Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

234 Reviews
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 362
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of claytri
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very appropriate cloudy gold. The aroma was clearly citrus. The taste was malty with a citrus tart finich. The feel was light and dry. A pretty decent example of a Wit, but it could be a bit more complex a little spice to go with the fruit. (258 characters)

Photo of shivtim
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful hazy orange-gold, with a decent white head that faded slowly. The nose is all wheat, with just a bit of clove. The taste is stong on orange/citrus, but with a nice yeasty spiciness that comes through for a great finish. The mouth feel is good, with lots of little bubbles and typical weizen sharpness. Definately a drinkable beer. (342 characters)

Photo of JohnW
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (719 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,977 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery. Unique in that it had a farmhouse aroma and saison taste. Seems to be an accident of he batch according to the bartender yet I liked it. Good yeasty taste and medium body. Did not have creaminess I would expect of the style and left a dry finish. (262 characters)

Photo of maltydog
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic hazy, spun gold hefewezen appearance with a fairly dense creamy head perched atop. Nose is of cream and bananas with an underlying spiciness. The taste does not disappoint. Rich, creamy banana upfront with a clove spiciness coming in to round it out. Finishes somewhat dry. Big mouthfeel, almost chewy and I mean that in a good way! A very drinkable, very true to style Bavarian hefeweizen. Prosit! (406 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle hand carried back from a gift in Florida. Poured vigorously into a tall weizen glass.

Hazy orange beer with a quickly collapsing white head that ultimately leads to a beer that looks dirty.

Aroma is bready with just a touch of banna hding behind the cinnamon and clove.

Flavor starts sweet cream of wheat with a slow cut of carbonation with a quicker, stronger influence of clove oil.

Finish is surprisingly thick for a Hefe. I think this should be drier to capture a classic style.

Not too bad, but there are better domestic Hefe's. (573 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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.
Cheers! (1,196 characters)

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Penn Weizen poured a hazy and cloudy golden yellow, with virtually no head at all. Some small rows of white bubbles formed and disappated quickly.

The nose is not overly powerful but the bready qualities of the wheat are definately present.

Usually I'm usually a huge fan of wheat beers but this one has sold itself on me. Medium bodies and very active on the tip of the tongue with spicey clove and pepper flavors. Mildly sweet in the middle and finishes with a clean bready quality on the finish. Some bubble gum - esque notes plesantly linger in the aftertaste

Extremely smooth drinking and almost too easy to sit down and drink a bunch of these. I imagine this would be the perfect beer for a sweltering summer day, just chilling outside with a few of these in a cooler, crisp and refresing yet not thin watery or tasteless (843 characters)

Photo of jdmorgan
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of the Hefe Weizen, so I was eager to try Penn's attempt. My first bottle was so skunked, I was tempted to throw away the case...but I thought better of it and gave it a few days to let me forget about it.

The next bottle was delicious. The color was a cloudy, light-gold with a quickly-disappearing head. Aroma was of citrus and bananas...smelled like a typical Hefe Weizen. Went down smooth with kind of a sour aftertaste...a good kind of sour, if that makes sense. The first bad bottle (there were others in the case, too) did scare me off Penn for a little while though, which is unfortunate, but it has no reflection on this beer. (648 characters)

Photo of eze153
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on-tap at the Penn Brewery. This is the closest an American brewer has come to re-creating a traditional Bavarian Weissbier. I was very impressed with it. there was a liberal amount of head and it was a hazy-golden color, it almost seemed to sparkle. there is a strong sent of spices and fruit, one can really taste the spice when drinking it. it also leaves a spicy after taste, this is really the only thing I could see wrong with this beer is that it is a bit to spicy. Otherwise this a great beer you can drink alone or with the accompaniment of food. Though a squeeze of an orange really boosts the flavor. I highly recommend this to any one who loves a Weissbier. (684 characters)

Photo of LucaBrasi
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of GnomeKing
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of phnphilly
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow but not as cloudy as I would expect from Hefe....even when I get all the yeast out of the bottle. Large head as expected for a beer this carbonated.

