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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   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.

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3.8
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2017
From old tasting notes. Brewed at Independence Brewing Company. Orange copper color topped by a creamy beige head. Zesty fruity malt aroma. Tangy toasted malt flavor is nicely balanced by a charismatic citrus hoppiness. Good flavor.

3.6
DocLock (10702) - 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.

3.5
Cakes (436) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Vienna style amber lager with a light copper color and nice malt sweetness. Rich, and creamy.

3.4
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2004
A nice dark golden lager that produced a decent off white head. I enjoyed Franklinfest while it was still around. No longer produced but I’m looking for the recipe.

3.4
Nejhleader (1561) - 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.

3.4
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.

3.4
jsmerig (1590) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Pouts a light yellow gold. Aroma of malt and a bit if lager yeast. Taste is malty in the front with a slightly alcohol finish. Not bad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
Parrothead (294) - 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.

3.3
adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAR 28, 2008
On draft at GL. Pours a light clear coppery orange with a medium beige head. Aroma of grain, wheat and faint hops. Slight malty taste with hints of grain, wheat and faint hops. Has a tangy aftertaste.

3.3
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Sampler, at Lancaster location, labeled Fest Beer Amber Lager. Pours a clear copper body with a small off-white head. The nose is slightly sweet toasted malt with a little bit of caramel and Vienna malt. The flavor is fairly dry toasted malt, pretty clean and crisp, with no flaws. Not really an exciting example of the style, but it is pretty drinkable. Light to medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. This could use a bit more chewness, but it was OK.


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