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Penn Gold - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

189 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 189
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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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 125 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +31.2%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden color, go figure it's a golden Lager. Nice luxurious head and plenty of body. 16oz chilled pint glass. Nice lacing. Mouthfeel is exceptional. I'm saying this cause I like it when a lager is impressive. Bitterness and maltiness are perfectly balanced. This is a real German style lager. Low alcohol makes it easy to drink a few and taste makes it totally possible as well. Think this is worth a brewery visit.

americanbeerbuzz, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of saradad
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass from the 12oz bottle. Lovely, medium lasting head over a pale amber body. Smells of hops and malt in balance, neither overpowers the other and the taste is the same although the hops bitterness seems to linger at the back of the palate way after the malt taste. There's a good body, a little creaminess, perhaps with some light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This is a good beer with or without food. An excellent drinkin' brew.

saradad, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass. Freshness date marked on bottle.

Lovely golden color. Left a nice head and lacing.

Fresh delicious clean beer smell.

Wow! Perfect balance of hops, malts, and refreshing drinkability.

Clean and crisp. Excellent refreshing finish.

This is what beer is supposed to be. A straight up no pretense beer. Damn good. Put this up there with Victory Lager in terms of a pure beer. Some of the best beers in the world come out of Pennsylvania.

MirkoCroCough, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of SchmitzBeerFarm
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

SchmitzBeerFarm, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this brew in a trade with JohnTravolta21, Thanks Sara!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that fell to a light layer which left trace-lace.

S - European Lager Bier aroma, right on the mark.

T - as with the smell, this is a wonderfull sample of a German beer brewed in America.

F - crisp, clean and light.

D - keep 'em coming!

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of vwbus7
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

StretchZep, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of NoProblem
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

NoProblem, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of letsgopens
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looking forward to this weekend's Oktoberfest celebration at Penn, I see it only fitting to review one of their brews. The Munich Helles pours a slightly cloudy golden wheat color with a full, frothy, snow-white head that diminishes in a reasonable fashion. Some slippery thin rings on lace remain after each sip.

Bright, slightly sweet cereal malt and some really great spicy hop character. Pronounced and appetizing with crisp, clean spice and some lightly toasted white bread.

So nice, I've had this one a million times and it's such a great representation of the style. Mild and slightly sweet with a buttered bread note ad spicy, bitey hops that provide great balance and a mild lingering floral note. Such great balance with just a hint of clover honey toward the end among the smooth malty goodness. Just a hint of a metallic/soapy character (neither of which I mean in a bad way) but clean and tasty throughout. Well balanced and full flavored for the style.

Crisp and bright but still lush and smooth on the tongue. Bright, lively carbonation and a somewhat buttery, malty feel that dries up just a bit at the end. Very nice.

Drinkability is through the roof. One of the most neutral but still flavorful session brews around. It never gets old and it goes well with pretty much anything food-wise. One of my favorite renditions of the style.

letsgopens, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Brilliant, clear, pale golden. A finger of white head rises with moderate retention. Some lace. Looks as good as any helles.

S - Great biscuit aroma. Decent amount of grainy sweetness with a honey-like edge. A touch of grassy-ness is noted as well.

T - Sweet and biscuity. Mid palate it begins drying somewhat with grainy flavors and the slightly grassy hints from the nose. Being as subtle as it is, this is always a difficult style to describe but Penn Gold is virtually without flaw.

M - Light to medium bodied with a bit of a chewy texture. Carbonation is moderate to high and gradually softens as this beer breathes and warms a bit.

D - Excellent. A wonderfully flavorful, yet modest beer without any offensive characteristics. Penn Gold is definitely something I would purchase in quantity in the future.

PatrickJR, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A - poured a light hazy yellow.

S - smelled of corn and grain, nice traditional Lager

T - mmmm wonderful and full of flavor, traditional German tatse. Good brew.

M - Crisp and light, very refreshing

D - Could drink the whole 12-pack on a sunny day by the pool.

GoodKnight1220, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head; more of a film than any aspect of lace

Smell: Bready and grainy; fresh mown grass

Taste: Bready, at first, with a rising grainy bitterness (with a hint of lemon) by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter bready elements return and maintain the predominant element of flavor, although the lemon and grain aspects persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A fine example of the style; goes down great on a hot day

brentk56, May 31, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian goblet.

This beer was forgotten in my cellar home and sat in a fridge under very cold conditions for a year.

Appearance- Beer pours a very light pisswater yellow with a slim half finger of head. When held to the light the beer isn't quite clear, but almost. Carbonation dies quickly and there is no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The first thing I got was skunk but then that smell disappeared, never to return. There is some corn and light Germanic malts. A very sweet scent left over, smelling very grainy. So far this smells almost like a perfect helles.

Taste- Light grainy texture, moderately sweet with a lot of sweet corn flavor. Hops are present but not strong. A bit tingly on the tongue. A bit creamy, and a little overpowering on the bitterness, but a very solid beer.

