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Penn Gold - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 17
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Nationally acclaimed as the best Munich-style beer made in America. Penn Gold is a light-colored, medium bodied lager beer with a delicate hop aroma.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Reviews by FleeVT:
Photo of FleeVT
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

A: Pours a dull straw yellow with a slight haze. The head is thin and leaves something to be desired. Very light carbonation.

S: A nice bright nose with a perfect balance of light hops and malts, backed by a bouquet of grains.

T/M: This is an absolute thirst quencher. Clean, fresh, delicious, light bodied, with a nice carbonation to boot. Sweet on the front provided by the malts and a slight bitter back end with the hops. Again, nothing overpowering just a fine mix of two. A beer with just the purest flavors; it should put the macros out of business.

FleeVT, May 14, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

One of the best of the "helles" style I have had,pours a light golden color with a light to medium head,the aroma is crisp and lightly malty with a hint of grassines.Real nice taste here,crisp malt taste with some iron-like qualities and a hint of smokiness with a light grassy taste in the background.I could drink these all day real nice brew.

oberon, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back ... freshness date notched on the back label.

Appearance: Sparkling bright light golden in colour with a champagne like carbonation. Nice tightly bubbled white lace.

Smell: Very clean in the nose with a hint of sweet malted grain and a mild hoppy aroma.

Taste: Light to medium in body ... very smooth that makes for a slightly crisp malty palate. Lots of sweet and grainy malt on the tongue with a floating hop bitterness and flavour similar to fresh cut hay. Hop bitterness and grain wrap up the finish with a trace of residual sweetness.

Notes: Drinkable to say the least, three gold medals from the GABF (1990, 1993 & 1998) ... enough said. A great lunch time beer, goes well with rubens or roast-beef on dark rye.

Jason, Apr 17, 2002
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

Poured with a nice white head,dissappeared quickly,a light golden color,very clear.Has a biscuity,slightly fruity aroma,not much hop aroma.Has a very clean taste,slightly fruity,just a qiuck little hop bite at the end.A refreshing beer, not a lot of flavor.A light bodied beer,very drinkable

jcdiflorio, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jburchett, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

As the name entails, it pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a nice full white head. Reading the description of this beer on the back makes it that more enticing. The hallertau hops have an almost biscuit like aroma, and the malt sweetness diffuses into my senses along with the hops. Very pleasant and mild aroma here. A crisp refreshing maltiness, along with a unique yeast flavor. The hops give the overall flavor a light rolling bitterness that blends perfectly with the rest of what's going on. Lighter body but it's perfect for this Munchner Helles style lager. Very drinkable, maybe too drinkable making this beer one great session beer.

WVbeergeek, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +5%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of JohnW
3.85/5  rDev +1%

Had this on tap at a BA recommended bar in Tampa FL. Poured gold, perfectly clear, with decent head. Aroma dry but slight hint of sweetness and grassy fruit. Crisp clean taste, with good balance of dryness and malt, slightly dry finish, very refreshing, but not outstanding. A decent, easy to drink pale beer which is refreshing, clean and enjoyable, and would certainly have it again.
Not up to the standard of the very best in this style, but well worth trying.


JohnW
(B'ham UK, while in Tampa FL May 2006)

JohnW, May 11, 2006
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

LXIXME, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

cynical1027, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of tastybeer
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Color is golden straw and very clear. The small head is white with a fine texture and leaves a few spots of lace. Aroma is a refreshing mix of bright spicy floral 'happy' hops and toasty/musky malts. Taste mimics the smell with spicy flowers and toasty malts. Nice balance of light flavors and a solid representation of the style. Good carbonation and nice slick, semi creamy texture. Body is right and drinkability is high. Also, this happens to go excellent with salmon.

I have a feeling this beer will see many springs and summers with me.

tastybeer, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale wheat yellow, some gurgling carbonation floating to the top. Initially dense white head fades rather quickly, leaving a ring or two of thin lacing, and otherwise not a ton of retention.

Smell: Herbal and mildly spice hops, a bit of flowery sweetness, some grains, and maybe a bit of caramel. Light, subdued, and fairly balanced.

Taste: A good sense of the herbal hop bite, some grains, caramel sweetness in a minor sense, some earthiness, and a bit of breadiness. Finish is fairly quick. And like the aroma, everything's balanced, but very subdued.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with a good full burst of carbonation at the end, which is nicely done and seems to fit the style pretty well.

