Pennbrook Lager | River Horse Brewing Co.

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Pennbrook LagerPennbrook Lager

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 01-27-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.61/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Contract brewed for the Bucks County Brewing Company; the label reads "Pennbrook Traditional Amber Lager" - an obvious attempt to cash in on the immense popularity of Yuengling's Traditional Lager.

A rough pour will bring up a two-fingered head of off-white foam over a clear amber body. The head drops shortly to a creamy collar. The aroma is mildly malty and slightly earthy. The body is thin with a fine and moderate carbonation that leaves it lightly crisp on the tongue. The flavor, like the aroma, is limited with just a mildly sweet maltiness. It appears to be fairly well-attenuated, but finishes with a dull and sticky maltiness in the mouth. It seems that the bitterness has been heavily restrained to allow what sweetness the thin malt does have to come through. Some dextrine malt may be in use as well. As you progress through the glass the alcohol starts to develop on the palate. It's not that its level is high, it's just that there's very little malt (and even less hops) to mask it. It's quite boring, not well-balanced, and lacks drinkability due to the sticky finish - not recommended.

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Photo of oberon
2.84/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The guy at my local beer store recommonded this one,why?Pours a light amber with almost no head to speak of,very thin body.The aroma was a little nicer a little sweetish and malty,the taste was a little watery with a malt smack in the finish that leaves a decent aftertaste.Not as good "Y" for sure.No more recommendations from the beer store guy for sure.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with no head, just some evidence of CO2 bubbles. There was a light maltiness on the nose. It was an exquisitely clear golden yellow color, which is the only aspect of it that raises it above "average". It had a really light mouthfeel with a light malty taste in the mouth. The finish was also light with a slight malty aftertaste. It just did not do anything for me, but I suppose that it was decent enough to return to, if the occasion arose.

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Photo of Gavage
3.21/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gold color with a thin head. Numerous large carbonation bubbles were frantically rising in the drink. Barely any aroma. The flavor is a very basic lager, malts with some mild bitterness. Slightly more flavorful for the tastebuds than average lagers.

The mouthfeel is light and slightly crisp. Very clean aftertaste. Nicely drinkable. A beer for macro drinkers who want try a micro that won't offend them and discover some flavor in beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared from a friend's 6-pack. Pours a clear amber with a short white head. This beer is a bit unremarkable, I found it hard to describe at first for lack of stand-out flavors. Really, it's just a simple, clean, drinkable lager. I might call it an "amber" instead of "all-malt" as it has a little caramel to it, but it basically has a sweet bready malt flavor balanced by a small hit of spicy hops. Nothing big here, just a sessionable lager.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, coppery-amber with a 1 finger creamy bone colored head. Retention was short, lapsing to a patchy covering within the first minute. Visible carbonation was light and lazy with but only a few streams observed. Not much , if any lacing was left behind. Overall for a lager was dark, with an interesting coloring.

S: The nose had fresh pine needles with light sour citrus notes. Soft traces of apple cores and oranges are found as well a nice maltiness rounding things out.

T: tart, with hints of sour citrus (oranges), with a brief showing of fruitiness of green apples along with a cidery touch. The malting was quite nice, toasted grains with a woodsy touch which was accompanied by a fairly aggressive hoppiness per style. The malting leaves a husky, and toasted-grain lacing behind while dry sour apple cider notes and a citrusy hopping is also well noted.

M: medium full, grainy and husky, with toasted feel. A sour citrus hopping and grainy residual powdery malting laces the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Overall not my ideal session material, the flavor just doesn't blend well together. An average drink at best and honestly wouldn't flip for a six pack or drink in multiples.

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Photo of weeare138
2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears an amber color with a small white head that lasts for about 30 seconds. Tiny bits of lacing.
Smell is of light caramel malt.
Taste is of the watered down lager with a slight caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and watery flushing away any solid taste of anything.
Mouthfeel is light and fizzy with mild flavors.
I wouldn't want more than one of these.

Not so good, Al.

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Photo of ZAP
2.19/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Kind of an odd lager...pours a clear, good looking rich gold color...1/2 inch frothy head....nose is sweet....almost a hint of barley..body is light and lacks substance....taste is bland..there are macros with more flavor than hops to speak of and the malt profile borders on an adjunct style beer...has a corny, adjunct like mouthfeel....

