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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
80
good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

Hazy tangerine-amber, much orangier than the usual pilsener. An impressive number of tiny bubbles hurry up to an impressively large, polished ivory crown. The head is a real looker. It's as rocky as the Matterhorn and sticks like glue to the sides of the glass. Although the lace is a little melty in the end, this is a good looking beer.

I wonder if Lancaster put a pale ale in this bottle. It looks like one and it definitely smells like one. There's a nice pale malty background, with a substantial amount of citric, slightly musky, orange and lemon fruity hops in the foreground. No how, no way do I smell the noble trio of hops that are supposed to be present: Hallertau, Saaz and Tettnang. Even if it doesn't smell like the stated style, it's still a nice nose.

Gold Star Pilsner tastes like an APA-pilsener hybrid, slightly favoring the former. Even though the malt backbone is nice and sturdy, hops occupy center stage. Neither bitterness nor hop flavor is in short supply. The zesty, floral snap of Saaz is accompanied by the more fruity, still snappy grapefruit peel flavor of one or more American hops. I'm not calling the good folks at Lancaster liars, but I can't believe this is a noble-only brew.

I must have laid my hands on an especially fresh bottle because I'm becoming more and more impressed by the hoppy chutzpah that each mouthful delivers to my tongue. The finish is a little too resiny to be called clean and is wonderfully tart and puckery. As noted, there's more than enough malt to round off whatever rough edges might have been present, making Gold Star an extremely approachable beer.

The mouthfeel is full for a pilsener and medium for an APA. Despite the boisterousness of the carbonation right out of the chute, and the still impressive head that is recreated with each subsequent pour, the beer is anything but buzzy. It's wonderfully smooth and is a great match for the flavor.

Gold Star Pilsner isn't much of a pilsener, but it's a damn fine beer. It's hoppy enough to get (and keep) my attention from first sip to last. I've heard very little about this PA brewery and am now excited to try some of their other offerings. I give it a gold star.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours unusually dark for a pilsner. Pours a hazy light copper colour with a pretty nice white fluffy head. Smell has a bit of spice and floral hoppy snap to it. Taste has just a touch of malty sweetness at the forefront before it is jerked back like a bungi cord by the hops. The beer finishes crisp and clean as it should. Mouthfeel is sharp with nice fine carbonation that keeps the beer fresh on the palate. Drinkability is also good. These went down really well on a hot day.

TinusTime, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

akorsak, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

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).

Medium bodied with a very light honey color. Pretty tasty pilsner. Again, kind of watery. Subtle and balanced hops and another easy drinker.

cosmicevan, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

presented as a deep golden color beverage with impressive white puffy head. Smell was mainly of sweetish hops, and while not overly enjoyable, was acceptable. Taste is pleasant and a nice maltiness brings a nice slighty hoppy taste to the mouth. Finish is somewhat disappointingn but a slight hoppiness gin=ves some salvation. All things considered, not a bad beer.

tgbljb, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
3.8/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a bottle chilled at 50 degrees (F) into a tulip glass, it pours a honey color with a 1/3" head that appears white and creamy. I notice a slight haze thru the glass.

Aroma is rather pungeunt of hops with a slight caramel sweetness, and some grainy maltiness and even a biscuit aroma due to the grains. However, not all that appealing to me overall.

Taste is of bitter apricots accompanying a smooth grainy malt flavor (bready/biscuit). The finish leaves a sweet apricot taste on my tongue as well as a grassy hoppy note (rather nice).

The carbonation hits sharply on the first 1/2 of my tongue upon sipping, but it quickly becomes smooth and nice throughout; not much alcohol felt either.

Decent pils brew. I am not really a pils fan, but I do like this one. It is easy to drink, not too heavy, and not too grainy and "bready" tasting, which is what bothers me about a lot of pils. Overall, a crisp, light, nicely crafted brew from Lancaster.

