Penn Gold | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nationally acclaimed as the best Munich-style beer made in America. Penn Gold is a light-colored, medium bodied lager beer with a delicate hop aroma.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
232
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
15.53%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Photo of weeare138
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a crisp gold with a small white head that slowly dissapates. A little bit of expected lacing is left behind.
Smell is of a spruced up macro with some hints of being a winner in there, such as the Hallertau hopping. Some corn syrup aromas arise, making this one a bit less desirable.
Taste is actually a bit better than the aroma with some warm breadiness hidden in the taste of this malty brew.
Mouthfeel is ok with some mild amounts of carbonation making for a half decent treat. There is a bit of a mettalic taste that I seem to detect that is less than desirable.
Drinkability is ok considering this is not my favorite choice from Penn.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: A light, bright golden color. Exactly what a Helles Lager should be.

S: Nothing too strong, faint sweetness with a bit of hops.

T: Very typical lager flavor. Nothing special, although the sweetness definitely comes through. A bit of hops, but could use a little more.

M: Nicely carbonated, the perfect amount to balance out the sweetness.

D: Very drinkable, I would definitely replace another other lighter lager with this beer.

N: A nice Helles Lager, but a bit too adjunct-like, all in all a good choice, but could use a little tweaking.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with white fizzy head that quickly turns into a thin lacing. Clean nose that features sweet grainy malts and some spicey hops in the background. Taste is crisp, sweet grainy malt with a spicey hop finish. Overall, I was not entirely impressed with Penn Gold. It is a decent lager that really does not have anything that makes it stand out against the rest.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, straw gold with a bright white head composed of fine bubbles. The foam settled quickly, but left some lacing behind. Aromas of sweet malt were accompanied by a light fruity/spicy character and a hint of lemon. Delicate bitterness, balanced on the sweet side with ample malts and mild lemony hops. The finish went by very quickly. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A little thin in the finish. Very easy drinking with some pleasant character. Solid.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very clear light gold, good light ivory head, with light carbonation.

Smell: Slight smell of malt and a good earthiness to it.

Taste: Like is smells with a nice light sweetness to it, although it seemed to have a slightly skunky aftertaste.

Feel: Light and very easy to drink with good carbonation

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll say the aroma is delicate alright, it fades after a few minutes. At first its a beautiful citrus rind, herb, and farmhouse funk, but that fades to a creamy orange smell. The flavor is a bit bland, but still nice. It finishes with a smooth, pale grain taste, while the main taste has a typical lager tang with a semi-sweet apple, but the overall flavor is clean and almost pure, unlike the pale Euro lagers that are mass produced. There are better Munich lagers, but this is still a nice example.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A kind of run of the mill lager, certainly many notches above anything macro, but hardly memorable.

Hazy brownish yellow with some good foam, active carbonation. Malty/grainy smell, not distinctive.

Taste is a cleanish malty blend with a light hop throughout. Even keeled and consistent. Appropriately carbonated.

Drinkable, and at 4 ABV, easy to pack away a few. A good brew, no complaints.

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Photo of jkrich
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Poured a clear, light gold with very little head and no lacing.

I detected very little aroma even immediately after opening the bottle. Perhaps some european hops.

This was very straight forward with more hop bitterness than I anticipated with a helles style lager. Lacks the subtle flavors of other helles I have tried. There is very little sweet malt flavor normally found with this style; no hints of vanilla I normally detect in this style. The lager has a grainy flavor. It tastes more like a international pilsner style lager rather than a helles. It was very smooth and crisp.

Thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

Perhaps I am being overly critical of this beer as I have enjoyed the others I have reviewed from this brewery and expected the same with this one. This is a good beer, just not the quality I have come to expect from Penn brewing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very drinkable and contradicting it a harsh acidic lemon finish. Noticeable hops and light yellow with a decent head. hoppy like a pale ale. More bitter than sweet. Perhaps some corn in there. Medium mouthfeel. Refreshing buit reminds me of out-of-date ARizona lemon tea.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Scent was little to none. There was a malt smell, but very light. Head formed and cleared quickly with small amount of carbonation and very little lace. Looked like a typical "burp beer" to me. The mouth was likewise, nothing to write about. Average. Hops were barely detectable, and wash was clean. Well, for flavor, I had to check that this wasn't a light beer. I let it marm a bit on my palette and found trace amounts of malt, slight alcohol, and they say this is a pure barley beverage, all I have to say is clean. I'll agree that the taste is as light and clean and refreshing, it would be a good hot weather beer. So, would I get this again? Not really. If it were on special or someone gave it to me I'd accept. Because it's so light, it's really easy to drink. Other than that, I want more flavor in my beers.

