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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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234 Reviews
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 364
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 15.46%
Wants: 21
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: 364
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Murky brown/yellow with a finger of head that recedes quickly to nothing, leaving no lace.

S - Pleasant but somewhat restrained aromas of banana and clove. A bit of plastic-like phenolic smell comes through also. Little evidence of the wheat malt.

T - Moderate sweetness with a hint of banana flavor. Early to mid palate is mostly dominated by mild tartness from the wheat. Chalky and clovelike phenols are present late palate, and the brew finishes with a small bitterness and slight citrus character.

M - Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Right on point.

D - One of, if not the best American-made hefeweizen I've ever had. It still lacks some of the depth and elegance of it's German ancestors, but remains a perfectly passable hefeweizen.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in my beer of the month gift pack for January ( a Christmas present from one of my kids). Poured from the bottle into my trusty standard Troeg's pint glass. Little or no head - pours a cloudy very light amber. Appearance really isn't wonderful, but not bad either.

Smell is subdued, some clove and lemon - not overwhelming but very pleasant.

Taste like smell is subdued - a malty sweetness up front with a hint of clove and lemon. Opens up into a very pleasant bread like taste with a hint of crisp lemon at the end.

Mouthfeel is enjoyable, effervescent with a nice smoothness.

Drinkability is fine - several of these on a warm summer evening would be fine.

Not my favorite style, but very enjoyable none the less. A good job.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know nothing about this brewery, but their German style wheat is good. I would like to session a bunch of these to see if maybe it's better than good (or maybe not).

It's very no-descript for the style, but without doing a single thing wrong. What I am not sure of is if anything is wrong with it - that will take more consideration.

For now, it is good smelling, tasting and after tasting and the appearance is what you would expect. But it does seem very average in every way.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color, with the aroma of fresh cut grass
cloudy orange / yellow in color. little head, almost no lacing.

The taste is a pleasent mix of clove and citrus, mixed with a slight banana flavor, Honeslty, the bananna flavor si there, as is w/ most hefe, but it is in no way dominant. that please belongs to clove/citrus presence.

All ina ll, a pleasent, aggreeable beer. While it is noting to knock you socks off w/, it can be an enjoable summer brew

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Photo of Guden
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of output01x
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a weizen glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger off-white head that dissipates after a minute or so to a faint dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy golden straw with traces of orange. Just a little lacing can be seen throughout consumption but never sticks around very long.

The nose is pretty standard for a hefeweizen. The standard aromas of wheat, bananas, and cloves are all there. Notes of bubble gum and vanilla are also noticeable.

The taste starts out with flavors of wheat, yeast, and cloves with just a little lemon zest. Upon swallowing, the clove and banana flavors come out more.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer. The body may be a bit full compared to some other hefeweizens but it really allows the flavors to present themselves. The carbonation is a little fizzy, but that should be expected from the style.

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Photo of eclectic
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with minimal head that is gone nearly as quickly as it came.. Smells of spicy clove with banana and yeast in the background.. fairly carbonated (which surprised me after the lack of head during the pour and near water like appearance in my glass).. tastes like it smells.. a bit heavy on the spicy yeast flavors.. could use a little more citrus to balance it out. mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but acceptable.. goes down easy.. slightly better than your average domestic weizen.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold/orange color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. It smells like wheat, cloves, banana and lemon, but the aroma isn't too strong at all (but still nice). The beer tastes the same way it smells except for a bit of bubblegum flavor, and like the aroma the taste is a bit lighter than expected. It's good, but not strong. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation, and it is a refreshing beer. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all and it's good and smooth. Not a bad choice as a session beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange and cloudy with a large head. The aroma is of cloves,wheat and banana notes. The taste is cloves,yeast and wheat. The cloves are first and upfront. The sweetness is trailed by a slight tangy note. The overall feel is high carbonation with a crispy and yeasty finish. Some pepper/spicy tingles as it goes down.

Notes: I purchased this beer from a local market and I did not go through any unusual traveling. It was in the fridge for one week before i opened it and as I attempted to pour it I could see that the bottle was all foamed up. My proper pour was total foam and I did it right,yet all I could see was foam and then some. I did reach out to the Beer Buddha and some insight was provided.
In the end the beer was not so bad.

End note: Tried it for second time and yes there was something wrong with the beer I reviewed. What I do not know,but I made the revisions on the review. Not that the first beer was bad as I noted,but this second one was much more flavorful and crisp.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a murky orange-golden body with huge chunks of suspended sediment and a thin, grainy white head that settles quickly to a skinny ring, leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is wheaty and spicy with a toasty grainy note and a predomination of clove-laden spice.

The taste is spicy with lots of clove nearly drowning out a tangy, mellow wheaty backbone graced with a juicy touch of fruity sweetness.

Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing with good drinkability.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a traditional weizen glass.

A- This thing has a HUGE head on it. I counted more than 5 fingers on this beer. Thick foam but it seems to die out quickly but a good fingers worth lingers throughout. Champagne style bubbles racing up the glass from the bottom.

Golden color with just a touch of cloudiness.

S- yeasty banana bread, some spicy floral notes and cloves.

