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Penn PilsnerPenn Pilsner

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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 PatrickJR
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Though the bottle calls it a pilsner, BA has this listed as a Vienna lager. I'm not really sure which this beer is shooting for.

A - Dark golden/light amber, completely clear. Quarter inch of head forms upon pouring but disappears almost immediately. No lace.

S - Definitely a presence of grassy and spicy hops. As the brew warms a little some light caramel and biscuit malt comes through.

T - Fairly bland, whichever style this is trying to be. A quick grassy notes dances atop some semi-dry, bready, bland malt. Late palate sees the entrance of slightly peppery hops with an underlying earthy bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D - An easy drinking beer, if only because it's bland. An average beer, but it misses the mark of both a pilsner and Vienna lager.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium copper color with a little bit of foam that disappeared into light bubbles and lacing through the glass

S - sweet grain and honey aromas

T - fresh grain flavor with just a bit of yeastiness with a nice hop bite at the end

M/D - not a whole lot to this one in my opinion. I don't think I'd search it out again.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: into a pils glass, one-finger white head over a rich golden-amber beer with a very slight chill haze, spotty lacing

s: light metallic note runs underneath a clean pilsner malt body with currents of nutty malt, clean nobles give a generally benign hop aroma

m: crisp and clean but not overly thin or carbonated, refreshing

t: clean pilsner malt body with a low sweetness, just a touch of nutty munich or vienna, a crisp, grassy noble hop flavor pops out after the swallow, light bitterness, great balance

d: sessionable, my single is quickly gone, a simple but thoughtfully crafted lager

single from Whole Foods Raleigh

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle in a sam adams glass.

A: pours golden orange, straw-like; slight haze that dissipates as the beer warms. fluffy white head is substantial, good lacing.

S: sweet grain and honey, slight hint of herbal hop aroma

T: dominated by a sweet malt profile, grainy, bread-like, slightly honey, finishes with a dry herbal hop flavor still mixed with the sweet grain. drinks a lot more like a helles than a pilsner, but still very good.

M: medium feel, sweetness adds a viscous feel to the beer. carbonation a bit on the low side, which seems to help bring the flavor out more.

D: very enjoyable lager; would definitely make this a go-to beer. Good local when looking for something in the pilsner or vienna lager genre.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark yellow with a quickly receeding two finger soapy head and leaves some lace patches. A mix of grassy, earthy hops and some sweet malts like caramel or honey. This beer is real smooth, smoother than most pils I've had and has a more pronounced hop/malt balance. Good and dry on the tongue with a crisp finish, this medium-bodied beer also is a little creamy and a tad sweet. I'll have this again anytime.

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Photo of MP72
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice clear light amber color with a white head that didnt last too long.

S- A little grassy with some breadiness and mild hops.

T-Very smooth and not overly complex I am usually an Ale drinker but I really like the malt sweetness and hop balance. Tastes crisp and dry throughout.

M- Smooth and medium bodied

D-Very drinkable , a great session brew and luckily brewed 20 minutes from me and always available.

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Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pretty interesting brew. It's not quite a Pilsner, not a helles, not an export, and not really a Vienna either.
If anything, I'd say this is similar to a Spezial, the new Festbier style, or maybe even a kicked up south German Pils.
Pours a pretty deep golden color. Definitely a little darker than a typical Pils, but not outrageously so.
Noble hops and malt in perfect harmony make up the nose.
The flavor starts off really malty and bold, but finishes dry and ultra clean with the hops. I don't know if I've ever had a cleaner finish on anything. You'll want to go back for more immediately.
Styles be damned, this is really good. That malty flavor keeps you coming back and the finish makes you want more. It also makes food pairings rather easy.
I like it. The US needs more brewers taking the German styles and giving them a twist like this.

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Photo of JoshW
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium brown, small head. Hazy in appearance, odd for a pils. Not a real strong presence of anything to me in the aroma of this beer, hoppy, grassy, and a light hint of sweet apple.. I don't know if it's because it's 10 am in the morning, but I smell an undertone of bready Guinness in this one for some reason. Tasted bread notes, grainy and malty.. Started out a little sweet and finishes a little bitter, nothing outstanding in the taste either. Mouthfeel is thin and light, drinkability is pretty average to me.. Overall not a bad brew for something from my own state.

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Photo of jdg204
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of the offerings from the Penn 12 pack, others were all solid offerings so I was excited for this last one as well.

A: Warm copper body full of color with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thick film of off-white that last most of the beer as a thick ring.

S: Fresh dry pale malt smell to it with a slight biscuit quality to it. The metal smell is slightly sweet and actually pleasant.

T: Dry raw fresh grain flavor with a light yeast hint and a soft sweetness that is quickly overcome by a soft green hop note at the finish.

M: Light mouthfeel with a dry texture and a tight fizz finish that keeps it crisp.

D: Another solid offering from Penn, PA should be proud to have a well rounded, classic style brewer like this sharing it's name. Don't go too far out of your way for this one, but if your in Western PA, pick one up.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My brother and sister-in-law brought back a bottle of this from brewery. Decanted into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear orangish color with a thin white head. Good clean smells and tastes. A bit biscuity. Kind of your standard pilsner. Loose mouthfeel - a little bit of fizz. Overall good although not exceptional.

