Gold Star Pilsner
Lancaster Brewing Company

Gold Star PilsnerGold Star Pilsner
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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #302
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
80
Ranked #43,400
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 14.41%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
104
From:
Lancaster Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
80
Good
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Notes: Description: This classic Bohemian-style Pilsner brings noble hop flavor and traditional maltiness into perfect union. A healthy dose of imported hops tips the scales towards a decidedly hoppy finish.

Also this beer is no longer produced in bottles. I'm not sure if there is anyway to change our rating because our bottles were contracted brewed and were not up to our standards hence the termination of bottling. Or I guess we just get more people to review the draft version which is many times better than our old bottles.
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Reviews by RBorsato:
Photo of RBorsato
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color with a nice white head and some suspended sediment (due to age maybe?). A nice hoppy pils aroma at first followed up with lots of grainy character. Grain flavor dominates with a nice hop balance. Light-medium bodied with a lightly bitter finish... maybe a bit dry/harsh on the throat.

Per LBC website: OG 13. 33 IBU's.
Malts: 2-row Barley and Cara-Pils
Hops: Hallertau, Saaz, and Tettnang.

'5363' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 07/08/06

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of Jason
2.97/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Two fingers of rocky off white head rise after a hard pouring. A hazed tannish amber draw little light, unfiltered is fine but haze in my pilsner is not.

Smell: Smells of hay bails and spicy hops. A bit of yeast and more malt in the back.

Taste: The medium body throws the crispness off a bit with a slickness on the tongue. The bitterness bites the taste buds with a slight sharpness, the malt is tied in with the yeast which creates a doughy flavor throughout. Finishes with a touch of hops and some sweetness.

Notes: Certainly not the pilsner I was expecting … is this flawed or was it intentional? Cloudy with a stuggling crispness … this beer does nothing for me. Not horrible but not a beer I’d go back to.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a sophisticated, nuanced, soft and spicy pilsner. A pilsner to be envied by brewers in Plzen, and to be tasted by those who only have been taken in by the advertised True Pilsner of Miller Brewing. The pour is the first clue that your are about to taste a fresh, American pilsner, not one that has spent weeks on a ship in who knows what condition. The aroma is soft and enticing with a wisp of grass and straw and a subtle floral note, no doubt from the three types of hops in the brew. The taste is mouthfilling with a superb balance between the slight toastiness of the ample malt and the above mentioned sophistication of the hopping process. Spicy pepper from the Saaz and a mellow bitterness from the German hops gives a refreshing, crisp note to the mid palate. Finishes with some mouth coating maltiness, then a final residual, floral bitterness. Well done.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fluffy bright white head. Clear, deep yellow liquid...a shade or so darker than the usual Pils. Nose is zesty maltiness with grassy and lightly herbal hop notes, nice and clean. The taste is crisp and hoppy right out of the gate. Substantial maltiness gives this great body and mouthfeel. More grassy/citrusy hoppiness appears mid-line, finishes on a slightly metallic hop note. A great example of an American pilsner, reccomended!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright yellow-gold, with a bit of chill haze, topped by a pure white, sticky, whip cream head. Nice lacing. Inviting.

Low key aroma, with some very fresh hay and spicey notes, but subdued.

The malt enters lightly, slipping down the throat easily, as the hops arise to give a light, fresh rinse which is greatly refreshing, and not so biting as to be off putting to the American lager drinker.

Nice soft mouthfeel. A great drinking beer for the hot days of summer.

Served up a case to a mixed crowd on Mother's Day. At party's end this bottle was the last in the cooler. I'd say that makes for a good crossover beer. Lancaster's comeback really needs more attention, another fine PA brewery. I really must visit the brewpub this summer.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellow with a nice big blooming head that seems to stick around nicely,the aroma from my bottle was somewhat skunked could be an older bottle so I'll reserve judgement on it.Taste is pretty dry with a nice malt backbone with a sharp hop bite that hits midway thru swallow.This pils has some nice complexitys to it not what you see enough in the style,I only wish I could try it fresh.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce bottle that was purchased at the brewpub. Pours a burnt-golden color with a fair amount of haze. An initially thick white head quickly falls, but never completely disappears. The lace is decent. Crisp, floral, spicy, sharp hop aroma. Just a little soft sweetness is present in the foretaste, followed quickly by a poignant, snappy hop flavor. The spicy hop character completes the taste, which finishes clean and abrupt. Medium to light in body, low carbonation for the style. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5.5% abv. Lancaster Brewing's flagship lager pours a clear, deep golden body that releases tiny, slow moving bubbles upward towards it's frothy white head. It's retention is limited, but it maintains a thin creamy surface covering throughout most of the glass and leaves some spotty lace. The nose expresses bright floral and grassy hops as well as some background maltiness. The body is on the light side, but it's enhanced by a very fine carbonation that gently caresses the tongue before sliding across the palate. An unimposing, lightly grainy malt acts as a base for loads of fresh, floral and spicy hop flavor and a bold bitterness at 33 IBU's. Well-balanced and quite impressive in its bitterness level! They're obviously not trying for a cross-over beer with this one - it's clearly within the range of the North German style. It finishes with some hop flavor upfront, followed by a dollop of lightly sweet grainy malt, and then some more swirling hop flavors amongst a bone-dry bitterness. Exceptionally clean and very well done. Quaffable!

