Penn Dark
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #14
Ranked #16,904
3.89 | pDev: 11.83%
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Penn DarkPenn Dark
Notes: Munich and various roasted malts give it a very malty, rich flavor with a hint of burnt flavor. 100% imported Hallertau hops, moderate bitterness and aroma.
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puck1225 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark lager. Purchased this bottle in Pittsburgh during Christmas. Poured into a tulip glass. Clear dark brown color with great head and curtain lacing. Slightly sweet and smokey roasted malt smell and taste. A bit of chocolate and root beer.

Jan 13, 2021
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taint67 from Georgia

4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers, and my favorite styles of beer. But it's hard to find good ones. I used to be able to get this in GA but can't anymore. I once bought a case and packed it in my suitcase and prayed they would be intact when I got back. It's not heavy but flavorful, a little chocolatey, well balanced and clean. A great dark lager.

Mar 24, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer, nice dark malt presence without being too heavy, other than that is just classical German lager flavors, simple and well done, Penn does good German style beers

Jul 18, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 12oz bottles into a tall pint glass. NO freshness dating

very dark clear amber body, small but persistent cream colored head. fair amount of carbonation. minimal lacing.

a peculiar floral soapy aroma

has a brown ale feel and look to it. hops are quite muted, malt is dominant, an okay taste.

mouth is below medium but not thin. tingly from the carbonation. finish is malty.

overall, an okay beer. not a style i actively seek out, but a decent enough drink.

Jul 28, 2017
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the Penn Dark lager in tap at the 10 Penny in downtown Pittsburgh.

The beer is mahogany with a sticky beige head.

It has a nose of lightly toasted malts and red apple.

The taste is slightly sweet with a whisper of toasted grains, some toffee and it finishes with a bit of spice.

The mouth is solidly medium.

The beer is an old school dark lager and I enjoyed it.

Jul 20, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from my parents.
This was poured into a lager glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark brown with closed bookend amber hues along the side. Finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Touch of lace.
The aroma had a blend of light cocoa powder to dark bready/slight toffee tones. Slight earthiness amplified the nose.
The flavor was moderately clean sweet to earthy spiced to bready/lager-like smoothness. Keen cocoa powder to earthy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under for me. Carbonation was fine, non-distracting and clean. ABV felt fine, seemed to be as projected by the brewer.
Overall, I looked at this as a Munich Dunkel Lager and expected nothing more, in turn this came out very well.

Jul 01, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow glass: color is dark brown, amber edges, head is light tan with fine bubbles, head lingers as a thin top.

Smell is a pleasant blend of munich malt and light roast and hint of chocolate like malt, light toffee notes.

Taste is moderate munich malt, then touch of toffee like flavor and toasted malt, no graininess just well crafted and solid malt flavors - hops are noticeable in the finish with a light earthy grassy note.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, crisp and a little sharp on the tongue - this particular bottle might be past prime.

Overall the aroma and flavor are very good and create a flavor beer, well done dunkel qualities and drinkability.

Feb 04, 2017
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only real hit was the small head and faint aroma. Overall, the balance was very good between the malts, bitter grains and hops. Pretty impressed; not many US brewers seem to be able to get dark lagers this good. Definitely look for this again.

Jan 29, 2017
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Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours to a deep brown color.

Overall : The aroma is malty sweet with hints of molasses and brown sugar. The taste is a touch of sweet malt, a touch of roast, a touch of chocolate. This is a very smooth beer, very clean. It finishes with more good malt character up front, then is balanced out again with a mild hop bitterness. This beer is excellent!!

May 24, 2016
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AngryDutchman from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 6-beer variety 12-pack.

Dark with a lovely ruby tone from roast grains. No overwhelming aroma for me. The taste is terrific with just the right sweetness and biscuity quality that transitions into a sugar cookie /toll house dough aftertaste. Vanilla where it belongs :). Probably the best aftertaste I've experienced, which means the Perle hops are spot on perfect. Feels great on the tongue with an understated carbonation that I prefer. This is for me an absolutely perfectly executed German-style beer and one I'll be getting again

Feb 08, 2016
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown with little head into a pint glass, can see reddish amber tints when held up to the light. Smells mostly Iike roasted malt. Initial taste instantly reminds me of guinness, only smoother. Flavor has hints of caramel, cola, roasted malt and a little coffee. As with most dark beers, i enjoy more as they warm up. Overall, I think that this is a good solid drinkable brew

Jan 29, 2016
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - mahogany body with a small amount of beige head

Smell - caramel, whole grain bread, toasted nuts

Taste - caramel, toasted nuts, tea, whole grain bread

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront from the caramel, easy drinking

Overall - this is a rock solid beer and an excellent version of a Munich Dunkel. Recommended for fans of this style. Highly enjoyable

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz single

Jan 16, 2016
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a root beer brown with a two finger tan head that dissipated to a thin film. Heavy lacing. The nose is a very mild honey malt initially, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The taste is mild sweet malt with a bit of earthiness and light hop bitterness on the finish. The feel is light moderate carbonation is a bit fizzy.

Oct 24, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a somewhat dark black, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, caramel and toasted bread.

This is simple but tasty. Roast caramel and bready malt in unison.

This is a bit thin and light bodied, with a great drink ability.

Good stuff here.

