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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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234 Reviews
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 364
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 15.46%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | 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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Reviews: 234 | Hads: 364
Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz. bottle meets standard pint glass.

Pours uber cloudy pale yellow with white foam. Wheaty smell. Some banana, stronger clove, both present. Tangy wheat taste, lots of citrus. Orange notes. Yeast backed. Good blend.

Good drinking hefe. Enjoyable.

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Photo of merlin48
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 12 oz brown bottle on New Years Eve, after overhearing a staffer at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va., discussing it with another customer. My bottle is a week past its "drink by" date, but here goes. Pours into a tall pilsner glass a very hazy yellow gold, with a few yeast particles floating around. No head, even though I poured it according to the style and the label directions. Looks like homebrew. Nose is grapefruit, and a basket of pumpkin pie spices. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, basil.... and a tang of yeasty wheat. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, slightly yeasty, somewhat tart, a bit dry, and light bodied. Very interesting to the palate. Taste amazes. Vanilla, wheat, pumpkin pie spices(again), and a welcome wallop of nice tasting hops. The high carbonation rides all the way to the end, as do the hops. I can't recognize the kind of hops, but they're perfectly matched here to produce a very delicious and drinkable beer. Somebody in Pittsburgh, brewed up a fine batch with this one.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy amber color with modest white head that quickly dissapeared. Smell is magnificent. The mixture of cloves, spices and corriander is perfect.The taste is even better than I expected. This has to be the perfect hefe weizen taste sensation. The taste it leaves in the mouth is so enjoyable as to be unbelieveable. Sio easy to drink I'd be afraid to leave it in the house because I would never want to drink anyhting else. This is as close to the perfect beer I've ever tasted. Words can not describe it.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden orange with heavy haze. Fast-fallen head without much lacing in a wet glass. My fault there. 3.0

Orange, buttery wheat, lemon zest, coriander, clove, and some estery banana. Hint of maple. Insinuatingly sweet. 4.0

Much more banana/clove and coriander spice in the taste. Fruity and semi-sweet in the middle with a spicy sparkling semi-dry finish. Slight hoppiness detectable. 4.0

Persistent carbonation. Spiky body. Still drinks good. 3.5

Probably my favorite local hefe. Penn's got the lockdown on authentic German beer styles. Recommended. 4.0

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Photo of sirsteve42
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Blind Tiger in Manhattan. Good variety of taps there. Smooth and very drinkable. Had it with a lemon which made it all the more refreshing. Even though I had this in December, and really enjoyed it, this would make a great summer time beer. Perfect beer garden choice.

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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received in early April as part of the March MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a cloudy dark yellow with a nice head initially. Nose has hints of bananas and cloves. Taste is of bananas and wheat with a light hopping to finish nicely. Moutfeel is medium bodied, nothing special while going across the palate. Overall drinkability is perfect. This is a very nice representation of the style and at a 4.0 abv this is the perfect beer to enjoy with friends all night long!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Cloudy and murky but oddly pale; poured with a thick sticky head.

s: Spot on; lots of yeasty banana and bubblegum with clove spiciness.

t: Just the way I like 'em, big grainy banana with the clove present but in the backround.

m: Big and chewy

o: Really good hefe that hit the spot.

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Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly good hefeweizen. The appearance and smell are classic hefe - cloudy straw color, big bubbly head and great smell of wheat, citrus pepper and bubblegum.

First taste is a great follow-up to the smell. Smooth, astringent and very satisfying. The taste fades quickly into a mild wheat and slightly malty brew. Each sip is the same thing, the hefe flavors start impressively but don't last.

Overall mouthfeel is average. The loss of big flavor affects the overall feel. This beer has fairly good drinkability but it could have been a lot better. This one is close to being a really good hefe.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery, served in Penn Weizen glass.

Cloudy yellow body with about two fingers of white head. Not a lot of lacing, but decent retention.

Smell's of bannana basically.

