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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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very good

234 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 234
Hads: 364
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 15.46%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | 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: 364
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle. Sampled at a neighbor's house. Ironically, a die-hard Coors Light drinker.

Appearance: Received in a pint glass with the obligatory lemon wedge on the side. A cloudy yellow appearance. Surprisingly thick head. Lasted quite nicely.

Smell: Fruity. Not like a pale ale fruity, though. Much sweeter. Stong hints of bannanas.

Taste: A bit harsher than other hefeweizens. Not nearly as malty sweet as I expected. Still, a tasty and refreshing beer. I could probably have done without the lemon wedge.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Slightly puckering effect (probably from the lemon), moderate carbonation, crisp and clean finish.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

has to be one of the best American wheat beers,could be a world classic,to bad so many people havent had a chance to try this.Fiancees dad brought one down for me,great appearance hazy yellow orange with good amount of sediment in glass,great pillowey head.Spicy,clovey smell with some banana lingering thru.Very yeasty tasting and clovey,just a great traditional well made weizen will make a trip to the brewery again for sure after trying this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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!!!

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of StevieW
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These seem to be available at my local gourmet grocery store for some reason...12 oz bottle, no dates. Blue label with a wheat bundle on it. ... Cloudy yellow color, bottle swirl produced a wealth of yeasty goodness on the bottom. Thick rich foamy white head. Very sweet smelling wheat, very much in the Bavarian tradition, maybe more so. Taste was subtle citrus, clove, and bananas, matched with full wheat yeast richness. Very refreshing, medium bodied. No lightweight watery finish. Crisp and clean. Above average for hefeweizen, probably the best American version I have had. Definintly give this one a try.......

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Photo of aaronh
4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This may be my all-time favorite beer (I couldn't believe I hadn't reviewed it yet!). It pours with a wonderful haed, has a beautiful aroma of malt and vanilla, with a crisp, malty taste that reveals quite a lot of yeast character as well. This beer works after you've cut the grass or as a nice summer evening beer. I still drink some now and then in the winter when I find them. Older beers are a little more well rounded without the crispness and a more subdued aroma, but it keeps very well. With 90% of Penn's sales inside of PA, I suspect not many get to try these beers. If you see them, grab 'em. The owner brews beers that remind him of his years in Germany, and seems to do them very, very well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American hefe-weizen that stands up to Bavarian standards. Not as richly malty or complex as some of the classics, but better than a few of the not so well know Germans. Cloudy, yellow orange with copper highlights and a fluffy bright white head. The head diminishes within the first quarter of the glass but leaves a good collar and some nice lace. The aroma is fragrant, offering a grainy maltiness and the traditional banana and clove (well balanced toward the clove) as well as some vanilla and fruit. The mouthfeel is not as impressive as the upper-eschelon of Bavarian weizen, but certainly fully present in it's light to medium body and full carbonation. The flavor follows the aroma with an increased vanilla, some soft ripe plum, and a gentle touch of smokiness. Again, the balance is towards the clove, with a bitterness that keeps the beer from appearing sweet. The finish is dryish and spicy. Thirst quenching and extremely satisfying.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back ... freshness date notched on the back label.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden yellow with a striking white lace.

Smell: Clove spice twang with hints of banana and pear.

Taste: Creamy and smooth mouth feel with a medium body. Crisp malty texture ... big lively spicy clove bite that rides on top of the rich carbonation. Mildly hopped and a decent amount of residual sweetness in the middle. Bready wheat with drying grain and trace yeast in the flavour finish the brew off.

Notes: Perhaps a touch too sweet though other than that it tastes like a freshly imported German Wheat Beer. A well crafted brew with all of the trademark flavours from the Bavarian Wheat Yeast. Bottled conditioned ... this adds to its complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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...

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