Penn Pilsner | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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82
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456 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:
456
Reviews:
241
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.68%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
70
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium bodied vienna with a dry and sweet finish. Now, knowing the style as a vienna I understand its malty aroma and malty taste. Satisfying, not offensive nor interesting. Corn and carmel too, a macro brew replacement. Apparently not made by the brewery.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that declines to a ringlet and rarely deposits any lacing on the glass

Smell: Not much aroma; what there is has a touch of dried grain

Taste: Starts with a grainy touch; the middle has a bit of malty caramel sweetness - so far so good - but the finish falls apart with a bitter grainy flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, not bad but the finish detracts from what would otherwise be a decent session beer

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

A: Dark gold with plenty of carbonation and a rather large head. Quite transparent.

S: Pale malts with a field-ish smell. Slightly sweet.

T: Slightly sweet with some grainy flavors. Slight hint of bubble gum. Slight hop presence. Slightly hefeweizen-esque.

M: Very light mouthfeel with minimal carbonation and no alcohol presence. Very smooth.

D: Exceedingly drinkable. Definitely looking forward to these over the summer. Fiancee thinks its "okay."

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fizzy head reaches the top of the SA PP glass but fades semi quickly over brilliantly clear tan wheat slight golden brown yellowish color.

Nose has some light lagers, light wheat, hint of toasted malts, a slight DME like aroma, touch of sweet malts, all that is pretty light too.

Taste is lager like, a semi sweet and very light fruity lager, but a hint of bad lager too (light skunk like or bad DME like), some light wheats and toasted malts, hints of grassy hops and slight bitterness, little mint, light fruit. Finishes slightly drier, more mint and grassy hops, bit of bitterness, light lager flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied with good carb.

Overall not bad, a nice easy drinking summer beer, hops are an interesting character, the light DME like aroma and flavor takes away from it a bit, but it's not that strong.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden,darker than most pilsners I have had,aroma is malty and bready not to sweet.Taste is a nice malt accented crisp as a cracker with some zesty hop in there but this more of crisp,dry malt accented brew.A little more heavy I thought than most of the style but still a appetizing beer none the less.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts and some of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel, honey and fruit followed by a strong breadiness from lager yeast and a thin but hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Apricot, pears & grassy hops

T: Grassy & herbal hops, along with breadyness & grainyness up front. Slight traces of honey, along with bready notes, plus herbal hops as this warms. Finishes semi-crisp with nice fruityness & honey malt notes. Almsot pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium boded with soft carbonation & nice balance

Drank very easy a Vienna lager that matches most I had over in Germany

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Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head, although the bubbles are little large. Dark gold color with a minor haze.

Crisp lighter malt aroma with a pleasant floral hop smell. Slightly sour nose.

Richer body than I would expect. Comes across like a pale ale. The hop is less flowery than the Czech versions of pils. Fairly typical malt base.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, golden-amber body with a slim, brief, white head.

Smell: Grainy, doughy nose with aromatic hop notes scented of grated spices.

Taste: Pilsner maltiness rounded with a smooth breadiness and lightly sweet accents. Very subtle fruitiness. Restrained German hop spiciness with just enough bitterness to balance things out. However, the spiciness, alongside the grainy pils quality dials up a bit before the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Served itself well as an aperitif before heating up some sad, old leftovers. Thanks, Penn Pilsner, thank you for that.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished gold with a significant contribution from orange. The ivory colored cap has a better than average look. Its gently rocky surface sticks to the glass in spots, leaving behind tattered sheets of lace as it descends.

The nose is capable enough without being a standout. I'd like more of a toasted maltiness than is present. There really isn't much of a contribution from the malt at all. Only the Hallertau hops are noticeable and they don't exactly bowl me over with their brilliance.

Thankfully, things improve quite a bit on the taste buds. If the nose is a disappointment, the flavor is a more than pleasant suprise. A brewery's 'flagship' beer had better be good, or there's no hope for them at all.

Pilsner's best feature is the interplay between a lightly toasted, cracker-like, malt sweetness and a perfectly counterbalancing herbal, spicy, German hop bitterness. This is one of those beers whose list of ingredients doesn't excite (me at least), but that is much more delicious than the sum of its parts. I could drink a lot of this stuff. Solo... with meals... tailgating... you name it.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full for the style. Maybe it's the carbonation deficit, but I like the way it lingers on the tongue and allows one to focus on all the various flavors in turn. The malt sugars keep it from being crisp and clean, which is more than fine with me.

After the smell test, I was concerned that Penn Pilsner would be nothing more than another forgettable, Euro-style lager. It's much more than that, though. It's a very good example of a style that too few American craft brewers will tackle. Even though I've only had two beers from these guys (St. Nick Bock), I'm mightily impressed so far.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back ... freshness date notched on the back label.

Appearance: Very clear golden straw with a fluffy rocky white head that sticks all around the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a trace raw honey like nose from the grain with a fresh mowed hay like hop aroma.

Taste: Smooth with a dreamy textured mouth feel. Lots of grain on the tongue with a palate cleansing vaguely herbal hop bitterness. Touch of sweetness up front but all and all on the dry side throughout. Hops stay assertive even into the finish to keep thing dry along with the grainy flavour.

Notes: Hmmm ... tastes like it was freshly shipped over from Germany. Not bad at all, a good find for any pilsner geek or even a macro brewery Beck's (or similar) drinker.

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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 ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at the Giant Beer Garden & Eatery in York. Enjoyed chilled from the brown 12oz in a pils glass.
The color is pale golden with thick white head with frothy look and lace sticks well. The smell is very malty with an appropriate level of sweet pils malt aroma but low in yeast scent which is also apropos for a lager. The feel is somewhat light but still has a nice toasted texture with mild bitterness and sweetness with a moderate amount of carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The flavor is more helles than vienna to me but still could pass for either -there is a lot of pils taste for the low abv with mild floral hop accents and subtle yeast flavor which adds some depth with a gentle mineral note. The overall impression is it is pretty decent for a german style lager pretty expressive and very full of flavor but I consider it more helles so it doesn't fit the style to a T in my opinion...but very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Form 05/31/15...had a few of these, poured into a pint glass.

Malty, easy to drink, not a not of flavor. About what you'd expect; a slightly above average pilsner.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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