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Celestial Gold - Church Brew Works

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Ratings: 129
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"It is best to live with honor for just a day than with dishonor for many decades; better a short lived celestial swan than a century-lived crow."

--Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Shiny Kruggerand gold with sun-faded lemon borders. Even though the eggshell colored cap is small, it looks good. Steady carbonation ensures longevity and the glass has a bit of lace when all is said and done.

The nose delivers the usual German pils notes of pale malt and musky-grassy Euro hops. It doesn't smell like this will be hugely hoppy beer, but it does smell like it will be a pretty good version from Pittsburgh's best known brewery.

Celestial Gold is a solid take on the style that neither thrills nor disappoints. It's a bit light on the malt end of things, but what do you expect at a light lager-like ABV? Since there aren't many sugars for balance, bitterness is greater than expected... which is a good thing.

Untoasted grains don't provide much flavor, leaving the spotlight clear for a firm shot of Saaz (or something similar) hop flavor that is bitter grassy and somewhat spicy. This is decent beer solo and should go well with most foods.

The body/mouthfeel, while lighter than I usually like, is appropriate. Sparkly carbonation is sharp-edged at first, but settles down by the middle portion of the bottle. Well-buried bubbles wouldn't have worked as well.

Church Brew Works Celestial Gold German Style Pilsner isn't as heavenly as its name would suggest. That said, it's clean, hoppy, drinkable... and enjoyable. Thanks to mgbickel for the trade.

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 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 RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear straw. Almost invisible grain nose. Minor roasted grain flavor with a slight earthy edge. Minor bitter tone. Decent carbonation. It's easy to drink, but nothing real interesting going on. More of a crowd pleaser for the non-adventurous beer drinkers. Also definitely doesn't strike me as a real strong german pilsener. Seems more just like a standard lager.

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 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 mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a yellow-golden color with almost no head that quickly leaves and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, grain, and hints of sour malts.

t - Tastes very lightly of grain and bready malts. Not bad, but virtually nonexistent.

m - Light to medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - Not a great pilsener. Not much to the smell or taste at all, and the high carbonation hurts it a little bit. Wouldn't look to have again.

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

Bottle care of my friend visiting from Pittsburgh. No indication of bottle date or freshness but it should be fresh considering it was just picked up at the brewpub.

Poured into a pilsner glass, this brew appears a straw yellow color that is fairly clear for the most part with only a couple particles stuck in suspension. The head appears with about a fingers worth of strength but does not retain long. The white head receeds leaving a faint amount of lace on the glassware.

The aroma is light, grainy sweet with a faint touch of buttery tones mingled with a minor twang of sulfur. Also included is a display of noble german hops that are for the most part herbal with not much other noticeable character.

The taste of this brew mimics the aroma. Upfront a fresh light grainy sweetness is met with the noble herbal flavor of hops. The hops have much more flavor that bittering component which is quite enjoyable for this style. However, the bitterness of the hops is there to keep the grainy sweetness in check. The alcohol is well hidden and my overall impression is of a light brew, crisp finish and refreshing.

It has a medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation. Not my favorite pils by any stretch but it is decent.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a semi-hazy golden color.

S. Not overtly strong here, some malt, some doughy bread smell.

T. Grainy, light hops. Simple flavors. The malt flavor intensifies with some bitter hops to even it out. A little metallic twang is there. Not a bad pilsner at all.

M. Zingy carbonation and a light body. Slightly harsh.

D. Fairly drinkable. Not bad but not super fine.

Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to a good pal, leftmindedrighty!

Perfect clarity, disrupted only by a speedy and fluttering stream of bubbles. A healthy shine and light golden coloured body. A half-finger level of frothy white head. Plasters of lacing. The ideal looking pilsner.

Corn and adjuncts dominate the aroma, but they don't carry quite the same unpleasantness that macro lagers have. The stenching smell of corn syrup becomes overly sweet.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a crisp finish. Incredibly smooth. Considerably dry. Refreshing with a satisfying bitterness that snaps over the tongue at the end of long, full swigs.

Straw-like malts and grassy hops make up most of the flavour. A light but tasteful profile, true to style. The hops and malts compliment one another perfectly.

This is about as good as I've tried for North American pilsner; it is true to both its Czech heritage and the quality of proficient German examples. It is quite impressive to master a style that is so delicate - there's not a lot room for error.

This is a damn fine pilsner. (What more could you want Aaron? How about another bottle!)

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 Derek
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-yellow, white head, no retention or lace.

S: Floral, catty, toffee sweetness, metallic.

T: Light bread, grassy, floral, slightly buttery.

M: Moderate body is smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: Good drinker.

I expect more from a "German" Pils, but this is really more of a new-world pils.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

Sample at the brewpub. Pale golden color with a compact white head with fair retention. Minimal lacing. Light hops and nuts in the aroma. Light body with a clean mouthfeel, and mild but flavorful hops taste. There is a bit of grass and malt in there too. The finish is effervescent and lightly bitter. Pretty good for the style.

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 tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jophish17
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%

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Celestial Gold from Church Brew Works
80 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.