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Lancaster Kölsch | Lancaster Brewing Company

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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.

Added by DmanGTR on 06-15-2010

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2.49/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. no pkg date.

A: crystal clear bright blond body. head is big and is made up of bright white bubbles. lacing and retention are good.

S: malty and chewy. lacking in the distinctive Kolsch yeast aroma that comes with the style. lots of grain, little bit of wheat perhaps? a little bit of a herbal hop element.

T: if I thought the aroma lacked in distinctive Kolsch character, the body does even less. jeez, this drinks more like an American adjunct lager than a Kolsch. finish is a little bitter, but not harsh.

M: a tad under-carbed in my opinion. light bodied.

D: pretty mediocre/poor example of the style. not sure if this is a freshness issue or just not that good of a beer to start with. regardless, gets a big pass from this guy.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.54/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I bought a six pack of this stuff thinking it would be a great lawnmower beer. It was a hot day and I really looked forward to some refreshing beer.
It pours nice and looks good. Had a nice head but the bubbles were big and not creamy. Very little lacing and the head was gone super quick. Settled down to look a lot like a bright yellow pabst. Then I drank it.

1) Way too sweet.
2) Overly carbonated.
3) Strange vegetable taste

Realy bad when the over carbonation factor kicks in and you start burping this stuff up. Whatever flavor that is. It isn't good. I gave the rest of it (I drank 2 cans)to my buddy who drinks anything, and he said it was good.

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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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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

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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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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Lancaster Kölsch from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 275 ratings
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