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Rumspringa Golden Bock - Lancaster Brewing Company

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82
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 6.67%
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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Photo of StaEva
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured fantastically dark golden/ oak colored with a rich creamy looking head that faded after about the third sip.

Good fresh malt smell with honey-musk and some light grass in the back of my sinus.

Very nice sweet malt tastes, doughy, slightly reminiscent of roasted wheat/ oats with a seriously clear and prominent honey flavor coming through all the way. Damn good. Very slight dry finish with the perfect hop presence. Moderate carbonation, and nice smooth drinkability. I could definitely sit there in the grass with a spring breeze blowing at dusk, have 4 or 5 of these in a row and be damn happy with life.

Great beer. Good with Brie/Camembert/ any double-cream soft-ripened cheese and a bunch of grapes or spring pears. (740 characters)

Photo of Buggies
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of therica
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

I'm not much of a fan of Lancaster beers but this one caught me by surprise-- a great find.

A= plentiful white foam over slightly cloudy lemon-yellow.

S= grassy ginger, lemon, malts.

T= a bit peppery with nice ginger and some tartness, hints of lemon, fuller-bodied than would be expected for the appearance. As far as its style though, this almost seemed more like a fullbodied weisen or even bold witte, oddly.

M= tart and peppery with nice ginger and malts.

O= sessionable and some creative uniqueness that demand a try. (566 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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! (795 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of jonvan04
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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? (1,219 characters)

Photo of engisch
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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!!! (437 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honey color. It's very clear and well carbonated producing a big fat white head.

Aroma is spicy upfront with some light fruitiness.

Sweet and malty taste that mingles with a big alcohol taste.
Bread taste pulls up the rear.

Spicy and tart in the mouth with a big alcohol punch, thats big but also soft.

Better maybe on a crisp fall or spring day then on a hot summer day due to the high alcohol. (412 characters)

Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know how this beer was going to turn out, when I first got it. I was worried that the honey was going to overwhelm the bock and take to a place that Lancaster Brewing didn't want to take it. I really liked the golden color and light aroma that came from pouring it into a glass. When I took my first sip I found it very refreshing and the kiss of honey that is added really finishes the beer in my opinion. (415 characters)

Photo of BeerIsland
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 ! (1,268 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of B33R501
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour of this brew was a really nice golden color with highlights of yellow. The head was pretty good too, it was pretty creamy looking till it faded away and just formed a ring aroun the glass. The aroma is of fresh grains and sweet honey. The taste has some impressive refreshing sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. Overall I liked this brew. (366 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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 (255 characters)

Photo of ebby82
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (435 characters)

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Rumspringa Golden Bock from Lancaster Brewing Company
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