1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Penn WeizenPenn Weizen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

338 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 338
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Penn Weizen Alström Bros
Ratings: 338 | Reviews: 232 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cujim


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

01-27-2013 22:03:34 | More by cujim
Photo of JPMcKirk


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

06-15-2012 01:41:58 | More by JPMcKirk
Photo of Drk93TT


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-21-2012 21:01:38 | More by Drk93TT
Photo of sendbeer


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-09-2012 19:29:35 | More by sendbeer
Photo of HarmonMW


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

06-02-2012 05:08:25 | More by HarmonMW
Photo of brewsadedotcom


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-24-2012 23:23:14 | More by brewsadedotcom
Photo of OgreSanchez


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-27-2013 19:18:36 | More by OgreSanchez
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

03-24-2012 00:17:12 | More by djrn2
Photo of RJ32S


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

11-22-2013 14:17:30 | More by RJ32S
Photo of DuqTroops


3.28/5  rDev -15%

Appearance - orangey with a white head.

Smell - cloves with citrus and some wheaty scents. a lot of aromas emit from the beer.

Taste - too much citrus to it. lots of flavors, more than my palate can handle.

Mouthfeel - little moderation

Drinkability - easy to drink, but a lot of fruits and wheat complexions.

Decent beer.

07-02-2006 17:18:15 | More by DuqTroops
Photo of thaichile

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice foamy head. Nose is citrus and light banana sweetness. Flavor is sweet and sour lemon, with the continuation of the banana backdrop. Very nice brew, a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Thanks to JohnTravolta21 for this bottle.

08-27-2008 10:52:24 | More by thaichile
Photo of Procrastinator


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

12 oz. brown bottle poured into stemmed pilsner glass. On bottle's rear label is stamped 0177 82 04:54.

Appearance: cloudy tan and orange body, typical of many hefes. Large bubbles assemble at top and immediately die off. Carbonation is very active for this style.

Smell: subtle banana and wheat husks, very zesty lemons.

Taste: Twangy wheat and mildly sweet bananas, lemon rinds and finishes with hop bitterness and a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: an overpowering twangy bitterness makes for an uneasy mouthfeel. I love hefes, but this is not just the typical wheat twang.

Drinkability: a bit surprised, it's drinkability is only hurt by this uncharacteristic bitterness. It's flavors are fine otherwise. I will try this again, assuming this is just a bad bottle.

10-01-2007 17:26:12 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of Cylinsier


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Off the tap.

Poured a hazy golden orange, thin white head with okay retention.

Smelled like orange peel and coriander with a hint of malts.

Taste was citrusy but also kind of banana like.

Mouthfeel was bubbly and normal body.

Eh, okay. Seemed like it was trying to be a witbier but at the same time it stood apart from that style. Either way, I've had a lot better of both heffewiezen and witbier.

08-30-2009 04:03:08 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of pinotboy007


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Appearance: Pours light golden yellow with minimal head and no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Light banana and citrus (lemon?).

Taste: Just like it smells. Tastes of some banana and citrus. Good but not exciting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light; medium bodied.

Drinkability: Nice easy drink.

06-10-2008 20:25:11 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of AMiz602


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

It is a pretty light Weizen by all accounts. It is definitely not one of those sweet, bready creations of Germany. But it definitely looks the part.

It pours a fantastic opaque yellow, and is as cloudy as a Weizen should be.

The beer is sweet, with just a little of that "Weizen" taste that is unique to this style of beer. It has a light spiciness, coriander or such, and gets sweeter as it goes down, and is very refreshing.

By and large it is a good, lightly flavored Weizen that won't overpower you, and can drink a lot of!

05-29-2012 02:47:35 | More by AMiz602
Photo of gfreed


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

Even when poured with a good deal of violence, I could only generate a moderate head from the bottle. When's the last time I had a German-style wheat beer that didn't have a head the height of a giant stick of cotton candy? What head there was faded quickly. No fun. Has a nice cloudy color and a promising clovey aroma, but in the end is rather thin in the body and light on the dense flavors one would expect in this style. A promising prospect that needs work.

05-18-2011 20:31:08 | More by gfreed
Photo of argock


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date that is decipherable.

A: Hazy orange-tinged golden color with tall initial head that dissipates quickly and leaves barely any lacing.

S: Pleasant aromas of pear, banana, and clove.

T: Good but not great with a fruity start and middle with lots of esters. The end is very bready and a little overly yeasty, which is unique but leaves a very odd aftertaste.

M: A little thin but plenty of peppery crispness in the finish. A tad drying.

D: A decent hefe but nothing spectacular.

07-02-2008 04:15:11 | More by argock
Photo of RoyalT


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

08-16-2005 00:48:02 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Deconstructionis

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

A slightly cloudy medium copper/orange with a big foamy head. The smell is very fruity with a hint of grain. Very tasty beer; lots of flavors, fruity, yeasty, definite wheat in the finish. It's very carbonated with a medium/light body. A most drinkable beer with a refreshing clean taste and surprising crispness given its fruitiness.

09-13-2006 12:47:12 | More by Deconstructionis
Photo of erosier


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a murky golden yellow color with a medium sized but thin white head that settles fairly fast and leaves some lacing down the glass. It has a very strong aroma of sweet wheat, cloves, banana, and some orange. The taste was OK for this kind of beer. It had a very nice sweet wheat base that was followed with a big hit of cloves and bananas. A slightly citrisy hoppy bitterness followed but the beer finished with a very sweet and pungeant aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very light but very watery. It was strange but it was a little watery feeling. The drinkability was good for a hefeweizen and worth a try.

04-01-2008 16:35:54 | More by erosier
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured 12 oz. Bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy gold color with a short-lived white head. No lacing, lots of fast-rising bubbles.

Subtle aroma of banana and clove, mixing nicely with wheat malt. Taste is pretty much a repeat. It’s not very flavorful but all the aspects are there. Just seems a bit watery.

Kind of thin in the mouth, way more carbonated than I would prefer. Again, watery.

I’m not terribly impressed with this offering. It’s not something I would seek out again.

11-18-2007 00:51:26 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of csmiley


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Appearance was a light yellow color with a beautiful head that lasted for longer than expected.

There was not much of a smell to speak of. What I could get was light and sweet.

The taste was tart with a slightle sweet after taste. Suprising, given the lack of smell that could be detected.

The beer felt light on the palate but the tart flavor and good carbonation really gave it a good balance.

I think this is a good example of an American-made Weizen

06-20-2007 01:05:32 | More by csmiley
Photo of jiffymon

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-17-2013 15:43:02 | More by jiffymon
Photo of JasonSiedman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-21-2013 01:46:21 | More by JasonSiedman
Photo of cliff1066


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-23-2012 03:24:38 | More by cliff1066
Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.