Penn Pilsner | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
455 Ratings
Penn PilsnerPenn Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
455
Reviews:
240
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.68%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
69
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesMantooth
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
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.

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Photo of mpt2222
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanKininger
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kotzbauerm
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Speedihd
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluesyasian
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7/3/16

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rypkr
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a 4% beer, what a total package! Session beer king right here.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a sparking rich copper color.

Overall: The aroma is a nice caramel malt.The taste contains slight bitterness with fresh malty body. This is a clean, crisp and delightful tasting beer featuring flavors of sweet baked bread and nuts. This is a top notch beer that you can drink year round.

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Photo of billyanania
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of milesweaver
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhillyNole
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of alexworsnip
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bjm2133
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bone53
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Applebees

Appearance: Classic golden pilsner look with a white head

Smell: pilsner malt, grainy and grassy

Taste: bready pilsner malt with grassy hops

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and easy drinking as a pilsner should be

Overall: Im not much of a pilsner drinker these days, but this is a solid one. I could put back quite a few of these during a game or at a cookout with no effort whatsoever. With that being said, it was the best beer Applebees had to offer, but id pick their hefe or a few of their other offerings over this if i had the choice

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Photo of AricGresko
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Penn Pilsner from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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