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Lancaster Kölsch - Lancaster Brewing Company

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our German-style Kolsch pays homage to the traditional beer of Cologne. It pours a pale straw color, delivering floral hop notes and a smooth malt character developed from extended cold aging.

(Beer added by: DmanGTR on 06-15-2010)
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4.96/5  rDev +37.4%

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4.96/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of DocBrewroo
4.93/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The cans where a huge hit! Enjoyed with friends on the water off Annapolis.

Slightly darker gold than expected, this brew poured with a white frothy head that lingered leaving behind subtle lacing. I picked up nice malts and citrus on the nose; on the palate those same malts show with a slightly more assertive hop character than I expected(but totally enjoyed.) All in all an excellent release from LBC, great for these ridiculously hot summer days.

It's about time Lancaster started moving in the right direction with new management and better beer quality. I can't wait to see what Bill Moore & Company have up their sleeves for the fall !

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of sage717
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour - nice light color with a perfect white foam. Some nice lacing as well

Aroma - slight citrus notes.

Taste - clean & crisp very refreshing beer straight from the first sip. Some slight lemon noted can be tasted as well.

Overall - I can honestly say that this is the perfect beer for a hot day. Its crisp and refreshing with a nice bite and very clean finish.

great job on your first canned beer Lancaster - I did it right!

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Took awhile for this to get on tap due to some distro issues. Finally had it a couple of weeks after I was initially told about it...how'd it measure up?

Served on tap into my huge mug club mug of death.

A- pours a cloudy, honey colored shade of gold with a one finger white head. Laces nicely.

S- getting a lot of lemonish hops. Unique for something by Lancaster...a pretty strong scent! I likey.

T- you get a huge bite of bitterness from the lemons and first, and then some sweetness. Tastes like...summer.

M- feel is good. Nothing outstanding.

D- oh hells yes this is drinkable! Low ABV, nice tasting, plus, its sold in cans so you can bring it on the beach with you. Total summer beer, and one of the better ones I've had. Kudos to LBC for churning this one out...much better than the Rare Rooster I'm used to from them in the summer.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can to pint glass. Phenomenal value at $23 a case.

A: Pours with a bright white bubbly head that struggles to get up to 1 finger. Medium retention leaves a thin, sudsy film. The body is pale golden straw, clear and very light in color. Super thin sheets of lace with tattered ends. Nothing particularly great about the appearance but, given the style, nothing exciting was expected.

S & T: Average malts of grains, biscuit and straw, soft (from the wheat malt) and untoasted. Average hop contribution: grassy and floral. Lightly yeasty, leafy and somewhat soapy. Subtle fruit flavors of apple and pear. Light front-end sweetness and average flavor duration. Stylistically on point.

M: The body is medium full and semi thick right out of the fridge. It does, however, thin out a bit as the beer warms. Lively carbonation with a crisp, dry finish. This is a very refreshing, highly quaffable summer brew.

D: LBC's Kölsch makes it easy to realize the importance of drinking seasonally. I've bought 2 cases to drink throughout the summer's hottest days, which is the only way this brew should be enjoyed.

Photo of mrerdely
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of BeerMeTexas
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Very Smooth, excellent head with very light hops and no bitterness. Great find. Thanks to the folks at the Strange Brew Tavern in Allentown, PA.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of rfoltz53
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very golden straw color. Slightly hazy with little in way of carbonation.
Head is white and delicate fading away to nothingness.

A very light malt aroma with equally sutle hints of floral hops.

Flavor is soft malts with some light fruitiness and floral hops.

Smooth and crisp feeling and a dry finish.

I like this beer. It is nice and light and yet has good flavors or the summer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice surprise to see a Lancaster beer in the almighty can. This one pours a brilliant golden straw color with a big frothing bright eggshell white head. Fine speckled lacing coats the sides of my Hennepin chalice. Aroma has citrus lemon grass noted earthy fresh cut grass amongst a nice pale bready/cracker malt backbone. A nice balanced malty/hop mix going on, lays on some semi sweet biscuit malt presence with a lemon rind grassy earthy finish that really makes the beer crisper than most American brewed Kolsch. Great dryness in the finish, flavorful session beer this is great stuff the kind of light beer that you can sink you teeth into. Carbonation is on from the can sometimes I've seen carbonation issues that's not the case here good stuff. I'm glad I bought a case at just over 20 bucks in the Burgh to bring in the fourth this weekend.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - pours a golden, straw color that is a bit hazy and topped with a decent-sized froth of bright white foam. Some nice lacing is left as the foam slinks away.

