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:
23
Gots:
70
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Majestic dark gold in the pint glass. Nice head retention. Dark for a pilsner, and I like that.

Sweet and bright aroma. Hoppy zings amidst a lightly toasted malt. That German yeast strain is showing off a bit.

Mild hop bitterness blends into the brew with a floral quality. Big sourdough kind of flavor from the grain bill. Husky, a little spicy; the yeast is certainly contributing. Nice mineral quality worth noting.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation that blanches the tongue. Love a pilsner with something to it.

Flagship beer with flagship taste.

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Photo of JulianBaughman
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 1/5/12

Pours a rather hazy, medium dark gold. Foam is ample to say the least - three fingers worth (the top of which muffin-topping over the glass). The head deflates slowly. Impressive lace.

Toasty grains and some bread are at the fore of the aroma, which also finds grassy notes and a metallic hop twinge. Some fluffy yeast overtones, too. The feel is light and leans toward the watery side, while massive carbonation stands if for where flavor should be. While that's something of an exaggeration, I would prefer a more robust grain presence to flesh things out. Grassy hops kick of their own accord and are inclined to at least arm wrestle the carbonation. Save for a slightly dusty yeast back end, the finish is pretty clean.

This is ok (though I finds it's much better as it warms). That said, I have fond memories of visiting Penn Brewing a few years ago and I reckon I have a soft spot for several of their beers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the very few beers I haven't had yet from this brewery. Poured into my Samuel smith British pint.

A - A bit darker than expected more of a deep yellow similar to a pale ale. A nice inch of fluffy wheat head with mild sticky lacing.

S - Smells of mild grassy hops and sweet pilsner malts.

T - Muddled grain flavors mash with touches of bitter hops and butter. Slightly sour. Kind of bleh.

M - Light to medium pretty smooth.

Overall this is their flagship beer and I must say I don't like it as much as the gold or dark. Ow well can't love them all.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of devinoconnor
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a wedding near Pittsburgh. Pleasantly surprised.

Poured a light brown, dark orange muddy color with plenty of head and carbonation.

Smell was malty and hoppy. More hops than you'd expect from a beer labeled "pilsner" or "Vienna lager."

Taste is very well-balanced between the malt and hops. Full-bodied yet easy-drinking. Sweet and smooth, caramel and chocolate notes as well.

Nice beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a towering thick head. No lace, but really pretty beer.

Lots of grain in the nose, some bready notes, and some floral hops.

Grain and bread up front, with a good sharp twang of bitterness from the hops. Some green gassy notes as well, but these turn a bit sour as the palate clears, and this is a factor that I don't like. Finishes crisp with good firm hop bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Ok brew. The tart edge threw me, and is really a distraction and a negative trait. A bit of a raw beer.

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Photo of horshack7
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Weel this one has a pale amber color with about a fingers worth of head that thins out a little quick but leaves behind a little lacing.

Aroma: Hops are present with a mix of citurs and floral hop. Hints of honey in the middle. At the end is a decent sweetness from the malt.

Taste: A crisp mouthfeel to start with a grainy and a little bit biscuity texture. Malts have a caramel sweetness with a touch of toffee. Hops are present with a good bite on the floral side.

Notes: A very drinkable Lager overall. Cheers.

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