Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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88
very good

234 Reviews
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 362
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of saradad
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Penn Brewery is my local favorite they produce nothing but quality brews, and this could very well be the best bavarian style hefeweizen I have tasted. A fan of the style, the first thing I noticed when I cracked this bottle was that it smelled amazing. The appearance is a sunshine golden hue with a cast of haze (unfiltered) with an off white billowing head, which leaves a trickled lace down the sides of my glass. The aroma presents coriander, banana, cloves that stand very pronounced along with the malt and wheat in this wonderful beer. Flavor is very sweet primarily banana with citrus tones. Balanced by the bitterness of the hallertau hops, which give the back of the throat a sharp spiciness. Sharp but very enjoyable and balanced. True to Bavaria, awesome brew even a hint of a honey flavor is reminiscent in the flavor. Mouthfeel of this light-medium bodied beer is very fluffy mouthfeel, but after the swallow it leaves a nice light syrupy finish. Very drinkable, when I visit Penn Brewery I plan to make this one my session brew. Well done!!! (1,057 characters)

Photo of sirsteve42
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Blind Tiger in Manhattan. Good variety of taps there. Smooth and very drinkable. Had it with a lemon which made it all the more refreshing. Even though I had this in December, and really enjoyed it, this would make a great summer time beer. Perfect beer garden choice. (280 characters)

Photo of maltydog
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (406 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy golden colour with a nice white foamy head. Seems to be a bit carbonated as the bubbles continue to race to the top. Smells a bit sweet with the typical banana-clove scent of a German Hefe. Taste continues the olfactory sensations, with banana, clove, bubblegum and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit crisp due to the carbonation. A very drinkable beer and probably the best American German Style Hefe I have had. Definately on my summer heavy rotation list (480 characters)

Photo of Rehtakul
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised with this purchase. I have been searching for a 'true' American hefe, and I believe I have found it. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a frosted pint glass, it took quite a lengthy swirl to free the generous sediment. Color is very nice, almost a burnt orange, cloudy, with a strong head, and good retention. Smell just a tad weak, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Very nice clove and ripe banana in the backround, and incredible drinkability. Purchased on a recent weekend getaway to a relative in Easton, PA. I only hope I can find this one locally, as I will definitely be on the lookout for this one my next trip to the beer shack. A big thumbs up here. I am in love with the hefeweizens, and this one pleases, for sure! (757 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Cloudy and murky but oddly pale; poured with a thick sticky head.

s: Spot on; lots of yeasty banana and bubblegum with clove spiciness.

t: Just the way I like 'em, big grainy banana with the clove present but in the backround.

m: Big and chewy

o: Really good hefe that hit the spot. (289 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy amber, big off-white head with some nice retention and lacing. Nose is dominated by a strong clove underlaid with ripe bananas. Taste is also big on the cloves, hints of banana and citrus lingering in the background, nice yeasty finish, exactly what a hefe should taste like. The mouthfeel is a slight letdown, a little too thin and carbonated, not as rich and creamy as could be. Overall this is a very good authentic Hefe for coming from Pennsylvania. (471 characters)

Photo of danielharper
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, shiver me timbers, it's a real-life American-made hefeweizen.

Appearance: Very cloudy yellow, slightly orange. Opaque even to direct light sources. Has a thick foamy head that sticks around and leaves significant lacing.

Smell: Yeah, it's a real hefe. Strong German yeastiness on the nose, hints of cloves and thick aromas of banana. Some citrus way down deep.

Taste: Sweet with a slight hint of orange rind up front, very dry and yeasty in the middle, with a bit of a tart finish. The citrus is complex and intriguing, and overall leaves me wanting more. Very good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, slightly chewy. The way a German hefe should be.

Drinkability: It's not the equal of my favorite hefeweizen, but it's definitely in the same ball park. I opened this expecting a dumbed-down American Wheat, and simply on that basis I must say I'm really impressed. This is a truly effective technically-accomplished German hefeweizen, and any fan of the style should at least give it a try. (996 characters)

Photo of shanecb
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy, golden color to it. Carbonation adds an appeal to it, also. Poured initially with about half inch of a white head, but that unfortunately didn't stick around very long. Some lacing, but not a whole lot.

S - Very strong, nice banana aroma. Backed up with some cloves and a little spiciness to it. I could smell something in the background, like maybe orange or a melon, but it was faint in everything but the biggest whiffs.

T - The spiciness and cloves from the aroma carry over quite well into the taste. Maybe it was just me, but I was expecting a little more fruity or banana flavor given the aroma, but it didn't seem to really be there. Aftertaste had some nice sweetness to it, and reminded me a little it of the fruit character I noticed in the aroma. Pretty nice taste, but I would have liked something else to be present with the clove/spiciness.

M - Rather light feel, with a good amount of carbonation. Tickles the tongue just enough, and isn't too much. I rather liked the mouthfeel of this one.