Aroma - a little grainy with some slight citrus notes. Not a whole lot to be said about the nose on this, the style doesn't have a very pronounced aroma.

Taste - crisp, sharp and clean. That is a refreshing beer straight from the first sip. Some grainy sweetness is followed by a lip smacking, tongue snapping bite of bitterness followed by a lingering tangy flavor. Some slight lemon noted can be tasted as well.

Overall - I can honestly say that this is as an outstanding beer for a hot day. Its crisp and refreshing with a nice bite and very clean finish. Its like biting into the perfect apple, except that apple is in a glass and its beer and its awesome!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I could throw a 12-pack of this on ice and be set for a weekend. This may be the only beer these guys put in cans but they sure as hell did a great job with this one.

Photo of Sipchue
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden straw, nice white head that faded, but left a nice laceing.
Aroma is lemony and fresh.
Taste is citrusy in a lemony, slightly sour way, nice bitter flavor, finished dry and pleasant.
I was surprised that the mouth feel was more on the medium, fuller-bodied side of things.
I find this one to quench my thirst, no matter if it's right out of the fridge, or if it has rested a while.
Not sure if this is contract brewed, as the can says Wilkes-Barre PA. I bought my 12-pack at Lancaster Brewing Company on Plum Street in Lancaster.

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: crystal clear golden yellow in color with a 2" head that fell to a thick surface foam.

Smell: light malt sweetness, grass, and a hint of lemon rise from the glass.

Taste: nicely balanced beer as the malt level and mild bitterness are just right. Biscuit, lemon zest, and some grass tones round out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout with a hint a dryness late. Clean aftertaste. Refreshing.

Drinkability: super sessionable beer. This is a great beer for a hot and humid summer day in the northeast.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

Real nice brassy orange and crystal clear colored body, with some moderate speed rising carbonation cola like bubbles. Very good retention on the head, soapy and large pock marked and swiss chessed all over. Good staying power. Looks great, love this orange hue to the beer.

Faint crisp bready malt, faint sour and fruity esters. Kind of a nice spicy hop angle as well, and some good dry flour bread sense. Enjoyable smells quite nice.

This is quite a hoppy Kolsch. Nice bite to this brew with a good lime bitterness of hop. Crisp seems to be subdued with a faint drying finish, and nothing that lingers. Malts sweeten the palate a bit after some repeated sips. Lingering rolling almost astringent hop quality and lime action after some time.

Real refreshing Kolsch, going to be enjoying these, great price for them too. I'd buy this again easily.

Photo of BeerIsland
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been looking forward to reviewing this beer while watching the USA/Ghana match somewhere else than home alone. LBC was rather quiet when I showed up, as was the American team during the first half. All of a sudden, 50 bus riding Home Brewers from Lehigh Valley poured in plus a large wedding party and the joint was jumping. The staff really hopped to and all the sample glasses were used up in about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, I could sit back and enjoy the game (up until the end!) and converse with the patrons. A very pleaseant afternoon.

This beer appeared golden in the glass with a bit of lemon green tint (looking at beers through the mug club mug can accentuate the color!). The frothy head dissapated in a bit, leaving some lacing behind. The nose was subtle, mostly malts. This beer hits the tongue very nicely, crisp hops throughout and a hefty (for a Kolsch) malt base through the middle. I think the addition of Vanguard is an interesting choice and provides some of those citrusy notes reviewed elsewhere (too subtle for this old tongue!) The malt flavors tend toward the toasty biscuity. It's incredibly easy going down and the conditioning is just right.

In general, this verion is much more flavorful than most Kolsches I've tried but far from too heavy for the warmest of days. I'm very interested in trying it in the can and took a 12pack home. All in all an extremely good beer. I really enjoyed this one.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Lancaster Kölsch from Lancaster Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.