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Gold Star Pilsner - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Gold Star PilsnerGold Star Pilsner

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BA SCORE
81
good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Description: This classic Bohemian-style Pilsner brings noble hop flavor and traditional maltiness into perfect union. A healthy dose of imported hops tips the scales towards a decidedly hoppy finish.

Also this beer is no longer produced in bottles. I'm not sure if there is anyway to change our rating because our bottles were contracted brewed and were not up to our standards hence the termination of bottling. Or I guess we just get more people to review the draft version which is many times better than our old bottles.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-24-2003)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Two fingers of rocky off white head rise after a hard pouring. A hazed tannish amber draw little light, unfiltered is fine but haze in my pilsner is not.

Smell: Smells of hay bails and spicy hops. A bit of yeast and more malt in the back.

Taste: The medium body throws the crispness off a bit with a slickness on the tongue. The bitterness bites the taste buds with a slight sharpness, the malt is tied in with the yeast which creates a doughy flavor throughout. Finishes with a touch of hops and some sweetness.

Notes: Certainly not the pilsner I was expecting … is this flawed or was it intentional? Cloudy with a stuggling crispness … this beer does nothing for me. Not horrible but not a beer I’d go back to.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellow with a nice big blooming head that seems to stick around nicely,the aroma from my bottle was somewhat skunked could be an older bottle so I'll reserve judgement on it.Taste is pretty dry with a nice malt backbone with a sharp hop bite that hits midway thru swallow.This pils has some nice complexitys to it not what you see enough in the style,I only wish I could try it fresh.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Lancaster Gold Star Pilsner pours into my nonic pint glass a brilliant golden hue with streaks of sunshine yellow. A light bubbly half inch of foam tops the brew off. Aroma is toasted grains upfront along with a bit of light fruitiness. Herbal, sorta cheesy hops in the background with a light sweetness.

First sip brings a nicely toasted grainy maltiness that has a mix of light fruity flavors as well. Earthy, herbal hop character follows and imparts a slight bit of bitterness. Finishes smooth with a touch of roastiness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, easy to drink overall. A nice brew to drink after a mowing the lawn on a hot day. A fairly nice, uncomplicated brew, but it still leaves me wanting a bit more.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was after Christian to make a Pils from the day Lancaster Malt Brewing opened. I mean when the brewer's name is Heim and it's in Lancaster, PA; you'd think it was a no brainer. Well, it was about three years before they rolled this beer out and it has become my favorite of the year round items they make. It's a little on the toasty side but with a very nice malt/hops tension. It's actually the hoppiest beer they make (it wasn't called Lancaster MALT for nothin') which suits me fine. It would probably look better in a pilsner glass and when I take the occaisional jug home, that's what I use. Gold Star is one of the reasons east central Penna is the pilsner capital of the New World.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a vigorous volcanically flowing white head with chunks of yeast floating in a suspension from this bottled conditioned beauty, no born on date so something tells me this one could be a little aged, but either way this one held up nicely with a magnificant golden hue sporting huge patches of silky lacing round my conical shaped pilsner glass. Did I mention how amazing the retention of this pillow like mountainous head appears after quite a challenging pour? Aroma: Delicate light malt sweetness with an in your face amount of Saaz hops coming through not a bad pils at all, very welcoming on a warm day would like to seek this one out on draft. Taste: A bready yet grassy character makes for a crisp refreshing pilsner beer with more than a sufficient balance of hops in the bitterness department, semi-simple yet a style and beer here to be enjoyed by all beer lovers. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied beer with a decent amount of jet stream of carbonation, perfect fullness in the humid summer days I've been living in. Drinkability: A wonderful session brew not to challenging (except for the pouring), but to the taste buds a great escape of simple enjoyment in a botlle. I could easily put away a sixer without thinking about it, very nice brew.

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of QXSTER1
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a sophisticated, nuanced, soft and spicy pilsner. A pilsner to be envied by brewers in Plzen, and to be tasted by those who only have been taken in by the advertised True Pilsner of Miller Brewing. The pour is the first clue that your are about to taste a fresh, American pilsner, not one that has spent weeks on a ship in who knows what condition. The aroma is soft and enticing with a wisp of grass and straw and a subtle floral note, no doubt from the three types of hops in the brew. The taste is mouthfilling with a superb balance between the slight toastiness of the ample malt and the above mentioned sophistication of the hopping process. Spicy pepper from the Saaz and a mellow bitterness from the German hops gives a refreshing, crisp note to the mid palate. Finishes with some mouth coating maltiness, then a final residual, floral bitterness. Well done.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5.5% abv. Lancaster Brewing's flagship lager pours a clear, deep golden body that releases tiny, slow moving bubbles upward towards it's frothy white head. It's retention is limited, but it maintains a thin creamy surface covering throughout most of the glass and leaves some spotty lace. The nose expresses bright floral and grassy hops as well as some background maltiness. The body is on the light side, but it's enhanced by a very fine carbonation that gently caresses the tongue before sliding across the palate. An unimposing, lightly grainy malt acts as a base for loads of fresh, floral and spicy hop flavor and a bold bitterness at 33 IBU's. Well-balanced and quite impressive in its bitterness level! They're obviously not trying for a cross-over beer with this one - it's clearly within the range of the North German style. It finishes with some hop flavor upfront, followed by a dollop of lightly sweet grainy malt, and then some more swirling hop flavors amongst a bone-dry bitterness. Exceptionally clean and very well done. Quaffable!

