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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Added by tempest on 03-16-2008

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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 brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a modest head and a bit of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with hints of lemon and grain

Taste: Biscuit malt opening with a bit of toast and lemon; turns slightly grainy by mid-palate, and the hops jump out a bit with a pithy burst after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a pretty nice version of the style

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for sending this in Blind Bill Round 4. Served in a tulip.

Pours brings a golden-colored, transparent beer with a bit of spotty lacing. No real visible carbonation. Nose brings forward a pretty strong grainy presence along with a slight amount of Noble hops, though not enough of the latter to really call this a pilsner. The flavor is mildly fruit with a bit of grain and some mild Noble hops. Fairly chewy, though still a bit light. Carbonation is moderate, though it seems like it should be a bit higher. Light body. Drinks pretty well overall. My guess is either a kolsch or a Munich Helles. Going with the former given the fruitiness and lack of true "bready" flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.46/5  rDev -2%
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 Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
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 mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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 mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -2%
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 WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got the best mix of brews to session with this weekend ranging from the four brews from PBA found in the Burgh right now to some Southampton Keller Pils and Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss and Summerfest in the DBF. Appears a slightly hazed golden hue in the body with fine haziness suspended in the glass, full on thicket of bright white head forms nicely. Lacing is sporadic on my hop tulip pint glass from Sierra Nevada, aroma has a slight metallic hint to it with a nice mellow citrus playful malt and hop ratio. Flavor has a nice zesty citric hop mix going with some light toasted malts it has a light IPA flavor going on with the massive amounts of alpha acids from American hop additions. Mouthfeel is dry in the finish a nice unrelenting hop bitterness in a lighter styled brew, carbonation is sturdy even a bit much at times overall feel is a solidly dry hoppy finish that brings the hop burps cooking. Drinkability overall just due to the flavors provided and enjoyment of the product is very high. Add the sessionability to your drinkable score and this one rises substantially.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Nose is almost citric and sweet toned. Flavor is interesting. Definitely some complexity there. Citrus and a minor dough. Mild bitter tone. Bitter citrus cuts in on the back side. Feel has a bit of a bite on the carbonation and the liquid is good too. This is actually pretty tasty. I will admit that when I see the word "kölsch" I am prepared for a much milder flavor experience shall we say. This exceeded that and was pretty tasty. Well worth trying. A good intro to the PBC. I bet this would be nice on cask.

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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 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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Standard Tap.

I thought this was an American Pale Ale until I read the beer's description. The flavor has mild biscuit and bread malts with a small grapefruit hops kick that fades into a grassy and earthy aftertaste. I think I might get just a touch of dry toffee in there too. The aroma is similar with a subtle balance of clean pale malts and hops and the mouthfeel is right on for a lighter, yet tasty beer. All in all, this brew has balance, drinkability, and flavor. It also happened to be only $3 a pint, which all things considered, makes this beer a winner.

Cheers to PBC!

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
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 JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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 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 beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear bronze-gold with a thin, foamy white head that was very active on the surface and short lived while leaving a fair streaky lacing. Visible carbonation was moderate.

S: citrus and oranges with a spicy hopping and a touch of floral.

T: The initial flavor had a bright citrus zing to tit with lemons and oranges standing out. The flavor was sharp with a seamless transition of flavor from start to finish. The bright citrusy hop zing makes this a thirst quencher while finishing with a touch of tart grapefruit. My only minor complaint was that the flavor thinned out a bit in the end while there was a very subtle hint of soapiness detected but was minimal.

M: light and oily and very smooth with only trace amounts of carbonation detected around the edges of the tongue.

D: Good marks as session material. A bright citrusy hop zing makes this a summer time quencher that is case worthy.

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Photo of corby112
2.04/5  rDev -42.2%
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 akorsak
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a variety case purchased at Breski's.

A: The kölsch is an exceedingly pale ale, a light yellow sun color that could be a glass of water with several drops of food coloring. A fuzzy haze hangs over the body, as do the remnants of a finger of head.

S: The ale has a crisp, citrusy hop profile that really jumps out of the glass. Not oily, the aroma is nonetheless fragrant. Pale malts linger underneath the hops, but the hops are most memorable.

T: The hops again take center stage in the taste, coating the tastebuds with citrus bite that is floral. The hops have a green vegetal quality that pops up right before the malts make their appearance. The grains don't really add much to the taste, allowing the hops to keep the spotlight.

M: The ale is very hop-forward, coating the tastebuds at the expense of the malt bill. That being said, I like how it tastes.

D: A quaffable ale, no doubt about it. The low alcohol level is a feather in its cap.

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Photo of rfgetz
3/5  rDev -15%
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 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 jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.

A - clear golden color, thin white head

S - slight aroma of hops

T - crisp hop bitterness, dry malt finish. balanced.

M - moderate to high carbonation. as expected, lighter body

D - high drinkability, typical of a lager

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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 glid02
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Noche in Philadelphia.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head quickly recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light pale malts with hints of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of light citrus hop flavors. The malt flavors sweeten midway through the ship, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I didn't think this was crisp enough to be a traditional kolsch but it was still a fairly drinkable beer. Not worth seeking out but a decent beer that's worth a shot if you see it around.

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