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Kutztown Lager | Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub

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Kutztown LagerKutztown Lager

Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
RING BOLOGNA ONCE! RING BOLOGNA TWICE! WE’RE FROM KUUUUTZTOWN GEEEZZZ THAT’S NICE!!!! A Kutztown Ring Bologna smoked amber lager. In local Kutztown Pennsylvania Dutch fashion we crafted an amber lager that is brewed with malts that we smoke over Kutztown Ring Bologna, infusing traditional Pennsylvania Dutch flavors. Kutztown Lagerbier is bright amber beer with a subtle smoke flavor and crisp lager taste.

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15%

Saucony Creek "Kutztown Lager"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$4 @ Wegmans Market, King of Prussia, PA

Apparently the malt for this beer is smoked overtop of Kutztown ring bologna, so cheers to them for "recycling"! With that said, I don't get any bologna flavor, just woody smoke;P I knew right off the bat that it wasn't Beechwood (which is used in most of the German beers from the Bamberg/Franconia area), so I called Godshall's Meats and found out that it's mainly Hickory. The body is a deep amber beneath a creamy off-white head. It's smoky in the nose but not overpowering, and the same is true for the flavor. There's certainly enough smokiness that you can't disregard it, and yet there's not so much that the caramel character of the malt can't come through. Nicely balanced and polished. Well worth trying.

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Photo of bobfinkenaur
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very surprised at the low ratings for this beer. Bottom line is this beer is balanced and has a very interesting light smoke flavor that I rarely find. I like smoked beers but most of them hit you over the head with the smoke. This is a low ABV smoked beer you can enjoy anytime. Commend Saucony Creek Brewing Company for making this one part of their regular line up.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

My bottle backlog here at Chez Woody has caused me to give short shrift to a number of breweries. In some instances, it was because I bought the bottle and then realized that no approved pic existed, so I took a pic, resized it, submitted the pic, set the bottle aside and then got sidetracked awaiting approval. In this case, some of their beers had pics and others did not, but now, all is in readiness!

From the bottle: "From farm to pint our beer is alive! Unpasteurized keep it chilled!"

Aarrgh! Who took the approved picture? It is way too much of a close-in to do the label justice! The buxom serving wench holds a stein of dark lager in her right hand and Hans has a bratwurst on a fork in his left hand. Boo hoo.

My beer brother and former classmate, Michael, Michael Motorcycle (no real names for some of my guests, please) dropped this off during last week's tasting on the porch of Chez Woody. I had a bottle in abeyance, but it has worked out. Let's smoke, kids!

Fraische est sehr gut und so a heavy-handed pour was employed. Look at the head on that one, Deb! #TheOldLady had stopped in for a visit as she was curious about all of these buxom females coming and going.

"Listen, I'm barely employed, doll, and if zaftig girls in dirndls with beer and guys in leiderhosen with cooked brats want to stop by, who am I to stop them?!? Look at that beautiful three fingers of dense, tawny head that fell while you were unnecessarily chastising me! To die for."

Color was Amber to Deep amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) and Amber (that was the name of the buxom serving wench) bent over to give me a peck on the cheek as she left. I was too busy being mesmerized by the NE-quality clarity of the beer to notice #TheOldLady's lady fingers coming out of right field across my left cheek! Hoo hah.

"Hey, doll," I murmured, dipping my nose into the top of the glass so that she would not see me simultaneously laughing and crying.

My first draught off of this one and I was hooked. It was definitely a lager, with a sight sulfurous taste to to go along with the light smokiness. Until I looked up at #TheOldLady who was now adorned in a red leather bodysuit with black gloves and black high heeled boots. She was burning sulfur in my living room in an ashtray and stabbing me in my gluteus maximus with the tines of a bratwurst fork!

"I warned you to be messing around with other people's smokiness," #TheOldLady hissed. "What, I'm not smoky enough for you?"

"Oh, no, baby," I stammered. "You're just a little too smoky at times. There are those times that I just need some moderate smokiness and this was one of them," I continued, trying to invoke Steve McQueen as Josh Randall on "Wanted: Dead or Alive", currently playing on #MeTV

Yes, indeed, I like me some smoke, but when it comes on too strong, I like to lay back and have some less aggressive smoke, like this one. I was just in the process of licking my lips when #TheOldLady came at me like a tigress.

"Enjoying yourself, are you?!?"

"Well, now, cain't say that I ain't," I said, licking my lips some more. "This has the right amount of smokiness, it finishes right pleasant and it don't stab me in the ass with a fork nor hit me over the head with a stein when I ain't lookin'."

"What? You silly bastid!" #TheOldLady began just before my pals from Kutztown returned and ... Well, you know the rest. Hee hee.

Really, this was quite good, and perhaps misidentified as simply a Lager. I would put this up against the lightest of the Acht Sclenkerla lagers. I truly am a Smoked beer fan, right behind being a hophead, and this was fantastiche.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium amber color with nice clarity and very little head or lacing.

S - Toasted caramel malt with slight smokiness.

T - Light earthiness, toasted caramel, light smoke, and ends with a piney bitterness with a little bit of citrus buried in the back ground.

M - Big medium body and slightly watery on the back end. Very little carbonation.

O - If you're really thirsty, this is an easy drinker that's very quaffable and hits the spot. I was very thirsty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 5/20/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, some smoke, some fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some smokiness comes in along with some caramel and fruit sweetness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a narrow collar running around the edge, and some specks of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of smoked pork are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has stronger flavors of smoked bologna along with notes of mild caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a lager made with smoked meats, I found this to be rather interesting. The smokiness was not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a mostly opaque orange color with a fluffy off-white two finger head and lost of carbonation. There is also a good amount of lacing and some of the head lasts until the end.

