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Celestial Gold - Church Brew Works

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
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

RBorsato, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of muskiecf
4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

muskiecf, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of tallfellapgh
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

tallfellapgh, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of smerkinb
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review from notes taken 8-29-08
Perfectly clear pale gold. Head not able to assess as I didn't see the pour and there was no room for head in the glass.

Smells floral, and clean.

Malty smoothness blends with the floral from the nose. Tasty and balanced with some sweetness but clean crisp sweet not anything cloying or out of line.

Perfectly balanced lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Finishes lightly dry.

This beer is ultimately drinkable. If it was available this would be my go to beer. Perfect for a hot summer day. Refreshing and delicious.

smerkinb, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of letsgopens
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

What a nice, quality German Pilsener from CBW. It pours a clear pale gold with a nice effervescent white head that holds very well and leaves a good bit of lace. A good looking brew to be sure.

Clean, spicy maltiness with some dim yeastiness and a good amount of those distinct Saaz Pilsener hops. Robust and spicy. A light citrus character is present as well. Simple but classic and exactly what I look for in a quality example of the style.

Bright and lightly malty with a nice yeasty note up front. A big dose of spicy Saaz hops. Not super bitter but clean and even a bit floral. Slightly sweet with a subtle note of lemon and some good spice: coriander and pepper. Very nice and well rounded. Classic and traditional but not conservative. Well crafted throughout.

Refreshing with a distinct spicy crispness. Bright and lively but still with curiously low/moderate carbonation. The brightness really comes from the hint of citrus tang and spice. Moderate bodied, maybe even a bit heavier for the style with some lingering grainy texture and a mostly slick finish.

The drinkablility is exceptional, with a very low abv this is and ideal session beer. Often times brews with an abv this low (4.10%) are watery or dull but this very satisfying and excellently flavored. Definitely delivers in all aspects. A fantastic rendition of a classic style, well done. One of my favorites from CBW.

letsgopens, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of vwbus7
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of rmolledo
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

rmolledo, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of tgbljb
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slighty hazy golden color with moderate white puffy head. No retention.
Smell is summer fruity, with distinct notes of peaches.
Taste is also sweet and crisp. A nice hoppiness begins to present itself in the back of the mouth, and nicely balances the maltiness.
A well made beer with easy drinkability. Would be nice on a hot summer afternoon.

tgbljb, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Jstewart6
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Jstewart6, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of thomscottson
4/5  rDev +14.6%

thomscottson, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of B_McKee
4/5  rDev +14.6%

B_McKee, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle. This brew is light and crisp. Slight hoppy flavors, but more flavor comes from the sweet malts. Slight lemon zest flavor. Doughnut like sweetness and malts in the smell. The mouthfeel is smooth somewhat watery. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Unicycling4Beer
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Unicycling4Beer, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of psnydez86
4/5  rDev +14.6%

psnydez86, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +14.6%

zekeman17, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of JSkone09
4/5  rDev +14.6%

JSkone09, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of JStue77
4/5  rDev +14.6%

JStue77, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of neenerzig
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
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.


neenerzig, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of bjohnson
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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.

bjohnson, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of mhewes
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a hazy golden color with a good head that goes down pretty quickly.

S : Mainly a floral hop presence along with some bready malts

T : A light malt flavor with a good hop bit on the end. Light fruit/bubble gum flavors

M : Dry, crisp, refreshing

D : A good light refreshing pilsner. One I could easily drink on a summer day.

mhewes, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Church Brew Works

Appearance: Golden, medium lacing

Smell: Quite a noticeable hop presence, clean, with a husky kick

Taste: Very good, wow. A sharp hop bite, but just above, (or below par for golf players) in terms of hop tastes. Quite dry, but this lets the hop flavors really hold the realm of this beer. This beer has a light malty body, which really lends to the dryness and also lets the hops flex their muscle.

Overall: Quite an impressive German Pilsener. Easy drinking and flavorful. What more could you want?

leftmindedrighty, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.


SkinnyElvis, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

tugdriver7, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Alkey
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured a clear pale gold with thin white head and very little lacing. Light scent of caramel malt and faint hop presence. Taste has light flavors of malt and hops . Mouth feel seems light/medium with a nice touch of carbonation. This brew is easy to drink and is thirst quenching for those that are in the mood for something light.

Alkey, Jan 09, 2007
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Celestial Gold from Church Brew Works
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.