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Penn Pilsner - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

366 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our flagship brand! An amber Vienna-style lager beer that is smooth, mellow and full bodied, with delicate hop aroma. Uses two-row barley malt and caramel-roasted malt. Based on founder Tom Pastorius' favorite German bier.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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muskiecf

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although this is titled a pilsner it is fact a Vienna Lager. It's a traditional German recipe that's dead on for the style according to the homebrewing bible- Brewing the Classic Styles. extremely smooth and slightly sweet with a dry finish. Low carbonation makes them easy to drink and adds smoothness.I love this beer.

The original owner recently came out of retirement and bought the brewery back. He was upset that his labor of passion was run into the ground and eventually closed and contracted the brewing out of the area. Well Penn Brewery is back and is now brewing on site again and it shows. This is the Penn Brew we loved not that other stuff that just had their name on it. This is what Pennsylvania German craft beer is all about my friends. Thanks to Tom Pastorius for bringing traditonal German craft beer back to Pittsburgh. Try it. It's a great lager. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 16:24:44 | More by muskiecf
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just tried this last weekend and I like it. Pours a nice medium yellow with touch of Grain in the smell,kind of toasty grain. Pours with about 3/4 inch head light lacing in the glass. Mouth feel is very nice as soon as I had one I ended up having 3. A very flavorful drinkable Pilsner in the old style. I have to say for the price not cheap, but they have hit a home run on this one I will go back for more in the very near future. This is one very Drinkable Beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 23:24:45 | More by Schmidts
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WJVII

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BOM May 2009
Of the May BOM brews this was my favorite. Poured into a pilsner glass this brew is a golden wheat color with a clean white head that left no lacing but settled in a nice cap. The aroma is very doughy with some sweet floral notes. The taste is crisp and had a bread taste but there was a faint floral balance and a mild bitter bite in the finish. This was moderate in body and a little higher in carbonation. All around solid brew. The taste was so fresh, crisp, and refreshing. I wish I had more to share (but the cost for an extra 12 pack is just too much). I guess I will need to keep my eyes open if in Pennsylvania.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 00:45:56 | More by WJVII
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tallfellapgh

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-07-2012 21:51:05 | More by tallfellapgh
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vwbus7

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

06-26-2014 03:08:41 | More by vwbus7
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n3yne


4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

08-22-2013 19:43:02 | More by n3yne
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Very clear, yellowish brown beer. Nice beaten egg white head.

S--sweet malt, apple like smell.

T--Pumpernickel like malt flavor that seems to go back and forth with the hop bitterness. Crisp but not too dry. Becomes more bread like as it warms.

M--medium body. Starts thick and then thins out as it goes down.

D--Definately drinkable. A nice departure from the current winter beers out now (writing in January and its 8 degrees F). Would like to try this in the summer.

Overall a great beer with a lot of flavor for this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 15:50:06 | More by jneiswender
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StretchZep

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-31-2011 18:34:44 | More by StretchZep
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envinoveri

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

10-04-2013 19:37:34 | More by envinoveri
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jkrich

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date; purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. Served in pilsner glass - poured a deep, clear golden color with a sustained, white head.
Spicy, perfumy hop aroma.
Tasted very clean, malty and bready with just the right amount of noble hops to balance the flavor; dispite the dominant malt flavor, the hops never allow beer to become cloying.
Medium body mouthfeel - nothing is overwhelming on the palatte.
This is an extremely drinkable, light version of a vienna lager which leads me to question the name, "Penn Pilsner." Even the brewery website describes the beer as a "vienna lager." In any event, I quality lager I highly recommend; despite the lightness of the beer, the taste is complex and remains appealing.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 00:05:49 | More by jkrich
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JulianBaughman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-06-2012 03:32:47 | More by JulianBaughman
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jeanphony

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-11-2012 01:28:24 | More by jeanphony
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chefoz

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An amber Vienna-style lager beer that is smooth, mellow and full bodied, with delicate hop aroma. A session beer head and shoulders above most in this style. I have this beer on tap in my man cave, it is easy drinking, great tasting and priced perfectly. A must try for someone who wants to get into drinking craft brews.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 13:39:52 | More by chefoz
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BruceBeerman

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had Penn Pilsner in bottles many times but when I bought a keg, I was stunned by the freshness and much hoppier flavor. This adds to the overall score. If you can get it on tap...do it!

Amber color is strange to true pilsner style. I always thought pilsners were meant to be straw in color. However, with the added hop and crisp taste, I guess it fits the style other than color.

A very dinkable beer (especially on tap) and I had the pleasure of getting very fresh in Pittsburgh. The head retention is very good with nice streams of carbonation going up the sides. not as nice as the true Czech Pilsner's, but definately like the German Pils. This is a German style up and down. But I don't remember too many amber pils in Germany. I'll be sure to look harder next time I am in Frankfurt.

