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Gold Star Pilsner - Lancaster Brewing Company

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54 Reviews

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 03-24-2003

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.
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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 100
Photo of TLove
1.76/5  rDev -51.2%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.21/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Lancaster's Harrisburg location.

A- Pours a cloudy amber, which is shocked the hell out of me for a pilsner. Didn't really look very appetizing either

S- Nothing. Maybe a tad bit of hoppiness. Lancaster needs to get these damn regular beers to have some sort of aroma.

T- Bland. There is a slight kick of hoppiness near the end of the show.

M- Well, its light...and its thin. And it hardly has any flavor. So...the mouthfeel is weak as hell.

D- I apologize in advance to my friends at Lancaster, but this is not a good beer. Barely any flavor, no scent at all, and it looks ugly too. If you're going to the brewpub, avoid this at all costs...unless you're a domestic light drinker and are afraid of beer with flavor

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Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew looked like most pilsners do, it had the typical yellow color white a head. it was light bodied and nicely carbonated. The flavor was a little odd though, to me it had a sour flavor similar to a Flemish red. In my opinion I don't believe that I'd ever seek this out again. I just wasn't a huge fan.

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Photo of Jason
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of number1bum
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber with a big foamy head. Must be unfiltered because there are lots of yeast particles floating around which I had to let settle. Color and lack of clarity are off for a pilsner. Good head retention during that settling time. Smell is big on the hops. Taste is also a bit hoppier than expected, with a bit of sweetness and also a bit yeasty. Relatively crisp but also somewhat slick on the tongue...again, odd for a pilsner. Overall this beer is pretty tasty, but it's weird. Not what I was expecting in a pilsner, and so as a pilsner it's very mediocre.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a light amber with a fluffy white head that maintains well. Thick lacing on the glass. It looks rather good, but too dark for a pilsner.

Has a lightly sweet caramel malt aroma with a light amount of herbal hops. Also, a slight fruitiness is present. Is there really a pilsner in here?

Upfront is a caramel malt flavor and a slight fruitiness. This is followed by a nice bitter hop bite and rather herbal hop flavor. It finishes a bit dry with a lingering bitterness and hoppy taste.

Nicely carbonated, creamy texture.

This is a decent beer, but disappointing to a man craving a crisp and spicy pils.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright slightly dark gold with a thin head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is sharp and clean, nice light Saaz and toasted malt.

Taste is sweet golden malt with a hint of sourness. A slight orange citrus edge, more than I would expect in a pils. More body and bittersweet flavors than a typical pilsner. Needs to be lighter, more Saaz and less [other] hops. Finishes with a dry hoppy aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium but heavier than a pilsner should be. This is a good beer but I have to bring the numbers down a little because I think they missed the style.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly hazy pale golden straw. The head was white with many large bubbles that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was some slight fruity and spicy hops with a slight maltiness behind.

The flavor was winey and fruity with a slightly sour bitterness that detracted from the flavor. The fruitiness is out of style and the bittering was a bit on the harsh side. The flavor of the bitterness was grassy.

The finish was dry with lasting harsh grassy bittering. The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle. If you told me this was an English Bitter I could have believed it. Not a bad drinking beer, but a bit off style for a Pils. A push toward noble hops would make a difference, if noble hops are used, they are certainly American cultivars.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LBC's beers seem to be much less substantial than they used to be. They seem to be watery or dumbed down a bit. Really a shame, but they'll still get plenty of my money since it's still one of the better places in this town for beer.

Looks pretty good, and the nose is respectable with a little biscuity hop presence. The flavor has potential, but is ultimately too watery and dull. This enhances drinkability however, creating a decent session beer. It would truly be wonderful if this average brewpub returned to its once excellent former self.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well there is a new take on a pilsner; this beer is a brilliantly clear rich amber color. It is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that leaves a bit of lacing as it falls from its initial one-finger height. Unsurprisingly given the color, the aroma has a sweet caramel note to it as well as a light fruitiness. There is some dry toasted notes in the finish as well as some herbal hop notes rounding out the malt notes. The sweet malt notes are the most prevalent note though.

The beer is light on the palate with a soft fruity, almost caramel like sweetness to it. The finish has a dry, toasted biscuit note to it that intermingles with an herbal hop bitterness. The herbal hop note shines from beginning to end, it is perhaps the most noticeable flavor here, and provides a nice foil for the uncharacteristic caramel sweet malt notes. This is certainly an interesting take on a Pilsner, more of an Amber ale even. It is pretty tasty though and quite quaffable; on a purely hedonistic scale this beer is pretty good, but it is a far cry from a Pilsner.

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Photo of rafjr00
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a bright clear yellow color with a thin head and no real lacing to speak of. It had no smell that were strong enough for me to pick up on other then hops/citrus. It tasted much the same as its smell with a wonderful hop bite to it. This was a good clean Pilsner.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice looking beer. Foggy translucent straw yellow body. Pours with a giant frothy head. Head slowly fades to one finger thick and has great retention. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Not too much to pick up. typical boring pilsner smell. Lots of pale malt and some mild hops.

T- Sweet pale malt up front with slightly bitter crisp hop finish. Some sweet malt lingers. Nothing overly impressive; but very crisp and refreshing on this hot day.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth light body. Goes down very easily.

D- This is a decent and drinkable summer lager. Crisp and refreshing for hot days. Easy to session and drink a lot of. Not something I will run out and buy again but something I can easily drink.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a decent sized white fizzy head. The left the scene like it owed my money shortly after the pour. Roasted grain is what I first smelled, though after a while I believe it smelled like hay. There was some roasted scent, malt and a bit of spice notes sprinkled about over the hay. The flavor was a bit sweet with malts while have a roasted grain character to it as well. There were a good amount of hops balancing it out and lending a nice bitterness to it as well. Mouthfeel was about average with no notable aspects standing out or detracting from this brew. With a pretty good flavor this was definitely an easy drinking brew I could put down a few of if I was in the mood for a pilsner.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden pils color with a white head and a few surprise chunks (I mean chunks) of protein coagulation. Bready and husky malt aroma. Pretty clean taste but somewhat flawed for some reason; predominantly malty and husky, with minimal hops other than a small bite. Pretty good but not my favorite style of pilsener.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of pezoids
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.)

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Gold Star Pilsner from Lancaster Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.