Loyalhanna Pennsylvania Lager | Latrobe Brewing Co.

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Loyalhanna Pennsylvania LagerLoyalhanna Pennsylvania Lager

Brewed by:
Latrobe Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 07-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by rdub:
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Did I drink the same beer as the other?I really enjoyed this beer,anyways on tap it pours a deep amber with a medium head that leaves pretty quickly,aroma is lightly fruity and grainy.The taste to me is much more fuller than "Y" very fruity and fresh tasting with some bready notes.Really easy to drink alot of these but it has flavor,sorry I really liked this brew alot.

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Photo of Billolick
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer in a hoagy joint for $7! Ripped off, but it beats being forced to buy a case of this adjunct loaded macro pissy water. Pours a light light shade of amber and clear, with a medium bubble quickly departing head. Any lacing is also very short lived. Slightly metalic and nasty bite up front, soapy and fairly unpleasant in the mid and rear sections. Pass this stuff up.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slight copper caramel amber tone with an off white toffe hued head, some light patches of scattered lacing are left clinging to the glass with each sip. A traditional amber lager as labeled on the bottle man can you try to knock off Yuengling any harder, well regardless very similar but they get my praise for choosing the brown bottle. Here it goes aroma has a light caramel toasted malt tone very mild but sweet tone to it enjoyable. Flavor is also very mild slightly toasted malts give it a different edge than the typical American macro, but this one ties it all together decently well the type of beer I would have when there are not better options available I just wish they would try something original nice copy cat move just can't imagine it dethroning Yuengling in the great Pittsburgh area. Light mouthfeel doesn't cut it no real body decent carbonation nothing new going on here. Drinkability is smooth and decently refreshing short of fulfilling the beer lover's soul.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Loyalhanna Pennsylvania Lager- Latrobe brewing

Appearance- nice copper with a decent white head. Although the head didn't last 30 seconds.
Smell- not much here. Cheap malt maybe a weak brown nut smell, but real weak.
Taste- piss water. A slight sweet malt taste but quickly reverts to water.
Mouthfeel- similair to Coors Light. 1 part beer 50 parts water!

Overall, I should have been tipped of by the "Latrobe Brewing" on the bottle. Learned my lesson. I'm only out $4.75 for the 6er.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obviously brewed to compete with Yuengling Traditional Lager, I wonder if this beer contains any coloring? I don't think it does. And the bottle with its fake painted on label is quite attractive.

It pours a crystal clear dark amber body beneath a white head that fades relatively quickly and leaves only minor lacing. The nose offers some mild maltiness but nothing distinctive. The body is light and it's crisp in the mouth. The flavor is well-balanced but clearly leans towards maltiness; and it delivers a bit of the traditional Rolling Rock dimethyl sulphide wrapped in a delicately caramelish malt (which lends it a nutty side that's actually pretty nice). It finishes short and dry. A basic but slightly interesting lager with a touch of caramel to it rather than hops.

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Photo of charlesw
2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Ok... Well, nice and light in the pour. No, not one of those yellow beers - it's still a light amber. Good. Ok head mounts but it's gone in under a minute. Hmm. Bummer. Tried to get a whiff off of it but, well, dang. I mean, I'm swirling it around and trying and trying and I'm having a lot of trouble getting any smell off of it at all. Maybe just a hint of floral hops, but really, very little of anything. It's way over-carbonated with a very light mouthfeel. Tastes of... Tastes of... Ok, got it! Yeah, bierman9 pointed it out to me on one of my own brews... It has an aftertaste of bubble gum (btw bierman9, I haven't been able to drink anymore of that beer - but, no, I don't hate you for that. Honest!). Blech. Blech and blech. So, right, constructive. Um, they could certainly switch yeasts and use something slightly less aggressive - that would surely increase production costs but the tradeoff would be worth it. It's very light in the mouth. Perhaps a nice beer for a nice hot summer day. Nah!