Drinkability: I'm not exactly sure what I should be looking for with this style, but this was extremely easy to drink. I wish there was more flavor and a longer finish, but I could easily drink a few of these no problem.

asabreed, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of king75
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

A-Light gold color, almost transparent. Descent head retention, descent lacing. Nothing to special, almost looks a little watery.

S- Can pick up hints of grain, light maltiness presence, and fragrance of hops is present.

T-Has a great crispness, has a grain flavor that is equally balanced by the hop flavor present. Very light across the palate but yet extremely flavorful.

Wow! this one way surpassed my expectations. When I first poured it I expected it to have a macro watery taste but I was truly blow away by the flavor of this beer. This beer is able to be extremely light across the palate and yet has a great flavor. Quite possibly the most drinkable beer I have ever had due to being overall light in body, full in flavor and low in alcohol percentage.

king75, May 14, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Very drinkable and contradicting it a harsh acidic lemon finish. Noticeable hops and light yellow with a decent head. hoppy like a pale ale. More bitter than sweet. Perhaps some corn in there. Medium mouthfeel. Refreshing buit reminds me of out-of-date ARizona lemon tea.

Sammy, May 14, 2006
Photo of Reverand
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

I found that this beer was just ok. Penn Gold poured to a more hazy golden color rather than crystal clear. A nice white head full of carbonation with great lace down the side of my glass. Average taste but it didn't have the crispness that I found with other beers of this style. Good body with and ok finish.

Reverand, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

WoodBrew, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -10%

Pours a clear golden yellow color with white fizzy head that quickly turns into a thin lacing. Clean nose that features sweet grainy malts and some spicey hops in the background. Taste is crisp, sweet grainy malt with a spicey hop finish. Overall, I was not entirely impressed with Penn Gold. It is a decent lager that really does not have anything that makes it stand out against the rest.

cjgator3, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

I'll say the aroma is delicate alright, it fades after a few minutes. At first its a beautiful citrus rind, herb, and farmhouse funk, but that fades to a creamy orange smell. The flavor is a bit bland, but still nice. It finishes with a smooth, pale grain taste, while the main taste has a typical lager tang with a semi-sweet apple, but the overall flavor is clean and almost pure, unlike the pale Euro lagers that are mass produced. There are better Munich lagers, but this is still a nice example.

tempest, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

cliff1066, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +31.2%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A kind of run of the mill lager, certainly many notches above anything macro, but hardly memorable.

Hazy brownish yellow with some good foam, active carbonation. Malty/grainy smell, not distinctive.

Taste is a cleanish malty blend with a light hop throughout. Even keeled and consistent. Appropriately carbonated.

Drinkable, and at 4 ABV, easy to pack away a few. A good brew, no complaints.

KTCamm, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. the Liquid is a dark yellor with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, creamy and white, it leaves some lace.

The smell is crisp light hopy, and biscuity.

The taste follows, grainy, bready and very fresh and crisp hops.

The mouthfeel is spot on, very cleansing and refreshing, medium body with a nice hopy bite.

The drinkability is quite good, sessionable, a very fine well rounded example. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

From a mixed case purchased at Westy's.

A: The lager is a pale golden color with a thick head on pour that dissipates quickly. The lager is a remarkable clear color.

S: The lager has a thick chewy biscuity malt aroma. Toasted grains also emerge, providing a little more depth.

T: The lager has a strong malt body. The malts are biscuity and fairly light bodywise. The concentrated malts add a subtle sweetness that accentuates the biscuit flavors. The lager has a decent finish that has toasted highlights.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and restrained, fitting the style very well.

D: In the day of big bold imperial ales, this beer suffers from lack of alcohol and big bold hops. This beer gets back to fundamentals and nails them. The malts are biscuity and sweet and go down very smoothly.

akorsak, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Hazy golden hue with a thick two finger white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Very light grainy aromas with a slightly sweet smell. The hops sit in the background and give a slightly herbal aroma.

The grain carries a slightly toasty, but sweet, flavor. The hops add a very nice balancing bitterness.

A very refreshing lager. Smooth malts with a good amount of balancing hops. Really hit the spot on a warm spring afternoon.

BeerSox, May 09, 2009
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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.