In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Penn Brewery Penn Gold

Aroma: “Light bread-crust malt aroma and some esters including floral, apple, cherry. The apple builds with a light cider aroma blending with the sweet malt. It’s not unpleasant, but very unexpected for a helles.”

Flavor: “Thin bodied. Almost Kölsch-like. Light esters, very mild hops flavor. Light bitterness is stronger than the hops flavor. Incredibly mild flavor. Faint malt sweetness and still a touch of that apple flavor. Some grain-husk character, but it’s not excessive. Nice hops flavor and bitterness in the finish.”

Overall: “Nice malty flavors. Has a little sweetness with a nice level of hops bitterness in the finish to balance it out. It’d be refreshing during the intense heat of summer.”