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 arnulfooxblood
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Super frothy head. Hazy golden color, this is one fine looking beer.

Smell--Malty and sweet, some citrus notes.

Taste/Moutfeel--I'm not typically a big fan of wheat beers, but this one is pretty good. Compared to others I've had, I would rate this quite high. Notes of orange and spices. Nicely carbonated yet quite smooth.

Drinkability--I would have another, and that's saying something for a hefe weizen.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Weizen

Appearance- Very hazy murky yellowish orange with a thick billowy head.
Smell- Strong Wheat, banana, and clove.
Taste- Huge bubblegum flavor. Tasted like juicyfruit gum. Sweet banana/ clove with fruit peach perhaps.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but big flavor and slighty dry in the end.

Overall- A nice big tasty Weizen. I'll keep an eye out for a 6er of this.

Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy medium copper hue with an excellent four finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and decent lacing.

The smell was very classic for the style. A heavy wheat aroma with strong elements of banana and clove spice.

The taste was upfront yeasty and wheaty. There was a serious wheat element with a mild spiciness.

The mouthfeel was full and very chewy.

Overall a superior and authentic hefe. Perhaps the best domestic.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle bought tonight at Bierkraft.

A: Almost no head, but I think it was because of my lackluster pour. Looks like apple cider. Translucent.
S: Banana and fruity flavors.
T: Bananas, Pineapple and other fruity. Citrus. Very tasty flavors.
MF: High carbonation. Full bodied. Fizzy.
D: Medium drinkability. The high carbonation makes it less drinkable.

My favorite American Hefe Weizen. It reminds me a lot of Tucher.

Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into an Aventinus weizen glass.

Appearance: Dirty water yellow and hazy as hell, with decent lacing and striking white head that stays pretty well above the top of the brew line.

Smell: As it warms the real yeast aromas and lemon come through (without the lemon in the glass, of course), along with slight banana, nuts, bread crust, and mild phenols. The faintest bit of hops comes through too, as the citrus is on the high end here.

Taste: Burst of lemon hits the palate first, with some malt sweetness coming up in the form of fruitiness, bread, slight banana, cream, the faintest tinge of clove, and finishing fairly sweet with a mild hop bite. I like this and it seems balanced and singular in many ways.

Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent, with less of a creaminess to the body that I was hoping would be present.

Drinkability: A solid example of the style. I'd like to have this on tap to really see what's going on with it, but I'd certainly enjoy it in the bottle again, as there are different things going on that make it worth trying, in the sense that it's not--at least to me in this sample--trying to fully emulate a German version of the style, but following some of its own agendas, which I admire greatly.

Photo of cjgator3
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with the yeast making a cloudy pale yellow color with a nice big fizzy white head. Aroma is wheat, clove, banana and some orange. Wow, if I wouldn't have known better I would have thought this was a German import based on the smell. Light and crisp mouthfeel produces a lot of clove in the taste as well as banana, malt and a very nice authentic German yeast flavor. Wow, this is the best hefeweizen I have ever had that has been produces in the United States. Overall, I would definately recommend to anyone.

Photo of Deconstructionis
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy medium copper/orange with a big foamy head. The smell is very fruity with a hint of grain. Very tasty beer; lots of flavors, fruity, yeasty, definite wheat in the finish. It's very carbonated with a medium/light body. A most drinkable beer with a refreshing clean taste and surprising crispness given its fruitiness.
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Photo of mjc410
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer, in a shaker pint, is a cloudy medium-darl yellow, with a lasting one finger white head. The nose is a bit peppery, and loaded with diacetyl. Taste is very clovey, peppery, with a buttery diacetyl overload. There is a nice, strong banana flavor, though, but it's still sub-par. Mouth is thick, but carbonation is too low. This beer is too clovey, not wheaty enough.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a weissen glass. Liquid is a dark yellow. Darker then most, Carbonation should be a tad better, The head is smallish but foamy Light looking, 2 fingers thick.

The smell is mostly Banana Cloves but a very interesting peppery ring right up front.

The taste is the same, Great peppery taste hits you right up front, then it mellows off to the classic banana clove finish.

The mouthfeel is good Big bubbles with a nice hopy bite, Very Nice.

The Drinkability is very nice, I would reach for this beer very readily. Prosit und Zun Wohl, MK

Photo of DogFood11
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I recently re-visited the Penn brewing offerings. For some reason I wasn't impressed the first go through. Obviously my palate has evolved because this hefe kicked some ass the second time around. Poured into a pils glass it forms a loose white head that fades to a thin covering and minimal lace. Tons of carbonation.

This is highly sweet even within a sometimes sweet style. Cloying at times. Cloves and Bananna and light exotic type fruits mix with a hop presence that really only comes through in the mouthfeel. Some orange rind/zest fills out the rest of this fine offering. Carbonation is sizzling, a bit too much in my opinion as it has the pop rock fizzy jones.

I liked it alot. I can see how this would be too sweet to some but I think the carbonation really sizzles away the lingering residual sweetness. Pretty yeasty as well and I'm a big fan of that in a hefe. All told I was pleasantly surprised to like an offering that I didn't like just 1 year ago. upper 3's if it wasn't for the lackluster appearance and pop rock mouthfeel.

