Lancaster Brewing Company

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Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Ranked #174
Ranked #25,950
3.62 | pDev: 11.88%
Mar 18, 2022
Jun 15, 2010
Notes: 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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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rclangk from West Virginia

2021 Wegman’s, Warrington, PA

Mar 18, 2022
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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
4 by RV109106 from Pennsylvania on Jul 08, 2021
3.64 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Apr 22, 2021
3.75 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2020
3.77 by Taenim from New Jersey on Oct 15, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Urtravel from Pennsylvania

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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3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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
3.83 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania on Jun 21, 2019
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

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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3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rorjets from Connecticut

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
3.74 by LeftyMike from New Jersey on Aug 22, 2018
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3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by bankboy66 from New Jersey

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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4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by PhillyStyle from Georgia

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
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

on draft in a shaker pint glass

clear light yellow golden in color, bright white head. mild pale malt aroma and mild earthy hops. taste is well balanced, easy drinking. thin to medium bodied.

Nov 05, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the can, it pours a hazy light amber with a nice head. Lacing. Nice mouthfeel, although a bit heavy. Some floral scents in the nose. The mouth gets a pleasant malty brew - but is it a Koelsch?? Alas, probably not, but nice!

Aug 18, 2017
3.62 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Jul 23, 2017
3.5 by BigMike from Pennsylvania on Jun 12, 2017
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3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a straw color with a finger of head. The body is heavier and the flavor is more malty than the standard for the style. This offering also did not have the light dryness that is such a pleasant part of a kolsch.

Oct 19, 2016
2.75 by mikr from New Jersey on Oct 13, 2016
4.13 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Oct 10, 2016
4.27 by ChuckTom from Arizona on Oct 01, 2016
3.5 by thgreatrandini from Pennsylvania on Sep 26, 2016
3.42 by dsshuck from Delaware on Aug 23, 2016
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2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by chuckakhan from Pennsylvania

I'm a fan of Gaffel kolsch, and I like to try other kolsch beers once in a while. Lancaster's kolsch is golden with carbonation visible. I poured this in a mug. To be honest, I did not enjoy this particular kolsch as much as I would have hoped. The smell and taste was not what I expected from a kolsch, and I gave it a few mouthfuls before I moved on. If you're a fan of kolsch beer, give this one a try to decide for yourself. Gaffel continues to be my default choice for kolsch.

Aug 07, 2016
3.59 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2016
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4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Mjcapuano from Pennsylvania

Very refreshing and easy to drink. Good flavor for the price.

Jun 25, 2016
5 by Irishman_Scott from Pennsylvania on Jun 07, 2016
3.15 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2016
3.98 by MGibbons from Maryland on Apr 24, 2016
4.18 by Walleybeer from New Jersey on Mar 19, 2016
2.77 by davidwhatshisnam from New York on Dec 26, 2015
3.55 by John_Squires from New York on Nov 14, 2015
3.45 by rfgetz from New Jersey on Nov 02, 2015
3.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Oct 10, 2015
3.65 by KingPurple from New Jersey on Oct 05, 2015
4.04 by CarlosRuizsChauffeur from Pennsylvania on Sep 24, 2015
3.62 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland on Sep 19, 2015
3.53 by Beer4Baltimore from Maryland on Sep 13, 2015
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