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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.

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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:12:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheDeuce

New York

2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 01:03:20 | More by TheDeuce
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 05:30:19 | More by bennetj17
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 00:51:26 | More by ZimZamZoom
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 17:35:18 | More by dmamiano
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Procrastinator

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 17:26:12 | More by Procrastinator
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jkrich

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 22:57:32 | More by jkrich
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2007 21:13:59 | More by jcdiflorio
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 21:11:39 | More by DrJay
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Applesauce1

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 16:20:38 | More by Applesauce1
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tpd975

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 15:57:22 | More by tpd975
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Foxman

New Jersey

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

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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2007 19:43:01 | More by Foxman
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 00:30:58 | More by bluejacket74
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more I sample hefeweizens from Germany, the more I grow to appreciate this US-brewed one. It pours up a very hazy mustard golden with some tinges of orange. Fluffy off-white head that sustains for about 20 seconds. Good aroma of malted wheat, clove, Weihenstaphan-cloned yeast, and a touch of banana and lemon zest. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a rich malted wheat character, clovey phenols and a crisp, citrusy, lightly tart finish. Clean yeasty character. Superbly crafted in the traditional Bavarian style. The best hefeweizen this side of the Atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 15:55:58 | More by crookedhalo
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Rehtakul

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 04:06:17 | More by Rehtakul
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csmiley

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a light yellow color with a beautiful head that lasted for longer than expected.

There was not much of a smell to speak of. What I could get was light and sweet.

The taste was tart with a slightle sweet after taste. Suprising, given the lack of smell that could be detected.

The beer felt light on the palate but the tart flavor and good carbonation really gave it a good balance.

I think this is a good example of an American-made Weizen

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 01:05:32 | More by csmiley
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So far Ive had four of the Penn beers and they have all been very solid and tasty.

Poured into a weizen glass.Nice two finger white head,yellow,cloudy and very carbonated body.

Clove,banana,and Neco's the candy smell.

The taste is the same as the smell.

Mouthful is very light and delicate and refreshing.

This is a solid beer that I will have to try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 13:49:21 | More by MmmIPA
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Zorro

California

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

Poured in a Weizen glass this is a hazy yellow gold colored beer with a respectable amount of white head.

The smell is light and slightly tart with a small wheat malt scent and a much greater amount of clove aroma.

The taste begins neutral too slightly sweet with a faint taste of lemon and a lingering sweet aftertaste. Slight lemon undertones with a mainly soda cracker malt flavor as a base taste. No banana taste that I can detect.

Mouthfeel is good.

A better than average American made HefeWeizen but this just isn't among the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 00:03:18 | More by Zorro
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Hazy golden orange color looked good, thick head but not long-lasting. The smell was banana/cloves, nicely flavored from the Bavarian yeast. thick mouthfeel (on par with my German favorites), very refreshing and drinkable.

Above average and low cost ($6.99 for a 6-pack), this beer's a really good deal. My favorite so far from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 20:43:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Cloudy yellow in color, with some orange hues. Thick foamy white head holds together for quite some time.

Very pleasing banana aroma, with soft hints of clove, just as it should be.

A bit tart, soft banana flavor, again followed with just a hint of cloves. A good amount of sweetness.

Decent body, but seems to lack the spritzy character of the classics. Simple and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 01:44:42 | More by Bierguy5
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gunnerman

Florida

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

Poured into a wheat glass pours an amazing cloudy pale yellow that has a nice 2 finger head and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.
Smell is of sun dried wheat with hints of fresh crop and outdoor.
Taste is smooth and refreshing with a taste of juicy fruit gum and a bit of staw and orange peel. This is a damn fine hefe and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 16:25:24 | More by gunnerman
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-nice cloudy yellow and bubbling leaves thin white head and planety of lacing.

S-smell is of wheat, yeast and sweet citrus.

T-slighty hoppy but mostly yeasty with accents of citrus. aftertaste is sweet and bready-makes you crave more.

M- good. medium carbonation with medium weight body. smooth.

D- this is good with a good mouthfeel very good and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 18:32:45 | More by PittBeerGirl
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 21:17:10 | More by cubedbee
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cichief

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack..finally Penn beer in Maryland.

A- Pours very cloudy, a straw yellow in color, a very thick head of foam...right on for the style.

S- It smells of cloves, banana, yeasty, maybe a little citrus.

T- It fills your mouth with the spicy cloves, banana, sweet wheat malt, and a little citrus.

M- Just a little too fizz for the style, IMO.

D- Just in time for the warm weather, this is fantastic, I will enjoy it frequently this summer!

For my money, this is the best hefeweizen brewed in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 00:38:02 | More by cichief
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Penn does not make "big" beers. Their beers are mostly sessions and great ones at that. There are bigger, hoppier, maltier beers out there but when you are looking to drink a few, these are perfect. They do what Bud used to do for me but taste a lot better. This beer looks nice, yellow color, some lacing, nice opaque looking beer. Has tons of wheat and some lemony fruit along with a slight clovey taste. Very nice. Not too heavy, not too light. Highly drinkable, low ABV. Very comparable to Hacker-Pschorr's hefe. Medium to light bodied, highly recommended. Oh, and always fairly priced.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 23:50:04 | More by bigdeuce
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