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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Reviews: 234
Hads: 363
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 15.46%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 03-06-2002

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.
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Reviews: 234 | Hads: 363
Photo of CoalCellar
4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass.
A: Fantastic, pours nice and cloudy as the filmy layer of yeast sediment at the bottom is disturbed.
S: Bananas, cloves, candy, fills your nose with cloves and wheaty goodness.
T: FANTASTIC. This is my favorite hefe. Lots of banana, cloves, with a puckering sour wheat finish. This is the real deal folks.
M: Slick and crisp with good carbonation.
D: I could drink this stuff all night (and sometimes do). A delicious and authentic representation of the style from a local brewer. As I love this style, I also declare this to be my favorite beer of all time. Life is good...

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellowish orange in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: banana and clove are most prominant with some lighter grassy tones in the background.

Taste: banana, clove, hints of pepper, and bits of honey sweetness are built on a light grainy malt profile. Bitterness is soft and mild.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Some dryness at the end too. Medium bodied. Definitely refreshing.

Drinkability: nice hefe that is very easy to drink and is nicely refreshing. Worth picking some of this up.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another nice treat from the lands up north. I was surprised to see this one as an extra, but it is one of my favorite styles so needless to say I am always happy to try another good beer. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/18/2008.

The pour was very nice. Rich light golden yellow color with a ton of cloudiness and sediment built back into it. A nice head of white foam, perhaps two inches in height rose up from the bottom of the glass to cap the top of the beer. Nice retention let it hang around for what seemed like forever before finally settling on just a thin film across the top and a nice bit of side glass lace. Good carbonation could be seen through the glass.

The aroma was wonderful. Full of hints at banana and cloves. Nice touches of bready malts and hints of a nice, almost light peach like yeast aroma coming off of it, very full and complex to say the least. Nice flavor as well, well a bit more then nice I should say. Wonderful bready malt like flavor came crashing through on this one right away. Swiftly being overtaken by hints of banana, and light herbal like hops. Nice touches of biscuit like flavors, light grains and a well rounded light fruit all adding into the complexity of this one. Great feel, with a light, yet almost chewy consistency that really just popped with the loads of carbonation that came rifling through it. So session able it was scary. I wanted to conserve this, I really did, but it just was not going to happen and I ended up throwing it down way too fast.

Overall I am seldom blown away by things in this style, but this one caught me off guard. Really wonderful with a full, flavorful approach and a true to form celebration of the style. I would have no issues with this one, in fact; send me some I would love to try it again.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy bright gold with a sizeable head that dissipates to a wisp within a couple minutes. Smells of lemons and strongly of clove, underpinned with a grainy wheat aroma.

Taste is very much like the smell, grainy, almost sour, wheat malt followed by some lemony flavors and finishes with a fresh cloves. Light bodied with a slightly sticky aftertaste. Smooth and tasty. Not a top notch hefe but it's pretty damn good. Grab one.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods, Raleigh. Poured into a pilsener glass.

Penn Weizen tries to build a tall head, but the foam only climbs to a half-inch in height before slowly retreating to a patchy lid of white bubbles. The color is a gorgeous, lemon-pineapple hue, and cloudy as all get-out. The fervent carbonation level releases aromatic notes of wheat and lemon zest that give way to cracked white pepper, banana, and some clove.

The flavor is definitely enjoyable, but nothing remarkable--a bit heavy on the darker wheat grains & cracker-like malts, while the yeasty fruit esthers are a lighter afterthought. Body is thin, with a good carbonation level that engages the palate. Finishes dry, packing a well-placed spice to end each sip. This is about what I expected from Penn Weizen -- nothing dramatic, just an easy drinking, solid summer hefeweizen

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Photo of jdg204
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3rd of 4 from the Penn Brewery 12 Pack, pretty excited about this highly touted Hefe from Pa's own named brewery.

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: Another solid Penn offering and a decent Summertime brew. Once again, Penn submits a solid offering at a fair price.

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Photo of Pleepleus
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a pilsner glass a murky yellow with a half inch of fluffy white head. It had an earthy bread-like aroma with the sweetness of bananas. Taste was bananarama, citrusy wheats and spicy cloves. Cloves were prominent in aftertaste. The carbonation makes this lively and it finishes crisp. This is a very drinkable. I am not big on the wheat beers but the bananas make this one quite palatable. I would recomend this one to all to at least try.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is one of the first hefeweizens i tried, and didn't know what to expect.
(from notes--2007)
the first hefeweizen i tried, widmer, seemed simply to add a dose of vague bittering hops to a citrus wheat persona.
pours meekly enough, not too impressed with the big macrobrew-type bubbles (macrobubbles?) or rapidly disappearing head.
put off by the fragrance at first. metallic, sharply metallic. eww, is there something wrong with this.
taste... more metal. no wait, maybe more of a clove. maybe a little overripe banana in the background. by the end of the bottle, i was really enjoying the stuff.
mouthfeel nothing special, with those big bubbles and all. light-med. pretty similar deal with the other Penn's i've tried.
this one held my attention and introduced me to the world of banana bread in a bottle (although here with an emphasis on cloves).

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Photo of Chinon01
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Looks like a tannish colored glass of orange juice. Head is decent but it quickly dissipates.

Smell - Nose is of lemon rind, orange rind, with spice and clove.

Taste - Similar to nose but with thin and disappointing finish. Finishes flat relative to approach which is outstanding. All the elements were there then gone.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Both are about average. Again it is a function of the disappointing flat finish which would heighten the drinkability making it more of a thirst quencher.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of saradad
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of mullenite
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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Photo of thaichile
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.74/5  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.

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Photo of splat215
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of bob5958
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.