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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 GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

smithj4, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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>

CRJMellor, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

RonfromJersey, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

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

bigfnjoe, Mar 24, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Durandal_777, May 27, 2014
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 orbitalr0x
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

orbitalr0x, May 06, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%

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!

Phatz, May 26, 2006
Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

buzzy, Nov 07, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of number1bum
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

number1bum, Jan 31, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

HRamz3, Sep 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

dgherm, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 16, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

PaBeerLover, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

zoso1967, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of meathookjones
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

meathookjones, Aug 19, 2004
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
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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

crookedhalo, Jul 28, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of beerluvr
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%

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!

beerluvr, Feb 22, 2004
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

JKV96, Mar 06, 2014
Gold Star Pilsner from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.