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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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very good

338 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | 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 JackTheRipper


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Hazy, cloudy golden color with a moderate head.

S: Strong yeasty/wheaty aromas. There are definite notes of banana and a subtle spiciness.

T: Maltiness with a bit of a lemony undertone. Hops are there, but barely noticeable. Taste of the yeast is quite pleasant.

M: Medium bodied, not overly sharp or sweet. Carbonation is in very nice levels and the alcohol gives a nice warming feel.

D&N: A really good example of the style, and I love the fact that it's a Pittsburgh beer. Very tasty, very nice to drink and something I'd recommend to a friend.

05-17-2004 01:48:36 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of Griggsy


4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-20-2013 18:27:33 | More by Griggsy
Photo of searsclone


4/5  rDev +3.6%

poured from a bottle into a hefe glass. hazy straw color before the swirl, then looked like a lave lamp before turning an opaque butterscotch color. fluffy white head that went away fairly quickly

smells is spice, maybe nutmeg? kind of smells like egg nog. also, bready and sweet with a bit of bubble gum

taste is spicy upfront, then sweetness of the yeast, then bitter with a touch of smoke, and leaves the sweet yeast flavor after

nicely carbonated and a bit chewy. really nice

overall, very good. If this was available at home, I would probably drink it often.

09-19-2012 00:40:12 | More by searsclone
Photo of jiffymon

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-17-2013 15:43:02 | More by jiffymon
Photo of avylover


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours out extra cloudy, even for a hefe, looking like grapefruit juice. Aroma is the typical banana/clove aroma for a hefe, very authentic. It's not so heavy on the clove aromas, which is a plus in my book. The taste is fairly clean and adds a slight lemon zing. Nothing overpowering at all, just tasty & clean. Nice full mouthfeel, not as watery as I would expect, and drinkability is top notch. No wierd aftertastes. Just a good, clean Hefe

03-28-2004 17:27:18 | More by avylover
Photo of Illos

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-27-2012 23:32:54 | More by Illos
Photo of tallfellapgh


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-21-2014 07:02:44 | More by tallfellapgh
Photo of Applesauce1


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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

08-08-2007 16:20:38 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of cooch69


4.55/5  rDev +17.9%

This Hefeweizen pours a striking multilayered deep cloudy yellow. There are some big floaters in here with a nice frothy head.

Nose is really tutti fruity, sweet bubble gum, and some sourness and acidity. Very in your face for a lighter beer.

Taste is pretty clovy, and slightly sweet with some tutti frutti banana bubble gum chicklets.

Mouthfeel is exeptional. One of the best in the business. It is so creamy that it puts cream of wheat to shame. So smooth that your charmins will be jealous. 10/5 for feel.

This beer without a doubt puts Penn Brewery at position #1 for PA acording to my experiences. There beers may not be the biggest or the baddest but they are for sure the tastiest.

02-21-2011 05:55:12 | More by cooch69
Photo of Alkey


4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-19-2012 23:27:31 | More by Alkey
Photo of TheEclecticGent


3/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

02-07-2008 21:20:41 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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!

05-07-2008 02:26:05 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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

05-22-2006 18:36:44 | More by JohnW
Photo of stckhndlr


3.63/5  rDev -6%

Poured from bottle into a traditional weizen glass.

A- This thing has a HUGE head on it. I counted more than 5 fingers on this beer. Thick foam but it seems to die out quickly but a good fingers worth lingers throughout. Champagne style bubbles racing up the glass from the bottom.

Golden color with just a touch of cloudiness.

S- yeasty banana bread, some spicy floral notes and cloves.

T- Banana is the main flavor to me. just a hint of spice like a clove/cinnamon. Not too strong though. kinda sweet flavor. The finish doesn't stick around very long. You have to keep drinking to keep the flavor on your palate.

M- Seems light to me. not very heavy but it has a bite to it.

O- Not a bad beer. Its drinkable thanks to it's sweetness but the lack of lingering flavor is a bit of a let down.

06-04-2011 03:36:13 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of grannaniwa


3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-29-2013 23:36:45 | More by grannaniwa
Photo of GnomeKing


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

There's a distinct but subtle taste of bananas in this brew, so I was won over instantly. Cloudy as shallow water kicked up silt, this light golden beer is sweet, mildly citrus-y, a bit light on the palate, and very drinkable. Some additional fruit, hop, and malt tastes emerged the more I drank. They're subtle enough that I think I'd have to have more than just the growler I downed in order to identify them.