I guess it's all in the perspective....throw this in a can of Busch and I'd say it was OK...put it in a bottle of a stylish microbrew and I sya it's not OK....I would never pay decent $ for this and it's doubtfull I would buy it on the cheap either....there are so many better lagers available...

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Photo of dsa7783
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Palisade Liquors in Jersey City...
Appearance: Clear, light-copper, bronze hue, slight carbonation... minimal head, minor lacing...
Smell: Minor malt aroma with hints of caramel and vanilla...
Taste: Slight hops balanced by a thick dose of malts... caramel and vanilla likewise noticeable on the tongue along with a heavy suggestion of bread and butter nuances...
Light-to-medium-bodied mouthfeel...
Fair level of drinkability...
All in all, nothing special... Mediocore at best...

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Photo of hopdog
2.43/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy, medium orange color with a smaller white head. Malty aromas of caramel and toffee. Bread in the tastes on top of the caramel. Lightly sweet. Smells better than the tastes. Watery and thin body. This one started out looking good then went to smelled OK to tasted not so good to ending with body bordering on nasty. Nice downward spiral.

Notes from: 12/16/04

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

River Horse- Pennbrook Lager

A- Beautiful deep golden orange with a thick frothy head. Small 1 ringed lacing.
S- Sweet sugary corn husk. Light caramel malt grains.
T-Sweet sugar malt, husk and toasted grains.
M- Light and sweet, very grainy. Slight lemony finish.

Overall- Not bad for $5.60 a 6pack!

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Photo of dgherm
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of AltBock
2.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle that has a plain and simple label of a man fishing on a river. Don't get confused by the Bucks County Brewing. It's River Horse all the way!

When poured into a Flying Fish standard pint glass, this "Amber beer" is a clear amber/orange hue with an less than 1/2 inch head of fizzy white bubbles. It didn't take long for it to dissipate into a handful of fizzy rings and no lace. None whatsoever! The aroma was light with crispy floral hops, lightly toasted malts, and a pinch of peanut butter. That's a first! It's a good thing that the taste didn't have any peanut butter in it, but however it did have a light taste of toasted malts, crispy floral hops, and the slightest touch of lemon zest at the finish. The mouthfeel was too light and was overly carbonated. Most of the time the carbonation covered up what little taste there was in this beer. There was that and it had a faint aftertaste of crispy floral hops and a splash of apple juice. I honestly wouldn't drink this River Horse beer again. It's worth a shot if you can buy a single and it's less than $1.

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Photo of ATPete
3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

brewed and bottled by the Bucks County Brewing Co. Wilkes Barre i missing something?

A- Decent looking beer, nice amber brown color, orange highlights, a small off white head and lots of cola-like visible carbonation.

S- Lots of detectable roasted malts and a woody, chocolatey sweetness.

T- Very malty, a bit unbalanced, it could use some more hop bitterness for sure. A caramel sweetness and a slight fruity note on the finish.

M- Heavy for a lager, but thats a good thing.

D- Eh, it feels like a session beer but there's just not enough going on to drink more than 3 in a sitting before undeniably noticing the lack of hops and craving bitterness.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At my weekly card game someone brought a case of this Pennbrook Lager. They stated that the store clerk said, that it was supposed to be similar to Yuenglings' Amber Lager...not exactly. Pours a nice amber color. With a rough pour the head still drops quick to a short creamy collar. The aroma is mildly malty. The body is fairly thin with moderate carbonation and lightly crisp. Overall a average Amber lager. I found out that this costs the same as I'll probably never purchase this.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.7/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Randy for this beer.Im not expecting much but lets see whats here.

Amber colored beer.Nice white head that falls flat fast.Fizzy carbonation.Grainy,malty smell.Typical lager smell.Actually nice taste,Im shocked it has taste to it.Its a clean taste but still some taste there.Easy drinking and could be a great beer to tailgate to or at summer partys.Its a sweet taste to it and cant really taste any hops.Ide have again.

