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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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87
very good

329 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | 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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maltydog

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 02:37:33 | More by maltydog
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 21:19:08 | More by RonfromJersey
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drewbage

California

3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 09:08:20 | More by drewbage
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 04:01:20 | More by Phatz
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 00:27:17 | More by DaggerEyes
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jdmorgan

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2006 05:49:59 | More by jdmorgan
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 13:16:02 | More by JohnnyM2002
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eze153

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2006 17:56:47 | More by eze153
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LucaBrasi

New York

2.38/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 04:45:45 | More by LucaBrasi
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-01-2005 00:34:06 | More by GnomeKing
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phnphilly

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 02:27:22 | More by phnphilly
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 20:40:58 | More by Fish113d
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peterittenhouse

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 03:13:50 | More by peterittenhouse
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2005 20:23:57 | More by MaltyGoodness
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 00:48:02 | More by RoyalT
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kevinphish

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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..

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 19:49:45 | More by kevinphish
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 01:51:56 | More by tgbljb
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eclectic

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 21:12:55 | More by eclectic
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oelergud

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 22:04:17 | More by oelergud
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 21:54:23 | More by Illinick
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy, golden yellow with tons of carbonation and a fluffy 2 finger head that only settles into a half inch head for the entire duration. Plenty of sticky citrus, banana, and vanilla esters are present. Tastes pretty good. Creamy and smooth with a zesty citrus flavor that leaves a semi-dry linger on the back of the tongue and palate. It parachutes evenly starting from the middle of the tongue and ending up on all corners. Very nice Bavarian brew from a true German style brewery in western Pennsylvania.

Finger licking good!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 19:21:42 | More by weeare138
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Milky bright lemon. Big cloud of stark white bubbles builds up quickly. Stays pretty bubbly with a moderate creamy hazing. Slowly creeps down to an always present thick layer of foam. Not much in the lacing though, just a few spots is all.

Aroma is two parts lemon bubble gum, one part banana, one part yeasty spice, and dashed with medium leveled clove.

Great mild and firm flavors with a nice banana display over light wheat and sweet malts. Lemon wedges play arcoss the middle. Yeasty grabs picks up from there but maintains a nice mild tone as it sifts off the finish with touches of clove and a backwash of banana. Stays a bit spicy for a stint in a returning burst very late.

Feel is close to medium with a few lighter areas in the front. Stays mild yet hearty with a smoother then average carbonation for a hefe. Which I didn't mind one bit. I tend to like a lesser volume of zip to my hefes. And since its more to my liking in that regards it really goes down without much effort. That: plus the flavors are well balanced and milding. This is one hefe I could drink a few of.

Thanks to PA BA weeare138 for the samples!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 22:39:18 | More by tavernjef
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep yellow color with an orange tint. Smell of citrus and a little spice. Taste of citrus but i don't get the banana that other people seem to detect. Highly carbonated mouthfeel. Could drink a few of these on a hot summer day. A nice beer from Pennsylvania Brewing Co.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 01:04:12 | More by beermanbrian
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no apparent freshness date. Big bubbly head. The color is a hazy golden color. Streams of bubbles come from the bottom contributing to the light head left on top. The primary aroma of this beer is of unripe bananas with hints of other fruit. The taste is similar with the flavor of unripe bananas, but contained hints of malt and lemon. I felt there was a bit much carbonation in this beer. A good beer, but I was put off by the unripe banana character of this beer. I like bananas, but only when they're ripe.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 01:51:45 | More by tomthumbsblues
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color, with the aroma of fresh cut grass
cloudy orange / yellow in color. little head, almost no lacing.

The taste is a pleasent mix of clove and citrus, mixed with a slight banana flavor, Honeslty, the bananna flavor si there, as is w/ most hefe, but it is in no way dominant. that please belongs to clove/citrus presence.

All ina ll, a pleasent, aggreeable beer. While it is noting to knock you socks off w/, it can be an enjoable summer brew

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 05:44:35 | More by PSUDREW
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