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Photo of stirgy
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a creamy white head of foam topping the brew off. The aroma has a good balance of fruity sweet hops and musty malt. The taste is fruity with sweet malts that combines with a pleasant bitterness. Some floral sweetness and caramel spiciness comes through. The beer is medium bodied and pretty well blended. Not as crisp and tasty as other Pilsners. This is actually more like a Golden fest beer. More sweeter than I expected, but fine nevertheless.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a vigorous volcanically flowing white head with chunks of yeast floating in a suspension from this bottled conditioned beauty, no born on date so something tells me this one could be a little aged, but either way this one held up nicely with a magnificant golden hue sporting huge patches of silky lacing round my conical shaped pilsner glass. Did I mention how amazing the retention of this pillow like mountainous head appears after quite a challenging pour? Aroma: Delicate light malt sweetness with an in your face amount of Saaz hops coming through not a bad pils at all, very welcoming on a warm day would like to seek this one out on draft. Taste: A bready yet grassy character makes for a crisp refreshing pilsner beer with more than a sufficient balance of hops in the bitterness department, semi-simple yet a style and beer here to be enjoyed by all beer lovers. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied beer with a decent amount of jet stream of carbonation, perfect fullness in the humid summer days I've been living in. Drinkability: A wonderful session brew not to challenging (except for the pouring), but to the taste buds a great escape of simple enjoyment in a botlle. I could easily put away a sixer without thinking about it, very nice brew.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pilsner poured a cloudy golden-colored appearance with a decent frothy head. Rather slow but steady carbonation rose to the top of the glass, and there was some spotty lacing on the glass at the end. The smell was characteristically pilsner, with strong Saaz hops, floral notes, and a subdued malty presence. The taste was very bitter with grassy elements, mellow, but crisp and sharp at the same time. It finished with a somewhat bread-like doughy taste. The feel was prickly on the tongue, paving the way for the bitterness of the taste. Lancaster Brewing has some good stuff, and this pilsner is a fine example. Crisp and refreshingly bitter, I really enjoyed this beer. Very drinkable and recommended.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LBC's beers seem to be much less substantial than they used to be. They seem to be watery or dumbed down a bit. Really a shame, but they'll still get plenty of my money since it's still one of the better places in this town for beer.

Looks pretty good, and the nose is respectable with a little biscuity hop presence. The flavor has potential, but is ultimately too watery and dull. This enhances drinkability however, creating a decent session beer. It would truly be wonderful if this average brewpub returned to its once excellent former self.

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Photo of oelergud
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent golden body with some orange, big white, rocky head with good retention and great lace. No carbonation.
Kickass floral and hay scents with spiced hop oils and mild malt.
Mild to moderate malts up front that grows rapidly with honey notes then washes into a dry hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is full and spiked, far from smooth, and a refreshing change from your usual lager. Some coating and slick feel.
Great drinkability, interesting and easy to enjoy.

-Oelergud

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden pils color with a white head and a few surprise chunks (I mean chunks) of protein coagulation. Bready and husky malt aroma. Pretty clean taste but somewhat flawed for some reason; predominantly malty and husky, with minimal hops other than a small bite. Pretty good but not my favorite style of pilsener.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Not pasteurized," "Brewed Naturally," and "without preservatives." I don't know what "brewed naturally" infers, but I like the other two. Now all we need is a freshness date and we would be all set.


Clear light gold with a medium-sized white head that does not stay for too long, but laces well.


Smell is deep, seedy continental hops. If I close my eyes I am in Prague with a vine in front of me with its thick, juicy cones inches from my nostrils.

Dry from the get-go, there is only an impressionistic background of grain as the vinous and herbal attributes work their way to the foreground. The colors are more muted than expected. In the end, honey is the only flavor accompanying the hops, which are by this point dusty and musty.


Feel is crisp and bitter, as well it should be. It surprisingly leaves the back of my tongue in favor of the salty sides quickly after the majority passes through.


Drinking this is easy and enjoyable. Thank you Lancaster for sharing your talent with me.

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Photo of nomad
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poureed a color somewhere between hay yellow and gold, with a fluffy head that fell to a thin but clumpy sheen. Showed a light and amoeba-like stain with plenty of nice carbonation underneath, as a good pils should.