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Photo of AudioGilz
2.1/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light copper brew with ample carbonation that stays a while in the appearance and mouthfeel. The head is rather fizzy though, a bit of a turn off. Very faint aromas of lightly toasty and bready malt; and that's about it, not much to smell here. Very light flavor profile; tiny bit of bready malt, a weird twang in the background, watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Everything about this brew is thin and faint; that being said it's a touch better than most macro-brewed light lagers. I'll take a properly chilled pour of this beer over Bud, Coors, or Miller for sure. However in the Microbrew market alone, it falls well short of interesting.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had some of these at a BBQ I was at. The beer pours a good shade of amber with a thin little head that disappears. Smelled of light carmel malts, and faintly bitter hops. Taste was decent, nothing incredible. Light fruit feel to the malts used, similar to Yuengling Lager. There is a nice push of bitter hops towards the end. Easily drinkable, especially when cold. I think I heard someone mention this was $16 a case. With that, it's not in the same league as other micros that cost nearly double that. So, given what it is, it's a nice easy drinking lager. I found it strange that it is brewed in NJ but has Bucks County plastered on the label. Now that I see this is really a River Horse product, I'm not really too surprised at the average-ness of this beer.

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Photo of stegmakk
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pored golden with head that dissapeared in an instant...
Aroma was earthy like malt...but not in a good way...
Taste was watery but with a kick of malt in the real blend or anything of flavors...while it wasnt wretched or poor just wasnt good...average at best...
Mouthfeel like i said...a little watery...
I won't buy this again or ask for it...but if it was handed to me...I wouldnt say no

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Photo of Vendetta
2.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours clear yellow with a thin head. No lacing.

Aroma is a faint hint of light fruits.

Tastes of malt, a bit of fruit, but nothing is very apparent. This is very much a token light beer in my opinion.

Palate is resting on a thin, overly carbonated body that isn't all that enjoyable. At least the thinness leads to drinkability in for nothing else the fact that these brews aren't filling at all.

Steer clear, this one isn't really worth trying.

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Photo of drcarver
2.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Flat dark yellow color with a small off-white head

A - clean and slight hop aroma

T - Slight bitter-sweet finish with a short after taste.

M - Light and watery. Flat with an astrigent feel.

D - Goes down easy. Could drink it all day if you really wanted to.

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Photo of Schmidts
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours Amber in color with a nice malt smell! It is a little sweet and nicely Malty and rather refreshing! It has a nice feel in your Mouth and surpirsed me how nice it was to sit and just drink 3 of them. It is very drinkable. It was a nice surprise as I got it on a very good sale and I find it to be a good drinkable lager! And A Bargan for the Price

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Photo of Drewcifer
2.54/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the first few craft beers I tried years ago. Back then, I thought is was pretty good. So, I saw a case, and at the price, I figured I'd forego my bi-weekly higher-priced craft case. My bad.

The appearance upon pouring is probably the best thing this lager has going for it. A nice golden-amber color, a nice head that dissipates quickly, leaving some bubbles still clinging to life around the top.

The smell, though, is probably the worst part. Earthy and malty, not in a good way, almost slightly skunky. Definitely not very pleasant.

The taste is pretty average, fairly bland. A little more taste than your average macro lager, but not what you are looking for by going to the craft market.

The mouthfeel is quite decent, though. While the head disappears quite quickly, the carbonation stays, giving it a pleasant feel. Very enjoyable.

It's rather unfortunate that they can't or won't improve the taste and smell, as they really kill this brew and its drinkability. It's a slight step above your average macro, but a far cry from a beer you'd make a point to get a hold of.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
2.36/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pennbrook lager poured an orange color more than an amber as the label classifies it. The beer was way over carbonated, taking a couple of minutes to actually pour the bottle into a mug to let the fizzy white head settle out. I had descent head retention with medium bubbles and again, way too much carbonation. The aroma was of malt and some aromas left over by the yeast. I am guessing that this beer was not lagered long enough to let the yeast ester and phenols get absorbed back in to the brew. The taste was average; light and clean with little aftertaste. The hops are not very detectable but have an aftertaste of earthiness. Very thin in the mouth, but not watery. This beer can be a good session beer once you overcome the yeast taste (not bread like, but more of an incomplete fermentation in the lagering vessel). Overall, if you're looking for a micro and you usually drink CMB this would be a nice change, if you're a big micro drinker, try to find this in a bottle or a six pack so you don't have to drink an entire case of it.

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Photo of jpweisel
3.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at the brewery and the tour guide let me try the pennbrook lager even though it was not part of the regular tasting. I thought the beer was a pretty good lager.

I didn't even realize this was made by Riverhorse. It pours a amber/copper w/a small head. I enjoyed the taste and would recommend a try. Not the greatest example but still an ok lager.

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Pennbrook Lager from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 28 ratings