Kenzinger | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This crisp, light-bodied, golden beer is the very definition of refreshment. The combination of premium German pilsner malts and American Noble hops aims to please your taste buds and satisfy your thirst.

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 294
Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at The Standard Tap in Philadelphia. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of grain and wheat. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain and grass presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its an ok beer.

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Photo of ordybill
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Khyber Pass in Philly. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is mild malt, citrus and hops. The taste follows the nose.

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the South Philadelphia Tap Room.
Clear golden body topped by a semi-durable white head.
Rather herbal and dank hop aroma but a brighter and more fruity flavor.
Medium-light body and medium carbonation.
Overall: a solid, if unexceptional, ale.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like beer(ok look). Scent is malty with some grassy elements on the edge. Flavor is more pronounced than a macro but I don't like it. Kinda malty and bready but not in a good way. Sort of astringent. Watery feel. Ok I guess.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New to me brew from dberger624... Thanks Dan! Pours clear golden with a sudsy white head.. pils malt with some earthy/grassy hoppiness... could use a bit more bitter bite to balance, Okay... but not my favorite example for a German Pils.


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Photo of Ricochet
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a darker yellow with no head and a tiny lace with minor carbonation to speak about. Smell was an odd fruity smell, like cooked Rhubarb and maybe a bit of cooked egg? Felt like a weak syrup with a grapefruit bitter at the back. Stale was the impression.

From the bottle this didn't taste too bad but when opened up to smell and taste... The fruit of the hops with grapefruit and orange. Nicely bitter finish. Dry not sweet.

Okay. So this is a lager. It's not anything to write home about, but this is a good refresher for the drinker who wants a bit more flavor that foamy pale BMCs. But, I don't know as this misses the mark for me.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Kenzinger, a nice beer when your having more than 10. Phila. Brewing Co. has a wide variety of beer. And if you stop in make your own case for only 27$$. From unfiltered Walt Wit to Newbold IPA to Kenzinger lager, something for all.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is dry grain and mild lemon.
The taste has a moderate lemon bitter, mild malt body with a clean finish.
The texture is crisp.
An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.46/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great everday drinking beer. It is very crisp, refreshing, full bodied and hoppy. I really call this my perfect go to beer. I can bring a case of this anywhere and it seems to please all beer drinkers alike. It is always bright and fresh and beats drinking cheap domestic brews from the brewing GIANTS. It has a certain bite to it that I find to be delicious. I will always back this beer! Also it has been said by AP TICKER that it is the one beer to have when you're having more than 50!

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Photo of RichardMNixon
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

At $3-$4 per pint, it's the best bang for your buck in Philly.
Light color and a nice head in the glass. Drinks clean and grainy with a noticeable kick of citrus hops. Light and bubbly with a metallic tang in the finish.
It's definitely an American take on lager rather than a traditional one, but if you want a light, crisp, hoppy lager, this is a good way to go. This is the beer Budweiser should be.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with hints of bready and grainy malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of floral hops along with stronger notes of bready and grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't seem to be a good representation of the style—the malts do not taste like those in a German helles.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some bright yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium patch of thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts with some light notes of citrus/lemon and grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit malts with some lighter notes of cereal grains and a hint of toasted malts. There is a light flavor of lemon citrus and some hints of grass. Light amounts of herbal and floral hops that impart a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades fairly quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly chewy.

O: This one does not really fit well into any specific style but it is an interesting beer to try - I did not love it but I didn't hate it either. Pretty easy to drink and sessionable but not super interesting.

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Photo of IronLover
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. Bready, biscuity aromas with light floral hop and earthy, grassy notes at the end. On the lighter side of medium bodied with crisp carbination. Flavor is similar with bready, biscuity malt up front with floral hop flavor through the middle to the end. Finishes clean and crisp with a tangy floral hop bite followed by a bready, maltiness.

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Photo of tim_philadelphia
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I live in Philly and so, this is one of the local beers I have at home once in a while.
When I first tasted it, I was sure it's a pretty decent Pilsner, but if it warms up a little bit, one smells and tastes a wheatish touch. According to Phila Brewing Company's homepage, it does, indeed, contain a small amount of wheat. That said (and if their information is correct), it's clear that it's neither a Pilsner, nor a Dortmund style lager. And it's definitely not a Koelsch (which is an ale - this is a lager), which I read in some reviews.

Alas, it's a peculiar beer, but with many of the good characteristics of a rather hoppy European Pilsner (or a lightly hopped American one). I like that the hops is very aromatic but not so bitter that it dominates all other tastes; you can still enjoy the (pretty) light maltiness, the distinct minerality (which some could regard as a negative feature), and the additional body that comes from wheat and not completely filtered yeast.

An easy but not too ordinary drink. One can easily enjoy more than one of those on a warm summer evening.

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Photo of GiantMidget
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at L'Etage in Philly.

I've also had the Phila Brew Newbold IPA which is pretty good.

This seems almost more of a pilsner than a kolsch to some degree.

Yellowish hazy appearance with a sweetish caramel malt smell.

That caramel flavor goes right into the taste. It's a smooth beer with a nice mouthfeel and balance of minimal hops and enjoyable subtle sweetness.

Good job by Phila. Brewing co. but maybe some fine tuning in what it's being marketed as.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint. This is PBC's current flagship beer and a decent craft beer you can find cheap at most decent bars in Philadelphia. I've had this many times on draft, only a few times in a bottle.

