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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a light gold (what're the odds) with a thin, white head. Head dissapeares rather rapidly leaving no lacing. Nice carbonation though.

Smell: Simple malt and hop aroma, with no real discernable scent. Very average smelling, with a bit of sulfer....

Taste and Mouthfeel: Pilsener? Nah. Light lager at best. Corn and cereal tastes mix with just a faint, tiny tiny bit of hop bitterness. Really a let down. The mouthfeel is watered down a thin.

Drinkability and Overall: The newest of CBW bottled brew, and this one (as with the others) is sub-par at best. CBW really makes some fabulous brews, but the 3 I've had in 12 oz. bottles were dissapointing and bland. Now, if only they'd bottle their Kolsch...

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.41/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery
Aroma – none
Head – none. Bartender apparently chopped off what little there was. No ring, no layer.
Lacing – none
Body – light yellow, clear
Flavor – starts slightly bitter and slightly citrusy, faint taste of malt. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Example of a beer trying to phone it in. Or did she pull the wrong beer for someone earlier and just put it aside until someone else actually ordered it?

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 1, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 2.5

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden with a nice sized white head coats the glass with nice lacing decen appearance overall. Aroma: Cereal grain sweetness very light but semi-aromatic hop profile. Taste: Mellow flavors of lightly toasted two row pale malts slgiht grassy hop note tame unoffensive beer. Mouthfeel: Light bodied soft carbonation, clean on the palate. Drinkability: So so, not crazy about a beer aimed at the masses, it's a typical golden beer mild and drinkable lacking flavor.

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Photo of beergeek279
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as a sample at the Church Brew Works. The color was golden, with not much head. The smell was a low-alpha hoppiness over a very light malt. The taste was mostly a very light maltiness, with very litltle balance by the light hopping. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin. Drinkability, wouldn't really want another to be honest.

I'm not going to be too harsh on this beer because it serves its purpose: to satisfy the "Do you have Coors Light?" crowd. That said, I probably wouldn't have it again, as it's just not that interesting to me personally. Still, would probably buy it for a macro drinker as part of the conversion.

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Photo of hopdog
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with lukin013 (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of graininess and a light lemony citrus. Tastes follow of the same grains and citrus. Thinner body.

Notes from: 1/10/07

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Photo of aaronh
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a standard looking beer, pale golden yellow with a thin head. The aroma is delicate and not all that inspiring. The taste is better than a macro, but very light and clean with a very thin mouthfeel. However, you could drink this one all day and not realize it. Perhaps the near freezing temps outside detracted from the delicate nature of this beer. I will revisit this one in the summer. But it is very drinkable with low IBU (18!). I enjoy a little more assertive flavor profile in my brews. Not bad, but not what I was looking for in a "Celestial" beer.

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Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a regular lager, not really a pilsner. Malt in aroma. Nothing special but quaffable.Low hop flavour, IBU 18. Light mouthfeel. Lawnmower. Mixed bag from this brewery, and in their defence they are forced by peer pressure to brew these German beers.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a clear dull yellow. Fizzy white head disappears quickly. Splotches of lace in the glass. Nose? Not really. There's a whiff of earthy-grassy hop. Macro-esque flavor: can o' corn with some cracked grains. Virtually no aftertaste or memorable finish. Micro-brewed for the macro-seeking.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a yellow-golden color with almost no head that quickly leaves and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, grain, and hints of sour malts.

t - Tastes very lightly of grain and bready malts. Not bad, but virtually nonexistent.

m - Light to medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - Not a great pilsener. Not much to the smell or taste at all, and the high carbonation hurts it a little bit. Wouldn't look to have again.

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Photo of thethrone
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours translucent hay colored yellow with a generous white head which makes its way down to a thin layer. Lots of carbonation visible in the glass.

S - Smell of pale malts, with a biscuity/earthy aroma.

T - In addition to the malts, there is a hint of citrus underneath. The hops come in for a bite at the end, but it doesn't seem very well balanced.

