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Penn Pilsner - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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 Osiris9588
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
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

Photo of ejimhof
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of quasimoto
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bright deep gold. Has an inch thick bubbly head that dissipated rather quickly with a little bit of lace. The aroma is of light spicy hops with some fruity undertones. The malty aroma is in the background and comes through in the flavor. It balances nicely with the hop flavors. There are some light DMS flavors in the middle. But they are only light. The mouth feel is light and crisp. But it has a rather salty feel to it. Overall its a rather drinkable beer, but not outstanding.

Photo of HumuloneRed
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the beer of the month club. 12 oz. Bottle. The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a white head and slick lacing. The aroma is full hop sweet malt and earth. The taste is smooth and malty with a light body and crisp, clean finish. Very drinkable and clean pilsner.

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

Classic clear golden lager body with low carbonation. Big off-white head with a lemon tint. Decent retention and lace.
Malty toffee and grassy scent with some fruit and floral notes.
Slightly toasted toffee malt flavor initially, but quickly followed by a nice balancing hop profile. Some honey comes through with warmth. The aftertaste is fairly short but pleasantly reminiscent of grassy fields and summer.
Medium mouthfeel, some coating and slick sensation.
Good drinkability. A nice and relaxing session lager.


Photo of matthewfuchs
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden, low carbonation, with a thin white head. Smells slightly of toasted caramel. Has a mild tart start and a malt finish. Smooth and tasty, a good session beer, and good staple to come back to. Not a true pilsner, but hey, who's counting?

Photo of cichief
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a few six-packs in Maryland.

A- Pours a light amber color, with a light tan head of foam, about one-half inch thick.

S- Smell is bready and slightly hoppy, very inviting.

T- Very balanced between the malt and hops, with a slightly toasty flavor, followed by the hops.

M- Very well carbonated, not too thin, not too fizzy.

D- A very good beer, which could, and no doubt, will be, enjoyed all night.

Photo of drpimento
2.1/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was a gift from friend Paul B. Poured with a nice head that soon faded; no lace. Has a hazy amber color. Nose was sweet, bready, caramel malt. Flavor is a bit tart however; maybe from the carbonation. Shallow beer. Not at all a pilsner. The finish is the sensation of the carbonation on the tongue and not much else.

Photo of jockstrappy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper color with a short-lived white head. Aroma consists of mild fruit notes with a touch of the hops...not much else there. Taste begins with some slight hop bitterness, with a hint of orange peel, and finishes with a bread / cereal like grain character that lingers for a bit. Light bodied...carbonation might be too much, but doesn't hurt it's drinkability. Goes down the hatch very easy. Not exactly a benchmark for the style, but it is a quality beer in it's own right, and is very much available in the surrounding areas.

Photo of
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Crystal clear, true golden color. Modest, off white head.

Bread/dough aroma. Sweet wheat bread, but faint. Grassy & floral notes.

Herbal & spicy, with a biscuity malt character. Very little sweet flavor, if any. Bitter lingers nicely.

Light in body, with medium + carbonation (perhaps a bit too high). Dry.

Excellent. A fine beer. Refreshing & sessionable. Not going to blow your mind with flavor or ABV, but a pleasure to drink. I think this is going to start me exploring this category again.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick white head. Carries some decent lacing down the glass. Smell, very average, as are most of Penn's beers. But it tastes of slight twingy hops and a very malty sweet front. Very easy to drink. Six can probably be consumed in a short period of time. A very nice session beer.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy gold in the glass with a small foamy head that went quickly, leaving a fairly flat, foamless top. Not much in the way of visible carbonation (cloudy?) but definitely there in the moderately thin mouthfeel. Smell is mild malt with a touch of fruity hops; taste is the same, but with a somewhat pleasant tartness that is really unique (if a true German-style pils). Incredibly fresh taste and oh so smooth that it goes down with food or as a session drink. In this case, it's lack of complexity is actually a benefit, as you can really enjoy the drink. I bought a whole case (had to... it's PA) a month ago and have been enjoying it ever since. As Penn's brews go, this is one of the least flavorful and yet it's great.

Photo of Boto
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one pours a slightly dark, mostly clear golden color. Mine had very little head and only a little bit of lacing. The aroma was a bit lighter. There were some notes of sweetness, otherwise fairly non-descript. The taste was OK. A decent beer, but not a true pilsner. Some malts, a hair bitter. Not a bad session beer, but nothing special.

Photo of Alkey
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks ilene.

pours a deep gold with a medium sized, super light (as in not dense) head that quickly dissipates.

strong honey laced malts and little to no hops. has maybe a nutty-flavor - tastes like spring/fresh rain. maybe some pineapple and passion fruit flavors in there. a very potent pilsner that's for sure - not quite as carbonated as i expect from the style. sort of has the body of a bud light (read as: not good). overall, the taste isn't bad, it is just not full-bodied enough. i know a pilsner shouldn't be, but this is just too soft.

tried this one again. it is growing on me. stats have been adjusted accordingly. i found this bottle to be full-flavored and delicious. pretty looking pour as well.

