Penn Pilsner | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Penn PilsnerPenn Pilsner

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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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Ratings: 463 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of aaronh
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a bright white, dense head. The head slowly fades to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass that leaves a light lace as you drink. A slight chill haze is evident. The aroma has a noticeable malt component backed by the crisp yet spicy hallertau hops. The taste shows a bit of malt sweetness up front, with excellent hop levels in the mid, which results in good bitterness on the finish. The aftertaste is comprised of the lingering hops, but a bit of the malt sweetness reappears after a few seconds. The mouthfeel is solid for a pilsner, with just enough carbonation to lend a crispness to the palate. The drinkability is also very good, as this balanced beer is very enjoyable and goes down smooth. A very good beer that is the Penn Brewing staple, and one of the first true local beers I experienced.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pilsner poured a surprisingly dark bronze color, much darker than your normal pils. Thin head, but good retention. A malt sweetness greets the nose, with a bit of spicy hop notes. The taste also reflects the considerable malt presence, very sweet with only a bit of hops toward the end. I was again surprised by this beer and its interpretation of a pilsner style...only small bitter notes and not too much sharpness or crispness. The mouthfeel was good; lighter body, with good prickliness on the tongue. While this was definitely a new pilsner experience for me, I was impressed by its honest, easy-drinking, and quality taste. Like most Penn Brewing products, this makes for a great beer to be had day-in and day-out, while retaining the German roots of the recipes. Great job from the folks in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of kennywoodbrew
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Penn Pilsner is an easy beer to enjoy. It is a straight forward and honest brew. There was nothing especially outstanding ;but rather the fact that nothing was, made it enjoyable. Slightly malty palate, smooth and balanced. Toward the light side of a "real" pilsner.
Worth the time to drink a few with friends...

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Photo of StevieW
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color, surprisingly dark for a pilsener. Light brown bubbly head. The head fell nicely down the glass. Noticable malty sweetness on the smell. Taste was bubbly, and much sweeter than I expected as well. In fact, I would have never guessed it to be a pils at all. Subtle hop flavors finally show up toward the finish...Lacks the sour sharp bitterness of other pilseners as well as the bubbly back of the tongue finish....Very easy to drink however, I think this would make a suitable transition beer for the macro drinkers.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quite dark for a Pils. Maybe they should have kept the crystal malt out for the sake of style conformity. Also, not enough hop for the style, IMHO. Tastes great though! I could quaff ten of these easy and still enjoy the flavor. Bears a striking resemblance to their Marzen.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden in color. Fresh smell of quality ingredients. Rather boring taste, not enough in the way of subletees or nuances to warrent a higher praise. A little spritzy. A pedrestian brew, but an above average lawnmower beer.

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Photo of wvrich
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am sorry! This beer may be traditionally decoction brewed with all Barley-malt, but it does not have any real malt character. It is kind of a boring Pilsner. There is nothing in the way of hops in the aroma or flavor. It tastes almost "Anheuser Busch" clean. It seems like a transition beer made for the Bud crowd... The Schnitzel I had there was delicious though! I appreciate their efforts to help people along with development of their beer palates.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 frank4sail
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer tases like an ale. Maybe the slightly darker color is throwing me off. It is smooth to the mouth and does invite you to try more. Overall it is above average and would be great with spicy foods..

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

Back in my Pittsburgh days, I was a big fan of the brewery as it was one of the first to open a public beer garden on site...Penn Pilsner is my favorite of their bottled products, but not as hoppy as the Kaiser Pils on tap at the pub...nice color (bolder than a Pilsner Urquel) mouthfeel is good and a nice aftertaste...(the slightly maltier Dark has all the charm of a Michelob Dark)...but, now, I'm an avowed ale guy and rarely stray into cold fermenters except for malty Oktoberfests and Bocks...

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Photo of John
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I remember this as a standout from a nearby brewfest a couple years back.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An authentic version of this much copied style. A nice balance between the grainy malt flavors and the subtle spicy hops give a smooth satisfying taste.

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

Though not my favorite style, this is a wonderful Pilsner. Crisp and refreshing, how could I not like this beer in the heart of Pittsburgh, with a great view of the Heinz Plant.

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