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Penn Gold | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good
130 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 130 | Ratings: 232
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 blackie
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: the pour into my pils glass gives a big, fluffy white head, the beer is an ultra-clear pale golden in color

s: clean, slightly sweet and doughy pale grain with a dose of grassy hops

m: medium carbonation, body light but not thin

t: grainy pale malts with a grassy hop flavor and crisp finish, has that light touch of sulfur that identifies it as a German lager, without any flaws but with nothing to really set it apart

d: very sessionable, simple and authentic, with enough character to keep it interesting

single from Whole Foods Raleigh

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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 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 Tucquan
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-25 in Columbia, PA

A - Midly-hazy with a 1.5 finger white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves mild lacing.

S - Bread dough, lemon, flowery hops, light yeast.

T - Pale malt, grass, biscuit, lemon, hop spice, light white pepper, good medium-lived tart citrus and bittering finish.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp, sprightly and refreshing.

O - A very well-done Helles with plenty of quality aromas and taste in a session beer. Well done.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this brew in a trade with JohnTravolta21, Thanks Sara!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that fell to a light layer which left trace-lace.

S - European Lager Bier aroma, right on the mark.

T - as with the smell, this is a wonderfull sample of a German beer brewed in America.

F - crisp, clean and light.

D - keep 'em coming!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Transparent golden yellow body with thin white head that disappears quickly. Little to no lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Light sweet caramel malt smell. Nutty smell too. Very warm and inviting.

T- Initial taste is somewhat bland. Some hints of light malt. Aftertaste is wonderful. Sweet caramel malt and nutty flavors last and last.

M- Light carbonation and light body. Not watery. Well done since this beer has a very light character.

D- Great. I could session and enjoy this all day. I will get this one again.

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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 Redrover
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap across the street from PNC Park, it was served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy gold with a smallish bone white head. Nice lacing.

The nose is light grains and a whisper of floral hops. Its really hard to pick-up much of anything.

The taste is a mix of slightly sweet grains balanced with mild hoping.

The beer is crisp with good carbonation and a bit of residual oiliness.

Easy drinker, if they could up the aroma a bit it would be top notch!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As with all Penn Brewery beers, this is one I've tried and liked many time but never got around to writing a review for. I wanted to make sure I got it in before the brewery contracted out all of its brewing at the end of this year.

Very clear, pale yellow body with loads of carbonation bubbles moving around. The carbonation remains active throughout the entire drink. Small head that is made up of many tiny, tightly packed bubbles. The head doesn't last long, disappearing almost immediately. No lacing is left behind.

Very faint aroma on this. Some pale, sweet malts and some bitter, grassy hops. Both are faint, but the malt is more distinct.

This beer is superbly balanced. Malt sweetness and grassy/earthy hops along with a touch of bitterness blend together throughout. Very crisp, very smooth. The aftertaste leaves a definite grassy or hay taste in your mouth along with some bitterness. Very nice.

Really well carbonated and light bodied. Really active carbonation throughout the mouth, but finishing very dry. Crisp, smooth.

This beer sure is drinkable, a great session beer. Balance of the bitterness from the hops and sweetness of the malt keeps it from becoming too boring. Crisp, smooth body with a dry finish makes you want to take another sip. Great lager.

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

Bright, clear, healthy yellow-gold body, bursting with lively streams of carbonation. Soft, creamy snow white foam rises above the rim. Nice lacing down the pilsner glass.

Pleasing, inviting fresh hay/grass aroma.

Soft malt taste, lightly sweet across the tongue, with a very crisp hoppy snap as the liquid clears the taste buds. Very clean finish, but with enough resonance to leave a good memory.

Nice, satisying light-to-medium mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A fine example of an all purpose beer suitable for any gathering.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a light clear lemony gold, white lacing.

Light grassy nose with some hints of citrus and hops.

Flavor is lightly sweet, honey and floral notes, with some subtle hop balance and grassy malts to base it all on.

Light body with a mild sting of carbonation.

An infinitely sessionable and wonderfully nuanced lager, maybe the best offering from Penn in terms of session candidates. Pairs great with a wide range of foods but tastes good enough to drink on its own too. Excellent balance. Definitely a beer I will return to.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Plain triple label motif a long explaination on the back label about Hallertau hops and no adjuncts. Front label “Pure barley malt lager beer.”

Light straw golden hues with some sporadic flowing bubbles topped off with a winsome ivory white sudsy cap leaving killer lattice lace that just will not quit.

Buttery home baked bread scents with vanilla hints. The scents are delicious even until the warmed often nasty end, but not here.