Photo of aquatonex
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey amber with a foamy head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing, good carbonation. Smells of funky malts and hops, smells like a pilsner. Taste is pretty well balanced, slightly hoppy yet refreshing as well as having some actual malty body (which poor pilsners seem to lack). Overall, a pretty decent pilsner.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a mixed case purchased at Westy's.

A: The beer is an orange amber color, crystal clear with a miniscule band of white head. There is little carbonation, even with the etching on the bottom of the chalice.

S: The beer has a grainy sweet aroma. The aroma that I get is almost a ringwood yeast sweetness.

T: The beer has a similar ringwood sweetness to what I found in the nose. The sweetness accentuates a dry grainy flavor that is biscuity. The flavor finishes long and grainy, but there is little hop presence.

M: The mouthfeel is good with a sweetness that lasts long.

D: The beer is very drinkable. The moderate abv and sweet malt flavors allow you to have a few.

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my MicroBrewClub September shipment received in early October.

Beer poured a golden color with a nice white head that is hanging around. I am detecting sweet and sour notes from the boquet which I did not expect. Taste is malty and finishes with a nice crisp hop but not overwhelmingly hoppy. Mouthfeel finishes crisp and clean. It is medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall drinkability is good. I am impressed with this brewery and will seek them out if in the western Pa. area in the future.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall pilzner glass. The liquid is yellow, darker yellow then most of this style, the carbonation is quite good. The head is big 2 full fingers after the pour, Fades slow and leave a nice lace.

The smell is grainy and hopy, very fresh and clean.

The taste follows. Nice hopy taste right up front, Gainy bread, very crisp and clean. Very refreshing.

The moouthfeel is great, spot on. Good clean bit , carbonation in crisp.

The drinkability as A'OK. One fine and fresh example of a difficult beer to brew right. Prosit MK

Photo of hanco005
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my beer of the month selection, 12 oz bottle, with 6099 a-30215 on the bottom, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours hazy golden honey color with a ¾ inch bone white head that lasts for a few minutes before reducing into a thin sheet, laces like sea foam

S—sweet and sour, mildly fruity, almost like dark fruits, not the pilsner smell I was expecting

T—there is faint fruitiness, but mostly wheat ad other grains that dominate this one, some biscuit flavors are coming out as I get to the end of the glass, finishes dry and clean

M—smooth and clean, light bodied, good carbonation

D—good. I’ll enjoy the other two I received. Easy drinking, but a different pilsner in my opinion….perhaps because it is classified as a Vienna lager?

Photo of mjc410
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour into my Prima Pils glass raises a two-finger off-white head, slow to fall. The lacing is sudsy but sticky. The body is too hazy for a Pils, and in fact, I see it labeled here as a Vienna Lager. I don't see it to be dark enough for that either, despite their website's claims. It's a barely transparent dark gold. The nose is actually quite weak, with only a slight sweet grain aroma. The taste is close to what I expect from a Dortmunder, with less pronounced hop taste, but more body and "kick" than a helles. There's really not much to it. The mouth is somewhat thick, and the carbonation is tingly. This is indeed easy to drink, but I'm glad this is my last bottle, since there's not much going for it, and the beer has something of an identity crisis.

Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow/orange color with white head that quickly turns into a thin lace. Aroma is faint with sweet malt and caramel. Smooth and malty taste that finishes with a dry hop bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew but lacks anything to make it stand out.

Photo of Deconstructionis
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer but not really my idea of a "German Pilsener" as advertised on the bottle.

Appearance: A gold/light brown, it is darker and less clear than most pils. The head is slight, large beaded and has no retention.
It smells malty with no detectable hop aroma and an undertone of sour fruit. The taste is mild-- malty, sweet, a hint of caramel malt, but with a slightly sour finish which is the least appealing aspect.

It's not crisp, refeshing and dry finishing like a typical pils and it has little hop character. It's fuller and heavier than most pils but still relatively light bodied; carbonation is low for the style. It's certainly drinkable and a decent session beer of good quality, but it's not something I would choose when I want a pilsener. It's more of a light, malty lager.

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that declines to a ringlet and rarely deposits any lacing on the glass

Smell: Not much aroma; what there is has a touch of dried grain

Taste: Starts with a grainy touch; the middle has a bit of malty caramel sweetness - so far so good - but the finish falls apart with a bitter grainy flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, not bad but the finish detracts from what would otherwise be a decent session beer

Penn Pilsner from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.