Lancaster Kölsch | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our German-style Kolsch pays homage to the traditional beer of Cologne. It pours a pale straw color, delivering floral hop notes and a smooth malt character developed from extended cold aging.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 281
Reviews by DmanGTR:
Photo of DmanGTR
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Philly Opening Tap. Review from notes on 6/4/10.

A - poured a clear straw yellow with a decent white rocky head. Retention was pretty good, no lacing though. Bubbles rising continuously from the glass. 4.0

S - light and biscuity with a big floral, grassy, and slightly lemony bouquet. Altogether pretty light though, almost muted. 3.5

T - Like the aroma, I felt that it was pretty muted. The flavors are all there though, nicely balanced. Nice biscuit in the forefront with the floral, earthy, grassy, and spicy hops following. 3.0

M - Light, airy, crisp. Nicely carbonated. 4.0

D - Pretty good. Not sure if I would buy this at a bar though. 3.5

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a German stange glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 2-3 fingers of thick and rich bright-white head. This retains with a thin creamy layer of foam that rings the sides of the glass with lacing. The aroma is floral and spicy smelling with a green and earthy tinge to it. Fruit and malt team up to give this an underlying sweet twang in the nose. The spice REALLY comes out strongly as this warms up.

That spiciness carries over to the taste, with peppery notes helping bring out the gritty bitterness of the hops. Fruity citric character is present but is coming off as a little more green than sweet, as a crisp malt backing provides most of the balancing sweetness here. This finishes earthy with that lingering spice really hanging around for a good while. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to it but this also seems to carry a touch of syrupy heft underneath as well which is holding the drinkibility of this back some.

This was rather middle of pack for me as far as the Kölsch styles go. Just a lot of spice here and that syrupy mix of sweetness and fruit could have maybe have used even more balancing bitterness than what was there. Not horrible by any means but there are some others out there that I would go to first. I do like the canning of this by Lancaster though. We need more cans in Central PA!

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Photo of tedho21
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of confer
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really liking beer out of can and I am really liking Kölsch so this was a good combo.
A-Pale gold and hazy.
S-Sweet clean grape juice smell.
T- There is grape in the flavor too. Hops are in the background. The taste like the smell is clean.
M-There is creamy feel to this beer.
D-Very smooth and easy drinking. This may not be a spot on Kölsch, but it is very good and I will look for it again.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jeremy13586
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light cold color. Poured one finger of pillowy white head. Left some pretty decent lacing as the head vanished.

Bready malt that followed with some peppery and floral hops.

Light bitter hops hit the palate first, and then mellow out as the malt backbone supports. Not a whole lot going on, but very unoffensive.

Very smooth and crisp brew. Light in body, but with plenty of substance. Very clean finish.

Nothing incredibly extravagant about this kolsch, but it is an incredibly refreshing beer that I look forward to having every summer.

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Photo of lccrunchy
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of sage717
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour - nice light color with a perfect white foam. Some nice lacing as well

Aroma - slight citrus notes.

Taste - clean & crisp very refreshing beer straight from the first sip. Some slight lemon noted can be tasted as well.

Overall - I can honestly say that this is the perfect beer for a hot day. Its crisp and refreshing with a nice bite and very clean finish.

great job on your first canned beer Lancaster - I did it right!

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Tucquan
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-08-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear gold with a 1.5-finger white head and mild lace.

S - Rising white bread with a touch of grass and lemon.

T - Sourdough, astringent, pine, hop bitterness. Finishes a bit tart and bitter.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Prickly and crisp.

O - Not true to style. Reminds me of a session IPA more than a Kolsch. Drinkable for sure but not soaring to the top of the leaderboard for me of Kolsch's I've had.

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Photo of drtth
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear yellow straw color with light visible carbonation. The 3/4” ivory foamy head that recedes fairly soon leaving a thin layer on the liquid and a ring of foam around the glass. Sipping leaves small patches and legs of lacing that quickly become liquid and slide back down. By about half way through the beer there's virtually nothing left.

The aromas are bready with faint touch of grassy.

The flavors include some sweet bready malt and some grassiness from the hops. There’s also a light fruit character which reminds of pear.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium and there is light prickly carbonation. The finish begins with decline of the bready sweetness that becomes dry and lightly bitter.

Overall, for me this is an OK beer, but one I’d pass by in favor of the Stoudts’ Karnival Kolsch or some of the German imports such as Gaffel or Reissdorf when they are on tap.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lancaster kolsch as a golden body with a ton of fast moving carbonation bubbles that seem like they will never stop. The solid-looking white head has great retention, and i expected it would leave some great lace, but it did not.