All-in-all a very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2004 03:21:25 | More by BruceBeerman
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MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Great Lakes pint glass.

Very nice golden, sun at dusk color. Nice white foam.

Great beery, malty aroma. Very clean.

Amazing balance of hops, malts. Honey like sweetness, but not over the top.

Very smooth and still. Just the right amount of carbonation. Refreshing finish with the perfect amount of dryness.

Awesome beer that goes well with anything.

This beer reinforces the fact that some of America's best beer comes from the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. A total winner from Steel City. Drink it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:43:00 | More by MirkoCroCough
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a 12 oz. bottle. The color was a golden brown, with good head. The smell was malty, with a bit of hops to it.. The taste was also very malty, but with an excellent hop backing as well. The mouthfeel was smooth, with great carbonation. Drinkability-wise, this is an excellent beer to session on.

This was probably the first micro I ever had in my life, and err, some years later, it's still one that I enjoy quite a bit. It's a shame this isn't a nationally distributed beer..........but hey.......more for us in the Burgh!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 16:47:49 | More by beergeek279
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All Penn beers taste best when fresh and on tap this is a very good beer. The consistency once was a problem but with more in house brewing this beer seems to taste good every pour. Not really a pilsner, not really a Vienna, but a very good lager. A little bit sweet but very easy to drink more than one. Highly recommended when in Pittsburgh.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2007 01:33:04 | More by ejimhof
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Lexluthor33

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden,light brown with a small head and consistent lace.

The aroma of grains,malts with some light hops and a hint of caramel.

The taste starts off semi-sweet with very little bitterness and a healthy dose of malts and herbal hops.

So smooth and crisp at the same time. Medium carbonation with exceptional balance.

Notes: I really enjoyed this. Sessions with this beer are great and while it states that it is Pilsner it is actually a Vienna Lager. What a good beer that is so easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 20:33:51 | More by Lexluthor33
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle clear clean dark golden color with small white head leaving spotty lacing around the glass. Smells of malt and a faint of scent hops. Taste of light caramel malts and a bit of a hop bite. Feels crisp, clean and refreshing and is very drinkable. An easy beer to turn to when your in the mood for something light and thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 07:51:17 | More by Alkey
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/9 at Regatta in the Pittsburgh Marriot
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice, clear, copper color with a 1/4 inch of white head that recedes immediately. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is grainy, hearty bready malts and a hint of sweet caramel malt.

T: Taste starts with a bit grain lending to a caramel and grassy hops flavoring. A hearty bready malt fills out the middle with a finish that brings up some pale malts, a resurgence of grain and grassy earthy tones.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, clean and crisp.

D: Goes down easily, very tasty, mild kick, nice representation of style. This beer completely hit the spot. One to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 18:56:27 | More by Jayli
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, medium gold with a one inch beige head that has good retention. Sheets of lacing follow. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt, lemony ctrus, and a touch of pine. Taste is extremely pleasant. The sweet malt backbone is well balanced by the bittering and aromatic Hallertau hops which lend considerable bittering. This one finishes clean and dry. This may be the best Pilsner I've ever sampled. Certainly, the best American pilsner I've had. This is only my second brew from Penn, but I've been very impressed with the quality of these Pittsburgh brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 03:33:10 | More by merlin48
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Jaybirdsbeer

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

02-24-2012 22:16:26 | More by Jaybirdsbeer
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Tryumphestartsfl

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

03-24-2013 16:15:10 | More by Tryumphestartsfl
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Already reviewed this beer in the bottle version, just tapped a keg of it the other day on my new draft system (still missing a shank for the third tap) was drinking on the deck on Memorial Day really enjoying it and decided to review the draft version.

Poured into a tall 22oz pilsner glass left about a 1" head on it,a slightly off-white color with good retention. The color was deep golden with an amber hue very clear.Very lively throughtout constant streams of tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

Very fruity aroma,seemed more so than the bottled version. Very clean with a nice light toasted carmell aroma. Some delicate perfumy/flowery aroma making the aroma very inviting.

Clean.fruity taste with a toasty carmellness with some slight grassyness, leaves a sweet malty taste with pleasing fruity tartness lingering on the palate. Well balanced and very tasty.

A fairly light mouthfeel,tangy with some slight cloying. Very easy drinking, could drink this beer all summer long. Very good summer session beer. Could keep this beer on tap all summer long

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 22:42:47 | More by jcdiflorio
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New
Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a ruddy, tawny, deep, dark-amber hue with a modest head that left a minimal amount of lacing...
Sweet, malty, bread and butter aroma on the nose...
Taste was replete with caramel, candied sugars, honey, bread and butter, malts, and honey...
Good, rich, creamy mouthfeel along with a superb level of drinkability make for a teriffic depiction of the style...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 20:12:19 | More by dsa7783
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Penn Pilsner from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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