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Celestial Gold - Church Brew Works

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by bjohnson:
Photo of bjohnson
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to skinnyelvis for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a golden straw color with a thin one finger white head. Thin retention on top with a bit of bubbly around the edges.
S: Grassy straw aromas with nice floral hop presence. Toasted grain notes balance out the aroma. Slight sugary presence also.
T/M: Floral hop notes with a slight citrus fruit background. Excellent hop profile. Toasted grains play a nice back seat. Slight bitterness in the finish with a grassy and grainlike aftertaste. Crisp and easy drinking.
D: A fine session pilsner and definitely one for the summer months. Smooth and refreshing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear blond color with a thinner wispy white head that didnt last very long,aromas of toasted grain mainly with faint grassy hops underneath but like I said faint.The biggest flavor trait of this beer in my mind was the lightly toasted grain wich lent itself well with the grainy-like texture on the tongue there was a whisper of herbal/grassy hop that came in a pretty abrupt finish.The best thing that I can say about this beer as it down before I knew it and I drank a few quickly for Tigers-Pirates pregame.

Photo of muskiecf
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Pilsner. This is refreshing, hoppy (not overly so), clean and smooth. I think it's a good interpretation of a classic German Pilsner. Try it. It usually takes a bottle to get a taste going for this one. After that it's easy to session these.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a clear dull yellow. Fizzy white head disappears quickly. Splotches of lace in the glass. Nose? Not really. There's a whiff of earthy-grassy hop. Macro-esque flavor: can o' corn with some cracked grains. Virtually no aftertaste or memorable finish. Micro-brewed for the macro-seeking.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Capones. Clean German pilsener. Clear in color without much nose. Crisp & classic pils taste. Extremely easy to drink. I would put this up there with the other fine pilseners available in PA from Victory, Sly Fox, & Stoudts. I will buy this again especially for a hot summer's day.

Cheers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden with a nice sized white head coats the glass with nice lacing decen appearance overall. Aroma: Cereal grain sweetness very light but semi-aromatic hop profile. Taste: Mellow flavors of lightly toasted two row pale malts slgiht grassy hop note tame unoffensive beer. Mouthfeel: Light bodied soft carbonation, clean on the palate. Drinkability: So so, not crazy about a beer aimed at the masses, it's a typical golden beer mild and drinkable lacking flavor.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden-organge body with a champaigne bubble supporting a white head. The foam sticks to the glass with each sip.
S- This beer has a soft perfumed sulfury note with a raw grain smell that grows as the beer warms.
T- The soft pale malt flavor has a dry slightly sulfury green finish.
M- The light mouthfeel finishes with a tight fizz.
D- This beer has a smooth balanced malt and hop profile but still soft and the sulfur was a bit strong.

Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a regular lager, not really a pilsner. Malt in aroma. Nothing special but quaffable.Low hop flavour, IBU 18. Light mouthfeel. Lawnmower. Mixed bag from this brewery, and in their defence they are forced by peer pressure to brew these German beers.

Photo of rmolledo
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours Like a golden champagne. Huge bubbly head. Crystal Clear.

S: pilsner malt. floral and piney hops. As it warms there is more of a fruity aroma.

T: Cider-esque. Malty goodness. Nice and crisp. Yeasty. Not too much to this but it is enjoyable.

MF: not as carbonated as the giant head led me to believe but it is still moderately high. Dry as a bone. light bodied.

D: Very session friendly and enjoyable. A great after work pilsner.

Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Celestial Gold pours an attractive gold color. It lives up to its name in that respect. It’s clear. When held to light it takes on a very bright gold look. There’s not much going on in the head department. There’s a surface covering of light, white bubbles. Doesn’t rise far above that. It’s quick to dissipate, leaving a very faint lacing behind.

The nose is pretty average. It’s a bit weak and needs more strength. The base is a tad malty and yeasty. It’s not bad. It’s rather grainy and grassy throughout. I suspect there’s some form of noble hop here. Hops aren’t all that prominent, but they do add a strong grassy presence. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. It’s not bad. It’s just not exactly good either. More strength might tip the scale to the positive side.

