Churchville Lager
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

Churchville LagerChurchville Lager
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Style:
Vienna Lager
Ranked #33
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,866
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 9.92%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
175
From:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  49
SCORE
84
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Notes: Pennsylvania breweries are known for world-class lagers, and this 2013 Great American Beer Fest Gold Medal winning Vienna-style, no fuss amber lager is clean, crisp, and brewed with Munich, and Vienna malts that give it a touch of malt backbone and toast-like character. Hopped exclusively with German Tettnanger hops, it’s got enough hop bitterness to counter that malt backbone as well. Lagered for six-weeks, Churchville Lager comes in at 4.9% ABV, and is the perfect beer for a night out with friends, and family, or the holiday BBQ. Don’t be afraid to order the new ‘Lager’ in town.
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Darkish, reddish brown with a rapidly receding white head.
Smell: Lager yeast, apple, pasta-like malt aroma.
Taste: Malty toast flavor with hints of chocolate malt and peanut. Hint of strawberry. Peppery hop finish.
Feel: Crisp and carbonated. really nice.
Overall: A delicious, refreshing lager.

Jul 29, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE: July 18, 2019... OCCASION: Discovery's Shark Week in effect, with the beach trip looming... GLASSWARE: nondescript footed lager... this pours an attractive amber body, thick with off-white clumps of spongy froth built by persistent teaming bubbles... its aroma is nutty, with caramel, toasted malts, and toffee, while some noble hops sweeten the aroma--this suggests a rather robust experience for a lager under 4.9%... this sips well, rich and creamy like an old-world lager soul be...and at that, a subtle tug at the teeth reminds this has hops enough to be multi-dimensional... its flavor profile is rewarding, with caramel and toffee sweetening the experience--the toasted malts make this a sweet sipper indeed, with enough noble hops to balance the experience into a worthwhile, highly drinkable Vienna... in fact, a woody, oaken flavor is present, as is the nuttiness... this doesn't reach the heights of, say, a Boston Lager or an Eliot Ness, but it have a requisite sweetness that is winning enough to wish for another round--in fact, the variety pack this came from has more than availed itself...

Jul 19, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, purchased cold in a six-pack, julian canning date around mid-Feb; poured into a simple glass mug)

L: crystal-clear, deep orange-amber liquid; tan-colored, loose, spongy foam builds high... scant lacing

S: toasty, fruity-sweetish malt, with an earthy, musky, herbal hop floating atop... even after the palate is saturated with its flavors, the herbal tone of the hops (and yeast?) still pokes through

T: notable spicy hop bite humming above the dark-bready, caramel-y malts below; herbal hop bitterness buzzing long through the aftertaste

F: lightly-rounded malty body, delicate residual viscosity in the finish; slight biting warmth via the hops and maybe also alcohol; aftertaste is relatively dry (vaguely parching? but not to a detriment)

O: got this as a substitute when I couldn't find what I'd sought at the local store; despite the buck or two price hike for a somewhat local beer, the quality (even for a 4-month old sixer) was pretty darn good, and I'd definitely buy it again (soon)

Jun 05, 2019
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the can into a Perfect Pint glass. The look is clear, amber with a slightly off-white head that settles into a nice swirling/lacing on top. Some carbonation bubbles continuing to rise to the top as it sits. Looks pretty nice. The smell is clean and balanced. The lightly toasted malt aroma and the herbal hop aroma play nice together as neither one really dominates. At first, the sip is sweet malt. Then the hops give a nice balance to the sweetness and the beer finishes with a doughy, bready flavor that is pleasant and clean. I'd say the beer has a nice medium body to it. Not too bad of a mouthfeel as there is enough carbonation to keep it lively, but the carbonation doesn't dominate the mouth. Overall, I enjoyed this one and I would definitely go back to the well for a few more.

May 16, 2019
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can in a Sam's perfect pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear copper amber color. The 2F white fluff is linen colored and drops quickly and leaves splashes of lacing.

Aromas of toasty malts and clean cut grass. German hops offer light floral notes.

