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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

355 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 20
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 03-06-2002

Authentic wheat beer, brewed in the Southern German tradition, won the Silver Medal in 1997 and the Gold Medal at the 2000 in Denver, Colorado. Penn Weizen is top-fermented, cask-conditioned, and very effervescent with a slight hint of tangy clove flavor.
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Ratings: 355 | Reviews: 234
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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

has to be one of the best American wheat beers,could be a world classic,to bad so many people havent had a chance to try this.Fiancees dad brought one down for me,great appearance hazy yellow orange with good amount of sediment in glass,great pillowey head.Spicy,clovey smell with some banana lingering thru.Very yeasty tasting and clovey,just a great traditional well made weizen will make a trip to the brewery again for sure after trying this.

Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The head was rather modest and the body was cloudy and bright orange.

Smell – This one has a nice, yeast base to the nose but lacks the typical banana and clove of the style.

Taste – The wheat makes it way to the tongue, but there’s an almost stinging citrusy twang that tastes like it came “mit limon”.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit larger than light-bodied with some intense carbonation that had trouble holding up in the mouth.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed drinking this Penn Brewing Hefe. It’s a good beer and went down quickly on a warm summer day. I think it needs some work though to fit the style standard.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Csmiley-Thanks!

A-Cloudy deep yellow almost orange look, minimal wite head
S-Banana, clove, and other spice. Good aroma excatly what you'd expect a hefe to smell like
T-Same tastes as smell but muted and slightly watery. A little surprised by the taste after the smell. As it warms started tasting better
M-Well carbonated with thin mouth feel
D-Very drinkable, but the thinner taste may have me reaching for something else.

Photo of Guden
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a crystal clear cream soda color before shaking up dregs and adding, became a hazy copper. No head to speak of.

S- big, delicious banana and clove, with a little bready wheat, and faint lemon and pepper.

T/M- comes off a touch watery and over carbonated with some carbonic bite. Other than that the flavors are a pleasant blend of moderate clove, moderate overripe banana and a little bit of fresh dough character from the grains and yeast.

O- a nicely balanced hefeweizen that seems just a touch packing in malt body and overdone in carbonation. A decent enough summer drinker but far from top in its class.

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back ... freshness date notched on the back label.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden yellow with a striking white lace.

Smell: Clove spice twang with hints of banana and pear.

Taste: Creamy and smooth mouth feel with a medium body. Crisp malty texture ... big lively spicy clove bite that rides on top of the rich carbonation. Mildly hopped and a decent amount of residual sweetness in the middle. Bready wheat with drying grain and trace yeast in the flavour finish the brew off.

Notes: Perhaps a touch too sweet though other than that it tastes like a freshly imported German Wheat Beer. A well crafted brew with all of the trademark flavours from the Bavarian Wheat Yeast. Bottled conditioned ... this adds to its complexity and drinkability.

Photo of merlin48
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 12 oz brown bottle on New Years Eve, after overhearing a staffer at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va., discussing it with another customer. My bottle is a week past its "drink by" date, but here goes. Pours into a tall pilsner glass a very hazy yellow gold, with a few yeast particles floating around. No head, even though I poured it according to the style and the label directions. Looks like homebrew. Nose is grapefruit, and a basket of pumpkin pie spices. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, basil.... and a tang of yeasty wheat. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, slightly yeasty, somewhat tart, a bit dry, and light bodied. Very interesting to the palate. Taste amazes. Vanilla, wheat, pumpkin pie spices(again), and a welcome wallop of nice tasting hops. The high carbonation rides all the way to the end, as do the hops. I can't recognize the kind of hops, but they're perfectly matched here to produce a very delicious and drinkable beer. Somebody in Pittsburgh, brewed up a fine batch with this one.

Photo of frenchblood21
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy orange...thin snow white head that disappears right away.

Smell- Bubble gum and clove up front...followed by orange and other citrus fruit.

Taste- Just delicious! Orange and just a hint of bubble gum. It honestly tastes like someone squeezed a whole orange in this beer.

