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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | 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.

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Pleepleus

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 21:07:51 | More by Pleepleus
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is one of the first hefeweizens i tried, and didn't know what to expect.
(from notes--2007)
the first hefeweizen i tried, widmer, seemed simply to add a dose of vague bittering hops to a citrus wheat persona.
pours meekly enough, not too impressed with the big macrobrew-type bubbles (macrobubbles?) or rapidly disappearing head.
put off by the fragrance at first. metallic, sharply metallic. eww, is there something wrong with this.
taste... more metal. no wait, maybe more of a clove. maybe a little overripe banana in the background. by the end of the bottle, i was really enjoying the stuff.
mouthfeel nothing special, with those big bubbles and all. light-med. pretty similar deal with the other Penn's i've tried.
this one held my attention and introduced me to the world of banana bread in a bottle (although here with an emphasis on cloves).

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:42:59 | More by brewmudgeon
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2008 23:59:29 | More by Chinon01
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a murky orange-golden body with huge chunks of suspended sediment and a thin, grainy white head that settles quickly to a skinny ring, leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is wheaty and spicy with a toasty grainy note and a predomination of clove-laden spice.

The taste is spicy with lots of clove nearly drowning out a tangy, mellow wheaty backbone graced with a juicy touch of fruity sweetness.

Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:00:30 | More by cvstrickland
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saradad

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 12 oz glass. about a 1" head or so with little retention. Color is a nice "bread-crusty" tan and very cloudy. Very little hops evident in the nose but has that nice banana aroma and faint bread scent. The scents are the same in the taste though it seems to lose something in the mouthfeel, which is a bit thin. The finish is clean and doesn't linger long though it's quite pleasant. This is a great summertime "grassmowing" brew that really cuts the heat and tastes terrific. For what it' worth I got this as part of Penn Brewery's Gourmet Selection case and considered giving it away as my last encounter with a wheat beer was a very forgettable Michelob product.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 02:39:00 | More by saradad
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mullenite

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very hazy orange with almost no head and zero lacing.

Smelled initially a little sour but after letting it sit for a minute that turned in to a very strong citrus smell.

Taste is very citrusy with light carbonation and a little skunk to it (not that the beer is skunky, but I can't think of a better term to describe it.) Not dissimilar to Harpoon UFO.

Very light carbonation, if you like the taste this is a very drinkable beer but I have to force my way through the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 16:03:12 | More by mullenite
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thaichile

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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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riversider76

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a visit to Cranberry Township PA.I don't think It's avaliable around here.Pours a cloudy gold with an orange tint. Thin white head, not much retention and just a bit of laceing. Smell is of clove and bananna. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is clove and bananna up front with a yeasty spicy finish. I wish this beer was available in Western NY!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:36:50 | More by riversider76
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange and cloudy with a large head. The aroma is of cloves,wheat and banana notes. The taste is cloves,yeast and wheat. The cloves are first and upfront. The sweetness is trailed by a slight tangy note. The overall feel is high carbonation with a crispy and yeasty finish. Some pepper/spicy tingles as it goes down.

Notes: I purchased this beer from a local market and I did not go through any unusual traveling. It was in the fridge for one week before i opened it and as I attempted to pour it I could see that the bottle was all foamed up. My proper pour was total foam and I did it right,yet all I could see was foam and then some. I did reach out to the Beer Buddha and some insight was provided.
In the end the beer was not so bad.

End note: Tried it for second time and yes there was something wrong with the beer I reviewed. What I do not know,but I made the revisions on the review. Not that the first beer was bad as I noted,but this second one was much more flavorful and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 15:03:40 | More by Lexluthor33
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 18:23:09 | More by Reagan1984
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splat215

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An appropriately cloudy wheat color, with good foam and great carbonation
S - Fresh wheat, faint banana-hints
T - Well balanced what tones, slightly bitter metallic like aftertaste
M - Medium bodied, well carbonated
D - A slight offness on the flavors aftertaste/backbite ruins this a bit, but this is really a surprisingly good Hefeweizen from an unlikely source. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 01:55:11 | More by splat215
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argock

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 04:15:11 | More by argock
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright sunflower gold that is crystal clear... until the final two fingers of liquid are poured into the glass. At that point, a dense cloud of yeastiness diffuses downward, making the beer as opaque as any stout. The eggshell colored cap is loose and foamy rather than dense, creamy and sticky. It persists acceptably enough, but doesn't leave much lace.

The nose is classic for the style, with a decent amount of banana and clove. The grains (wheat and pale malt) are appreciated, as is a brisk shot of lemon juiciness.

While Weizen is pretty good beer, it isn't the stunner that was expected after I enjoyed the hell out of St. Nicholaus Bock and Penn Pilsner (and after seeing all the accolades proudly displayed on the brewery's website). It's still tasty and drinkable, however.

Untoasted grains are still the focal point. A little more malt sweetness would be welcome since there's no shortage of Hallertau hop bitterness. Clove is slightly more prominent than banana... which results in a hefeweizen banan-o-meter score of 2.0/4.0. I like a little more monkey fruit. The finish is peppery and approaches dry, but isn't crisp.

