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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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KTCamm

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 11:07:41 | More by KTCamm
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 21:08:12 | More by BEERchitect
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kegger22

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Penn Gold was a clear yellow in color with a half inch, white head that remained as a splotchy skin covering.

The aroma was malt and grainy, pleasant and inoffensive.

The taste was sweet and grainy too, although there were some hops present in the after taste.

The mouth feel was light bodied and amply carbonated.

Drinkability was good. Penn Gold has a pleasing flavor and a very low ABV; you could drink these all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 05:23:03 | More by kegger22
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden color with a thin white head. Slight hop spiced aroma blends with some maltiness and a touch of butter. It is a subtle nose but quite pleasant. Very drinkable beer with a crisp finish. Tastes include grain, malt and slight bitter hops to balance it out. Medium feel and moderate to light carb. It is simple yet good enough to want and sit down and have a few of.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 02:20:54 | More by stakem
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Minkybut

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 21:38:13 | More by Minkybut
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Naugled

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 21:29:49 | More by Naugled
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Mardukk

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with excellent head retention and some lacing. Not too much to the smell some faint sweet malt.

It has a tasty grainy sweet malt taste that is well balanced. The hops are very light just enough of a bit on the back end to keep this beer from being too sweet. Quite a few different flavors jump out including bread and citrus in limited amount.

The mouthfeel is light, almost too light for the style.

Drinkability is limitless with it's pleasant lighter taste and very low end ABV.

Overall, as a fan of the style I would prefer a bit more of everything as this seems to almost be a helles lager light.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 00:47:11 | More by Mardukk
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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 17:30:58 | More by AgentZero
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange-copper color with a nice white head that has settled to a thin lace after a few minutes or so. Little to almost no stick on the side of the glass.

Smells pretty typical for the style. Wheat, bready and malty.

Ok...as far as the taste goes..it's decent. I've only had a handful of this style to date, so I'm no expert here. To me, there's a slight metallic taste here followed up by some malty sweetness along with some mild hops presence with moderate carbonation.

Mouthfeel- thin with a bitey carbonation.

This is definitely an easy drinking beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: To give this beer a fair shake, I'll likely edit this review down the road after I've had the chance to explore the style a bit more. Good, but to me, it's not living up to it's reputation. I had Stoudt's Helles a few weeks ago, and I enjoyed it a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 23:49:28 | More by Morey
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butti001

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the Penn Brewery Variety Pack and poured a 12 oz bottle of Penn Gold into a brewer's glass. ABV is labeled at 4.0%

The beer pours a nice light straw color with quickly dissipating 1 inch head.

Okay first off, the taste of the beer. The thing that doesn't impress me about this beer is that nothing jumps out of the glass and grabs your attention. There is undertones of grain and malt that leaves an aftertaste of sweetness. A slight hops flavor but nothing that will grab your attention. The beer is very "middle-of-the-road" between Hops and malt. It would be nice if it had more of an aftertaste to keep you impatiently waiting for the next sip.

The beer has good drinkability and is able to be consumed in large amounts due to it's moderate carbonation and light body.

Bottom line is: Very little to this beer, middle of the road, but it is a quality beer that has a crisp and clean taste. This is a good (not great) beer to pack in the cooler on a hot day because the light body will be sure to quench your thirst.
Very much worth trying but not a "run to the store immediately" beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 03:34:20 | More by butti001
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:37:21 | More by dpodratsky3
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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
Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.