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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

345 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 03-06-2002)
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Ratings: 345 | Reviews: 232 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mwbrady12
1.25/5  rDev -67.7%

mwbrady12, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of zc151
2/5  rDev -48.3%

zc151, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bndck
2.15/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought this at Vintage Cellar expecting a decent beer, but I was unimpressed, I'm normally a fan of hefes.

A - yellow-orange, pours with very little head, no lacing

S - not strong, small hint of orange, not great overall

T -tasted more of clove and orange than clove and banana, the clove seemed heavy, poor aftertaste

M - light body, heavy carb

D -wouldn't recommend, won't try again

bndck, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of LucaBrasi
2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let’s get something straight. Hefe Weizen is not my style. But it was in the fridge and I'm attempting to review within the style. For whatever that’s worth.

It appears a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head which disappears almost completely.
Smell is very fragrant wheat and mellow banana smells.
Taste has a citrus feel not overpowering, a very small sours aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thicker oily.
Drinkability is lower due to the thicker mouthfeel.

LucaBrasi, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of bigdog73
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

bigdog73, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of mjc410
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer, in a shaker pint, is a cloudy medium-darl yellow, with a lasting one finger white head. The nose is a bit peppery, and loaded with diacetyl. Taste is very clovey, peppery, with a buttery diacetyl overload. There is a nice, strong banana flavor, though, but it's still sub-par. Mouth is thick, but carbonation is too low. This beer is too clovey, not wheaty enough.

mjc410, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of PhageLab
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I feel sorry to give this one such a low rating, apparently my palate is off or maybe I'm just missing something, oh well, here goes. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Cloudy yellow concoction, minimal head with some pretty poor retention, no lacing, not entirely appealing, but not necessarily bad either.

S - Very little aroma that I could detect. Some candy like scents.

T - Until now I didn't know what type of beer this was supposed to be, but I never would have guessed hefe. Overly sweet, with no defining profiles, no clove or banana, just candy-like flavoring.

M - Light bodied, sharp carbonation.

D - Not impressed at all. After I consumed it my stomach felt as though I'd just eaten an entire pack of candy. If you're a hefe fan, avoid. If you like candy sweet brews, this is yours.

PhageLab, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of JESantiago
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

JESantiago, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Fatdenny
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Fatdenny, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of mullenite
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very hazy orange with almost no head and zero lacing.

Smelled initially a little sour but after letting it sit for a minute that turned in to a very strong citrus smell.

Taste is very citrusy with light carbonation and a little skunk to it (not that the beer is skunky, but I can't think of a better term to describe it.) Not dissimilar to Harpoon UFO.

Very light carbonation, if you like the taste this is a very drinkable beer but I have to force my way through the flavors.

mullenite, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the strainer, cloudy head rises slowly then fizzles, smell of a few different citruses, alcohol fumes, and hops. Taste somewhat muddled, alcohol kicks in early, dry finish. Not all that smooth, a lot going on here but it doesn't quite hit the mark for me. Seems like a lot of ingredients went into this Hefe but not that much thinking/brewing. Not terrible but there are better ones out there.

TheDeuce, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -22.5%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -Nice hazy straw yellow, good carbonization that leaves thin white head and nice lacing.

Smell -A little light but good yeasty wheat with a citrus tang.

Taste - A bit snappy, like citrus - good. Light aftertaste wish it had a bolder banana -clove profile but still good overall.
Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation with medium weight and very smooth.

This beer is easy to drink and a light version of a Hefe in my opinion but I can't complain, pretty good.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of speedball33
3/5  rDev -22.5%

speedball33, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of RupertRonco
3/5  rDev -22.5%

RupertRonco, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of grannaniwa
3/5  rDev -22.5%

grannaniwa, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of EddieJoe
3/5  rDev -22.5%

EddieJoe, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of phnphilly
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow but not as cloudy as I would expect from Hefe....even when I get all the yeast out of the bottle. Large head as expected for a beer this carbonated.

Beer smells of citrus but I don't get much clove or banana smell.

The beer doesn't taste much like many Hefe's I've tried. There was no banana taste which I enjoy and was expecting. There was some pepper flavor but there is a sourness throughout which was unenjoyable. I purchased an entire case of this and am quite dissappointed. I thought I purchased a bad case in Lancaster, PA but I then purchased a single from a six pack shop in York and got a similar sour taste. If this beer can't travel across the state there is something wrong.

Mouthfeel was excellent with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

This beer would be very drinkable if it wasn't for the sour taste. With the sourness however I would say this is average. I'm not sure if this beer tastes better on draft but from a bottle I've had better.

phnphilly, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of ActonBrewer
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- nice head from the pour. lingered nicely. slightly cloudy gold.

S- yeasty and spicey. A little stanky smelling.

T- A little over filtered tasting. Left a metallic taste on my palate. Spiceyness and breadiness throughout.

M- A little lighter than expected.

O-Not horrible, but not that great. It's a shame that people say this brewery has gone down hill. From what others have noted these beers were incredible examples of traditional German styles.

ActonBrewer, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glad to have the opportunity to sample a beer from the brewery. The beer has a viscous, thick appearance, but light and fluffy according to the head formation / retention. Golden to straw in color and very hazy. Aromas are strong of malt, wheat, esters, and especially the phenolics. Bready flavors hit up-front with a solid dose of malt sweetness, banannas, lemons, cookie dough, clove, pineapples and apples. However, a plastic-ey, spicy note may be the deterant. Quite heavy and thick for the style, although it made for creaminess, hurt the drinkability a bit. Spicy and peppery to the palate. Finishes with a long, lingering estery / phenolic flavor that increased the plastic flavors to the point of being difficult to overlook. Too bad too, because this beer really has promise.

Notes taken from '08 NHC.

BEERchitect, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a characteristic, golden, cloudy with a nice head and good lacing was observed.
Smells of wheat malt, the characteristic yeast dominating both smell and taste.
Taste was yeasty, with wheat malts and some hops for balancing out the flavor profile.
Bubble gum comes to mind as I drink this...although somewhat mild.

dmamiano, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry banana and some spice notes. In the taste, dry banana, and notes of spice, especially clove and cinnamon. A spice like bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry banana flavor in the aftertaste. A bit thin, but spicy and nice flavors of banana, just about average though.

OWSLEY069, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of david18
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West side. Visually, this is very much like a wheat beer. Quite cloudy, almost impossible to see through, with an intense esthery aroma. The flavor was ok but not all that memorable. Color was a little darker than expected.

david18, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice white head in the weizen glass. However, not too much retention as it fades quickly. Nose is light citrus and clove with a bit of grain. The taste has the grain really take over and not much of the yeast comes through. Feel is light. Not too drinkable as the notes from the nose really don't come through and this is quite ordinary.

Thorpe429, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -16%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 25, 2013
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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.