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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Goobastic, Aug 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

hockenbeer, Jun 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

zoso1967, Mar 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Mudawg, Jan 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

enjoi297, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

VikeMan, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

pvsob, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Knapp85, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

cosmicevan, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
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

bigfnjoe, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of TLove
1.78/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

TLove, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of dananabanana
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

dananabanana, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of odietrying
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

odietrying, Oct 27, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

rafjr00, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

tempest, Jul 08, 2007
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3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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

HossMcGraw, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.)

RBorsato, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

akorsak, Jun 23, 2006
Gold Star Pilsner from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.