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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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americanbeerbuzz

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 06:51:51 | More by americanbeerbuzz
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saradad

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 22:00:18 | More by saradad
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MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 01:22:13 | More by MirkoCroCough
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 22:25:59 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:59:57 | More by letsgopens
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 09:03:34 | More by PatrickJR
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GoodKnight1220

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 01:30:56 | More by GoodKnight1220
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 17:56:39 | More by brentk56
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blakesell

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 20:46:42 | More by blakesell
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 21:57:09 | More by Hojaminbag
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 02:20:33 | More by akorsak
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king75

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 19:43:43 | More by king75
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ThePaleRider

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 02:08:38 | More by ThePaleRider
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stewart124

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 02:22:58 | More by stewart124
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krausenman

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 00:41:05 | More by krausenman
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 22:29:50 | More by Cylinsier
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SchmichaelJ

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 20:42:44 | More by SchmichaelJ
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gabe23

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 01:05:10 | More by gabe23
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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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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White head builds and falls quickly but leaves a decent cap for the style: a few small islands and a collar. Remarkably clear and light golden golden. Bright? Yes.

The aroma from this is subtly earthy with some fresh grassiness.

Light toasted malts meld nicely with the mildly peppery-bitter hops.

Finishes clean and clear, the carbonation provides a well-placed crispness to divide subtle bitterness from the malt.

VERY sessionable beer in one of my favorite styles. I’m lucky enough at the moment to live in Pittsburgh where Germanic and East European heritage has rubbed off on local breweries like the Pennsylvania Brewing Company and Church Brew Works: they both make nice German-style lagers. I hope to see more lagers from American craft companies.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:24:53 | More by NardiByNature
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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

03-07-2014 14:22:16 | More by RVigz
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JimmieFrisbee

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.

Super clear golden straw color, lots of little bubbles easily visible rising to the top. About a finger or so of perfectly white head, but disappears very quickly.

Smells very much like 2-row malt. Nothing earth-shattering, but pretty much like it should. Not a very strong aroma in general.

Taste is very light, tastes basically like it smells but is less strong. Very smooth, no real bitterness imparted from the hops. Very refreshing.

Plenty of carbonation, but not to a fault. Nice mouthfeel for the style, not heavy at all.

Something I could definitely see being a safe go-to beer if it were more available in my area. Great for parties or introducing macro beer drinkers to the craft world. Not a whole lot not to like about this beer. In the past, I've paired this beer with homemade buffalo wings and would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 18:38:27 | More by JimmieFrisbee
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 10:13:21 | More by WVbeergeek
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brilliant amber color with a dense, snow white head. The head fills my pint glass and shows excellent retention. A moderate lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is sharp Hallertau hops with a touch of malt. The flavor is light and crisp, with a touch of malty sweetness followed by the nice earthy pepper note of the hallertau. The finish is very clean with just a touch of lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is solid and a bit more robust than the flavor would lead you to believe. Beers with such a delicate and balanced taste are usually a bit thin, but this one stands up well. Drinkability is good, as this beer is enjoyable and easy going. The hops talk back just a bit more than you'd expect, which hurts drinkability a bit. Over all, a very good beer that surpasses most lighter lagers in taste and body. Another good example of an authentically styled German beer from Penn Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 18:32:32 | More by aaronh
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear, healthy yellow-gold body, bursting with lively streams of carbonation. Soft, creamy snow white foam rises above the rim. Nice lacing down the pilsner glass.

Pleasing, inviting fresh hay/grass aroma.

Soft malt taste, lightly sweet across the tongue, with a very crisp hoppy snap as the liquid clears the taste buds. Very clean finish, but with enough resonance to leave a good memory.

Nice, satisying light-to-medium mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A fine example of an all purpose beer suitable for any gathering.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 23:21:43 | More by RonfromJersey
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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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