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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

234 Reviews
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 362
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | 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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Reviews: 234 | Hads: 362
Photo of crookedhalo
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more I sample hefeweizens from Germany, the more I grow to appreciate this US-brewed one. It pours up a very hazy mustard golden with some tinges of orange. Fluffy off-white head that sustains for about 20 seconds. Good aroma of malted wheat, clove, Weihenstaphan-cloned yeast, and a touch of banana and lemon zest. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a rich malted wheat character, clovey phenols and a crisp, citrusy, lightly tart finish. Clean yeasty character. Superbly crafted in the traditional Bavarian style. The best hefeweizen this side of the Atlantic. (564 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish orange with a little haze and a fizzy white head.

Slight clove and banana esters in the nose. Earthy aromas with bits of spice.

Lots of spice and a tangy bite. Cloves and bits of banana are present but not overwhelming. There is a slight citrus feel that is refreshing on a hot day like today. Hops are barely present but add a nice noble spice to the already spicy character of this hefe. More esters start to come alive as the beer warms a bit and as my tastebuds get used to this funky yeast strain.

Soothing on the tongue and a medium mouthfeel. Body is smooth and medium. The intial taste and aftertaste are earthy and almost straw-like.

Very drinkable beer that I love on a humid summer day. I could drink a bunch of these with a smile on my face. (777 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a bounteous head that hangs around and provides great lacing

Smell: Strong aromatics of banana and coriander with a touch of clove

Taste: Starts with a fulsome wheat bready flavor that is joined, mid-palate by the banana esters; the finish brings on the herbal aromatic flavors of clove and coriander

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: This is one of the rare domestic hefes that can hold a candle to its German cousins; this one, in fact, can compete with the best of them (567 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is a cloudy copper, with a good white head. The smell is yeast and bananaish. The taste is very strong banana/clove, and it's also much sweeter than a lot of the other hefes. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. As for drinkability, definitely could have quite a few of these.

Another fantastic beer from Penn Brewery. This hefeweizen may well be one of the best made in America. It's truly an honor to have a beer this good made so close to here, and I certainly will be drinking Penn Weizen in the future. (542 characters)

Photo of hyland24
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the month club selection for March.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer poured a hazy straw color with almost a two inch head of white foam.

The smell was pure bananas with a hint of vanilla, delicious.

The taste was banana peel that fades into a sweet malty, bready finish. I found the beer sweetened even more as it warmed up. What a great tasting beer.

The beer is medium bodied and slightly oily coating the mouth with that great banana taste. It was bready, almost chewy and finished creamy smooth.

Go out and buy this beer. It is delicious and I highly recommend it. (608 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-nice cloudy yellow and bubbling leaves thin white head and planety of lacing.

S-smell is of wheat, yeast and sweet citrus.

T-slighty hoppy but mostly yeasty with accents of citrus. aftertaste is sweet and bready-makes you crave more.

M- good. medium carbonation with medium weight body. smooth.

D- this is good with a good mouthfeel very good and easy to drink. (375 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy medium copper hue with an excellent four finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and decent lacing.

The smell was very classic for the style. A heavy wheat aroma with strong elements of banana and clove spice.

The taste was upfront yeasty and wheaty. There was a serious wheat element with a mild spiciness.

The mouthfeel was full and very chewy.

Overall a superior and authentic hefe. Perhaps the best domestic. (460 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Served in a pint glass, this hefeweizen is a dirty yellowish brown color and has noticeable haze. The head initally came about an inch tall, and soon clumped and moved and finally broke into spitter spatter blotches that looked like mold growing on the surface of a liquid. I love it.

Smell: A murky scent of wheat and yeast, very unique. This isn't a dumbed down American hefe, this is a authentic recreation of the real thing.

Taste: This beer exhibits many flavors, the first and most obvious being the spice of cloves and a taste of pepper. The yeast takes credit for the nice fruitiness, light notes of lemon and banana rise and are beaten back by the twang of the spices. Very murky, very real, and I'm not sure it can be beat when had fresh off a tap. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and well rounded. Low to moderate carbonation, easy to sip. Quite refreshing when served cold.

