Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

234 Reviews
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very good

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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 AltBock
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with an updated label. The label has a really good drawing of good looking Farmer's wife or daughter hauling away stocks of wheat out of a wheat field. She has a look on her her that says she likes what she's doing. Missing from my bottle was a back label that would have had a description of the beer and the Government warning. There should be a number printed onto the back of the bottle. My number read 12609N0705. It might be a best before date of December 06, 2009.

I poured this Weizen into my Ayinger Weizen glass. Penn Weizen was the usual hazy lemon yellow, but this one didn't have the massive head of foam on it. It was a good size, but it wasn't all that big. It was white as a ghost and about 3/4 of an inch in height. It had fast retention that only left behind a faint tiny string of rings along the sides.

It had a nice solid banana aroma to it with some malted wheat, spices, and cloves backing it up. When it was swirled around, a minor whiff of bubblegum emerged from the background.

While the aroma was pretty much situated on the banana, the taste was mostly all about the malted wheat. Following the malted wheat was a hint of banana, a pinch of cloves, a touch of yeast, and a few spices at the end. The taste of bubblegum would have been a treat, but I'm just glad that the taste wasn't overly yeasty.

This was a light bodied Hefeweizen with a high amount of carbonation and a crispy aftertaste. In the aftertaste, you find the taste of malted wheat, a hint of banana, a pinch of cloves, and a few spices. The wheat is the only taste that sticks around for a few seconds.

The Lion Brewery did a nice job with Penn Brewery's Hefeweizen recipe. It was up there with the better Penn Brewery beers. I wouldn't turn down another bottle if it was offered to me. (1,802 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger head to it. The smell is of wheat backbone with presence of orange, clover, and banana. The taste is of a wheat backbone with hints of orange, clover, and banana, a bread malt taste is also present. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Overall this is a very smooth beer, there is nothing to make you not drink it and it is complex enough to keep you interested. Overall you good drink alot of these at one setting. Solid. (466 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade from dpodratsky3. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

A - Cloudy, yellowish with some orange in there. Nice 1 1/2 finger head, little retention.

S - Some yeast, clove, and banana. Initially a bready smell hits the nose, followed by a little spice.

T - Hey, this is pretty good. Definately get the clove and a little bit of banana. Some citris, was expecting a little more of a bread taste but it's nicely present and not overpowering.

M - Light bodied, nice carbonation. Slides down the throat very easily.

D - Highly drinkable, could session these easily.

I'm surprised at how much I've enjoyed this beer. A little fuller taste and this would rate exceptionally high for me. (705 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap.

Poured a hazy golden orange, thin white head with okay retention.

Smelled like orange peel and coriander with a hint of malts.

Taste was citrusy but also kind of banana like.

Mouthfeel was bubbly and normal body.

Eh, okay. Seemed like it was trying to be a witbier but at the same time it stood apart from that style. Either way, I've had a lot better of both heffewiezen and witbier. (405 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 dpodratsky3
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy pale orange/golden color, with a great head when poured well.

S: Very wheaty with a hint of citrus

T: Starts with a nice amount of carbonation on your tongue, then hits with citrus and fruity notes. Finishes with malty wheat flavor.

M: Nicely carbonated at the start, gradually dries out towards the end.

D: Nothing especially drinkable, but a nicely balanced Hefeweizen.

N: My favorite from Penn Brewing Co. to date. A nicely balanced beer with a great wheaty taste and refreshing citrus notes. (547 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass (didn't feel like using the 23oz Weizen glass).

A pale burnt orange hue supports a somewhat thin white head. The beer is very effervescent, with lots of little bubbles keeping the bits of yeast suspended in the beer and keeping the head at the top very active.

The aroma is very creamy, with the standard banana and clove.

The wheat, along with the clove, gives a very tart feel to this one. A little bit of orange peel is in the background. Full bodied, with high carbonation.

About your average hefeweizen, very German in style. I won't say it's quite up to par with the ones from Germany, however. (636 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one with me.

A: Deep brown with a light brownish cloud of head... Quite frothy. Holds on nicely, though it doesn't really stick much.

S: Yeasty, spicy, with big clove scents. Banana is there, but other fruits as well... Mostly pear.

