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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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asabreed

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale wheat yellow, some gurgling carbonation floating to the top. Initially dense white head fades rather quickly, leaving a ring or two of thin lacing, and otherwise not a ton of retention.

Smell: Herbal and mildly spice hops, a bit of flowery sweetness, some grains, and maybe a bit of caramel. Light, subdued, and fairly balanced.

Taste: A good sense of the herbal hop bite, some grains, caramel sweetness in a minor sense, some earthiness, and a bit of breadiness. Finish is fairly quick. And like the aroma, everything's balanced, but very subdued.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with a good full burst of carbonation at the end, which is nicely done and seems to fit the style pretty well.

Drinkability: I'm not exactly sure what I should be looking for with this style, but this was extremely easy to drink. I wish there was more flavor and a longer finish, but I could easily drink a few of these no problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 02:24:02 | More by asabreed
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a relatively thin head.

Mostly a slight sweet grain scent.

The taste is of grains, sweet malts, with a slightly bitter finish.

Light bodied, refreshing and fairly crisp, perfect carbonation.

This is a very easy drinker, also quite refreshing. It would be easy to drink a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 13:49:33 | More by BeerCon5
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FleeVT

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dull straw yellow with a slight haze. The head is thin and leaves something to be desired. Very light carbonation.

S: A nice bright nose with a perfect balance of light hops and malts, backed by a bouquet of grains.

T/M: This is an absolute thirst quencher. Clean, fresh, delicious, light bodied, with a nice carbonation to boot. Sweet on the front provided by the malts and a slight bitter back end with the hops. Again, nothing overpowering just a fine mix of two. A beer with just the purest flavors; it should put the macros out of business.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 23:33:51 | More by FleeVT
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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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BeerSox

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Hazy golden hue with a thick two finger white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Very light grainy aromas with a slightly sweet smell. The hops sit in the background and give a slightly herbal aroma.

The grain carries a slightly toasty, but sweet, flavor. The hops add a very nice balancing bitterness.

A very refreshing lager. Smooth malts with a good amount of balancing hops. Really hit the spot on a warm spring afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 20:41:27 | More by BeerSox
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab for throwing this one my way in mix six exchange.

The appearance is appealing, as it pours a glowing crisp gold with a frothy creamy white head. It looks like an easy drink and very refreshing.

The smell is grainy and slight skunky, some subdued munich hops are present providing a fairly noble smell that matches well with the grains, but I wish there was a little bit more to it.

Again, grains are the staple to this beer, and are done fairly well with a creamy, semi-crisp, smooth taste. Some slight skunk adds a nice finish to the beer.

Very easy drinking beer, especially on a hot day like today.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 04:08:04 | More by CoolJosh
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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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ruination

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 01:19:04 | More by ruination
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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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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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Jimbo87

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into US pint glass.

Pale gold, nice while head that doesn't stick around too long. leaves nice lacing.

The smell is a very nice pilsner, pale-variety lager smell, sweet tangy grain and balancing hops.

Taste is very much the same. Great job balancing the malt sweetness. Smooth, refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel is good and fits the style.

Drinkability is pretty huge. Tasty and mild enough that you could drink it all night. 2nd from Penn that I've had, after St Nicholaus brewer's reserve, and I conclude they are an excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 02:52:35 | More by Jimbo87
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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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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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danielharper

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear yellow-white body, lots of effervescence, with a thin white head. Would be transparent except for the bubbles in the glass. Very nice presentation for-style.

Smell: Sweet malty corn aroma, not much else. Hints of wheat perhaps?

Taste: Ooh, nice malt crispness. Sweeter than expected, flavors of corn and malt. Finishes sweet but clean.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, thicker than expected for the style. Low carbonation, no hops to speak of.

Drinkability: What is it with Pennsylvania Brewing and their note-perfect German-style beers? I loved Penn Weizen and I like this quite a bit. Wonder if they brew a dopplebock....

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 03:41:28 | More by danielharper
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold."

--Yiddish proverb

Sun-splashed goldenrod with lemonade borders. In spite of an increasingly elevated pour, the simple white cap peaked at slightly more than one finger in height. The foam looks decent enough and is beginning to leave a sudsy collar of lace.

The nose is pretty much what one would expect for a beer of this style. It's more malty than hoppy, but will most likely be balanced on the palate. Too bad the Hallertau hops don't make a bigger splash.