M - Good carbonation, but the mouthfeel is a bit watery.

D - A good drinkable pilsner, but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of Derek
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-yellow, white head, no retention or lace.

S: Floral, catty, toffee sweetness, metallic.

T: Light bread, grassy, floral, slightly buttery.

M: Moderate body is smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: Good drinker.

I expect more from a "German" Pils, but this is really more of a new-world pils.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful yellow straw color. Very clean and clear looking.

Head is small but hangs on. Very carbonated. Bubbles rising with a vengence.

Smell is yeast, bready with a mix of hops.

Taste is bitter, hoppy and slightly sweet. Bubble gum notes come to mind.

Finishes fairly clean. Not your usual pilsner, but pretty good.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $30 for a mixed case...

The beer pours a dark golden colored base with a medium white head, minimal head retention and no lacing effects. The aroma and taste is one-half true pils (light hop) and one-half macro lager (corn-like malt flavor); nothing that distinguishable.

Light on the mouth and fairly drinkable.

Final Thought: I paid premium cash for a PBR+ like beer and expected something like a Victory Premium Pils... not satisfied.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub. Pale golden color with a compact white head with fair retention. Minimal lacing. Light hops and nuts in the aroma. Light body with a clean mouthfeel, and mild but flavorful hops taste. There is a bit of grass and malt in there too. The finish is effervescent and lightly bitter. Pretty good for the style.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Pittsburgh Bottle Shop

A- A pale goldenrod color. poor head but it does coat the top of the beer favorably. Leaves a decent splothy lacing on the pint as well. Clear and can be seen through.

S- smells just like pilsner. Dominant on the salty malts and vinegar like smell.

F- taste is same as nose but more malty on the tongue. a sour mash like flavor.

M- Smooth and not as malt heavy going down.

O- I am not a fan of pilsner so i hope this is fairly acurate but i think this is one of the ones i can stand. i have had better from CBW but this will do in a pinch.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a semi-hazy golden color.

S. Not overtly strong here, some malt, some doughy bread smell.

T. Grainy, light hops. Simple flavors. The malt flavor intensifies with some bitter hops to even it out. A little metallic twang is there. Not a bad pilsner at all.

M. Zingy carbonation and a light body. Slightly harsh.

D. Fairly drinkable. Not bad but not super fine.

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Photo of nukem5
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden colorwith tiny head.

S: Slight bready and hops with a bit of light malts.

T: Sweet crisp taste with a finish of sour malt and hop.

M: Light - Medium bodied with nice lacing down glass.

D: Nice drinkable pils and makes a great everyday beer.

Light flavor makes this a good beer to splash on almost any kind of fish while grilling did very well this time on some walleye.

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Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Celestial Gold pours an attractive gold color. It lives up to its name in that respect. It’s clear. When held to light it takes on a very bright gold look. There’s not much going on in the head department. There’s a surface covering of light, white bubbles. Doesn’t rise far above that. It’s quick to dissipate, leaving a very faint lacing behind.

The nose is pretty average. It’s a bit weak and needs more strength. The base is a tad malty and yeasty. It’s not bad. It’s rather grainy and grassy throughout. I suspect there’s some form of noble hop here. Hops aren’t all that prominent, but they do add a strong grassy presence. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. It’s not bad. It’s just not exactly good either. More strength might tip the scale to the positive side.

The flavor is a notch better. It’s fairly simply and straight forward, but it’s pretty good. It kicks off with a nice mix of malty and yeasty flavors. It’s very grainy and earthy. Hops are noted and definitely add a grassy flavor to the mix. Tastes like noble hops to me. It’s not all that bitter, but it is grassy and dry. Alcohol is very light and unnoticeable. Finishes earthy, grassy and dry. It isn’t spectacular, but it is pretty decent.

Celestial Gold has a light body. Carbonation is active and it does have a crisp bite. For the style, it works pretty well. It’s rather refreshing and is pretty easy to drink. I could handle a few of these in a sitting.

