Penn's Best N.A. | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Suds on 02-13-2005

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of bchkrl
4.03/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After 30 years of being a H.F.A., I've FINALLY followed my doctor's orders and stopped drinking because alcohol wreaks havoc with my ADHD/Bipolar medications. But, as a German descendant, I really like the hoppy, malty taste of beer. So here are my top four non-alcoholic brews:
(4) Labatt's Blue NA
(3) O'Doul's Amber
(2) Clausthaler Original
(1) Clausthaler Dry Hopped
So where does Penn's Best NA (a captive brand of Total Wines) and brewed by Fred Koch in Rochester, NY fit in? Frankly, it depends on the specific can I open. Some Penn's Best cans taste of burned malt (remember Postum?), but most have a pleasant, slightly cereal taste without the excessive malt sweetness of other NA brews (e.g. Beck's). At 70 calories per can, it's probably healthier than either sugar or aspartame soda pop when I'm kicking around in the garage and it's not much more expensive. And, unlike real beer, it doesn't seem to add to the beer belly we Germans are prone to. What's not to like about that? Rock on!

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Photo of 1Jose
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of guiri
4/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The reason I've rated this a 4 is because I have grown to like it and like it a lot, but above all, because of the price. A six pack is only around $2.50 and with someone with super low income, this is the ONLY bear I can find locally that I can afford. Are there others I like better? Yep, there are but I can't afford the damn things.

NA beer costs more than regular beer and I kinda think it sucks.

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Photo of gandres
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can poured to wine glass
Sight: Pale, very amber, clear, small foam
Smell: not a lot of aroma, but no bad smell as well
Taste: low bitterness, some sweetness
Mouthfeel: nice carbonation, medium follow through, rapid drop
Overall: good beer

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Photo of JustCamIt
2.65/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's decently priced and tasty for a low alcohol beer. I've drank cases of these over the years as my post run recovery treat. Plus, an ice cold can feels great against overworked knees.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For an NA at 2.50 a sixer i will be back. Sometimes i will have an NA just to get off the alcohol for a nite or two a week. This is a sweet malty beer with surprising real beer taste.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sisterofba
1.45/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of dbrauneis
2.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film (made up of medium to large sized bubbles) surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of corn adjuncts. Slightly sweet and just a hint of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with a moderate amount of corn adjuncts. Hints of grassy hops in the finish which contribute a light amount of bitterness which does not linger. Light metallic + chemically flavors that linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery in the finish.

O: Nothing special here and not the one I would grab if I was looking for an NA beer - combines some of the worst aspects of BMC with thinner mouthfeel. Skip this one, even at $.49.

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Photo of WildKarrde
3.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: I'm not one to really care about the look of a beer all that much. I usually drink it from the bottle. Since this comes in a can, I drank it from a glass and therefore did see the appearance. This looks like a normal, average beer, so I rated it an average 3/5.

Smell: Light smell of hops, almost indistinguishable when stuffing your nose in a half empty glass full of it. Nothing remarkably pleasant or disgusting. I'd like to smell more hops as I pull it to my mouth for a swig. 2/5

Taste: Don't think of this as a beer replacement... think of it as a soda replacement. It has a definite, but light beer flavor. If soda were made of hops instead of corn syrup... this is probably how it would taste. Since this is a beer site, I'm rating the taste at 3.5/5 (compared to other NA's). If it were being compared to soda, it would be 5/5.

Feel: Very carbonated. Like a sparkling water, or a soda, minus the pain of corn syrup eating away your tooth enamel. Nothing special, so an average 3/5.

Overall, it's an average product. A great replacement for soda when you want something non-alcoholic. Compared to real beer, it's very lackluster, but compared to other non-alcoholic beers it certainly has a step above most I've tried, with their unnatural sweetness added. When adding cost to the factor, at roughly $2.50 per 6-pack, I give this product a generous overall rating of 4/5.

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Photo of Safa1
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Before I was able to think about it I drank the whole thing. Tastes just as much like beer as most pee macros. For real. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Roger3574
4.95/5  rDev +75.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank O'dules Amber for many years,and my store was out of Amber.

Penn's Best was next to the Amber space It was made in Pennsylvania and I was aware of the beer brands Pittsburgh Brewing made so I tried it.
Penn's Best is now my favorite N/A beer and the price is very good.

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Photo of tone77
2.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head and high carbonation. Smell is very mild, some corn notes. Taste is virtually non-existent, nothing offensive, just very weak beer flavored water. Feels light in the mouth and overall left me wanting a beer.

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Photo of sliverX
1.61/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured a typical straw yellow with a rocky white head that faded fast to a ring around the edge
Smells sweet and reminds me of white grape juice, yep thats all I pull from it.
Taste.... Take 1 part cheap beer, 1 part white grape juice and about 8 parts water and that's what this tastes like. Nasty in my opinion, If I had to give up beer this would never be an option.
Mouthfeel is a but heavier than say water or coors light and well carbonated.
This is just not drinkable, it's torture I feel bad for the sink drain even.
Thanks Woody...

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN you believe that this is my sixth NA beer of the afternoon and in CANs, no less?!? I will be glad to take a break, however.

