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Lancaster Kölsch - Lancaster Brewing Company

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

oglmcdgl, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

brutalist, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

AlaskanYoung, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz can poured into pint

Clear golden straw yellow pour with a frothy cap of bone white head. Fades out into a collar of film with little lacing. Bright grassy hops and a dash of citrus in the nose with some pilsen malts. Hops brush the tongue up front with biscuit malts and lemon peel. Mild backbone, snap of spice, refreshing and crisp on the tongue. Clean finish, lighter body, decent carbonation.

High value, excellent drinkability, refreshing during the warmer summer days. We brought some of these to recent bbqs and beach parties where they really hit the spot. Plus it's $30 for a case, which is ridiculously cheap for a craft beer case in Center City Phila.

xnicknj, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

WreckingBrew, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

JArena13, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mpalestino, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

EBeckett3, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

hmich176, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

CCutch, Aug 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Celtics76, Aug 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

kizzram, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Barnsley, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Sludgeman, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of BWED
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz. can poured into a pils glass, wish i had a stange.

A- Clear, apple juice yellow-brown body, with a fizzy white head. Retention isn't great, and no lacing.

S- Straw, pale malt, floral and just a hint of fruitiness.

T- Mild pale malt, a bit of bitter floral hop.

M- Light body, well balanced, and a very crisp finish. Makes you stop and think about its characteristics.

O- Refreshing on a hot day, and it brings a lot of flavor. Something to chug, yet something to savor.

BWED, Jul 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

mhgatti, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Neorebel
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

Lancaster's take on the Kolsch style... let's begin with the appearance. It it appropriately carbonated, with a pure white cap of fluff and a torrent of rising bubbles. There's even some lacing left on my Kolsch glass. I take issue with the color - it is about a half shade too dark.

The aroma is the best part - toasted grains, straw, herbal lemon drops, and crisp European hops. This is all great, but there's a bit of an oxidized characteristic here, which should not be, since it is from a can. The taste is too hoppy/bitter for a true Kolsch, and that oxidized quality and some other indistinguishable thing makes it seem like an AAL to me. Not good.

Overall, I would not recommend this. I would rather have a stale Kolsch imported from Koln out of the bottle. Even without my judgement of this vs. German Kolsch beers, it does not stand on it's own as a summer beer or a session ale. There's MUCH better out there in those departments as well.

Neorebel, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

OUJayhawk1799, Jul 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

dgherm, Jul 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Bones10, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

kwa357, Jun 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

beerfinder, Jun 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

spw109, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of NiceTaps
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz can into a tall glass.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden sunshine color, not dark but slightly darker than I expected. A gentle pour resulted in a big 2-finger pure white head that tapered to a film and left lots of lacing behind.

S- Floral hops, grainy funked up malts, a bit of 'back in the day' lagerness.

T- Floral hops drive this brew, and they drive well. There's a bit of malt sweetness and dry yeastiness.

M- Light and easy going. Well carbonated with a hop bite. The hops finish long and sharp especially as the beer warms.

O- This was the right fit on a beautiful summer day. Easy to drink, flavorful, some bite. And at 4.8% abv , gentle on the bloodstream.

NiceTaps, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

dexterk1, Jun 23, 2013
Lancaster Kölsch from Lancaster Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.