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Photo of Phatz
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely crystal clear with barely a hint of golden yellow. In fact the best description of this beer in *all* categories is clear and clean. It is a very small beer; in every aspect it seems a lot like water. (not in a bad way just simple).

Appearance: Pours clear golden with thick white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Barley grains, slightly sweet malts and the 'commonly thought of as musty' grassy Hallertau hops are hidden deep underneath. Overall quite crisp.

Taste: Very clean. The taste is thin but quaffable. Hints of grains, toasted sweet malts and breadiness blend right into the even more subtle green hops that are almost invisible. The finish is a splash of bitter then sweet malts again. All this happens in a very thin depth making this beer seem very clean and it drinks like water.

Mouthfeel: Malty smooth with an almost crisp finish and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The one thing this beer really has going for it is drinkability. Since it drinks like water it is easy to put down a few of them while doing yard work. Definitely a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Morey
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange-copper color with a nice white head that has settled to a thin lace after a few minutes or so. Little to almost no stick on the side of the glass.

Smells pretty typical for the style. Wheat, bready and malty.

Ok...as far as the taste goes..it's decent. I've only had a handful of this style to date, so I'm no expert here. To me, there's a slight metallic taste here followed up by some malty sweetness along with some mild hops presence with moderate carbonation.

Mouthfeel- thin with a bitey carbonation.

This is definitely an easy drinking beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: To give this beer a fair shake, I'll likely edit this review down the road after I've had the chance to explore the style a bit more. Good, but to me, it's not living up to it's reputation. I had Stoudt's Helles a few weeks ago, and I enjoyed it a bit more.

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Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale wheat yellow, some gurgling carbonation floating to the top. Initially dense white head fades rather quickly, leaving a ring or two of thin lacing, and otherwise not a ton of retention.

Smell: Herbal and mildly spice hops, a bit of flowery sweetness, some grains, and maybe a bit of caramel. Light, subdued, and fairly balanced.

Taste: A good sense of the herbal hop bite, some grains, caramel sweetness in a minor sense, some earthiness, and a bit of breadiness. Finish is fairly quick. And like the aroma, everything's balanced, but very subdued.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with a good full burst of carbonation at the end, which is nicely done and seems to fit the style pretty well.

Drinkability: I'm not exactly sure what I should be looking for with this style, but this was extremely easy to drink. I wish there was more flavor and a longer finish, but I could easily drink a few of these no problem.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acclaimed as the best American version of the style. Pours a classic golden with a wet, fuzzy head that lasts about seven minutes in my pilsner glass. Nose is grainy with malt and the advertised Hallertau hops.

The hops give this grainy, malty taste some needed balance, with notes of spice and medium bitterness. The texture is light and juicy and presumably quite refreshing. Overall, this is genuine, quality German style drinking beer and I would pick up a sixer if I saw one.

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Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a nicely carbonated small head. Surprisingly good ladder like lacing on the glass. Light malty aroma. Light taste, a little hops bitterness but mostly smooth malt.

Mouthfeel is good. Good Helles lagers have a pillowy, soft mouthfeel and a little crispness. This one fits the bill. Drinkability is excellent. This is an ideal summertime session beer.

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Photo of scotorum
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

PENNSYLVANIA PENN GOLD 4/15/16

The last of the four new brews from the March beer club shipment.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn stemmed flute.

a: Clear gold with a finger thick white head which receded quickly to thin patchy surface foam and no lacing.

s; Bready malt

t: Follows the nose along with some underlying light fruit notes. Bready dry finish.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: An ok dinner beer, with a substantial enough mouthfeel and bready malt flavor to be interesting. True enough to the style, though perhaps a bit heavier than some.

