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Penn Gold | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Penn GoldPenn Gold

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 235
Photo of tankg
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +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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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 stewart124
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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 -1.8%
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 mobyfann
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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 +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 dreadnatty08
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
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 +7.1%
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 +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 jdmorgan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 -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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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -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 frazbri
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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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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 MmmIPA
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass.Very lively looking beer.

Very gold,clear body with a nice 2 finger white solid head.Tons of bubbles streaming to the top of the glass.Some lacing on the glass.

Some earthly hops,some corn and some sweet malts.

Nice hops,corny taste and malt.

Mouthful is peaceful and very pleasent.

I would have this again,very good for the summer and refreshing.

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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 meadhead
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very middle of the road
not too strong and not too weak
yet quality spicing hops
with nice grain barley
seem to meet:
and make a plain good
gulping beer
cool and refreshing
when summer is here

little too complain about
not the most dynamic brew
but an old world interpretation
of what an good lager should do

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Photo of quasimoto
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a bright bright gold with barely any head. Leaves little lacing. There is a slight hop aroma but not much at all. What it is, is rather spicy. There is a little bit of grainy flavor that is some what sweet. Very easy to drink. The mouth feel is rather bland. simple and rather slick. Overall its a nice beer. But nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Scent was little to none. There was a malt smell, but very light. Head formed and cleared quickly with small amount of carbonation and very little lace. Looked like a typical "burp beer" to me. The mouth was likewise, nothing to write about. Average. Hops were barely detectable, and wash was clean. Well, for flavor, I had to check that this wasn't a light beer. I let it marm a bit on my palette and found trace amounts of malt, slight alcohol, and they say this is a pure barley beverage, all I have to say is clean. I'll agree that the taste is as light and clean and refreshing, it would be a good hot weather beer. So, would I get this again? Not really. If it were on special or someone gave it to me I'd accept. Because it's so light, it's really easy to drink. Other than that, I want more flavor in my beers.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this on tap at Tank's Taproom in Tampa, Fl. It poured very little head that had a nice slow retention. There was thin to no lacing. The color was a deep gold. The smell had an odd sweet aroma, something that I know I have smelled before, but I cannot place. The taste was the same as the smell but better blended. The mouthfeel was an excelent smooth feeling. All in all a fair drink. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am very surprised at how much I enjoyed this one, I am not crazy about this syle at all. Pours a rich golden color with a fizzy head, disapating to nothing, leaves no tracing. That is all that is well, average. The taste is great, light bodied with some toasty, buttery oatness with some true tettenang hops to balance out the sweet maltiness. A well balanced and heck, as good as any other of the syle I've tried.

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Photo of Alkey
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a pale golden color with very little head and almost no lacing. Not much in the scent but some sweet malt and a slight hop aroma. Taste of sweet grain malt with just a bite of fresh hops. The mouth feel is light to medium not as watery as it looked. More of a hot summer beer than a fall/winter brew.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint.

A: Clean and clear golden color with nice thick head that quickly leaves the scene.

S: Sweet grainish smell, perhaps with a mild hops smell.

T: Sweet grainy and malty lager with a slight hops kick. Crisp and clean.

M: Good carbonation. Light-medium body, not too watery. Dry hoppy finish.

D: Very sessionable, flavorful yet not overpowerful. Very straightforward and seemingly true to style.

Very good beer, slightly better IMO than the Pilsner.

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Penn Gold from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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