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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Pilsner glass this is a clear yellow colored beer with a slight chill haze. A decent white head forms and then falls.

The scent is sweet and full of toasted grain aroma from Munich malt. Hops lend only a mild perfume to the scent.

The taste begins sweet and mild with mostly a neutral taste and a little bitter hop in the finish. The flavor doesn't develop much more though, this is just a mild mannered lager without any subtle or outstanding flavors to talk about.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Well this is OK but really I was expecting more. On the plus side though there isn't anything bad at all about this lager, it is just rather mild mannered and lacking in anything different or outstanding.

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

Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a mixed case purchased at Westy's.

A: The lager is a pale golden color with a thick head on pour that dissipates quickly. The lager is a remarkable clear color.

S: The lager has a thick chewy biscuity malt aroma. Toasted grains also emerge, providing a little more depth.

T: The lager has a strong malt body. The malts are biscuity and fairly light bodywise. The concentrated malts add a subtle sweetness that accentuates the biscuit flavors. The lager has a decent finish that has toasted highlights.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and restrained, fitting the style very well.

D: In the day of big bold imperial ales, this beer suffers from lack of alcohol and big bold hops. This beer gets back to fundamentals and nails them. The malts are biscuity and sweet and go down very smoothly.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I had on tap at the Restaurant at Penn Brewery.

A - A clear bright golden colored beer with a very sweet half inch of creamy white head. A simple swirl easily brings it back so nicely carbonated.

S - Slight bittering hops, bit of buttered popcorn, and bread with a touch of honey.

T - A very stellar Helles Lager. You get sweet honey like malts, then a surprising bit of bittering hops mild but present, and a finish of buttered bread.

M - It was medium bodied since I was stuffed on the food but it was very drinkable.

Overall one of the best I have ever encountered: good flavor, medium bodied, and sessionable. Would consider trying it again in the bottle to see if it's as good.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Darkmagus82
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed medium golden colored beer with one finger of foamy white head. The head fades over about a 5 min time period, leaving a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is wheaty and grainy smelling with a little bit of a citrus and grassy hop aroma mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready and doughy flavor with a decent amount of a sweet caramel flavor. These flavors create a nice smooth base for the brew, lasting till the end. Along with the aforementioned flavors, some flavors of yeast and lighter fruit flavors join the tongue. Toward the end a bit of a lemon taste as well as some light hop flavors of an herbal nature join the tongue. With just a hint of graininess and pepper joining the tongue at the very end a nice crisp yet smooth sweet and malty flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation that is rather high. Both are fantastic for the mix of bread, sweet, and hop, creating a very refreshing and quite drinkable brew.

Overall -This one is nice and refreshing a great session style brew. One I will certainly get again.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

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

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 OWSLEY069
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and fresh lager notes. In the taste, a small sweet lager notes, quite fresh and a bit watery. A very small bite, but mainly smooth, and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a small and dry graininess in the aftertaste. Quite fresh, yet a bit sweet, nice, but just about average.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from dpodratsky3.

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Coppery color, clear with thin streams of bubbles rising to the top. Small 1/2 inch head on this one that dissipated quickly with no lacing.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose, smells a little watery. Sweet smell, and a little sour with an absence of hops.

T - Tastes like it smells, needs to have fuller flavor. Some nice grains come through on this after the initial sweetness. No hops whatsoever, but that usually works for me for this type of beer. Ends a little bit sour. Tastes good, but wish it was giving more.

M - Sits fine in the mouth, nice amount of carbination balances out the sweetness.

D - Well, really easy to get down, especially if I'm eating food with it, can drink these all day.

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Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting beer to say the least. This beer poured a lovely gold color with a fluffy, white head. The aromas were of Belgian yeast, German Hops, and British Malts (really). The taste was more of the same a very Belgian Style , German Style beer that seems to have some British ingredients. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy and the drinkability was excellent to boot!
A great beer from Penn brewing!
-F

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