Kenzinger | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of joezak5
4.72/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; nice golden honey color with real nice lacing and good just lightly dusty white head retention.

Smell: Wow... I didn't know a 4.5% ABV beer could smell like this... honey and nutty almond cereal... tea-like in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light and silky smooth, very low carbonation just floating on the palate.

Taste: Sweet, biting honey tea with a nice dry and bitter finish... hay-like earthiness in the middle with some more honey background...

Drinkability: I'm fortunate to sample this less than a week after bottling... I'm blown away by this one... especially after the Newbold... complete opposite... this one does Philly proud... I wanna throw one in the freezer so I can enjoy it in a few minutes.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.46/5  rDev +26.3%
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 LunaChick
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my intro to the PBC brews. I asked for another brew and the bartender handed me a sample of this. I was hooked instantly.

Rich golden color, frothy head. Bright scent, slightly spicey in the nose. Taste is slighty hoppy with a nice yeast finish--very nice balance. Light in the mouth, very easy to drink. A true session brew, its easy to drink several of these without even begining to feel full from it. A perfect year round brew great for bbq in the summer or watching football when its cold outside--a good brew to get your buddies away from that other stuff they keep around if you know what I mean.

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Photo of dude
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 ounce drafts. Gotta love 'em. I loved this one in particular. Clear and golden honey appearance; doughy and vinous nose. Flavor is very pleasant blend on bread-dough, wheat grains and lemony citrus hops. Balanced, light-bodied, crisp carbonation and an easy drinker. It has positive characteristics of an all-malt lager, pilsener and american wheat all in one. Very enjoyable and if more Kolsh's are like this one it might just be my new favorite style!

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kenzinger Kolsch....

Appearance-dark sort of clear gold, heavy head and nice lace.

Smell-light malt, hop mixture, alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light and refreshing, nice balance, grainy and mild hop pine comes through, the flavor is nice and the lightness works well.

Drinkability-light body, good flavor, nice balance.

Overall-I love a good Kolsch (one of my favorite beers to brew) and this hits the mark solidly. Nice job.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with massive white creamy head. Great retention with perfect lacing.

Smell shows some nice bready malt characteristics.

Taste also has the malt in the forefront, with a nicer crisp, dry lingering ending.

Leaves a firm dryness in the mouth, but very smooth.

Perfect drinkability. This beer was gone before I knew it. Flavorful, yet easy on the palate.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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 jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a rush of small-bubbled carbonation and a creamy white head that leaves an amazing amount of lacing. Concentric rings with some stickage in between.

The smell is lemony, floral and grainy.

The taste is of grainy sweetness and a citric lemon zest turning to a bitter, floral, dry finish.

Clean, crisp and refreshing. A characterful session brew. A bit hoppy for the style - but I'm not complaining!

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Photo of Phillyduke
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date of 4/2/08. One of the first cases to roll off the line at PBC.

A: Poured into a Becher pint glass, which struggled to contain a head that nearly spilled over the sides. It quickly fades to a one-finger layer with excellent retention, leaving gobs of sticky lacing along the side of the glass. Beer is bright gold in color with visibly active carbonation.

S: Bright and clean bready (ginger ale?) smell with hints of honey, citrus and spicy hopping. It has a nose that brings back memories of some German beers I've had. I don't know if it's the yeast strain or the malts, but that's what it reminds me of.

T/M/D: Crisp, sharp & tart bite from the hops is the first thing I notice. Bitterness lingers on the back end, but the finish is short, dry and clean, making it easy to drink quickly (and in quantities). Has the slightest hint of a lager-eqsue dishwater taste to it, but not enough to distract from the enjoyment. Thin bready malts take a back seat to the carbonation and hops in this one, making it very refreshing, though slightly acidic and caustic on the palate due to all the bubbles.

O: Overall this is a great light- to medium-bodied summer session brew, though I wish it were a tad smoother. I'm not to familiar with the Kölsch style, but this seems quite hoppy and bitter, which is thirst-quenching and quite enjoyable. Actually rather complex given the unassuming ABV and lesser-known style.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours golden yellow in color with a rocky, two-finger bone white head. Head had good staying power and left sticky lacing all around the glass.

