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Kenzinger | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tempest on 03-16-2008

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Photo of corby112
2.04/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at London in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.

Pours a clear golden yelow color with a thin white head. Aroma and flavor are both quite bland with no noteworthy traits. Crisp and easy to swallow but nothing about the flavor stands out. Not as hoppy as advertised. Another bland and boring offering from this dissapointing brewery.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.44/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance; very hazy, hay yellow. White head, moderate lacing and retention.

smell; slightly sweet, grainy malts with some citrusy hops.

taste; much too much hop bitterness to be a Kölsch, almost resiny, a characteristic largely absent in German style beers. The malt profile is good but completly overpowered by the wrong sort of hop flavors. Aftertaste is of hops not husky and grainy malts....completely off for the style.

mouthfeel; very crisp and dry, smooth and refreshing with fine carbonation.

overall; not really a bad beer but the balance is all wrong for the style.

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Photo of Mojoman8561
2.46/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

-L- Clear and golden in color. No head to speak of.

-S- Bitter. Like the rhine of a grapefruit.

-T- Very bitter initially and then calms down as the drink warms in the glass. Hoppy.

-F- Not a bad texture. Light in body. Hoppy kick to it.

-D- Not bad but not my favorite.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.46/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale gold body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Combination of lemon juice, pils malts, vague spice notes, and some out of place off scent. Hmm, I have a bad feeling about this.

Taste: Cereal grains with a pinch of juice and a squirt of lemon. You know that watery juice you get if you don't remember to shake up a bottle of French's mustard? Yeah, well, it seems some of that found it's way into the beer. Peculiar twanginess throughout. Spicy hops with a mild bitterness. A finish that can't come quick enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: An odd beer and not in a fun, quirky way. I didn't particularly care for it. Not recommended.

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Photo of deereless
2.46/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Thick and dense head with lots of sticky lacing, a medium gold color - 4.00, S: Quite earthy aroma, dry and somewhat medicinal - 3.00, T: Quite tart and extremely citrusy, without a date on the bottle it is hard to know whether this beer's flavor profile is being accurately reflected or if this particular bottle is old, but after reading a few other reviews the characteristics that I am picking up seem consistent with other reviewers, a little on the dry side and with a slight hop bite - 2.25, M: 2.75, D: As far as Kolsh's go Kenzinger seems to miss the mark, the lemony flavors are somewhat off-putting, it is unlikely I would buy this particular beer again - 2.00

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at The Lost Bar a block away from Philadelphia Brewing Company. I've had this many times and wanted to review it as fresh as possible.

Comes to me looking the part with a pale golden color that's a bit yellowish on the sides. Not much of a cap off of the spout and once it reached me there was nothing, not a very good looker, no cling. Scents include pale malt heavy, some faint apple and well, thats it. Taste is laid back, if this is a kolsch, it's not a very good one. I remember thinking this was a biere de garde, but I could be wrong. Pale malt without the sweet caramel and light apple juice like tastes, nothing in terms of hop flavor, just a small earthiness. Feel is a step above light and not very carby, this just goes down kinda dead like, bottles seem to be a bit livlier. This is not a beer that i'll be getting alot. I remember getting a mixed case of fresh PBC beer and drank one of these than gave the rest of the five bottles to the cooler at a party to try to get rid of them.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A careful pour still produced a large and foamy head. Retention and lacing are top notch. Color is pale yellow. Smell is different for a kolsch. More of a corn smell than anything else. Taste is bitter and a little dry. Some corn husk, lemon zest and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is fluid but there is certainly some weight on the tongue. Doesn't seem like a traditional kolsch and isn't really my thing.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in the branded glassware at the Silk City Diner in Philadelphia.

A. Pale gold with small thin white head.

S. Mild malt and slight bitterness.

T. Bitter upfront with some corn and adjunct.

M. Thin to medium body with high level of harsh carbonation.

D. Ok for a hot night, but I was disappointed that the waiter at an upscale restaurant would recommend this. Someone trying to convert from macros to micros might find this a step in the right direction (albeit a small one).

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Photo of rallison
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you DIM for the chance to try this beer.

Bready aroma. Body is quite dry with a bready taste that follows to a sharp bitterness. The flavors and the sharpness don't quite meld for me. This sharpness overpowers the rest of the body. Carbonation is ample.

Overall, not a fan of this beer. While I've had few of this style, I am sure there are better examples out there.

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Photo of KenC
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
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 Ricochet
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
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 rfgetz
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright golden yellow. Fluffy white head, retention good, minimal lacing. Smell is of freshly dried grains and a hint of lemony citrus. Taste is of freshly dried grains, slight citrusy hop presence. Very light, very carbonated, semi dry. Decent light beer, doesnt do anything wrong which makes it stand slightly above light BMC products.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as an extra in a recent trade. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/08/2009.