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a bounteous head that hangs around and provides great lacing

Smell: Strong aromatics of banana and coriander with a touch of clove

Taste: Starts with a fulsome wheat bready flavor that is joined, mid-palate by the banana esters; the finish brings on the herbal aromatic flavors of clove and coriander

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: This is one of the rare domestic hefes that can hold a candle to its German cousins; this one, in fact, can compete with the best of them

Photo of ALCHEMISTBEER
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An absolute treat from beginning to end. I was at the pub monday night and the first one was so good I had to have three. Poured as well as any hefeweizen could be poured. Thick , white head lasted throughout. Heavy on the clove in both aroma and flavor, which is exactly what I prefer. Not very often that I latch onto a beer like I did with this. Great finish with a nicely balanced character all around.

Photo of xzqrut
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, this beer came out a beautiful golden/orangish color, with classic wheat haze. Beer gave a nice lively head, with good retention as well. It gave a nice aroma, with clove and citrus notes dominating. The taste was very clean, again with some nice citrus and spice. Mouthfeel was very lively, as this is a highly carbonated beer, it is also light and crisp. Very drinkable, good beer.

Photo of irish
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very consistent from bottle to bottle. Very strong carbonation--if you're not ready, its likely to shoot up over the top and jump right our of the glass. This gives the been an initial sense of vibrancy and freshness that I think is recapitulated in the taste.

I agree with other reviews that place it firmly in the German Weissbier trafition, more so that other American-made wheat beers.

I find this an extraordinary treat--well worth seeking out. Each glass commands your attention, but always with a mature attraction of "Hey, that is pretty good, I'll have to keep this one in mind", rather than hitting you over the head.

Photo of maek228
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: murkey orange with a thick puff-white head. real cloudy

smell: fresh wheat with hints of bananas and other ripe light fruit.

taste: complex wheat flavors dominant. these are tucked into mildy sweet malt. cloves and spices are strong, hops are mild, and hints of fruit and vanilla are around as well

mouthfeel: highly carbonated and refreshing

drinkability: perfect summer beer. very well done

Photo of DuqTroops
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - orangey with a white head.

Smell - cloves with citrus and some wheaty scents. a lot of aromas emit from the beer.

Taste - too much citrus to it. lots of flavors, more than my palate can handle.

Mouthfeel - little moderation

Drinkability - easy to drink, but a lot of fruits and wheat complexions.

Decent beer.

Photo of claytri
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very appropriate cloudy gold. The aroma was clearly citrus. The taste was malty with a citrus tart finich. The feel was light and dry. A pretty decent example of a Wit, but it could be a bit more complex a little spice to go with the fruit.

Photo of shivtim
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful hazy orange-gold, with a decent white head that faded slowly. The nose is all wheat, with just a bit of clove. The taste is stong on orange/citrus, but with a nice yeasty spiciness that comes through for a great finish. The mouth feel is good, with lots of little bubbles and typical weizen sharpness. Definately a drinkable beer.

Photo of JohnW
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was served in normal US straight sided pint glass at Tanks Tap Room in Tampa FL. The usual expected medium gold colour with cloudy appearance, all that you would expect of a Weiss style beer. Aroma - fruity, bananas and cloves, though dry and crisp, with little hint of any sweetness. Very pleasant flavours, all that you would expect from a traditional wheat beer, though maybe drier than some, though with less depth of character than the finest German wheat beers. Very easy to drink, refreshing, crisp, citrus hints make it thirst quenching and more-ish. Enjoyed this very much, and if wheat beers are something you enjoy, then this is definately worth having.

John W
(B'ham UK) tried while in Tampa FL May 2006

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle picked up as a single in a mixed pack of Penn beers from Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange.

Distinctive blue White label with a yellow bordered oval containing a black & white rural scene and the words ‘Penn Weizen’ emblazoned across it. No strength or freshness date. Has a rather cool looking logo’d crown cap though.

Appearance: Murky clouded marmalade orange with a striking white head that rises quickly in the pour. Highly carbonated the pour is two-stage process; even with a 20 ounce glass and a 12 ounce bottle. Head rests at ¼” in the end with a feisty longevity.

Nose: Clove laden with wheat and orange in the finish. As it warms more banana breaks though, as indeed does the yeast and spices that were initially hidden away.

Taste: Clean entrance, cloves, wheat and some orange peel when served chilled. But this one really picks up a notch as it warms to a more cooled temperature. Bananas are hefty, the orange becomes juice-like, rather than peel-like, and the yeast and spices really beef things up. The sweetness is in check, by the yeasts and some bitterness that seems to be consumed by the finish. All of these classic components come together neatly to provide a solid Bavarian Wheat Beer that does not disappoint at all. Dry, orange-spicy finish. Lingering aftertastes with a metallic-clove “burp effect”’ thanks to the high carbonation.

Mouthfeel: The high, almost ‘champagne-like’ conditioning is finely dissolved and strong. It lends a massive helping hand to the medium chilled body and fosters it right up to a bigger more satisfying Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hmm, this one is very nice. Ditched this one down the gullet without even realizing that I had drained the bottle. Aftertaste is captivating and begs you to keep this one fresh on the palate.

Overall: Another highly enjoyable and easy drinking brew from Penn, a good effort all round and a very good clean Bavarian Wheat Beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery. Unique in that it had a farmhouse aroma and saison taste. Seems to be an accident of he batch according to the bartender yet I liked it. Good yeasty taste and medium body. Did not have creaminess I would expect of the style and left a dry finish.

Photo of maltydog
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of drewbage
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

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