Mouthfeel- Not the best...its surprisingly too thin, and it has just the faintest of alcohol burn in your throat. This is surprising, considering its only 5%.

Overall- Above average for its price/style. I am happy to have tried it, but I will not seek it out again.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle. Sampled at a neighbor's house. Ironically, a die-hard Coors Light drinker.

Appearance: Received in a pint glass with the obligatory lemon wedge on the side. A cloudy yellow appearance. Surprisingly thick head. Lasted quite nicely.

Smell: Fruity. Not like a pale ale fruity, though. Much sweeter. Stong hints of bannanas.

Taste: A bit harsher than other hefeweizens. Not nearly as malty sweet as I expected. Still, a tasty and refreshing beer. I could probably have done without the lemon wedge.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Slightly puckering effect (probably from the lemon), moderate carbonation, crisp and clean finish.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sitting on the deck at the end of summer watching the Steeler game enjoying the last of summer with a great wheat beer. Previsiouly reviewed in bottle form decided to review the last of this keg before the keg and the summer end.

Poured into a wheat glass,cloudy,golden yellowy color with a tall creamy white head leaving a crown of lace. Very lively carbination many whisps of tightly knitted tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

Clean,pleasing,moderate aromas,lots of clove,a tropical fruityness,bannana,some bubblegum,doughy,light toastyness,with subtle citrus.

Classic tasting wheat with clove,bannana,doughy/yeasty,spicy, with a nice citrusy tangyness with a spicy,slight citrus rind,tart, finish.

Light,creamy and zesty mouthfeel. Always a favorite summer beer for me with a classic wheat style. Very pleasing wouldn't be summer without this beer.

Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a wheat fan but this stuff is great on tap, huge haze, fresh smell and a rolling banana/ester flavor. No trace of a citrus/sour flavor to my tongue. A real refresher from Pittsburgh's North Side...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Penn Brewery is my local favorite they produce nothing but quality brews, and this could very well be the best bavarian style hefeweizen I have tasted. A fan of the style, the first thing I noticed when I cracked this bottle was that it smelled amazing. The appearance is a sunshine golden hue with a cast of haze (unfiltered) with an off white billowing head, which leaves a trickled lace down the sides of my glass. The aroma presents coriander, banana, cloves that stand very pronounced along with the malt and wheat in this wonderful beer. Flavor is very sweet primarily banana with citrus tones. Balanced by the bitterness of the hallertau hops, which give the back of the throat a sharp spiciness. Sharp but very enjoyable and balanced. True to Bavaria, awesome brew even a hint of a honey flavor is reminiscent in the flavor. Mouthfeel of this light-medium bodied beer is very fluffy mouthfeel, but after the swallow it leaves a nice light syrupy finish. Very drinkable, when I visit Penn Brewery I plan to make this one my session brew. Well done!!!

Photo of JohnW
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was served in normal US straight sided pint glass at Tanks Tap Room in Tampa FL. The usual expected medium gold colour with cloudy appearance, all that you would expect of a Weiss style beer. Aroma - fruity, bananas and cloves, though dry and crisp, with little hint of any sweetness. Very pleasant flavours, all that you would expect from a traditional wheat beer, though maybe drier than some, though with less depth of character than the finest German wheat beers. Very easy to drink, refreshing, crisp, citrus hints make it thirst quenching and more-ish. Enjoyed this very much, and if wheat beers are something you enjoy, then this is definately worth having.

John W
(B'ham UK) tried while in Tampa FL May 2006

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a lightly hazy orange hued body with lots of big bubbles. There is a big dish soap head that fades to a film of big bubbles around the edges pretty quickly.

S- The light smooth clove note is followed by wheat bread dough notes and a tartness finishes the smell.

T- The tart sweetness of wheat bread has a honey flavor to it with a soft yeast note and a softer green noble hop hint. There is a carbonic acid bite that finishes the taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry crisp finish.