The mouthfeel is a bit light and is slightly too fizzy. Neither is enough to be considered a negative, but the next highest score is not a temptation. More malt sugars would help here as well.

Penn Weizen is an okay effort that isn't destined to be remembered once the pint glass has drip dried. If the notches on the rear label were decipherable, I could determine if this is a fresh bottle or one that has seen better days. I hope it's the latter because these guys are capable of better.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 11:55:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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JayQue

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 02:22:33 | More by JayQue
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glad to have the opportunity to sample a beer from the brewery. The beer has a viscous, thick appearance, but light and fluffy according to the head formation / retention. Golden to straw in color and very hazy. Aromas are strong of malt, wheat, esters, and especially the phenolics. Bready flavors hit up-front with a solid dose of malt sweetness, banannas, lemons, cookie dough, clove, pineapples and apples. However, a plastic-ey, spicy note may be the deterant. Quite heavy and thick for the style, although it made for creaminess, hurt the drinkability a bit. Spicy and peppery to the palate. Finishes with a long, lingering estery / phenolic flavor that increased the plastic flavors to the point of being difficult to overlook. Too bad too, because this beer really has promise.

Notes taken from '08 NHC.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 18:59:22 | More by BEERchitect
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 02:41:10 | More by hopsleeroy
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bob5958

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I live in Pittsburgh but travel to Germany quite often and have had the opportunity to compare Penn Brewery's Weizen Beer with some of the great German and Belgium Wheat Beers.
Penn Brewery's Weizen is as good as some of the best German Wheat Beers, and better than many others.
I enjoy the slight taste of fruit and spice in wheat beer but it can easily become overpowering. They seem to have got it just right.
It's also one of the few beers that taste nearly as good from the bottle as from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 14:38:47 | More by bob5958
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 18:35:35 | More by atsprings
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A foggy amber color with bits of something dark floating around inside. There was a nice finger of dimpled head resting at the top, great retention and plenty of lacing.

Smells of wheat and grain.

Tasted sweet and almost citrus-like, the yeast taking on a citrus/banana taste.

Very heavy in the mouth but smooth to take down, the carbonation level seemed a little low.

Very drinkable, a solid wheat beer and another great product from Penn.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 17:31:58 | More by donteatpoop
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours light golden yellow with minimal head and no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Light banana and citrus (lemon?).

Taste: Just like it smells. Tastes of some banana and citrus. Good but not exciting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light; medium bodied.

Drinkability: Nice easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 20:25:11 | More by pinotboy007
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stewart124

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish orange with a little haze and a fizzy white head.

Slight clove and banana esters in the nose. Earthy aromas with bits of spice.

Lots of spice and a tangy bite. Cloves and bits of banana are present but not overwhelming. There is a slight citrus feel that is refreshing on a hot day like today. Hops are barely present but add a nice noble spice to the already spicy character of this hefe. More esters start to come alive as the beer warms a bit and as my tastebuds get used to this funky yeast strain.

Soothing on the tongue and a medium mouthfeel. Body is smooth and medium. The intial taste and aftertaste are earthy and almost straw-like.

Very drinkable beer that I love on a humid summer day. I could drink a bunch of these with a smile on my face.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 01:25:17 | More by stewart124
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer glows in my glass as a somewhat olive-brown golden orange haze topped by an initially towering head which turns fairly immediately to an 1/8 inch layer. Little bits of spotty lace are left around the rim. Nose is fresh, brisk and rather pleasant. Aromas include lemon zest, pepper among other spice, wild farm-like flowers, cream, fresh doughy bread, and of course bananas. Flavors include a semi-surprising but welcome amount of chewy Germany malts, spice, banana, tropical-like other fruits, and some almost syrupy lemon. Texture if very nice probably especially if you drink it at a good pace and don't let the carbonation flat out (which should certainly not be a problem). The texture is comprised of fine carbonation bubbles, smooth + creamy, and is somewhat frothy. Very drinkable as well.

A solid and pleasantly sniffable hefe and not to mention, a good option when you're looking for this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 23:42:55 | More by tastybeer
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer while enjoying the nice spring weather. From the bottle I received from the micro of the month club to a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with minimal head.

Smell: Light banana and citrus.

Taste: Just what the smell suggests. Tastes of banana with some citrus. Good, but not exciting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Nice easy drink. Based upon some of the other reviewers perhaps mine wasn't as fresh as it could be and would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 11:49:32 | More by nsmartell
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours fairly clear golden with a slight head. Some haziness from swirling and dumping the yeast in the bottom, but the head could be a bit better. Some banana and clove, but relatively light in the aroma department. Taste is a bit more striking with clear notes of the banana and clove, fresh wheat, and some bready notes as well. The mouthfeel is slightly soft, but primarily crisp and spicy. Nice clean example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 21:11:25 | More by Georgiabeer
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 20:35:16 | More by Hojaminbag
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