Church Brew Works did an alright job with Celestial Gold. It’s not going to compete with the world’s best German Pilsners, but it will do if you’re looking for a decent one in a pinch. Give it a shot.

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Photo of aracauna
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a pale and clear gold with a wispy, white head. The aroma is light and hard to pick up on. There is a touch of melon-like fruit in the flavor and the bitterness is very low. A sparkling body body turns this into a relatively tasty and very drinkable lager.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into my julius echter pilsner glass, and looks great. nice full head with concentrated bubbles and a hazy orange straw colored body.
smells a little dank with lemon and maybe corriander poking through... some kind of spice, its pleasant.
taste and mouthfeel are crisp and sharp. the herbal citrus jab is big and vicious, and makes a nice inturruption to alot of the other big hoppy, and/or thick viscous beers ive been drinking lately.
drinkability score is slightly lower just because i dont drink many pilsners and it takes a little getting used to.
overall very delicious.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear blond color with a thinner wispy white head that didnt last very long,aromas of toasted grain mainly with faint grassy hops underneath but like I said faint.The biggest flavor trait of this beer in my mind was the lightly toasted grain wich lent itself well with the grainy-like texture on the tongue there was a whisper of herbal/grassy hop that came in a pretty abrupt finish.The best thing that I can say about this beer as it down before I knew it and I drank a few quickly for Tigers-Pirates pregame.

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Photo of johanvond
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celestial Gold is Pale in color with a good amount of carbonation. Theres predominately malty sent and a biscuty taste, dry in the finnish with a slight hop pressence in the aftertaste. It's a refreshing beer with a good mouthfeel. Celestial gold is a no frills relaxing pilsner that you can enjoy without thought. Good for a game or after yardwork.

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Photo of nhindian
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Church Brew Works cervois.

A - Pours a light, straw colored beer, pretty clear body as well. The head is really nice, consisting of a rocky, snow-white foam with decent retention. A thick cap resides after the head is gone, with a half-inch ring circling the glass. The lacing is pretty nice, thin yet coating a majority of the glass.

S - The smell is faint, consisting of some malts and a good amount of bitter hops. Some grass and lemon zest, with a hint of spice as well. Nicely balanced for the most part but nothing out of the ordinary.

T - Given the smell and style, I'd say this is more bitter than other pilsner's I've had, but not overly so. The grass, lemon, and malt play second fiddle but it's a nice composition. Very easy to drink and as my mom is a fan of this beer, it must be inoffensive!

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is rather bitter, and gives an impression of slight staleness.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Certainly not my favorite style to begin with, but this beer isn't awful. Surprisingly filling, it pairs well with the pasta we had with it on first occasion. Not bad, but definitely not one of Church Brew Works' standouts, even if it is a flagship.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into logo church brew works glass (both courtesy of nhindian, cheers greg!). scant head that fades to little or no lacing, hazy golden straw coloring. awesome bottle cap.

s- light nose, slight sweetness, some hops noted, grassy.

t- somewhat sweet hint off the bat, very present noble hopping - with another hop varietal in there as well, the finish is moderately dry, slight lingering hop bitterness.

m- light to medium bodied.

d- not bad, glad for the chance to try a beer from this brewery, i'd drink it again, but since it's not a local for me i'm not sure that i'd seek it out.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this pilsner barely foamed at all, leaving only a crown of head and no lacing. bubbles of carbonation continue to rise through this very light golden brew.

Smells quite interesting for a pils. Not your usual bland smell, maybe a touch hoppier than I was expecting.

Taste is ..hm. I think non offensive is the best way to put it, perhaps to a fault. A tad on the watery side. Starts off smooth and ends with a fun little bitter crisp, but I would like a little more to it.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is at a good level. No complaints here.

Drinkability is good, I could pound these or sip them at a social level. That said, I would likely not try this one again.

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Celestial Gold from Church Brew Works
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