Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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88
very good

234 Reviews
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 362
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery. Unique in that it had a farmhouse aroma and saison taste. Seems to be an accident of he batch according to the bartender yet I liked it. Good yeasty taste and medium body. Did not have creaminess I would expect of the style and left a dry finish. (262 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a finger high head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bananas and cloves are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of wheat from the underlying malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy drink and refreshing. It is an excellent American representation of a German hefeweizen and tastes very similar to the weisse beers found in Southern Bavaria. (727 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a bounteous head that hangs around and provides great lacing

Smell: Strong aromatics of banana and coriander with a touch of clove

Taste: Starts with a fulsome wheat bready flavor that is joined, mid-palate by the banana esters; the finish brings on the herbal aromatic flavors of clove and coriander

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: This is one of the rare domestic hefes that can hold a candle to its German cousins; this one, in fact, can compete with the best of them (567 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  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. (812 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright sunflower gold that is crystal clear... until the final two fingers of liquid are poured into the glass. At that point, a dense cloud of yeastiness diffuses downward, making the beer as opaque as any stout. The eggshell colored cap is loose and foamy rather than dense, creamy and sticky. It persists acceptably enough, but doesn't leave much lace.

The nose is classic for the style, with a decent amount of banana and clove. The grains (wheat and pale malt) are appreciated, as is a brisk shot of lemon juiciness.

While Weizen is pretty good beer, it isn't the stunner that was expected after I enjoyed the hell out of St. Nicholaus Bock and Penn Pilsner (and after seeing all the accolades proudly displayed on the brewery's website). It's still tasty and drinkable, however.

Untoasted grains are still the focal point. A little more malt sweetness would be welcome since there's no shortage of Hallertau hop bitterness. Clove is slightly more prominent than banana... which results in a hefeweizen banan-o-meter score of 2.0/4.0. I like a little more monkey fruit. The finish is peppery and approaches dry, but isn't crisp.

The mouthfeel is a bit light and is slightly too fizzy. Neither is enough to be considered a negative, but the next highest score is not a temptation. More malt sugars would help here as well.

Penn Weizen is an okay effort that isn't destined to be remembered once the pint glass has drip dried. If the notches on the rear label were decipherable, I could determine if this is a fresh bottle or one that has seen better days. I hope it's the latter because these guys are capable of better. (1,630 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, there's a decent head of white foam, leaving irregular arcs of lace with lasting head retention. Dull dishwater color, murky brownish orange once the yeast is poured in. As blah as that is, the head never fades, which is impressive.

Soft yeastiness of clove and hints of mellow wheat aromas.

Taste is similar, "tangy clove" indeed, the commercial description is certainly accurate. Mellow and sweet with dominating clove spice, no banana, clean finish. Initial sweetness doesn't linger too long. Wheat is subdued and pleasant. Body is light to medium with a bit of a twang that leans toward the astringent side, though not on a bad way. Overall a good American weissbier, fairly middle of the road but good enough.

Thanks for this one Eric! (771 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another nice treat from the lands up north. I was surprised to see this one as an extra, but it is one of my favorite styles so needless to say I am always happy to try another good beer. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/18/2008.

The pour was very nice. Rich light golden yellow color with a ton of cloudiness and sediment built back into it. A nice head of white foam, perhaps two inches in height rose up from the bottom of the glass to cap the top of the beer. Nice retention let it hang around for what seemed like forever before finally settling on just a thin film across the top and a nice bit of side glass lace. Good carbonation could be seen through the glass.

The aroma was wonderful. Full of hints at banana and cloves. Nice touches of bready malts and hints of a nice, almost light peach like yeast aroma coming off of it, very full and complex to say the least. Nice flavor as well, well a bit more then nice I should say. Wonderful bready malt like flavor came crashing through on this one right away. Swiftly being overtaken by hints of banana, and light herbal like hops. Nice touches of biscuit like flavors, light grains and a well rounded light fruit all adding into the complexity of this one. Great feel, with a light, yet almost chewy consistency that really just popped with the loads of carbonation that came rifling through it. So session able it was scary. I wanted to conserve this, I really did, but it just was not going to happen and I ended up throwing it down way too fast.

Overall I am seldom blown away by things in this style, but this one caught me off guard. Really wonderful with a full, flavorful approach and a true to form celebration of the style. I would have no issues with this one, in fact; send me some I would love to try it again. (1,848 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

has to be one of the best American wheat beers,could be a world classic,to bad so many people havent had a chance to try this.Fiancees dad brought one down for me,great appearance hazy yellow orange with good amount of sediment in glass,great pillowey head.Spicy,clovey smell with some banana lingering thru.Very yeasty tasting and clovey,just a great traditional well made weizen will make a trip to the brewery again for sure after trying this. (446 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American hefe-weizen that stands up to Bavarian standards. Not as richly malty or complex as some of the classics, but better than a few of the not so well know Germans. Cloudy, yellow orange with copper highlights and a fluffy bright white head. The head diminishes within the first quarter of the glass but leaves a good collar and some nice lace. The aroma is fragrant, offering a grainy maltiness and the traditional banana and clove (well balanced toward the clove) as well as some vanilla and fruit. The mouthfeel is not as impressive as the upper-eschelon of Bavarian weizen, but certainly fully present in it's light to medium body and full carbonation. The flavor follows the aroma with an increased vanilla, some soft ripe plum, and a gentle touch of smokiness. Again, the balance is towards the clove, with a bitterness that keeps the beer from appearing sweet. The finish is dryish and spicy. Thirst quenching and extremely satisfying. (950 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, light caramelized malts, citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and bananas. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (813 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades quickly over super hazy peach orange wheat colored beer.

