Lancaster Brewing Company

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Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Ranked #187
Ranked #25,563
3.62 | pDev: 11.88%
Jul 04, 2023
Jun 15, 2010
Our tribute to the traditional beer of Cologne, Lancaster German Style Kölsch offers clean malt flavors from extended cold lagering and a noble hop character.

35 IBU
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Kölsch from Lancaster Brewing. Six-pack of 12 oz cans for $ 11.65 (Including tax) at Adamstown Beverage. On room temperature shelf at store, stored at 34 degrees F at home. Bottom of can stamped “CRISPY LIFE 24823”. Reviewed 04/07/23 (Review 3134). Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol. Served at 44.7 degrees F. Final temperature 56.8 degrees F.
Appearance – 4.
First Pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Pale Gold (SRM 4), slight haze. Under direct light, same. When rear lite, translucent.
Head: Average (Maximum 3.7 cm, aggressive center pour), high density, white, quickly diminishing to a rough 0.5 – 0.9 cm crown and a thin cap.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide bands of tiny to small bubbles evolving to torn curtain lacing.
Aroma – 3.5 – Very weak spicy hops. No yeast, no malt. No ethanol (5.1 % ABV, according to the website, can is not marked).
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly sweet with weak hoppiness. No yeast, no malt. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends attempting to be crisp.
Palate – 4 – Thin; watery; soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 With all my time in Deutschland, I’ve never made it to Köln so I don’t know what authentic Kölsch should be. Based on written descriptions, this seems to be headed in the right direction.
Jul 04, 2023
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L - Clear golden yellow with half finger white head that quickly dissipated to a partial thin film. Light bubbles.

S - Nose of light crusty bread, spice and fruit.

T - Taste follows the nose followed by a sweet malt burst and very faint hop bitterness. The sweetness lingers, which seems not in keeping with the style.

F - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Slightly dry . . . again, not seemingly in keeping with the style.

O - I enjoy this beer but it seems to be a bit off for the style.
Apr 27, 2023
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
12 oz can
Consumed: 16 July, 2022
ABV: 5.1% (according to LBC's website)
Glass: 0.4L Stange
Temp at Pour: 51.3 F

Clear light-golden yellow with quite a few bubbles. The foamy white head starts at 3+ fingers and dissolves to 1 finger. The lacing is very good.

Bready and biscuity malts that come across a tad doughy. A touch of grassy hops. Some lemon. There is a vinous note as well that could resemble a sweeter white wine. (I'm not a white wine drinker, and definitely not a sweet wine drinker, so I'm guessing here.)

Sweet and doughy bready malts with a somewhat pronounced vinous flavor. Hints of lemon here and there. I cannot detect much, if any, hops. There is a very slight nip of bitterness at the end of the sip, which finishes more sweet than dry.

Not quite crisp. Actually a bit viscous and even a touch slick. The body is a bit heavier than light, so light-medium?

Not really true-to-style compared to most other Kölsch's that I have had. This beer reminds me more of a lager of some kind. I would put it as a Dortmunder or maybe more so a Helles except for that sweet vinous note in the aroma and the flavor.
Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by Spade from Pennsylvania

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 3.49 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by rclangk from West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a cloudy pale orang with a modest cream colored head.

Aroma is a mix of citrus peel and fruit, malt and spices.

Taste as it smells., while it has a very mild Dry and sweet and not overly hoppy.

A very enjoyable brew!

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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Cloudy pale orange appearance. Around medium carbonation with a slightly thin watery feel but not unpleasant.
Aroma is a nice mix of citrus peel and fruit,malt some sort of spices,floral and earthy
Taste is very similar to aroma, while it has a very mild sweetness there is an equal dryness. With the dryness there is also that earthy flavor that lingers
Overall its a really nice beer that I would serve to company as it would appeal to a novice as well as someone who likes better than average beer.
Nov 17, 2021
Rated: 4 by RV109106 from Pennsylvania

Jul 08, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Apr 22, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by Taenim from Maine

Oct 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Urtravel from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
L: mildly darker light golden yellow with light head and lace
S: Mild floral note
T: follows taste but then a back malt finish
F: a bit more lighter body than I expected but still good
O: a very nice mild beer
Aug 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
(12 oz can, code LBC 25919; purchased single off shelf... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: crystal-clear, yellow-gold liquid; foam fizzles out immediately, spitty collar remains at first, later all but disappearing

S: relatively-weak intensity in aromas; lemon hard candy, soft spicy-floral overtone... bit of a mellow, honeyed malt sweetness lurking in the background, which does develop into more doughy malt as it goes

T: subtly sweet, almost wort-y malt slowly pushing through... not much dynamic yeast character; floral, lemony hop resins certainly present; water character seems a bit mute, too neutral?... very subtle spicy citrus lingering in the back in the aftertaste, later some day-old dinner roll

F: dull, nearly flat; slight chew of malt chub up front; finishes with a delicate smear, less than crisp

O: the sluggish, generic malt profile sticks out most, its candy-like character perhaps emphasized (or saved in a way?) by the lemony-floral hops... should have more of a taut, drier malt character, as well as some more mineral-y yeast/water personality, if that makes sense... the base is ok, process and/or preservation could use some refinement (1490)
Aug 26, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours nice light gold/straw color. Thick white head falls to a thin, whispy cover. Pretty neutral smell...some grassy notes, some herbal notes, a "clean" smell with some grape in there too. Taste is malt with a good balance of spice from hops. A bit more pronounced flavor than some other beers of the style. Good and refreshing though. Body is medium, again a bit heavier than other kolsches. Overall, this reminds me more of a pilsner in flavor and feel, but it's a very good, refreshing, and flavorful beer. A good summer beer to be sure.
Jun 21, 2019
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Reviewed by rorjets from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This Kolsch from Lancaster was an excellent example of the style: Straw yellow in color, some herbal elements on the nose, very easy to drink with mild hops bitterness, and a crisp, clean finish - best of the ale/lager hybrid brewing method.
Nov 01, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by LeftyMike from New Jersey

Aug 22, 2018
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Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear gold with a two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. A little too bubbly on the tongue at first but washes down nicely. Refreshing beer. Give it a try.
Jul 28, 2018
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Reviewed by PhillyStyle from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Sorry...but this beer does not get enough love here. The is an excellent example of the style...possibly one of the best that I have had outside of Germany. However, because it is true to the style and not over-hopped, it gets a score lower than it should. The beer was a great clear, deep yellow/amber. Sweet-ish aroma and a taste that reminded me of those that I have had in Germany. The beer had a great feel, it was refreshing and extremely easy to drink. Overall, if I lived in PA and could get this beer regularly, it would be a go-to beer.
Jul 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2017
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