D-I was surprised that the crisp smooth wheat beer still had full flavor and some nice depth to it. This is not a tradition big heavy Hefeweizen but more like a lighter Krystal Weizen. I would say one of the better American wheat beers.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Weizen

Appearance- Very hazy murky yellowish orange with a thick billowy head.
Smell- Strong Wheat, banana, and clove.
Taste- Huge bubblegum flavor. Tasted like juicyfruit gum. Sweet banana/ clove with fruit peach perhaps.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but big flavor and slighty dry in the end.

Overall- A nice big tasty Weizen. I'll keep an eye out for a 6er of this.

Photo of tastybeer
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer glows in my glass as a somewhat olive-brown golden orange haze topped by an initially towering head which turns fairly immediately to an 1/8 inch layer. Little bits of spotty lace are left around the rim. Nose is fresh, brisk and rather pleasant. Aromas include lemon zest, pepper among other spice, wild farm-like flowers, cream, fresh doughy bread, and of course bananas. Flavors include a semi-surprising but welcome amount of chewy Germany malts, spice, banana, tropical-like other fruits, and some almost syrupy lemon. Texture if very nice probably especially if you drink it at a good pace and don't let the carbonation flat out (which should certainly not be a problem). The texture is comprised of fine carbonation bubbles, smooth + creamy, and is somewhat frothy. Very drinkable as well.

A solid and pleasantly sniffable hefe and not to mention, a good option when you're looking for this style.

Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into an Aventinus weizen glass.

Appearance: Dirty water yellow and hazy as hell, with decent lacing and striking white head that stays pretty well above the top of the brew line.

Smell: As it warms the real yeast aromas and lemon come through (without the lemon in the glass, of course), along with slight banana, nuts, bread crust, and mild phenols. The faintest bit of hops comes through too, as the citrus is on the high end here.

Taste: Burst of lemon hits the palate first, with some malt sweetness coming up in the form of fruitiness, bread, slight banana, cream, the faintest tinge of clove, and finishing fairly sweet with a mild hop bite. I like this and it seems balanced and singular in many ways.

Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent, with less of a creaminess to the body that I was hoping would be present.

Drinkability: A solid example of the style. I'd like to have this on tap to really see what's going on with it, but I'd certainly enjoy it in the bottle again, as there are different things going on that make it worth trying, in the sense that it's not--at least to me in this sample--trying to fully emulate a German version of the style, but following some of its own agendas, which I admire greatly.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery. Unique in that it had a farmhouse aroma and saison taste. Seems to be an accident of he batch according to the bartender yet I liked it. Good yeasty taste and medium body. Did not have creaminess I would expect of the style and left a dry finish.

Photo of tweeder263
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a SUPER hazy yellow brew with a thin head.Thin but it lasted a bit. Smells of typical hefeweizen that i cant describe, i think its a slightly sweet smell. Tastes of a sweet brew,,lightly spiced,,typical wheat character. Pretty smooth and estery.Has some yeasty floaties in it too.Mouthfeel is standard. Drinkablity is good i could put a few of these away.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American hefe-weizen that stands up to Bavarian standards. Not as richly malty or complex as some of the classics, but better than a few of the not so well know Germans. Cloudy, yellow orange with copper highlights and a fluffy bright white head. The head diminishes within the first quarter of the glass but leaves a good collar and some nice lace. The aroma is fragrant, offering a grainy maltiness and the traditional banana and clove (well balanced toward the clove) as well as some vanilla and fruit. The mouthfeel is not as impressive as the upper-eschelon of Bavarian weizen, but certainly fully present in it's light to medium body and full carbonation. The flavor follows the aroma with an increased vanilla, some soft ripe plum, and a gentle touch of smokiness. Again, the balance is towards the clove, with a bitterness that keeps the beer from appearing sweet. The finish is dryish and spicy. Thirst quenching and extremely satisfying.

Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow, a plop of yeast that came out of the bottom of the bottle caused it to be very cloudy. Thin white head that lasted a while. Taste is medium banana sweet up front, turning wheat and clove mid-body, before finishing clove/light lemon tart. Light body, fairly crisp, with moderately high carbonation. Good hefe.

