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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerIsland on 06-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
127
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
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3
Gots:
7
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 127
Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can for a buck fidy. A code of 02412 is printed, but I'm not sure what that means.

A mostly clear orange amber with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and a little lacing, this looks pretty decent. The nose is quite nice for the style (which, I have to be up front about, is one I don't care for). To me, a lot of maibocks really do smell like liquid bread, and this is no different. Honey, bread, a mild hop character (earth and lemon). A little bit of toffee is also present, as is a little sulfur. Solid.

The palate opens quite smooth with a blend of honey, burnt sugar, a modest hoppy bitterness and some earthy flavors. The burnt sugar note is quite nice, especially the way it complements the honey and sweeter notes - not quite bitter, a little sharp (in the way solvent-y beers are, but this isn't solventy at all). Toast, bread, a mild caramel note and again, the burnt sugar round out the palate. A little spicy as well. The hop level here seems pretty darned good, lending just a little bit of bitterness and flavor. Mildly sweet on the finish with burnt sugar, caramel and a little honey, this beer is medium in body, moderately carbonated and quite smooth on the palate. I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying this. Recommended.

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Photo of B33R501
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was delicious with last nites Chaps Norristown happy hour dinner French onion soup and 1/2 price hot wings. And 1/2 price $2.35 pint, you can't beat that.

Pretty golden color, not much aroma probably hard to tell with the hot wings but it smells like a lager. Taste just popped though, robust and nicely malted, sweetbreads with a nice blast of sweetness and honey. Balanced and drinkable, terrific mouthfeel. Surprisingly boozy for a < 7% beer that I don't mind at all, some may say this detracts, I say it enhances the beer.

Outstanding. Think I'll get a 32 growler today, something different for a change.

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Photo of jonvan04
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can and into a glass, the color was a light brown with a faint amount of red in there. The head was thin and white. The aroma was of biscuity malts with some wheat and honey thrown in along with a little bit of an herbal hop aroma. The taste was of smooth bready malts up front followed by sweet toffee and caramel like flavors surrounded by a refreshing hop bitterness at the end. There were some lingering dark fruit, more plumlike flavors mixed in along with some notes from the honey. It was light bodied and easy drinking, more complex than I had thought. A good easy drinking spring beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The slightest of fizzy off-white head that quickly fizzes away leaving nothing more than a splotch of lace and a thin collar... The color is a glowing mix of amber, honey, and orange... Loaded with medium sized moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - A pleasant slightly sweet aroma... Oranges... Honey... A bit of brown sugar... Fruity... Melon... Cantaloupe... Pears... Some bready and wheat notes...

T - The palette is much more assertive than I expected... A bit of booziness from the get go... Sweet fruits... A surprising bit of bitterness... Some brown sugar notes... Heavy on the bready malts...

M - Medium to full bodied... Prickly carbonation... The finish is slightly dry and a bit chalky... Rather pedestrian...

D - An interesting offering from Lancaster Brewing... Not bad, but nothing memorable either... Some interesting components, none of which seem to compliment one another... Very good aroma and average at best in all other facets...

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Golden, honey copper color with virtually no head despite ferocious carbonation bubbles and spirals.

S: Spicy yeast and hop aroma with a subtle, fruity, honey aroma laced with some bracing alcohol.

T: Bright, sweet and bitter malts up front with a hint of spicy, floral hops before becoming sticky sweet with a cloven, honey taste. The finish is dry, herbal and a bit boozy with lingering traces of honey goodness.

M: Medium-full bodied bock with fierce carbonation and a slightly sweet honey slick in the finish.

O: An herbal take on the traditional Helles bock style with local flair; Lancaster county honey. The 6.6% ABV bock comes off a bit boozy, and the carbonation is a little extreme for my palate. Not all that bad, but not without its flaws, either.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a pristine clarity shows a light whisper of carbonation. The head is quick to come and go, leaving a thin creamy covering that was light beige. No window dressing.

S: Light freshly cut pears, green melons, dry grains with a light flowery fresh green hopping. Some hay and dried honey toast rounds things out.

T: The flavor was fresh with grains and hay, honey toast with some spicy dried fruitiness. Some pears and green melon as observed on the nose with some dry flowery hops and dried orange hints. Nice grain base with a complimentary dry flowery seems like noble hop presence. A light alcohol detection finishes things out.

M: Buttery mouthful, medium bodied with a decent feel.

O: Overall grainy, dry with a spring time feel of flowery hops makes for a decent spring bock beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Recipe by Lancaster B.C., contract brewed and canned at Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA

I've been seeing these cans around so much, I decided it was time to give the beer a try, but not being much of a 6-pack buyer, I was fortunate to see this on tap at TJ's. Copper color with a fluffy white head that dissipated quite a bit but left some lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty light, sweet and grainy. Taste of toasted grains, honey sweetness, leafy hops, with a dry bitterness left in the mouth. Light mouthfeel and a bit watery. Pretty underwhelming overall, but not too bad. Easily drinkable anyway.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, had on-tap at paradise by the slice.
Was served in a pint glass. It had a golden honey color body, with no head to it. The smell is a little malty with hints of honey. The taste is sweet up from and some malt comes through with a little bitterness to finish. Great mouth feel and overall a enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Well for canned in spring and being over 6 months old their is still a good amount of creamy sticky head. Color is a nice orange yellow.