T: A lot of yeasty, fruity esters... Green apple, pear, banana, even some hints of peach. Almost a little cinnamon detected in the alcohol spiciness. Peppery and a little hot.

M + D: Bigger bodied, with a bit of warming going on in the finish. Nice sipper, and pretty decent offering (555 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good overall. Everything meshes really well. Good clove and banana smell and taste. Could drink these all night, but I had other beer to drink. Carbonation is high and very crisp.

Nothing out of the ordinary, but everything is fine the way it is. Perfect for a session.

3.5 A
3.5 S
4.0 T
4.0 M
4.0 D (308 characters)

Photo of Jimbo87
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint. I know, the wrong glassware, but it was the only glass available.

A pale hazy weizen, but clearer than some other examples. White head. Looks good.

Smells of delicious banana and clove. Standard quality weizen smell.

Tastes of clove, banana, some lemony zest, wheat, barley, nondescript balancing hops. Surprisingly flavorful considering how clear and light-bodied.

Mouthfeel might be on the thin side, but it works.

Extremely drinkable. A solid hefe, but it doesn't necessarily stand out from it's peers. (524 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A nice hazy goldned yellow that you should expect from a good wheat ale. It poured a generous amount of head but didn't lace very well.

S - A sweet wheat aroma that was dominated by cloves.

M - Light and just a little frothy. Fresh and Refreshing and slides very easily.

T - I didn't notice much of an alcohol taste. Taste resembles smell almost exactly. Nothing over the top. Like most wheat ales it would be fantastic in the summer and is just as good or better than most summertime ales i have had. The clove taste is very nice and goes well with the wheaty bread sweetness.

D - I could definitely do this one again and will probably get this in the spring to get in the mood for nicer weather. Pick this one up and try it at least once. (748 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 OldYoda
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in my beer of the month gift pack for January ( a Christmas present from one of my kids). Poured from the bottle into my trusty standard Troeg's pint glass. Little or no head - pours a cloudy very light amber. Appearance really isn't wonderful, but not bad either.

Smell is subdued, some clove and lemon - not overwhelming but very pleasant.

Taste like smell is subdued - a malty sweetness up front with a hint of clove and lemon. Opens up into a very pleasant bread like taste with a hint of crisp lemon at the end.

Mouthfeel is enjoyable, effervescent with a nice smoothness.

Drinkability is fine - several of these on a warm summer evening would be fine.

Not my favorite style, but very enjoyable none the less. A good job. (742 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow. Foamed up with well over an inch of head, but it faded quickly. What's left is a mildy bubbly top with an almost soapy like lacing.

Smell: Smell is typical of the style. You can smell the yeast, and there are slight hints of citrus to it.

Taste: Very crisp, clean taste. Nice mild malty sweetness, with tastes of citrus (lemon?) and yeasty goodness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. Right at home on a warm summer night...even though I'm enjoying mine on a cold winters night. Smooth, fresh, good.

Drinkability: Although I am not a huge fan of this style, it is a tasty brew. I can see myself drinking this on more than one occasion. (678 characters)

Photo of TimPowell
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Wiezen is an authentic German style, unfiltered wheat beer with the nose, look and taste of a classic German Summer beer.
The pour threw of some classic scents of banana or cloves.
Color is a cloudy, sunny yellow. while unfiltered like all hefeweizens, the yeast had clumped a bit more than I was expecting. The head was a nice, rich white, not lasting beyond two or three swallows.
Taste was crisp. First taste is pleasant malt, followed by a bit of sharp hop bitterness. This is a refreshing beer to be enjoyed on a sunny day, with or without a lemon.
All in all, Penn Brewing delivers a fine, German style beer.

I understand Penn Brewery's days are numbered due to the sale of the Brewery and the development of the surrounding land. I, for one, will miss this and other Penn Brewery beers. (801 characters)

Photo of skinny0ne
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Brewing focuses on brewing quality German-style beers. Their Weizen hits a solid triple. Visually it's a bit disappointing. It's just kind of blah. But the smell is spot on with a nice balance of yeast, bread, clove, and lemon. The first sip bites hard with a crisp bitterness. Lemon quickly emerges and then transitions into the hearty bread flavor at the back of the throat. Throughout is clove. The exhale has that nice wheat undertone. Lemon and yeast linger on the tongue.

