Kenzinger | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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3.38 w/ 290 ratings

Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tempest on 03-16-2008

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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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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Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.44/5  rDev -27.8%
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 SFLpunk
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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 StaEva
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Johnny Brenda's.

Color is a clear bright golden honey-yellow. There is a fluffy white head with good retention and not much lacing to speak of.

Smell is giving the impression of freshly dried grains with a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste mirrors the aroma: freshly dried grains, slight citrusy hop presence. Very light, very carbonated, semi dry on the mouth...definitely a decent beer, doesn't do anything groundbreaking, but doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of pburland23
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Before reviewing the beer, let me just say that I love this bottle. It may be one of my favorite beer bottles. It's simple, clean and totally retro. I could see my grandfather drinking Kenzingers straight from the bottle.

Beer pours a light, golden color with about a finger of dense head. Aroma is very much like a pilsener. It's crisp and dry with grassy malts and a touch of citrus fruit. Taste is grassy and clean. Ther e is a touch of slight hops bitterness that rounds out the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and the carbonation is consistent throughout.

Overall, Kenzinger is one of my favorite local beers. It's the perfect craft alternative to your run of the mill backyard beer. I find myself wanting it as soon as the weather in the City of Brotherly love turns warmers.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
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 sholland119
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear gold with a little bit of white head. No lacing.

S-Nice bready malt with not a lot else.

T-Malty and crisp. Biscuity malt and a hint of light hoppiness.

M-Light bodied and nicely dry.

D-Yeah, not bad, decent for the style. Would not seek this out but would not turn it down.


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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 BARFLYB
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
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 glid02
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of thecarster1
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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 JunkYardJake
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
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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Kenzinger from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 29% out of 100 with 290 ratings
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