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Penn Gold - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%


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 smerkinb:
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smerkinb

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 4/24/09.

Pours crystal clear pale gold with near 1" soft pure white head.

Smell is not great-lightly sweet, basic malts. Nothing interesting, nothing to entice me.

Malt. Sweet. A bit of cracker/biscuity carries thru the middle. There's both maltier and hoppier characteristics trying to find their way to the forefront. More spiced towards the end as it (briefly) warms.

Smooth and utterly drinkable.

Bottle claims "smooth, mellow and easy to drink" which sounds like a damn Bud light commercial. Llet me say though that is where the comparison ends. At first the more subtle flavors surprised me and I didn't know quite what to do with this. But I went with it and damn! It's nearly 90F here today and this didn't last long--perfect for quenching on a hot day.

I know like my words aren't doing this justice--but it was damn good. I think the subtleties were a bit past my depth honestly. I do know that despite my lack of appropriate words, this beer was really good and I'll be having more.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 23:05:57 | More by smerkinb
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KevBot89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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RVigz

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a white as snow head.

Smell: A sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Similar to the nose, a rather sweet initial taste of malts that bitters out on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Super super smooth and drinkable.

Overall: I was very impressed with this beer for how smooth it was. VERY drinkable. It tasted similar to boddingtons or john smiths, i enjoyed this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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dungledauf

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Pint glass on draft at the brewery.

Appearance: Bright, golden color. Very clear. Low carbonation with thin lacing.

Smell: Little to no smell. Expected to smell all-grain malt. The beer may have been served to cold.

Taste: Malt flavor lingers with strong aftertaste. Really expected this to balance quickly

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a medium body.

Notes: Every time I try this style on draft at the brewery it is different. I have had better in the past from Penn Brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 20:37:53 | More by dungledauf
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

11-21-2013 03:03:01 | More by xbrettfavrex
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Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a "gourmet selection" variety case of Penn Brewery's and there's a few Penn Golds in it . It's off the top, very thin/light ... session beer but leaves me desiring more substance/soul/density/thickness ... Penn's answer to Coors Light / Miller Lite / etc etc.
non-threatening 'safe' beer for the masses .
would be good on very hot humid Summer days . wouldn't dehydrate you too much with it's very low 4% abv .
not one i'd buy outright but not terrible .

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 22:42:57 | More by Foam
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed medium golden colored beer with one finger of foamy white head. The head fades over about a 5 min time period, leaving a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is wheaty and grainy smelling with a little bit of a citrus and grassy hop aroma mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready and doughy flavor with a decent amount of a sweet caramel flavor. These flavors create a nice smooth base for the brew, lasting till the end. Along with the aforementioned flavors, some flavors of yeast and lighter fruit flavors join the tongue. Toward the end a bit of a lemon taste as well as some light hop flavors of an herbal nature join the tongue. With just a hint of graininess and pepper joining the tongue at the very end a nice crisp yet smooth sweet and malty flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

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Overall -This one is nice and refreshing a great session style brew. One I will certainly get again.

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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.