Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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87
very good

350 Ratings
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86
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 AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade from dpodratsky3. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

A - Cloudy, yellowish with some orange in there. Nice 1 1/2 finger head, little retention.

S - Some yeast, clove, and banana. Initially a bready smell hits the nose, followed by a little spice.

T - Hey, this is pretty good. Definately get the clove and a little bit of banana. Some citris, was expecting a little more of a bread taste but it's nicely present and not overpowering.

M - Light bodied, nice carbonation. Slides down the throat very easily.

D - Highly drinkable, could session these easily.

I'm surprised at how much I've enjoyed this beer. A little fuller taste and this would rate exceptionally high for me.

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Milky bright lemon. Big cloud of stark white bubbles builds up quickly. Stays pretty bubbly with a moderate creamy hazing. Slowly creeps down to an always present thick layer of foam. Not much in the lacing though, just a few spots is all.

Aroma is two parts lemon bubble gum, one part banana, one part yeasty spice, and dashed with medium leveled clove.

Great mild and firm flavors with a nice banana display over light wheat and sweet malts. Lemon wedges play arcoss the middle. Yeasty grabs picks up from there but maintains a nice mild tone as it sifts off the finish with touches of clove and a backwash of banana. Stays a bit spicy for a stint in a returning burst very late.

Feel is close to medium with a few lighter areas in the front. Stays mild yet hearty with a smoother then average carbonation for a hefe. Which I didn't mind one bit. I tend to like a lesser volume of zip to my hefes. And since its more to my liking in that regards it really goes down without much effort. That: plus the flavors are well balanced and milding. This is one hefe I could drink a few of.

Thanks to PA BA weeare138 for the samples!

Photo of RBorsato
4.93/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very cloudy white-ish gold color with a nice off-white head, decent carbonation, and lace. Excellent banana-clove aroma. Perfect banana-clove balanced flavor with a nice grainy background. Good fluffy refreshing mouthfeel.

Awesome American version of the Bavarian classic !!

Per label: "Hallertau Hops"

Per PBCo. website: Original Gravity: 12.6°Plato, Alcohol Content: 4.0% by weight.

Won Silver at 1997 GABF and Gold at 2000 GABF.

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The head was rather modest and the body was cloudy and bright orange.

Smell – This one has a nice, yeast base to the nose but lacks the typical banana and clove of the style.

Taste – The wheat makes it way to the tongue, but there’s an almost stinging citrusy twang that tastes like it came “mit limon”.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit larger than light-bodied with some intense carbonation that had trouble holding up in the mouth.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed drinking this Penn Brewing Hefe. It’s a good beer and went down quickly on a warm summer day. I think it needs some work though to fit the style standard.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Weizen glass and received a one-and-a-half finger head. The head didn't leave any lacings, but the body of the beer did throughout the whole drink. I can only describe the color as a gold outside and a white inside, incredibly cloudy for an American offering (that's how my hometown rolls!). Smell is yeasty, to dumb it down a little, with some spice and citrus picked up. I say it is orange, but one could say leomn, grape, banana or pineapple. It was more of a tartish smell, so I go with orange or light lemon. It is very spicy when it hits your tongue, but the yeast/wheat balances it and it rolls over the tongue very smoothly, leaving a citrusy feeling in the mouth. Not too fruity, like a fruit beer would, but just enough to be the defining characteristic. And I know it isn't in there, I'm sure, but the backbite seemed like it had just a smidgeon of a caramle twist or something...just popped at the end, I don't know. If you are a more traditional hefe drinker, don't avoid this but it won't be your favorite. I like my hefes on the sweeter side, so I liked it a lot. Plain and simple, I could easily have a few of these at a bar. Wonder what it is like if it were on tap.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle picked up as a single in a mixed pack of Penn beers from Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange.

Distinctive blue White label with a yellow bordered oval containing a black & white rural scene and the words ‘Penn Weizen’ emblazoned across it. No strength or freshness date. Has a rather cool looking logo’d crown cap though.

Appearance: Murky clouded marmalade orange with a striking white head that rises quickly in the pour. Highly carbonated the pour is two-stage process; even with a 20 ounce glass and a 12 ounce bottle. Head rests at ¼” in the end with a feisty longevity.

Nose: Clove laden with wheat and orange in the finish. As it warms more banana breaks though, as indeed does the yeast and spices that were initially hidden away.

Taste: Clean entrance, cloves, wheat and some orange peel when served chilled. But this one really picks up a notch as it warms to a more cooled temperature. Bananas are hefty, the orange becomes juice-like, rather than peel-like, and the yeast and spices really beef things up. The sweetness is in check, by the yeasts and some bitterness that seems to be consumed by the finish. All of these classic components come together neatly to provide a solid Bavarian Wheat Beer that does not disappoint at all. Dry, orange-spicy finish. Lingering aftertastes with a metallic-clove “burp effect”’ thanks to the high carbonation.

Mouthfeel: The high, almost ‘champagne-like’ conditioning is finely dissolved and strong. It lends a massive helping hand to the medium chilled body and fosters it right up to a bigger more satisfying Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hmm, this one is very nice. Ditched this one down the gullet without even realizing that I had drained the bottle. Aftertaste is captivating and begs you to keep this one fresh on the palate.

