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

Poured a very nice light golden color with a bit of head, little lacing, though. Nice scent, clean and crisp with just a hint of spice. Nicely balanced taste between malts and hops, with just a little pepper taste. It goes down quite well. Not the best pils, but very nice to try, especially as it's a good local brew.

(Found in Ren Faire notes from August 2007)

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 MmmIPA
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a Lindemans flute.

First pour into my glass was almost all over my floor.Very over carbonted.Light gold body sits beneath a bone white thick head.Tons of carbonation.I had to wait till the head went down,it seemed like it took forever.Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of corn,rice and german malts.Smells like ass.

Malts and some slight hop flavor in this one and some fruityness in there.

Mouthfeel is slightly crips and pretty good with some slight carbonation problems.A bit watery in the mouthfeel dept.

Ide like to have this again but when its a bit fresher.

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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 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 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 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 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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