From the CAN: "Quality Since 1863"; "Smooth, Refreshing Brew"; as of Sa, 15 July 17, identified as from Fred Koch Brewing Co., Rochester, NY. Hmmm.

I got it poured into a glass, I left it briefly to settle so that I could pour the remainder out of the CAN and the head completely disappeared! Color was an odd pale golden-yellow. It was not as light as lemon-yellow, nor was it as deep as a gold. Interesting, plus it had NE-quality clarity, which is expected. Nose was cereal sweet, but I am thinking that is more the standard for the style and almost to be expected. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light lager-like taste on the tongue. Finish was lightly sweet and somewhat tasty. Not bad, but not cooler worthy, either.

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Photo of nicholas2121
2.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Penn's Best N.A. is a Low Alcohol Beer, brewed by the Pittsburgh Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of less than 0.05% I got may hands on some of these for free and said why not. This brew pours out a light amber color with a small head. The smell is light with grains and malts. The taste is light, with a hit of malts and grains. The mouthfeel are just like beer with water. Penn's Beast N.A. is a clean and smooth brew. I would drink this brew if I wanted a brew with out the buzz. This beer is just what it is Low alcohol. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3.5 out of 5.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.51/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours up a clear, yellow body with no more than a thin, dispiriting ring of white bubbles on top.

Smell: Incredibly mild, clean nose with only the faintest hint of sweet malts and little else.

Taste: Just a mere hint of light pale malts with a mere shadow of perceived sweetness and imparted graininess. Transient hint of ill-defined hop character and almost nil bitterness. Quick, clean, but weak finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery, why-don't-I-just-drink-water mouthfeel.

Drinkability: So clean and mild that it's a very empty experience. If a fine beer is a rich, vibrant oil painting, than an NA beer is a blank sheet of white paper.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color with a white head that actually leaves a pretty decent amount of lace and retention.

S- The aroma is a faint amount of grain with just a touch of hops. There's not much going on in the aroma. It's pretty faint and barely smells like beer.

T- The taste is light and crisp with some grainy malt and a small hint of hops in the finish. Not bad, there's nothing really offensive in the taste but it does lack in flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- The drinkability is obviously pretty high considering the low amount of alcohol. It is a decent No Alcohol beer that is one of the better that I have had within the style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.83/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears a pale straw hue with a large white quickly dwindling head. Aromatics provide tart acidity and mild corn and rice sweetness. I'm also getting some apple juice like tones as well, kinda smells like a Jolly Pumpkin brew minus the oak barrel effects, yeah right. Flavor is no really beer like again more tartness mild sweetness some apple juice like flavors arise in the taste. No real hop character going on, yep another nonalcoholic brew not worth drinking. I picked this one up for my pregnant wife while on vactation as a novelty. Mouthfeel is carbonated water. Drinkability overall is piss poor, what's the point. At least if it tasted good we need some non alcoholic imperial ipa's on the market.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I liked OM's NA and agree that it was one of the best NA's I've had. Now, there's a new NA in cheaptown that I can buy late-night from a grocer in Pitt.

This was 2.49 for a 6 pack! It wasn't chokeable and resembled Sterling. It was a funny note that I could not guess, and then it came to me. Sterling without alcohol. But for an NA, I'd rate it much better compared to Sterling, also compared to OMNA, a close second.

It was a darker amber, a plus. It smelled sweet, but there were hops there, almost exactly like OM. Mouth? Beer. A little bit heavy on the carbonation and a little sharpness of soda water scores against it.

Taste, well, does it have any? Yes, it's hops, it's grain, it is a beer like substance, better than some of the other NA's. I guess the label "All Natural Ingredients: Water, Malt, Yeast, Hops"...means there are no adjuncts, and it doesn't have a nasty cheap beer aftertaste, but all NA's thus far had that "missing element", expected.

For the price, you know, this really is a pretty decent NA so it gets a higher score for price/drinkability. It's another NA I'd pick up if OMNA is not available.

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Photo of pentathlete
2.42/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Totally clear medium yellow. No head. No bubbles that I could see, no wait, there are a few. Smell is a little less overt than city water, but nothing foul. Taste is watery malt, more water than malt. No hops. Again, nothing foul, no skunkiness, no off flavors, just nothing assertive. Mouthfeel is thin, extremely watery. This can be consumed, but it doesn't taste much like beer. The O'Douls Premium was better.

Ready for the price? 89 cents for a can at Total Wine in Midlothian.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked up a six-pack to use as spacers for a Sunday afternoon picnic. Poured a medium amber color with white puffy head. Smells a little sweet with some malt noted. Taste is extremely light, but at least not offensvive. Finishes very refreshing. For an NA beer, this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Suds
1.93/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

My wife picked this up from the supermarket the other day. Granted, I didn’t expect much, but this is a fairly drinkable NA beer. It’s light yellow, with excessive carbonation. Thin head that quickly falls to nothingness. It’s got the expected wateriness, and the look and feel of an adjunct lager. Aroma and finish have a nice hoppiness, and there’s a grainy feel to the beer as well. I’m not asking her to buy any more (still not sure what she was thinking), but it wasn’t undrinkable.

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Penn's Best N.A. from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.82 out of 5 with 25 ratings