T- Banana is the main flavor to me. just a hint of spice like a clove/cinnamon. Not too strong though. kinda sweet flavor. The finish doesn't stick around very long. You have to keep drinking to keep the flavor on your palate.

M- Seems light to me. not very heavy but it has a bite to it.

O- Not a bad beer. Its drinkable thanks to it's sweetness but the lack of lingering flavor is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Close to the perfect appearance: Very cloudy (translucent) white-yellow color. Very nice four-finger head that leaves wonderful ring lace after each sip.

Great strong wheat smell with a good dollop of yeast. Classic "white" aroma.

Lots of wheat flavor; to be fair, this is not my favorite flavor in a beer, but I recognize when it is appropriate and well-done, which this is. The finish is brief and less sour than some in this category. I would describe the body as unexpectedly crisp. Overall, I'd describe this beer as two-dimensional--no flaws but not complex either.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with no drink by date, but, interesting instructions on how to pour the beer. The pour results in a cloudy golden orange color topped by a 2 finger white head. The head stays around for a good while before dissipating to a thin topper; very little lacing. The carbonation is heavy with many rising bubbles and yeast sediment floating around the glass.

The aroma is an orange-banana and other fruits with a taste very similar. There is only a mild lingering hop flavor. There is also some champagne like characteristics along with some orange notes.

The mouthfeel is very tangy and loaded with carbonation.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods, Raleigh. Poured into a pilsener glass.

Penn Weizen tries to build a tall head, but the foam only climbs to a half-inch in height before slowly retreating to a patchy lid of white bubbles. The color is a gorgeous, lemon-pineapple hue, and cloudy as all get-out. The fervent carbonation level releases aromatic notes of wheat and lemon zest that give way to cracked white pepper, banana, and some clove.

The flavor is definitely enjoyable, but nothing remarkable--a bit heavy on the darker wheat grains & cracker-like malts, while the yeasty fruit esthers are a lighter afterthought. Body is thin, with a good carbonation level that engages the palate. Finishes dry, packing a well-placed spice to end each sip. This is about what I expected from Penn Weizen -- nothing dramatic, just an easy drinking, solid summer hefeweizen

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, bold, hazy yellow body. Massive carbonation streams. Massive white whip cream head. Looks quite refreshing in a weizen glass.

Aroma has bits of the expected bubblegum and cloves, and a bit of hay too, but not in the intensity I had anticipated. On the other hand, there is a strong, interesting peppery spiceyness to the nose.

A light dance across the tongue, the wheat flowing own low, while that peppery spiceyness rides high. Some nice hints of lemon, which increases in the aftertaste.

Proper light mouthfeel and summer drinkability.

Not quite as dead-on as Penn's other german styles, but not a bad warm weather beer.

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Photo of jdg204
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3rd of 4 from the Penn Brewery 12 Pack, pretty excited about this highly touted Hefe from Pa's own named brewery.

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: Another solid Penn offering and a decent Summertime brew. Once again, Penn submits a solid offering at a fair price.

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Photo of xzqrut
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, this beer came out a beautiful golden/orangish color, with classic wheat haze. Beer gave a nice lively head, with good retention as well. It gave a nice aroma, with clove and citrus notes dominating. The taste was very clean, again with some nice citrus and spice. Mouthfeel was very lively, as this is a highly carbonated beer, it is also light and crisp. Very drinkable, good beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot orange color. The first one was an exploding bottle. WOW head everywhere! It settled and I poured the beer into my Weizen glass I got a huge 5-6 finger head. The second bottled didn't explode on the counter but I didn't let it warm up as much either. It still had instant suds coming up when I popped the cap; and I got a good 4+ finger head. Modest lacing.

Smell: Very sweet. From the moment I opened the bottle there was a very pleasant sweet fruit salad and yeast aroma. Banana, subtle lemon & cloves, then a bit of Vanilla. nice.

Taste: I am not a huge fan of the banana flavor in my beers. Many Hefe-Wiezens I find a cloying banana taste. NOT this one. There is the classic banana flavor but it is nicely balanced with some wheat, citrus fruits, white grapes vanilla and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated medium body beer. This beer feel active and large in the mouth. It is creamy yet crisp on the ends.

Drinkability: Penn Weizen is an easy drinking Hefe- that is quite refreshing and sessionable. This is a great beer for sipping through the summer when the AC is cranking and you want a cool refresher beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the first 90%, the beer poured fairly clear. Then came the settled yeast and we were looking at the classic Hefeweizen look in my glass. Orange/gold in color with an obvious cloudy look. No head to speak of at all, with some visible carbonation if you chose to search through the cloudiness.

Aroma was of ripe bananas and the classic wheat aroma...

Taste started with some clove then went right to banana notes finishing fairly crisply. Nice mild sweetness with the wheat notes. Does not leave you with too much of the sour ending that I really don't appreciate. The more I drink it, the more I notice the bread like tones near the end of the flavor profile.

I have to say that Hefeweizens are growing on me a bit.

Very light, crisp, refreshing and drinkable.

Glad I had the chance to try this one.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz. bottle meets standard pint glass.

Pours uber cloudy pale yellow with white foam. Wheaty smell. Some banana, stronger clove, both present. Tangy wheat taste, lots of citrus. Orange notes. Yeast backed. Good blend.

Good drinking hefe. Enjoyable.

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