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Photo of jdg204
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second Penn Review as part of the 12 pack. I was honestly expecting this to be the weakest of the bunch, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality.

A: Crisp gold with a small white head that slowly dissapates. A little bit of expected lacing is left behind.

S: Nice light hoppy/ bready combo with a tinge of citrus.

T: A bit better than the aroma with some warm breadiness hidden in the taste of this malty brew.

M: Ok with some mild amounts of carbonation making for a half decent treat. There is a bit of a mettalic taste that I seem to detect that is less than desirable.

D: Another solid offering from Penn, definetly worth trying if you're nearby but not one to go out of your way for. Penn's definetly a solid brewery doing a good job providing affordable, classic style brews.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the brewery, decanted into a pint glass. Pours a very light yellow, clear, with a small white head. Not much retention.

Smell is simple: grainy, sweet, a little bit of cooked rice.

Taste is the same: grainy and sweet. Heavy tastes of granny smith apples. A little biscuity in the center, but the flavor disappears pretty quickly in the end.

Bright effervescence. Very fizzy.

Pretty easy and drinkable. I guess a nice German lager session beer, but nothing exceptional to make me return to it.

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Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale yellow under a pure white head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Clean pilsner malt sweetness in the aroma balanced with a mild noble hoppiness. Soft pale malt flavor with a touch of grassy hops. Light, clean, and simple. I could drink many on a toasty day in the sun...or any time I suppose.

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Photo of therica
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= very clean light-yellow, modest head that doesn't stay long.

S= nice bouquet of malts, hops, maybe corn?

T= refreshing, somewhat light, less bold than the smell in my opinion. Light hops-bitterness in the gulp and follow. Pleasant mix of malts and hops without being overly floral or hops-biting. Slightly less-bold than I would prefer.

M= fine, clean, some flavors to savor.

D= very drinkable, would make a great on-tap session.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by some malt sweetness. The hops presence is mild and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of Alkey
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a pale golden color with very little head and almost no lacing. Not much in the scent but some sweet malt and a slight hop aroma. Taste of sweet grain malt with just a bite of fresh hops. The mouth feel is light to medium not as watery as it looked. More of a hot summer beer than a fall/winter brew.

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Photo of butti001
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the Penn Brewery Variety Pack and poured a 12 oz bottle of Penn Gold into a brewer's glass. ABV is labeled at 4.0%

The beer pours a nice light straw color with quickly dissipating 1 inch head.

Okay first off, the taste of the beer. The thing that doesn't impress me about this beer is that nothing jumps out of the glass and grabs your attention. There is undertones of grain and malt that leaves an aftertaste of sweetness. A slight hops flavor but nothing that will grab your attention. The beer is very "middle-of-the-road" between Hops and malt. It would be nice if it had more of an aftertaste to keep you impatiently waiting for the next sip.

The beer has good drinkability and is able to be consumed in large amounts due to it's moderate carbonation and light body.

Bottom line is: Very little to this beer, middle of the road, but it is a quality beer that has a crisp and clean taste. This is a good (not great) beer to pack in the cooler on a hot day because the light body will be sure to quench your thirst.
Very much worth trying but not a "run to the store immediately" beer.

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Photo of danielharper
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear yellow-white body, lots of effervescence, with a thin white head. Would be transparent except for the bubbles in the glass. Very nice presentation for-style.

Smell: Sweet malty corn aroma, not much else. Hints of wheat perhaps?

Taste: Ooh, nice malt crispness. Sweeter than expected, flavors of corn and malt. Finishes sweet but clean.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, thicker than expected for the style. Low carbonation, no hops to speak of.

Drinkability: What is it with Pennsylvania Brewing and their note-perfect German-style beers? I loved Penn Weizen and I like this quite a bit. Wonder if they brew a dopplebock....

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Penn Gold pours a slightly hazy golden color topped by a white foamy head which produces some light lacing. There are streams of bubbles coming from the bottom. The smell is sweet malt with hints of straw and just a whiff of lemon. The taste is really refreshing and clean. It is marked by a strong slightly sweet and bready malt character with a tinge of lemon. The aftertaste produces a light bitter feeling in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, but possibly a bit more carbonated than I'd like. This is pretty good lager and is easy to drink and tastes better than any macro.

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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.
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