The flavor is a notch better. It’s fairly simply and straight forward, but it’s pretty good. It kicks off with a nice mix of malty and yeasty flavors. It’s very grainy and earthy. Hops are noted and definitely add a grassy flavor to the mix. Tastes like noble hops to me. It’s not all that bitter, but it is grassy and dry. Alcohol is very light and unnoticeable. Finishes earthy, grassy and dry. It isn’t spectacular, but it is pretty decent.

Celestial Gold has a light body. Carbonation is active and it does have a crisp bite. For the style, it works pretty well. It’s rather refreshing and is pretty easy to drink. I could handle a few of these in a sitting.

Church Brew Works did an alright job with Celestial Gold. It’s not going to compete with the world’s best German Pilsners, but it will do if you’re looking for a decent one in a pinch. Give it a shot.

Photo of drcarver
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - crisp clean gold color with a bubbly head. no really lacing once the head recedes.

S - crisp slight maltiness. Bread and hints of pine.

T - delightful. bread overtones are covered quickly by hop bitterness. finishes with a slight metallic tang.

O - very nice pilsener.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What the macros aspire to be. Beautiful amber color with quickly vanishing head. Heavy, bready malt in the nose and then a full malt taste. (Corn as well?) Very minimal hops bitterness for a pilsner; and rather heavy mouthful with less than expected carbonation. But I couldn't put it down. Very nice, satisfying taste. Hand carried from Church Brew Works in Pittsburg by "N" this weekend. I can't wait to get up there myself and experience it in person.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Pittsburgh Bottle Shop

A- A pale goldenrod color. poor head but it does coat the top of the beer favorably. Leaves a decent splothy lacing on the pint as well. Clear and can be seen through.

S- smells just like pilsner. Dominant on the salty malts and vinegar like smell.

F- taste is same as nose but more malty on the tongue. a sour mash like flavor.

M- Smooth and not as malt heavy going down.

O- I am not a fan of pilsner so i hope this is fairly acurate but i think this is one of the ones i can stand. i have had better from CBW but this will do in a pinch.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a Lindemans flute.

First pour into my glass was almost all over my floor.Very over carbonted.Light gold body sits beneath a bone white thick head.Tons of carbonation.I had to wait till the head went down,it seemed like it took forever.Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of corn,rice and german malts.Smells like ass.

Malts and some slight hop flavor in this one and some fruityness in there.

Mouthfeel is slightly crips and pretty good with some slight carbonation problems.A bit watery in the mouthfeel dept.

Ide like to have this again but when its a bit fresher.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer from Church Works of the night. A good ole German Pilsner, right up my alley for sure. Also a nice break in the midst of our little tasting.

The pour was straight forward, light golden amber in color with lots of carbonation and a nice puffy head of white on top that lasted for a bit before fading back down leaving the top bare. The aroma was light bread, hints of grain, a touch of perhaps a bitter note, but far too light to be considered really good. But the taste improved on this dramatically as it was tight, crisp, clean and very well delivered. Smooth grain flavor with the lightest touch of grassy hops that pulled the flavor out just enough to make me come back again for another sip. Nicely done indeed. Very drinkable.

Overall this is something I would gladly drink a couple of while I mow the lawn or grill up some food. Nicely sessionable and a good cross over beer.

Photo of santoslhalper
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a light gold (what're the odds) with a thin, white head. Head dissapeares rather rapidly leaving no lacing. Nice carbonation though.

Smell: Simple malt and hop aroma, with no real discernable scent. Very average smelling, with a bit of sulfer....

Taste and Mouthfeel: Pilsener? Nah. Light lager at best. Corn and cereal tastes mix with just a faint, tiny tiny bit of hop bitterness. Really a let down. The mouthfeel is watered down a thin.

Drinkability and Overall: The newest of CBW bottled brew, and this one (as with the others) is sub-par at best. CBW really makes some fabulous brews, but the 3 I've had in 12 oz. bottles were dissapointing and bland. Now, if only they'd bottle their Kolsch...

