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Penn Gold - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 21
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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.
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Ratings: 214 | Reviews: 130
Photo of meadhead
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very middle of the road
not too strong and not too weak
yet quality spicing hops
with nice grain barley
seem to meet:
and make a plain good
gulping beer
cool and refreshing
when summer is here

little too complain about
not the most dynamic brew
but an old world interpretation
of what an good lager should do

Photo of quasimoto
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Scent was little to none. There was a malt smell, but very light. Head formed and cleared quickly with small amount of carbonation and very little lace. Looked like a typical "burp beer" to me. The mouth was likewise, nothing to write about. Average. Hops were barely detectable, and wash was clean. Well, for flavor, I had to check that this wasn't a light beer. I let it marm a bit on my palette and found trace amounts of malt, slight alcohol, and they say this is a pure barley beverage, all I have to say is clean. I'll agree that the taste is as light and clean and refreshing, it would be a good hot weather beer. So, would I get this again? Not really. If it were on special or someone gave it to me I'd accept. Because it's so light, it's really easy to drink. Other than that, I want more flavor in my beers.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am very surprised at how much I enjoyed this one, I am not crazy about this syle at all. Pours a rich golden color with a fizzy head, disapating to nothing, leaves no tracing. That is all that is well, average. The taste is great, light bodied with some toasty, buttery oatness with some true tettenang hops to balance out the sweet maltiness. A well balanced and heck, as good as any other of the syle I've tried.

Photo of Alkey
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a pale golden color with very little head and almost no lacing. Not much in the scent but some sweet malt and a slight hop aroma. Taste of sweet grain malt with just a bite of fresh hops. The mouth feel is light to medium not as watery as it looked. More of a hot summer beer than a fall/winter brew.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint.

A: Clean and clear golden color with nice thick head that quickly leaves the scene.

S: Sweet grainish smell, perhaps with a mild hops smell.

T: Sweet grainy and malty lager with a slight hops kick. Crisp and clean.

M: Good carbonation. Light-medium body, not too watery. Dry hoppy finish.

D: Very sessionable, flavorful yet not overpowerful. Very straightforward and seemingly true to style.

Very good beer, slightly better IMO than the Pilsner.

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. the Liquid is a dark yellor with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, creamy and white, it leaves some lace.

The smell is crisp light hopy, and biscuity.

The taste follows, grainy, bready and very fresh and crisp hops.

The mouthfeel is spot on, very cleansing and refreshing, medium body with a nice hopy bite.

The drinkability is quite good, sessionable, a very fine well rounded example. Prosit MK

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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

Photo of cjgator3
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of Illinick
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pure golden in color with tons of rising carbonation and a fizzy white head that retains well and leaves spotted lacing.
S: Sweet grain with some crisp hop and slight citrus hop scents. Pretty straightforward. The "sweetness" in the nose is the real winner here.
T: Follows the nose and is spot on for the style. Sweet grain and malt flavors and crisp dry hop flavors throughout. Slight crisp citrus hops poke through here and there.
MF: Medium with lots of carbonation and slightly dry finish.
Overall: A drinkable, straightforward brew that is as refreshing as it is quality. Good accompaniment to any light meal.

Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from a mixed twelve pack that included the gold, pilsner, hefeweizen and dark. The gold offering is indeed golden in color with an impressively tight, frothy, white head that leaves speckled lace with each pull. Lots of racing mad carbonation.

First thing I got off this brew was the impressive mouthfeel, quite a substantial body for a light beer. Sweet grain mixing with a slightly drying hop zip that sticks around a while before becoming sweet again. Carbonation is also well done and crispens this baby up at the finish.

Notes: Impressive. Tough to find a really good Munich helles lager but the bus can stop here. Was a joy to sit down to this as an after work relaxing beer on a hot summer day. Add this to your shopping if you can get it.

Photo of xzqrut
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle picked up as a single in a mixed pack of Penn beers from Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange.

White label with a gold bordered black & white rural scene and the words ‘Penn Gold’ emblazoned across it. No strength or freshness date. Has a rather cool looking logo’d crown cap though.

Appearance: Clear pastel straw body, brilliantly clear with a seriously looking bone white head above which remains as a tight creamy cap, the head never breaks but it does thin down to an 1/8”. Spattered lacing with some

Nose: Fresh bread, sweet malts and a light grain, these all meld to form a synergistic front. Spiced hops lay low but bolster the overall aromas.

Taste: Soft spicy hop bitterness with some grass sits in a fresh crystal water solvent; it is all very clean tasting. Crisp focus accentuates each of the individual flavors but they still seem to balance each other nicely. Finishes with a snappy bitterness and some grain, straw and low sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Not quite medium, but a little lighter than most. However it has a creamy feel which fills up the gaps, so to speak. Feels bigger than it is, but light enough to be unobtrusive in the quaffing stakes.

Drinkability: Has the effects of drinking clean cool spring water after a long Walk high in the hills on a hot summers day. A very clean crisp profile and this “brings it on” in the drinking stakes. An easy Six-Pack choice if the price was right.

Overall: Much cleaner than the previous bottle of ‘Penn Pilsner’ which I sampled earlier. I noticed that this is brewed within the Reinheitsgebot, laudable. I enjoyed this one, rather quaffable too. A solid Münchener Helles.

Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very drinkable and contradicting it a harsh acidic lemon finish. Noticeable hops and light yellow with a decent head. hoppy like a pale ale. More bitter than sweet. Perhaps some corn in there. Medium mouthfeel. Refreshing buit reminds me of out-of-date ARizona lemon tea.

Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a BA recommended bar in Tampa FL. Poured gold, perfectly clear, with decent head. Aroma dry but slight hint of sweetness and grassy fruit. Crisp clean taste, with good balance of dryness and malt, slightly dry finish, very refreshing, but not outstanding. A decent, easy to drink pale beer which is refreshing, clean and enjoyable, and would certainly have it again.
Not up to the standard of the very best in this style, but well worth trying.


JohnW
(B'ham UK, while in Tampa FL May 2006)

Photo of Phatz
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely crystal clear with barely a hint of golden yellow. In fact the best description of this beer in *all* categories is clear and clean. It is a very small beer; in every aspect it seems a lot like water. (not in a bad way just simple).

Appearance: Pours clear golden with thick white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Barley grains, slightly sweet malts and the 'commonly thought of as musty' grassy Hallertau hops are hidden deep underneath. Overall quite crisp.

Taste: Very clean. The taste is thin but quaffable. Hints of grains, toasted sweet malts and breadiness blend right into the even more subtle green hops that are almost invisible. The finish is a splash of bitter then sweet malts again. All this happens in a very thin depth making this beer seem very clean and it drinks like water.

Mouthfeel: Malty smooth with an almost crisp finish and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The one thing this beer really has going for it is drinkability. Since it drinks like water it is easy to put down a few of them while doing yard work. Definitely a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of AltBock
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of cooncat
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.41/5  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.

Photo of Reverand
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of Barraclou
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: One of the most wonderful beer appearance I ever experienced. It pours a nice golden colour with a good white head.

Smell: It was malty, but a little too shy.

Taste: That's very hoppy and sweet. It is very addictive.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is just perfect to me, but its overall mouthfeel is just a little bit over the average.

Drinkability: It was pretty good and refreshing. I had this beer during a Pirates game at PNC park. It was also a very good thing to find local micros there and helped me out to avoid BMC awful macros. Also, its price was about the same thing than the others brands sold on location. If I got the opportunity, I would drink it again.

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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.