A tasty heffe weizen, one of the better examples I've had for sure. Bananna and notes of clove with a wheat bite.
Served with alemon wedge, and although I'm not a fan of fruit in my beer, I have tried it in the pas with the lemon also, and it was actually tasty. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Great drinkability, nice beer for a warm day.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods, Raleigh. Poured into a pilsener glass.

Penn Weizen tries to build a tall head, but the foam only climbs to a half-inch in height before slowly retreating to a patchy lid of white bubbles. The color is a gorgeous, lemon-pineapple hue, and cloudy as all get-out. The fervent carbonation level releases aromatic notes of wheat and lemon zest that give way to cracked white pepper, banana, and some clove.

The flavor is definitely enjoyable, but nothing remarkable--a bit heavy on the darker wheat grains & cracker-like malts, while the yeasty fruit esthers are a lighter afterthought. Body is thin, with a good carbonation level that engages the palate. Finishes dry, packing a well-placed spice to end each sip. This is about what I expected from Penn Weizen -- nothing dramatic, just an easy drinking, solid summer hefeweizen

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Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a wheat fan but this stuff is great on tap, huge haze, fresh smell and a rolling banana/ester flavor. No trace of a citrus/sour flavor to my tongue. A real refresher from Pittsburgh's North Side...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, bold, hazy yellow body. Massive carbonation streams. Massive white whip cream head. Looks quite refreshing in a weizen glass.

Aroma has bits of the expected bubblegum and cloves, and a bit of hay too, but not in the intensity I had anticipated. On the other hand, there is a strong, interesting peppery spiceyness to the nose.

A light dance across the tongue, the wheat flowing own low, while that peppery spiceyness rides high. Some nice hints of lemon, which increases in the aftertaste.

Proper light mouthfeel and summer drinkability.

Not quite as dead-on as Penn's other german styles, but not a bad warm weather beer.

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Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is some sweet fuits and hint of bubble-gum. The taste is a nice balance of fruit both from the malts and citrus hops, but an odd sourness lingers in the finish. The beer is light and crisp with heavy carbonation. This is a somewhat ejoyable summer beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a big white foamy head. Head dissipates as you drink. Some lace.

Wow. Clove, some tropical fruit, wheat and yeast. Very nice for a domestic.

Sweet wheat, yeasty flavors, sweet breadiness, some spicy kick, light bitterness, mild bitter and grain finish. Well done.

Bummed a bit by mouthfeel. Seems a little mushy. Lighter bodied but feels like a sip is sucking away the head. Not a nice cake-like head, but pure big bubbled foam. A minor bitch on my part, but it is what it is.

Really good domestic hefe. Never saw this before, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow with a nice 1 inch foamy, white head. Good lacing.

Smell - Lemon and banana. Wheat, yeasty sugars, orange, spices. Floral, bubble gum.

Taste - Grainy, with big wheat presence. Lemon and orange with banana are main fruit flavors. Floral notes, yeasts, and added spices are also tasted. Clove, and a smoked flavor is picked up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Banana, orange and lemon first coats the tongue. Palate gets a lot more wheat, spices and yeasts. Aftertaste is a little dry, yeasty and floral.

Overall - Not as sweet and refreshing as a lot other hefes' but still good. More wheat up front with some bold spices. Banana is more mellow, as with a lot of hefes are dominated by banana. A good beer I haven't had in ages. Worth a drink for a local beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know nothing about this brewery, but their German style wheat is good. I would like to session a bunch of these to see if maybe it's better than good (or maybe not).

It's very no-descript for the style, but without doing a single thing wrong. What I am not sure of is if anything is wrong with it - that will take more consideration.

For now, it is good smelling, tasting and after tasting and the appearance is what you would expect. But it does seem very average in every way.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I recently re-visited the Penn brewing offerings. For some reason I wasn't impressed the first go through. Obviously my palate has evolved because this hefe kicked some ass the second time around. Poured into a pils glass it forms a loose white head that fades to a thin covering and minimal lace. Tons of carbonation.

