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Pennsylvania Lager | Hometown Beverages Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Hometown Beverages Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WVbeergeek on 06-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by LittleOtts:
Photo of LittleOtts
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Straw colored typical american lager appearance. Decent head retention.

S: Very sweet, clean, notes of honey.

T: Crisp, not much in the way of flavor, not of honey are still evident.

M- Light, crisp, doesn't hang on the palate.

D- High. For what this is. A "Craft brewed session beer" it's good. I liked it and would take to a Phillies game. I wouldn't order it at a craft brew bar though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of marvin213
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For perspective, my by base adjunct American lager will forever be Anheuser Busch's own Bud Light.... This Hometown Pennsylvania beer (out of New Jersey) looks similar--perhaps a bit on the yellower side and, consequently, more flavorful? It's a straw-colored, watered-down lookin' American adjunt, but +.5 for being a wee bit darker than Butt Light.

Smells a tad like honey, actually, and that's certainly a pleasant unexpectant. Otherwise it's straw and hay and horses and--I can't help it--the mass marketing effects leave me thinking of Clydesdales! Again, though, this beer smells sweeter than my frame-of-reference, so so-far so-good.

Okay--my senses have not fooled me this time. Its taste is indeed more flavorful (read: sweeter) than my teenage-trusted macro-lager. With this style of beer, however, it's not really what I'm looking for. An adjunct American lager, IMHO, should be super-easy drinking and offer the potential to shotgun. This, obviously, is a bottle, so there'll be no shotgunning. And, I'll be honest, I didn't pick this here beer up looking to guzzle something. It's almost a soda in that it's fizzy with seemingly artificial sugary flavor. The more I sip, though, the more I appreciate it. Is there high fructose corn syrup in this otherwise average beer?

That unusual sugary sweetness lends to a better-than-average mouthfeel (again, relative to the style). It's actually worthy enough to put in a sample-size cup. Akin to sugar water, it'd be appropriate to intersperse between big boys at a "real" beer tasting. Though I realize some good beers come in cans, I deem this particular adjunct just a litte bit too good for one.

It's going to take a shot on drinkability for all the hitherto described characteristics. Since it's a little too good for shotgunning from a can or chugging from a bottle, it almost betrays the style. It's simple and pleasant enough, and I bet a keg would serve well for beer pong purposes. This is one style, however, for which I'll actually punish drinkability for it tasting TOO good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale Golden contract brewed at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes Barre, PA. Looks much like a Lionshead in appearance yellow fizzy beer. White capped head with quickly fading bubbles, lacing is thin and scattered. Aroma has cooked vegetable like notes with a slight metallice twang to it. Mild sweetness and evident creamed corn like notes with a tame mild hop component thrown in just barely. Flavor is pretty blah, light crisp sweetness with metallic cooked veggies in the background, pretty stale effort to brew a nice PA lager. I guess the marketing company is based out of Jersery and the other three brands include New Jersey Lager, New York Lager, and Hometown Light. Watery mouthfeel tame even carbonation nothing remarkable to talk about here. Drinkability is pretty pointless here, why would I want a "Union Made" light American lager brewed by a smaller brewery than the big three. Just make this beer a helles or a pils and actually sell some beer. It's not horrible there's nothing that makes me want to pour it out but it's just a boring style.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing, malts and corn. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overaal this is a pretty good beer, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a sickly yellow with a fizzy head that fizzles away to nothing.

Smell: Smells of malt and sweet corn water.

Tastes very light overall. A quick lemon hop flash gives way to a grainy , gritty finish.

Mouthfeel is biting and crisp at the same time. Not so sure if thats a good thing.

This really isn't good drinking here. Its boring at best and lacks character. Its drinkable, but I would not reccommend this beer.

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Photo of ujsplace
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized pub glass

A: Straw yellow, white, fluffy head that produces a descent amount of lacing.

S: Mild hops, mild malt, faint corn

T: Mildly sweet with a very slightly bitter, yeasty finish. Little to no alcohol presence.

M: Light and mild

D: This brew is drinkable enough and would be ok for gatherings where you are just looking to have a brew that is impossible to offend anyone, but also on that is pretty unremarkable.

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Photo of magine
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a straw yellow - light lace head.

Smells grassy, sweet and underwhelming.

The brew tastes very light, crisp sweet. Slightly "bready".

Will not offend anyone, however will not impress anyone. The brew is ok for a hot day.

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Pennsylvania Lager from Hometown Beverages Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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