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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

347 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 17 | 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 JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JasonSiedman, Dec 21, 2013
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 DerekP
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A glowing amber look. Decent lacing, not a lot of head.

Awesome smell of banana muffins. Yeasty.

Delicious taste - a good amount of wheat, a lot of sweet bananas. Clove.

A very nice medium body. A solid mouthfeel.

Definitely one of Penn Brewery's best.

DerekP, May 01, 2010
Photo of rabsten
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap right at the brewery. I'd missed this one and now it's back.

Thick fluffy white head and good lacing atop a yellow/light amber body. Pretty.

Cloves, bananas, and some mild bread notes. Hefe-tastic!

More phenolic than estery in flavor, with cloves leading and bananas trailing. Some lemon qualities in the finish. More hefe-rifficness.

A little thin on the mouthfeel and the trailing lemon cuts the drinkablility a bit but other than that, this is a very good beer. One of, if not, Penn's best.

rabsten, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy golden color with a moderate head.

S: Strong yeasty/wheaty aromas. There are definite notes of banana and a subtle spiciness.

T: Maltiness with a bit of a lemony undertone. Hops are there, but barely noticeable. Taste of the yeast is quite pleasant.

M: Medium bodied, not overly sharp or sweet. Carbonation is in very nice levels and the alcohol gives a nice warming feel.

D&N: A really good example of the style, and I love the fact that it's a Pittsburgh beer. Very tasty, very nice to drink and something I'd recommend to a friend.

JackTheRipper, May 17, 2004
Photo of EddieJoe
3/5  rDev -22.5%

EddieJoe, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Griggsy, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of jiffymon
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jiffymon, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of avylover
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out extra cloudy, even for a hefe, looking like grapefruit juice. Aroma is the typical banana/clove aroma for a hefe, very authentic. It's not so heavy on the clove aromas, which is a plus in my book. The taste is fairly clean and adds a slight lemon zing. Nothing overpowering at all, just tasty & clean. Nice full mouthfeel, not as watery as I would expect, and drinkability is top notch. No wierd aftertastes. Just a good, clean Hefe

avylover, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of Illos
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Illos, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of tallfellapgh
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tallfellapgh, Jun 21, 2014
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 cooch69
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Hefeweizen pours a striking multilayered deep cloudy yellow. There are some big floaters in here with a nice frothy head.

Nose is really tutti fruity, sweet bubble gum, and some sourness and acidity. Very in your face for a lighter beer.

Taste is pretty clovy, and slightly sweet with some tutti frutti banana bubble gum chicklets.

Mouthfeel is exeptional. One of the best in the business. It is so creamy that it puts cream of wheat to shame. So smooth that your charmins will be jealous. 10/5 for feel.

This beer without a doubt puts Penn Brewery at position #1 for PA acording to my experiences. There beers may not be the biggest or the baddest but they are for sure the tastiest.

cooch69, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Alkey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Alkey, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of BigRizz62
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -Nice hazy straw yellow, good carbonization that leaves thin white head and nice lacing.

Smell -A little light but good yeasty wheat with a citrus tang.

Taste - A bit snappy, like citrus - good. Light aftertaste wish it had a bolder banana -clove profile but still good overall.
Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation with medium weight and very smooth.

This beer is easy to drink and a light version of a Hefe in my opinion but I can't complain, pretty good.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of stckhndlr
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

stckhndlr, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to sample this brew at the Charleston BA Meeting May 2008. I am a huge fan of this style and have tried literally hundreds of Hefes. I have yet to try an outstanding American take until now.

A. Hazy (hefe of course) yellow brew with a nice lacy white head.

S. Outstanding. This is a definite classic. Clove, banana and fruity overtones.

T. As good as it smells. Very strong banana clove taste. If you ever want to demonstrate a Hefe to a newbie, this is a bold example.

M. Somewhat creamy and well carbonated.

D. This is a great session beer if you can get it!

MarkSCCOT, May 07, 2008
Photo of JohnW
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was served in normal US straight sided pint glass at Tanks Tap Room in Tampa FL. The usual expected medium gold colour with cloudy appearance, all that you would expect of a Weiss style beer. Aroma - fruity, bananas and cloves, though dry and crisp, with little hint of any sweetness. Very pleasant flavours, all that you would expect from a traditional wheat beer, though maybe drier than some, though with less depth of character than the finest German wheat beers. Very easy to drink, refreshing, crisp, citrus hints make it thirst quenching and more-ish. Enjoyed this very much, and if wheat beers are something you enjoy, then this is definately worth having.

John W
(B'ham UK) tried while in Tampa FL May 2006

JohnW, May 22, 2006
Photo of grannaniwa
3/5  rDev -22.5%

grannaniwa, Dec 29, 2013
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 jdmorgan
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer cold and on tap on a rainy midday this spring at the Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh. The beer had a typical hefe weizen golden and turbid appearance in it's 22 oz. weizen glass.The head was large and gave off a slightly fruity/citrus aroma. After a few sips I was impressed with its smoothness that still retained a bit of citrus bite to it. Also noted was a hint of spice that I felt was not too overpowering. The mouthfeel was slightly thick as one would expect from this type of beer. The drinkability was good and I enjoyed this beer from the moment I sipped it. In short, I felt that this was a quality hefe weizen available in Pittsburgh that is worth a try and is a worthy companion to a meal or by itself.

jdmorgan, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of tweeder263
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a SUPER hazy yellow brew with a thin head.Thin but it lasted a bit. Smells of typical hefeweizen that i cant describe, i think its a slightly sweet smell. Tastes of a sweet brew,,lightly spiced,,typical wheat character. Pretty smooth and estery.Has some yeasty floaties in it too.Mouthfeel is standard. Drinkablity is good i could put a few of these away.

tweeder263, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 14 May 2011
Glass: Standard nonic
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured gently, producing a brief 1-finger head which reduces to nothing, no lacing, typical weissbier cloudy yellow with a touch of orange.

Aroma is loaded with Bavarian malted wheat, followed by very bitter orange citrus, touches of clove and banana. Taste has well-balanced sweet wheat, lots of banana, ends with that ubiquitous wheat aftertaste, and a combo of orange and lemon. Very crisp mouthfeel, heavy flavors don't last long, but that only makes me want another sip. Excellent session beer as we dive into the summer weather.

ToAzwethinkweizm, May 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tmhoye, Aug 29, 2013
Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.