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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

345 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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 soupyman10
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque yellow with a nice finger of white head on top; mediocre lacing, but a nice looking brew. Nose is nice and strong: lots of citrus fruit, spices, and wheat. Really a good nice. Taste is likewise. Gotta say, this one was a lot better than I expected; just a nice, pure, down-home kind of hefeweizen flavor. Got all the required: lots of fruit, spiciness, and wheat. Very sweet beer. Totally lacking in all the crappy grain that seems to dominate a lot of these American versions. Body is medium, good for the style. Not gonna blow your mind like a Weihenstephaner, but still a very tasty summer brew.

soupyman10, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of tsewong
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, I'm very impressed by my fellow Pennsylvania brewers and I place Pennyslvania Brewing Company among my favorites. Leading the pack of fine beers that I've tasted so far from Pennsylvania Brewing Company is their Penn Weizen. This is a classic hefeweizen true to style and tradition sporting everything you expect from a finely crafted hefe. I found this glass of Penn Weizen, and subsequent glasses, difficult to put down because after each swallow, I was too impatient to wait for the next taste.

Cloudy as it should be and the yeast characters are just in there injecting the fruity esters and tangy bite to support the crisp, refreshing maltiness. Lovely, sweet complexity throughout the glass.

I've had this beer both on tap and poured from a bottle and the tap experience is noticeably better. However, I'm a fan of this beer regardless of the packaging.

tsewong, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden yellow color with a medium sized but thin white head that settles fairly fast and leaves some lacing down the glass. It has a very strong aroma of sweet wheat, cloves, banana, and some orange. The taste was OK for this kind of beer. It had a very nice sweet wheat base that was followed with a big hit of cloves and bananas. A slightly citrisy hoppy bitterness followed but the beer finished with a very sweet and pungeant aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very light but very watery. It was strange but it was a little watery feeling. The drinkability was good for a hefeweizen and worth a try.

erosier, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
I aquired this beer in a trade with Hyland24.

A - Looked like a glass of murky swamp water. It was a cloudy light yellow color with a finger or two of off-white head. Not much light getting through at all.

S - Very yeasty, like country bread. I also got hints of ripe fruit (banana)and some citrus.

T - Lots of yeast up front, followed by a sweet almost banana-lke flavor. It wasn't like real bananna though, it was more like banana candy, like bananna Now & Laters, or Laffy Taffy. I also detected a tiny bit of citric bitterness in the finish.

MF&D - The sweetness was good, but not overpowering and the flavor coated my mouth well. This beer came to me very highly touted, I would have to say it lived up to its billing. My only regreat is having only 1 bottle to sample, I think this one would have gotten even better after a few more.

nasty15108, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Close to the perfect appearance: Very cloudy (translucent) white-yellow color. Very nice four-finger head that leaves wonderful ring lace after each sip.

Great strong wheat smell with a good dollop of yeast. Classic "white" aroma.

Lots of wheat flavor; to be fair, this is not my favorite flavor in a beer, but I recognize when it is appropriate and well-done, which this is. The finish is brief and less sour than some in this category. I would describe the body as unexpectedly crisp. Overall, I'd describe this beer as two-dimensional--no flaws but not complex either.

smcolw, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Moxley
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small pilsner glass.

Had an opaque golden straw color with a thick foamy beige head. Looked like milky apple juice.

Had a yeasty, banana smell with a weird faint rubber tire aroma (but not really in a bad way)

Initially you get a strong banana flavor that turns a bit sour and citrusy (again, not in a bad way). This was a very interesting beer with a good balance of carbonation and mouth coating.

It had a chewy, creamy finish that left your mouth coated, but in a clean and refreshing way.

This is probably the most complex beer I've reviewed so far. I would definitely recommend this beer for the initial tasting experience alone.

Moxley, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the month club selection for March.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer poured a hazy straw color with almost a two inch head of white foam.

The smell was pure bananas with a hint of vanilla, delicious.

The taste was banana peel that fades into a sweet malty, bready finish. I found the beer sweetened even more as it warmed up. What a great tasting beer.

The beer is medium bodied and slightly oily coating the mouth with that great banana taste. It was bready, almost chewy and finished creamy smooth.