The smell malty, caramel, lemon, sugary and with floral hops thrown in.

The taste pretty much follows the nose with caramel and a fairly malty backbone. Just a few light hops at the end. Surprisingly the feel is a little oily at the end like this beer was heavily hopped but it is not. This brew trades the crisp, clean lager finish for something more bready, malty and slightly oily but I don't mind.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this bottle at Grain+Verse in a sampler sixpack poured chilled in a tumbler.

The color is dark amber with 2finger white head with fine bead and very good clarity with retention that holds well and lace sticks in a thick film. The smell is slightly tangy woody witth faint smoke with sweet malt almost sausage/bologna like with a slightly yeasty smell. The feel is tangy with slightly tannic woody entry with medium carbonation and light smoke and semi-high bitterness with medium body and mostly dry finish with lingering smoke on palate.

The flavor is a strange mix of hoppy and smoky with light malt adding a slight balance to the foundation with light toasted grain and almost no sweetness with a slight woody tannin continuing into the finish. Overall not one to have repeat tastes of unless you want a liquid smoked bologna beer frequently. It is smoke heavy but not traditional more odd and hoppy yet smoky lager perhaps it would be worth trying with a little age on it, or not.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of dacrza1
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: February 21, 2016... GLASSWARE: Samuel Adams special lager ... OCCASION: an unseasonably warm afternoon calls for a lager... APPEARANCE: an eruption of thick, craggy, off-white head towers from the glass, iceberg-style, standing up to room temperature better than the glaciers themselves, unfortunately... a cloudy, dense orange amber body distorts all background, but the massive exodus of upward bubbles proudly suggests freshness...the label's not too bad on the eyes, either... AROMA: some bitterness is suggested earliest, followed by caramel... the thin smokiness really doesn't frame this beer's expectations as the label does...vague baking smells do not help either... PALATE: light to medium bodied, with a swift intake... what can only be worded as a vodka-esque end lingers in the throat--a strange fire... TASTE: struggling to place this taste, with slight smokiness and pronounced hops bringing about floral, pungent, grapefruit... the caramel is a but rusty, and the dough is a bit spicy...should I be wondering about its freshness ... OVERALL: this beer manages to bring nuance to a style that often lacks distinction, though the results are mixed--a hoppier lager with devolved lager traits, this beer doesn't smoke nearly enough for my taste, though it does refresh with subtle flavor to exceed the average mouth rinser...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-Smoked amber.

A: Orangish-ice tea coloring with medium clarity, shows a strong effervesce within with some macro particles (that looked like fish food flakes) dancing about in the vessel. A initial head of 1.5 inches remains so with a strong retention rate and whipped potato texture on the surface. Excellent lace coverage smears the vessel with large patches of foam.

S: Light smokiness of breakfast sausage and maple syrup, smoked pork, with some brief sweetness in between before fading to a lightly dried smoked pine wood finish. Light strength factor.

T: Smoked cherry wood, dried malt with a good deal of smokiness creeping in. Charred barrel woodiness, earthy dried vegetative matter, with some dried smoked port. A touch of sweet malt and dried spicy hopping comes on the swallow.

M: Acitve mouthful, smoky warmth with a medium-full body range.

O: Overall fairly crisp, smoked malt amber, with a lager bite influence. Decent level of drinkability, the smokiness is there, adds background enjoyment without over compensating, but leaves with a bit of smoky soot on the tongue for the grand finale.

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3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of generallee
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's body has a deep reddish brown color with good clarity and topped off with just off white colored head. This head hangs on well for a higher abv beer. The aroma is definitely your basic fall pumpkin spice beer. It's flavor has a mellow spiced rum character with light sweet squash notes mellow vanilla and just a slight maple flavor in background. Overall it is sweeter than expected and I was expecting a much sweeter beer based on the name. I think they did a very good job on this beers balance.

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Photo of BigMike
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Haybeerman
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kutztown Lager has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, an initially clear, slightly bubbly, amber/copper appearance, but with very big, dark yeast chunks, sinking to the bottom. When the caked sediment is swished loose and poured in, the beer clouds up, with a tan pillow and more tan sediment. Aroma is of sweet, dark bread crust (think of Roman Meal brand bread), and the taste is of smoked pork, with brown bread, a touch of sour, cherry wood, and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Kutztown Lager finishes crisp and odd and interesting, to say the least.


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Photo of jmdrpi
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 7/14/15

clear, orangish amber colored. head fades fast. aroma is definitely smokey, but also a little sweet. the taste is very reminiscent of smoked meat. like a smoked ham or smoked sausage. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of Beejay
2.72/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

A: Slightly hazy brown color with a large white head.

S: Slightly acidic, with light malt and a straw aroma, following that is a light smoke smell as well as a little more cider vinegar smell.

T: Tart and acidic with vinegar notes, as well as a hint of smoke. Not bad, but it seems like it is out of form..

M: Light with fairly active carbonation.

O: Overall this is a bit of a miss for me. I think I got a funky bottle, not unbearable in fact slightly interesting, but not really good. It's either infected, or totally off mark for style.

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Photo of WEBBEER
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light smokiness. Taste is meaty, malts, a bit unusual and not really to my liking. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Amber with 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with medium-heavy carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit, brown sugar, and smoke.

Caramel, biscuit, and lightly toasted bread with hints of brown sugar and smoke. Light, earthy hop notes with touches of lemongrass.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

A very nice Amber Lager. Highly quaffable!

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Photo of DeLoreS
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%

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Kutztown Lager from Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 97 ratings