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Lancaster KölschLancaster Kölsch

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Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: 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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Photo of DocBrewroo
4.92/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The cans where a huge hit! Enjoyed with friends on the water off Annapolis.

Slightly darker gold than expected, this brew poured with a white frothy head that lingered leaving behind subtle lacing. I picked up nice malts and citrus on the nose; on the palate those same malts show with a slightly more assertive hop character than I expected(but totally enjoyed.) All in all an excellent release from LBC, great for these ridiculously hot summer days.

It's about time Lancaster started moving in the right direction with new management and better beer quality. I can't wait to see what Bill Moore & Company have up their sleeves for the fall !

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Photo of sage717
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
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 bigfnjoe
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Took awhile for this to get on tap due to some distro issues. Finally had it a couple of weeks after I was initially told about'd it measure up?

Served on tap into my huge mug club mug of death.

A- pours a cloudy, honey colored shade of gold with a one finger white head. Laces nicely.

S- getting a lot of lemonish hops. Unique for something by Lancaster...a pretty strong scent! I likey.

T- you get a huge bite of bitterness from the lemons and first, and then some sweetness. Tastes like...summer.

M- feel is good. Nothing outstanding.

D- oh hells yes this is drinkable! Low ABV, nice tasting, plus, its sold in cans so you can bring it on the beach with you. Total summer beer, and one of the better ones I've had. Kudos to LBC for churning this one out...much better than the Rare Rooster I'm used to from them in the summer.

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4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can to pint glass. Phenomenal value at $23 a case.

A: Pours with a bright white bubbly head that struggles to get up to 1 finger. Medium retention leaves a thin, sudsy film. The body is pale golden straw, clear and very light in color. Super thin sheets of lace with tattered ends. Nothing particularly great about the appearance but, given the style, nothing exciting was expected.

S & T: Average malts of grains, biscuit and straw, soft (from the wheat malt) and untoasted. Average hop contribution: grassy and floral. Lightly yeasty, leafy and somewhat soapy. Subtle fruit flavors of apple and pear. Light front-end sweetness and average flavor duration. Stylistically on point.

M: The body is medium full and semi thick right out of the fridge. It does, however, thin out a bit as the beer warms. Lively carbonation with a crisp, dry finish. This is a very refreshing, highly quaffable summer brew.

D: LBC's Kölsch makes it easy to realize the importance of drinking seasonally. I've bought 2 cases to drink throughout the summer's hottest days, which is the only way this brew should be enjoyed.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very golden straw color. Slightly hazy with little in way of carbonation.
Head is white and delicate fading away to nothingness.

A very light malt aroma with equally sutle hints of floral hops.

Flavor is soft malts with some light fruitiness and floral hops.

Smooth and crisp feeling and a dry finish.

I like this beer. It is nice and light and yet has good flavors or the summer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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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Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - pours a golden, straw color that is a bit hazy and topped with a decent-sized froth of bright white foam. Some nice lacing is left as the foam slinks away.

Aroma - a little grainy with some slight citrus notes. Not a whole lot to be said about the nose on this, the style doesn't have a very pronounced aroma.

Taste - crisp, sharp and clean. That is a refreshing beer straight from the first sip. Some grainy sweetness is followed by a lip smacking, tongue snapping bite of bitterness followed by a lingering tangy flavor. Some slight lemon noted can be tasted as well.

Overall - I can honestly say that this is as an outstanding beer for a hot day. Its crisp and refreshing with a nice bite and very clean finish. Its like biting into the perfect apple, except that apple is in a glass and its beer and its awesome!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I could throw a 12-pack of this on ice and be set for a weekend. This may be the only beer these guys put in cans but they sure as hell did a great job with this one.

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Photo of Sipchue
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden straw, nice white head that faded, but left a nice laceing.
Aroma is lemony and fresh.
Taste is citrusy in a lemony, slightly sour way, nice bitter flavor, finished dry and pleasant.
I was surprised that the mouth feel was more on the medium, fuller-bodied side of things.
I find this one to quench my thirst, no matter if it's right out of the fridge, or if it has rested a while.
Not sure if this is contract brewed, as the can says Wilkes-Barre PA. I bought my 12-pack at Lancaster Brewing Company on Plum Street in Lancaster.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: crystal clear golden yellow in color with a 2" head that fell to a thick surface foam.

Smell: light malt sweetness, grass, and a hint of lemon rise from the glass.

Taste: nicely balanced beer as the malt level and mild bitterness are just right. Biscuit, lemon zest, and some grass tones round out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout with a hint a dryness late. Clean aftertaste. Refreshing.

Drinkability: super sessionable beer. This is a great beer for a hot and humid summer day in the northeast.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank directly from the can so the only description of appearance is that the beer presented as a slightly hazy medium straw hue.

The smell featured a potent noble hop spice with a soft grainy malt.

The taste offered vibrant hop spice and a clean grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall an easily quaffable kolsch. Excellent summer style.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a perfect pint glass, it has a 2-3"white head that is on top of a golden color body. The smell is light of lemon and hops. The taste is very nice and crisp, i get a sense of lemon, citrus and not a strong taste of hops, but it is present. It has a great mouth feel, smooth and is very drinkable. Goes down nice.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +9.3%

04/26/14 From a can. Thanks to AJ at Super Buyrite. This is more substantial than Kolschs I've know. Nothing wrong with that as long as it's balanced. Firm head atop a slightly darker beer than the light blondes in my past. Slight aroma doesn't give anything away as to the fullness of the mouth-feel & tastes. At 4.8 ABV it could be called a session beer by some, but I'd reserve that for beers of a lighter body. At the risk of sounding petty I'll say this is a great summer evening or night brew, but starting a session in the afternoon with this candidate may be costly. I will be looking out for it again this summer.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Kölsch, but not quite up to par with some of the top offerings I've had in Köln. However, it is better than some of the weaker offerings from Köln numerous breweries, specifically Gaffel and Dom.