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Photo of saradad
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a 12 oz glass from a 12 oz bottle. The color is a light to medium straw color with some visible carbonation and a small amount of head that disipates quickly. The taste and smell are rather bland, some hops are evident but not much else. There's a nice crisp taste to this beer, nothing spectacular but it's a decent beer. It's not my favorite so I can't see keeping it on hand except that it comes as part of the brewery's Gourmet Selection. Hey...it's a good lawnmowing brew!!!

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a good golden yellow, with little to no head and had plenty of bubles racing to the top throughout.

Smell was a bit yeasty.

Taste and mouthfeel had a hint of yeast and lots of malt, but really had a sweet bready taste. Slight hop flavor came in at the end, crisp upfront and a very dry finish.

Could drink this often.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass yields a clear golden body with a few trickles of bubbles, capped with milk-bubble soapy white foam that collapses quickly to a big-bubbled ring that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is lightly malty and a bit spicy.

The taste is a bit spicy with some fruity, almost pineapple juice-like sweetness and a fine dry malty backbone. A mildly spicy herbal bitterness adds a bit of dryness to the finish of an otherwise juicy drink.

This particular one was a little on the flat side, but not a bad drink.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Pittsburgh

Light brown orange - no head by the time it was set down.
mild lacing

Smells of sweet caramel and dry grain

Not bad. Caramel again, little toast. Hops can be felt from beginning to end.

the hops keep this one crisp. not overly carbonated. nice

Overall not a bad pick. Not a champion but not bad.

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Photo of changeup45
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but wouldn't be my pick for a nice Pils to drink on a warm day. Golden colored, smallish head but some nice lacing is produced. The flavor is sweet fruits with some grassy notes. Mild hops but they are sweet and the whole flavor seems just a little too sweet. Decent mouthfeel but not as crisp as I'd like a Pils to be. It's quite drinkable but no better than average.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a chance to sample this one a bunch during my recent trip to Pittsburgh.

The beer is a nice amber with a beige head.

Sweet nose of grains and a hint of caramel.

The taste is also sweet with malts, a bit of brown sugar and lingering fruit. Beer is balanced and flavorful.

Smooth almost creamy mouth adds to the enjoyment and drinkability.

This is a well made beer with enough flavor and character to satisfy.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured like a dream into my glass. Clear light light brown with a few floaties and a nice inch of head.

S. Bready yeast character. Some malts and hops also present.

T. A bit of malt at the tip of the tongue followed by a brief flash of bitterness and finishes with an odd metallic twang. The metallic twang could also be described as mineral water. It takes away from what this beer could be, but doesn't ruin it for me.

M. Slightly vicious due to a high level of carbonation. Its medium bodied, pretty good for a pils.

D. This is pretty good. Often times the Penn Brews grace my fridge, and its no surprise why. Staple beers.

Another note on this brew is the resemblence it has to its european brethren. This tastes like something coming from Europe, not the states.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New
Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a ruddy, tawny, deep, dark-amber hue with a modest head that left a minimal amount of lacing...
Sweet, malty, bread and butter aroma on the nose...
Taste was replete with caramel, candied sugars, honey, bread and butter, malts, and honey...
Good, rich, creamy mouthfeel along with a superb level of drinkability make for a teriffic depiction of the style...

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

Had this one on-tap at PNC Park too.

Poured into a plastic cup. But a amberish deep copper good looking beer. Big head with lots of lace. Smells sweet. And the taste backs that up. Sweet malts upfront with an earth graininess(is that a word)with a sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp. Nice tasty beer that goes down well at the baseball game.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: light fruit sweetness is all that is detectable.

Taste: mild grainy malt profile. Mild fruit sweetness, soft bitterness and a hint of honey round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smoother at the finish. Little Aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy to drink lager and much better than the usual macro offerings. Worth picking some of this up for some easy to drink beer.

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Photo of atsprings
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp dark yellow with a thin head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is a very weak trace of sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is a nice jump up from the aroma, nice sweetness with a decent hop balance that leaves a nice lingering finish. The beer is very light and crisp, a refreshing summer beer. This is an enjoyable beer, but I'd have to be in the mood for the style to try it again.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint glass.

Apperance- Golden yellow color with a decent head but little lacing.

Smell- Mild Hops aroma.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, with good hop and malt flavors with a slight bitter finish.

Drinkability- Very tasty beer, good summer beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark amber color. Some white head that doesn't last too long, but leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

Not a strong smell, mostly caramel malts.

Hops up front, piney and citrus blends. Finishes smooth with some good strong bready, caramel malts. Balanced.

Medium bodied for a pilsner, pretty good mouthfeel.

Nicely drinkable due to balane, a solid brew.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: A cloudy amber or burnt orange look. Gave a decent white head which quickly dissipated. Spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Strong presence of hops, kind of an earthy or woody smell. Hard to make out, smell was not overwhelming.

T: Despite the lack of smell, it was quite tasty. Taste of toasted bread and some other sweet malts. A good balance of hops, spicy and citrus.

M: Was a crisp, clean, full bodied beer.

D: This is definitely a beer I try to find at the stadium checking out the Pirates, trying to support the local guys. Good in the summertime.

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Penn Pilsner from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 458 ratings
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