Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Lancaster Kölsch | Lancaster Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Lancaster KölschLancaster Kölsch
BA SCORE
3.61/5
Good
275 Ratings
Lancaster KölschLancaster Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
lancasterbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,890
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
275
pDev:
11.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 275 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of FinkMeister
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mthomp081
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Roberto11232
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

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

Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this one so much I decided to brew my own in the same style but with a bit of dry hopping during second fermentation with 97 Cascade hops.

148 characters

Photo of tobelerone
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7/16...served on tap in Philly. Pours clear light medium amber. White foam sits on top. Flavorful malt taste, very fresh and clean. Light bitter and a touch sweet.

 163 characters

Photo of Valentno7
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samibr
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jlabs
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pale golden yellow, not much head but visible carbonation bubbles throughout. Hint of bready malt followed by grassy, with some tiny hints of sour fruit and spice. Light and refreshing but more character than I'd expect for a 4.8% ABV.

 247 characters

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.

 942 characters

Photo of WanderingFool
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrgriffiniii
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of OGShotzy
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wonothesane42
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.