Color is a bit darker than I would expect it to be, but still a light gold, completely clear and with mild carbonation. Head is also a bit smaller and lacing is again a bit lacking. Aroma is clean, subtle and a bit floral. Some very delicate grassiness comes through in the finish. Body is moderate and appropriately so.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pilsner glass.
Nice suprise seeing a new seasonal from LBC. And in cans!! At $22 a case, I couldn't resist. Can says Wilkes Barre, PA so I'm guessing this is another contract brew from The Lion. Poured a hazy straw color with 2 fingers head. A bit of lace sticks on the glass as the head recedes. The smell reminds me of a barn full of hay. Palate is nicely balanced with cracker malts and grassy german hops. Also notice a hint of lemon zest in there. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a nice body that coats the mouth and lingers a bit. Great brew for the summer months and a great example of the style.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cold can into a pint glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a bleached white frothy head of 3 cm foaming up even with a fairly gentle pour. Head fades to a surface layer during sampling and leaves some tight lattice as it fades downward after each sip.
Aroma is some grainy malt and a bit of spicy and earthy hops, but overall the nose is mild.
First sip reveals a fairly light bodied brew with fine yet tingly carbonation.
Flavor is a bit of sweet malt and some spicy hops rolling through on the finish. Not a robust flavor profile, which is accurate for the style. Maybe a little white grape or other mild fruit mixes in after a few more sips, but the beer does finish with a little bit of drying on the palate.
A very crisp enjoyable beer for these hot July days. A pretty good example of the style, not an exemplar but good enough to know if you enjoy and appreciate the style for what it is.

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Photo of Zraly
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale gold with a two finger white head -- looks great for style. Faint aroma of grass and flowers.

Slightly sweet and fruity malt and floral hops. A bit of cereal flavor. Hops are grassy and floral, with a touch of citrus. Very clean finish. Light to medium-bodied. Crisp and light, with an ABV of 5.1%, this is very easy to drink. Great warmer weather session ale.

A nice American interpretation of the style. Perfect for noshing on coneys and potato salad.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can, courtesy of Imstillthegman (thanks Guy!) into a snifter.

A - Pours a pale, clear yellow, with a huge, billowing three fingers of rocky head. Plenty of lacing and excellent retention.

S - Bitter lemon peel and some grassiness. It's a light and airy aroma, and the other elements are subtle.

T - Not as bitter as the nose leads you to believe, but the citrus bitterness is definitely there, more pith than zest. Grassy like a saison, but hop-forward.

M - Carbonation is harsh and biting, but not too bad. Finish is long and dry.

O - A nice surprise to be sure. It would be great on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn. If it was local I'd probably buy it on occasion.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 IronLover
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright yellow in color with a light haze. A thin white head after the pour that leaves a nice white cap and wet lacings on the glass. Light, fresh floral aroma with hints of lemon and biscuit. Light bodied with lower than average carbonation. Light malt biscuit flavors in the beginning, followed by citrus lemon and orange hop flavor and very crisp finish with a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden straw colored brew with a two finger thick head that fades into sticky lace.

Smells of lemony citrus hops slightly buttery.

Tastes lemony and with a bit more hop bitterness than I would have expected. A nice dry finish.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

An incredibly sessionable, quenching brew. Definitely a summer hit at parties.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice golden straw color with a head of larger bubbles. Looks like what the can advertises..."Crisp, Clean and Refreshing"

S: Pale malts with some grass and citrus as well. The citrus is a very refreshing aroma of sweet orange and a bit of lemon. Has a bready aroma, a bit of the yeast comes through. The sweetness and citrus pair very well.

T: Sweet malts countered with some bitterness of citrus zest and grassy hops. This beer really screams summer. Good lingering flavors and bitter/sweet ratio. Almost similar to a light white wine. Very nice.

M: Carbonation is right on point. Bitterness is just assertive enough and the sweetness makes this very palatable. Leaves a drying feeling on the teeth.

D: Perfect beer for the summer, Lancaster has definitely created a beauty here. And it comes in a can! Crisp, clean and refreshing like the can claims. That's really all that needs to be said.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest has finally come to my hometown! CAN you believe it?!?

Brewer Bill Moore had SO wanted to be able to show these CANs off during Philly Beer Week, but it just did not come off on a timely basis. For traders: Let me know if you are interested. I have plenty.

From the CAN: "Crisp, clean & refreshing. Lancaster Summer Seasonal. Our German style Kolsch pays homage to the traditional beer of Cologne. It pours a pale straw color and delivers floral hop notes and smooth malt character from extended cold aging. Crisp, flavorful and refreshing, our German style Kolsch is the perfect summer craft brew."

My pour produced just over a finger's worth of rocky bone-white head that fell like the raindrops outside my window on this hot, humid summer afternoon. Color was a hazy golden-yellow, darker than the straw mentioned on the CAN. I definitely smelled grassy hops on the nose, almost peppery in their intensity. Mouthfeel was medium with a dry, lager-like crispness on the tongue. The finish had the same hoppiness but accompanied by a light honey-like flavor. I am impressed by their first CANned offering and look forward to other of their beers in a CAN in the future. This would certainly go into my cooler and if others need help in getting some, just drop me a Beer Mail.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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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