Penn Pilsner - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of Schmidts
4.65/5  rDev +29.9%
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!

Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of armock
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of deg
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was an amber color. It seemed a little dark to me for a pilsner. I heard the beer was a good one, and overall, I was not disappointed. I liked the taste. It had a good hop character, and clean taste. It wasn't very heavy, and I felt like I could have several (if I had been so inclined) without getting filled up.

Photo of johnyeast
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in appearance with a one inch head served in a pilsner glass. Slight toasty smell with a hint of grains. The first taste was refreshing and a slight tart taste and a hint of lemon. A drinkable beer. A good pilsner that sticks to the glass and palate. Really enjoy this offering from a beer of the month club. Thank the wife for that.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has 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- The smell of soft metallic copper has a fresh dry pale malt smell to it with a slight biscuit quality to it. The metal smell is slightly sweet and actually pleasant.

T- This beer has a 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- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry texture and a tight fizz finish that keeps it crisp.

D- This beer has a nice full flavor for a Pilsner and good depth yet still subtle. I was shocked at how quaftable this beer was.

Photo of ruckzuck
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got from a beer of the month club and am finally getting around to drinking.

A - light amber, white head that dissipated pretty quickly

S - light malt flavor, tiny bits of hops

T - slightly sweet, clean, bit of hoppiness comes through at the finish

M - light-medium body, sort of than clean/crisp feeling again, goes down pretty well, not a ton of carbonation

D - pretty good I'd wager. I'm not the hugest pils fan, but this going down rather nicely and I look forward to drinking the others. Worth a shot, and this is coming from a total hophead.

Photo of Shaw
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely tan color with a foamy white head that lasts. This beer looks great.

Its light aroma is of hops and malt, but very restrained.

The taste is flavorful, with a nice bready taste from the malts and a light hop bitterness.

This is a good thirst-quenching beer and a great choice for an everyday brew that doesn't blow you away with powerful flavors.

Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a decent off white head that does not really stick around too long. Nose is a bit woody with a slight perfume to it. Flavor is much more robust than I was expecting. Thick tree character with a stringent sweet edge that has an overall thick caramel tone to it. Feel is smooth on the liquid with a fairly low carbonation. Very drinkable. A very well made brew with a lot of body and character to it. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brought by my uncle from pittsburgh on thanksgiving

A- 3/4in sudsy almost white foam settles quickly leaving fingers of sticky lace over a clear golden apricot brew with tiny rising bubbles.

S- malty sweet toffee, cream corn, alcohol, grains, and squash

T- fresh dry bitter hop taste subdues as it warms, corn husk, pale barley, pear, white grape, and a slight herbal medicinal citrus twang

MF- crisp and medium bodied, medium carbonation, goes down super smooth

D- could be my new summer beer,, chuggable

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think there's some identity confusion between the "pilsner" on the label and actual style, but it's still a good beer regardless. It doesn't have the rich caramel malt of a SA Boston Lager, but there's still a smooth sweetness with a touch of esters. A crisp, grassy hops note finishes out the beer to make it a nice, clean lager with character.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished gold with a significant contribution from orange. The ivory colored cap has a better than average look. Its gently rocky surface sticks to the glass in spots, leaving behind tattered sheets of lace as it descends.

The nose is capable enough without being a standout. I'd like more of a toasted maltiness than is present. There really isn't much of a contribution from the malt at all. Only the Hallertau hops are noticeable and they don't exactly bowl me over with their brilliance.

Thankfully, things improve quite a bit on the taste buds. If the nose is a disappointment, the flavor is a more than pleasant suprise. A brewery's 'flagship' beer had better be good, or there's no hope for them at all.

Pilsner's best feature is the interplay between a lightly toasted, cracker-like, malt sweetness and a perfectly counterbalancing herbal, spicy, German hop bitterness. This is one of those beers whose list of ingredients doesn't excite (me at least), but that is much more delicious than the sum of its parts. I could drink a lot of this stuff. Solo... with meals... tailgating... you name it.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full for the style. Maybe it's the carbonation deficit, but I like the way it lingers on the tongue and allows one to focus on all the various flavors in turn. The malt sugars keep it from being crisp and clean, which is more than fine with me.

After the smell test, I was concerned that Penn Pilsner would be nothing more than another forgettable, Euro-style lager. It's much more than that, though. It's a very good example of a style that too few American craft brewers will tackle. Even though I've only had two beers from these guys (St. Nick Bock), I'm mightily impressed so far.

Photo of PorterLover83
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in a sampler pack that my wife "let" me get on our anniversay in Pittsburgh. We bought it direct from the pub.

