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Lancaster Lager - Lancaster Brewing Company

Lancaster Lager
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 13.41%

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

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From a town long regarded for its lagers, Lancaster Lager shines as a traditional European-style lager that's smooth, balanced, and very sessionable.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-06-2003)
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Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 copper color, not much smell. Soft and earthy malty taste. medium bodied and a smooth and easy drinker. not bad for a lager.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 04:06:21 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of bigfnjoe


2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a huge mug.

A- pours a clear light amber with a one finger white head. Looks like beer...uneventful

S- bupkus. Maybe a hint of malt.

T- very light taste of malts...no hops at all. Boring...essentially, it tastes like...water? Yeah...unimpressive.

M- verrry light and thin. Next to no body at all. No depth at all.

D- its really drinkable, just because theres nothing to hold you back. Its...a light lager. What do you really expect?

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 23:51:32 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of BeerCon5


3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a good amount of fluffy white head.

There is not much to the scent, grains mostly.

The taste is of sweet, bready malts and grain.

Light bodied, crisp and sort of thin, adequate carbonation.

At first I thought this was pretty watery and too thin even for a light lager. But, as I drank more I discovered much more flavor and found a pretty tastey light lager.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 17:12:25 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

1.83/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

(From Notes)

Had at Lancaster Brewery in PA.

Clear, pale-ish gold with a decent amount of carbonation, a bready, fruity scent with a thin, almost non-existant malt structure. A little bit of apple and lemon.

Thin, over-carbonated mouthfeel with an otherwise crisp taste. Doesnt have the consistency of a macro, but constructed like a macro otherwise, in that it has a sour, beery smell and taste.

Pretty bad, even for a light lager.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 01:55:00 | More by TLove
Photo of njmoons

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass at the Lancaster Brewing Company in Harrisburg.

I don't think it is of value to go to deep into the flavor etc.

It is a classic American Light Lager. Certainly a well executed beer for the masses. Significantly more malty/flavor that the mass market beers (Bud, Mller, Coors). Nice crisp finish, and the people I was with all enjoyed theirs.

So you have a well executed Light Lager. I think Lancaster did what they set out to do.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2009 16:02:27 | More by njmoons
Photo of dananabanana


3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Translucent, light gold. Very little head, pure white. However, lacing is strong.

S: Sweet, vaguely honey.

T: Not very strong, but not watery, either. It's very sweet and malty.

M: Lightly carbonated, refreshing.

D: Very drinkable. Slight metallic aftertaste.

This would be a good alternative/ first beer for someone who commonly drinks macros.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2008 16:34:17 | More by dananabanana
Photo of odietrying


3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in 5 oz. sampler glass.

A: Straw color, clear. Thin white head, no lacing.

S: No noticeable aromas, except maybe malt. Macrobrew-like.

T: Malty taste, not very bitter. Slightly metallic. Again, macrobrew-like.

M: Smooth, crisp, good carbonation.

D: Easy session; not overwhelming with any aspect. Not my first choice, as I would prefer a more distinct flavor, but it's still decent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2008 01:11:54 | More by odietrying
Photo of ffejherb


3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at LBC Harrisburg on 2/29/08.

A - Very clear, pale golden body with sparse, quarter-inch white head that turned into a patchy film. Modest amount of carbonation present.

S - Bready and caramel malt with some very faint grass and hay notes. Just a touch of fruitiness with hints of crisp apple and pear.

T - Sweet maltiness seques into a more bready malt aspect with some light noble hops. Finish is light toasted bready malt.

M - Light bodied with fairly active carbonation, resulting in a slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Finish is quite crisp and clean.

D - Great session beer that's light and quaffable. Nothing special, just a basic tasty lager.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2008 02:11:11 | More by ffejherb
Photo of tempest


2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can you can, it's light and clean - no brewing flaws here. I guess I can commend Lancaster for making a lawnmower beer with no defects, but any praise for flavor would be misguided. There's no personality. This beer doesn't really taste like anything other than lagered pale grains with a little something from the yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2007 17:13:18 | More by tempest
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Lancaster Brewing Company...poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden with a foamy head. Smells of grass with mild hops and citrus. Goes down very smooth...wasn't really a big light lager fan, but this is very refreshing. Would hit the spot after one of these hot days. I wish they would bottle it!

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2006 02:00:28 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of tgbljb


3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewpub. Presented as a medium golden color beverage with modest white puffy head. Smell is minimal with a slight sweetness noted. Taste is very crisp and clean with some light maltiness to be found. Finished very crisp and drinakable. Nothing great, but better than most.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2006 03:50:50 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Phatz


3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on-tap at Lancaster Brewing Company this evening, and it was not surprising or special but met the minimum expectations I have for a light lager. It did so happen to get 3's across the board from me. I believe that it was what brewers should strive for as a minimum bar for all their light lagers. While I gave it a 3 across the board I do think that it is above average as an industry standard, its just that IMO many fall a bit short. The appearance was a golden yellow color with a nice white head. Not much smell at all. What I could get from the aroma was a slight bit of subtle hops, basically the same as every other beer is this genre. Average. The taste is better than the average light lager but not all that interesting either. Very balanced and inoffensive. Smooth and crisp. An easy drinking beer, if this is the style you are looking for. As Light beers go, not bad Lancaster.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2006 07:44:42 | More by Phatz
Photo of weeare138


3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light pale gold with a decent white head with small scatterings of lacing to be seen and solid carbonation pumping away.
Smell is of light malt and a distinct hop aroma.
Taste is decent. Nothing to make you jump up and down but the light malt and crisp level of hops makes this smooth brew a decent pick, even for a light beer...which I didn't even know when I drank it.

It's ok, dog.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2005 18:10:36 | More by weeare138
Photo of farHillsBrewer


3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most brewpubs try to do a "lite" to try to win over unwashed masses. Most of them fail. Lancaster got this one right. This fine lager beer is light in color and body, but still refreshing with solid malt sweetness and a mild balanced finish. Compares favorably with Pennsylvania's favorite son Yeungling with the Lancaster winning out with better balance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2004 18:35:07 | More by farHillsBrewer
Photo of woodychandler


3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a huge head with a seemingly unending effervescence! The color was a deep, opaque yellow, bordering on amber. I could not notice much in the way of either the nose or the finish. I noted a lingering metallic aftertaste, but even that had to be really sought out. This is somewhat of an inoffensive beer, probably designed for the widest possible customer base, and especially those who are new to the microbrew scene. The longer that I drank this beer, the more I noticed both a generic beer smell on the nose, as well as a sweetish flavor on the tongue. Not bad, but certainly not my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2004 03:14:56 | More by woodychandler
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has slightly sweet malty scent that comes off a bit dry and grainy. The taste is decent. It boasts of pale malts and dry lager yeast. It's a bit grainy and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is also decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average lager. It has some distinguishable characteristics such as the graininess, but for the most part it's average.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2004 13:15:12 | More by WesWes
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Litening Lager may offer reduced calories and a lighter body and malt flavor, but its hops remain intact. For the "light" beer drinker that may or may not work, but for the beer aficianado it's a pleasant surprise!
Its clear, deep gold body is capped by a thin, bright-white head that immediately turns to a thin collar and leaves little lace. The nose is clean but offers little more than a hint of malt, a very light touch of fruit, and some background hops. It's light, crisp, and invigorating in the mouth! The flavor is refreshingly hoppy with a delicate malt. It's grassy and dry; and finishes short, crisp and dry. Basic. Clean. Refreshing. Drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2003 03:43:23 | More by NeroFiddled
Lancaster Lager from Lancaster Brewing Company
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