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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 Applesauce1
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: hazy gold-orange color, 1/2" white head on the pour; translucent; looks very good
Smell: cloves; this smells like a true hefeweizen (eventhough i'm personally not a big fan of this style)
Taste: cloves and wheat; this seems to be a good example of a hefeweizen; it's not one of my favorite styles, but this seems to be a quality beer
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two in a night

Applesauce1, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this beer for several years and I love it.

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a thunderous head into my Franziskaner Hefe glass. There is a single stream of bubbles strong as Old Faithful keeping a head around long after the initial fade. After every drink the motion of the glass brings the bubbles and the head back only to die down again.

S: Lovely. Strong odor of banana taffy, lemon rind, and bubblegum. Strong yeasty notes as well. A wonderful smelling Weizen.

T: This is where this one wins out. Tons of flavor and complexity unknown to most other wheat beers. A banana rush up front with the creaminess of banana crème pie. After the banana fades the bubble gum comes forward until it is over taken by lemon, and then the old time clove bubble gum. It finishes with yeasty tones and more lemon. Sooo Complex.

M: So light and bubbly, the definition of effervescent. A wonderful example of this beer style.

D: I have put down an entire six pack on many hot sunny Florida summer days. I could drink this one until the cows come home.

Overall: No doubt about it my favorite Hefe in the world. I have had the more acclaimed ones most notably Franziskaner and Weihenstephaner, as well as those crafted by the best American Micro Brewers, but I keep returning to this beer. The flavor is so bold for a Hefe. It is so complex and the flavors come at you in waves, kind of like the candy on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

This is Penn's best beer by far and they can hang their hat on it.

The bottle says.... Enjoy the aroma and effervescence as you imagine a beautiful summer day in a Munich Biergaren.... Now you can visit Munich without leaving home...It's in the bottle.

I have to agree, I see beautiful blondes in Lederhosen right now with big mugs of this brew... wait, maybe I've had too much to drink. Drink enough of it and this one will do that to you.

tpd975, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, murky, bubbly lemon yellow that darkens in the center column. Two fingers of whipped egg white head sustains for a solid spell. Lacing is voluminous, textured, and sticky.

The aroma is classic, with banana cream pie, clove, and tangy sweet hard candy. A yeasty bite gives a sourdough impression as well.

Upon tasting, a progression of elements marches through, with tangy wheat, sweet candy, and a bit of citrus holding court. Also prevalent are spicy clove, creamy banana, and a glimmer of Bazooka bubble gum. A doughy yeastiness carries through near the close, before a finish that lingers with a crisp, clean, understated bitterness. It's a very good American version of a Bavarian classic.

Light to medium bodied, it feels a bit slick and clingy, not to mention effervescent, and the result is a satisfying presence.

I'll echo the notes of others here and say that this is likely one of the finer offerings from America in this style. It's not spectacular or daring, but rather it delivers just what you want from it. It drinks smooth, happily, and with a nice touch or elan. I'll admit, I am partial to the style, but I think that might make me more critical. No matter, there's just nothing here for me to criticize. Bring me another, if you will, Hilda!

Foxman, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

crookedhalo, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of Rehtakul
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised with this purchase. I have been searching for a 'true' American hefe, and I believe I have found it. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a frosted pint glass, it took quite a lengthy swirl to free the generous sediment. Color is very nice, almost a burnt orange, cloudy, with a strong head, and good retention. Smell just a tad weak, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Very nice clove and ripe banana in the backround, and incredible drinkability. Purchased on a recent weekend getaway to a relative in Easton, PA. I only hope I can find this one locally, as I will definitely be on the lookout for this one my next trip to the beer shack. A big thumbs up here. I am in love with the hefeweizens, and this one pleases, for sure!

Rehtakul, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of csmiley
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

csmiley, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So far Ive had four of the Penn beers and they have all been very solid and tasty.

Poured into a weizen glass.Nice two finger white head,yellow,cloudy and very carbonated body.

Clove,banana,and Neco's the candy smell.

The taste is the same as the smell.

Mouthful is very light and delicate and refreshing.

This is a solid beer that I will have to try again.

MmmIPA, May 31, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Weizen glass this is a hazy yellow gold colored beer with a respectable amount of white head.

The smell is light and slightly tart with a small wheat malt scent and a much greater amount of clove aroma.

The taste begins neutral too slightly sweet with a faint taste of lemon and a lingering sweet aftertaste. Slight lemon undertones with a mainly soda cracker malt flavor as a base taste. No banana taste that I can detect.

Mouthfeel is good.

A better than average American made HefeWeizen but this just isn't among the best of them.

