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Rumspringa Golden Bock - Lancaster Brewing Company

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 127
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 127
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of powellmg
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served @ 45F in a pint glass.

Poured a fairly clear, deep gold color with almost no head. Low aroma of alcohol, banana, some honey (or maybe I just think so because of the label). Tasted of toasted malt, some peppery flavors. Pretty astringent on the finish. Not any sweeter than a usual bock, despite the honey. Alcohol was very noticeable and seemed out of balance to me. Medium-bodied, fairly high carbonation. Just ok.

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Photo of claspada
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of jifigz
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Chaz
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of FosterJM
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1524th Review on BA
Can to Speiglau wheat 

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of GimmeGumballHead
3.41/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz CAN into a pint glass.

Rumspringa came out looking burnt gold with a bigger than light build on it. The shade is hazy golden with a bright off white foam about an inch high settling into a cap with suds. Smell is fairly grassy, only a few minutes out of the CAN and earth and grain come up. Some German type aroma hops and some bock sweetness, not really dank honey though. Taste comes through earthy with some sense of sweet malt addition and a touch of honey nectar in the middle, very tame. Afterwards it's a grainy mess and off putting. This continues in aftertaste, the liquid is a step up from light, light on carb as well, finishes fairly weak and flat, not saying this is flat though, some life. A fairly decent take on the style,not something I would want to take while hiking, that's all.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz can, paid about a dollah twunny fyve. Poured into a shaker glass. The bock appears a cear deep golden yellow color with a good inch or so of off white foam. Nose and flavors are of toasted grains, pretty sweet taste, crisp hop bitterness cuts through the sweetness from time to time. Smooth drinking and pretty unoffensive. Not bad for the price and worth a try or two.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Rumspringa Golden Bock from Lancaster Brewing Company
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