Tastes like a caramelized light grain biscuit, lightly buttered and sweet.

Feel is light, crisp and very fresh. A bit sweet.

Good version that drinks nicely.

Jan 04, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Federal Taproom in State College on the Friday before the 2018 season opener verses App. State.
Poured amber in color with a thin head that had little lasting power.
Aroma: Getting a definite balance, as both MALTS (says it is brewed with both Munich and Vienna Malts) and hops (that are exclusively German Tettnanger).
TASTE: Balance continued as some hop bitterness and the some toasty malts show up with each sip.
This was a night with a party of 8, looking forward to the next days game. My focus on the beer was minimal but I enjoyed this draft.

Sep 06, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Falls fast... nice lacing.

S: Malty. Sweet and biscuity.

T.F: Follows the nose. Sweet toasted malts and light grains. Balanced with mild hop bitterness. Caramel and earth. Light and easy drinking.

O: A solid Vienna Lager... very sessionable and a great dinner beer.

Aug 19, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Borough Brewpub location, in a pint glass

Clear, copper colored, brith white colored head. Decent head retention. Nice pleasant bready aroma, mild earthy hops. Similar flavor, well balanced - spot on for Vienna Lager. Fuller bodied for an easy drinking lager.

Mar 25, 2018
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wilburj1 from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I am not sure what I am tasting in this beer but it is not something I care for. Only bought a 6 pack and glad of it. Their cream ale is delicious but this not so much.

Jan 18, 2018
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bgillespie from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Moderate smell of malt.

Taste: Toasted malt with a little sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and body.

Overall: A easy to drink lager with solid taste. Would have it again.

Nov 04, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is dark copper/amber, head is off white/light tan which presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a thin top; head leaves some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is mild to moderate toast and caramel from vienna/munich malts; moderate earthy bitterness.

Taste is malty, toasty, light grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp, near sharp levels, but not overcarbonated.

Overall, a very good lager, vienna style with pleasant maltiness.

Aug 22, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty, sweet, crisp. Picked up a six pack of 12oz cans while in NJ. Pours a hazed golden/amber hue with a moderate head. Low clarity. Aroma is toasted malt, wheat cereal, caramel, light floral hops. Taste is cereal, toasted white bread, caramel and bitter hops. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Drinks clean and crisp with nice carbonation. Easy drinker and well belanced.

May 07, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/3/16....pours copper/amber, mostly clear, very light white foam. Bready caramel nose. Lightly sweet, bready malt taste. Nice toffee tipped flavor with butterscotch, vanilla blends. Smooth simple flavorful vienna taste. Solid beer.

Dec 16, 2016
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JWU from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can poured into a tumbler glass

A- a clear amber with a half finger of off white head. Not much lacing, but didn't expect much.

S- toasty malts, feint fruity esters, and a touch of floral hops.

T- Very toasty caramel malt balanced by a touch of bitterness from the hops on the backend.

M- Medium body, and has that crisp lagery feel to it.

O- nothing amazingly complex, but a solid, straightforward brew.

Jul 02, 2016
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark toasty lager with a smooth mellow and crisp mouthfeel. Darker than Brooklyn lager and from what I remember more toasty than Sam Adams but on a similar level of quality.

Jun 18, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company "Churchville Lager"
12 fl. oz. can, no production code or freshness dating
$1.99 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Churchville Lager pours a slightly hazy deep copper colored body beneath a creamy head of off-white. The head retention is good but the lacing is just average. Gently fruity and mildly toasty malt greets you in the nose along with some floral hops, and unfortunately, some detracting esters. The flavor follows suit, opening up the malt to display a little bit more grain, and the hops a touch more grass and spice. It's medium-light in body and gently crisp, balanced by a firm bitterness that's somewhere in the 20 - 25 IBU range.

Mar 29, 2016
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into an Eagles glass. From my work

L - brown-amber color with a clear hue. One finger sustainable foam dome. Ring around the glass, loose lacing.

S - caramel notes, light hop essense. Some vanilla in there too.