Beer smells of citrus but I don't get much clove or banana smell.

The beer doesn't taste much like many Hefe's I've tried. There was no banana taste which I enjoy and was expecting. There was some pepper flavor but there is a sourness throughout which was unenjoyable. I purchased an entire case of this and am quite dissappointed. I thought I purchased a bad case in Lancaster, PA but I then purchased a single from a six pack shop in York and got a similar sour taste. If this beer can't travel across the state there is something wrong.

Mouthfeel was excellent with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

This beer would be very drinkable if it wasn't for the sour taste. With the sourness however I would say this is average. I'm not sure if this beer tastes better on draft but from a bottle I've had better. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring chilled into a pint glass, it pours an orange-peel color with some hazy and a bit of fizzy head that quickly turns to a slight oil slick surface.

Aroma is of some orange and other citrus fruits along with some vanilla malts and maybe a slight bit of cloves. NOt real flashy though.

Taste is of a very tart, sour orange flavor with some slight cloves on the back end and some caramel underneath it all. Not enough cloves or spices in my opinion.

Prickly carbonation on the front of my tongue with a medium body and an overall refreshing feeling as most Weiss's are.

Very easy to drink but not as fun as other Weiss brews I've had in the past. (661 characters)

Photo of peterittenhouse
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the gold standard for American Hefe's. Beer pours with a hazy hue an rocky,white head.Spicy,clove smell is apparent on first smell. Carbonation is high but is ok. Spritzy mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing! I will put this up against any German hefe. I always find myself gravitating back to this wonderful brew. Great stuff!!! (334 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a monsterous head - just as I would expect with a proper weizen.

Smell is very yeasty, with hints of banana and clove. More of a yeasty wheat bread smell than anything.

Taste is superb. Bananas and cloves and vanilla wrapped around a superb yeasty wheat base. This tastes as true to style as any of the imports. This is by far the best tasting weizen that I have tasted from an American brewery.

I think that the mouthfeel is the lone "weakness" of this beer. The body is a little on the thin side, more like a summer wheat than a weizen. The carbonation is about perfect, but this one could use just a little more backbone. With a fuller body, this would be an honest contender for best brewed anywhere in this style.

This weizen is extremely drinkable. With a modest ABV, a few pints can easily disappear without noticing. Definitely one that lovers of this style should try. (923 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of kevinphish
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12oz brown bottle, poured in a bubbled Imperial pint glass

Pours opaque yellow-golden, with a thick, quickly diminishing off-white head, with large bubbles cascading superiorly..

Aroma of citris, lemony, banana, light clove, Bavarian yeast

Taste follows suit with the aroma of lemon and banana, yeast and clove, that finishes with a bit more clove and breadiness..

A refreshingly delicious beer for a hot summer day!! A good example of a Bavarian wheat, that doesn't last long in the glass, and the drinkablitiy is just wonderful, smooth. You could easily polish off about 3 without missing a beat.. (620 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of eclectic
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with minimal head that is gone nearly as quickly as it came.. Smells of spicy clove with banana and yeast in the background.. fairly carbonated (which surprised me after the lack of head during the pour and near water like appearance in my glass).. tastes like it smells.. a bit heavy on the spicy yeast flavors.. could use a little more citrus to balance it out. mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but acceptable.. goes down easy.. slightly better than your average domestic weizen. (522 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun golden cloudy body. White head that starts out big and agressive but dissipates quickly, no lace but seems well carbonated.
Invitingly fresh scent of sweet clover honey, pumpkin and faint bananas with a shot of alcohol and spice.
Some apricot and cherry in the taste which gives way to your classical weizen flavors of sweet spiced pumpkin and banana.
Decent mountfeel, some astringency and yeast grain. Coating not too much or weak.
Good drinkability, true to the style and an enjoyable beer. Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle.

-Oelergud (550 characters)

Photo of Illinick
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (792 characters)

Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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