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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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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with no head formation whatsoever even with aggressive swirling (dirty glass?). In the nose I first get hints of Hallertau hops, a little bit of cooked corn, slight butter, but overall quite clean. On the palate, it's light pils malt all the way, with a nice grainy flavor finishing with a floral note from the hops. A medium low body without a strong carbonation level make this an easy quaffer. However, I'd have to say there isn't a strong enough supporting role for the hops to make this one I'd pick up again.

dreadnatty08, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of scooter231
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

scooter231, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Pilsner glass this is a clear yellow colored beer with a slight chill haze. A decent white head forms and then falls.

The scent is sweet and full of toasted grain aroma from Munich malt. Hops lend only a mild perfume to the scent.

The taste begins sweet and mild with mostly a neutral taste and a little bitter hop in the finish. The flavor doesn't develop much more though, this is just a mild mannered lager without any subtle or outstanding flavors to talk about.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Well this is OK but really I was expecting more. On the plus side though there isn't anything bad at all about this lager, it is just rather mild mannered and lacking in anything different or outstanding.

Zorro, May 29, 2007
Photo of AgentZero
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from dpodratsky3.

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Coppery color, clear with thin streams of bubbles rising to the top. Small 1/2 inch head on this one that dissipated quickly with no lacing.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose, smells a little watery. Sweet smell, and a little sour with an absence of hops.

T - Tastes like it smells, needs to have fuller flavor. Some nice grains come through on this after the initial sweetness. No hops whatsoever, but that usually works for me for this type of beer. Ends a little bit sour. Tastes good, but wish it was giving more.

M - Sits fine in the mouth, nice amount of carbination balances out the sweetness.

D - Well, really easy to get down, especially if I'm eating food with it, can drink these all day.

AgentZero, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Penn Gold is that beer that most micro breweries feel that they need to produce to make the local American Adjunct Lager drinkers proud. It's fruity notes make the beer seem more like a Blonde Ale or Cream Ale.

A solid golden color shows a lot of carbonation. Froathy white foam rises and falls rather quickly. No lacing.

A malty/grainy aroma swirls in the glass and struggle to hide the scents of corn sulfurs, fruity esters, and grassy hops.

Flavors also show the part-malt, part-grain flavors. A bit too sweet, but the hops have an earthy-grassy flavor and a bit weak in the balance. Light acidity reminds me of green apples and lemon peel (kinda shandy-like). Still the sulfurs leave the lingering taste of corn and matches.

Sweetness clings to the mouth early but the aggressive carbonation scrubs the malts and grains off of the tongue. The acidity helps with the crispness along with the carbonation. But that co2 and sulfur texture scratches a bit in the end.

BEERchitect, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Fish113d
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking slightly chilled, and pouring into a pint glass it pours a gold color with 2 cm of creamy and clingy white head that clears to a nice surface layer.

Aroma is of sour mash with lots of grainy, yeasty w/ some grainy hops. Overall, it was like sniffing a barley field. not really my cup of tea.

Sipping, I taste a "sharp" sour malt along with some slight spicy hops and a huge grassy finish. Nothing very exciting to me.

Decent balance but a thin like most in its style. Nothing spectacular but represents the style well.

Very easy to drink, but it reminds me of Budweiser a bit, which I don't really dig on. This isn't my favorite style but it was worth a try. Not a bad session beer though if you like the style.

Fish113d, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Redrover
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap across the street from PNC Park, it was served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy gold with a smallish bone white head. Nice lacing.

The nose is light grains and a whisper of floral hops. Its really hard to pick-up much of anything.

The taste is a mix of slightly sweet grains balanced with mild hoping.

The beer is crisp with good carbonation and a bit of residual oiliness.

Easy drinker, if they could up the aroma a bit it would be top notch!

Redrover, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: A light, bright golden color. Exactly what a Helles Lager should be.

S: Nothing too strong, faint sweetness with a bit of hops.

T: Very typical lager flavor. Nothing special, although the sweetness definitely comes through. A bit of hops, but could use a little more.

M: Nicely carbonated, the perfect amount to balance out the sweetness.

D: Very drinkable, I would definitely replace another other lighter lager with this beer.

N: A nice Helles Lager, but a bit too adjunct-like, all in all a good choice, but could use a little tweaking.

dpodratsky3, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

cjgator3, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.43/5  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.

weeare138, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of treehugger02010
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this on tap at Tank's Taproom in Tampa, Fl. It poured very little head that had a nice slow retention. There was thin to no lacing. The color was a deep gold. The smell had an odd sweet aroma, something that I know I have smelled before, but I cannot place. The taste was the same as the smell but better blended. The mouthfeel was an excelent smooth feeling. All in all a fair drink. Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

tempest, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, straw gold with a bright white head composed of fine bubbles. The foam settled quickly, but left some lacing behind. Aromas of sweet malt were accompanied by a light fruity/spicy character and a hint of lemon. Delicate bitterness, balanced on the sweet side with ample malts and mild lemony hops. The finish went by very quickly. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A little thin in the finish. Very easy drinking with some pleasant character. Solid.

DrJay, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jburchett, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

cynical1027, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

KTCamm, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

buzzy, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Griggsy
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Griggsy, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

outoffocus, Tuesday at 12:58 AM
Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ejimhof, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of sirsteve42
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

sirsteve42, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of BastardFromABasket
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

BastardFromABasket, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of jkrich
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Poured a clear, light gold with very little head and no lacing.

I detected very little aroma even immediately after opening the bottle. Perhaps some european hops.

This was very straight forward with more hop bitterness than I anticipated with a helles style lager. Lacks the subtle flavors of other helles I have tried. There is very little sweet malt flavor normally found with this style; no hints of vanilla I normally detect in this style. The lager has a grainy flavor. It tastes more like a international pilsner style lager rather than a helles. It was very smooth and crisp.

Thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

Perhaps I am being overly critical of this beer as I have enjoyed the others I have reviewed from this brewery and expected the same with this one. This is a good beer, just not the quality I have come to expect from Penn brewing.

jkrich, Aug 03, 2008
Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.