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Lancaster Kölsch - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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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Photo of ujsplace


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden straw colored brew with a two finger thick head that fades into sticky lace.

Smells of lemony citrus hops slightly buttery.

Tastes lemony and with a bit more hop bitterness than I would have expected. A nice dry finish.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

An incredibly sessionable, quenching brew. Definitely a summer hit at parties.

Serving type: can

05-27-2011 01:12:46 | More by ujsplace
Photo of chefhatt


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a perfect pint glass, it has a 2-3"white head that is on top of a golden color body. The smell is light of lemon and hops. The taste is very nice and crisp, i get a sense of lemon, citrus and not a strong taste of hops, but it is present. It has a great mouth feel, smooth and is very drinkable. Goes down nice.

Serving type: can

02-25-2011 21:20:11 | More by chefhatt
Photo of youradhere


2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from obrienej in a trade.

Pours clear with ample white pillowy head; head lasts a while and has a medium creamy texture. Body is medium gold, almost bronze. Smell is of spicy rust, mild grain aroma. Taste is hop bitter forward carried by light malt, I want to say they used Northern Brewer for bittering, light, very light grain however overshadowed by the hops. Some mild spicy hop flavor on the backside, light and fluffy mouthfeel, hop bitter lingering in the after taste mixed with some "can" flavor. If this didn't have the slippery and creamy mouthfeel, any more hop bitterness or it didn't have the subdued carbonation it does, I don't think this brew would do it for me.

Serving type: can

11-17-2010 04:38:25 | More by youradhere
Photo of russpowell


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from woodychandler, review based on notes

Poured into my Koln Christmarkt Kolsch Glass, renders an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Straw & grassyness faint breadyness, all faded over time

T: Bready notes, lemony hops, slight apricot & pear flavors up front. Lemony hops & grainyness, plus slight astringency as this warms, some floral hops, pears & a touch of honey. Finishes crisp & slightly grainy

MF: Light/medium bodied, light carbonation & nice overall crispness; great balance

An easy drinker. Good take on the style

Serving type: can

10-29-2010 21:10:59 | More by russpowell
Photo of Florida9


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow straw in color. Forms a big two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Rather muted. Light lemon citrus and a bit of bread.

T: Light bit of toast or cracker. Lightly sweet. Green apple tartness with some citrus hops.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation.

D: A good example of a kolsch, which is not a style that I particularly care for. But this beer is representative of the style and is done well. Light and easy drinking.

Serving type: can

10-22-2010 02:01:27 | More by Florida9
Photo of Kegatron


3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a German stange glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 2-3 fingers of thick and rich bright-white head. This retains with a thin creamy layer of foam that rings the sides of the glass with lacing. The aroma is floral and spicy smelling with a green and earthy tinge to it. Fruit and malt team up to give this an underlying sweet twang in the nose. The spice REALLY comes out strongly as this warms up.

That spiciness carries over to the taste, with peppery notes helping bring out the gritty bitterness of the hops. Fruity citric character is present but is coming off as a little more green than sweet, as a crisp malt backing provides most of the balancing sweetness here. This finishes earthy with that lingering spice really hanging around for a good while. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to it but this also seems to carry a touch of syrupy heft underneath as well which is holding the drinkibility of this back some.

This was rather middle of pack for me as far as the Kölsch styles go. Just a lot of spice here and that syrupy mix of sweetness and fruit could have maybe have used even more balancing bitterness than what was there. Not horrible by any means but there are some others out there that I would go to first. I do like the canning of this by Lancaster though. We need more cans in Central PA!

Serving type: can

10-18-2010 16:48:15 | More by Kegatron
Photo of confer


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really liking beer out of can and I am really liking Kölsch so this was a good combo.
A-Pale gold and hazy.
S-Sweet clean grape juice smell.
T- There is grape in the flavor too. Hops are in the background. The taste like the smell is clean.
M-There is creamy feel to this beer.
D-Very smooth and easy drinking. This may not be a spot on Kölsch, but it is very good and I will look for it again.

Serving type: can

10-17-2010 21:04:13 | More by confer
Photo of thecarster1


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- can poured into a perfect pint, great design, nearly two fingers of head fades slowly, lace remains, slight haze, light straw coloring.

s- nice kolsch nose, light straw, some grass, light noble hopping.

t- nice and light, floral, flavorful, spicy hops, peppery, lemony, slightly bitter, good example of a kolsch.

m- light to medium body, smooth, some coating.

d- good, this is a nice refreshing summer drinker, i got a case of this without tasting it, and didn't regret it. i heard they are making this a year round, i would pick this up again.

Serving type: can

10-09-2010 20:08:39 | More by thecarster1
Photo of Hojaminbag


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lancaster kolsch as a golden body with a ton of fast moving carbonation bubbles that seem like they will never stop. The solid-looking white head has great retention, and i expected it would leave some great lace, but it did not.

The aroma is slightly fruity with lots of pale malts.