I poured the 12oz bottle in to a pint glass and it had a ordinary appearance for the style I believe. It was a light gold color. The smell was pretty much of adjuncts like corn. It was a good crisp smell. The taste pretty much followed suite with the smell, it had sort of a corn laced taste, but was crisp and refreshing. Hit the spot so to speak. There was barely any head, I don't know enough yet to know if there should be for this style. :( It felt great in the mouth and I feel would be a good summertime beer. It was pretty drinkable because it wasn't too heavy in the mouth or stomach. I would very much get this again if I am ever in Pittsburgh again to visit the brewery or can find it somewhere here in Ohio.

Photo of jkrich
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear and dark gold with a short cap of fine, white foam. Good head retention with lots of lacing that showed some stickage. Big hop aroma, mostly floral and a bit sulfury, with a mild grainy malt quality. The flavour was quite malty, but not overly sweet, with a low, solid bitterness. Some grain character with faint caramel and spicy/floral hops. Fairly dry with a light body and moderate carbonation. A decent lager, though it misses the mark for a pilsner, and a decent summer beer.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug.
A: Clean golden color with orange hues near the top. Slow-rising bubbles are constantly appearing. Foamy head, a full 1.5 inches with little cling.
S: Yeasty and bready, with a hint of banana.
T: Crisp overall. Bready at first, with some nippy pilsner hops appearing in the middle. Small amount of malts show up in the finish.
M: Bubbly and crisp and as well. Clean but a little dry.
D: Reasonable. It's not as refreshing as other pilsners I've tried. I could have a couple in a session if I wanted to, but I won't stock my fridge with them.

Photo of musicjustintime
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in my "beer fridge" for some time now. Not sure how the shelf life of this is...but it's still pretty good.

Nice dark red/orange color. No head or lacing to speak of. Some sediment floating around. Not sure what that is?! Taste is very smooth, fairly light, and decent flavor. Drinkability is prob. pretty high with this, being that it's pretty light. Very malty...caramel-ly...and yeast-y. Not a bad brew, but I think I like the Penn Dark better. (Although that's light too, for a dark beer, but it's good.) I'd recommend Penn's brews. They seem to do a quality job. Just not sure why the Pilsner is brewed out of state, and not in The Burgh like the rest. Good stuff, Penn. Bottoms up my friends!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear bright gold/orange color with a half inch white head which goes away very quickly. It smells like grassy hops, sweet malt and some bread/grain. Overall the aroma is light, but clean. It tastes like toasted malt, grassy hops and bread with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and it's crisp and smooth. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these at a time. Overall I think this is a decent beer, good and easy drinking.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on-tap at Jean Bonnet;s Tavern in Bedford, Pa.
Appearance: An oddly dark color sort of a light amber with a big head holding well and producing good lacing.
Smell: Nothing impressive just a general light malt aroma.
Taste: Fruity (strawberry), very malty to boot.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with spots of ridgity.
Drinkability: Decent, not to good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- transparent dark yellow body with thin white head that disappears quickly. No lacing left behind in the glass.

S- some malt and light hops.

T- Initial taste is quite malty. This is followed by a light refreshing hop aftertaste. Good but nothing special.

M- Light carbonation and medium weight body. Well done.

D- This was pretty good overall. I'd session it if it was the best choice available. My least favorite of the Penn Brews that I have had so far and it happens to be their flagship. go figure. Its a decent pils but I probably won't have it again being that I like thier other brews so much.

Photo of stewart124
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color with a small amount of white head and lace. I am a little upset that the lace didn't follow the beer down the glass.

Smell is very clean with a floral aroma and bits of grains .

Taste is very crisp, clean and sweet up front. Subtle notes of honey but the grains are present and tasty to round out this beer. Mouthfeel is still sharp and crisp. This pilsner leaves a good aftertaste.

A nice German pilsner all in all and a another good beer by the Pittsburgh Brewery.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear golden body with tons of carbonation and a nice thick white head that dont last long.The smell is like a macro pils,I smell some earthly hops.I taste some lemon in there.It is a clean taste and perfect for summer,very easy on the palate and a great session beer.Leaves no lacing.All together this is a nice beer and I reccomend it.


Photo of Osiris9588
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle no date. Pours a clear, rusty gold. Two finger white head, shows slight retention before receding into a thin disc, a bit of lacing.

The aroma is warm, sweet grain and malt. The flavor is more of the same, with a honey and berry, and gentle herby hops.

It's light-bodied, but got some depth and complexity. Very drinkable.Solid

Penn Pilsner from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.