Churchville Lager | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TheFightfan1 on 06-29-2013

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Photo of Getzenman76
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Sheppard
4.61/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of Bushelthong
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sludgegnome
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Cstew18
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not a lager fan and this is really smooth!

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't to sure on the style. I'm just going by the color amber with golden highlights and that it's a lager hence the style American Amber/ Red Lager. Also I'm not sure if this is a year round yet or not but it is brewed for the Churchville Inn and recently started on tap at the brewery.

No B.S. probably the best all around looking lager I've head. Amazing head retention, two fingered eggshelled colored heading. Amber in color with golden highlights. Amazing lacing that leaves ringlets throughout the tasting.

Nothing too big with the nose. Toasted malt, sweet caramel and a touch of medicinal hops.

Though not that much different the nose everything just seems to come full force. Caramel malt backbone with an awesome toasty flavor. Slight sting on the palate in the finish of medicinal hops.

Balanced almost perfect maybe a little on the chewy side. Medium to Full bodied. Excellent carbonation.

Overall I am very impressed. Extremely tasty. I recently had Brooklyn Lager which is rated very high for this style and I most say Churchville Lager is every bit better in all aspects. It has the looks, the taste , the body and just that overall enjoyiness. A must try. This could possibly be NCBC's best beer to date !

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Photo of irs
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of DanSam22
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of justintcoons
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Amber with 1 finger of bone white head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Bread, biscuit, brown sugar, and a Lagery yeastiness.

Biscuit and caramel drizzled bread. Lightly toasty with touches of brown sugar. Light earthy hop bitterness on the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

An absolutely fantastic Lager!

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Photo of Octoberist
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dlmvh5150
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color with a honey yellow hue. Slight chill haze at first pour but cleared beautifully in a few minutes. Poured with a thick white foam that reduced to a healthy cap and left rings of wet sticky lacings on the glass. Earthy, grainy, toasted malt with sweet caramel malt and earthy hops in the background. Medium bodied with a pleasantly smooth, delicate feel. Fresh, clean, toasted and caramel malt flavors throughout with earth, herbal flavors emerging through the middle to the end. Finished crisply and cleanly with a pleasant herbal tanginess followed by a sour bread aftertaste. Crisp, clean, drinkable and refreshing. 

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Photo of milesweaver
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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 bready malt and some faint touches of grassy, earthy hops.

The flavors are pretty much predictable from the nose with the rich bready malt flavor and some grassy character and light 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 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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this again on 2016-06-21 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz can

A - Pretty clear bronze with a 1-finger white head and mild lace.

S - Lightly toasted wheat bread, honey, yeast, mild earthy spice. Very nice.

T - Toasted raisin bread with orange marmalade. Touch of pepper and spice. Complex hop flavors and some bitterness in the finish, which serves to enhance the flavors; keeping things well-balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy then dry. Very nice.

O - This is a very good Vienna Lager with a bit more bitterness and spice than the one from Devil's Backbone brewery. Plenty going on for only 4.9%. Worth checking out.

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Photo of mcouillard
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbender92
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spindelphia
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeburd1128
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BG3
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Churchville Lager from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 156 ratings
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