Rumspringa Golden Bock - Lancaster Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
07-07-2011 21:45:52 | More by Buggies
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-07-2011 17:59:37 | More by ebby82
2.78/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
07-07-2011 01:40:26 | More by powellmg
3.35/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
07-02-2011 00:35:43 | More by mvanaskie13
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
06-30-2011 19:12:13 | More by Stinkypuss
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
06-19-2011 17:10:48 | More by micromaniac129
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
06-14-2011 22:44:21 | More by WanderingFool
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
05-31-2011 11:50:58 | More by therica
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-19-2011 21:25:32 | More by GimmeGumballHead
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
05-14-2011 00:13:19 | More by Dotcubed
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
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?
05-11-2011 01:10:19 | More by woodychandler
3.35/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
05-09-2011 14:47:53 | More by rfgetz
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-07-2011 03:22:17 | More by ZeroSignal
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
04-30-2011 19:48:44 | More by SwarthmoreBev1
4.35/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
04-27-2011 22:56:00 | More by StaEva
3.75/5 rDev +5%
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.
04-25-2011 23:27:41 | More by Knapp85
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-25-2011 08:24:05 | More by WVbeergeek
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-11-2011 20:24:00 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-10-2011 23:00:47 | More by BARFLYB
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
04-02-2011 13:21:31 | More by tone77
3.33/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
11-22-2010 03:54:52 | More by cosmicevan
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-11-2010 15:21:22 | More by goblue3509
4.15/5 rDev +16.2%
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!
06-08-2010 23:04:45 | More by bigfnjoe
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
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
Bottom line, this is the beer to drink while considering a lifetime of Anababtist piety. Forgiveness is all !
06-04-2010 19:39:13 | More by BeerIsland
Rumspringa Golden Bock from Lancaster Brewing Company
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