A side note: A lot of people here really want to focus on style on this one it seems. I wouldn't do that. PBC doesn't really market it as a Kolsch. Their website emphasizes pilsner malts, but I wouldn't call it a pilsner so much as PBC's attempt at a crossover hit. This is a beer made for people who don't usually drink craft beer, and it is probably one of the best beers you can give someone to help them cross over into better territory. From their website: "This crisp, light-bodied, golden beer is the very definition of refreshment." Anyway...

Appearance: Nice gold color with a decent white head that doesn't stick around too long. Looks sort of like a "super" adjunct.

Smell: Lightly sweet, some citrus notes and a lot of bready wheat.

Taste: Citrus and hops first, gives way to a deliciously bready beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but if you're comparing it to adjuncts, a little heavier. Ample carbonation, effortlessly drinkable/sessionable and pretty refreshing and crisp.

Like I said, this is what I give to people looking to try something new with only experience in Miller/Coors/Bud/Keystone/whatever or Yuengling lager. It does its job, plus it keeps me satisfied on the cheap in quite a few bars.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale sunshine yellow, a little cloudy.

S: Sharp, pungent with an immediate citrus presence, slightly musky.

T: Quite bitter, citrus and wheat, think aftertaste

M: Smooth, perfect level of carbonation. Nice tingle sensation aftertaste

O: Good bitter beer. Also, decently affordable. Before this I wasn't familiar with the boys at the Philadelphia Brewing Company. After this I think I'll get friendly with some of their other brews. It's a nice balance of bitter and savory, enough to interest a seasoned beer drinker, drinkable enough not to drive away an amateur.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/12 notes. On tap at Dirty Franks in Philly, PA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bready malts, biscuit, and dough. Not bad but pretty bland and average overall.

t - Taste is a bit better. Tastes of lemon, citrus hops, fruit, floral hops, grains, wheat, and bready. Light nice fruit and citrus here, better than the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent better, though the nose has nothing going on. The taste is nice and it is easy to drink; worth checking out once if you're in the mood for a kolsch.

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Photo of Alkey
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color, looks to be unfiltered with lots of tiny bits floating around. Nice white fizzy foam head that settles to about a finger. Hint of citrus in the aroma.

Light body, taste starts out slightly grass, citrus, hop bitterness, then turns sort of dry with a bit of a tart finish. Overall a good easy to drink beer.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my tulip with a hazy golden color and massive amounts of head. Over three fingers worth that dissipates gradually leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Lots of floral and citrus notes, yeast, bready malts, and grain.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. Floral notes and hops with grain up front, slight citrus backing, lots of bread.

Mouthfeel – Over carbonated in my opinion – too prickly. Finishes a hint dry.

Overall – An interesting Kolsch though it reminds me a bit of a pilsner.

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Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it that didn’t leave much lacing. Bit of a hoppy nose to it. Slight citrus and floral notes. The taste is pretty decent. A bit of malts, some bitterness, and a fairly clean, crisp taste. Very nice on a hot day. Worth haveing again.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a staple beer here in Philly the last 5+ years. Pours a clear gold with fluffy white head. Smells of noble hops, mostly a delicate floral. Some sweet tasting malt character. Tastes light & refreshing with a nice crisp hop bite. A tad too sweet to be an excellently rounded beer but the eveness is mostly there. A great session beer clocking in at only 4.5% ABV. Surprised to see this classified as a Kolsch. Always figured it was a hoppy pale ale. Overall, a solid contender in the the "everyday beer" category.

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Photo of MrOH
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light gold, white head, decent retention. Nice lace.

Light fruity esters and pilsner malt. Just like it should be.

Full, round pilsner malt flavors, some soft fruit flavors, and a bitter bite at the end. Too bitter for the style, IMO.

Light bodied and refreshing, decent carb.

A good drinkin' beer. As stated above, its too bitter for the style, but I like it. Actually, it's probably my favorite kolsch ever.

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Photo of KenC
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Aggressive pour to a pint glass. Overflowed the glass, but quickly dissipated to two fingers of white head, than dissipated to nothing at all. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a red color.

S- Smell is in-your-face HOPS and bread malt, nothing else!

T- Taste is a nice balance of bread malt, wheat and grain notes; it has great hop bitterness in the start and malt at the finish.

M- Mouthfeel is very heavy, hop bitterness and over carbonation.

D- This was a fine example of an IPA; it is surely not a Kolsch, pilsner, or even a lager. Not what I was wanting or expecting.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kenzinger has a dull golden body with an off-white head. Retention is OK, but not a whole lot of lacing.

The aroma has a lot of hops, and they smell like they are of the fruity American variety (after tasting the beer it is safe to say they are not).

This is a Kolsch? Really? When I tried it I didn't really know that, I just knew that it was some kind of lager that didn't really work with the big, fruity, bitter hops. Although the aroma seemed like this one had some sort of American hops, the flavor does not. I'm not sure if my nose was off, but this is packed with noble hops. Right up front there is a lot of bitteress with flowery notes and some lemon in there. The hops pretty much run the show, with a light pale malt backbone.

Bitter, and really heavy for a kolsch.

I didn't love this one when I thought that it was some sort of over-hopped pilsner. When I learned that a Kolsch sort of over0hopped pilsner, it is fair to say I might have liked it a little bit less. Not a horrible beer, but not something that I would really want another glass of either.

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Kenzinger from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 294 ratings