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Lancaster Kölsch | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Lancaster KölschLancaster Kölsch

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.

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Ratings: 279 |  Reviews: 76
Reviews by LostInTheFlood:
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerIsland
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been looking forward to reviewing this beer while watching the USA/Ghana match somewhere else than home alone. LBC was rather quiet when I showed up, as was the American team during the first half. All of a sudden, 50 bus riding Home Brewers from Lehigh Valley poured in plus a large wedding party and the joint was jumping. The staff really hopped to and all the sample glasses were used up in about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, I could sit back and enjoy the game (up until the end!) and converse with the patrons. A very pleaseant afternoon.

This beer appeared golden in the glass with a bit of lemon green tint (looking at beers through the mug club mug can accentuate the color!). The frothy head dissapated in a bit, leaving some lacing behind. The nose was subtle, mostly malts. This beer hits the tongue very nicely, crisp hops throughout and a hefty (for a Kolsch) malt base through the middle. I think the addition of Vanguard is an interesting choice and provides some of those citrusy notes reviewed elsewhere (too subtle for this old tongue!) The malt flavors tend toward the toasty biscuity. It's incredibly easy going down and the conditioning is just right.

In general, this verion is much more flavorful than most Kolsches I've tried but far from too heavy for the warmest of days. I'm very interested in trying it in the can and took a 12pack home. All in all an extremely good beer. I really enjoyed this one.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice surprise to see a Lancaster beer in the almighty can. This one pours a brilliant golden straw color with a big frothing bright eggshell white head. Fine speckled lacing coats the sides of my Hennepin chalice. Aroma has citrus lemon grass noted earthy fresh cut grass amongst a nice pale bready/cracker malt backbone. A nice balanced malty/hop mix going on, lays on some semi sweet biscuit malt presence with a lemon rind grassy earthy finish that really makes the beer crisper than most American brewed Kolsch. Great dryness in the finish, flavorful session beer this is great stuff the kind of light beer that you can sink you teeth into. Carbonation is on from the can sometimes I've seen carbonation issues that's not the case here good stuff. I'm glad I bought a case at just over 20 bucks in the Burgh to bring in the fourth this weekend.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.96/5  rDev +37.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jerm2401
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a couple fingers of fuzzy white foam...the beer is crystal clear, bright gold in color.

S - very grainy, corn and some cooked veggies...very bright grassy hops and some zesty lemon peel.

T - begins with clean grains, lightly sweet...slightly bitter and bright grassy hops along with some citrus zest.

M - light body, lacking some carbonation which dulls everything down a bit and kills the refreshing qualities of the beer. finishes dry, as it should.

D - somewhat easy to drink, really wish it had an extra spark or two of carbonation.- all around solid nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a can for $4 at Tap and Table in Emmaus. It was a slightly hazy golden beer with a short head. This wasn't a perfect kolsch, but it was plenty tasty and went nicely with the Fromager d'Affinois. There's a crisp herbal citrus hop bite followed by a smooth berry fruit character. It's a good summer beer, check it out.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall Kolsch glass...what else? Pillowy and bright white head that takes time settling atop clear brilliant straw-gold liquid. Light bready malty nose with a flowery hop tone tell me this is promising. Light and delicately hoppiness with light malt backing. Finishes crisp and hoppy. A quintessential hot weather session drinker...hits the mark here during the current NJ heatwave. Delicious.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from woodychandler, review based on notes

Poured into my Koln Christmarkt Kolsch Glass, renders an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Straw & grassyness faint breadyness, all faded over time

T: Bready notes, lemony hops, slight apricot & pear flavors up front. Lemony hops & grainyness, plus slight astringency as this warms, some floral hops, pears & a touch of honey. Finishes crisp & slightly grainy

MF: Light/medium bodied, light carbonation & nice overall crispness; great balance

An easy drinker. Good take on the style

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Lancaster Kölsch from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 279 ratings