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Fairly decent carbonation just a 1/4 inch of head that settles rather quickly. Bright clear yellow with mild bubbles.
S - A bit of pilsner malts, soft hop notes, swear I smell corn. Little to no skunk which is nice.
T - Very dry, slightly sour like a green apple flavor with notes and a minty sort of hop tone. Its actually quite good.
M - Light and fizzy easy to quaff back.

Overall quite a tasty brew worth picking up!

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed case from Wide-Lo Beverage, Somerset, PA, while on vacation.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the clear golden brew. Head fades quickly, minimal lacing. Aroma is slight, consisting of pale malt and light earthiness. Flavor also starts with pale sweetness, gives a quick shot of crisp hoppiness, and then fades away. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with easy drinkability. Not much to note here, but on the plus side nothing bad to note, and it is thirst-quenching.

Photo of neenerzig
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pokal glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a nice fluffy white head about 2/3 inthc thick when first poured. About 5 minutes after being poured, the head settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and lots of little bubbles continuously rising to the surface of the beer. with a nice thin layer of foam at the beer's surface. Not too much lacing though. Has a nice grainy malt aroma with a slight hop presence too. I wish the aromas were a bit stronger overall. has a good grainy, slighty sweet, malt flavor upfront followed by a pine and citrus and herbal hop flavor with light hop bitterness. Good balance of flavors here. Has a very crisp yet smooth and forthy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A very enjoyable beer and spot on for the style. I could see myself enjoying this beer mroe on a nive warm suumer day or eveneing rather than on a cold, cloudy, wet February day tough.

Eric

Photo of aracauna
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a pale and clear gold with a wispy, white head. The aroma is light and hard to pick up on. There is a touch of melon-like fruit in the flavor and the bitterness is very low. A sparkling body body turns this into a relatively tasty and very drinkable lager.

Photo of johanvond
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celestial Gold is Pale in color with a good amount of carbonation. Theres predominately malty sent and a biscuty taste, dry in the finnish with a slight hop pressence in the aftertaste. It's a refreshing beer with a good mouthfeel. Celestial gold is a no frills relaxing pilsner that you can enjoy without thought. Good for a game or after yardwork.

Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW - the bottled versions must be much better than on draft since I'm the only one to review a bottle so far and it was excellent!

Straw colored (unfiltered with floating sediment), decent white head, and good carabonation. Flowery, grassy hop aroma dominates. Nice balanced hop and grain flavors. Medium-light bodied; crisp, dry, and a bitter finish that lingers long.

A nice American take on the German Pils.

Per Bottle: "German Style Pilsner"

Per CBW website:
OG 10.5o Plato
IBU’s 18
Color 2.5oL Blond
Alcohol 3.1% w/w
Approx. Calories per 16 oz. Pint 200
Approx. Alcohol Content 4.1% by volume
Grain Pilsen, Munich, Cara Pils
Hops Lublin, Crystal

Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the brewery

It's no secret that I don't like lighter beers like pilsners, but I gotta say, I found this one pretty dang tasty. Poured a clear straw-yellow with a small white head that fizzled down rather quickly, but left some nice lacing on the glass; bubbly carbonation popping to the surface from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of pale malts, corn, grains, light hops, crisp and surprisingly unoffensive. More of the same in the taste: pale malt, sugary sweetness, grassy hops, light and crisp. Light-bodied, tasty, and very easily drinkable. Quite nice for a style that I don't often care for.

Photo of mobyfann
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $30 for a mixed case...

The beer pours a dark golden colored base with a medium white head, minimal head retention and no lacing effects. The aroma and taste is one-half true pils (light hop) and one-half macro lager (corn-like malt flavor); nothing that distinguishable.

Light on the mouth and fairly drinkable.

Final Thought: I paid premium cash for a PBR+ like beer and expected something like a Victory Premium Pils... not satisfied.

Photo of hopdog
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with lukin013 (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of graininess and a light lemony citrus. Tastes follow of the same grains and citrus. Thinner body.

Notes from: 1/10/07

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Celestial Gold from Church Brew Works
80 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.