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Penn Gold - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 20
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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.
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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 130
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Photo of hopflyer
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light gold. High clarity. Minimal head.

Smells of hay, straw, German malt. Grassy and some spice.

Taste follows with grassy earthy overtones with bready malt and some sweetness. Some lemony citrus flavor to balance out the malt profile. Low bitterness but just enough. All put together well.

Very light body and medium carbonation. A touch of aftertaste but doesn't ruin anything. Refreshing.

Wasn't having high expectations since German lagers haven't hit my taste to well. Bit this one is different. It packs a lot of flavor in a low abv. and very good balance. Well crafted for sure. I'll grab some more of these, especially for daytime summer drinking.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of FleeVT
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of king75
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Reverand
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very clear light gold, good light ivory head, with light carbonation.

Smell: Slight smell of malt and a good earthiness to it.

Taste: Like is smells with a nice light sweetness to it, although it seemed to have a slightly skunky aftertaste.

Feel: Light and very easy to drink with good carbonation

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass.Very lively looking beer.

Very gold,clear body with a nice 2 finger white solid head.Tons of bubbles streaming to the top of the glass.Some lacing on the glass.

Some earthly hops,some corn and some sweet malts.

Nice hops,corny taste and malt.

Mouthful is peaceful and very pleasent.

I would have this again,very good for the summer and refreshing.

Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale yellow under a pure white head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Clean pilsner malt sweetness in the aroma balanced with a mild noble hoppiness. Soft pale malt flavor with a touch of grassy hops. Light, clean, and simple. I could drink many on a toasty day in the sun...or any time I suppose.

Photo of scooter231
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with some frothy white head that disappears pretty quickly, leaves a little residue on top and minimal lacing. Right for the style. Smells malty and slightly sweet but it's on the faint side. Simple.

Taste has a little bit more hop character to it, and some breadyness, but again, very light, not deep. It's refreshing and light, but really... weak. I expected more.

Mouthfeel is sudsy and light, a bit thin. Overall a very refreshing brew, but not as tasty as I thought it'd be.

Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: the pour into my pils glass gives a big, fluffy white head, the beer is an ultra-clear pale golden in color

s: clean, slightly sweet and doughy pale grain with a dose of grassy hops

m: medium carbonation, body light but not thin

t: grainy pale malts with a grassy hop flavor and crisp finish, has that light touch of sulfur that identifies it as a German lager, without any flaws but with nothing to really set it apart

d: very sessionable, simple and authentic, with enough character to keep it interesting

single from Whole Foods Raleigh

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit/bready malts are present in the nose along with notes of grassy hops, the latter of which becomes a little more apparent as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the grassy hops offer a light amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than being light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very good American representation of a Munich Helles Lager, although it seems a bit lighter compared to some of the German counterparts. In that aspect, it is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of weeare138
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a crisp gold with a small white head that slowly dissapates. A little bit of expected lacing is left behind.
Smell is of a spruced up macro with some hints of being a winner in there, such as the Hallertau hopping. Some corn syrup aromas arise, making this one a bit less desirable.
Taste is actually a bit better than the aroma with some warm breadiness hidden in the taste of this malty brew.
Mouthfeel is ok with some mild amounts of carbonation making for a half decent treat. There is a bit of a mettalic taste that I seem to detect that is less than desirable.
Drinkability is ok considering this is not my favorite choice from Penn.

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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.