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Photo of Shiloh
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing impressive here.
Nothing memorable.
Nothing distasteful.
Just average across the board.
Dark amber in colour with a head short of a full finger...retention weak. Carbonation is nice and healthy...large bubbled and slow.
Nose is grainy.
Taste is short to the malts to begin... and accelerates to finish. Very little hop presence. Little bit of a sweet linger here but limited.

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Photo of zach8270
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

[draft at Heinz Field - Pittsburgh, PA] Nice rich color. Very slight hoppy aroma with some faint caramel notes. Initial hoppy taste and some dry malts near the middle with a smooth finish. Very easy to drink, but rather thin. On the whole, not a bad lager.

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Photo of squish059
3.97/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, fresh. When I let it warm it tasted the same with a hint of sweetness, which surprised me. It has a medium to light color. A very nice smell that wasn't overwhelming. I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone looking to try a new beer. It gives a variety of tastes to my mouth and thats why I liked it.

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Photo of Suds
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this one in a beer store in NJ. Came in a six pack with a laconic image of a river on the brown bottles. I certainly wouldn't call it a dunkel....more of a contemporary american lager. Pours a light-amber, very clear color. Thin, simple tan head that doesn't last long at all. Smell of germanic hops...taste is slightly malty. Overall, very average...not much to add.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.16/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Loyalhanna seems like Latrobe's entry into the "Who Can Rip Off Yuengling" sweepstakes, but this beer falls short, VERY short in my opinion. I was expecting a half-decent knock off of the Yuengling Lager, but this struck me more as a light beer. Quite watery in almost all aspects.

Loyalhanna pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger tan foam head that disappears in under 20 seconds. Not much to the smell, except that of wet dog. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The initial taste had some pleasing notes of sweet caramel and a nice nuttiness, but it all went downhill from there. Water factor kicks in big time. Very little hop flavor in the finish, and there is wet doghair "flavor" here as well. The aftertaste brings back some of the nuttiness, but the doghair flavor returns as well. Loyalhanna finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

The back of the bottle states how this is brewed with Loyalhanna stream water, but this didn't taste like a crisp spring to me. A very disappointing outing for me.

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Photo of stirgy
2.81/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out a very clear and bright orange-amber color. The head was small, although the beer seemed heavily carbonated. The aroma yields a strange and interesting candy corn sweetness, with some fruits like ripe juicy pears and lemon lime soda. Not sure if it’s agreeable or not. The taste is smooth like cream ale, with some caramel malt sweetness. Some lemon zesty grains detected. Light in body. The more I sip, the more this beer seems to be like a American macro with some roasted, darker grains thrown into the mash. Strange and only average on a good day.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up at beer distributer for $10 a case.Poured a medium amber color with with white head that quickly fell to smallish ring. Smell is slightly sweet wih hints of malt. Taste is mild with light malt tones. Refreshing mouth feel but nothing overpowering. Good cheap spacer.

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Photo of simmons
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite others reviews of this beer I found it to be actually a pleasant drinking beer. It surely isn’t the best beer out there but for $4.50 a six pack it’s pretty good. You got to figure you’re going to get what you pay for just look at any 40 ouncer. Anywho this lager didn’t have much if any aroma to it, the color had an amberish color to it. As for the hops you really could find anything that stud out and the same goes for the malt but for some odd reason that I can not find it was very appealing to me. When I drank it I remember saying that it felt like I was drinking beer that was as smooth as milk but had that North American lager taste to it. It think this is one of the few thinks Latrobe Brewing Co. has done right. I bought it for the second time and had the same feelings towards it. It’s a nice beer to sit back at parties and share with your friends who hate stouts, bocks, esbs and pretty much anything that isn’t Coors or Budweiser.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.24/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My dad gave me his last bottle of this lovely elixr last time I was out to visit him. He lives about half an hour from the Latrobe brewery. One of my favorite parts about going out to visit him was the availability of Loyalhanna, western PA's equivalent to Yuengling Lager. This is so much better though.

It pours a lovely golden brown with a moderate head. The aroma is hard to detect but hints of pine and honey are noticeable. The flavor is malty caramel with some hops coming in soon afterward. The mouthfeel is wonderful with just the right amount of carbonation. As for drinkablity, this is a lovely thirst quencher with perfect balance.

