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Celestial Gold | Church Brew Works

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Celestial GoldCelestial Gold

Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 150
Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW - the bottled versions must be much better than on draft since I'm the only one to review a bottle so far and it was excellent!

Straw colored (unfiltered with floating sediment), decent white head, and good carabonation. Flowery, grassy hop aroma dominates. Nice balanced hop and grain flavors. Medium-light bodied; crisp, dry, and a bitter finish that lingers long.

A nice American take on the German Pils.

Per Bottle: "German Style Pilsner"

Per CBW website:
OG 10.5o Plato
IBU’s 18
Color 2.5oL Blond
Alcohol 3.1% w/w
Approx. Calories per 16 oz. Pint 200
Approx. Alcohol Content 4.1% by volume
Grain Pilsen, Munich, Cara Pils
Hops Lublin, Crystal

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Photo of muskiecf
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Pilsner. This is refreshing, hoppy (not overly so), clean and smooth. I think it's a good interpretation of a classic German Pilsner. Try it. It usually takes a bottle to get a taste going for this one. After that it's easy to session these.

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Photo of smerkinb
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review from notes taken 8-29-08
Perfectly clear pale gold. Head not able to assess as I didn't see the pour and there was no room for head in the glass.

Smells floral, and clean.

Malty smoothness blends with the floral from the nose. Tasty and balanced with some sweetness but clean crisp sweet not anything cloying or out of line.

Perfectly balanced lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Finishes lightly dry.

This beer is ultimately drinkable. If it was available this would be my go to beer. Perfect for a hot summer day. Refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

What a nice, quality German Pilsener from CBW. It pours a clear pale gold with a nice effervescent white head that holds very well and leaves a good bit of lace. A good looking brew to be sure.

Clean, spicy maltiness with some dim yeastiness and a good amount of those distinct Saaz Pilsener hops. Robust and spicy. A light citrus character is present as well. Simple but classic and exactly what I look for in a quality example of the style.

Bright and lightly malty with a nice yeasty note up front. A big dose of spicy Saaz hops. Not super bitter but clean and even a bit floral. Slightly sweet with a subtle note of lemon and some good spice: coriander and pepper. Very nice and well rounded. Classic and traditional but not conservative. Well crafted throughout.

Refreshing with a distinct spicy crispness. Bright and lively but still with curiously low/moderate carbonation. The brightness really comes from the hint of citrus tang and spice. Moderate bodied, maybe even a bit heavier for the style with some lingering grainy texture and a mostly slick finish.

The drinkablility is exceptional, with a very low abv this is and ideal session beer. Often times brews with an abv this low (4.10%) are watery or dull but this very satisfying and excellently flavored. Definitely delivers in all aspects. A fantastic rendition of a classic style, well done. One of my favorites from CBW.

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Photo of rmolledo
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours Like a golden champagne. Huge bubbly head. Crystal Clear.

S: pilsner malt. floral and piney hops. As it warms there is more of a fruity aroma.

T: Cider-esque. Malty goodness. Nice and crisp. Yeasty. Not too much to this but it is enjoyable.

MF: not as carbonated as the giant head led me to believe but it is still moderately high. Dry as a bone. light bodied.

D: Very session friendly and enjoyable. A great after work pilsner.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slighty hazy golden color with moderate white puffy head. No retention.
Smell is summer fruity, with distinct notes of peaches.
Taste is also sweet and crisp. A nice hoppiness begins to present itself in the back of the mouth, and nicely balances the maltiness.
A well made beer with easy drinkability. Would be nice on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden-organge body with a champaigne bubble supporting a white head. The foam sticks to the glass with each sip.
S- This beer has a soft perfumed sulfury note with a raw grain smell that grows as the beer warms.
T- The soft pale malt flavor has a dry slightly sulfury green finish.
M- The light mouthfeel finishes with a tight fizz.
D- This beer has a smooth balanced malt and hop profile but still soft and the sulfur was a bit strong.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle. This brew is light and crisp. Slight hoppy flavors, but more flavor comes from the sweet malts. Slight lemon zest flavor. Doughnut like sweetness and malts in the smell. The mouthfeel is smooth somewhat watery. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pokal glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a nice fluffy white head about 2/3 inthc thick when first poured. About 5 minutes after being poured, the head settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and lots of little bubbles continuously rising to the surface of the beer. with a nice thin layer of foam at the beer's surface. Not too much lacing though. Has a nice grainy malt aroma with a slight hop presence too. I wish the aromas were a bit stronger overall. has a good grainy, slighty sweet, malt flavor upfront followed by a pine and citrus and herbal hop flavor with light hop bitterness. Good balance of flavors here. Has a very crisp yet smooth and forthy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A very enjoyable beer and spot on for the style. I could see myself enjoying this beer mroe on a nive warm suumer day or eveneing rather than on a cold, cloudy, wet February day tough.


