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Penn Gold - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 18
Gots: 7 | 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: 193 | Reviews: 125 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dungledauf
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.

dungledauf, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of righthereisay
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased this in a Penn Variety pack. What a let down. You never know, maybe it was skunked or something. It tasted like cheap beer. In the same variety pack, the Penn Pilsner and Penn Dark were totally sensational.

I would like to try again, maybe on tap. Maybe I just got a bad batch or something. It wasn't old.

I see people at the beer store purchasing it. It can't be that bad. Maybe my taste buds have evolved too much?

Will never buy again. But would like to taste it again to see if it was really skunked or not.

righthereisay, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of quasimoto
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a bright bright gold with barely any head. Leaves little lacing. There is a slight hop aroma but not much at all. What it is, is rather spicy. There is a little bit of grainy flavor that is some what sweet. Very easy to drink. The mouth feel is rather bland. simple and rather slick. Overall its a nice beer. But nothing spectacular.

quasimoto, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of AltBock
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle that I got in the Penn Brewery variety pack. This is the last new beer to try from the variety pack.

Poured a straw yellow color with a small head of foam that dissipated fast that very few rings around the glass. The best part of the appearance was that I saw all those carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the pilsner glass. The aroma was that of what smelled like sour malt or hops, but it you swirled it around a grainy smell emerges. The taste was very grainy with a slight hoppy aftertaste. It was too grainy for my taste buds. The mouthfeel was pretty much average, clean, crisp and with some carbonation. This made for a nice affordable lager and that's it. Nothing too special and although somewhat OK, this was the worst beer out of the variety pack. Not the best beer from Penn Brewery.

AltBock, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of Minkybut
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer had a non-existing head and was a nice gold color. The beer had a bit of a fruity smell. The beer I think was old as it was a bit flat tasting. It had a slightly bitter finish. I was not impressed and will not buy again.

Minkybut, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of JPMcKirk
3/5  rDev -21.3%

JPMcKirk, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of slimntubbs
3/5  rDev -21.3%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Drk93TT, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of goblue3509
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange copper color with a slight head. The smell is a little faint, but has the presence of sweet malt and some sweet breads. The overall taste is a little weak as well. There is a grain and sweet malt backbone with some bread taste and a faint citrus hop. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall this is an average beer, you can drink one or two but no more.

goblue3509, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Reverand
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Reverand, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of cooncat
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving was a fresh chilled bottle from one of Penn Brewery's variety packs. (purchased in Erie, Pa.)

The pour is a pale gold in colour. With a fairly vigorous pour, an impressive white head is obtained, which lasted longer than I expected. Lacing is definitely evident, even as the head fades.

The nose is very light ... lighter than I expected from a Helles Lager.

First taste is crisp, resinous hops, without much of a sweet malty balancing background .. something I felt was missing for this style.

As the beer warmed, there was more of a hint of maltiness and sweetness, producing a balanced tasting brew. Indeed, the finish is well balanced .. no complaints there.

If Helles Lagers are your 'thing', this one is worth a try.

cooncat, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Naugled
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in pilsner glass.
Light copper color and clear with absolutely no head and little carbonation
Sweet appropriate malty aroma,
Good malt flavor and balance for a helles.
Medium mouth feel
Drinkable but lack luster, very average.
Maybe the beer was old or a bad example. I plan to try again to give a fair shake.

Naugled, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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

jcdiflorio, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of xzqrut
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a nice light gold, with a small and tight head that didn't stick around too long. Smell was average, fairly light, with malt dominating some mild hops. Malt again was the prevailing flavor on the tongue, and it was the carbonation that dominated the mouthfeel, which was light, very crisp, and again, carbonated. Beer was pretty drinkable, enjoyed a few back to back.

xzqrut, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of ruination
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Good authentic German style beer, with a fresh taste and no gimmicks. Nice golden color. Head was a little thin out of bottle; may have better head on draft. A relatively simple beer with no complex flavors. A great beer to pair with brats. Also a fine beer for a hot summers day.

ruination, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of mobyfann
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid around $1.79 for a single...

The beer pours like an American macro lager, clear, golden, not much of a head, very minimal retention and lacing effects. Minimal hops and malt flavor comes from the scent.

The taste is clean, medium carbonated, and a crisp yet sharp hoppy aftertaste. It was a bit stingy in the mouth from the carbonation and is fairly drinkable but I'd rather pay this price for a German import than try another one of these.

Final Thought: This was definitely a suspect/skunked bottle and the beer will be reviewed at a later time. I've had a case of this before and don't recall this backlash from the brew.

mobyfann, May 20, 2008
Photo of mralphabet
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear and slightly darker than yellow. Good 1 1/2 head that settled to a ring with very little lacing

S: Very mild, mix of sweet malt, citrus hops and a little yeast.

T: Bready, biscuit like, with a sweetness, followed quickly by so tart citrus hops with just a bit of tartness. Finish is clean with no bitterness...

M: Light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp & Clean.

D: Very easy drinking beer, well balanced low ABV, you could drink quite a few of these... but there is just not enough here for me to buy again and again. Good but not fantastic.

mralphabet, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of mwa423
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On recommendation from a guy at church brew works, I moseyed on down the street to Penn

A - Pours a vry light straw color with minimal head and no lacing.

S - Aroma is light with a bit of grainy malt but little overall.

T - Taste was typical for a helles lager with light malty notes but very little flavor overall.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very light and smooth but watery. Very drinkable in the same way all very light beers are drinkable. Would be a good substitute for a bmc.

mwa423, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and fresh lager notes. In the taste, a small sweet lager notes, quite fresh and a bit watery. A very small bite, but mainly smooth, and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a small and dry graininess in the aftertaste. Quite fresh, yet a bit sweet, nice, but just about average.

OWSLEY069, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Rdc67
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Rdc67, May 22, 2013
Photo of Jaybirdsbeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Jaybirdsbeer, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

djrn2, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of baconman91
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Foam
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 .

Foam, Nov 16, 2013
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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.