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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

350 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 350
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 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.

Photo of tmhoye
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in Franziskaner Weiss glass.

A: Big fluffy head from a forceful pour. Clear golden color. Gave the bottle a swirl and added the yeast. Color becomes a bright cloudy orange. Very attractive. Head retention could be a little better.

S: Pretty typical aroma for a German-style wheat. Sweet bread. Some banana. Hints of clove. Maybe a touch of mint?

T: Sweet bready malt. Banana-clove. Some citrus. Just the faintest nip of hops provides balance. Missing that zesty little zing that is present in my favorite wheat beers.

M: Smooth, yet slightly spritzy. Light bodied.

O: I've always had a soft spot for this beer and the case that I recently purchased has been full of delicious nostalgia. There are many beers in this category that are much better and most of them are brewed in Germany. If you ever have a chance to grab one do it...it doesn't get much better than hanging out in the biergarten at the Penn Brewery with a tall glass of Weizen and a hefty dose of sunshine. This is one of my summertime favorites. Low abv and big flavor usually means that I want to drink unlimited amounts of this stuff.

Photo of maek228
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: murkey orange with a thick puff-white head. real cloudy

smell: fresh wheat with hints of bananas and other ripe light fruit.

taste: complex wheat flavors dominant. these are tucked into mildy sweet malt. cloves and spices are strong, hops are mild, and hints of fruit and vanilla are around as well

mouthfeel: highly carbonated and refreshing

drinkability: perfect summer beer. very well done

Photo of bierman2000
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the most carbonated wheat beers in the world..citrus clove and bubble gum are evident in the nose and the taste.. Very foamy it takes your breath away before you drink it and has a smooth flavor that is only affected by the full carbonation which leaves the drinkability factor lower.. well made german style Weizen.

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.

Photo of Illinick
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The first thing that hits you is the great color of the beer. Pours out deeper in hue then some hefe-weizens. Pale, cloudy yellow/orange tint with nice white head and good head retention throughout. Good climbing carbonation-really a great beer to look at.
Smell: No surprise here: definite banana, clove with a hint of citrusy vanilla mixed in.
Taste: Great tasting hefe with all the essential flavors: banana, citrus, and complex wheat/hay/earthy spice taste to it.
Mouthfeel: Great on the palate, seemed to be a little heavier than most hefe, which is fine by me.
Drinkability: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable, can definately enjoy a few at a nice summer bbq.
Notes: An exceptional Hefe from a great brewery. You can really notice the German/Bavarian style brewing used.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle poured into stemmed pilsner glass. On bottle's rear label is stamped 0177 82 04:54.

Appearance: cloudy tan and orange body, typical of many hefes. Large bubbles assemble at top and immediately die off. Carbonation is very active for this style.

Smell: subtle banana and wheat husks, very zesty lemons.

Taste: Twangy wheat and mildly sweet bananas, lemon rinds and finishes with hop bitterness and a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: an overpowering twangy bitterness makes for an uneasy mouthfeel. I love hefes, but this is not just the typical wheat twang.

Drinkability: a bit surprised, it's drinkability is only hurt by this uncharacteristic bitterness. It's flavors are fine otherwise. I will try this again, assuming this is just a bad bottle.

Photo of Syncro-Vox
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RupertRonco
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of purppy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Chinon01
3.6/5  rDev -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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of RJ32S
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BMESSER88
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Pleepleus
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of DuqTroops
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of jeremy13586
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of hyland24
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of pio
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.