Smelled of a full pale malt, reminiscent of a whitebread loaf fresh out the oven. Had hoppy florals of a soft herbal variety, with some soft grass and hay funk tones. Occasional fruity esters abound, too - I really liked these.

Tasted of tasty bitter: creamy with the smallest lemon tone, it had a solid thin and dry bitterness. Malt was light and just balancing, as the beer came across as very juicy with hints of fruitiness. Its moderate finish was of a fresh and barely green hops, rolling out into more oily and tart flavors. I saw some chunks floating around on the second pour, but they gave the beer a nice taste though. Mouthfeel was thin but not too much so.

I rather like this pilsener, it really surprised me with how good it was. Could drink a bunch in a row.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was after Christian to make a Pils from the day Lancaster Malt Brewing opened. I mean when the brewer's name is Heim and it's in Lancaster, PA; you'd think it was a no brainer. Well, it was about three years before they rolled this beer out and it has become my favorite of the year round items they make. It's a little on the toasty side but with a very nice malt/hops tension. It's actually the hoppiest beer they make (it wasn't called Lancaster MALT for nothin') which suits me fine. It would probably look better in a pilsner glass and when I take the occaisional jug home, that's what I use. Gold Star is one of the reasons east central Penna is the pilsner capital of the New World.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright slightly dark gold with a thin head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is sharp and clean, nice light Saaz and toasted malt.

Taste is sweet golden malt with a hint of sourness. A slight orange citrus edge, more than I would expect in a pils. More body and bittersweet flavors than a typical pilsner. Needs to be lighter, more Saaz and less [other] hops. Finishes with a dry hoppy aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium but heavier than a pilsner should be. This is a good beer but I have to bring the numbers down a little because I think they missed the style.

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Photo of weeare138
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light blonde with a luscious white head and medium carbonation. Lots of beautiful lacing.
Smells of slight graininess with touch of hops and sweetness.
Taste is crisp with mild but sharp hop bite.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and semi dry.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy darker gold color, with a spotty surface head. No lacing at all through the drink. The aroma was nice as malt and hay / grass were quite noticeable. The flavor followed the aroma as malt, hay, and reasonable bitterness hit the tastebuds. The mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat thick for a pilsner. The carbonation was very light and there was no crispness. The malt rode the tongue for several seconds after swallowing. Not overly exciting, but better than average.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours unusually dark for a pilsner. Pours a hazy light copper colour with a pretty nice white fluffy head. Smell has a bit of spice and floral hoppy snap to it. Taste has just a touch of malty sweetness at the forefront before it is jerked back like a bungi cord by the hops. The beer finishes crisp and clean as it should. Mouthfeel is sharp with nice fine carbonation that keeps the beer fresh on the palate. Drinkability is also good. These went down really well on a hot day.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale malts and some damn fine smelling hops. The taste is good as well. It is pale and grainy, with a nice hop flavor. It has no real malt complexity, but it still goes down easy with a smooth finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks well. It's a fine golden ale with nice hop characteristics.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well there is a new take on a pilsner; this beer is a brilliantly clear rich amber color. It is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that leaves a bit of lacing as it falls from its initial one-finger height. Unsurprisingly given the color, the aroma has a sweet caramel note to it as well as a light fruitiness. There is some dry toasted notes in the finish as well as some herbal hop notes rounding out the malt notes. The sweet malt notes are the most prevalent note though.

The beer is light on the palate with a soft fruity, almost caramel like sweetness to it. The finish has a dry, toasted biscuit note to it that intermingles with an herbal hop bitterness. The herbal hop note shines from beginning to end, it is perhaps the most noticeable flavor here, and provides a nice foil for the uncharacteristic caramel sweet malt notes. This is certainly an interesting take on a Pilsner, more of an Amber ale even. It is pretty tasty though and quite quaffable; on a purely hedonistic scale this beer is pretty good, but it is a far cry from a Pilsner.

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Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a non-descript tumbler glass.

Appearance: The pils has a golden color, similar to BMC, and is crystal clear. There is a nice ring of head that lingers throughout the beer.

Smell: This pilsner smells like a tripel! The pils, rather that having an earthy hops smell, is spicy and peppery like a tripel. Very unusual.

Taste: The taste starts to return things to normal with a nice strong hop character that is not overpowering (more like a European varietal). There is a nice malt biscuity backbone that anchors the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer sits well on the tongue, althought the mixed messages in the smell are confusing.

Drinkability: The drinkability is good, although the beer does confound at times.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent and refreshing pilsner. The color is light gold with a fair amount of clean white head. The malt profile was very simple, sweet golden grain with traces of grass and hay. A summertime quencher with a bubbly mouthfeel that fades gradually into a medium spicy hop bite that lasts easily until the next mouthful.
A good example of the style though not all that memorable.

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Gold Star Pilsner from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 104 ratings