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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Vienna style amber lager with a light copper color and nice malt sweetness. Rich, creamy and medium to full bodied, this lager uses seven different malts and three varieties of imported and domestic hops

Editor's note: A recipe formerly brewed by Independence Brewing in Philadelphia (defunct since 2000), and ressurrected for the 300. anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth by Lancaster Brewing Company.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Good beer for the style. Nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2663) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
On draft at the brewery. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of caramel and slight toasted malts. The flavor is caramel, slight roast, and slightly bitter in the finish. Good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Draught at the Blue Dog in Chalfont. Clear, warm amber body. Earthy, rich, and fruity lager characters in the nose. Lightly nutty, Vienna malt profile with light fruity esters. An easy drinking session fest beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Pours a nice amber color. Nice sweet malt nose with a hint of hops. Taste is caramel, with mild hops and a touch of fruit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2006
At brewpub. Poured a medium brown body with a small off-white head. Mild aroma of carmel malts. Flavor was carmely with some toasted malts and a mild hop finish. Alright lager.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
On tap at the brewery. Floral aroma and taste was a of sweet malts and a nice floral tone. Not the best balanced beer but a very drinkable beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Parrothead (292) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
On tap at a Ravens Roost meeting. Color reminded me of Yuengling Lager, and the flavor did too. Decent aroma, with sweet malt noticable. The head didn’t last too long, but I wonder if that was due to the glass it was served in. Some hops, but in the background. Pretty good brew- MUCH better that LBC Pils, so I hope this will be a mainstay of their lineup.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JFGrind (1848) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2006
The defunct Independence brewery where this recipe orginated was located a few miles from my old apartment. I was there many times to purchase cases, growlers and kegs. There were a few fun parties held at the brewery too. Independence Brewery was a good concept, unfortunately poorly run by the ownership. The brewery’s beer selection began with styles catering more to craft brew drinkers with a hoppy APA, Winter Warmer, etc. After the sales weren’t there more middle of the road styles came out like Gold and Franklinfest. Lancaster’s (and original brewer’s) resurrection of Franlkinfest is close to the Independence version, a middle of the road Marzen/O-Fest/Pale Lager.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1246) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Had at the Lancaster Homebase. This was good for a pale lager. Had a nice bit of spice to it seemed like it would be a good autumn seasonal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Draft at Malvern Brew Fest. Bill Moore is now brewing at Lancaster, and Bill is known as a lager guy. I had an opportunity to chat with him at this fest, and I am very excited to try his beers as he brews them. His Awesome Ale recipe is one of my favorite APAs ever. This is one of his flagship recipes. It is dark straw colored, with some aroma notes of pale malt, honey, hops, and slight citrus. The flavor is bold and complex for a lager, with honey maltiness up front giving way to a bready fruity element at the finish.


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