I don't have a ton of experience with kolsch's, but the Kenzinger has a distinct sweet German malt smell. Also get some earthy, wheat notes, biscuity yeast, and grassy, floral hops.

Hops really come through on the flavor profile. Bitter hops with sweet, toasted malts. Hops tend to dominate here, and make for a rather pleasant light beer.

Fresh, light and crisp.

Perfect for the summertime. A nice light body with a bitter hop kick that is just enough for this time of year.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here is what i can say about the Kenzinger:

A: It has a Golden Pale color.

S: It has a unique smell, which comes from the wheat grains and the citrus hops.

T: It has a semi-bitter taste.

M: It's mouthfeel is unique, where you can taste the citrus in the beer.

D: This is a beer that you can drink over and over again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass; thing white head, dissipated pretty quickly; bit of lacing on the glass; nice pale yellow color with very light carbonation.

Smell is mild biscuity, bready malt, slightly subdued on this particular bottle (i drink this beer often and it does have a good scent on draft). Feint hop presence on the finish, lightly floral.

Taste is a good balance of biscuity, bready malt, light wheat and grain notes; good hop bitterness balance, just enough presence to give balance and flavor. I love this as a summer beer, and is great go to session beer.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice balance of sweetness and bitterness on the tongue with a good mix of carbonation.

Exceptionally drinkable, I'll drink this a go to brew any day and all day.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now there is always "that beer" that makes me appreciate that certain style more and hooks me.This is "that beer" Cheers PBC

Golden body with a nice one finger head that just bubbles away.

I smell fruit and malt.

Malty up front with a nice crisp hop bite at the end of the sip.I would assume they used german noble hops in this beer and it was the perfect choice.Nice lingering bitterness is left on your tongue.

Prickly on the tongue but its nice.Goes down very smooth,dangerously smooth.

This is one hell of a session beer that I need to pick up often now that I enjoy the style and the beer itself.One fine beer and thanks again PBC!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a foamy white head that isn't very retentive but leaves nice lacing. Steady carbonation.
S: Earthy and grassy aroma with hop and malt background and a slight smell of honey like sweetness.
T: Very flavorful and full bodied for what to me is an unassuming beer given style and ABV. Bready malt body up front that has an earthy, grainy body and finishes with a slightly bitter hop taste. Very clean, creamy body with lots of carbonation. This beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. By no means exceptional, even for the style, but great to stick with for a night.

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Photo of DIM
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very pale golden color. It poured with a medium sized white fizzy head.

s: Very nice! Biscuits, apricots, and some lemony hops. Hoppier than most kolschs but thats okay.

t: Mimics the smell. Surprisingly bitter grassy hops at the end. Off-style perhaps, but not overwhelmingly so.

m: Crisp overall with soda like carbonation.

d: Complex, full-flavored, and sessionable. This one's a winner.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, box is dated 4/17/09. Poured into my Kenzinger pint glass - awesome to have the proprietary glassware! A beer with superior clarity, colored a bright honey golden. A light, full 1-1/2 finger head grows on top as the pour ends - this head is in no hurry to go away, leaving rings of lace that are still present after the glass is empty.

Smells of a crisp bright hop backed with full malt biscuit. Finishes with a sharp apple sweetness, which softens into a sudsy, flowery hop. complex enough, although maybe lacking a note or two from some top examples.

Starts crisp and celery-like clean on my tongue, opens into pears, apples, maybe even a hint of peach, then loosening into more than enough sharp malty biscuit to build towards a complex experience. Dominated in the end with a sappy, piney, at times bracing bitterness. The beer recedes into an ashy yet clean, dry finish. Soapy, flowery bitterness lingers for several minutes in my throat. The mouthfeel is crisp although semi-full with a sudsy back end. A nice moving show - pounces, builds, then ends.

