Rumspringa Golden Bock - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 127
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerIsland on 06-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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 Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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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 woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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?

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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 Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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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 tone77
3.75/5  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.

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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 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 DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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 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 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 WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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 stephenjmoore
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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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 bigfnjoe
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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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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