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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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle picked up as a single in a mixed pack of Penn beers from Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange.

Distinctive blue White label with a yellow bordered oval containing a black & white rural scene and the words ‘Penn Weizen’ emblazoned across it. No strength or freshness date. Has a rather cool looking logo’d crown cap though.

Appearance: Murky clouded marmalade orange with a striking white head that rises quickly in the pour. Highly carbonated the pour is two-stage process; even with a 20 ounce glass and a 12 ounce bottle. Head rests at ¼” in the end with a feisty longevity.

Nose: Clove laden with wheat and orange in the finish. As it warms more banana breaks though, as indeed does the yeast and spices that were initially hidden away.

Taste: Clean entrance, cloves, wheat and some orange peel when served chilled. But this one really picks up a notch as it warms to a more cooled temperature. Bananas are hefty, the orange becomes juice-like, rather than peel-like, and the yeast and spices really beef things up. The sweetness is in check, by the yeasts and some bitterness that seems to be consumed by the finish. All of these classic components come together neatly to provide a solid Bavarian Wheat Beer that does not disappoint at all. Dry, orange-spicy finish. Lingering aftertastes with a metallic-clove “burp effect”’ thanks to the high carbonation.

Mouthfeel: The high, almost ‘champagne-like’ conditioning is finely dissolved and strong. It lends a massive helping hand to the medium chilled body and fosters it right up to a bigger more satisfying Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hmm, this one is very nice. Ditched this one down the gullet without even realizing that I had drained the bottle. Aftertaste is captivating and begs you to keep this one fresh on the palate.

Overall: Another highly enjoyable and easy drinking brew from Penn, a good effort all round and a very good clean Bavarian Wheat Beer.

TheLongBeachBum, May 22, 2006
Photo of GnomeKing
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a distinct but subtle taste of bananas in this brew, so I was won over instantly. Cloudy as shallow water kicked up silt, this light golden beer is sweet, mildly citrus-y, a bit light on the palate, and very drinkable. Some additional fruit, hop, and malt tastes emerged the more I drank. They're subtle enough that I think I'd have to have more than just the growler I downed in order to identify them.

Penn Hefe can hold its on with Paulaner's Hefe Weizen, in my opinion, though it would probably lose the fight in a late round TKO. Definitely worth a try.

GnomeKing, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy pale orange/golden color, with a great head when poured well.

S: Very wheaty with a hint of citrus

T: Starts with a nice amount of carbonation on your tongue, then hits with citrus and fruity notes. Finishes with malty wheat flavor.

M: Nicely carbonated at the start, gradually dries out towards the end.

D: Nothing especially drinkable, but a nicely balanced Hefeweizen.

N: My favorite from Penn Brewing Co. to date. A nicely balanced beer with a great wheaty taste and refreshing citrus notes.

dpodratsky3, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of jhicks12
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer many time from a bottle. but it is best from the brewery on tap. It come served in a 22 ounce class. Poured with about a 3 finger head. nice cloudy apperence. Had a nice clover bananna smell. Great tasting hefe very drinkable and one of the better hefe to get in Pittsburgh. I would suggest getting to the brewing to try any of there beers.

jhicks12, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Spot on to style it's a hazy bright golden yellow beer with a sticky half inch of creamy head.

S - Smells of slight yest, bubble gum, and banana with a good wheat base.

T - The wheat transitions into the flavor nicely in the finish but it starts with flavors of sweet banana then fruity yeasts.

M - From start to finish it's light and crisp delivering a good flavor.

Overall personally not some style I grab often but next to German counterparts this is a very good Hefeweizen

DrDemento456, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellowish orange in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: banana and clove are most prominant with some lighter grassy tones in the background.

Taste: banana, clove, hints of pepper, and bits of honey sweetness are built on a light grainy malt profile. Bitterness is soft and mild.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Some dryness at the end too. Medium bodied. Definitely refreshing.

Drinkability: nice hefe that is very easy to drink and is nicely refreshing. Worth picking some of this up.

Gavage, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Penn Weizen poured a hazy and cloudy golden yellow, with virtually no head at all. Some small rows of white bubbles formed and disappated quickly.

The nose is not overly powerful but the bready qualities of the wheat are definately present.