Mouthfeel- Effervescent, Light bodied, highly carbonated, and smooth drinking.

Drinkability- This is a near five on drinkability. As a lawnmower beer, which it is, it has amazing "poundability" factor. Smooth and very drinkable. I would get this again and not put so much age on it next time.

blakesell, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As with all Penn Brewery beers, this is one I've tried and liked many time but never got around to writing a review for. I wanted to make sure I got it in before the brewery contracted out all of its brewing at the end of this year.

Very clear, pale yellow body with loads of carbonation bubbles moving around. The carbonation remains active throughout the entire drink. Small head that is made up of many tiny, tightly packed bubbles. The head doesn't last long, disappearing almost immediately. No lacing is left behind.

Very faint aroma on this. Some pale, sweet malts and some bitter, grassy hops. Both are faint, but the malt is more distinct.

This beer is superbly balanced. Malt sweetness and grassy/earthy hops along with a touch of bitterness blend together throughout. Very crisp, very smooth. The aftertaste leaves a definite grassy or hay taste in your mouth along with some bitterness. Very nice.

Really well carbonated and light bodied. Really active carbonation throughout the mouth, but finishing very dry. Crisp, smooth.

This beer sure is drinkable, a great session beer. Balance of the bitterness from the hops and sweetness of the malt keeps it from becoming too boring. Crisp, smooth body with a dry finish makes you want to take another sip. Great lager.

Hojaminbag, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of king75
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

king75, May 14, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

akorsak, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of ThePaleRider
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light yellow, fresh straw color. Bright white head, with a variety of bubble sizes, that disappears quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Light fruits, bitter hops, and pilsner malts. Nice scent for the style. Very earthy, like fress fall leaves.

T - Crisp, almost apple cider taste. Malts come in nicely. Pretty amazing flavor and bitter bite for a lager. Takes notes on this one guys, who knew a lager could have such an array of fruity esters and bitter bite.

M - Clean and crisp. Nice carbonation and light bodied.

O - Great lager, nice to drink a good lager every once in a while and this one is really nice.

ThePaleRider, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a thin white head and decent lacing.

Grainy/earthy smells and a pleasing aroma of floral noble hops.

Taste is of straw and 2-row barley. Sharp and lots of bite. Finishes very dry. The hallertau hops add a nice earthy note and hop bite. Smooth and tasty.

Floral notes are present throughout this beer. Very easy to drink and I can imagine myself in the Biergartens that the back of the bottle speas of.

stewart124, May 30, 2008
Photo of krausenman
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-This beer pours a golden color with a white head the fades leaving a lacy ring around the glass. The beer is very lightly hazy.

S-The beer has a very faint malty sweet smell with a very faint herbal/spicy hop aroma.

T-Initially, you can taste the sweetness of the malt but this is then balanced by the low to moderate hop bitterness.

M-Penn Gold has a lighter body that with a moderate carbonation.

D-The beer is balanced and has a good flavor reminiscent of the established german Munich Helles beers. Its lighter body and good balance of flavor makes is a very good session beer.

krausenman, Jun 27, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

bigdog73, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a light clear lemony gold, white lacing.

Light grassy nose with some hints of citrus and hops.

Flavor is lightly sweet, honey and floral notes, with some subtle hop balance and grassy malts to base it all on.

Light body with a mild sting of carbonation.

An infinitely sessionable and wonderfully nuanced lager, maybe the best offering from Penn in terms of session candidates. Pairs great with a wide range of foods but tastes good enough to drink on its own too. Excellent balance. Definitely a beer I will return to.

Cylinsier, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Penn Gold poured a light tan color with an almost clear appearance. Lots of active carbonation bands rose quickly to the small, creamy head. Some lacing was noticed, but not too much. A nice fruity aroma greeted the nose, along with some sweet malt and a vague lemon scent. I was very impressed with the Gold's taste. Nice malt presence that's somewhat dominated by the Hallertau at first, but makes a recovery during the swallow. Towards the end, a strange but invigorating lemon-creamy taste made an appearance, followed some bitterness. Very nice interplay here...great taste! The lighter mouthfeel was also pleasing, and very appropriately smooth. Penn Gold has great session qualities...very drinkable, with a wonderful taste. My new favorite Helles!

SchmichaelJ, Feb 05, 2003
Photo of gabe23
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy golden color. Very large bright white head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Mild aroma of equal parts sweet malt and slight sharp hops. Just a touch of estery yeast scent as well.

T - Bready and sweet with just a bit of tartness. The finish has a nice citrus hops flavor, but without any bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Very nice crispness.

D - Very drinkable beer. The flavor is nicely balanced and not too powerful, and the ABV makes this a great all night drinker. Penn definitely knows their lagers.

gabe23, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Corum47
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Corum47, Sep 07, 2014
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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.