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Penn Pilsner - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | 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.

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Photo of MP72


4.13/5  rDev +15%

A- Nice clear light amber color with a white head that didnt last too long.

S- A little grassy with some breadiness and mild hops.

T-Very smooth and not overly complex I am usually an Ale drinker but I really like the malt sweetness and hop balance. Tastes crisp and dry throughout.

M- Smooth and medium bodied

D-Very drinkable , a great session brew and luckily brewed 20 minutes from me and always available.

10-28-2008 21:23:40 | More by MP72
Photo of Domingo


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

Pretty interesting brew. It's not quite a Pilsner, not a helles, not an export, and not really a Vienna either.
If anything, I'd say this is similar to a Spezial, the new Festbier style, or maybe even a kicked up south German Pils.
Pours a pretty deep golden color. Definitely a little darker than a typical Pils, but not outrageously so.
Noble hops and malt in perfect harmony make up the nose.
The flavor starts off really malty and bold, but finishes dry and ultra clean with the hops. I don't know if I've ever had a cleaner finish on anything. You'll want to go back for more immediately.
Styles be damned, this is really good. That malty flavor keeps you coming back and the finish makes you want more. It also makes food pairings rather easy.
I like it. The US needs more brewers taking the German styles and giving them a twist like this.

10-26-2008 19:42:04 | More by Domingo
Photo of JoshW


2.68/5  rDev -25.3%

Poured a medium brown, small head. Hazy in appearance, odd for a pils. Not a real strong presence of anything to me in the aroma of this beer, hoppy, grassy, and a light hint of sweet apple.. I don't know if it's because it's 10 am in the morning, but I smell an undertone of bready Guinness in this one for some reason. Tasted bread notes, grainy and malty.. Started out a little sweet and finishes a little bitter, nothing outstanding in the taste either. Mouthfeel is thin and light, drinkability is pretty average to me.. Overall not a bad brew for something from my own state.

10-11-2008 14:34:52 | More by JoshW
Photo of jdg204


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Last of the offerings from the Penn 12 pack, others were all solid offerings so I was excited for this last one as well.

A: Warm copper body full of color with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thick film of off-white that last most of the beer as a thick ring.

S: Fresh dry pale malt smell to it with a slight biscuit quality to it. The metal smell is slightly sweet and actually pleasant.

T: Dry raw fresh grain flavor with a light yeast hint and a soft sweetness that is quickly overcome by a soft green hop note at the finish.

M: Light mouthfeel with a dry texture and a tight fizz finish that keeps it crisp.

D: Another solid offering from Penn, PA should be proud to have a well rounded, classic style brewer like this sharing it's name. Don't go too far out of your way for this one, but if your in Western PA, pick one up.

10-01-2008 00:45:09 | More by jdg204
Photo of ndekke39


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

My brother and sister-in-law brought back a bottle of this from brewery. Decanted into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear orangish color with a thin white head. Good clean smells and tastes. A bit biscuity. Kind of your standard pilsner. Loose mouthfeel - a little bit of fizz. Overall good although not exceptional.

09-30-2008 00:36:20 | More by ndekke39
Photo of saradad


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured this into a 12 oz glass from a 12 oz bottle. The color is a light to medium straw color with some visible carbonation and a small amount of head that disipates quickly. The taste and smell are rather bland, some hops are evident but not much else. There's a nice crisp taste to this beer, nothing spectacular but it's a decent beer. It's not my favorite so I can't see keeping it on hand except that it comes as part of the brewery's Gourmet Selection. Hey...it's a good lawnmowing brew!!!

09-06-2008 22:58:01 | More by saradad
Photo of GoodKnight1220


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a good golden yellow, with little to no head and had plenty of bubles racing to the top throughout.

Smell was a bit yeasty.

Taste and mouthfeel had a hint of yeast and lots of malt, but really had a sweet bready taste. Slight hop flavor came in at the end, crisp upfront and a very dry finish.

Could drink this often.

09-05-2008 01:33:23 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

09-01-2008 19:46:46 | More by cvstrickland
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

09-01-2008 03:14:30 | More by Herrbrokt
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2.98/5  rDev -17%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

08-20-2008 23:34:03 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

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...

07-06-2008 20:12:19 | More by dsa7783
Photo of oneeye


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

06-08-2008 00:27:56 | More by atsprings
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

05-20-2008 19:04:31 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

05-20-2008 12:46:11 | More by IronCitySteve
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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

04-30-2008 23:55:19 | More by BeerTruth
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

04-29-2008 04:22:34 | More by tankg
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4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

04-27-2008 21:43:08 | More by mobyfann
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

04-20-2008 20:40:34 | More by number1bum
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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