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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Penn WeizenPenn Weizen

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very good

332 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | 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 tomthumbsblues


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no apparent freshness date. Big bubbly head. The color is a hazy golden color. Streams of bubbles come from the bottom contributing to the light head left on top. The primary aroma of this beer is of unripe bananas with hints of other fruit. The taste is similar with the flavor of unripe bananas, but contained hints of malt and lemon. I felt there was a bit much carbonation in this beer. A good beer, but I was put off by the unripe banana character of this beer. I like bananas, but only when they're ripe.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 01:51:45 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of guitarmage


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 08:50:21 | More by guitarmage
Photo of Chinon01


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2008 23:59:29 | More by Chinon01
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 02:41:10 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of RJ32S


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

11-22-2013 14:17:30 | More by RJ32S
Photo of joeysmokedporter


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz bottle into a sam adams glass.

A: appears gold, somewhat clear until rousing the yeast, with a white one-finger creamy head that dissipates after a short time.

S: trademark clove spiciness with some banana and a hint of powdery yeast.

T: first impression is the clove spicy flavor, with a bit of a sharp twang before getting to the banana. subdued malt character with the clove and banana standing out. some citrus orange also noticeable later on, which makes this somewhat different than most others.

M: light, creamy, although a little syrupy and not as effervescent as some weissbiers.

D: definitely drinkable, a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 22:32:30 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of Pleepleus

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a pilsner glass a murky yellow with a half inch of fluffy white head. It had an earthy bread-like aroma with the sweetness of bananas. Taste was bananarama, citrusy wheats and spicy cloves. Cloves were prominent in aftertaste. The carbonation makes this lively and it finishes crisp. This is a very drinkable. I am not big on the wheat beers but the bananas make this one quite palatable. I would recomend this one to all to at least try.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 21:07:51 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of DuqTroops


3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - orangey with a white head.

Smell - cloves with citrus and some wheaty scents. a lot of aromas emit from the beer.

Taste - too much citrus to it. lots of flavors, more than my palate can handle.

Mouthfeel - little moderation

Drinkability - easy to drink, but a lot of fruits and wheat complexions.

Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 17:18:15 | More by DuqTroops
Photo of jeremy13586


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in to a smaller weizen-type glass.

Very cloudy orange color. About one finger of fluffy head. it didn't last too long, but it did leave some a little bit of lacing once it disappeared.

Pretty big yeast and banana. There's also some nice clove and spice.

The taste is very similar to the nose. It was more yeasty than anything. I'm not saying that it was a bad thing because I kicked up all the yeast in the bottle. Still pretty tasty.

It seemed a bit over carbonated. The mouthfeel was sharp and not as creamy as many other wheat beers. Overall, very smooth and drinkable. Had a very clean finish.

Not the best, but a very nice American take on the style. Now that Penn is back making quality beers (the stuff out of Wilkes-Barre wasn't that great), it would be nice to this this particular beer in a bigger bottle. A 16.9oz, perhaps? Anways, a nice PA brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 06:44:15 | More by jeremy13586
Photo of hyland24

New York

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the month club selection for March.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer poured a hazy straw color with almost a two inch head of white foam.

The smell was pure bananas with a hint of vanilla, delicious.

The taste was banana peel that fades into a sweet malty, bready finish. I found the beer sweetened even more as it warmed up. What a great tasting beer.

The beer is medium bodied and slightly oily coating the mouth with that great banana taste. It was bready, almost chewy and finished creamy smooth.

Go out and buy this beer. It is delicious and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 07:09:41 | More by hyland24
Photo of Syncro-Vox


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-03-2014 01:10:59 | More by Syncro-Vox
Photo of SchmichaelJ


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance, large foamy head and an interesting golden / orange color. Strong sweet smell with very detectable clove and bananas scent. Nice complexities here. The taste was very sweet, with the clove and bananas also present. Definitely one of the best tasting wheat beers I've had. Unfortunately I tasted a hint of metal from the cap, but this wasn't quite enough to lower the ratings. The medium body allowed for a good mouthfeel, and the solid particles of yeast from bottle fermentation made the feel all the more interesting. Overall, a great wheat beer, close to Bavarian standards. Can't wait to try it on tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 14:23:13 | More by SchmichaelJ
Photo of pio


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

not a very sustained white head over a cloudy orange volume that has a golden glow to it. very wheaty and light earthy scent of malt, grain and the buttery golden scent of those hops. a nice spice to the scent. a strangely balanced flavor but pretty well balanced just the same. it's a hearty beer and it's pretty thick for the style, i wonder if the bus has had alot of these or if jerome drinks macros and henessey and diet pepsi...i digress...an herbal and vanilla over wheat and having a crisp finish. a somewhat sweet after palate reveals a sort of small flaw in my book...maybe having to do with what i feel to be an inconsistant (bubbly and crisp then a little dulling towards the end of the beer) mouthfeel. a very drinkable brew just the same, a summertime staple for me. thanks for reading my review.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 00:09:58 | More by pio
Photo of Moxley

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small pilsner glass.

Had an opaque golden straw color with a thick foamy beige head. Looked like milky apple juice.

Had a yeasty, banana smell with a weird faint rubber tire aroma (but not really in a bad way)

Initially you get a strong banana flavor that turns a bit sour and citrusy (again, not in a bad way). This was a very interesting beer with a good balance of carbonation and mouth coating.

It had a chewy, creamy finish that left your mouth coated, but in a clean and refreshing way.

This is probably the most complex beer I've reviewed so far. I would definitely recommend this beer for the initial tasting experience alone.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 00:37:59 | More by Moxley
Photo of Jimbo87


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint. I know, the wrong glassware, but it was the only glass available.

A pale hazy weizen, but clearer than some other examples. White head. Looks good.

Smells of delicious banana and clove. Standard quality weizen smell.

Tastes of clove, banana, some lemony zest, wheat, barley, nondescript balancing hops. Surprisingly flavorful considering how clear and light-bodied.

Mouthfeel might be on the thin side, but it works.

Extremely drinkable. A solid hefe, but it doesn't necessarily stand out from it's peers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 22:11:20 | More by Jimbo87
Photo of thaichile

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice foamy head. Nose is citrus and light banana sweetness. Flavor is sweet and sour lemon, with the continuation of the banana backdrop. Very nice brew, a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Thanks to JohnTravolta21 for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 10:52:24 | More by thaichile
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-24-2012 23:23:14 | More by brewsadedotcom
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

07-25-2013 17:46:45 | More by Fatdenny
Photo of OldYoda


3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:59:46 | More by OldYoda
Photo of Freggs

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-03-2012 01:23:48 | More by Freggs
Photo of LucaBrasi

New York

2.38/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let’s get something straight. Hefe Weizen is not my style. But it was in the fridge and I'm attempting to review within the style. For whatever that’s worth.

It appears a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head which disappears almost completely.
Smell is very fragrant wheat and mellow banana smells.
Taste has a citrus feel not overpowering, a very small sours aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thicker oily.
Drinkability is lower due to the thicker mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 04:45:45 | More by LucaBrasi
Photo of RupertRonco


3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-12-2014 05:10:33 | More by RupertRonco
Photo of beatlefan56


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-01-2013 14:46:34 | More by beatlefan56
Photo of frenchblood21


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:50:08 | More by frenchblood21
Photo of bigdog73

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

08-17-2012 03:09:55 | More by bigdog73
Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.