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Rumspringa Golden Bock - Lancaster Brewing Company

Rumspringa Golden BockRumspringa Golden Bock

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BA SCORE
81
good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%


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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Chaz

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 00:33:36 | More by Chaz
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 18:19:46 | More by JunkYardJake
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engisch

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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!!!

Serving type: can

07-09-2011 03:35:46 | More by engisch
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Wasatch

Utah

3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: can

07-08-2011 00:35:40 | More by Wasatch
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 21:45:52 | More by Buggies
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ebby82

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 17:59:37 | More by ebby82
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powellmg

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 01:40:26 | More by powellmg
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 00:35:43 | More by mvanaskie13
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 19:12:13 | More by Stinkypuss
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2011 17:10:48 | More by micromaniac129
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-14-2011 22:44:21 | More by WanderingFool
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therica

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 11:50:58 | More by therica
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GimmeGumballHead

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-19-2011 21:25:32 | More by GimmeGumballHead
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-14-2011 00:13:19 | More by Dotcubed
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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?

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 01:10:19 | More by woodychandler
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-09-2011 14:47:53 | More by rfgetz
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-07-2011 03:22:17 | More by ZeroSignal
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SwarthmoreBev1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-30-2011 19:48:44 | More by SwarthmoreBev1
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2011 22:56:00 | More by StaEva
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-25-2011 23:27:41 | More by Knapp85
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-25-2011 08:24:05 | More by WVbeergeek
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-11-2011 20:24:00 | More by ClockworkOrange
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-10-2011 23:00:47 | More by BARFLYB
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-02-2011 13:21:31 | More by tone77
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cosmicevan

New York

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 03:54:52 | More by cosmicevan
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Rumspringa Golden Bock from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.