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Penn Gold - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 188
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 jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jburchett, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of jifigz
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours a...well, what do you know, beautiful gold color with a head that doesn't last all that long. The head didn't leave any real lacing as it disappeared. The beer looks very carbonated by the amount of bubbles rising towards the surface. It looks like a pretty standard Helles. The aroma smells mostly clean and crisp with a little bit of "skunk" thrown in there. It smells a lot like an American macro Pilsner but with less grainy sweetness and a little more hop aroma. The flavor is pretty much what I expect out of a Helles lager. The initial flavor has that distinct Helles flavor that I can't really describe, then it fades to some sweetness, then the sweetness mingles with the hops, and then the sweetness kind of takes back over for the rest of the aftertaste. The MF is very light and just what I expect for the style. It finishes dry.

This is a very solid Helles Lager. The beer is crisp, dry, flavorful, and very easy drinking without being boring. Well done Pennsylvania Brewing Co. and thanks for representing my home state with the name of your wonderful brewery.

jifigz, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of dseiters
4/5  rDev +5%

dseiters, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of bigdog73
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

bigdog73, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +5%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass. Freshness date marked on bottle.

Lovely golden color. Left a nice head and lacing.

Fresh delicious clean beer smell.

Wow! Perfect balance of hops, malts, and refreshing drinkability.

Clean and crisp. Excellent refreshing finish.

This is what beer is supposed to be. A straight up no pretense beer. Damn good. Put this up there with Victory Lager in terms of a pure beer. Some of the best beers in the world come out of Pennsylvania.

MirkoCroCough, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev +5%

billbeers, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of JPMcKirk
3/5  rDev -21.3%

JPMcKirk, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and fresh lager notes. In the taste, a small sweet lager notes, quite fresh and a bit watery. A very small bite, but mainly smooth, and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a small and dry graininess in the aftertaste. Quite fresh, yet a bit sweet, nice, but just about average.

OWSLEY069, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of baconman91
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
Photo of gjrey
4/5  rDev +5%

gjrey, May 20, 2012
Photo of king75
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light gold color, almost transparent. Descent head retention, descent lacing. Nothing to special, almost looks a little watery.

S- Can pick up hints of grain, light maltiness presence, and fragrance of hops is present.

T-Has a great crispness, has a grain flavor that is equally balanced by the hop flavor present. Very light across the palate but yet extremely flavorful.

Wow! this one way surpassed my expectations. When I first poured it I expected it to have a macro watery taste but I was truly blow away by the flavor of this beer. This beer is able to be extremely light across the palate and yet has a great flavor. Quite possibly the most drinkable beer I have ever had due to being overall light in body, full in flavor and low in alcohol percentage.

king75, May 14, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ejimhof, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4/5  rDev +5%

ItsBeer4Me, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

djrn2, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of NardiByNature
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White head builds and falls quickly but leaves a decent cap for the style: a few small islands and a collar. Remarkably clear and light golden golden. Bright? Yes.

The aroma from this is subtly earthy with some fresh grassiness.

Light toasted malts meld nicely with the mildly peppery-bitter hops.

Finishes clean and clear, the carbonation provides a well-placed crispness to divide subtle bitterness from the malt.

VERY sessionable beer in one of my favorite styles. I’m lucky enough at the moment to live in Pittsburgh where Germanic and East European heritage has rubbed off on local breweries like the Pennsylvania Brewing Company and Church Brew Works: they both make nice German-style lagers. I hope to see more lagers from American craft companies.

NardiByNature, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

cynical1027, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

jaredtuk, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

StretchZep, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I had on tap at the Restaurant at Penn Brewery.

A - A clear bright golden colored beer with a very sweet half inch of creamy white head. A simple swirl easily brings it back so nicely carbonated.

S - Slight bittering hops, bit of buttered popcorn, and bread with a touch of honey.

T - A very stellar Helles Lager. You get sweet honey like malts, then a surprising bit of bittering hops mild but present, and a finish of buttered bread.

M - It was medium bodied since I was stuffed on the food but it was very drinkable.

Overall one of the best I have ever encountered: good flavor, medium bodied, and sessionable. Would consider trying it again in the bottle to see if it's as good.

DrDemento456, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of NoProblem
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

NoProblem, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +5%

jak, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +31.2%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of zc151
4/5  rDev +5%

zc151, Nov 21, 2011
Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.