Penn Pilsner
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Penn PilsnerPenn Pilsner
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From:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Vienna Lager
Ranked #85
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Ranked #24,653
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 14.68%
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
487
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 07, 2024
Added:
Oct 19, 2001
Wants:
  26
Gots:
  80
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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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Look is amber colored with a slightly off white head that falls off to just a thin ring. Clear beer with carbonation bubbles floating up throughout. Smell is bready malt, earthy hops, and a bit of generic mineral aroma (flint, maybe?). Taste is malty, doughy bread up front with a definite sweetness. The middle is marked by a hit of bitterness and earthy, spicy noble hops. Finish is s still a bit bitter with a kick of minerality, malt, and spicy hop. Feel is pretty well carbonated, light side of medium bodied, a bit crisp in the end. Overall, this was one of my favorites when I lived in Pittsburgh decades ago. Still enjoy this one quite a bit.
Apr 07, 2024
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Reviewed by frogfarmer38 from West Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
hits the nose and brain with some real nice sweet syrup-y notes for a sec before the hops start to bleed thru. had a hard time totally wrapping around the mouthfeel but maybe thats just cuz im a baby when it comes to hoppier bitterness... actually this is a very easily drinkable beer all things considered. it leaves a little lingering stinkyness in your mouth but not in a bad way, just in a sour way. could be served to gruff old men with umsc hats and itd probably go over fine
Jul 15, 2023
 
Rated: 3.57 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 30, 2023
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 08, 2023
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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
Solid.
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