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Penn Pilsner - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

365 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 13 | 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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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass yields a clear golden body with a few trickles of bubbles, capped with milk-bubble soapy white foam that collapses quickly to a big-bubbled ring that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is lightly malty and a bit spicy.

The taste is a bit spicy with some fruity, almost pineapple juice-like sweetness and a fine dry malty backbone. A mildly spicy herbal bitterness adds a bit of dryness to the finish of an otherwise juicy drink.

This particular one was a little on the flat side, but not a bad drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 19:46:46 | More by cvstrickland
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Herrbrokt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Pittsburgh

Light brown orange - no head by the time it was set down.
mild lacing

Smells of sweet caramel and dry grain

Not bad. Caramel again, little toast. Hops can be felt from beginning to end.

the hops keep this one crisp. not overly carbonated. nice

Overall not a bad pick. Not a champion but not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 03:14:30 | More by Herrbrokt
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changeup45

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but wouldn't be my pick for a nice Pils to drink on a warm day. Golden colored, smallish head but some nice lacing is produced. The flavor is sweet fruits with some grassy notes. Mild hops but they are sweet and the whole flavor seems just a little too sweet. Decent mouthfeel but not as crisp as I'd like a Pils to be. It's quite drinkable but no better than average.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 23:59:49 | More by changeup45
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Redrover

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a chance to sample this one a bunch during my recent trip to Pittsburgh.

The beer is a nice amber with a beige head.

Sweet nose of grains and a hint of caramel.

The taste is also sweet with malts, a bit of brown sugar and lingering fruit. Beer is balanced and flavorful.

Smooth almost creamy mouth adds to the enjoyment and drinkability.

This is a well made beer with enough flavor and character to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 17:06:52 | More by Redrover
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured like a dream into my glass. Clear light light brown with a few floaties and a nice inch of head.

S. Bready yeast character. Some malts and hops also present.

T. A bit of malt at the tip of the tongue followed by a brief flash of bitterness and finishes with an odd metallic twang. The metallic twang could also be described as mineral water. It takes away from what this beer could be, but doesn't ruin it for me.

M. Slightly vicious due to a high level of carbonation. Its medium bodied, pretty good for a pils.

D. This is pretty good. Often times the Penn Brews grace my fridge, and its no surprise why. Staple beers.

Another note on this brew is the resemblence it has to its european brethren. This tastes like something coming from Europe, not the states.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 23:34:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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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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oneeye

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at PNC Park too.

Poured into a plastic cup. But a amberish deep copper good looking beer. Big head with lots of lace. Smells sweet. And the taste backs that up. Sweet malts upfront with an earth graininess(is that a word)with a sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp. Nice tasty beer that goes down well at the baseball game.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 16:13:33 | More by oneeye
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: light fruit sweetness is all that is detectable.

Taste: mild grainy malt profile. Mild fruit sweetness, soft bitterness and a hint of honey round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smoother at the finish. Little Aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy to drink lager and much better than the usual macro offerings. Worth picking some of this up for some easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 12:24:32 | More by Gavage
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp dark yellow with a thin head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is a very weak trace of sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is a nice jump up from the aroma, nice sweetness with a decent hop balance that leaves a nice lingering finish. The beer is very light and crisp, a refreshing summer beer. This is an enjoyable beer, but I'd have to be in the mood for the style to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 00:27:56 | More by atsprings
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johnnyirishman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint glass.

Apperance- Golden yellow color with a decent head but little lacing.

Smell- Mild Hops aroma.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, with good hop and malt flavors with a slight bitter finish.

Drinkability- Very tasty beer, good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 22:04:46 | More by johnnyirishman
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark amber color. Some white head that doesn't last too long, but leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

Not a strong smell, mostly caramel malts.

Hops up front, piney and citrus blends. Finishes smooth with some good strong bready, caramel malts. Balanced.

Medium bodied for a pilsner, pretty good mouthfeel.

Nicely drinkable due to balane, a solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2008 19:04:31 | More by Hojaminbag
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: A cloudy amber or burnt orange look. Gave a decent white head which quickly dissipated. Spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Strong presence of hops, kind of an earthy or woody smell. Hard to make out, smell was not overwhelming.

T: Despite the lack of smell, it was quite tasty. Taste of toasted bread and some other sweet malts. A good balance of hops, spicy and citrus.

M: Was a crisp, clean, full bodied beer.

D: This is definitely a beer I try to find at the stadium checking out the Pirates, trying to support the local guys. Good in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 12:46:11 | More by IronCitySteve
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just got this one yesterday from number1bum in trade #7, thanks again Josh.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden hue with a full one finger white fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Nice creamy lacing is left on the sides of the glass as the cloudy foam dies down to a thin layer. Continuous bubbles rise to the top throughout the entire tasting. Smell is pretty sugary. A good amount of grain, malt, and honey. A bit of freshly cut summer grass in the nose as well. Overall, pretty sweet aroma. Toasted grains on the tongue up front followed by more of that sweet malty goodness. A minor metallic flavor is hidden underneath all the sweetness which I could do without. Aftertaste is a bit watery with a hay like flavor. Medium body with a creamy feel and steady carbonation, pleasing to the mouth. A bit too sweet for me, but still very refreshing. Definitely worth a shot, especially with summer approaching.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 23:55:19 | More by BeerTruth
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tankg

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A beer that I have been drinking off and on since Allegheny Brewery first opened when I was in college in Pittsburgh, always fresh and consistent. Color slightly darker that wheat yellow, with a 1/4 head and minimal lacing on this pour.