Go out and buy this beer. It is delicious and I highly recommend it.

hyland24, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Monthly Club selection for March.

Pours cloudy dark yellow color with very little head.

Nice yeasty smell with bananas and cloves.

Wheaty, grassy flavor with some citrus and the bananas and cloves.

Smooth medium body with good carbonation.

Very drinkable smooth beer, and a solid example of the style.

tmitch75, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of oconman
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bananas, bananas. Pours like a milkshake, very thick and cloudy, and a little darker than expected, but to style. Did I mention bananas? Aroma comes on the pour. Hops are mainly for a bitter balance on the tongue. Flavor has more variety, with cloves, vanilla, and mild spices. Mouthfeel is thick but still light, with a nice finish that's dryer than expected. A good Weizen that even agrees with kielbasa and kraut, and cuts the grease nicely.

oconman, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -Nice hazy straw yellow, good carbonization that leaves thin white head and nice lacing.

Smell -A little light but good yeasty wheat with a citrus tang.

Taste - A bit snappy, like citrus - good. Light aftertaste wish it had a bolder banana -clove profile but still good overall.
Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation with medium weight and very smooth.

This beer is easy to drink and a light version of a Hefe in my opinion but I can't complain, pretty good.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color, but suprisingly no head at all. Just some fizzy carbonation on the edge. Not what I want from my hefe.

Smell is solid. Banana and bubble gum.

Taste is on par as well. Banana and oranges with some bubble gum in there also.

Overall, this is a solid example of the style. Highly drinkable. Everything is good, but the appearance needs to improve to make it a classic hefe-weizen.

bluegrassbrew, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starting on a weird note, I noticed that the back label for this bottle said Penn Octoberfest, while the front and neck labels are correct.

Pours a nice cloudy yellow, especially after I swirled the final ounces in the bottle. It has a bright white head that reduces to about a half inch in my glass. Nice looking.

It has the typical hefeweizen aroma, if a little light: spices and a hint of banana.

The flavors are similar. It has a prominent spicy, wheat-like taste that finishes with banana aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with a nice amount of body.

Overall this is a pretty good hefeweizen. Not the best, but far, far from the worst.

Shaw, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a lightly hazy orange hued body with lots of big bubbles. There is a big dish soap head that fades to a film of big bubbles around the edges pretty quickly.

S- The light smooth clove note is followed by wheat bread dough notes and a tartness finishes the smell.

T- The tart sweetness of wheat bread has a honey flavor to it with a soft yeast note and a softer green noble hop hint. There is a carbonic acid bite that finishes the taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry crisp finish.

D-I was surprised that the crisp smooth wheat beer still had full flavor and some nice depth to it. This is not a tradition big heavy Hefeweizen but more like a lighter Krystal Weizen. I would say one of the better American wheat beers.

rhoadsrage, Jan 26, 2008
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.

clayrock81, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I feel sorry to give this one such a low rating, apparently my palate is off or maybe I'm just missing something, oh well, here goes. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Cloudy yellow concoction, minimal head with some pretty poor retention, no lacing, not entirely appealing, but not necessarily bad either.

S - Very little aroma that I could detect. Some candy like scents.

T - Until now I didn't know what type of beer this was supposed to be, but I never would have guessed hefe. Overly sweet, with no defining profiles, no clove or banana, just candy-like flavoring.

M - Light bodied, sharp carbonation.

D - Not impressed at all. After I consumed it my stomach felt as though I'd just eaten an entire pack of candy. If you're a hefe fan, avoid. If you like candy sweet brews, this is yours.

PhageLab, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of tweeder263
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a SUPER hazy yellow brew with a thin head.Thin but it lasted a bit. Smells of typical hefeweizen that i cant describe, i think its a slightly sweet smell. Tastes of a sweet brew,,lightly spiced,,typical wheat character. Pretty smooth and estery.Has some yeasty floaties in it too.Mouthfeel is standard. Drinkablity is good i could put a few of these away.