Usually I'm usually a huge fan of wheat beers but this one has sold itself on me. Medium bodies and very active on the tip of the tongue with spicey clove and pepper flavors. Mildly sweet in the middle and finishes with a clean bready quality on the finish. Some bubble gum - esque notes plesantly linger in the aftertaste

Extremely smooth drinking and almost too easy to sit down and drink a bunch of these. I imagine this would be the perfect beer for a sweltering summer day, just chilling outside with a few of these in a cooler, crisp and refresing yet not thin watery or tasteless

DaggerEyes, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of riversider76
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a visit to Cranberry Township PA.I don't think It's avaliable around here.Pours a cloudy gold with an orange tint. Thin white head, not much retention and just a bit of laceing. Smell is of clove and bananna. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is clove and bananna up front with a yeasty spicy finish. I wish this beer was available in Western NY!

riversider76, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of peterittenhouse
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the gold standard for American Hefe's. Beer pours with a hazy hue an rocky,white head.Spicy,clove smell is apparent on first smell. Carbonation is high but is ok. Spritzy mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing! I will put this up against any German hefe. I always find myself gravitating back to this wonderful brew. Great stuff!!!

peterittenhouse, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a weissen glass. Liquid is a dark yellow. Darker then most, Carbonation should be a tad better, The head is smallish but foamy Light looking, 2 fingers thick.

The smell is mostly Banana Cloves but a very interesting peppery ring right up front.

The taste is the same, Great peppery taste hits you right up front, then it mellows off to the classic banana clove finish.

The mouthfeel is good Big bubbles with a nice hopy bite, Very Nice.

The Drinkability is very nice, I would reach for this beer very readily. Prosit und Zun Wohl, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer on tap at the brewery when I was in Pittsburgh. I was down again for new years so I decided to pick up a case to bring home.

This is an interesting pouring beer. This beer has the most contrast from clear to cloudy based on the pour than any other beer I've had. Pour it from the bottle into a glass and it is a crystal clear golden beer with active carbonation. Swirl the last little bit and splash it in and you just made yourself one of the cloudiest beers I've ever had. There is a small white head that quickly fades and leaves a murky window to the inside of the beer. The nose is thick with hefe yeast. Big and soft with clove, banana, and earth. All other flavor is put into a distant background with the intense yeast presence. The taste is good. Carbonation is lively and prickly up front then it slowly fades away to leave a sharp, crisp yeast taste. Slightly tart with a malty backbone there are spices that start to mingle as it warms. Cloves, pepper, orange peel, lemon zest. This beer is a great session hefeweizen.

note: The flavor can be very drastically changed through the metering of the settled yeast. If you lighten the cloud a bit you can make it taste pretty close to weinstephaner.

Rudgers73, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of shanecb
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy, golden color to it. Carbonation adds an appeal to it, also. Poured initially with about half inch of a white head, but that unfortunately didn't stick around very long. Some lacing, but not a whole lot.

S - Very strong, nice banana aroma. Backed up with some cloves and a little spiciness to it. I could smell something in the background, like maybe orange or a melon, but it was faint in everything but the biggest whiffs.

T - The spiciness and cloves from the aroma carry over quite well into the taste. Maybe it was just me, but I was expecting a little more fruity or banana flavor given the aroma, but it didn't seem to really be there. Aftertaste had some nice sweetness to it, and reminded me a little it of the fruit character I noticed in the aroma. Pretty nice taste, but I would have liked something else to be present with the clove/spiciness.

M - Rather light feel, with a good amount of carbonation. Tickles the tongue just enough, and isn't too much. I rather liked the mouthfeel of this one.

D - Very good drinkability here. The aroma and flavor combination is very appealing, and the beer is just smooth enough that there should be no problem with throwing a few of these back at a time.

shanecb, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Bierfreund
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy dark yellow into the wheatbeer glass, off-white head did not last for long. Leaves minor lacing.

The nose is very fruity, promising.

First taste is full-bodied, satisfying. Has a very strong yeast character, but that is right for this type. The aftertaste is strong yeast.

Mouthfeel is prickly, due to the stronger carbonation. We drank it cold, and that effect was enhanced by the carbonation, very refreshing on this hot summer night.

Drinkability is good, probably depends on what somebody is used to. My wife and I had a long day, we were tired and when we drank a bottle of this each, we were actually drunk. So this is not a session beer in our opinion, but somebody else might judge that completely differently. This is an individual thing, I suppose.

Considering the fact that this beer is not from Bavaria but really from Pittsburgh, it is really well done.

Bierfreund, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of jkrich
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. No freshness date found.

True to style, this beer poured a cloudy, yellowish gold with plenty of yeast sediment. Unlike most hefe weizen ales, this one did not have the sustained head.

