Celestial Gold | Church Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
147
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
19.55%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 147
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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"It is best to live with honor for just a day than with dishonor for many decades; better a short lived celestial swan than a century-lived crow."

--Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Shiny Kruggerand gold with sun-faded lemon borders. Even though the eggshell colored cap is small, it looks good. Steady carbonation ensures longevity and the glass has a bit of lace when all is said and done.

The nose delivers the usual German pils notes of pale malt and musky-grassy Euro hops. It doesn't smell like this will be hugely hoppy beer, but it does smell like it will be a pretty good version from Pittsburgh's best known brewery.

Celestial Gold is a solid take on the style that neither thrills nor disappoints. It's a bit light on the malt end of things, but what do you expect at a light lager-like ABV? Since there aren't many sugars for balance, bitterness is greater than expected... which is a good thing.

Untoasted grains don't provide much flavor, leaving the spotlight clear for a firm shot of Saaz (or something similar) hop flavor that is bitter grassy and somewhat spicy. This is decent beer solo and should go well with most foods.

The body/mouthfeel, while lighter than I usually like, is appropriate. Sparkly carbonation is sharp-edged at first, but settles down by the middle portion of the bottle. Well-buried bubbles wouldn't have worked as well.

Church Brew Works Celestial Gold German Style Pilsner isn't as heavenly as its name would suggest. That said, it's clean, hoppy, drinkable... and enjoyable. Thanks to mgbickel for the trade.

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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 Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the brewery

It's no secret that I don't like lighter beers like pilsners, but I gotta say, I found this one pretty dang tasty. Poured a clear straw-yellow with a small white head that fizzled down rather quickly, but left some nice lacing on the glass; bubbly carbonation popping to the surface from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of pale malts, corn, grains, light hops, crisp and surprisingly unoffensive. More of the same in the taste: pale malt, sugary sweetness, grassy hops, light and crisp. Light-bodied, tasty, and very easily drinkable. Quite nice for a style that I don't often care for.

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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 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 RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear straw. Almost invisible grain nose. Minor roasted grain flavor with a slight earthy edge. Minor bitter tone. Decent carbonation. It's easy to drink, but nothing real interesting going on. More of a crowd pleaser for the non-adventurous beer drinkers. Also definitely doesn't strike me as a real strong german pilsener. Seems more just like a standard lager.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle care of my friend visiting from Pittsburgh. No indication of bottle date or freshness but it should be fresh considering it was just picked up at the brewpub.

Poured into a pilsner glass, this brew appears a straw yellow color that is fairly clear for the most part with only a couple particles stuck in suspension. The head appears with about a fingers worth of strength but does not retain long. The white head receeds leaving a faint amount of lace on the glassware.

The aroma is light, grainy sweet with a faint touch of buttery tones mingled with a minor twang of sulfur. Also included is a display of noble german hops that are for the most part herbal with not much other noticeable character.

The taste of this brew mimics the aroma. Upfront a fresh light grainy sweetness is met with the noble herbal flavor of hops. The hops have much more flavor that bittering component which is quite enjoyable for this style. However, the bitterness of the hops is there to keep the grainy sweetness in check. The alcohol is well hidden and my overall impression is of a light brew, crisp finish and refreshing.

It has a medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation. Not my favorite pils by any stretch but it is decent.

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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 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 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 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 ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed case from Wide-Lo Beverage, Somerset, PA, while on vacation.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the clear golden brew. Head fades quickly, minimal lacing. Aroma is slight, consisting of pale malt and light earthiness. Flavor also starts with pale sweetness, gives a quick shot of crisp hoppiness, and then fades away. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with easy drinkability. Not much to note here, but on the plus side nothing bad to note, and it is thirst-quenching.

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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 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 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 DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass.

3.5 A: Clear straw color. Three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and scattered wisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: A potent blend of grassy hops and grainy malts. It could be a bit cleaner, but it's good enough overall. Hops are secondarily floral. A touch of bready yeastiness to round it out.

3.5 T: Again lots of grassiness. Very mild, appropriate bitterness. Malts are grainy and bready with a mild caramel note. Cleaner than the nose. A hint of earthiness on finish.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth. Very nice here.

3.75 D: Tasty and well made without any real problems. The mouthfeel makes this one an easy one to session.

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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 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 Florida9
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light gold in color with a little haze. Forms a small white head that reduces to a patchy surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Light pale malts and the tell-tale scent of noble hops.

T: Light malts and sweet graininess with a fair dose of the noble hops. Finishes with a peppery bitterness.

M: Lighter bodied with appropriate carbonation.

D: A very respectable take on the style. Maybe could have used a bit more malt, but I found this beer to have a clean, crisp, refreshing flavor that would likely appeal to most non-craft beer drinkers.

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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 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 msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited Church Brew Works this past July and tasted a small sip of the Celestial; thought I wouldn't try it again unless we made a return trip to Pittsburgh. To my surprise, a 12 oz. bottle worked its way into the deal when Sebletitje sent a box my way. Chilled in the fridge, then poured to (what else?) the CBW pint glass.

A: Golden pour, more 'straw' at the edges, deeper 'buttercotch' at the core. Surprisingly cloudy/unfiltered (more a 'hefeweizen' look). Bounty of fizzy white head; a less-than-careful pour down the middle yielded 4+ fingers, necessitating a quick paper towel grab. Not much carbonation visible; nor much head after the initial crown ebbs. Flecks of lace.

S: Biscuits with flowery-sweet honey. Perfumed with a touch of clove-like spice, a dusty/dry nostril-clearing tingle later. Curious...still not 'Pilsner' to me.

T: More sweet honey, lightly grassy, more intense spice backing. Full of wheat/cracker flavor, a deft touch of lemon. Again, a tough one to judge since it seems sweeter than the style it claims to represent, yet I don't have big problems with the pleasing end result.

M: Crisp feel! Plenty of carbonation in the the mouth and a well-spiced, refreshingly balanced finish. Still plenty sweet (more malt than biting hop dryness), light-medium body that fills out nicely.

D: Again, still not sure how accurately this portrays a 'German Style Pilsner', but I honestly am not opposed to it at all. A tasty, 'bright'-feeling brew that (at just over 4%) is easy and quaffable. Though fall has fully set in here in Oregon, this was a perfect conclusion to leaf-raking/accompaniment to football-watching. One I'd have again - thanks Seb!

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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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