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 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 Refreshing buit reminds me of out-of-date ARizona lemon tea.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 djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit/bready malts are present in the nose along with notes of grassy hops, the latter of which becomes a little more apparent as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the grassy hops offer a light amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than being light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very good American representation of a Munich Helles Lager, although it seems a bit lighter compared to some of the German counterparts. In that aspect, it is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Penn Gold is that beer that most micro breweries feel that they need to produce to make the local American Adjunct Lager drinkers proud. It's fruity notes make the beer seem more like a Blonde Ale or Cream Ale.

A solid golden color shows a lot of carbonation. Froathy white foam rises and falls rather quickly. No lacing.

A malty/grainy aroma swirls in the glass and struggle to hide the scents of corn sulfurs, fruity esters, and grassy hops.

Flavors also show the part-malt, part-grain flavors. A bit too sweet, but the hops have an earthy-grassy flavor and a bit weak in the balance. Light acidity reminds me of green apples and lemon peel (kinda shandy-like). Still the sulfurs leave the lingering taste of corn and matches.

Sweetness clings to the mouth early but the aggressive carbonation scrubs the malts and grains off of the tongue. The acidity helps with the crispness along with the carbonation. But that co2 and sulfur texture scratches a bit in the end.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head; more of a film than any aspect of lace

Smell: Bready and grainy; fresh mown grass

Taste: Bready, at first, with a rising grainy bitterness (with a hint of lemon) by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter bready elements return and maintain the predominant element of flavor, although the lemon and grain aspects persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A fine example of the style; goes down great on a hot day

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best of the "helles" style I have had,pours a light golden color with a light to medium head,the aroma is crisp and lightly malty with a hint of grassines.Real nice taste here,crisp malt taste with some iron-like qualities and a hint of smokiness with a light grassy taste in the background.I could drink these all day real nice brew.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold."

--Yiddish proverb

Sun-splashed goldenrod with lemonade borders. In spite of an increasingly elevated pour, the simple white cap peaked at slightly more than one finger in height. The foam looks decent enough and is beginning to leave a sudsy collar of lace.

The nose is pretty much what one would expect for a beer of this style. It's more malty than hoppy, but will most likely be balanced on the palate. Too bad the Hallertau hops don't make a bigger splash.

Gold is a solid version of the style, although it tastes more like an American all-malt lager, if I can make that somewhat fine (and probably irrelevant) distinction. It must be the fact that it leans toward sweet and has less bright hoppiness than hoped for. It's still pretty good beer, though, and is impressively drinkable.

Flavors include sweetened cereal grain (corn?) and a back end herbal-spicy hoppiness that is Hallertau through and through. PG is tastier than just about anything from BMC. It's good solo and should be more than fine alongside all sorts of foods. A classic all-rounder.

The body/mouthfeel is on the medium side of light-medium and is somewhat energetically bubbled. What was slightly too fizzy initially is now pleasantly tingly. It's actually a good thing that the mouthfeel has a little energy.

Penn Gold is a solid pale lager that is probably ubiquitous within 50 miles of the brewery. Western Pennsylvanians probably drink a lot of this stuff. In the final reckoning, twelve ounces was just enough to convince me that the flavor score deserves an increase. Bottom line: no frills, just good beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back ... freshness date notched on the back label.

Appearance: Sparkling bright light golden in colour with a champagne like carbonation. Nice tightly bubbled white lace.

Smell: Very clean in the nose with a hint of sweet malted grain and a mild hoppy aroma.

Taste: Light to medium in body ... very smooth that makes for a slightly crisp malty palate. Lots of sweet and grainy malt on the tongue with a floating hop bitterness and flavour similar to fresh cut hay. Hop bitterness and grain wrap up the finish with a trace of residual sweetness.

Notes: Drinkable to say the least, three gold medals from the GABF (1990, 1993 & 1998) ... enough said. A great lunch time beer, goes well with rubens or roast-beef on dark rye.

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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 InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the name entails, it pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a nice full white head. Reading the description of this beer on the back makes it that more enticing. The hallertau hops have an almost biscuit like aroma, and the malt sweetness diffuses into my senses along with the hops. Very pleasant and mild aroma here. A crisp refreshing maltiness, along with a unique yeast flavor. The hops give the overall flavor a light rolling bitterness that blends perfectly with the rest of what's going on. Lighter body but it's perfect for this Munchner Helles style lager. Very drinkable, maybe too drinkable making this beer one great session beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden color with a thin white head. Slight hop spiced aroma blends with some maltiness and a touch of butter. It is a subtle nose but quite pleasant. Very drinkable beer with a crisp finish. Tastes include grain, malt and slight bitter hops to balance it out. Medium feel and moderate to light carb. It is simple yet good enough to want and sit down and have a few of.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly foggy straw gold. Nice crème head. Nose is uneventful. Can't seem to pull anything off of it. Flavor is pretty grain toned. Seems to be a steady and consistent with nice thick malt character to it. Feel is good on the liquid and the same on the carbonation. Overall very drinkable. Well made and goes down fairly easy, though the body is a bit thicker than the standard boring old lager. I can't say I would go for it again (not my style...), but it is definitely well made.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear pale yellow in color with a one figner head that lingers around a while. Strong carbonation as the bubbles rise feverishly to the surface.

Smell: very little malt sweetness is all one can detect.

Taste: malt sweetness with a bit of grass, mild honey, and a touch of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Crisp and clean throughout.

Drinkability: another eay quaffing brew from PBC. Flavor profile is mellow but pleasant.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear light yellow with a bit of head that recedes to a fine layer of lace.

S. Euro noble hops, some malt.

T. This light lager has some crystal malt prescence accented by some earthy hops.

M. Light and refreshing. What an American light beer should be.

D. Not too many ways they could make this more drinkable, possibly a bit less carbonation and a little more malt. Thats really nitpicking.

Bottoms up!

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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