Penn Hefe can hold its on with Paulaner's Hefe Weizen, in my opinion, though it would probably lose the fight in a late round TKO. Definitely worth a try.

11-01-2005 00:34:06 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of jdmorgan


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

I enjoyed this beer cold and on tap on a rainy midday this spring at the Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh. The beer had a typical hefe weizen golden and turbid appearance in it's 22 oz. weizen glass.The head was large and gave off a slightly fruity/citrus aroma. After a few sips I was impressed with its smoothness that still retained a bit of citrus bite to it. Also noted was a hint of spice that I felt was not too overpowering. The mouthfeel was slightly thick as one would expect from this type of beer. The drinkability was good and I enjoyed this beer from the moment I sipped it. In short, I felt that this was a quality hefe weizen available in Pittsburgh that is worth a try and is a worthy companion to a meal or by itself.

03-22-2006 05:49:59 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of EddieJoe


3/5  rDev -22.3%

03-03-2012 19:11:42 | More by EddieJoe
Photo of tweeder263


3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-02-2008 02:00:19 | More by tweeder263
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Date: 14 May 2011
Glass: Standard nonic
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured gently, producing a brief 1-finger head which reduces to nothing, no lacing, typical weissbier cloudy yellow with a touch of orange.

Aroma is loaded with Bavarian malted wheat, followed by very bitter orange citrus, touches of clove and banana. Taste has well-balanced sweet wheat, lots of banana, ends with that ubiquitous wheat aftertaste, and a combo of orange and lemon. Very crisp mouthfeel, heavy flavors don't last long, but that only makes me want another sip. Excellent session beer as we dive into the summer weather.

05-14-2011 17:14:43 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Photo of tmhoye


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-29-2013 00:13:55 | More by tmhoye
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

12oz bottle served in Franziskaner Weiss glass.

A: Big fluffy head from a forceful pour. Clear golden color. Gave the bottle a swirl and added the yeast. Color becomes a bright cloudy orange. Very attractive. Head retention could be a little better.

S: Pretty typical aroma for a German-style wheat. Sweet bread. Some banana. Hints of clove. Maybe a touch of mint?

T: Sweet bready malt. Banana-clove. Some citrus. Just the faintest nip of hops provides balance. Missing that zesty little zing that is present in my favorite wheat beers.

M: Smooth, yet slightly spritzy. Light bodied.

O: I've always had a soft spot for this beer and the case that I recently purchased has been full of delicious nostalgia. There are many beers in this category that are much better and most of them are brewed in Germany. If you ever have a chance to grab one do it...it doesn't get much better than hanging out in the biergarten at the Penn Brewery with a tall glass of Weizen and a hefty dose of sunshine. This is one of my summertime favorites. Low abv and big flavor usually means that I want to drink unlimited amounts of this stuff.

04-27-2011 02:40:32 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of maek228


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

appearance: murkey orange with a thick puff-white head. real cloudy

smell: fresh wheat with hints of bananas and other ripe light fruit.

taste: complex wheat flavors dominant. these are tucked into mildy sweet malt. cloves and spices are strong, hops are mild, and hints of fruit and vanilla are around as well

mouthfeel: highly carbonated and refreshing

drinkability: perfect summer beer. very well done

07-09-2006 20:18:43 | More by maek228
Photo of bierman2000


3.9/5  rDev +1%

one of the most carbonated wheat beers in the world..citrus clove and bubble gum are evident in the nose and the taste.. Very foamy it takes your breath away before you drink it and has a smooth flavor that is only affected by the full carbonation which leaves the drinkability factor lower.. well made german style Weizen.

07-19-2003 17:59:21 | More by bierman2000
Photo of arnulfooxblood


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Super frothy head. Hazy golden color, this is one fine looking beer.

Smell--Malty and sweet, some citrus notes.

Taste/Moutfeel--I'm not typically a big fan of wheat beers, but this one is pretty good. Compared to others I've had, I would rate this quite high. Notes of orange and spices. Nicely carbonated yet quite smooth.

Drinkability--I would have another, and that's saying something for a hefe weizen.

11-01-2006 23:31:38 | More by arnulfooxblood
Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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