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Photo of bjohnson
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to skinnyelvis for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a golden straw color with a thin one finger white head. Thin retention on top with a bit of bubbly around the edges.
S: Grassy straw aromas with nice floral hop presence. Toasted grain notes balance out the aroma. Slight sugary presence also.
T/M: Floral hop notes with a slight citrus fruit background. Excellent hop profile. Toasted grains play a nice back seat. Slight bitterness in the finish with a grassy and grainlike aftertaste. Crisp and easy drinking.
D: A fine session pilsner and definitely one for the summer months. Smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of mhewes
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a hazy golden color with a good head that goes down pretty quickly.

S : Mainly a floral hop presence along with some bready malts

T : A light malt flavor with a good hop bit on the end. Light fruit/bubble gum flavors

M : Dry, crisp, refreshing

D : A good light refreshing pilsner. One I could easily drink on a summer day.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Church Brew Works

Appearance: Golden, medium lacing

Smell: Quite a noticeable hop presence, clean, with a husky kick

Taste: Very good, wow. A sharp hop bite, but just above, (or below par for golf players) in terms of hop tastes. Quite dry, but this lets the hop flavors really hold the realm of this beer. This beer has a light malty body, which really lends to the dryness and also lets the hops flex their muscle.

Overall: Quite an impressive German Pilsener. Easy drinking and flavorful. What more could you want?

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Photo of thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold in color, a little darker than I expected. The foamy head froze on the surface at an inch height. Lacing is impressive.

Green and floral hops with grassy notes and an authentic German pilsener malt. Very pleasing.

Nice and dry. Crispy with a bitter aftertaste. Pleasantly pilsener-esque with light grassiness and hardly any metallic flavors. Not very bright, just malty with a splinter of hops. Very balanced and drinkable. Nice body, if not a bit too milky. Carbonation is on the side of unplugged. It works.

Pretty solid. Without the usual craft fuck-ups for the style, however, it's slightly bland. Still hits the spot.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Capones. Clean German pilsener. Clear in color without much nose. Crisp & classic pils taste. Extremely easy to drink. I would put this up there with the other fine pilseners available in PA from Victory, Sly Fox, & Stoudts. I will buy this again especially for a hot summer's day.


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Photo of tugdriver7
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What the macros aspire to be. Beautiful amber color with quickly vanishing head. Heavy, bready malt in the nose and then a full malt taste. (Corn as well?) Very minimal hops bitterness for a pilsner; and rather heavy mouthful with less than expected carbonation. But I couldn't put it down. Very nice, satisfying taste. Hand carried from Church Brew Works in Pittsburg by "N" this weekend. I can't wait to get up there myself and experience it in person.

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Photo of Alkey
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured a clear pale gold with thin white head and very little lacing. Light scent of caramel malt and faint hop presence. Taste has light flavors of malt and hops . Mouth feel seems light/medium with a nice touch of carbonation. This brew is easy to drink and is thirst quenching for those that are in the mood for something light.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice German lager appearance. Clear straw yellow body with thick foamy white head. Head fades to 1/2 finger and leaves behind little lacing in the glass.

S- Pale malt with a refreshing hop balance.

T- Suprisingly sweet. A good balance of pale malt and caramel malt upfront. Refreshing mild bitter hop finish. Sweet caramel malt lingers. Tastes more to me like a Munich Helles than a German Pilsner. The malt is stronger than the hops but it is a nice light taste.

M- Low carbonation and light body. Smooth and creamy. Goes down easy.

D- Nice drinkable German lager. Something that I enjoyed and will have again. This is a great offering on tap.