This is highly sweet even within a sometimes sweet style. Cloying at times. Cloves and Bananna and light exotic type fruits mix with a hop presence that really only comes through in the mouthfeel. Some orange rind/zest fills out the rest of this fine offering. Carbonation is sizzling, a bit too much in my opinion as it has the pop rock fizzy jones.

I liked it alot. I can see how this would be too sweet to some but I think the carbonation really sizzles away the lingering residual sweetness. Pretty yeasty as well and I'm a big fan of that in a hefe. All told I was pleasantly surprised to like an offering that I didn't like just 1 year ago. upper 3's if it wasn't for the lackluster appearance and pop rock mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass (didn't feel like using the 23oz Weizen glass).

A pale burnt orange hue supports a somewhat thin white head. The beer is very effervescent, with lots of little bubbles keeping the bits of yeast suspended in the beer and keeping the head at the top very active.

The aroma is very creamy, with the standard banana and clove.

The wheat, along with the clove, gives a very tart feel to this one. A little bit of orange peel is in the background. Full bodied, with high carbonation.

About your average hefeweizen, very German in style. I won't say it's quite up to par with the ones from Germany, however.

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Photo of marc77
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Turbid auric hue. Lofty, dogged, stiff beaten egg white like head. Coating lace remains. Clove is dominant in aroma, with secondary notes of ripe banana and acidic lemon. Lychee hints surface as the beer warms. Appetizing and spot on aromawise. In flavor, incipient is a grainy, slightly tart wash of wheat malt. Esters ensue promptly, with notes of underripe tangerine and zest lending a vibrant citric character. Banana, with a bubblegum twang is a constant, complementary undertone. Moderate in body, with a mouthfeel that could use a notch more girth. Rustic yeast, musty sourdough hints surfaces as the beer warms and / or with a yeast pour. Finishes mildly herbal with clove phenol and honey notes lingering softly on the palate. An outstanding, traditional hefeweizen that is amongst the best U.S. microbrewed versions I've had thus far. As good as many German examples. Delicious.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap.

Poured a hazy golden orange, thin white head with okay retention.

Smelled like orange peel and coriander with a hint of malts.

Taste was citrusy but also kind of banana like.

Mouthfeel was bubbly and normal body.

Eh, okay. Seemed like it was trying to be a witbier but at the same time it stood apart from that style. Either way, I've had a lot better of both heffewiezen and witbier.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan/orange color, a bit darker than average for style, classicly cloudy. The head is about 1/2 inch thich leaving a thin cover of foam after it settles. The carbonation below seems to be quite active. Tangy lemon and citrus melon nose. The spiciness doesn't come though as clearly as hoped for.

The taste is a mix of tangy grapefruit and lemon notes plus sweeter banana esters to balance. Again the clove-like spices are not strong enough for the style, limiting the complexity, although it still has a solid overall flavor. The body dances lightly across the tongue with its carbonation creating a nice foam to cover the palate.

A very nice Hefe from a brewery I had not yet tried before. The drinkablility is solid although at times it tastes a little too sweet. Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the extra bottle...

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Photo of Phatz
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot orange color. The first one was an exploding bottle. WOW head everywhere! It settled and I poured the beer into my Weizen glass I got a huge 5-6 finger head. The second bottled didn't explode on the counter but I didn't let it warm up as much either. It still had instant suds coming up when I popped the cap; and I got a good 4+ finger head. Modest lacing.

Smell: Very sweet. From the moment I opened the bottle there was a very pleasant sweet fruit salad and yeast aroma. Banana, subtle lemon & cloves, then a bit of Vanilla. nice.

Taste: I am not a huge fan of the banana flavor in my beers. Many Hefe-Wiezens I find a cloying banana taste. NOT this one. There is the classic banana flavor but it is nicely balanced with some wheat, citrus fruits, white grapes vanilla and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated medium body beer. This beer feel active and large in the mouth. It is creamy yet crisp on the ends.

Drinkability: Penn Weizen is an easy drinking Hefe- that is quite refreshing and sessionable. This is a great beer for sipping through the summer when the AC is cranking and you want a cool refresher beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.