess going on. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation doesn't become cloying goes down pretty effortlessly. A nice spring beer with appropriate name for the area it's brewed in, whether your'e a man stream beer drinker or a coming of age Amish man out to do some hard living this beer is a fine option.

Photo of ebby82
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, delicious canned beer, my newly discovered love. Better yet, a beer's name which celebrates an Amish rite of passage.

Pours a tawny gold into a pint glass from the can. A frothy head, but I've always found that cans tend to pour more aggressively than bottles.

The aroma is of lager yeast, honey, and malt.

The taste is of caramel, lightly roasted grain, and a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

The only thing that detracts from this beer is the slight alcohol taste. If this were absent, it would be a perfect session beer. As it is, its a solid maibock with a great name.

Photo of GimmeGumballHead
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks again to IDrinkGas for these PA locals...

A - obviously, a golden color, very minimal head, relatively clear and not super carbonated

S - relatively mild and boring smells, nothing exceptional

T - Very good taste, definitely feel/taste the honey.

M - drinks like a quality bock, goes down very smooth.

O - I don't know what I would actively seek this beer out, but it is not bad by any means. perhaps I'm just not that into honey or bocks. probably the honey.

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 tone77
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some honey is present. Taste is the same, malts, honey, biscuits, a touch of hops is detected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

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 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 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 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 bigfnjoe
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Harrisburg located. Poured into my giant mug of doom/destruction and/or chaos.

A- pours a very nice gold with a one finger dark white head. Absolutely stunning lacing.

S- not getting a lot here...slight hints of honey. LBC's scents are not their strongest suit. At least I'm getting SOMETHING.

T- its got a slightly sweet taste due to the honey...but theres some bitterness too. It sure as hell doesn't taste like any maibock I've ever had. Can't really taste the alcohol much either. Pretty damn nice, if I may say so myself

M- real nice. Not too thick, not too thin...juuust right.

D- pretty drinkable. Very subtle flavors, doesn't beat you over the head with anything. My kind of beer....hope this gets more distribution and doesn't just stay as a seasonal release!

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 rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a tarnished, dulled gold color, frothy burst of head gone quickly. Scent is quite malty and honey sweet with some rye-like spicyness and earthy hops. Taste follows scent, but slighly muddy and muddled. Lighter side of medium bodied, lager crisp smooth. Easy drinking but lacks the umph other beers in the style provide.

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My hometown heroes, LanCANster Brewing Co., have come through yet again! Last summer, they CANned their Kolsch and this spring, it is the Rumspringa Golden Bock. My, oh, my. I CAN't wait to add this gem to The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "Bright, Spirited & Rebellious"; "Ale brewed with honey"; "Embrace your rebellious side! Our feisty Golden Bock Lager is brewed with real Lancaster County honey and has a subtle malt flavor complimented by a flawless balance of domestic and European hops."

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch, producing just over a finger of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was quite sweet with a little alcohol heat thrown into the mix. Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy with an initial sweetness, lager-like, with a bit of honey and more of that heat mentioned on the nose, but this time on the tongue. Phew! It was not going to make me go out and peddle painkillers for The Pagans, but I did start to CANtemplate howling at the moon. Finish was very smooth, to the point that I had downed over half of it without a second thought. Let's see - this and Ten Fidy in the cooler. That shouldn't be a problem later, should it?

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 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.

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

Rumspringa pours a clear honey yellow with a two finger, thick white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring around the surface leaving behind spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity and sweet. Notes of apricot and sweet malt with some grassy hops mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick and slightly syrupy. Light carbonation. The flavor begins sweet and malty. Toasted malt, caramel and honey are present. Some metallic flavors are also detected. The sweetness is balanced out with grassy hops and some notes of lemon grass. It finishes slightly bitter with the lemon grass and toasted malt lingering on the palate.

This beer is well balanced and tasty. Perhaps a bit too sweet with the malt for my tastes. I'd enjoy this beer with some good hard fancy cheese.

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

Took a chance on a style I don't usually imbibe.

It was reasonably local, and I felt that there was potential so I got a 12 pack on a whim.

Looks stunning, beautiful golden hue. Nice tight white foam.

Faint malty bock smell. Not much there.
Follows up with big flavor, heavy, dry, bitter brute for after the field is plowed. Tasty.

Heavier than it looks.

In the end, not a bad decision. It is a great spring beer for when the yard work's finished. Perfect for pretzels.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster Rumspringa

12 oz can, pours a deep golden orange in color, white head forms and recedes quickly. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, honey and bread. In the flavor, caramel, bready malts, honey and a kiss of earthy hops. Not overly sweet, surprisingly well balanced. Honey, bread, leafy hops, little to no alcohol presence. Medium bodied feel, carbonation is moderate. Overall, a decent beer, in a can.

Photo of goblue3509
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with an one and a half finger head which gives way to some nice lacing. The aroma is faint with hints of honey and a very small hop presence. The taste is of sweet honey with a little bit of hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, but the flavors and aromas are more subtle than obvious.

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 mvanaskie13
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass: nice dense off white head, light clinging; color is amber nice effervescence, a touch dense.

Smell is sweet malt, hints of bread and caramel, with honey sweet undertones, not enough hop scent.

Taste is caramely malt, light notes of bread and honey dryness, a bit more bitterness in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the sweet, cloying side and finishes very dry with hint of bitterness.

Overall, a touch dissapointing for a maibock, but as a general brew its a little tasty.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken visiting the brewpub this past summer. Hung out in Hershey Park, ate some chocolate, dealt with having to buy cases only when looking for beer and hit up this brewpub (not the one pictured, the other location).

soft honey copper coloring. honey on the nose and flavor. very smooth, buy i could definitely taste the alcohol. it was a bit heavy.

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