Fish113d, May 01, 2005
Photo of trekbiker3000
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

trekbiker3000, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of oelergud
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

Semi-transparent golden body with some orange, big white, rocky head with good retention and great lace. No carbonation.
Kickass floral and hay scents with spiced hop oils and mild malt.
Mild to moderate malts up front that grows rapidly with honey notes then washes into a dry hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is full and spiked, far from smooth, and a refreshing change from your usual lager. Some coating and slick feel.
Great drinkability, interesting and easy to enjoy.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of santoslhalper
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

santoslhalper, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of DocBrewroo
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

DocBrewroo, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of mobyfann
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Re-review: 20-October-2004

Upgrade the smell from a 3 to a 3.5, the smell had a nice blend of hops and grain. Taste from a 3.5 to a 4 b/c it deserved it, this bottle didn't have th skunk like the lst one I remember...

Paid $24.50 for the mixed case...

The appearence was a hazy amber golden color with a huge frothy, detailed white head with good retention and above average lacing. The aroma was ok but nothing great, hints of grain were there....

The taste is above average, better than what I expected after the smell, a little skunk factor but was very negligable. Thus the mouthfeel was a little harsh, the drinkability is not bad, but not all that good either.

Final Thought: This has amber lager written all over it, I don't consider this a true pilsener, also a little strong for the style...

mobyfann, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of mattday25
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mattday25, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

MarvinSnyder, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +6%

This arrived with a great head in evidence! There was also a good bit of effervesence in a brew that was a beautiful golden-yellow color. It had a light grassy, grain-like smell, but it was so weak as to almost be imperceptible. There was a very light mouthfeel, but an extremely dry, crisp finish. There was decent head retention throughout and the "Belgian lace" that was left behind was beautiful.

woodychandler, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev +6%

Rather plain label 12 oz. browner that does state "Not Pasturized." No freshnes info availible but since LANCASTER is a two hour drive away, this can't be far from fresh. Released this Pilsner into me apropos Weeping Radish pilsner glass. Clear golden straw pour with a scant coating of ivory hued head that barely covers the brew. Occasional bubbles decide to rise from the bottom. Good appearance for the style. Towards the end, there are some particles that floated down to the bottom of the glass.

Bright peach & fruit scents abound well, and surprisingly for a pilsner. Light grain afterscents.

First swigs: Dry sweet & slightly bitter hops front the flavor category. Lingering fresh aftertaste that reminds me more of a pale ale type aftertaste.

Plenty of tight carbonation lasting well through this pilsner, even on a hot summer night.

Last swigs: This is a pilsner that wants to be a pale ale. A surprise to me that this pilsner is so hoppy for its style. This is no slouch with a 5.5% ABV that is well hidden.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

Hazy straw color with a nice white head and some suspended sediment (due to age maybe?). A nice hoppy pils aroma at first followed up with lots of grainy character. Grain flavor dominates with a nice hop balance. Light-medium bodied with a lightly bitter finish... maybe a bit dry/harsh on the throat.

Per LBC website: OG 13. 33 IBU's.
Malts: 2-row Barley and Cara-Pils
Hops: Hallertau, Saaz, and Tettnang.

'5363' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 07/08/06

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

RBorsato, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of pezoids
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a creamy white head of foam topping the brew off. The aroma has a good balance of fruity sweet hops and musty malt. The taste is fruity with sweet malts that combines with a pleasant bitterness. Some floral sweetness and caramel spiciness comes through. The beer is medium bodied and pretty well blended. Not as crisp and tasty as other Pilsners. This is actually more like a Golden fest beer. More sweeter than I expected, but fine nevertheless.

pezoids, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

oberon, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

A decent and refreshing pilsner. The color is light gold with a fair amount of clean white head. The malt profile was very simple, sweet golden grain with traces of grass and hay. A summertime quencher with a bubbly mouthfeel that fades gradually into a medium spicy hop bite that lasts easily until the next mouthful.
A good example of the style though not all that memorable.

farHillsBrewer, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a hazy darker gold color, with a spotty surface head. No lacing at all through the drink. The aroma was nice as malt and hay / grass were quite noticeable. The flavor followed the aroma as malt, hay, and reasonable bitterness hit the tastebuds. The mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat thick for a pilsner. The carbonation was very light and there was no crispness. The malt rode the tongue for several seconds after swallowing. Not overly exciting, but better than average.

Gavage, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

tempest, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Bdel34, Jul 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

PaBeerLover, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Mudawg, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

InspectorBob, Jun 08, 2013
Gold Star Pilsner from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.