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 MarkSCCOT
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to sample this brew at the Charleston BA Meeting May 2008. I am a huge fan of this style and have tried literally hundreds of Hefes. I have yet to try an outstanding American take until now.

A. Hazy (hefe of course) yellow brew with a nice lacy white head.

S. Outstanding. This is a definite classic. Clove, banana and fruity overtones.

T. As good as it smells. Very strong banana clove taste. If you ever want to demonstrate a Hefe to a newbie, this is a bold example.

M. Somewhat creamy and well carbonated.

D. This is a great session beer if you can get it!

Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was still enjoying the Pens game at this time and sampling an assorment of Wheats.

A: A cloudy golden/yellow color. A minimal amount of foam. Can see the carbonation.

S: Lots of clove smell, bananas and some other tropical fruit and citrus.

T: A good combination of spicy flavor and bananas. Also some hints of citrus. The wheat, spice and bananas are blended well from beginning till end.

M: A very refreshinging, light, and very creamy feel in the mouth. Maybe a tad too creamy for my liking.

D: A good beer to drink while enjoying the minimal Pittsburgh sunshine. One of my favorite beers of all-time.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent 1 finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves little retention behind. Nice cloudy yellow color.

Smell is of banana phenol with a grassy/citrusy twang. The citrusy wheatinessa and banana phenol are very enticing.

Taste is of a citrusy wheaty twang with a banana phenol overtone. A nice stab at the hefeweizen style. Glad to see that it's not another pale wheat ale in disguise.

Mouthfeel is refreshing. It's crisp and super clean.

A very easy to drink hefeweizen that I will try again on hot days during the summer.

Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque yellow with a nice finger of white head on top; mediocre lacing, but a nice looking brew. Nose is nice and strong: lots of citrus fruit, spices, and wheat. Really a good nice. Taste is likewise. Gotta say, this one was a lot better than I expected; just a nice, pure, down-home kind of hefeweizen flavor. Got all the required: lots of fruit, spiciness, and wheat. Very sweet beer. Totally lacking in all the crappy grain that seems to dominate a lot of these American versions. Body is medium, good for the style. Not gonna blow your mind like a Weihenstephaner, but still a very tasty summer brew.

Photo of tsewong
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, I'm very impressed by my fellow Pennsylvania brewers and I place Pennyslvania Brewing Company among my favorites. Leading the pack of fine beers that I've tasted so far from Pennsylvania Brewing Company is their Penn Weizen. This is a classic hefeweizen true to style and tradition sporting everything you expect from a finely crafted hefe. I found this glass of Penn Weizen, and subsequent glasses, difficult to put down because after each swallow, I was too impatient to wait for the next taste.

Cloudy as it should be and the yeast characters are just in there injecting the fruity esters and tangy bite to support the crisp, refreshing maltiness. Lovely, sweet complexity throughout the glass.

I've had this beer both on tap and poured from a bottle and the tap experience is noticeably better. However, I'm a fan of this beer regardless of the packaging.

Photo of erosier
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden yellow color with a medium sized but thin white head that settles fairly fast and leaves some lacing down the glass. It has a very strong aroma of sweet wheat, cloves, banana, and some orange. The taste was OK for this kind of beer. It had a very nice sweet wheat base that was followed with a big hit of cloves and bananas. A slightly citrisy hoppy bitterness followed but the beer finished with a very sweet and pungeant aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very light but very watery. It was strange but it was a little watery feeling. The drinkability was good for a hefeweizen and worth a try.

Photo of nasty15108
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
I aquired this beer in a trade with Hyland24.

A - Looked like a glass of murky swamp water. It was a cloudy light yellow color with a finger or two of off-white head. Not much light getting through at all.

S - Very yeasty, like country bread. I also got hints of ripe fruit (banana)and some citrus.

T - Lots of yeast up front, followed by a sweet almost banana-lke flavor. It wasn't like real bananna though, it was more like banana candy, like bananna Now & Laters, or Laffy Taffy. I also detected a tiny bit of citric bitterness in the finish.

MF&D - The sweetness was good, but not overpowering and the flavor coated my mouth well. This beer came to me very highly touted, I would have to say it lived up to its billing. My only regreat is having only 1 bottle to sample, I think this one would have gotten even better after a few more.

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Close to the perfect appearance: Very cloudy (translucent) white-yellow color. Very nice four-finger head that leaves wonderful ring lace after each sip.

Great strong wheat smell with a good dollop of yeast. Classic "white" aroma.

Lots of wheat flavor; to be fair, this is not my favorite flavor in a beer, but I recognize when it is appropriate and well-done, which this is. The finish is brief and less sour than some in this category. I would describe the body as unexpectedly crisp. Overall, I'd describe this beer as two-dimensional--no flaws but not complex either.

Photo of Moxley
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small pilsner glass.

Had an opaque golden straw color with a thick foamy beige head. Looked like milky apple juice.

Had a yeasty, banana smell with a weird faint rubber tire aroma (but not really in a bad way)

Initially you get a strong banana flavor that turns a bit sour and citrusy (again, not in a bad way). This was a very interesting beer with a good balance of carbonation and mouth coating.

