Penn Gold | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
240 Ratings
Penn GoldPenn Gold
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

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
Ratings:
240
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of rypkr
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is straw gold, spectacularly transparent, great effervescence, head is bright white with small and fine bubbles, some bubbly lacing. not much lingering head.

Smell is crackery, biscuity, but moderate, then grassy hop (saaz) aroma.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a pleasant malt profile: biscuit, lighter bread, then moderate hop bitterness with grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated, a bit drying and a pleasant lingering flavor.

Overall - another, great, well crafted Pennsylvania helles lager.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It absolutely, utterly baffles me as to how I have not reviewed this one until now. I guess that it says something about the depth & girth of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "The Tradition of Our Lagering Caves Lives On"; "Helles Lager Beer"; "Penn Gold is a light-colored, medium-bodied Helles-style beer with a delicate hop aroma."

Once again, given the bottle's indeterminate age, I poured its contents very gently following a Pop! of the cap. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, eggshell-white colored head before falling away to mere wisps. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5), man, with NE-quality clarity & if you don't think that The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus was here in a flash, you've got another think coming! Nose had a lightly grassy Saaz-like hoppiness along with a biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but very light. Taste was very mellow, lightly hopped, lightly malty, but very easy-drinking. This was another beer that I happily drank a lot of when I was a student at Pitt. Finish was semi-dry, very refreshing and eminently crushable.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow/light golden color.
Very faint smell. Some sweet malt and grain.
Taste is a slightly sweet bready malt. Faint bitter finish with at hint of citrus.

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Photo of Zylod
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Nearly clear hay gold color. One finger of fizzy white head that falls quickly and leaves just a few wisps of lacing.

3.25 S: Cracker and biscuit malts. Dank earthy hops with grassy undertones. Hay and lemon zest. Super clean and well crafted, but a little tame.

3.25 T: Biscuit malts with hints of cracker and doughiness. Mild bitterness. Earthy and grassy hops with hay and a subtle woodiness.

3.25 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mildly creamy but could use a bit more. Good enough here though.

3.25 D: Solidly average. This used to be a killer brew but either my palate is much different or the closing and reopening really was as traumatic to the quality as I have suggested.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

DATE: September 3, 2016... OCCASION: Penn State kicks off its season hosting Kent State--a beautiful fall day deserves a quality Pennsylvania beer... GLASSWARE: Penn State pilsner... pours a clear gold with moderate effervescence... a thick off-white head settles to suds... bubbles pocket the ring around the glass... not too much to look at... a beautiful metallic hop/bread malt balance erupts... soft flowery hops and a bit of citrus, but the malts are what makes this an alluring fall beer... the palate is smooth, light yet lively, mild at the throat with enough buzz at the teeth... a mild aftertaste that is refreshing, and one that encourages the next sip--outstanding for its style... a pleasant sweetness pervades the experience, with honey, perfume, flower, and dough making for a full flavor profile despite its drinkability... this beer is a great compliment to the day,very light ABV but flavorful and balanced... indeed a medal winner, and one I plan to session throughout the evening...

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Photo of MrDis
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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 dwagner003
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattjp03
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mds1101
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I guess better than Miller
But not by much

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Photo of JDW4195
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 fishguyac
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twonder23
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronLover
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color with light haze. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam. Medium-low head retention. Medium- high spicy aromas with medium low malt aromas and medium fruity notes and phenolics. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with high, assertive, yet soft carbonation. Medium high peppery spicyness. phenolic flavors are high followed by medium citrus hop flavors through the middle and medium low bitterness toward the end. Finished semi-dryly with a light hop bite and lingering astringency. The balance certainly leaned toward the spicy side which seemed to overwhelm the hop aromas and flavor. The lingering astringency at the finish hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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