S - Smells of bready malts and honey mostly. Grainy as well but mostly sweet smelling.

T - Fairly smooth and sweet but not very hoppy. Good sweet malts, honey flavors, and a touch of caramel. Good bock.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall it was a good buy at $1.75 for a single and would be worth buying again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear coppery gold, with several fingers of slightly off-white colored billowy head. This settles down into a thick finger, leaving back a sticky latticework of foamy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and floral and lightly spicy, with a dash of citric fruit. There is a touch of sweet grains and honey across the back but main focus of the nose is on those hops.

The taste is much sweeter, with notes of honey and toasted bread. Maybe a bit too sweet feeling overall. Hops hang on the edge of the profile, with spicy and earthy citrus flavors that cut some of the sugars and finish this dry and pithy feeling. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (maybe a little fuller); with a light sharpness on the tongue that then gives way to more of a softly carbonated chewiness along the back. This feels about right for a Bock, with the alcohol thankfully being confined just to the fuller feel here.

This actually wasn’t bad for a Bock (I try to keep my expectations in check when it comes to Lancaster beers) but the honey addition did add a bit too much sweetness to this that didn’t always sit right with the heftier feel. I’m not quite sure if this is the best choice of a style to put in a can but this is far from a bad beer.

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Photo of Chaz
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey amber-gold in color, topped with a frothy off-white head. Good head retention and lacing exhibited right here.

Nose is sweet and malty, with lighter spicy phenols and a fusel element that seems out of place...

On the first sip this one is as sweet and malty as the nose had suggested it would be, and there's a huge, truly massive tongue-coatingly creamy smoothness to it that all but overwhelms my other sense impressions. Sweet and fruit-forward is probably the most succinct way that I can describe the flavors, here: notes of ripe golden apple, pear... nary a trace of bitterness here, though perhaps the last couple of reviews have caused my bitter-detectors to go kittywampus (both were IPAs).

Boozy*, and the fusel notes I picked up in the nose make me wonder a little about the proportion of honey to base malt in this recipe. Of course, this one is not very much like any of the other honey beers I've tried (lager or ale), but I'm not holding it against the mighty Rumspringa GB! I know that this is a lager 'cause the labeling tells me so, but it is manifestly Ale-like.

Smooth and perhaps a little bit -too- easy drinking, to the point that I'd like to have *TWO* of these in succession, but two of these in a row would likely knock me on my CAN, har har!

I'd sure like to try this one again, perhaps in a blind taster against another Helles/Mai/bock. After all, just how many helles bocks do you find in a can nowadays, huh? A big THANK YOU to Woody Chandler for providing me with the opportunity to finally try a beer from the world-famous brewing town of Lancaster!

*I'm sure this one is 7%+ -- the yeast got away from ya, folks!
Can code: 08711

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can to pint glass.
Pours a amber/copper color with good clarity. The head is nice and fluffy with a little cling. The nose is malty and sweet with a good german lager yeast smell rounding it out. Palate is nice and malty with just a touch of honey. If it didn't mention the honey on the can, I might not have noticed it. There is plenty of body and finishes a bit dry. A nice bock at a fair price but isn't a stunner by any means.

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Photo of engisch
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a decent white head. Extremely clear! Nearly flawless looking. The smell is of malts and sweet sugars. Leaves behind a lacy head.

Taste is vey malt forward. If you like malty beers this is a good one for you. Very little bitterness, but enough for malty-swinging beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but nothing offensive. Overall, I'd definitely drink this again when I'm in a malty beer mood. One more good can beer!!!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice spice notes. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly spicy. Medium Body. A very tasty brew.

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Photo of Buggies
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting aromas of alcohol, banana, grapes and caramel. I'm not sure what the grape is coming from, but interesting none the less.

If you like malt forward, sweet beers, than this one is for you. All the aromas com through in the flavors. Sweet and good, but the sweetness is cut short by a little hop balancing.

Overall, I love this damn beer. Not sure that it fits in the style that it claims (maybe the cause of many bad scores), but this is a damn fine beer. And it's in a can as well.

Not for everyone, but those who like a beer on the sweeter side, this is one for you.

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Photo of ebby82
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, delicious canned beer, my newly discovered love. Better yet, a beer's name which celebrates an Amish rite of passage.

Pours a tawny gold into a pint glass from the can. A frothy head, but I've always found that cans tend to pour more aggressively than bottles.

The aroma is of lager yeast, honey, and malt.