Photo of jmyers89
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, and a nice rich gold color

S-Bananas, Clove,( thats all I could get, recovering from a cloged nose)

T- Bananas, pears, a good sweetness, and a nice clove flavor to smack you're tougne at the end

M- Smooth, silky, and rich

D- very good, def. drink a 12 pack of this

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Paulys55, I finally get to try a bunch of traditional German-style beers brewed in Pennsylvania. This was the second one of them I cracked open (after Stoudt's Heifer-in-Wheat).

Appearance: Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my half-liter generic weissbier glass, Penn Weizen honestly doesn't look perfect. Hefeweizens can range in color from a muddy, almost green-tinged yellow to a bright, effervescent orange, and this one leans slightly toward the green-tinged end of the spectrum. Still, the old "weizen pour" produces a typically impressive three- to four-finger head, with moderate retention throughout drinking.

Smell: Very nice overall, if not absolutely flawless. The first thing that hits me is a sour-ish wheaty twang, which initially is a bit off-putting. Shortly thereafter, I get the usual complement of hefeweizen aromas: sweet banana, clove, yeasty bread, and a vague whiff of vanilla.

Taste: I'm very pleasantly shocked -- flavor-wise, this stuff is up there with the finest hefeweizens I've ever had, from both sides of the pond! Penn Weizen delivers everything presaged by its nose, but that wheaty "funk" is way in the background, while the vanilla is almost as prominent as the cloves. Oh, man, this is good stuff!

Mouthfeel: Plays perfectly with the flavor -- copious effervescence helps to fill the mouth and elevate the beer's inherent wholesome sweetness. That, combined with a typical-for-weizens low serving temperature, makes this a short-lived glass of beer -- it invites you to guzzle it down.

Overall: Although the appearance isn't stellar, and the nose highlights the beer's least pleasant flavor component, everything else about Penn Weizen absolutely sings. While not QUITE as flawless as Live Oak Hefeweizen, I wouldn't hesitate to pit those two beers against one another, particularly if both were served fresh and on tap. Penn Weizen is highly recommended to all fans of wheat beer...and, really, to anybody who "gets" hefeweizens in general!

Note: Before trying this beer, I had heard from a number of people that Penn's quality had drastically declined since they changed ownership sometime fairly recently. To tell you the truth, I had no idea such a change had taken place...this is the first time I've ever had a Penn beer.

With that in mind, if this is a noticeable step DOWN from what the beer used to be, then it must have been one of the greatest hefeweizens in the world prior to that widely perceived decline in quality. If anybody out there reads this and can speak to that objectively (i.e., is this beer truly any worse than it was a couple of years ago?), please drop me a Beer Mail!

Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with the yeast making a cloudy pale yellow color with a nice big fizzy white head. Aroma is wheat, clove, banana and some orange. Wow, if I wouldn't have known better I would have thought this was a German import based on the smell. Light and crisp mouthfeel produces a lot of clove in the taste as well as banana, malt and a very nice authentic German yeast flavor. Wow, this is the best hefeweizen I have ever had that has been produces in the United States. Overall, I would definately recommend to anyone.

Photo of DerekP
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A glowing amber look. Decent lacing, not a lot of head.

Awesome smell of banana muffins. Yeasty.

Delicious taste - a good amount of wheat, a lot of sweet bananas. Clove.

A very nice medium body. A solid mouthfeel.

Definitely one of Penn Brewery's best.

Photo of Chinon01
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Looks like a tannish colored glass of orange juice. Head is decent but it quickly dissipates.

Smell - Nose is of lemon rind, orange rind, with spice and clove.

Taste - Similar to nose but with thin and disappointing finish. Finishes flat relative to approach which is outstanding. All the elements were there then gone.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Both are about average. Again it is a function of the disappointing flat finish which would heighten the drinkability making it more of a thirst quencher.

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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.