Penn Gold | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Penn GoldPenn Gold
BA SCORE
65.3%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 242 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
Ranking:
#17,693
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
242
Liked:
158
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
11.38%
Alströms:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 242 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Redrover
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jkrich
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Poured a clear, light gold with very little head and no lacing.

I detected very little aroma even immediately after opening the bottle. Perhaps some european hops.

This was very straight forward with more hop bitterness than I anticipated with a helles style lager. Lacks the subtle flavors of other helles I have tried. There is very little sweet malt flavor normally found with this style; no hints of vanilla I normally detect in this style. The lager has a grainy flavor. It tastes more like a international pilsner style lager rather than a helles. It was very smooth and crisp.

Thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

Perhaps I am being overly critical of this beer as I have enjoyed the others I have reviewed from this brewery and expected the same with this one. This is a good beer, just not the quality I have come to expect from Penn brewing.

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Photo of therica
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= very clean light-yellow, modest head that doesn't stay long.

S= nice bouquet of malts, hops, maybe corn?

T= refreshing, somewhat light, less bold than the smell in my opinion. Light hops-bitterness in the gulp and follow. Pleasant mix of malts and hops without being overly floral or hops-biting. Slightly less-bold than I would prefer.

M= fine, clean, some flavors to savor.

D= very drinkable, would make a great on-tap session.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bright yellow, very clear. A quickly dissipating foam head. No real lacing.

S: Lots of malt. Nuts, caramels, bread and a tad hint of citrus (I could be imaging that).

T: A smooth mix of bread, caramel and citrus. Seems like an odd combo, but it works, good balance.

M: A light body lager, very refreshing, clean on the palate.

D: An all-around great lager, very enjoyable in the spring and summer.

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Photo of RobH
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle.

A: Poured a cristal clear, bright yellow that immediately reminded me of the German import pilsner-style beers my dad used to drink.

S: Smell was of that same German pilsner. This was my first Helles, so I didn't know what I was getting myself into.

T: Definitely that unique, German pils type of flavor, however it finishes with a very nice sweetness that follows and mellows out the initial bitterness.

Definitely a refreshing beer, all in all, and I could recommend it for sure. It's not really my style, though, so it may be a while before I purchase another one for myself.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 scooter231
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with some frothy white head that disappears pretty quickly, leaves a little residue on top and minimal lacing. Right for the style. Smells malty and slightly sweet but it's on the faint side. Simple.

Taste has a little bit more hop character to it, and some breadyness, but again, very light, not deep. It's refreshing and light, but really... weak. I expected more.

Mouthfeel is sudsy and light, a bit thin. Overall a very refreshing brew, but not as tasty as I thought it'd be.

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Photo of tankg
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this years ago, and it seemed a little light-bodied, but my tastes must be changing, because I found this to be much better than I remembered when I got a 6 in a sampler case. Never have had a bad beer from this brewery, and their Oktoberfest event is always a lot of fun. I read that the owner is retiring, and a hearty Salud' to him, although he'd probably prefer a german toast.

Slightly cloudy appearance in a pint glass, with a very faint aroma and a very clean finish - a much better summer beer than a lot of what is out there and not so robust, so that you might be able to convince some of the light beer guzzlers to give it a try.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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 stewart124
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a thin white head and decent lacing.

Grainy/earthy smells and a pleasing aroma of floral noble hops.

Taste is of straw and 2-row barley. Sharp and lots of bite. Finishes very dry. The hallertau hops add a nice earthy note and hop bite. Smooth and tasty.

Floral notes are present throughout this beer. Very easy to drink and I can imagine myself in the Biergartens that the back of the bottle speas of.

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Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 mobyfann
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid around $1.79 for a single...

The beer pours like an American macro lager, clear, golden, not much of a head, very minimal retention and lacing effects. Minimal hops and malt flavor comes from the scent.

The taste is clean, medium carbonated, and a crisp yet sharp hoppy aftertaste. It was a bit stingy in the mouth from the carbonation and is fairly drinkable but I'd rather pay this price for a German import than try another one of these.

Final Thought: This was definitely a suspect/skunked bottle and the beer will be reviewed at a later time. I've had a case of this before and don't recall this backlash from the brew.

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Photo of number1bum
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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 dreadnatty08
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with no head formation whatsoever even with aggressive swirling (dirty glass?). In the nose I first get hints of Hallertau hops, a little bit of cooked corn, slight butter, but overall quite clean. On the palate, it's light pils malt all the way, with a nice grainy flavor finishing with a floral note from the hops. A medium low body without a strong carbonation level make this an easy quaffer. However, I'd have to say there isn't a strong enough supporting role for the hops to make this one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of Shaw
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bright, gold beer indeed. It's a light gold in color with a nice white head that reduces to a ring of foam in my glass.

It smells grainy and grassy, thanks to the noble hops. There are also light, sweet fruity notes.

The flavor is spicy and hoppy, with plenty of flavor but light enough to be really easy to drink.

The body is crisp and light, but not watery.

This is a very drinkable lager. As the first I've had from this brewery, it's a good sign.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jdmorgan
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a straw yellow with a white head.

The smell was lighter and had a slight nose of malt and a bit of hops. The taste was similiar, and had some caramel malt and nut flavors. Overeall the taste was light, but still had a decent amount of body to it. The mouthfeel was medium in consistency and medium in carbonation.

I feel that this is a clean, well-balanced beer, but nothing spectacular. I would definately have another, as I find it quite drinkable. A consistent, "go-to" beer... but doesn't stand out. Take it for what it's worth.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden color. The head is about one finger thick but quickly disappears to nothing.

Smell is buttery with just a hint of citrus.

Taste is very crisp, but has some buttery malt flavors. A touch of citrusy hops in the finish.

Overall, a very tasty Munich Lager. Smooth and crisp, yet flavorful. Highly drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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 frazbri
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Gold poured straw yellow topped by a short, snow white head. Bready aroma with some citrus; an orange blossom smell. Flavors of honey, citrus and bread. Highly carbonated with a medium-light body.

Penn Gold is balanced and refreshing. It's not extreme in any sense of the word. It's the type of beer that's not going to scare the bud drinker, but it's not gonna wow the hop-headed beer geek. It's a solid lager.

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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 65.3% out of 100 with 242 ratings
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