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Rumspringa Golden Bock - Lancaster Brewing Company

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerIsland on 06-04-2010)
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Reviews by hmich176:
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

hmich176, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

TimoP, Aug 13, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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 !

BeerIsland, Jun 04, 2010
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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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

BoilerSteve, Aug 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

bconsidine, May 02, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

ebby82, Jul 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

ko21361, Feb 27, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

GimmeGumballHead, May 19, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Kegatron, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%

PaBeerLover, Feb 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

dexterk1, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

tone77, Apr 02, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Apr 09, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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...

philbe311, Apr 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

mdillon86, Mar 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Mudawg, Apr 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

IdrinkGas, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

st9647v3, Sep 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

salthemonster, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

mendvicdog, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

TimPell, Apr 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

zoso1967, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of claspada
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

claspada, Feb 10, 2013
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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.

DrDemento456, Feb 02, 2012
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Rumspringa Golden Bock from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.