Zorro, May 29, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Hazy golden orange color looked good, thick head but not long-lasting. The smell was banana/cloves, nicely flavored from the Bavarian yeast. thick mouthfeel (on par with my German favorites), very refreshing and drinkable.

Above average and low cost ($6.99 for a 6-pack), this beer's a really good deal. My favorite so far from the brewery.

TurdFurgison, May 20, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Cloudy yellow in color, with some orange hues. Thick foamy white head holds together for quite some time.

Very pleasing banana aroma, with soft hints of clove, just as it should be.

A bit tart, soft banana flavor, again followed with just a hint of cloves. A good amount of sweetness.

Decent body, but seems to lack the spritzy character of the classics. Simple and refreshing.

Bierguy5, May 08, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat glass pours an amazing cloudy pale yellow that has a nice 2 finger head and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.
Smell is of sun dried wheat with hints of fresh crop and outdoor.
Taste is smooth and refreshing with a taste of juicy fruit gum and a bit of staw and orange peel. This is a damn fine hefe and highly recommended.

gunnerman, May 07, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 13, 2007
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 cichief
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack..finally Penn beer in Maryland.

A- Pours very cloudy, a straw yellow in color, a very thick head of foam...right on for the style.

S- It smells of cloves, banana, yeasty, maybe a little citrus.

T- It fills your mouth with the spicy cloves, banana, sweet wheat malt, and a little citrus.

M- Just a little too fizz for the style, IMO.

D- Just in time for the warm weather, this is fantastic, I will enjoy it frequently this summer!

For my money, this is the best hefeweizen brewed in the U.S.

cichief, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Penn does not make "big" beers. Their beers are mostly sessions and great ones at that. There are bigger, hoppier, maltier beers out there but when you are looking to drink a few, these are perfect. They do what Bud used to do for me but taste a lot better. This beer looks nice, yellow color, some lacing, nice opaque looking beer. Has tons of wheat and some lemony fruit along with a slight clovey taste. Very nice. Not too heavy, not too light. Highly drinkable, low ABV. Very comparable to Hacker-Pschorr's hefe. Medium to light bodied, highly recommended. Oh, and always fairly priced.

bigdeuce, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

guitarmage, Mar 02, 2007
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 abcsofbeer
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

abcsofbeer, Jan 19, 2007
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 arnulfooxblood
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Super frothy head. Hazy golden color, this is one fine looking beer.

Smell--Malty and sweet, some citrus notes.

Taste/Moutfeel--I'm not typically a big fan of wheat beers, but this one is pretty good. Compared to others I've had, I would rate this quite high. Notes of orange and spices. Nicely carbonated yet quite smooth.

Drinkability--I would have another, and that's saying something for a hefe weizen.

arnulfooxblood, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Weizen

Appearance- Very hazy murky yellowish orange with a thick billowy head.
Smell- Strong Wheat, banana, and clove.
Taste- Huge bubblegum flavor. Tasted like juicyfruit gum. Sweet banana/ clove with fruit peach perhaps.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but big flavor and slighty dry in the end.

Overall- A nice big tasty Weizen. I'll keep an eye out for a 6er of this.

NJpadreFan, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

plaid75, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle bought tonight at Bierkraft.

A: Almost no head, but I think it was because of my lackluster pour. Looks like apple cider. Translucent.
S: Banana and fruity flavors.
T: Bananas, Pineapple and other fruity. Citrus. Very tasty flavors.
MF: High carbonation. Full bodied. Fizzy.
D: Medium drinkability. The high carbonation makes it less drinkable.

My favorite American Hefe Weizen. It reminds me a lot of Tucher.

AChamberlain, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into an Aventinus weizen glass.

Appearance: Dirty water yellow and hazy as hell, with decent lacing and striking white head that stays pretty well above the top of the brew line.

Smell: As it warms the real yeast aromas and lemon come through (without the lemon in the glass, of course), along with slight banana, nuts, bread crust, and mild phenols. The faintest bit of hops comes through too, as the citrus is on the high end here.

Taste: Burst of lemon hits the palate first, with some malt sweetness coming up in the form of fruitiness, bread, slight banana, cream, the faintest tinge of clove, and finishing fairly sweet with a mild hop bite. I like this and it seems balanced and singular in many ways.

Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent, with less of a creaminess to the body that I was hoping would be present.

Drinkability: A solid example of the style. I'd like to have this on tap to really see what's going on with it, but I'd certainly enjoy it in the bottle again, as there are different things going on that make it worth trying, in the sense that it's not--at least to me in this sample--trying to fully emulate a German version of the style, but following some of its own agendas, which I admire greatly.

asabreed, Sep 21, 2006
Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.