1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gold Star Pilsner - Lancaster Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Gold Star PilsnerGold Star Pilsner

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 90
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Gold Star Pilsner Alström Bros
Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +6%
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
Photo of blitheringidiot
blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 00:55:11 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of santoslhalper
santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 18:53:45 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of DocBrewroo
DocBrewroo

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-22-2014 22:12:03 | More by DocBrewroo
Photo of mobyfann
mobyfann

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 02:55:15 | More by mobyfann
Photo of mattday25
mattday25

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-26-2014 01:27:02 | More by mattday25
Photo of MarvinSnyder
MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-19-2013 00:04:12 | More by MarvinSnyder
Photo of trekbiker3000
trekbiker3000

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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
Photo of oelergud
oelergud

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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
Photo of Fish113d
Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle chilled at 50 degrees (F) into a tulip glass, it pours a honey color with a 1/3" head that appears white and creamy. I notice a slight haze thru the glass.

Aroma is rather pungeunt of hops with a slight caramel sweetness, and some grainy maltiness and even a biscuit aroma due to the grains. However, not all that appealing to me overall.

Taste is of bitter apricots accompanying a smooth grainy malt flavor (bready/biscuit). The finish leaves a sweet apricot taste on my tongue as well as a grassy hoppy note (rather nice).

The carbonation hits sharply on the first 1/2 of my tongue upon sipping, but it quickly becomes smooth and nice throughout; not much alcohol felt either.

Decent pils brew. I am not really a pils fan, but I do like this one. It is easy to drink, not too heavy, and not too grainy and "bready" tasting, which is what bothers me about a lot of pils. Overall, a crisp, light, nicely crafted brew from Lancaster.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 17:29:48 | More by Fish113d
Photo of tgbljb
tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 02:15:03 | More by akorsak
Photo of cosmicevan
cosmicevan

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 04:03:18 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of TinusTime
TinusTime

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours unusually dark for a pilsner. Pours a hazy light copper colour with a pretty nice white fluffy head. Smell has a bit of spice and floral hoppy snap to it. Taste has just a touch of malty sweetness at the forefront before it is jerked back like a bungi cord by the hops. The beer finishes crisp and clean as it should. Mouthfeel is sharp with nice fine carbonation that keeps the beer fresh on the palate. Drinkability is also good. These went down really well on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 20:23:51 | More by TinusTime
Photo of CRJMellor
CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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>

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 19:13:30 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of weeare138
weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 14:51:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 00:41:28 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of NeroFiddled
NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 14:37:37 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of SchmichaelJ
SchmichaelJ

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pilsner poured a cloudy golden-colored appearance with a decent frothy head. Rather slow but steady carbonation rose to the top of the glass, and there was some spotty lacing on the glass at the end. The smell was characteristically pilsner, with strong Saaz hops, floral notes, and a subdued malty presence. The taste was very bitter with grassy elements, mellow, but crisp and sharp at the same time. It finished with a somewhat bread-like doughy taste. The feel was prickly on the tongue, paving the way for the bitterness of the taste. Lancaster Brewing has some good stuff, and this pilsner is a fine example. Crisp and refreshingly bitter, I really enjoyed this beer. Very drinkable and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 16:17:23 | More by SchmichaelJ
Photo of WesWes
WesWes

New York

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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
Photo of ROGUE16
ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-07-2011 19:27:19 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of JKV96
JKV96

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.6%

03-06-2014 21:43:06 | More by JKV96
Photo of Slatetank
Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-16-2013 16:23:26 | More by Slatetank
Photo of BeerIsland
BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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
Gold Star Pilsner from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.