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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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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

A - crisp clean gold color with a bubbly head. no really lacing once the head recedes.

S - crisp slight maltiness. Bread and hints of pine.

T - delightful. bread overtones are covered quickly by hop bitterness. finishes with a slight metallic tang.

O - very nice pilsener.

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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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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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Celestial Gold from Church Brew Works
3.53 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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