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Gold Star Pilsner - Lancaster Brewing Company

Gold Star PilsnerGold Star Pilsner

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BA SCORE
81
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%


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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cosmicevan

New York

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | 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).

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

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 04:03:18 | More by cosmicevan
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 22:20:08 | More by bigfnjoe
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TLove

District of Columbia

1.78/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 00:41:28 | More by TLove
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dananabanana

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very light gold/ yellow, translucent. Retains the white head for a long time.

S: Sweet butterscotch.

T: Caramel/ butterscotch. Very rich. Well-balanced malt and hops. Light, perhaps citrus, aftertaste.

M: Smooth and slick caramel. Good carbonation.

D: I could drink this all night long!

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2008 16:55:13 | More by dananabanana
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odietrying

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in 5 oz. sampler glass.

A: Very pale gold, clear. Thin head, strong thick lacing.

S: Smells very sweet.

T: Very sweet taste, like caramel or butterscotch. The bitter hits instantly and lingers for a few seconds.

M: Smooth, crisp.

D: I could drink this all night. It has everything I like: a pleasant smell, a sweet flavor balanced with a moderate hoppiness, and decent carbonation. It's probably my favorite from LBC.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2008 01:56:16 | More by odietrying
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rafjr00

Louisiana

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 03:06:28 | More by rafjr00
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HossMcGraw

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 02:49:43 | More by HossMcGraw
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise! I am told by my friend Woody Chandler that this beer has been seriously re-vamped since the arrival of Bill Moore to Lancaster Brewing Company. I am not generally a huge fan of the Pilsner style so I have procrastinated this beer. My expectations were low and to my surprise I was incredibly impressed.

Appearance: served to me a bright golden amber color with a large white head.

Smell: A pleasant sweet spicy Czech hop aroma (probably Saaz traditional spicy, clean bitterness - Thanks Woody). It seemed to more sweet and malty than most pilsner's I am experienced with (almost like an amber-ish quality to it).

Taste: Again the taste is simple but pleasant. A bit of toasted caramel sweetness lays atop a dampened herbal hop attribute that doesn't light fireworks but does drink very easily.

Mouthfeel: Light but not thin. Well carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is *highly* sessionable. I don't know if it'd be as good in a bottle as it was on tap, but I'd say a growler at the next pool party cookout, may be in order.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2006 06:34:27 | More by Phatz
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2006 03:41:15 | More by tgbljb
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2005 17:35:38 | More by weeare138
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2004 18:12:08 | More by farHillsBrewer
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2004 09:01:45 | More by woodychandler
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WesWes

New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale malts and some damn fine smelling hops. The taste is good as well. It is pale and grainy, with a nice hop flavor. It has no real malt complexity, but it still goes down easy with a smooth finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks well. It's a fine golden ale with nice hop characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2004 13:54:16 | More by WesWes
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2004 16:19:38 | More by Gavage
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trekbiker3000

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2004 17:16:20 | More by trekbiker3000
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with some yeast noted in the glass. Started off with a humongous clumpy off white head that is now a thin layer of clingy foam.

Smell: Grainy hop aroma is noted. Alcohol smell is pretty apparent. As with a bunch of beers I've reviewed lately, the aroma is getting better and better as the beer is allowed to warm slightly with more of a floral hoppy aroma developing.

Taste: Nice sharp hop bitterness is the predominant taste, with a quick hit of a slight sweetness. Finish is a lingering bitter hop taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, with a long lasting aftertaste. Carbonation level is really nice, and the alcohol warmth is better than expected.

Drinkability&Notes: After taking about 15 minutes to pour (the head on this thing is insane, it has all the staying power of beaten egg whites), this beer presents a nicely smooth drinking experience. I really like the whole unfiltered~yeast in the bottle look to this beer. Very nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2004 00:49:37 | More by JackTheRipper
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2003 20:04:56 | More by BeerIsland
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:21:07 | More by Knapp85
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 19:51:06 | More by PittBeerGirl
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 17:09:53 | More by tempest
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 00:45:27 | More by number1bum
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 18:02:45 | More by RBorsato
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 02:15:03 | More by akorsak
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 21:37:49 | More by orbitalr0x
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oelergud

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 21:49:17 | More by oelergud
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Gold Star Pilsner from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.