Penn Pilsner
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Vienna Lager
Ranked #85
Ranked #26,605
3.61 | pDev: 14.68%
Dec 30, 2022
Oct 19, 2001
Penn PilsnerPenn Pilsner
Notes: Our flagship brand! An amber Vienna-style lager beer that is smooth, mellow and full bodied, with delicate hop aroma. Uses two-row barley malt and caramel-roasted malt. Based on founder Tom Pastorius' favorite German bier.
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Rated by freshhops from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clean, crisp taste that I want in a pilsner. It's local and I like it.
Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Nov 03, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Clear amber appearance with a small head and scant lacing. Caramel malt aroma with some floral notes. Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Fairly sweet. Toasty malt taste balanced by a modest amount of hops. Slightly metallic aftertaste.
Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had it fresh at the brewery. So much better than the average BA rating that is calculated mostly from the bottled version of unknown freshness. A fragile, light pale malt character that is well balanced with the hops to produce a nice crisp flavor. Well done.
Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a tall Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep golden amber, with touches of real nice bronze and brown light highlights. Fine touches of linear carbonation reaching up to a nice simple three finger white head, fluffy and real good retention. Real nice looking lager.

Very large mineral like nose, with faint toffee notes that are accentuated with crispness. Very dry sensing with a good clean lager aroma. Exceptionaly big on neutral and almost water spirit like quality.

Palate hits real nicely. Super crisp mid palate with a very bock like caramel sweetness that is just dialed down a hair. Big toasted grains almost earthy like with a very light finish with flavors of sharp dry barley and rocky minerals. Flirts almost a malty pine like note as there is a lot of earthy tones in this lager which is surprisng.

Flirts with bock like light sweetness but stays lighter and goes for a very big bold dry action. Neat Vienna lager, very memorable and very good.
Feb 28, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Mar 01, 2021
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Paddy-loves-beer from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pleasant tasting but devoid of anything distinctive. A very nice malt-hop balance for the style. I won't seek it, but I'll probably try it again in warmer weather. It could be quite refreshing, then.
May 19, 2020
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured a clear amber with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly to a film. Originally, I thought this was a pilsner but realized upon reading the label that it is a Vienna Lager. Light nose of malt and grain. Taste follows the nose. Medium light body and carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable.
Feb 25, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 3.48 by shreead from Michigan

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 3.46 by ProNR from Florida

Aug 20, 2019
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours light copper almost see through with fizzy white foam settling up. Light layer on top. Active bubbles. Fruity nose some caramel. Light sweet taste with caramel and bread tones. Fasts finish. Simply brewed but effective.
Jul 12, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by Jason_cs from Florida

Apr 21, 2019
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Rated by Dmac99 from Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is an excellent expression of this style. Clean and crisp, well balanced. Easy drinking. Will by again.
Mar 01, 2019
Rated: 3.91 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2019
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Rated by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Weird name, better description
Oct 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
My first from the grand-daddy of Pittsburgh crafters (founded 1986). I went on their website and their story is not uncommon, just older (saved an old warehouse, locally sourced ingredients and local pub food.) But it seems like every city with a thriving craft industry has a Daddy who started it. So, Penn gets an Overall hug for that.

While their "Pilsner" starts as a decent Looker (more blond than the typical Vienna), nothing else gets above that. Smells are mostly malt true to style as Tastes are balanced by hops. Feel is medium.
Oct 23, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by edthehead from Maryland

Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by caahare from West Virginia

Aug 06, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 08, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by LucMcD17 from Indiana

Oct 16, 2017
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Metropolitan City Grill, Wheeling
Oct 07, 2017
Rated: 3.09 by itsZachShaw from New York

Aug 31, 2017
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into a pint glass. NO freshness dating.

good clear amber body, light carbonation, small white head, little in the way of lacing.

A little malt on the nose, nothing else of note.

The taste on this seems a little off. hops dont come through at all and it feels a little dead.

just below medium on the mouth, slightly sour and metallic on the finish.

overall, little problems in each category add up to a slightly below par beer. unlikely i will try this again. not horrible by any means, but not that good either.
Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by JayKay412 from Pennsylvania

May 09, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Apr 05, 2017
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
First of all. It appears the Bros reviewed the wrong beer, which is easy to do in this situation. Despite the fact that the beer is named "Penn Pilsner" and says "Pilsner Beer" again right under that, it is clearly a Vienna style. Their description says so on the side of the label, as does the listing here. This is not a pilsner. If so, it would be one of the worst attempts ever.

It is however a decent Vienna lager. It is a light amber color that is about as clear as a pils/z. It has a moderate light tan head. It smells and tastes like barley, toasted caramel malts, and very light floral hops. It could use aome more body. It is a bit on the light side. It goes down smooth and has a crisp, dryer finish. Solid beer.
Mar 26, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
It absolutely, utterly baffles me as to how I have not reviewed this one until now. I guess that it says something about the depth & girth of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "Pilsner Beer"; "Lager Beer".

I Pop!ped the cap & performed a gentle pour since the bottle was of an indeterminate age. An in-glass swirl lifted a finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a distinctive lager-like honey sweetness along with a breadiness. Mouthfeel was medium. This had the same honey-drizzled biscuity breadiness taste that it always has had. When I was a student at Pitt, Yuengling Lager had begun to make its way westward and it was a favorite choice among my fellow undergrads, but having drank a lot of it here in Lancaster, Penn Pils became my go-to beer of choice. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing and just a nice, pleasant everyday beer.
Jan 13, 2017
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Nice one inch white tiny bubbled white head. Body is a mild gold with great clarity.

S: Light floral hops, a little herbal, some bready mild malts.

T: Nice bready herbal taste malts are like crushed corn and then a little floral hops.

M: Light not very high carbonated a little soft on the tongue.

O: Very solid pilsner not as clean or crisp as some, but it has a nice doughy breadiness and some light floral hops.
Nov 11, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by mpt2222 from Pennsylvania

Oct 17, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by RyanKininger from New York

Oct 04, 2016
Rated: 4 by kotzbauerm from Kentucky

Sep 02, 2016
Rated: 3.29 by Speedihd from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2016
Rated: 4 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Aug 18, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by bluesyasian from Texas

Aug 06, 2016
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