Decent pour here, though nothing to get really excited about. Pale yellow in color with a light head of white on the top that settled down a bit too quickly. Very light aroma of light grain, hints of something, maybe a light banana like touch underneath, but again nothing really very great here. Smooth, even flavor with a very light body, but again it was mostly light bready malts and grain without much in the way of depth or really strength in any direction. Went down smooth and quick though, very light on the palate.

Overall it was ok, though nothing to write home about. I dont think I would revisit this one again,

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Khyber, Philly, PA

A tasty, inexpensive blonde ale, but not the best that PBC has to offer. Poured a clear golden-yellow with a small but lace-friendly white head. Grains and floral hops in the nose. Similar taste with light floral hops, lightly toasted grains, pale malts, grass, and a bit of lemon zest. Light body, and easily drinkable. And usually cheap.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, so this is the last in the variety case and please note that this review is the culmination of three tastings on three non-consecutive days. Also, I wanted to like this as I can dig some old school beers, i.e. tube city, reading, horlacher.

The beer poured a nice, robust yellow color, with moderate carbonation. The average head was half an inch, which was retained to an eighth with some lacing on the side of my mug.

The bouquet was great. I got malt, hops and bready grains, all in reasonable balance. This really raised my expectations for the taste, but onto the bad news. The taste and bouquet did not match up. On the first sip, I got grains and this odd corn aftertaste. Subsequent sips yielded what should be considered the pride of Nebraska, nuttin' but corn. Brought back nightmares of my old man stealin' horse corn off of 63 in willow grove.

The body was on the lighter side of medium and the mouthfeel was great. For many, this will be a great beer, for me, I just didn't connect with it. My hopes sank faster than TBIO's stock!!

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Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long neck. Consumed 11/16/09

A) Pours with an overactive head. Insane amount of upward carbonation - even a slow pour yields a two inch head. Lacing is big bubbled and semi sticky. Slight haze in the body. Gold in color.
S) Grainy. Light citrus notes.
T) Very light malt notes (unfortunately over-shadowed by front forward fizzy body). Finishes with subtle hop notes. Overall taste is just average.
M) Fizzy. Slightly dry. Light body. Crisp.
D) Just average, not much more to it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 22oz bottle - Pours a cloudy light pale color with almost no head and well below average carbonation. Smells of light malts and a tad of hops in the nose. First sip is sweet with a light malt backbone. Very light bodied, lightly hopped, but not too light. Nicely carbonated.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike & Sarah for the mixed 6 pack of PBC's. There's a long production code under the label, but I don't feel like typing it out. 12oz brown glass bottle.

Pours crystal clear orange gold with thin white head that leaves no trace. Nose is reminiscent of orange blossom honey and elderflowers (I know, right?). Palate is slightly bitter and has a grain-(like)-y texture. Some pale ale malt and corn husks come to mind.

Notes: A Micro-Macro lager. Nothing to write home about but I won't pour it down the drain either.

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Photo of fishtownhxc
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

philadelphia brewing company's kenzinger is a decent beer for what it's worth, but doesn't really stand up next to other pale ales that are out there. seems a bit grainy, so much so that i almost felt like i could taste more malt than hops, which for me, defeats the point of it being a pale ale. could use a bit more hops to balance things out. color and aroma are good, and overall, i could drink a few of these in one sitting, but wouldn't over the choice of a better pale ale if available.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at about 100 places in philly, finally reviewing this

Pours a clear, bubbly golden yellow with some faint orange tones. One finger high crop of white head, retains for a bit, some spotty lacing on the glass.

Hints of floral hops, biscuit malt and grain. Some light sweetness as well.

Small smack of bitter hops up front, quickly rushed by toasted grain. Soft malt base with biscuit and a hint of butteryness. Light grassy hops with some hops towards the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, tingly and a bit dry. Drinkable and refreshing, alright for a happy hour beer or something during a baseball game, but nothing I'd go out and buy often.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, large voluminous head that fades slowly, lots of bubbling, slight haze, bright straw coloring.

s- bright lemon, light bit of tartness, rye again?

t- i'm convinced that philadelphia brews every beer with rye. some noble hops, light lemon, some tartness.

m- light.

d- refreshing, but the best kolsch but it's drinkable.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma smells like a macro.Taste is bready with some citrus and malts.I have nothing really bad to say about this.I enjoyed it but it's kind of boring and run of the mill.With that being said the beer as whole was good.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1.5 inch head. I drank 3 of these in each had a large head despite a careful pour. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is crisp, well balanced malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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