A truly sessionable beer.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +13.9%
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 Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1/2" head that last quite a while. Some mild lacing paints the glass.

Smell: some very mild bread and grassy tones are hard to pull out of the glass, but pleasant.

Taste: mild bready maltiness with some apples, sweet green grapes, and some soft grass in the background. Suprisingly nice hop level provides some nice balancing.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. A hint of dryness at the end, and the aftertaste is almost clean, but the bread lingers a few seconds.

Drinkability: flavorful and very easy to drink. This is a great example of a session beer.

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

This beer used to be off in many ways. First, as a "kolsch", it was reddish amber, maltier, and hoppier than any authentic kolsch. Resembled more of a second cousin to an alt. Not that it was bad really, just, in my opinion, off in style.

Today, however, I had a couple pints out at one of my favorite spots, and my has it changed. For the better.

Now, they appeared to have gotten the color/look right - clear, lightly golden yellow. Attractive, compact head that swells up like champagne after the pour and settles down quick enough, leaving a little fuzz on the top and around the glass.

It's still noticeably hoppy in the aroma, reminding me of the bitter stems of dandelions. The hops carry over evenly in flavor, and mix well with the blend of a fuller-bodied malt and plenty of fizz. All in all, I am feeling now that it's finally tasting more like a kolsch, especially in the aftertaste.

I wouldn't go so far to say it finishes as crisp as say a Gaffel. A heavier feel takes it just beyond the realm of being "refreshing" as well. It's still quite tasty and easy to drink. Good job! Now fix your other beers, because them prices be right.

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

Pours medium gold. Small white head,that laces surprsingly nicely.
Pilsen malts, spicy hops lead to a pleasant aroma to take in.
Twangy hops bitter the back of the tongue. Smooth malty backbone reinforces this offering rather nicely.
Good to style. Really enjoy this one.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle a Clear, golden color with a fluffy white head. Good lacing on the glass as this goes down.

S: Aroma of dry grains and lightly roasted malt that comes off slightly ashy. Light herbal hops in the background.

T: Husky grains, bitter but not overly bitter. Hops are light with a spicy herbal character just enough to balance.

M: Light to medium body, with crisp carbonation.

D: Really simple yet delicious. So easy to drink quite a few in a session. Highly recommend this as one of the best Kolsch beers brewed in the US.

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Crystal clear orange tinted gold with nice medium bright white head. Left spotty lacing.

S-Light aroma, of some erathy/citrusy hops and a decent bisciuty malt.

T-Interesting brew. Has an ESB type of hop kick with a nice malty support. This is far more tasty than I expected it to be.

M-Medium-light with plenty of crispness. Nice lingering hop bitterenss.

D-This is a quality, all malt, sessionable, beer drinkers beer. I would happily have this on hand as my Bud. This beer, along with the newly revived Reading Premium, shows that you can make a beer that has flavour, low ABV and made to please even beer geeks such as myself!

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Photo of DrJay
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with some haze and a thin cap of fizzy white bubbles. Lots of spotty lacing. Floral and lemon hops were prominent in the aroma, backed by some citrus sweetness and cereal grains. Balanced flavour. Bitterness was light, but stayed solid underneath the malt until the sweetness faded, leaving it to linger in the finish. Lemon hops up front, a bit floral, with a hint of spice. A bit biscuity and bready, but not overly so. Light bodied with ample carbonation, crisp and on the dry side. More powerful in character than I expected, this one has a solid hop presence. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of NitroGen
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck bottle

A: Poured a slightly hazy light golden yellow with an intense two finger head of brilliant white foam, that slowly lowered to a ¼ inch head with lots of carbonation and lacing throughout.

S: Crisp grains and slightly acidic piney hops.

T: Bright and 'crisp'..yea I said crisp, and smooth grains and mellow hops that burst into the mouth and then linger to a lingering aftertaste.

M: The carbonation really helps to make theis a really refreshing and smooth tasting beer.

D: Really enjoyed this one and am envious of those who have access to this great tasting beer. Although not extreme it is a great tasting beer that I recommend.

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