First Swigs: Flavors mirroring scents of buttered home bread, delicate vanilla ice cream twinges, half ‘n half cream, sweet honey-ish Karo syrup traces.

Softy carbonation, slick aftertaste feel. Quite drinkable, tasty flavors.

Last Swigs: Buttery plain muffin. Reminiscent of local all malt lager from Victory. Snagged as a great mixed pack for the family over Christmas. Samples as a side by side with Engel Gold which was stinky in the end in comparrisson. The quality of this brew stands out.16/3.93/3

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from a mixed twelve pack that included the gold, pilsner, hefeweizen and dark. The gold offering is indeed golden in color with an impressively tight, frothy, white head that leaves speckled lace with each pull. Lots of racing mad carbonation.

First thing I got off this brew was the impressive mouthfeel, quite a substantial body for a light beer. Sweet grain mixing with a slightly drying hop zip that sticks around a while before becoming sweet again. Carbonation is also well done and crispens this baby up at the finish.

Notes: Impressive. Tough to find a really good Munich helles lager but the bus can stop here. Was a joy to sit down to this as an after work relaxing beer on a hot summer day. Add this to your shopping if you can get it.

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

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Hazy golden hue with a thick two finger white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Very light grainy aromas with a slightly sweet smell. The hops sit in the background and give a slightly herbal aroma.

The grain carries a slightly toasty, but sweet, flavor. The hops add a very nice balancing bitterness.

A very refreshing lager. Smooth malts with a good amount of balancing hops. Really hit the spot on a warm spring afternoon.

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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 goblue3509
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange copper color with a slight head. The smell is a little faint, but has the presence of sweet malt and some sweet breads. The overall taste is a little weak as well. There is a grain and sweet malt backbone with some bread taste and a faint citrus hop. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall this is an average beer, you can drink one or two but no more.

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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 number1bum
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, pale straw yellow with lots of bubbles rising up to meet a beautiful 2 inches of soft, fluffy white head. Retains a nice, full lace and leaves lots of stick.

Smells of grain and husk, grassy noble hops, and overall a wee bit skunky.

Taste is very clean and smooth. Grain, light malt sweetness, grassy hops, bit of hop bitterness through the finish. Nice flavor, very clean and crisp. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

This is a very tasty, drinkable brew. I don't often reach for a lager, but if I wanted a good one this would definitely hit the mark.

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Photo of AltBock
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle that I got in the Penn Brewery variety pack. This is the last new beer to try from the variety pack.

Poured a straw yellow color with a small head of foam that dissipated fast that very few rings around the glass. The best part of the appearance was that I saw all those carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the pilsner glass. The aroma was that of what smelled like sour malt or hops, but it you swirled it around a grainy smell emerges. The taste was very grainy with a slight hoppy aftertaste. It was too grainy for my taste buds. The mouthfeel was pretty much average, clean, crisp and with some carbonation. This made for a nice affordable lager and that's it. Nothing too special and although somewhat OK, this was the worst beer out of the variety pack. Not the best beer from Penn Brewery.

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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 MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. the Liquid is a dark yellor with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, creamy and white, it leaves some lace.

The smell is crisp light hopy, and biscuity.

The taste follows, grainy, bready and very fresh and crisp hops.

The mouthfeel is spot on, very cleansing and refreshing, medium body with a nice hopy bite.

The drinkability is quite good, sessionable, a very fine well rounded example. Prosit MK

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

Thanks to BankerJoe for this one.
Pours a straw yellow color that isn't quite golden (which for the style is correct) with a little bit of head, but nothing overwhelming.
Smells of pale grain, a little bit of clover, and a little citrus zest.
The taste actually isn't a typical helles. It reminds me a lot of the American all-malt lagers out there as the malt is the star, and the hops really take a back-seat. In a German helles, that's somewhat true, but the hops are still a bigger player. Rather than the hops int he finish, I get more of a lemon zest. The finish has a hint of vanilla.
Goes down like water and is a session beer if there's ever been one.
I'd say this brew is reminiscent of Full Sail's Session...which might be considered and American Helles.
Not a carbon copy of the Munich originals, but possibly just as good in it's own way.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is golden straw and very clear. The small head is white with a fine texture and leaves a few spots of lace. Aroma is a refreshing mix of bright spicy floral 'happy' hops and toasty/musky malts. Taste mimics the smell with spicy flowers and toasty malts. Nice balance of light flavors and a solid representation of the style. Good carbonation and nice slick, semi creamy texture. Body is right and drinkability is high. Also, this happens to go excellent with salmon.

I have a feeling this beer will see many springs and summers with me.

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