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Penn Gold - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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129 Reviews

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 222
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 222
Photo of cjgator3
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Illinick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of xzqrut
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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

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Photo of Phatz
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of AltBock
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of cooncat
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Reverand
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of pezoids
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.


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Photo of beergeek279
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.