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Photo of pezoids
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of their beer sampler. This one poured very light, clear and was golden yellow in color. A small filmy head topped this one off. The aroma yields some small grassy malt notes. The taste is light and crisp with a very nice fresh flavor. Slightly sweet, yet clean finish. Some grassy hoppiness tingles the tongue after taking a sip. This is a no frills and simple golden ale that anyone could enjoy. I like it.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into my Sunshine Pils glass. I got a huge pillow white head over a nice clear straw colored beer. The bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass are transfixing in their perfection. Beautiful. The head slowly fades in places, leaving rock-like protrusions and lovely lace clinging to the side of the glass.

Interesting aroma of bubblegum and very mild skunkiness. A decent bit of hop spice in there as well. Taste has some light malt character and the noble hop up front and a bit of the tutti frutti, then a more bitter lingering finish than I would expect.

Light bodied, perfectly carbonated, and eminently drinkable. I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light golden body with just a touch of cloudiness to it. A very white head that doesn't have much retention or leave any lacing.

The aroma has some grain to it, pilsner malt, and just a hint of noble hops.

I honestly thought this was a czech pilsner and not a German pilsner based on the flavor. The real classification doesn't make me feel much differently about the beer, but I felt it was an interesting observation. The flavor consists of the same elements as the aroma. Some grainy malts matched with a pale pilsner flavor. Just the tiniest touch of hops; to me the hops taste like saaz hops, but there is a good chance I'm wrong. It's tough to tell when the hop flavor pops up only for a second.

The mouthfeel is moderate to a little full for the style, but the carbonation is on.

One thing about this beer is that it certainly is easy to drink, especially at 4.10% ABV.

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Photo of mjmbeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this on my trip to visit family in PA I got it in a mixed pack
Great golden color
Nice rich malty aroma
Taste is smooth a little tarter than I thought it would be
Kind of a bit to fizzy on the tongue but still good
I am very glad I found these mix pack
over all a good beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Fairly decent carbonation just a 1/4 inch of head that settles rather quickly. Bright clear yellow with mild bubbles.
S - A bit of pilsner malts, soft hop notes, swear I smell corn. Little to no skunk which is nice.
T - Very dry, slightly sour like a green apple flavor with notes and a minty sort of hop tone. Its actually quite good.
M - Light and fizzy easy to quaff back.

Overall quite a tasty brew worth picking up!

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to a good pal, leftmindedrighty!

Perfect clarity, disrupted only by a speedy and fluttering stream of bubbles. A healthy shine and light golden coloured body. A half-finger level of frothy white head. Plasters of lacing. The ideal looking pilsner.

Corn and adjuncts dominate the aroma, but they don't carry quite the same unpleasantness that macro lagers have. The stenching smell of corn syrup becomes overly sweet.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a crisp finish. Incredibly smooth. Considerably dry. Refreshing with a satisfying bitterness that snaps over the tongue at the end of long, full swigs.

Straw-like malts and grassy hops make up most of the flavour. A light but tasteful profile, true to style. The hops and malts compliment one another perfectly.

This is about as good as I've tried for North American pilsner; it is true to both its Czech heritage and the quality of proficient German examples. It is quite impressive to master a style that is so delicate - there's not a lot room for error.

This is a damn fine pilsner. (What more could you want Aaron? How about another bottle!)

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer from Church Works of the night. A good ole German Pilsner, right up my alley for sure. Also a nice break in the midst of our little tasting.

The pour was straight forward, light golden amber in color with lots of carbonation and a nice puffy head of white on top that lasted for a bit before fading back down leaving the top bare. The aroma was light bread, hints of grain, a touch of perhaps a bitter note, but far too light to be considered really good. But the taste improved on this dramatically as it was tight, crisp, clean and very well delivered. Smooth grain flavor with the lightest touch of grassy hops that pulled the flavor out just enough to make me come back again for another sip. Nicely done indeed. Very drinkable.

Overall this is something I would gladly drink a couple of while I mow the lawn or grill up some food. Nicely sessionable and a good cross over beer.

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Photo of mschofield
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with some chill haze, thin stark white head leaves broken bits of lacing.

Mild aroma, spicy hop, light grain

Spicy hops in the taste, clean and crisp. Firm bitterness up front with a light maltiness underneath.

Light bodied, easy drinker at only 4.2% ABV. Crisp, refreshing and would be a great summertime beer, tons of flavor at a macro light ABV.

thanks to radioscooter for this bottle

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