Gold Star Pilsner - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 99
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (2,196 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (1,049 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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.) (477 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce bottle that was purchased at the brewpub. Pours a burnt-golden color with a fair amount of haze. An initially thick white head quickly falls, but never completely disappears. The lace is decent. Crisp, floral, spicy, sharp hop aroma. Just a little soft sweetness is present in the foretaste, followed quickly by a poignant, snappy hop flavor. The spicy hop character completes the taste, which finishes clean and abrupt. Medium to light in body, low carbonation for the style. Tasty and drinkable. (513 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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> (617 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright yellow-gold, with a bit of chill haze, topped by a pure white, sticky, whip cream head. Nice lacing. Inviting.

Low key aroma, with some very fresh hay and spicey notes, but subdued.

The malt enters lightly, slipping down the throat easily, as the hops arise to give a light, fresh rinse which is greatly refreshing, and not so biting as to be off putting to the American lager drinker.

Nice soft mouthfeel. A great drinking beer for the hot days of summer.

Served up a case to a mixed crowd on Mother's Day. At party's end this bottle was the last in the cooler. I'd say that makes for a good crossover beer. Lancaster's comeback really needs more attention, another fine PA brewery. I really must visit the brewpub this summer. (747 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.21/5  rDev -39.9%
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 (739 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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! (1,110 characters)

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Gold Star Pilsner from Lancaster Brewing Company
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