The pale malts star in this one, providing a cracker-like flavor along with some sweetness that is a little darker tasting than I would expect. There is a little bit of crisp hoppiness in the background and a fair amount of yeasty fruit. Just a hint of a buttery flavor lurks in there.

Mouthfeel has the right amount of heft and carbonation.

Overall this beer is thrown off by the buttey flavor. It seems to have some potential, but it isn't quite there yet.

Serving type: can

09-11-2010 18:34:54 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of BARFLYB


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A can in a Flying Fish pint glass at the grey lodge on the late late.

A- A semi hazy orange yellow body with gold trimmings, much hazier than the victory kolsch I had earlier. Small sqiggles of lines going down.

S- Is a bit more maltier than alot of kolschs' i've had this summer. Smells more malted than fruits with small bubblegum and orange, with earthy hops and hay.

T- Im getting a sweetness that I was not expecting. Going in I thought this would be a dry overly earthy kolsch but by the sweet factor, I can see this is more malty in taste and body. Small grapefruit, no pine, marmalade, sweet sugar. Earthy towards the end.

M- It's a light bodied beer but it feels a bit more than that with the build, A mild carb on the tounge that's not stingy in hind sight, goes down easy smooth and sweet. It says crisp on the can but Im not going for that.

D- I liked it, I would drink a sixer in no time and with the luck I've been having lately I may up that to a 24 pack in one of those funny hats that you sip from a straw out of two beer cans parched on the hat, homer simpson style.

Serving type: can

09-08-2010 03:54:27 | More by BARFLYB


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 14:19:01 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of IronLover


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright yellow in color with a light haze. A thin white head after the pour that leaves a nice white cap and wet lacings on the glass. Light, fresh floral aroma with hints of lemon and biscuit. Light bodied with lower than average carbonation. Light malt biscuit flavors in the beginning, followed by citrus lemon and orange hop flavor and very crisp finish with a bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: can

09-02-2010 12:07:09 | More by IronLover
Photo of Kolsch


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Pilsner Flute.

Appearance: Nice golden color and foamy 1' head. Pretty impressive coming out of the can.

Smell: slight cracker smell and touch of honey sweetness

Taste: starts out sweet but towards end of swallow, hops take over and lets you know this a German style kolsch which provides the bitterness that is needed. I definitely get some bready cracker taste and even though this is sweet, it just right for this particular version.

Overall: probably the best beer that Lancaster makes. I do like the sho-fly porter alot but this is much more enjoyable especially since I can get this locally.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 14:14:37 | More by Kolsch
Photo of dasenebler


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12oz can, this Kölsch pours a lightly hazy gold with a tight little head and above average lacing.

The aroma is lightly grainy with a bit of butter and earthy hops.

Light, but interesting. There is a solid pale malt profile with grainy, bready notes, plus a bit of caramel and butter from the ale fermentation. The hop character is more pronounced than most German beers of this style, with a pleasing amount of zippy lemon and earthy goodness. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste, but reasonably clean and refreshing. Well-carbonated, smooth and light. A very satisfying session beer.

I enjoyed this offering. It's got a bit more going on than a traditional German Kölsch, but I appreciated the nuanced flavor in a light beer. The finish needs some work, though.

Serving type: can

08-19-2010 22:54:49 | More by dasenebler
Photo of sage717


4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
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!

Serving type: can

08-18-2010 21:54:52 | More by sage717
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks gold with some dirty orange and a touch of haze accompanied by a field of bubbles. The head is an irregular film with a thick collar.

Smells of dry, sweet wheat with a sour citrus bite that falls into a woody dryness. This is accompanied by a few floral notes.

Tastes quite fruity with a clean, dry orange and a musky wheat. This quickly picks up a thick and slightly chalky, dry yeast. Finishes with what I would imagine a piece of fresh pine with a mushroom growing on it would taste like.

Feels pretty big and dense which works against the fruity notes of this one. The carbonation feels trapped and suspended which adds quite a bit to the texture.

A Kolsch? I'm not so sure I would have guessed this one by style had I tried it blind. Maybe an American Wheat Ale.

Serving type: can

08-13-2010 22:31:38 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of allboutbierge


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Kölsch, but not quite up to par with some of the top offerings I've had in Köln. However, it is better than some of the weaker offerings from Köln numerous breweries, specifically Gaffel and Dom.

Color is a bit darker than I would expect it to be, but still a light gold, completely clear and with mild carbonation. Head is also a bit smaller and lacing is again a bit lacking. Aroma is clean, subtle and a bit floral. Some very delicate grassiness comes through in the finish. Body is moderate and appropriately so.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 19:01:15 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of jwhancher


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of cans. Poured 'em into a pint glass for better reviewing.

A: After I first bought the case and the cans were still somewhat warm, the color looked bright clear. However, after stocking the fridge with the rest the color seemed to develop some sort of a chill haze. Not really sure what's going on with that. Either way, the color is a milky golden hue with a small white head that quickly dissipates into nothingness.

