Lancaster Kölsch | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Lancaster KölschLancaster Kölsch

Brewed by:
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 DevilDogBeer
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster Kölsch poured a pretty yellow with a clean white head. The pour produced 2 fingers of foam that stayed at half a finger throughout with light lacing. The aroma had a light floral note with the characteristic kölsch backbone. True to form the taste was light and clean. A solid Kölsch offering from Lancaster Brewing!

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Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a mild orange hut. There is a two finger white head that leaves a layer and some good lacing.

Smell: Very light and crisp malt with some german yeast in there as well.

Taste: Light and easy to drink. Mild german yeast and a little crisp and sweet malt. Bitter finish overwhelms other flavors a bit. Still good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A nice, easy drinking Kolsch. Would have another if I'm in the mood.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 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 ToddT
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden yellow topped with a thin off white head. Head fades to a ring but leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Light floral hop and malt aroma, nose is very mild.

T- Mild lemon zest start followed with a bready malt middle. The finish is clean, crisp, quick and refreshing with a hint of hop bitterness.

M- Light in body and with decent carbonation, a very refreshing summer seasonal.

O- A great summer session beer, very refreshing and the 4.8% ABV isn’t going to wreck you. This in an under appreciated style of beer in my opinion, and one I always like to sample when I can find it. Great alternative to a pilsner or a wit.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a paper-thin head that dissipates into a ring around my glass, hazy gold in appearance. Aroma of malts, butterscotch and citrus fruits. Smooth and tasty, easy drinking with a malty citrus finish. Pretty good but not necessarily true to the kolsch style

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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 stakem
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pmsawyer for gifting me with this can. Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed straw yellow color with a tinge of gold or maybe copper coloration about it. A finger of white head appears and quickly dissolves to just a thin layering across the top supported by a constant stream of large bubbles that collect on the surface and migrate to the outer edge.

The aroma of this brew includes a floral note of hops, with a touch of sweet cereal-like grainy malts to back. More smells reveal some grassy hop notes mixed with a touch of sulfur. As the brew warms, the malt comes forward with a scent that is more like hay and a touch of herbal aspect from the hops.

The taste is mildly fruity sweet and floral tasting with a slight indication of pear before turning to an herbal bitterness. The hops present themselves with a grassy bitterness as it warms up mixed with plenty of sulfuric notes. The malt inclusion provides a decent base of cereal grain sweetness that is somewhat like the previously mentioned hay or straw from the aroma. The finish is fairly crisp with a lingering herbal bitterness and slight pear notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall it is a fairly well done example of the style that makes for an easy drinking brew on a warm day. This isn't a style of beer I get thirsty for frequently but today it hit the spot. Thanks for sharing Pete.

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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 mvanaskie13
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass; nice off white powdery head 1" thick, color is a dark gold, more translucent than clear.

Smell is light sweet neutral to pilsner malt, hint of citrus hop notes, and grainy notes as well.

Taste is neutral malt, mix of caramel and pilsner flavors, light bready notes, not overly done but a little on the too sweet side; finishes with a solid hop bitter flavor, neutral in flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid, nice malt presence with solid bitter finish. Nicely done Kolsch.

Overall, nicely done maybe a bit on the sweet side in terms of flavor, but good bitterness to back it up.

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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 magine
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange mug.

Pours a slight hazy straw yellow. Has a fluffy white carbonated head head. Head settles to a spidery lace head. No lace remains. Mediocre looks.

Brew smells of grains, slight malts and some light floral hops. Average smelling brew.

Brew is sweet; malty grains, slight floral hops. Some slight hop bitters. A crisp clean refreshing brew. Nothing fancy here just a good tasting sessionable brew. Brew is carbonated nicely and is well balanced. Finishes slightly dry. Pretty good.

I am not the biggest fan of this style. But this is a good representation, easy drinking and sessionable. No head retention whatsoever hurts this brew. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in the glass. Good appearance but nothing special. Some head but mouthfeel is rather odd. Woody and astringent. Citrus and sourish with orange pith kind of taste. Hops are hard to figure but the bitter aftertaste lingers.

Not very refreshing. Strong flavors without much complexity. I find it had to see the Kolsch pedigree, but it's not as hoppy as a pale ale. Next!

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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 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 youradhere
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
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 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 Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow straw in color. Forms a big two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Rather muted. Light lemon citrus and a bit of bread.

T: Light bit of toast or cracker. Lightly sweet. Green apple tartness with some citrus hops.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation.

D: A good example of a kolsch, which is not a style that I particularly care for. But this beer is representative of the style and is done well. Light and easy drinking.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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 confer
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 thecarster1
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- can poured into a perfect pint, great design, nearly two fingers of head fades slowly, lace remains, slight haze, light straw coloring.

s- nice kolsch nose, light straw, some grass, light noble hopping.

t- nice and light, floral, flavorful, spicy hops, peppery, lemony, slightly bitter, good example of a kolsch.

m- light to medium body, smooth, some coating.

d- good, this is a nice refreshing summer drinker, i got a case of this without tasting it, and didn't regret it. i heard they are making this a year round, i would pick this up again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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 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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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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