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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

341 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 13 | 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 smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

(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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of Applesauce1
3.6/5  rDev -7%

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: hazy gold-orange color, 1/2" white head on the pour; translucent; looks very good
Smell: cloves; this smells like a true hefeweizen (eventhough i'm personally not a big fan of this style)
Taste: cloves and wheat; this seems to be a good example of a hefeweizen; it's not one of my favorite styles, but this seems to be a quality beer
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two in a night

Applesauce1, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

tpd975, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

It pours a hazy, murky, bubbly lemon yellow that darkens in the center column. Two fingers of whipped egg white head sustains for a solid spell. Lacing is voluminous, textured, and sticky.

The aroma is classic, with banana cream pie, clove, and tangy sweet hard candy. A yeasty bite gives a sourdough impression as well.

Upon tasting, a progression of elements marches through, with tangy wheat, sweet candy, and a bit of citrus holding court. Also prevalent are spicy clove, creamy banana, and a glimmer of Bazooka bubble gum. A doughy yeastiness carries through near the close, before a finish that lingers with a crisp, clean, understated bitterness. It's a very good American version of a Bavarian classic.

Light to medium bodied, it feels a bit slick and clingy, not to mention effervescent, and the result is a satisfying presence.

I'll echo the notes of others here and say that this is likely one of the finer offerings from America in this style. It's not spectacular or daring, but rather it delivers just what you want from it. It drinks smooth, happily, and with a nice touch or elan. I'll admit, I am partial to the style, but I think that might make me more critical. No matter, there's just nothing here for me to criticize. Bring me another, if you will, Hilda!

Foxman, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

The beer pours a cloudy gold/orange color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. It smells like wheat, cloves, banana and lemon, but the aroma isn't too strong at all (but still nice). The beer tastes the same way it smells except for a bit of bubblegum flavor, and like the aroma the taste is a bit lighter than expected. It's good, but not strong. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation, and it is a refreshing beer. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all and it's good and smooth. Not a bad choice as a session beer. I'd drink it again.

bluejacket74, Jul 08, 2007
Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.