beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good pilsner, but flavor a bit thinner than I'm used to. The malt tastes a bit too roasted, or maybe not enough hops?
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 The Pittsburgh stuff is much better. More of the good stuff. Style Dortmunder Export. (Brewed by Frederick Brewing Company) This beer is darker (full gold) than a typical pils. The beer starts malty and finishes mainly malty with a touch of spicy hops. I find this beer to lack two key elements that I like in a pils, 1. dryness 2. A good dose of hops.
jeffwhalen (45) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first encounter with a "good" beer i.e. micro brew...remember being impressed with taste and the fact that it was a Pittsburgh Beer not from PBC.
Frank (2304) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In my limited experience, this rivals the almighty Yuengling Traditional Lager as the best PA brew. Pale color. Lively carbonation. Not as dry as most pilsners but that’s a good thing in this case as the sweetness comes from some very pleasant apple notes and is well balanced by hops in the finish.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good pilsner beer, better than those american standard beers which they call pilsners, nice and crisp, slightly hoppy...I’m a bigger fan of the darker beers, but this is a decent pilsner.
jelifish (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The funny thing about this beer is that it is not a pilsner, but a German lager. It should not be classified as this style. As far as German lagers go, it has some nice qualities. It’s fresh, crisp with a medium malt taste. The nose is very light at best.
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very good beer from the penn brewery...just dark enough...but very smooth. Good for any time of the year.
beermonger (11) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Penn Pilsner is really not a bad beer at all. On a par with Sam Adams Boston Lager. It’s worth $20ish per case; something you can give to your friends at a party without feeling like a complete goof. Certainly the best beer you can get at PNC Park, whilst rooting for our pathetic Buccos.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Update: A good sample of this reveals some very good flavors and fine balance. Nothing stands out particularly, but it remains a fine spicy pilsner with a rich palate. Old: Not how I remember it. This one is metallic and rather unappealing. Some nice aroma and pleasant apple throughout with hints of butterscotch (but both at restrained levels). Something’s off--need another sample.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2002
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20