T - Intense malt flavor, slight aroma-matching taste. Sharp, soapy hop finish.

F - loose syrupy feel with medium carbonation. Clean but thick finish. What you would expect from a Vienna lager

Jan 03, 2016
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Johnor3 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice when poured, Amber color is very good. I thought that the head disappeared rather quickly. Smell gets some hints of pine needles and citrus. Tastes complex, strong flavor with a sweet middle and bitter finish. Feel, like a bubbly lager. It just did not do it for me. I had heard this beer hyped up as winning a gold medal, and saw reviews of praise from beer drinkers. I had high expectations about this beer, so I bought a six pack. I found it to be a bit too bitter for my taste. I do not drink beer often and when I do it is only one or two 12 oz servings. This beer may grow on me since I will have to drink the rest of my six pact. As far as Vienna Lagers go, I like Samuel Adams Boston Lager a a lot better than this one.

Nov 27, 2015
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a stemless wineglass style beer glass.

Pours an amber, copper color. Head is an off white with a faded amber hue. Not overly aromatic but Vienna lagers shouldn't be. Taste is of caramel and wheat. There is no residual off favors as some beers of this varietal. It is not overhopped either.

Overall, this is a great example of style. It is crisp and clean, yet flavorful and hearthy. Just an awesome beer.

Aug 20, 2015
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty nondescript lager, mostly your normal pale malt and a distant tropical / citrus hop flavor. It has a nice carbonation & the weight of the beer is on point. Finishes clean, could have been a little more crisp. Still, for a U.S. Brewed lager from a smaller brewery, it is commendable

Jul 12, 2015
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irs from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at main street cafe in Princeton. Nice drinkable lager. Nose is quite winey, not a bad thing, just a bit unusual. A very pleasant nose all in all. A bit on the sweet side, but only pleasantly so. Very nice on a muggy summer afternoon.

Jul 08, 2015
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out a clear, almost copper amber color into a Duvel glass with a 1/2 inch ivory head that soon recedes to a thin covering of the surface leaving a ring of foam on the sides of the glass. There is light, visible carbonation. Sipping leaves small patches, speckles and legs of lacing.

The aromas include some nice rich toasted bready malt and a light touch of grassy, earthy hops.

The flavors are pretty much predictable from the nose with the rich toasted bready malt flavor and some grassy character and earthy bitterness from the hops.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium and there's a light persistent prickly carbonation. The finish becomes nicely dry earthy bitterness inviting the next sip.

This is a nicely drinkable beer. It definitely fits the style guidelines as I understand them and will most certainly be a repeat in the future.

Note: After finishing this review I found in some other information about Neshaminy Creek won a GABF medal in 2013 for this lager. Having now had the beer I can understand why it made it into the finals of the judging and eventually won the medal.

Apr 06, 2015
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brought home a six-pack of cans from the brewery.

Pours copper in color with a large, pillowy head that diminishes pretty quickly. Great clarity. Toasted malts and caramel in the aroma with some light noble hops cutting through. More toasted malts in the flavor, very rich, but with a good hop bite as well. Finishes dry and super smooth. Medium bodied and clean. A really nice lager from Neshaminy Creek. Pairs well with grilled meats and veggies.

Mar 16, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and earthy yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of toasted malts along with notes of earthy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style, especially with its malty flavors.

Serving type: can

Mar 14, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the brewer.

12 oz. can poured into craft tulip.

A Dark copper, clear. Head lasts a bit, one finger, off white. Not enough lacing.

S Malt is dominant - toasty, rich. More spicy than sweet. Interesting. What Sam Adams is supposed to be.

T Malt is there again, with a nice toast flavor. With jammy mid-tones, that for me, are too sweet. The hop flavor comes out a little more.The flavor is a marmalade rich, but finishes clean.

M It's medium-light, mid stream just a bit too sweet, finish is adequately dry

O- Very solid. But it's a style that I only seek occasionally, being too much toast and jam.

Like it better than Brooklyn or Sam Adams. As well as a Lakefront.

Nov 09, 2014
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 175 ratings