Drinkability: Very very good, especially on tap. I wish I could get big old Weiss glasses of this. Unfortunately, I found it at a college bar which doesn't offer special glasses. Very tasty, very refreshing. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery, served in Penn Weizen glass.

Cloudy yellow body with about two fingers of white head. Not a lot of lacing, but decent retention.

Smell's of bannana basically.

A tasty heffe weizen, one of the better examples I've had for sure. Bananna and notes of clove with a wheat bite.
Served with alemon wedge, and although I'm not a fan of fruit in my beer, I have tried it in the pas with the lemon also, and it was actually tasty. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Great drinkability, nice beer for a warm day. (530 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Milky bright lemon. Big cloud of stark white bubbles builds up quickly. Stays pretty bubbly with a moderate creamy hazing. Slowly creeps down to an always present thick layer of foam. Not much in the lacing though, just a few spots is all.

Aroma is two parts lemon bubble gum, one part banana, one part yeasty spice, and dashed with medium leveled clove.

Great mild and firm flavors with a nice banana display over light wheat and sweet malts. Lemon wedges play arcoss the middle. Yeasty grabs picks up from there but maintains a nice mild tone as it sifts off the finish with touches of clove and a backwash of banana. Stays a bit spicy for a stint in a returning burst very late.

Feel is close to medium with a few lighter areas in the front. Stays mild yet hearty with a smoother then average carbonation for a hefe. Which I didn't mind one bit. I tend to like a lesser volume of zip to my hefes. And since its more to my liking in that regards it really goes down without much effort. That: plus the flavors are well balanced and milding. This is one hefe I could drink a few of.

Thanks to PA BA weeare138 for the samples! (1,138 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of maek228
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: murkey orange with a thick puff-white head. real cloudy

smell: fresh wheat with hints of bananas and other ripe light fruit.

taste: complex wheat flavors dominant. these are tucked into mildy sweet malt. cloves and spices are strong, hops are mild, and hints of fruit and vanilla are around as well

mouthfeel: highly carbonated and refreshing

drinkability: perfect summer beer. very well done (417 characters)

Photo of rabsten
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap right at the brewery. I'd missed this one and now it's back.

Thick fluffy white head and good lacing atop a yellow/light amber body. Pretty.

Cloves, bananas, and some mild bread notes. Hefe-tastic!

More phenolic than estery in flavor, with cloves leading and bananas trailing. Some lemon qualities in the finish. More hefe-rifficness.

A little thin on the mouthfeel and the trailing lemon cuts the drinkablility a bit but other than that, this is a very good beer. One of, if not, Penn's best. (504 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a hefe-weizen glass. It pours a cloudy medium yellow with three fingers of head that die down fairly quickly. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is classic hefe-weizen, with cloves and banana, some other fruits in there as well. The clove smell is a little more present than the banana. The taste also has a good dose of clove, a hint of banana, some hops, and a little bit of a peppery finish. Very flavorful and refreshing. The mouthfeel is pretty good for a hefe-weizen, nice and smooth. The drinkability is great too. What a nice summer beer. (590 characters)

Photo of DerekP
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Turbid auric hue. Lofty, dogged, stiff beaten egg white like head. Coating lace remains. Clove is dominant in aroma, with secondary notes of ripe banana and acidic lemon. Lychee hints surface as the beer warms. Appetizing and spot on aromawise. In flavor, incipient is a grainy, slightly tart wash of wheat malt. Esters ensue promptly, with notes of underripe tangerine and zest lending a vibrant citric character. Banana, with a bubblegum twang is a constant, complementary undertone. Moderate in body, with a mouthfeel that could use a notch more girth. Rustic yeast, musty sourdough hints surfaces as the beer warms and / or with a yeast pour. Finishes mildly herbal with clove phenol and honey notes lingering softly on the palate. An outstanding, traditional hefeweizen that is amongst the best U.S. microbrewed versions I've had thus far. As good as many German examples. Delicious. (888 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 7 from Beergeek279. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 2 1/2" of slightly off-white head over the cloudy straw brew. Head has tremendous staying power, taking quite some time to settle enough to drink, which is kind of cool. What lacing there is is big and chunky, although somewhat sparse. Aroma is classic hefe, yeasty and grainy, excellent. Taste is full of wheat, with citrus and other side flavors abounding. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good. Could see sessioning this easily. (571 characters)