The taste is of caramel, lightly roasted grain, and a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

The only thing that detracts from this beer is the slight alcohol taste. If this were absent, it would be a perfect session beer. As it is, its a solid maibock with a great name.

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Photo of powellmg
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served @ 45F in a pint glass.

Poured a fairly clear, deep gold color with almost no head. Low aroma of alcohol, banana, some honey (or maybe I just think so because of the label). Tasted of toasted malt, some peppery flavors. Pretty astringent on the finish. Not any sweeter than a usual bock, despite the honey. Alcohol was very noticeable and seemed out of balance to me. Medium-bodied, fairly high carbonation. Just ok.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass: nice dense off white head, light clinging; color is amber nice effervescence, a touch dense.

Smell is sweet malt, hints of bread and caramel, with honey sweet undertones, not enough hop scent.

Taste is caramely malt, light notes of bread and honey dryness, a bit more bitterness in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the sweet, cloying side and finishes very dry with hint of bitterness.

Overall, a touch dissapointing for a maibock, but as a general brew its a little tasty.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster Rumspringa

12 oz can, pours a deep golden orange in color, white head forms and recedes quickly. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, honey and bread. In the flavor, caramel, bready malts, honey and a kiss of earthy hops. Not overly sweet, surprisingly well balanced. Honey, bread, leafy hops, little to no alcohol presence. Medium bodied feel, carbonation is moderate. Overall, a decent beer, in a can.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honey color. It's very clear and well carbonated producing a big fat white head.

Aroma is spicy upfront with some light fruitiness.

Sweet and malty taste that mingles with a big alcohol taste.
Bread taste pulls up the rear.

Spicy and tart in the mouth with a big alcohol punch, thats big but also soft.

Better maybe on a crisp fall or spring day then on a hot summer day due to the high alcohol.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rumspringa pours a clear honey yellow with a two finger, thick white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring around the surface leaving behind spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity and sweet. Notes of apricot and sweet malt with some grassy hops mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick and slightly syrupy. Light carbonation. The flavor begins sweet and malty. Toasted malt, caramel and honey are present. Some metallic flavors are also detected. The sweetness is balanced out with grassy hops and some notes of lemon grass. It finishes slightly bitter with the lemon grass and toasted malt lingering on the palate.

This beer is well balanced and tasty. Perhaps a bit too sweet with the malt for my tastes. I'd enjoy this beer with some good hard fancy cheese.

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Photo of therica
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

I'm not much of a fan of Lancaster beers but this one caught me by surprise-- a great find.

A= plentiful white foam over slightly cloudy lemon-yellow.

S= grassy ginger, lemon, malts.

T= a bit peppery with nice ginger and some tartness, hints of lemon, fuller-bodied than would be expected for the appearance. As far as its style though, this almost seemed more like a fullbodied weisen or even bold witte, oddly.

M= tart and peppery with nice ginger and malts.

O= sessionable and some creative uniqueness that demand a try.

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Photo of GimmeGumballHead
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks again to IDrinkGas for these PA locals...

A - obviously, a golden color, very minimal head, relatively clear and not super carbonated

S - relatively mild and boring smells, nothing exceptional

T - Very good taste, definitely feel/taste the honey.

M - drinks like a quality bock, goes down very smooth.

O - I don't know what I would actively seek this beer out, but it is not bad by any means. perhaps I'm just not that into honey or bocks. probably the honey.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Took a chance on a style I don't usually imbibe.

It was reasonably local, and I felt that there was potential so I got a 12 pack on a whim.

Looks stunning, beautiful golden hue. Nice tight white foam.

Faint malty bock smell. Not much there.
Follows up with big flavor, heavy, dry, bitter brute for after the field is plowed. Tasty.

Heavier than it looks.

In the end, not a bad decision. It is a great spring beer for when the yard work's finished. Perfect for pretzels.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My hometown heroes, LanCANster Brewing Co., have come through yet again! Last summer, they CANned their Kolsch and this spring, it is the Rumspringa Golden Bock. My, oh, my. I CAN't wait to add this gem to The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "Bright, Spirited & Rebellious"; "Ale brewed with honey"; "Embrace your rebellious side! Our feisty Golden Bock Lager is brewed with real Lancaster County honey and has a subtle malt flavor complimented by a flawless balance of domestic and European hops."

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch, producing just over a finger of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was quite sweet with a little alcohol heat thrown into the mix. Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy with an initial sweetness, lager-like, with a bit of honey and more of that heat mentioned on the nose, but this time on the tongue. Phew! It was not going to make me go out and peddle painkillers for The Pagans, but I did start to CANtemplate howling at the moon. Finish was very smooth, to the point that I had downed over half of it without a second thought. Let's see - this and Ten Fidy in the cooler. That shouldn't be a problem later, should it?

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Rumspringa Golden Bock from Lancaster Brewing Company
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