Gold is a solid version of the style, although it tastes more like an American all-malt lager, if I can make that somewhat fine (and probably irrelevant) distinction. It must be the fact that it leans toward sweet and has less bright hoppiness than hoped for. It's still pretty good beer, though, and is impressively drinkable.

Flavors include sweetened cereal grain (corn?) and a back end herbal-spicy hoppiness that is Hallertau through and through. PG is tastier than just about anything from BMC. It's good solo and should be more than fine alongside all sorts of foods. A classic all-rounder.

The body/mouthfeel is on the medium side of light-medium and is somewhat energetically bubbled. What was slightly too fizzy initially is now pleasantly tingly. It's actually a good thing that the mouthfeel has a little energy.

Penn Gold is a solid pale lager that is probably ubiquitous within 50 miles of the brewery. Western Pennsylvanians probably drink a lot of this stuff. In the final reckoning, twelve ounces was just enough to convince me that the flavor score deserves an increase. Bottom line: no frills, just good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 13:56:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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skinny0ne

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I has a very pale yellow color which is slightly cloudy. It has a large head. The aroma is very clean with a hint of bread and sweet malt. It starts with a nice biting carbonation. There is a lot of malt sweetness in it. Oddly, I'd say corn although I know they don't use corn in their brewing. I also get a bit of lemon and slight bread. The finish is clean with a little hops but definitely lots of sweetness. Very light and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 01:23:43 | More by skinny0ne
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treyrab

California

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

Had this beer many, many times, but decided to review it during halftime here. Poured into my pilsner glass...

A: Pours a gorgeous clear yellow gold with a fluffy two finger head that lasts the whole time! Lacing is minor.

S: Smell is very crisp cereal grains and German and saaz hops. A slight skunk aroma comes in at the end but is not distracting at all.

T: Taste is very, very clean and crisp with cereal grains and pale malts. The light German hops are just about perfect in this beer and this ends extremely smooht.

Overall, Lagers are not my thing. But there are a few that are real good and this is one of them. If I were to session any beer, I would probably pick this.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:49:22 | More by treyrab
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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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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 16:38:09 | More by righthereisay
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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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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: the pour into my pils glass gives a big, fluffy white head, the beer is an ultra-clear pale golden in color

s: clean, slightly sweet and doughy pale grain with a dose of grassy hops

m: medium carbonation, body light but not thin

t: grainy pale malts with a grassy hop flavor and crisp finish, has that light touch of sulfur that identifies it as a German lager, without any flaws but with nothing to really set it apart

d: very sessionable, simple and authentic, with enough character to keep it interesting

single from Whole Foods Raleigh

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 03:49:51 | More by blackie
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Domingo

Colorado

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

Thanks to BankerJoe for this one.
Pours a straw yellow color that isn't quite golden (which for the style is correct) with a little bit of head, but nothing overwhelming.
Smells of pale grain, a little bit of clover, and a little citrus zest.
The taste actually isn't a typical helles. It reminds me a lot of the American all-malt lagers out there as the malt is the star, and the hops really take a back-seat. In a German helles, that's somewhat true, but the hops are still a bigger player. Rather than the hops int he finish, I get more of a lemon zest. The finish has a hint of vanilla.
Goes down like water and is a session beer if there's ever been one.
I'd say this brew is reminiscent of Full Sail's Session...which might be considered and American Helles.
Not a carbon copy of the Munich originals, but possibly just as good in it's own way.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 17:46:53 | More by Domingo
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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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ndekke39

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the brewery, decanted into a pint glass. Pours a very light yellow, clear, with a small white head. Not much retention.

Smell is simple: grainy, sweet, a little bit of cooked rice.

Taste is the same: grainy and sweet. Heavy tastes of granny smith apples. A little biscuity in the center, but the flavor disappears pretty quickly in the end.

Bright effervescence. Very fizzy.

Pretty easy and drinkable. I guess a nice German lager session beer, but nothing exceptional to make me return to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 01:08:53 | More by ndekke39
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second Penn Review as part of the 12 pack. I was honestly expecting this to be the weakest of the bunch, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality.

A: Crisp gold with a small white head that slowly dissapates. A little bit of expected lacing is left behind.

S: Nice light hoppy/ bready combo with a tinge of citrus.

T: A bit better than the aroma with some warm breadiness hidden in the taste of this malty brew.

M: 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.

D: Another solid offering from Penn, definetly worth trying if you're nearby but not one to go out of your way for. Penn's definetly a solid brewery doing a good job providing affordable, classic style brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 02:40:03 | More by jdg204
Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.