Penn Gold | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
241 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:
241
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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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 CoolJosh
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab for throwing this one my way in mix six exchange.

The appearance is appealing, as it pours a glowing crisp gold with a frothy creamy white head. It looks like an easy drink and very refreshing.

The smell is grainy and slight skunky, some subdued munich hops are present providing a fairly noble smell that matches well with the grains, but I wish there was a little bit more to it.

Again, grains are the staple to this beer, and are done fairly well with a creamy, semi-crisp, smooth taste. Some slight skunk adds a nice finish to the beer.

Very easy drinking beer, especially on a hot day like today.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A - poured a light hazy yellow.

S - smelled of corn and grain, nice traditional Lager

T - mmmm wonderful and full of flavor, traditional German tatse. Good brew.

M - Crisp and light, very refreshing

D - Could drink the whole 12-pack on a sunny day by the pool.

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Photo of ruination
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Good authentic German style beer, with a fresh taste and no gimmicks. Nice golden color. Head was a little thin out of bottle; may have better head on draft. A relatively simple beer with no complex flavors. A great beer to pair with brats. Also a fine beer for a hot summers day.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.

Super clear golden straw color, lots of little bubbles easily visible rising to the top. About a finger or so of perfectly white head, but disappears very quickly.

Smells very much like 2-row malt. Nothing earth-shattering, but pretty much like it should. Not a very strong aroma in general.

Taste is very light, tastes basically like it smells but is less strong. Very smooth, no real bitterness imparted from the hops. Very refreshing.

Plenty of carbonation, but not to a fault. Nice mouthfeel for the style, not heavy at all.

Something I could definitely see being a safe go-to beer if it were more available in my area. Great for parties or introducing macro beer drinkers to the craft world. Not a whole lot not to like about this beer. In the past, I've paired this beer with homemade buffalo wings and would definitely recommend it.

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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 Jimbo87
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into US pint glass.

Pale gold, nice while head that doesn't stick around too long. leaves nice lacing.

The smell is a very nice pilsner, pale-variety lager smell, sweet tangy grain and balancing hops.

Taste is very much the same. Great job balancing the malt sweetness. Smooth, refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel is good and fits the style.

Drinkability is pretty huge. Tasty and mild enough that you could drink it all night. 2nd from Penn that I've had, after St Nicholaus brewer's reserve, and I conclude they are an excellent brewery.

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden color, go figure it's a golden Lager. Nice luxurious head and plenty of body. 16oz chilled pint glass. Nice lacing. Mouthfeel is exceptional. I'm saying this cause I like it when a lager is impressive. Bitterness and maltiness are perfectly balanced. This is a real German style lager. Low alcohol makes it easy to drink a few and taste makes it totally possible as well. Think this is worth a brewery visit.

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Photo of gabe23
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy golden color. Very large bright white head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Mild aroma of equal parts sweet malt and slight sharp hops. Just a touch of estery yeast scent as well.

T - Bready and sweet with just a bit of tartness. The finish has a nice citrus hops flavor, but without any bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Very nice crispness.

D - Very drinkable beer. The flavor is nicely balanced and not too powerful, and the ABV makes this a great all night drinker. Penn definitely knows their lagers.

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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 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 skinny0ne
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I has a very pale yellow color which is slightly cloudy. It has a large head. The aroma is very clean with a hint of bread and sweet malt. It starts with a nice biting carbonation. There is a lot of malt sweetness in it. Oddly, I'd say corn although I know they don't use corn in their brewing. I also get a bit of lemon and slight bread. The finish is clean with a little hops but definitely lots of sweetness. Very light and drinkable.

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

Had this beer many, many times, but decided to review it during halftime here. Poured into my pilsner glass...

A: Pours a gorgeous clear yellow gold with a fluffy two finger head that lasts the whole time! Lacing is minor.

S: Smell is very crisp cereal grains and German and saaz hops. A slight skunk aroma comes in at the end but is not distracting at all.

T: Taste is very, very clean and crisp with cereal grains and pale malts. The light German hops are just about perfect in this beer and this ends extremely smooht.