It's kind of sad knowing that this will probably be the last LH I'll ever drink, but it was good while it lasted. Unfortunately, Rolling Rock is moving their operation to Kentucky or something to focus their energy on low carb malternatives or some shit.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. The color was a very dark brown, with no head to speak of. The smell was slight malt. The taste was the same roasted malt flavor of Yuengling.......not much to really differentiate the two. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, I could probably have a couple more.

On its own, this beer is certainly not bad at all. Compared to Yuengling, though, I didn't notice a lot to differentiate the two. That said, I wouldn't explicitly go to the one place I've found that has this on tap, when Yuengling is just about everywhere in Western PA! If Latrobe Brewing/Interbrew created this beer to take back market share, they've got a lot of work ahead of them, and I don't think it'll work.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is fairly clear and has a tarnished bronze appearance. A big white head recedes quickly to just a ring of a collar. Lacing is moderate at best. Nice bready munich tones on the nose. A little sweet crystal/caramel aroma is added to the mix as well. And a little nuttiness too. Taste is more average than the nose though. Some adjunct like sweetness to it. None of the nice munich tones I was expecting. Some dry hoppiness to it, albeit minimal. Quite spritzy in the mouth. And close to medium in body.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 24 pack in Pitt for 13.99. Figured it would be at least a drinkable beer from Latrobe and I was right.

First and foremost, the water has that RR flavor, it made this taste slightly like a RR. When poured, it's light amber look was average as well as the smell. Taste was better than average but the whole time I drank this beer I kept thinking "If I would have wanted a RR I would have BOUGHT RR"

Mouth and drinkability average. Not much to say other than cool labels. It does taste just a step above bud/miller but I can't see buying it again when RR is available everywhere and this is not.

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Photo of indiapaleale
2.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I will make the assumption that Rolling Rock spit this out as some sort of attempt at a micro market competitor. It resembles Yuengling lager in both color and taste. Amber in appearance with a little too sweet of a taste for a lager. I would imagine it is another corn fed beer. Nothing too special, although the bottle may be something to look at while you talk about its downfalls.

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Photo of ski271
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep Amber with small to medium, off-white, foamy, mostly-diminishing head. Nice lacing.

Smell: mild. Malted Barley, bready, slightly grassy... but nothing special.

Taste: Initial sweetness is heavy, a bit too heavy for my tastes. Otherwise, pretty bland but not bad. A little astringent on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery and very thin with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: No-nonsense, easy-to-chug. But there’s nothing to it.

As stated before, it’s an obvious Yuengling knockoff, and it falls short of being equal. Not worth your time.

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Photo of allboutbierge
2.82/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, and I feel its marginally better than Yuengling Lager.

Normal and somewhat bland amber lager appearance--copper and brown color with an orange/gold hue. Head is extremely short lived but makes a small and bright white appearance. Aroma is extremely bready and has some pungent malts. Malts are predominate and mostly semi sweet. A balancing hop profile is also present and serves mainly to balance the flavor, as any bite or other strong characterisitic was not found. Thats not to say its not there and hard to detect, its meant to say simply what it means. The use of hops keeps this beer comparable to other amber lagers, not the overly sweet interpretation that Yuengling pushes. Mouthfeel is fairly watery but that is to be expected coming from Latrobe. Drinkability is surprisingly good. Though its not a good beer by any means, it's an alternative choice in Western PA to some of the choices being put out by the other big boys.

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Photo of Maestro
2.22/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was quite a letdown. The appearance was great. But as soon as I got it close to my nose I knew it was going to be bad. The adjuncts were overwhelming. There didn't seem to be any hops detected in the nose. The head was thin but foamy. There was a decent lacing left on the glass. The taste was bad. There didn't seem to be any hops to speak of. The adjuncts, probably rice and some corn, seemed to be the bulk of the body. As far as drinkability, I probably won't seek this one out again.

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Photo of misternebbie
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Loyalhanna Pennsylvania Lager from Latrobe Brewing Co.
2.95 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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