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Penn Gold - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

191 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 17
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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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 Barraclou
3.88/5  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.

Barraclou, May 24, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Penn Gold pours a slightly hazy golden color topped by a white foamy head which produces some light lacing. There are streams of bubbles coming from the bottom. The smell is sweet malt with hints of straw and just a whiff of lemon. The taste is really refreshing and clean. It is marked by a strong slightly sweet and bready malt character with a tinge of lemon. The aftertaste produces a light bitter feeling in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, but possibly a bit more carbonated than I'd like. This is pretty good lager and is easy to drink and tastes better than any macro.

tomthumbsblues, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Plain triple label motif a long explaination on the back label about Hallertau hops and no adjuncts. Front label “Pure barley malt lager beer.”

Light straw golden hues with some sporadic flowing bubbles topped off with a winsome ivory white sudsy cap leaving killer lattice lace that just will not quit.

Buttery home baked bread scents with vanilla hints. The scents are delicious even until the warmed often nasty end, but not here.

First Swigs: Flavors mirroring scents of buttered home bread, delicate vanilla ice cream twinges, half ‘n half cream, sweet honey-ish Karo syrup traces.

Softy carbonation, slick aftertaste feel. Quite drinkable, tasty flavors.

Last Swigs: Buttery plain muffin. Reminiscent of local all malt lager from Victory. Snagged as a great mixed pack for the family over Christmas. Samples as a side by side with Engel Gold which was stinky in the end in comparrisson. The quality of this brew stands out.16/3.93/3

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at their brewery. This poured a clean deep golden color. The aroma has a chalky maltiness about it. The taste is wonderfully clean and crisp. Soft malts and floral hops meld together flawlessly and finish with a slightly winey, lemony finish. Overall, a very nice, smooth and clean tasting beer.

pezoids, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a big sticky head

Smell: Light hop aroma, not citrusy, more of a floral character.

Taste: very nice balance of a malty sweetness and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Finish is a clean grainy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, very nice level of carbonation. Alcohol is warming but not too upfront.

Drinkability: Fantastic. Would make a superb beer to have a few of.

JackTheRipper, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best of the "helles" style I have had,pours a light golden color with a light to medium head,the aroma is crisp and lightly malty with a hint of grassines.Real nice taste here,crisp malt taste with some iron-like qualities and a hint of smokiness with a light grassy taste in the background.I could drink these all day real nice brew.

oberon, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful looking Helles-style lager out of the bottle, Penn Gold offers a stunning clean and golden hue from the very onset. The head is apparent, thick, and quickly vanishing to leave an omnipresent lace along the side of the glass. One smell and this brew could be as good as some of the best Helles-style lagers I have had (but Weihenstephaner Original is still tops there). The aroma is slightly sweet yet malty and rather light on the nose. A sign of things to come. The flavor is not overpowering by any means, and the mouthfeel is typical for this style. Very well done. If you are looking to try beers of the Munich Helles style, this is one you must take in.

Prosit!

goindownsouth, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden, with a clumpy white head. The smell is very malty sweet. The taste is quite sweet, though the Hallertau hops keep the beer from becoming a malt monster. Mouthfeel is heavily-carbonated. As for drinkability, this is a beer that I could enjoy all day.

Another fine offering from Penn. Definitely the sweetest of their regular offerings, the Gold is a great session beer, and one I know that I will have again.

beergeek279, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw-gold with a compact white head that settles to a solid layer rather quickly.
Clean aroma with a hint of lemon and orange peel.
The taste is light and malty sweet. Hops are crisp and mild lending a nice balance. Closes with a hint of cardboard(??) & mild acidity.
Snappy carbonation and medium-light body make for a pretty drinkable brew.

cretemixer, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting beer to say the least. This beer poured a lovely gold color with a fluffy, white head. The aromas were of Belgian yeast, German Hops, and British Malts (really). The taste was more of the same a very Belgian Style , German Style beer that seems to have some British ingredients. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy and the drinkability was excellent to boot!
A great beer from Penn brewing!
-F

francisweizen, May 19, 2003
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color, with moderate carbonation. The head is dense, rocky, white in color and sticks around the glass. On the nose the aroma slightly sweet, grassy, grain, hallertau hops and fresh mowed hay. On the palate the flavor consists of slight malts sweetness, hints of green apple, graininess, slight bitterness, and slightly peppery. Very smooth mouthfeel. Very good drinkablility, refreshing Münchener Helles.

WilliamPhilaPa, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brilliant amber color with a dense, snow white head. The head fills my pint glass and shows excellent retention. A moderate lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is sharp Hallertau hops with a touch of malt. The flavor is light and crisp, with a touch of malty sweetness followed by the nice earthy pepper note of the hallertau. The finish is very clean with just a touch of lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is solid and a bit more robust than the flavor would lead you to believe. Beers with such a delicate and balanced taste are usually a bit thin, but this one stands up well. Drinkability is good, as this beer is enjoyable and easy going. The hops talk back just a bit more than you'd expect, which hurts drinkability a bit. Over all, a very good beer that surpasses most lighter lagers in taste and body. Another good example of an authentically styled German beer from Penn Brewing.

aaronh, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the name entails, it pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a nice full white head. Reading the description of this beer on the back makes it that more enticing. The hallertau hops have an almost biscuit like aroma, and the malt sweetness diffuses into my senses along with the hops. Very pleasant and mild aroma here. A crisp refreshing maltiness, along with a unique yeast flavor. The hops give the overall flavor a light rolling bitterness that blends perfectly with the rest of what's going on. Lighter body but it's perfect for this Munchner Helles style lager. Very drinkable, maybe too drinkable making this beer one great session beer.

WVbeergeek, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Penn Gold poured a light tan color with an almost clear appearance. Lots of active carbonation bands rose quickly to the small, creamy head. Some lacing was noticed, but not too much. A nice fruity aroma greeted the nose, along with some sweet malt and a vague lemon scent. I was very impressed with the Gold's taste. Nice malt presence that's somewhat dominated by the Hallertau at first, but makes a recovery during the swallow. Towards the end, a strange but invigorating lemon-creamy taste made an appearance, followed some bitterness. Very nice interplay here...great taste! The lighter mouthfeel was also pleasing, and very appropriately smooth. Penn Gold has great session qualities...very drinkable, with a wonderful taste. My new favorite Helles!

SchmichaelJ, Feb 05, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back ... freshness date notched on the back label.

Appearance: Sparkling bright light golden in colour with a champagne like carbonation. Nice tightly bubbled white lace.

Smell: Very clean in the nose with a hint of sweet malted grain and a mild hoppy aroma.

Taste: Light to medium in body ... very smooth that makes for a slightly crisp malty palate. Lots of sweet and grainy malt on the tongue with a floating hop bitterness and flavour similar to fresh cut hay. Hop bitterness and grain wrap up the finish with a trace of residual sweetness.

Notes: Drinkable to say the least, three gold medals from the GABF (1990, 1993 & 1998) ... enough said. A great lunch time beer, goes well with rubens or roast-beef on dark rye.

Jason, Apr 17, 2002
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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.