The smell reminded me of the very best from Germany; the beer poured in a weizen glass exploded with the banana and clove typical and essential for this style.

Again, the sweet taste of banana and clove brought back memories of drinking this style while stationed in Germany during military service.

There is a tartness on the tongue together with the high carbonation expected for a weizen. I can not remember enjoying an American brewed hefe weizen like this; in fact, I had given up on the search. This is truly a great find.

jkrich, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received in early April as part of the March MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a cloudy dark yellow with a nice head initially. Nose has hints of bananas and cloves. Taste is of bananas and wheat with a light hopping to finish nicely. Moutfeel is medium bodied, nothing special while going across the palate. Overall drinkability is perfect. This is a very nice representation of the style and at a 4.0 abv this is the perfect beer to enjoy with friends all night long!

arizcards, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of misternebbie
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

misternebbie, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of danielharper
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, shiver me timbers, it's a real-life American-made hefeweizen.

Appearance: Very cloudy yellow, slightly orange. Opaque even to direct light sources. Has a thick foamy head that sticks around and leaves significant lacing.

Smell: Yeah, it's a real hefe. Strong German yeastiness on the nose, hints of cloves and thick aromas of banana. Some citrus way down deep.

Taste: Sweet with a slight hint of orange rind up front, very dry and yeasty in the middle, with a bit of a tart finish. The citrus is complex and intriguing, and overall leaves me wanting more. Very good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, slightly chewy. The way a German hefe should be.

Drinkability: It's not the equal of my favorite hefeweizen, but it's definitely in the same ball park. I opened this expecting a dumbed-down American Wheat, and simply on that basis I must say I'm really impressed. This is a truly effective technically-accomplished German hefeweizen, and any fan of the style should at least give it a try.

danielharper, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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!!!

WVbeergeek, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of cubedbee
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy amber, big off-white head with some nice retention and lacing. Nose is dominated by a strong clove underlaid with ripe bananas. Taste is also big on the cloves, hints of banana and citrus lingering in the background, nice yeasty finish, exactly what a hefe should taste like. The mouthfeel is a slight letdown, a little too thin and carbonated, not as rich and creamy as could be. Overall this is a very good authentic Hefe for coming from Pennsylvania.

cubedbee, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of DrewS
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to concur with previous sentiments. This is one of the best American made wheat beers I've had this year. Tastes great on tap and quite good in the bottle. This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head. Classic yeast aroma with malt and notes of spice and banana. Taste is malty with a slightly discernable sweetness. Flavors of yeast and banana are present but not over-bearing with notes of a hop spiciness but not bitter in the least. Well balanced, with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and medium to light body. I could drink this beer all day.

DrewS, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of sirsteve42
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Blind Tiger in Manhattan. Good variety of taps there. Smooth and very drinkable. Had it with a lemon which made it all the more refreshing. Even though I had this in December, and really enjoyed it, this would make a great summer time beer. Perfect beer garden choice.

sirsteve42, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a suprise! I bought this as an afterthought, and didn't expect much. I have never been a fan of US wheat beers, and have yet to have one even close to the best German versions. This is the first one that could have fooled me in a blind test. It has the clove/banana like combination lacking in the domestic versions i've tried. The closest I can think of is Paulaner. It is still a notch below, I think, but I will try it head to head with a couple of German brews for comparison. Overall, very tasty and refreshing.

JohnnyDuvel, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of DIM
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Cloudy and murky but oddly pale; poured with a thick sticky head.

s: Spot on; lots of yeasty banana and bubblegum with clove spiciness.

t: Just the way I like 'em, big grainy banana with the clove present but in the backround.

m: Big and chewy

o: Really good hefe that hit the spot.

DIM, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of maltydog
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic hazy, spun gold hefewezen appearance with a fairly dense creamy head perched atop. Nose is of cream and bananas with an underlying spiciness. The taste does not disappoint. Rich, creamy banana upfront with a clove spiciness coming in to round it out. Finishes somewhat dry. Big mouthfeel, almost chewy and I mean that in a good way! A very drinkable, very true to style Bavarian hefeweizen. Prosit!

maltydog, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of TinusTime
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy golden colour with a nice white foamy head. Seems to be a bit carbonated as the bubbles continue to race to the top. Smells a bit sweet with the typical banana-clove scent of a German Hefe. Taste continues the olfactory sensations, with banana, clove, bubblegum and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit crisp due to the carbonation. A very drinkable beer and probably the best American German Style Hefe I have had. Definately on my summer heavy rotation list

TinusTime, Jan 03, 2004
Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.