A very fresh herbal smell with a taste that is very consistent - more body and flavor than a macro pilsner, but just as drinkable, cold on a spring or summer day. Have come to prefer their Dark, St Nicholas Bock, Marzen and my favorite, their Weizen, but this is a very nice go-to beer for company, who might want an alternative from the standard Crap Light. Very nice after grass cutting. Easy to find in Western Pa.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 04:22:34 | More by tankg
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.79 for a single at Jungle Jim's...

The beer pours a clear golden color with a medium white head, perfect 1/4" head retention and a few inconsistent specs of lacing throughout. The aroma is a well-balanced mix of floral hops, citrus tones and a mellow malt compliment.

The taste is refreshing, especially on a warm spring day as was today. Moderate carbonation, mild hop character, with a clean citrus aftertaste. The creamy head makes it easy on the palette and at a standard 5.0% it makes me wish that I could get this on tap during happy hours.

Final Thought: An excellent example of a German pils that is considered a vienna lager, but hey... it's all good!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 21:43:08 | More by mobyfann
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color, good clarity and a creamy two fingers of off-white head. Keeps a very solid lace and leaves lots of stic. Nice head and good retention seems to be a staple of Penn beers.

Smells of lightly toasted grain, some malt sweetness, grassy hops.

Taste is much the same as the smell, simple but clean, smooth and tasty. Lightly toasted grain, light caramel malt sweetness, and then some grassy and slightly bitter noble hops to finish it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

This is a very solid brew, very sessionable. Not in the same league as some other Vienna's like Great Lakes Eliot Ness, but very good in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 20:40:34 | More by number1bum
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hops4me

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold to amber in color. Suprisingly the head was small with no lace to speak of.

S - Malty fruity aroma dominates. I can't detect any hop aroma.

T - Soft fruitiness and malt. A very mild spicy hop bitterness but that is it.

M - light to meium in body. CO2 prickles the tongue.

D - It is a little light for the style I think. But enough flavor to make it enjoyalbe. Because of its mellowness this goes down quite easily. I probably would not buy this again. If faced with Sam or this, I would likely take the Sam.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 02:26:10 | More by hops4me
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scooter231

New York

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, sunrise type color- burnt orange, copper, gold, and dark red hues. Some head, disappears quickly, no lacing. A very pretty color.

Smells lightly hoppy, slightly sweet malts. Subtle, a hint grassy. A nice, mellow smell. Taste is a little sweeter than I thought it would be, verrry subtle hoppy bitter flavor. It's not exciting, but it's light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is not too heavy, a little slick. Overall this is a relatively nice brew, could go through a few of these pretty quickly and easily. Won't overwhelm your palate if you pair it with food. No idea how much a 6 goes for, as I picked this up as a single... but yah. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 06:06:28 | More by scooter231
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AMo

Missouri

2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pennsylvania Brewing Company Penn Pilsner pours a clear golden yellow typical of light lagers. Smell is ever so slightly malted, but mostly nothing. Aromas given off are similar to that of a German style lager. The taste is as well, but its watered down and on the weak side with not a whole lot to offer. Mouthfeel for the best part is light and smooth, but it is also thin and watery. Drinability is fair at best, it's easy to choke down but its lack of everything makes it rather dull.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 01:43:11 | More by AMo
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kush6875

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

penn pilsner bottle poured into a pint glass:

pale golden caramel like color

smells of toasted malts and grains

nice crisp german lager. very true to style. toasty malt backbone with just a litte hop presence.

overall a very easy drinking, basic , quality craft beer. great beer to drink in the spring and summer months.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 04:16:22 | More by kush6875
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice golden, straw color with a huge, fluffy white head which dissaptes fairly slowly. The aroma is of citrus and bread not much hops detected. The taste was a bit metallic but not so as to be off-putting. The taste was light. Not too much flavor to it but it is a drinkable beer. Very refreshing on a hot day. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 22:23:22 | More by Beerbuddha
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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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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nothing special, but not a bad beer. Poured a little darker than most Pilsners, but still had the grainy nose and taste of Pilsners Medium bodied with a short finish. Pretty much a so-so beer. Unfortunately, this is another one of those Pilsners that would be okay if served very cold on a hiot summer day, but one to be avoided if looking for an enjoyable sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 14:50:52 | More by kimcgolf
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armock

New York

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly

S - Is fairly light malt and lightly hopped

T - This one also has a fairly light taste as well sweet malt with a touch of hops

M - This is a little bit thin with light to med carbonation

D - Overall this is just an average beer it has more taste than a macro but not by much

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 02:11:20 | More by armock
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing the lost beer style reviews.
Pours a very chill-hazed dark straw color with a soon to fall quarter inch of head. Aromas are just dominated by a barely colored malt with an overall grainy sense. I believe there is some slight skunking in this bottle. Having tried SA Imp Pils, I know what Hallertaus should taste like, and this one doesn't give too much of the flavor or aroma of them. A medium light bodied lager, this one has just a touch of sweetness with the lightly toasted malts taking over. I really am missing much of Hallertaus delicate floral flavor in this bottle, hopefully it is not too old. A crisp and dry lager, nice for the summer, but one I will probably not revisit.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 22:52:56 | More by dreadnatty08
Penn Pilsner from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.