The Weizen is definitely great. But it's just missing a bit of something to make it perfect. (576 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, and spices. The taste is malty, yeasty, spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice Hefe. (306 characters)

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz bottle into a sam adams glass.

A: appears gold, somewhat clear until rousing the yeast, with a white one-finger creamy head that dissipates after a short time.

S: trademark clove spiciness with some banana and a hint of powdery yeast.

T: first impression is the clove spicy flavor, with a bit of a sharp twang before getting to the banana. subdued malt character with the clove and banana standing out. some citrus orange also noticeable later on, which makes this somewhat different than most others.

M: light, creamy, although a little syrupy and not as effervescent as some weissbiers.

D: definitely drinkable, a good representation of the style. (672 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Murky brown/yellow with a finger of head that recedes quickly to nothing, leaving no lace.

S - Pleasant but somewhat restrained aromas of banana and clove. A bit of plastic-like phenolic smell comes through also. Little evidence of the wheat malt.

T - Moderate sweetness with a hint of banana flavor. Early to mid palate is mostly dominated by mild tartness from the wheat. Chalky and clovelike phenols are present late palate, and the brew finishes with a small bitterness and slight citrus character.

M - Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Right on point.

D - One of, if not the best American-made hefeweizen I've ever had. It still lacks some of the depth and elegance of it's German ancestors, but remains a perfectly passable hefeweizen. (809 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 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 beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange with some noticeable yeast floaties suspended about. A fluffy dull white head sits atop, 1 finger in height, but doesn't stick around as long as hoped for leaving on a smidget of lacing as a reminder.

S: pleasant with a big helping of fresh banana bread, citrus and cloves. Very yeasty and aromatic.

T: The flavor opens with a nice helping of bananas and cloves with a smooth tartness. A big fresh wheaty backbone with a light helping of lemon grinds. Some tart oranges closes out a rather pleasant example per style.

M: T fizzy and active with an aggressive carbonation. The body was a little thinner then hoped for, but was very slick off the tongue with a dash of tart citrus.

D: good, with a low abv and nice flavor makes good for session material. Definitely one of their better beers and one worth taking a look at. (868 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale is a golden orange color, tang with an alcoholic boost (why hasn't anyone marketed that one?). The darker autumnal colors (orange, brown, yellow) obscure the ale, too cloudy to see through. Not much head either, a thin band is all that there is.

S: The ale is wheaty, thick with the lightly tart grain. Not much in the way of esters, at least in the nose.

T: The weizen is thick, loaded with wheat and barley. The wheat is not the light and airy version of many hefes. This is thick and meaty, so thick that it brings a strong clove flavor to the table. Citric flavors, not hop-driven, cut into the dense clove. The wheat flavors are strong, bold and decisive, in this ale.

M: This much flavor in a 5% ale? Almost unheard of. While it sneaks in late, some wheat tartness is evident after a sip is swallowed. This is an aggressive wheat ale.

D: Again, the abv is ridiculously low, greatly upping the drinkability. The flavors aren't traditional hefe but they do factor in an American twist. (1,022 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: poured with the yeast into a weizen glass, the head is pretty weak and soon dies completely, the beer itself is a very hazy golden wheat color

s: highly bready wheat body with a big yeasty aroma...not particularly heavy on banana or clove but more of a clean weizen, pale barley, some mild lemon

m: light-medium carbonation, lighter body, not bad but a little dead on the palate

t: spicy wheat dominant with chalky yeast flavors, some banana with a mild clove spice, lightly hopped with some lemon after the swallow, clean finish

d: expected a little more from this based on my experience with Penn's fine lagers, but it's a solid hefe nonetheless...just needs more malt and yeast character imo

single from Whole Foods, Falls Church, VA (744 characters)

Photo of bndck
2.16/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought this at Vintage Cellar expecting a decent beer, but I was unimpressed, I'm normally a fan of hefes.

A - yellow-orange, pours with very little head, no lacing

S - not strong, small hint of orange, not great overall

T -tasted more of clove and orange than clove and banana, the clove seemed heavy, poor aftertaste

M - light body, heavy carb

D -wouldn't recommend, won't try again (389 characters)

Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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