Oct 11, 2015
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: August 27, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. Pilsner... OCCASION: having returned from the annual soccer coaches’ meetings... APPEARANCE: dark red, almost burgundy body that supports a one-finger brown head... The head settles swiftly to a resilient ring and little else in the middle... too dark to track its effervescence... AROMA: candied, almost cherry cola in its hints... Slightly doughy, with minimal hops... PALATE: slightly warming, slick, almost flat... Dry, medium-bodied.... TASTE: an odd, vegetable flavor begins the profile... Grape, cola, some earthy elements that redeem the initial effect... Cough drop and raisin also are suggested... Not the compliment to the pilsner... OVERALL: Drinkable and steady, but not a beer that can be called a standout or a strong representation of its style... A beer that could use some dimension to its flavor profile... Peaty like scotch, in a strange way...

Aug 28, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This has a very nice look to it. Lacing exists from what was previously a fine cream colored head, but now receded to a rim of foam and aforementioned gentle lacing. Nose is a touch muted, but what I can detect is a touch biscuity and maybe a tad nutty. Taste comes punching through with an immediate bitterness that gives way to that nutty thing that I could smell, hints of something spicy and just a faint berry presence. On the otherwise, crisp finish, we have just a hint of tart mixed into the final "eff you" attitude of bitterness. Very complex without being too much of a thinker. Haven't had it? Do yourself a solid and give it a whirl.

Mar 29, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice sweet malt aroma.
Appearance- This is a very dark brown beer with a small brownish colored head.
Taste- The flavor is a little empty to me. A great aroma and look but the flavor was a little to one-dimensional with the malt. Not bad but I was expecting more.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. this beer has a slightly oily texture.
Overall- It is OK to me, i noticed many others rated it a lot higher.

Mar 28, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into can glass

A- pours a clear dark copper-brown color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some specs of lace behind

S- sweet and malty aroma with notes of brown bread, caramel, grain & biscuit. A hint of earthy and spicy hop found it out

T- Caramel & bready malt sweetness up front with hints of raisin, slightly spicy hops kick in mid-palate, a dry finish leads to a a linger of chocolate and toasted bread crust

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy-yet-dry finish

O- smooth, sweet, may and incredibly drinkable, a solid American made dunkel

Dec 23, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, bready. Taste is toasted malts, bready, just a touch of sweetness. Feels light in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer.

Sep 18, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma of toasted malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare island of small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins with toasted malt, ends just malty; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4. Final weighted score: 4.0625
This is a very good dunkel – only lack of lacing detracts from its appearance, otherwise the beautiful clear dark amber is very enticing. The toasty aroma is welcoming, the toasted malt flavor is darn near perfect, and the palate is delightful. This is possibly the best beer Penn Brewing produces.

Aug 30, 2014
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: As brown as the bottle from which it poured. Thin beige head that dissipates. The dark color hides any visible carbonation.

Smell: The yeast comes through with notes of iron. Toasted bread with faint notes bitter chocolate.

Taste: Bread and chocolate. Toasted malt. Limited amount of hop bitterness. The finish is nice, with dry toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth finish.

Overall: Not the greatest of the dark lagers that I have had, but it is decent. I prefer the higher carbonation of a St. Pauli Girl or Heineken, but this one probably has some nicer flavors.

Apr 24, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Side by side with some other Penn stuff. Pours a dark amber brown color with small off white to light khaki head. Aroma is nice, with some sweet dark fruits, light toffee, chocolate notes. Flavor is a lightly spicy chocolate, clean finish, and medium sweetness. Medium bodied with low plus carbonation. A really nice brew that could pass as a winter warmer or a fall cookout beer. I'd have this again.

Mar 30, 2014
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as part of a monthly beer club membership from my wonderful children. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A good representation of the Munich Dunkel lager style. An underrated brewery producing good beers in generally undervalued styles. 4.25

A – Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin brown rocky head that dissipates quickly to nothing (-), almost zero lacing. 3.25

S – Malt, bread crusts. 4.25

T – Brown bread, faint toffee and molasses. 4

MF – Medium-bodied, semi-dry finish, thin, low carbonation. 4

Mar 01, 2014
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LI_PO12 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Mug

Appearance- Dark brown with light hues, light tan head

Aroma- Bready malts, caramel sweetness, dark toastyness light but there

Flavor- Baked bread, caramel, some seep malts, slight hop presence

Mouthfeel- medium/light, good carbonation

Overall- Very true to style, and that's good not one of my favorite styles though. A very drinkable beer and worth a try.

Dec 24, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium brown color with a small tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a very light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of caramel and roasted brown bread smells with a bit of toast and some cola like aromas. Along with these, is a decent level of nuttiness as well as some cocoa smells.

Taste – The taste begins a little sweet with some caramel and a molasses. Right from the start there is a good level of roasted malt flavor as well as some toast and cocoa, giving the brew a rather roasty flavor right from the start. The sweeter flavors fade more as the taste advances and a coffee and nutty flavor join the profile. The loss of some of the sweet and the arrival of the actually, rather strong coffee flavor really increase the roastiness of the brew toward the end, which in conjunction with a light earthy and herbal hop flavor, leaves a nice roasty and crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. While normally for a darker brew I enjoy a thicker body and lower carbonation, which likely would have been nice for this brew too, I actually found the combination of flavors nicely matched with the thinner body and higher carbonation, making this a rather refreshing style darker lager.

Overall – A nice, rather crisp, dark lager with a good level of roast, coffee and nice transitions of sweet to slightly drier flavors. A rather enjoyable brew.

Oct 23, 2013
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