Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Ranked #100
Ranked #20,916
3.8 | pDev: 12.89%
Mar 05, 2022
Jun 23, 2002
Very Good
Notes: A full bodied fest beer, amber colored, very smooth.
"One of my Top 24 Favorite American Beers!" Beer Critic Michael Jackson
An amber-red lager fest beer, aromatically malty, brewed in the spring. Uses 2-Row malted barley and a combination of roasted malts. One of beer critic Michael Jckson's "Top 24 Favorite American Beers."
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Reviewed by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had it fresh at the brewery. So much better than the average BA rating that is calculated mostly from the bottled version of unknown freshness. Nice almost sweet dry malty character.
Mar 05, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Mar 03, 2021
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a new penny copper with a tan 2 finger head that dissipated slowly to a thin film. Little lacing. Pronounced toasted bread and malt nose with a fruity essence. Taste follows the nose with added light grassy hops on the finish. Moderate-thin body and carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. This is very nice and drinkable!
Feb 29, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Apr 23, 2019
Rated: 3.37 by caahare from West Virginia

Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2018
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It is a very dark copper color. Sort of foggy. A nice toasted bread nose and flavor with an ample amount of spicy Noe hops. Crisp and dry. This is a nice American made Marzen.
Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by bobpgh from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a copper color.

Overall: The aroma contains caramel, cherry and noble hops. The taste is almost all malt, with caramel, roasted malt, and just a hint of hop bitterness. Really well done and very good. Perfect spring beer!
May 05, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by brother_rebus from Maine

Mar 25, 2016
Rated: 2.4 by Uniobrew31 from Pennsylvania

Mar 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a beautiful dark orange/amber color into a pint glass. Very little head and little carbonation. Has the typical Oktoberfest malty smell when opening the bottle. Initial taste is a very full of Marzen flavor, better than most other Oktoberfest brews I've tried this fall.
Nov 19, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by nstygles from Pennsylvania

Sep 19, 2015
Rated: 3.91 by Hopglow from Massachusetts

Sep 14, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by williamjbauer from Colorado

Apr 09, 2015
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Reviewed by Bone53 from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Admittedly not the biggest fan of oktoberfest beers, but i found this one quite good and true to style. Sweet bready malt notes with a undertone of light spice and hops. One of the better marzens iv had, but greats lakes is a better option when in season
Apr 08, 2015
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Originally rated on 4-4-15.
L 4
S 3.5
T 3.5
M 3.5
O 3.5

Updated 5-27-20 as I think this is outstanding and I was out of my mind for that low rating. It's very malty and sweet and talk just like a good Oktoberfest does.

Revisiting again 7-24-22 and even my updated review in 2020 may have been a bit modest. Keeping it as rated for now however.

Its incredibly fruity and mildly estery. Its almost like a low ABV quad that was lagered.
Apr 05, 2015
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Reviewed by pianoguy from Washington

2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Sorry that I have to give this one a low score. But I got to call em as I see em. Please see the last paragraph of this review as to why this beer may have been at a disadvantage.It may be better then this review,

From the beer of the month club...

Poured a light brown, copper body with a 1 /2 inch off white head that didn't last long.

I'm not getting much aroma. Just a faint apple smell, some type of malt?

Taste kind of follows the smell, there's not a lot going on here . A slightly bitter finish.(the bitter finish is good though)

Feel was slightly prickly

Overall this was disappointing. I have long been a fan of Oktoberfest beers but other then the look this didn't have a lot going for it.

This was from a 3 month Christmas gift of "the beer of month club" Why on earth was the February beer a Marzen ,brewed in march for Oktoberfest the year before ??!! If I ever get a chance to sample this beer when it is supposed to be sampled I might amend this review...

Had the beer of the month club as a gift for three months and this was from February
Mar 27, 2015
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Reviewed by DrMullet from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark amber. Caramel and toffee are the overall flavors. Medium malty with a slight hop bitterness. No significant hop character. Overall, not bad.
Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 3.21 by robgage from Pennsylvania

Feb 27, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by CaptainFleeker from Illinois

Feb 17, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Donkster46 from Washington

Feb 04, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by mkrass from Colorado

Feb 02, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Jan 29, 2015
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle labeled 09143B20457 at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma light, malty
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to
Lacing none
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor begins with a light maltiness with some hop bitterness; no hop flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75
Jan 23, 2015
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Rated by BigRizz62 from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I consider this beer best in class
Jan 17, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by irishevans from California

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by TEKNISHE from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Nov 05, 2014
Rated: 3.12 by Corum47 from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2014
Rated: 4 by PJM2989 from Pennsylvania

Oct 08, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by classixIII from Pennsylvania

Sep 27, 2014
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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%
Autumn orange in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Aromas are very subtle:toasted and caramel malt with earthy grassy and herbal hop notes. Medium bodied with aggressive, crisp, tangy carbonation through the middle. Toasted malt flavor up front. Herbal hop flavors through the middle to the end. Finished clean and dry. Overall, a little short on the maltiness expected in a marzen. Nevertheless, a very easy drinking lager.
Sep 02, 2014
Rated: 3.72 by misternebbie from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by Saxboy10 from Pennsylvania

Aug 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Johnwf110 from New Jersey

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by DougAppleby from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2014
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep reddish amber color with a two finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading rather quickly to leave some light levels of foamy island lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and malty with tons of caramel and doughy smells. Along with the caramel are other sweet smells with lots of toffee and some brown sugar. Other aromas of a light earthy and grassy nature are there as well, but these are quite light, with the overall smell being rather sweet.

Taste – The taste begins with a caramel flavor mixed with a rather decent sum of a lightly toasted bready taste. Toffee flavors are present upfront as well, but these seem to fade as the taste advances. Like the toffee, the roast seems to fade a bit as well, being replaced by flavors that are a bit more biscuit like in nature. While these transitions occur some light hop flavors of an earthy and grassy flavor also come to the tongue. The caramel surges a bit at the end, with the other flavors mellowing a little bit, to leave a moderately sweet and malty Marzen flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average, to maybe just above average, side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is quite nice for the sweet and bready/biscuit flavors of the brew, while the average to slightly thicker body also upholds the malty and sweet nicely, but all the while do not take away from the drinkability of the brew. Overall, the mouthfeel is rather nice.

Overall – While not super extraordinary, this is a rather tasty Marzen. Very easy drinking, affordable and tasty. This brew actually seems like a better football weather brew to me as it is sweet, malty but not too big on abv. A nice one to try.
Jun 17, 2014
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