The aroma is slightly fruity with lots of pale malts.

The pale malts star in this one, providing a cracker-like flavor along with some sweetness that is a little darker tasting than I would expect. There is a little bit of crisp hoppiness in the background and a fair amount of yeasty fruit. Just a hint of a buttery flavor lurks in there.

Mouthfeel has the right amount of heft and carbonation.

Overall this beer is thrown off by the buttey flavor. It seems to have some potential, but it isn't quite there yet.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A can in a Flying Fish pint glass at the grey lodge on the late late.

A- A semi hazy orange yellow body with gold trimmings, much hazier than the victory kolsch I had earlier. Small sqiggles of lines going down.

S- Is a bit more maltier than alot of kolschs' i've had this summer. Smells more malted than fruits with small bubblegum and orange, with earthy hops and hay.

T- Im getting a sweetness that I was not expecting. Going in I thought this would be a dry overly earthy kolsch but by the sweet factor, I can see this is more malty in taste and body. Small grapefruit, no pine, marmalade, sweet sugar. Earthy towards the end.

M- It's a light bodied beer but it feels a bit more than that with the build, A mild carb on the tounge that's not stingy in hind sight, goes down easy smooth and sweet. It says crisp on the can but Im not going for that.

D- I liked it, I would drink a sixer in no time and with the luck I've been having lately I may up that to a 24 pack in one of those funny hats that you sip from a straw out of two beer cans parched on the hat, homer simpson style.

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Photo of beerfinder
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of dasenebler
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12oz can, this Kölsch pours a lightly hazy gold with a tight little head and above average lacing.

The aroma is lightly grainy with a bit of butter and earthy hops.

Light, but interesting. There is a solid pale malt profile with grainy, bready notes, plus a bit of caramel and butter from the ale fermentation. The hop character is more pronounced than most German beers of this style, with a pleasing amount of zippy lemon and earthy goodness. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste, but reasonably clean and refreshing. Well-carbonated, smooth and light. A very satisfying session beer.

I enjoyed this offering. It's got a bit more going on than a traditional German Kölsch, but I appreciated the nuanced flavor in a light beer. The finish needs some work, though.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of youradhere
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from obrienej in a trade.

Pours clear with ample white pillowy head; head lasts a while and has a medium creamy texture. Body is medium gold, almost bronze. Smell is of spicy rust, mild grain aroma. Taste is hop bitter forward carried by light malt, I want to say they used Northern Brewer for bittering, light, very light grain however overshadowed by the hops. Some mild spicy hop flavor on the backside, light and fluffy mouthfeel, hop bitter lingering in the after taste mixed with some "can" flavor. If this didn't have the slippery and creamy mouthfeel, any more hop bitterness or it didn't have the subdued carbonation it does, I don't think this brew would do it for me.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

Real nice brassy orange and crystal clear colored body, with some moderate speed rising carbonation cola like bubbles. Very good retention on the head, soapy and large pock marked and swiss chessed all over. Good staying power. Looks great, love this orange hue to the beer.

Faint crisp bready malt, faint sour and fruity esters. Kind of a nice spicy hop angle as well, and some good dry flour bread sense. Enjoyable smells quite nice.

This is quite a hoppy Kolsch. Nice bite to this brew with a good lime bitterness of hop. Crisp seems to be subdued with a faint drying finish, and nothing that lingers. Malts sweeten the palate a bit after some repeated sips. Lingering rolling almost astringent hop quality and lime action after some time.

Real refreshing Kolsch, going to be enjoying these, great price for them too. I'd buy this again easily.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lancaster Kolsch

Pours a semi hazy bronze color with and inch of soapy white head. Aroma is somewhere between bready and yeasty with some straw and barnyard elements. In the taste, malty, with some spicy hops and yeast. HopS are mild, herbal and tea like. There is a light and crisp malt body. Overall, a nice, clean example of a kolsch. Easy drinking and good flavor.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a clear, pale golden color with a half inch bright white head covering the beer. The head faded to a thin covering but left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a sweet graininess to it with a moderate grassy, earthy, noble hop presence. A little bit of a fruity apple or pear flavor comes through. It has a nice lager crispness to it as well.

The taste has the sweet graininess and the moderate noble hop presence that was found in the nose. A little zesty citrus comes through as well. Pretty nicely balanced, not overly bitter or sweet. Crisp and pretty clean lager flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side overall, but feels a little heavier then others in the style. Carbonation is above average. Drinkability is pretty good, it went down pretty easy on this hot day. it had some nice clean and crisp flavors and was pretty easy drinking overall.

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

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