tweeder263, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly foggy amber gold with a minimal white head that does not stay long at all. This is the funkiest nose I have gotten in a long time for an American production (as far as hefeweizens go). Thick bananas and a fair amount of yeasty funk on the nose too. Flavor is pretty robust and deep. But it seems to be just a bit short of what I expect the style to bring. Seems a bit too leafy. But still it is decent. Feel is a fairly full carbonation. Liquid is okay. Seems a bit slimy, if that makes some sense to ya. Overall it is easily drinkable. I might be interested in trying this on tap.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the strainer, cloudy head rises slowly then fizzles, smell of a few different citruses, alcohol fumes, and hops. Taste somewhat muddled, alcohol kicks in early, dry finish. Not all that smooth, a lot going on here but it doesn't quite hit the mark for me. Seems like a lot of ingredients went into this Hefe but not that much thinking/brewing. Not terrible but there are better ones out there.

TheDeuce, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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...

bennetj17, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. Bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy gold color with a short-lived white head. No lacing, lots of fast-rising bubbles.

Subtle aroma of banana and clove, mixing nicely with wheat malt. Taste is pretty much a repeat. It’s not very flavorful but all the aspects are there. Just seems a bit watery.

Kind of thin in the mouth, way more carbonated than I would prefer. Again, watery.

I’m not terribly impressed with this offering. It’s not something I would seek out again.

ZimZamZoom, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a characteristic, golden, cloudy with a nice head and good lacing was observed.
Smells of wheat malt, the characteristic yeast dominating both smell and taste.
Taste was yeasty, with wheat malts and some hops for balancing out the flavor profile.
Bubble gum comes to mind as I drink this...although somewhat mild.

dmamiano, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Procrastinator
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle poured into stemmed pilsner glass. On bottle's rear label is stamped 0177 82 04:54.

Appearance: cloudy tan and orange body, typical of many hefes. Large bubbles assemble at top and immediately die off. Carbonation is very active for this style.

Smell: subtle banana and wheat husks, very zesty lemons.

Taste: Twangy wheat and mildly sweet bananas, lemon rinds and finishes with hop bitterness and a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: an overpowering twangy bitterness makes for an uneasy mouthfeel. I love hefes, but this is not just the typical wheat twang.

Drinkability: a bit surprised, it's drinkability is only hurt by this uncharacteristic bitterness. It's flavors are fine otherwise. I will try this again, assuming this is just a bad bottle.

Procrastinator, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of jkrich
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. No freshness date found.

True to style, this beer poured a cloudy, yellowish gold with plenty of yeast sediment. Unlike most hefe weizen ales, this one did not have the sustained head.

The smell reminded me of the very best from Germany; the beer poured in a weizen glass exploded with the banana and clove typical and essential for this style.

Again, the sweet taste of banana and clove brought back memories of drinking this style while stationed in Germany during military service.

There is a tartness on the tongue together with the high carbonation expected for a weizen. I can not remember enjoying an American brewed hefe weizen like this; in fact, I had given up on the search. This is truly a great find.

jkrich, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sitting on the deck at the end of summer watching the Steeler game enjoying the last of summer with a great wheat beer. Previsiouly reviewed in bottle form decided to review the last of this keg before the keg and the summer end.

Poured into a wheat glass,cloudy,golden yellowy color with a tall creamy white head leaving a crown of lace. Very lively carbination many whisps of tightly knitted tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

Clean,pleasing,moderate aromas,lots of clove,a tropical fruityness,bannana,some bubblegum,doughy,light toastyness,with subtle citrus.

Classic tasting wheat with clove,bannana,doughy/yeasty,spicy, with a nice citrusy tangyness with a spicy,slight citrus rind,tart, finish.

Light,creamy and zesty mouthfeel. Always a favorite summer beer for me with a classic wheat style. Very pleasing wouldn't be summer without this beer.

jcdiflorio, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow/caramel colour with a short, white cap of foam composed of moderately sized bubbles. Decent head retention and plenty of sticky lace. The aroma hits its mark with notes of clove, banana, bread, and lemon. Very mild bitterness. The flavour was dominated by bread crust with a bit of lemon in the background. Banana and clove were very mild and waited until the finish to appear. Moderate carbonation, a little on the dry side. Fairly mild and quite easy drinking - a solid summer beer. However, I do prefer my hefes a little bolder, particularly with the citrus and spice character.

DrJay, Aug 26, 2007
Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.