Pittsburgh’s Penn Pilsner


This week’s review is of a personal favorite of mine, Penn Pilsner. It’s brewed right in my home town of Pittsburgh by the Pennsylvania Brewing Company. I never realized how much good beer PA had until I started reviewing beer.

The Pennsylvania Brewing Company was founded in 1986 by Tom Pastorius. He wanted to brew authentic German Beers. That means all beers are made in accordance with the German beer purity law called, Reinheitsgebot. Germans are serious about their beer.

Their flagship brand is Penn Pilsner, a Vienna-style lager that is based on the founder’s (Tom) favorite German Bier. It has a 5% ABV and comes in a brown bottle with a German style label on it.

Appearance (4/5): I love the color of this beer, it’s a dark rich yellow. The head is white and thick, but doesn’t hang around long. This beer looks good.

Smell (4/5): It smells a little like sweet corn, but it also has the crisp smell of alcohol. Its doesn’t have a overly hoppy smell.

Taste (4/5): It tastes just like it smells, sweet with a touch of hop bitterness. This makes it both enjoyable and refreshing to drink. It goes down smooth.

Mouth Feel (4/5): It looks lite but it does have some body to it. This is something I like; I don’t like beer that feels like water going down.

Drinkability (5/5): I would love to have a case of this on a cool summer day. It has a good light flavor with enough body to keep my mouth entertained.

Overall, I give this beer 4.5 out of 5 bacon strips. You can read other reviews about this beer at BeerAdvocate.com.

Feel free to comment with your own review of this beer. Also remember to check out my other reviews of Dominion Oak Barrel Stout and Yuengling Traditional Lager.