S: Little bit of graininess but mostly floral hops. Smells like how most German-styled beers should. Wish it had a tad more hop profile, though.

T: Tastes very nice. I think it starts dry and finishes a little sweet with a bit of a lemon-citrus zest. Good light German malt profile.

M: Very smooth & mostly even in terms of dry/sweetness, but again a tad on the sweet side. Okay carbonation...not an issue.

D: A very drinkable beer in the summertime. I actually bought this especially because I was getting overloaded on too many pale ale and IPAs with the heat & high humidity. This beer really does the trick, compliments food well, and doesn't get you overly hammered at one sitting. A great beer to enjoy with some full flavor.

Serving type: can

08-10-2010 01:00:02 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Stigs


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a couple fingers of fuzzy white foam...the beer is crystal clear, bright gold in color.

S - very grainy, corn and some cooked veggies...very bright grassy hops and some zesty lemon peel.

T - begins with clean grains, lightly sweet...slightly bitter and bright grassy hops along with some citrus zest.

M - light body, lacking some carbonation which dulls everything down a bit and kills the refreshing qualities of the beer. finishes dry, as it should.

D - somewhat easy to drink, really wish it had an extra spark or two of carbonation.- all around solid nonetheless.

Serving type: can

08-09-2010 00:07:10 | More by Stigs
Photo of Slatetank


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this can up at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown - poured chilled into a stange.

A - A very attractive pale golden with rocky off-white cap. the head retention is very good and lace sticks pretty well. The bead is tiny and the carbonation is visible in the ale.

S - The smell that greets my nostrils is slightly metallic with a complimentary ester of hops which have noble character, both spice and mild herbal odors are fragrant with a malt and yeast aroma that is mild

M - The feel is highly spiced w/ high carbonation. the bitterness is high for the style and it is a crisp texture leaving dry bitter taste more akin to a pils w/ very mild sweetness and moderately high spice. The body is light overall

T - The tast has a hop dominant quality w/ noble character which is mildy pepper with bitter herbal notes, moderate level of bitterness overall in flavor, but the hops seem a little high for the kolsch style. I won't knock the flavor simply since it is hoppier than average, and the hop flavors are appropriately German. The flavor of the hops are good and they have a fresh essence while the malt sneaks in as the beer warms slightly. There are more floral notes from the hops which shadow the spice quality and bitter taste w/ a slightly grassy tinge.

D -A tasty Ale which is masquerading as a kolsch, but really tastes like a German Pils with the malt very low in the flavor and yeast hidden. I think it is a tasty beer, just misses the mark for Kolsch slighly.

Serving type: can

07-28-2010 17:56:23 | More by Slatetank
Photo of DIM


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a slightly hazy golden color. I had this can at a restaurant and I couldn't coax much of a head out of this despite a vigorous pour. I didn't ding the score though since I'm guessing it was an issue with the glass, not the beer.

s: Light, semi-sweet grains and some grassy, sightly herbal hops. There was also a mild mineral element here.

t: This was a little sweet overall with a nice grassy bite up front. The finish was a rough grain flavor that tasted a bit off.

m: Light bodied and crisply carbonated, very refreshing.

d: I was really excited to try this, so I feel a bit let down. I haven't tried many kolsches, but I remember liking other examples a more. Still, the price is right and these aren't bad. I wouldn't rule out a case purchase in the future.

Serving type: can

07-24-2010 00:23:29 | More by DIM
Photo of kiddynamite920


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice golden straw color with a head of larger bubbles. Looks like what the can advertises..."Crisp, Clean and Refreshing"

S: Pale malts with some grass and citrus as well. The citrus is a very refreshing aroma of sweet orange and a bit of lemon. Has a bready aroma, a bit of the yeast comes through. The sweetness and citrus pair very well.

T: Sweet malts countered with some bitterness of citrus zest and grassy hops. This beer really screams summer. Good lingering flavors and bitter/sweet ratio. Almost similar to a light white wine. Very nice.

M: Carbonation is right on point. Bitterness is just assertive enough and the sweetness makes this very palatable. Leaves a drying feeling on the teeth.

D: Perfect beer for the summer, Lancaster has definitely created a beauty here. And it comes in a can! Crisp, clean and refreshing like the can claims. That's really all that needs to be said.

Serving type: can

07-21-2010 01:17:35 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of indiapaleale


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2010 00:57:44 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of tempest


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a can for $4 at Tap and Table in Emmaus. It was a slightly hazy golden beer with a short head. This wasn't a perfect kolsch, but it was plenty tasty and went nicely with the Fromager d'Affinois. There's a crisp herbal citrus hop bite followed by a smooth berry fruit character. It's a good summer beer, check it out.

Serving type: can

07-11-2010 02:57:54 | More by tempest
Photo of tone77


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz, can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts, a bit on the sweet side. Taste is crisp, a touch sweet, good malt and hops balance, finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 14:35:57 | More by tone77
Lancaster Kölsch from Lancaster Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.