Photo of Damian74Shensky
1.75/5  rDev -50.1%

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, but no Czech Pilsener. There's a relatively big citrus hops taste that's far too American. It comes across similar to Brooklyn Pilsner. The citrus has more specific sweet grapefruit undertones with pale grains lingering in the back. For the style the malt was too mild and the hops too American, but style aside, its not a bad beer.

Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of beerluvr
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fluffy bright white head. Clear, deep yellow liquid...a shade or so darker than the usual Pils. Nose is zesty maltiness with grassy and lightly herbal hop notes, nice and clean. The taste is crisp and hoppy right out of the gate. Substantial maltiness gives this great body and mouthfeel. More grassy/citrusy hoppiness appears mid-line, finishes on a slightly metallic hop note. A great example of an American pilsner, reccomended!

Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a non-descript tumbler glass.

Appearance: The pils has a golden color, similar to BMC, and is crystal clear. There is a nice ring of head that lingers throughout the beer.

Smell: This pilsner smells like a tripel! The pils, rather that having an earthy hops smell, is spicy and peppery like a tripel. Very unusual.

Taste: The taste starts to return things to normal with a nice strong hop character that is not overpowering (more like a European varietal). There is a nice malt biscuity backbone that anchors the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer sits well on the tongue, althought the mixed messages in the smell are confusing.

Drinkability: The drinkability is good, although the beer does confound at times.

Photo of trekbiker3000
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having just rated Pilsner Urquel?, I found this pilsner a much better beer. Maybe because it's a microbrew, or I had a fresher batch, but I liked it.

Appearance - a very nice, clear yellow color. About a one finger head that slowly dissapated, lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma - slight hop aroma, it smelled like a beer ought to smell like.

Taste - No bitter aftertaste with this beer. I found the hops and malt nicely balanced, neither one overpowering the other.

Mouthfeel - the acidity and carbonation were above avergae. Just enough fizz to take notice. The acidity cleanses the palate. This is a perfect beer for a meal.

Drinkability - I could go through a whole case of this stuff, but alas I only had one brew in mixed six pack for the brewery.

Photo of TLove
1.78/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

(From Notes)

Had at the brewery in Lancaster.

Really not very good. This beer is inconsistent and struggling to produce the crisp pilsner rounded taste one would expect from a Pennsylvania brew.

The hops are slightly spicy and the beer unfiltered. White pepper and overly light body set back the roundness and crispness of the beer. A touch sour and heavily carbonated. Very dry and oily. Unfiltered.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a white 1-finger head and a dark golden color. Massive carbonation bubbles appear magically in the pillowy head.
Aroma of crytal and pilsen malt with some cracked grain, oats and grass alos detected. These aromas sit on front of a nice mellow, grassy, fruity hoppy backdrop.
Flavor starts with some minor light sweet malt and proceeds to a resiny, herbal and relatively strong bitterness. Good to style.
Mouthfeel starts bitter and continues throughout, minor malt sweet undertones peek through the bitter blanket on the palate.
Drinkability is pretty good, nice modern representation of style IMHO>

Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cubedbee
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of rocky white head and a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is is a subdued grass, hay, and floral hops. Taste starts out with a light malt sweetness followed quickly by a grassy and spicey hop finish. Medium bodied with a very soft smooth mouthfeel and a dryish finish. This is a pretty nice easy drinking pilsner.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Poured into my Prima Pils glass a clear copper with a thin, bubbly off-white head. There is loads of carbonation in this beer.

Smell: The smell has a very bland malt quality to it that is unbalanced. There are no hops present.

Taste and Mouthfeel: While there is hardly any hop flavor in this brew, the malts are quite tasty and almost have a wheat type quality to them. Bread and cereal come to mind, but not in a bland or generic way. The simple complexities are just about perfect. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

Drinkability and Overall: This is an excellent pilsener from and excellent brewery. It may not be the best pilsener in the world (definitly not the best smelling), but it's crisp, enjoyable, and very drinkable. Perfect for this warm spring day.

Photo of DocBrewroo
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of zoso1967
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light blonde with a luscious white head and medium carbonation. Lots of beautiful lacing.
Smells of slight graininess with touch of hops and sweetness.
Taste is crisp with mild but sharp hop bite.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and semi dry.

Finger licking good.

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Gold Star Pilsner from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.