Photo of guitarmage
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Vibrant yellow orange, very cloudy, the big white head dissipates fairly quickly, doesn't apear to be too sticky. Visible pieces of brown sediment.

Smell: Strange, lots of wheatiness, yeast, not very sweet nor spicy, smells like a bowl of wheat cereal, light lemony citrus.

Taste: Banana bread, light flavor, lots of wheatiness, like Wheaties, not much spiciness. It's like a bowl of Wheaties with sliced bananas. Also a light maltiness, brown sugar and pine.

Mouthfeel: Champagne like bubbliness, light bodied, crisp.

Drinkability: I've never had anything like this. It's not spicy like other hefs, it's wheaty and earthy. Drinkable, refreshing, very cool and crisp if that's what you're looking for. (725 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is some damn murky it's almost got some brown in the mix of deep orange and yellow. Actually, it does have brown in the mix now that I look at it more. I like it. The head is eggshell white and gone quickly. Great nose of banana, vanilla, clove and pepper. Bavarian yeast properties are of note on the nose in a big way. The mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated and the body is full. Big doughy yeastiness on the palate. Phenolic character resides on the tongue after the swallow. Bubblegum esters, cracked pepper and lemon rind come into play as well. Pretty nice taste.

A little too much phenolic character and not quite enough of the banana esters keep this good hefe from getting a very good or exceptional rating.

Thanks for the nice quaffer marc77. (773 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a monsterous head - just as I would expect with a proper weizen.

Smell is very yeasty, with hints of banana and clove. More of a yeasty wheat bread smell than anything.

Taste is superb. Bananas and cloves and vanilla wrapped around a superb yeasty wheat base. This tastes as true to style as any of the imports. This is by far the best tasting weizen that I have tasted from an American brewery.

I think that the mouthfeel is the lone "weakness" of this beer. The body is a little on the thin side, more like a summer wheat than a weizen. The carbonation is about perfect, but this one could use just a little more backbone. With a fuller body, this would be an honest contender for best brewed anywhere in this style.

This weizen is extremely drinkable. With a modest ABV, a few pints can easily disappear without noticing. Definitely one that lovers of this style should try. (923 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - cloudy golden color with initially a thick head that settles quickly into a thin collar, leaves a very modest lacing

S - strong wheaty malt with strong banana and clove accents

T - as with aroma, wheat malt is right out there with yeast character accents, some slight hop on the finish

M - creamy, medium-light body with moderate to high carbonation

D - This is a really good hefeweizen. The only thing that really keeps this from being a fantastic beer is the appearance. However, I do consider this minor in the overall impression. Nicely done, I wouldn't mind having regular access to this in the summer if I was closer to a distribution point. (709 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out extra cloudy, even for a hefe, looking like grapefruit juice. Aroma is the typical banana/clove aroma for a hefe, very authentic. It's not so heavy on the clove aromas, which is a plus in my book. The taste is fairly clean and adds a slight lemon zing. Nothing overpowering at all, just tasty & clean. Nice full mouthfeel, not as watery as I would expect, and drinkability is top notch. No wierd aftertastes. Just a good, clean Hefe (442 characters)

Photo of AaronRed
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite impressed with this beer. Potentially one of the finest Amercian made Hefe's. Wonderful presentation, with a nice high head. It has that nice clove, banna flavor, with a certian snap to it. I feel it is close to German quality. It doesn't have that tang to it- sorta of lets down in the middle. However, it is smooth and delicious, and certianly is one of easiest beers to put down. (394 characters)

Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.