D - Very good drinkability here. The aroma and flavor combination is very appealing, and the beer is just smooth enough that there should be no problem with throwing a few of these back at a time. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Bierfreund
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy dark yellow into the wheatbeer glass, off-white head did not last for long. Leaves minor lacing.

The nose is very fruity, promising.

First taste is full-bodied, satisfying. Has a very strong yeast character, but that is right for this type. The aftertaste is strong yeast.

Mouthfeel is prickly, due to the stronger carbonation. We drank it cold, and that effect was enhanced by the carbonation, very refreshing on this hot summer night.

Drinkability is good, probably depends on what somebody is used to. My wife and I had a long day, we were tired and when we drank a bottle of this each, we were actually drunk. So this is not a session beer in our opinion, but somebody else might judge that completely differently. This is an individual thing, I suppose.

Considering the fact that this beer is not from Bavaria but really from Pittsburgh, it is really well done. (886 characters)

Photo of DrewS
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to concur with previous sentiments. This is one of the best American made wheat beers I've had this year. Tastes great on tap and quite good in the bottle. This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head. Classic yeast aroma with malt and notes of spice and banana. Taste is malty with a slightly discernable sweetness. Flavors of yeast and banana are present but not over-bearing with notes of a hop spiciness but not bitter in the least. Well balanced, with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and medium to light body. I could drink this beer all day. (568 characters)

Photo of jkrich
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a suprise! I bought this as an afterthought, and didn't expect much. I have never been a fan of US wheat beers, and have yet to have one even close to the best German versions. This is the first one that could have fooled me in a blind test. It has the clove/banana like combination lacking in the domestic versions i've tried. The closest I can think of is Paulaner. It is still a notch below, I think, but I will try it head to head with a couple of German brews for comparison. Overall, very tasty and refreshing. (522 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (576 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received in early April as part of the March MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a cloudy dark yellow with a nice head initially. Nose has hints of bananas and cloves. Taste is of bananas and wheat with a light hopping to finish nicely. Moutfeel is medium bodied, nothing special while going across the palate. Overall drinkability is perfect. This is a very nice representation of the style and at a 4.0 abv this is the perfect beer to enjoy with friends all night long! (472 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a wheat fan but this stuff is great on tap, huge haze, fresh smell and a rolling banana/ester flavor. No trace of a citrus/sour flavor to my tongue. A real refresher from Pittsburgh's North Side... (207 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance, large foamy head and an interesting golden / orange color. Strong sweet smell with very detectable clove and bananas scent. Nice complexities here. The taste was very sweet, with the clove and bananas also present. Definitely one of the best tasting wheat beers I've had. Unfortunately I tasted a hint of metal from the cap, but this wasn't quite enough to lower the ratings. The medium body allowed for a good mouthfeel, and the solid particles of yeast from bottle fermentation made the feel all the more interesting. Overall, a great wheat beer, close to Bavarian standards. Can't wait to try it on tap someday. (636 characters)

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (843 characters)

Photo of JohnW
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (719 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a properly clouded deep golden color with a fluffy white head that briefly fills up the glass before shrinking to a clumpy cap. It's got that nice, authentic hefe smell: balanced banana and clove, medium sweetness, slight tangy wheat, citrus, and vanilla. Bold weizen flavor. Solid sweetness, bubblegum, and banana finishing with some clove and citrus. Medium-light body, refreshing, some dryness...solid all around.

Good stuff. An American Hefeweizen that is really true to style. (488 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer on tap at the brewery when I was in Pittsburgh. I was down again for new years so I decided to pick up a case to bring home.

This is an interesting pouring beer. This beer has the most contrast from clear to cloudy based on the pour than any other beer I've had. Pour it from the bottle into a glass and it is a crystal clear golden beer with active carbonation. Swirl the last little bit and splash it in and you just made yourself one of the cloudiest beers I've ever had. There is a small white head that quickly fades and leaves a murky window to the inside of the beer. The nose is thick with hefe yeast. Big and soft with clove, banana, and earth. All other flavor is put into a distant background with the intense yeast presence. The taste is good. Carbonation is lively and prickly up front then it slowly fades away to leave a sharp, crisp yeast taste. Slightly tart with a malty backbone there are spices that start to mingle as it warms. Cloves, pepper, orange peel, lemon zest. This beer is a great session hefeweizen.

note: The flavor can be very drastically changed through the metering of the settled yeast. If you lighten the cloud a bit you can make it taste pretty close to weinstephaner. (1,225 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Spot on to style it's a hazy bright golden yellow beer with a sticky half inch of creamy head.

S - Smells of slight yest, bubble gum, and banana with a good wheat base.

T - The wheat transitions into the flavor nicely in the finish but it starts with flavors of sweet banana then fruity yeasts.

M - From start to finish it's light and crisp delivering a good flavor.

Overall personally not some style I grab often but next to German counterparts this is a very good Hefeweizen (485 characters)

Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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