It had a chewy, creamy finish that left your mouth coated, but in a clean and refreshing way.

This is probably the most complex beer I've reviewed so far. I would definitely recommend this beer for the initial tasting experience alone.

Photo of hyland24
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the month club selection for March.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer poured a hazy straw color with almost a two inch head of white foam.

The smell was pure bananas with a hint of vanilla, delicious.

The taste was banana peel that fades into a sweet malty, bready finish. I found the beer sweetened even more as it warmed up. What a great tasting beer.

The beer is medium bodied and slightly oily coating the mouth with that great banana taste. It was bready, almost chewy and finished creamy smooth.

Go out and buy this beer. It is delicious and I highly recommend it.

Photo of tmitch75
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Monthly Club selection for March.

Pours cloudy dark yellow color with very little head.

Nice yeasty smell with bananas and cloves.

Wheaty, grassy flavor with some citrus and the bananas and cloves.

Smooth medium body with good carbonation.

Very drinkable smooth beer, and a solid example of the style.

Photo of oconman
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bananas, bananas. Pours like a milkshake, very thick and cloudy, and a little darker than expected, but to style. Did I mention bananas? Aroma comes on the pour. Hops are mainly for a bitter balance on the tongue. Flavor has more variety, with cloves, vanilla, and mild spices. Mouthfeel is thick but still light, with a nice finish that's dryer than expected. A good Weizen that even agrees with kielbasa and kraut, and cuts the grease nicely.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -Nice hazy straw yellow, good carbonization that leaves thin white head and nice lacing.

Smell -A little light but good yeasty wheat with a citrus tang.

Taste - A bit snappy, like citrus - good. Light aftertaste wish it had a bolder banana -clove profile but still good overall.
Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation with medium weight and very smooth.

This beer is easy to drink and a light version of a Hefe in my opinion but I can't complain, pretty good.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color, but suprisingly no head at all. Just some fizzy carbonation on the edge. Not what I want from my hefe.

Smell is solid. Banana and bubble gum.

Taste is on par as well. Banana and oranges with some bubble gum in there also.

Overall, this is a solid example of the style. Highly drinkable. Everything is good, but the appearance needs to improve to make it a classic hefe-weizen.

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

Starting on a weird note, I noticed that the back label for this bottle said Penn Octoberfest, while the front and neck labels are correct.

Pours a nice cloudy yellow, especially after I swirled the final ounces in the bottle. It has a bright white head that reduces to about a half inch in my glass. Nice looking.

It has the typical hefeweizen aroma, if a little light: spices and a hint of banana.

The flavors are similar. It has a prominent spicy, wheat-like taste that finishes with banana aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with a nice amount of body.

Overall this is a pretty good hefeweizen. Not the best, but far, far from the worst.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

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-I was surprised that the crisp smooth wheat beer still had full flavor and some nice depth to it. This is not a tradition big heavy Hefeweizen but more like a lighter Krystal Weizen. I would say one of the better American wheat beers.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Weizen glass and received a one-and-a-half finger head. The head didn't leave any lacings, but the body of the beer did throughout the whole drink. I can only describe the color as a gold outside and a white inside, incredibly cloudy for an American offering (that's how my hometown rolls!). Smell is yeasty, to dumb it down a little, with some spice and citrus picked up. I say it is orange, but one could say leomn, grape, banana or pineapple. It was more of a tartish smell, so I go with orange or light lemon. It is very spicy when it hits your tongue, but the yeast/wheat balances it and it rolls over the tongue very smoothly, leaving a citrusy feeling in the mouth. Not too fruity, like a fruit beer would, but just enough to be the defining characteristic. And I know it isn't in there, I'm sure, but the backbite seemed like it had just a smidgeon of a caramle twist or something...just popped at the end, I don't know. If you are a more traditional hefe drinker, don't avoid this but it won't be your favorite. I like my hefes on the sweeter side, so I liked it a lot. Plain and simple, I could easily have a few of these at a bar. Wonder what it is like if it were on tap.

Photo of PhageLab
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I feel sorry to give this one such a low rating, apparently my palate is off or maybe I'm just missing something, oh well, here goes. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Cloudy yellow concoction, minimal head with some pretty poor retention, no lacing, not entirely appealing, but not necessarily bad either.

S - Very little aroma that I could detect. Some candy like scents.

T - Until now I didn't know what type of beer this was supposed to be, but I never would have guessed hefe. Overly sweet, with no defining profiles, no clove or banana, just candy-like flavoring.

M - Light bodied, sharp carbonation.

D - Not impressed at all. After I consumed it my stomach felt as though I'd just eaten an entire pack of candy. If you're a hefe fan, avoid. If you like candy sweet brews, this is yours.

Photo of tweeder263
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a SUPER hazy yellow brew with a thin head.Thin but it lasted a bit. Smells of typical hefeweizen that i cant describe, i think its a slightly sweet smell. Tastes of a sweet brew,,lightly spiced,,typical wheat character. Pretty smooth and estery.Has some yeasty floaties in it too.Mouthfeel is standard. Drinkablity is good i could put a few of these away.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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...

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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