Nose is plenty of hefe, tons of wheat, light toasty, banana, clove, spices, citrus, little yeast, not bad.

Taste brings citrus to start, again plenty of hefe, little banana, clove, coriander, spices, little creamy wheat, toasty, finishes fairly dry with lingering wheat, spices, and citrus, and a toasty pilsner like malt flavor way on the back end of the finish.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, grainy, with decent carbonation but lower than I expected for the style.

Overall not bad, good nose, flavors a good, would have liked a bit more carbonation, but otherwise good and drinkable. (693 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly foggy amber gold with a minimal white head that does not stay long at all. This is the funkiest nose I have gotten in a long time for an American production (as far as hefeweizens go). Thick bananas and a fair amount of yeasty funk on the nose too. Flavor is pretty robust and deep. But it seems to be just a bit short of what I expect the style to bring. Seems a bit too leafy. But still it is decent. Feel is a fairly full carbonation. Liquid is okay. Seems a bit slimy, if that makes some sense to ya. Overall it is easily drinkable. I might be interested in trying this on tap. (598 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back ... freshness date notched on the back label.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden yellow with a striking white lace.

Smell: Clove spice twang with hints of banana and pear.

Taste: Creamy and smooth mouth feel with a medium body. Crisp malty texture ... big lively spicy clove bite that rides on top of the rich carbonation. Mildly hopped and a decent amount of residual sweetness in the middle. Bready wheat with drying grain and trace yeast in the flavour finish the brew off.

Notes: Perhaps a touch too sweet though other than that it tastes like a freshly imported German Wheat Beer. A well crafted brew with all of the trademark flavours from the Bavarian Wheat Yeast. Bottled conditioned ... this adds to its complexity and drinkability. (830 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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!!! (1,057 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Penn Brewery on the label, but brewed and bottled in Wilkes-Barre, PA... A friend currently living in Pittsburgh brought me this beer when he came back home to visit and comically enough it would have been less of a hassel if I purchased it myself seeing as though it was brewed closer to me living in Central PA than him in Pittsburgh. Anyway, moving on. Bottle date of 12/6/09

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a thin white head. Doesn't offer up much retension or lacing. Aroma is full of the typical hefeweizen characteristics: citrus predominantly with clove and a little bit of bubblegum. One of the frist things you notice when it hits your mouth (if the looks of this beer didn't already give it away) is the high carb. Very high amount of prickly carb which is usual for this style with a light feel. Tastes of this beer includes clove, citrus and an overal nice spice about it. Not really picking up on much banana found in some other breweries takes on the style but I am ok with that. Only evidence of hops is a slight bitterness upfront in the taste. All in all, quite good. I am picky about hefeweizens and this one is a cut above the standard in my opinion. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem on-tap, fresh from the Penn Brewery (not Wilkesbarre).

Pours cloudy, unfettered, unfiltered. Nice creamy white head and some lacing.

Aroma chock full of hefe flavors, lemon, bready malt, hint of banana.

Taste is great. Banana/bubblegum from the bavarian style yeast and quite delicious. A touch of citrus and clove. The best part is that there are no off flavors in the beer anymore. Tastes pretty authentic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a more-ish finish.

Certainly drinkable. I want a keg all to myself. (528 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly clear golden with a slight head. Some haziness from swirling and dumping the yeast in the bottom, but the head could be a bit better. Some banana and clove, but relatively light in the aroma department. Taste is a bit more striking with clear notes of the banana and clove, fresh wheat, and some bready notes as well. The mouthfeel is slightly soft, but primarily crisp and spicy. Nice clean example of the style. (426 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy, golden yellow with tons of carbonation and a fluffy 2 finger head that only settles into a half inch head for the entire duration. Plenty of sticky citrus, banana, and vanilla esters are present. Tastes pretty good. Creamy and smooth with a zesty citrus flavor that leaves a semi-dry linger on the back of the tongue and palate. It parachutes evenly starting from the middle of the tongue and ending up on all corners. Very nice Bavarian brew from a true German style brewery in western Pennsylvania.

Finger licking good! (542 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale is a golden orange color, tang with an alcoholic boost (why hasn't anyone marketed that one?). The darker autumnal colors (orange, brown, yellow) obscure the ale, too cloudy to see through. Not much head either, a thin band is all that there is.

S: The ale is wheaty, thick with the lightly tart grain. Not much in the way of esters, at least in the nose.

T: The weizen is thick, loaded with wheat and barley. The wheat is not the light and airy version of many hefes. This is thick and meaty, so thick that it brings a strong clove flavor to the table. Citric flavors, not hop-driven, cut into the dense clove. The wheat flavors are strong, bold and decisive, in this ale.

M: This much flavor in a 5% ale? Almost unheard of. While it sneaks in late, some wheat tartness is evident after a sip is swallowed. This is an aggressive wheat ale.

D: Again, the abv is ridiculously low, greatly upping the drinkability. The flavors aren't traditional hefe but they do factor in an American twist. (1,022 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (460 characters)

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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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