Overall, Lagers are not my thing. But there are a few that are real good and this is one of them. If I were to session any beer, I would probably pick this.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Brilliant, clear, pale golden. A finger of white head rises with moderate retention. Some lace. Looks as good as any helles.

S - Great biscuit aroma. Decent amount of grainy sweetness with a honey-like edge. A touch of grassy-ness is noted as well.

T - Sweet and biscuity. Mid palate it begins drying somewhat with grainy flavors and the slightly grassy hints from the nose. Being as subtle as it is, this is always a difficult style to describe but Penn Gold is virtually without flaw.

M - Light to medium bodied with a bit of a chewy texture. Carbonation is moderate to high and gradually softens as this beer breathes and warms a bit.

D - Excellent. A wonderfully flavorful, yet modest beer without any offensive characteristics. Penn Gold is definitely something I would purchase in quantity in the future.

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Photo of righthereisay
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased this in a Penn Variety pack. What a let down. You never know, maybe it was skunked or something. It tasted like cheap beer. In the same variety pack, the Penn Pilsner and Penn Dark were totally sensational.

I would like to try again, maybe on tap. Maybe I just got a bad batch or something. It wasn't old.

I see people at the beer store purchasing it. It can't be that bad. Maybe my taste buds have evolved too much?

Will never buy again. But would like to taste it again to see if it was really skunked or not.

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian goblet.

This beer was forgotten in my cellar home and sat in a fridge under very cold conditions for a year.

Appearance- Beer pours a very light pisswater yellow with a slim half finger of head. When held to the light the beer isn't quite clear, but almost. Carbonation dies quickly and there is no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The first thing I got was skunk but then that smell disappeared, never to return. There is some corn and light Germanic malts. A very sweet scent left over, smelling very grainy. So far this smells almost like a perfect helles.

Taste- Light grainy texture, moderately sweet with a lot of sweet corn flavor. Hops are present but not strong. A bit tingly on the tongue. A bit creamy, and a little overpowering on the bitterness, but a very solid beer.

Mouthfeel- Effervescent, Light bodied, highly carbonated, and smooth drinking.

Drinkability- This is a near five on drinkability. As a lawnmower beer, which it is, it has amazing "poundability" factor. Smooth and very drinkable. I would get this again and not put so much age on it next time.

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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 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 letsgopens
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looking forward to this weekend's Oktoberfest celebration at Penn, I see it only fitting to review one of their brews. The Munich Helles pours a slightly cloudy golden wheat color with a full, frothy, snow-white head that diminishes in a reasonable fashion. Some slippery thin rings on lace remain after each sip.

Bright, slightly sweet cereal malt and some really great spicy hop character. Pronounced and appetizing with crisp, clean spice and some lightly toasted white bread.

So nice, I've had this one a million times and it's such a great representation of the style. Mild and slightly sweet with a buttered bread note ad spicy, bitey hops that provide great balance and a mild lingering floral note. Such great balance with just a hint of clover honey toward the end among the smooth malty goodness. Just a hint of a metallic/soapy character (neither of which I mean in a bad way) but clean and tasty throughout. Well balanced and full flavored for the style.

Crisp and bright but still lush and smooth on the tongue. Bright, lively carbonation and a somewhat buttery, malty feel that dries up just a bit at the end. Very nice.

Drinkability is through the roof. One of the most neutral but still flavorful session brews around. It never gets old and it goes well with pretty much anything food-wise. One of my favorite renditions of the style.

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Photo of saradad
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass from the 12oz bottle. Lovely, medium lasting head over a pale amber body. Smells of hops and malt in balance, neither overpowers the other and the taste is the same although the hops bitterness seems to linger at the back of the palate way after the malt taste. There's a good body, a little creaminess, perhaps with some light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This is a good beer with or without food. An excellent drinkin' brew.

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

light golden color, head short lived and the size of the bubbles (as with all Penn beers i've had) is disappointingly large.
delicate maltiness, fresh grain, just a fragile touch of noble hops. just about right. straightforward and honest yet flirtatious.
starting to get very hard to find in my area.

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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 241 ratings.
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