Overall: Another highly enjoyable and easy drinking brew from Penn, a good effort all round and a very good clean Bavarian Wheat Beer.

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer poured a very hazy orange-yellow color with a medium white head. The head faded relatively fast to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is wheaty and yeasty with nice smells of banana, clove, coriander and some citrus aroma.

Taste – The taste is very much as the nose would suggest. It starts out wheaty and yeasty which form a base for the beer which lasts throughout the taste experience. At the start there is also a lighter citrus and banana flavor, which fade over time yielding to some spice flavors. More toward the end of the taste, the yeast seems to intensify some with the sweeter flavors lightening. Overall it leaves a slightly drier flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beers body is of average thickness with the carbonation level being on the slightly above average side. Both are fitting for the style.

Overall – It is a good session drier style Weizen. Easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: poured with the yeast into a weizen glass, the head is pretty weak and soon dies completely, the beer itself is a very hazy golden wheat color

s: highly bready wheat body with a big yeasty aroma...not particularly heavy on banana or clove but more of a clean weizen, pale barley, some mild lemon

m: light-medium carbonation, lighter body, not bad but a little dead on the palate

t: spicy wheat dominant with chalky yeast flavors, some banana with a mild clove spice, lightly hopped with some lemon after the swallow, clean finish

d: expected a little more from this based on my experience with Penn's fine lagers, but it's a solid hefe nonetheless...just needs more malt and yeast character imo

single from Whole Foods, Falls Church, VA

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tpd975
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this beer for several years and I love it.

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a thunderous head into my Franziskaner Hefe glass. There is a single stream of bubbles strong as Old Faithful keeping a head around long after the initial fade. After every drink the motion of the glass brings the bubbles and the head back only to die down again.

S: Lovely. Strong odor of banana taffy, lemon rind, and bubblegum. Strong yeasty notes as well. A wonderful smelling Weizen.

T: This is where this one wins out. Tons of flavor and complexity unknown to most other wheat beers. A banana rush up front with the creaminess of banana crème pie. After the banana fades the bubble gum comes forward until it is over taken by lemon, and then the old time clove bubble gum. It finishes with yeasty tones and more lemon. Sooo Complex.

M: So light and bubbly, the definition of effervescent. A wonderful example of this beer style.

D: I have put down an entire six pack on many hot sunny Florida summer days. I could drink this one until the cows come home.

Overall: No doubt about it my favorite Hefe in the world. I have had the more acclaimed ones most notably Franziskaner and Weihenstephaner, as well as those crafted by the best American Micro Brewers, but I keep returning to this beer. The flavor is so bold for a Hefe. It is so complex and the flavors come at you in waves, kind of like the candy on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

This is Penn's best beer by far and they can hang their hat on it.

The bottle says.... Enjoy the aroma and effervescence as you imagine a beautiful summer day in a Munich Biergaren.... Now you can visit Munich without leaving home...It's in the bottle.

I have to agree, I see beautiful blondes in Lederhosen right now with big mugs of this brew... wait, maybe I've had too much to drink. Drink enough of it and this one will do that to you.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the first 90%, the beer poured fairly clear. Then came the settled yeast and we were looking at the classic Hefeweizen look in my glass. Orange/gold in color with an obvious cloudy look. No head to speak of at all, with some visible carbonation if you chose to search through the cloudiness.

Aroma was of ripe bananas and the classic wheat aroma...

Taste started with some clove then went right to banana notes finishing fairly crisply. Nice mild sweetness with the wheat notes. Does not leave you with too much of the sour ending that I really don't appreciate. The more I drink it, the more I notice the bread like tones near the end of the flavor profile.

I have to say that Hefeweizens are growing on me a bit.

Very light, crisp, refreshing and drinkable.

Glad I had the chance to try this one.

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good overall. Everything meshes really well. Good clove and banana smell and taste. Could drink these all night, but I had other beer to drink. Carbonation is high and very crisp.

Nothing out of the ordinary, but everything is fine the way it is. Perfect for a session.

3.5 A
3.5 S
4.0 T
4.0 M
4.0 D

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tgbljb
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of david18
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West side. Visually, this is very much like a wheat beer. Quite cloudy, almost impossible to see through, with an intense esthery aroma. The flavor was ok but not all that memorable. Color was a little darker than expected.

Photo of argock
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date that is decipherable.

A: Hazy orange-tinged golden color with tall initial head that dissipates quickly and leaves barely any lacing.

S: Pleasant aromas of pear, banana, and clove.

T: Good but not great with a fruity start and middle with lots of esters. The end is very bready and a little overly yeasty, which is unique but leaves a very odd aftertaste.

M: A little thin but plenty of peppery crispness in the finish. A tad drying.

D: A decent hefe but nothing spectacular.

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a properly clouded deep golden color with a fluffy white head that briefly fills up the glass before shrinking to a clumpy cap. It's got that nice, authentic hefe smell: balanced banana and clove, medium sweetness, slight tangy wheat, citrus, and vanilla. Bold weizen flavor. Solid sweetness, bubblegum, and banana finishing with some clove and citrus. Medium-light body, refreshing, some dryness...solid all around.

Good stuff. An American Hefeweizen that is really true to style.

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