Rumspringa Golden Bock | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Rumspringa Golden BockRumspringa Golden Bock

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerIsland on 06-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 48
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 Mudawg
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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 TimPell
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mscott1975
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of harrisjohnson
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 zoso1967
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of seanbren
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of gigoat
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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 mdillon86
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of anoctopus
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of LostInTheFlood
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of coldmeat23
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 deapokid
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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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Rumspringa Golden Bock from Lancaster Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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