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 cvstrickland
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.

Photo of saradad
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.

Photo of mullenite
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.

Photo of thaichile
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.

Photo of riversider76
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!

Photo of Lexluthor33
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.

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 splat215
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.

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 BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of JayQue
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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 bob5958
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.

Photo of atsprings
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.

Photo of donteatpoop
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.

Photo of pinotboy007
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.

Photo of stewart124
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.

Photo of tastybeer
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.

Photo of nsmartell
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
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.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - cloudy golden color with initially a thick head that settles quickly into a thin collar, leaves a very modest lacing

S - strong wheaty malt with strong banana and clove accents

T - as with aroma, wheat malt is right out there with yeast character accents, some slight hop on the finish

M - creamy, medium-light body with moderate to high carbonation

D - This is a really good hefeweizen. The only thing that really keeps this from being a fantastic beer is the appearance. However, I do consider this minor in the overall impression. Nicely done, I wouldn't mind having regular access to this in the summer if I was closer to a distribution point.

Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably the first truly authentic unfiltered heffe-weissen I've seen in the USA.

A= chunky logs of yeast floating through hazy-cloudy pale-yellow; little head, no lacing.

S= very nice but a bit mild; standard unfiltered heffe, no vinegar or chemical burn, just a mild dusty wheat with hints of spring florals.

T= very straight-on target for an authentic unfiltered heffe-weissen. Nice yeast, pleasant hints of flowery hops, tiny traits of what seems like cinnamon in the background but probably cloves; very light lemon in the aftertaste.

M= slight lemon aftertaste, slightly tart but not stale or sour at all.

D= if you're a mega-fan of this style I'm sure you could drink it all night, although I think many consumers would find a limit due to the chunky yeast.

Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow, a plop of yeast that came out of the bottom of the bottle caused it to be very cloudy. Thin white head that lasted a while. Taste is medium banana sweet up front, turning wheat and clove mid-body, before finishing clove/light lemon tart. Light body, fairly crisp, with moderately high carbonation. Good hefe.

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