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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

345 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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 akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

akorsak, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

ejimhof, Feb 03, 2012
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Zorro, May 29, 2007
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem on-tap, fresh from the Penn Brewery (not Wilkesbarre).

Pours cloudy, unfettered, unfiltered. Nice creamy white head and some lacing.

Aroma chock full of hefe flavors, lemon, bready malt, hint of banana.

Taste is great. Banana/bubblegum from the bavarian style yeast and quite delicious. A touch of citrus and clove. The best part is that there are no off flavors in the beer anymore. Tastes pretty authentic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a more-ish finish.

Certainly drinkable. I want a keg all to myself.

Stinkypuss, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BillRoth, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Wasatch, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 7 from Beergeek279. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 2 1/2" of slightly off-white head over the cloudy straw brew. Head has tremendous staying power, taking quite some time to settle enough to drink, which is kind of cool. What lacing there is is big and chunky, although somewhat sparse. Aroma is classic hefe, yeasty and grainy, excellent. Taste is full of wheat, with citrus and other side flavors abounding. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good. Could see sessioning this easily.

ppoitras, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tdm168, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy medium copper hue with an excellent four finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and decent lacing.

The smell was very classic for the style. A heavy wheat aroma with strong elements of banana and clove spice.

The taste was upfront yeasty and wheaty. There was a serious wheat element with a mild spiciness.

The mouthfeel was full and very chewy.

Overall a superior and authentic hefe. Perhaps the best domestic.

plaid75, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -16%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is some damn murky it's almost got some brown in the mix of deep orange and yellow. Actually, it does have brown in the mix now that I look at it more. I like it. The head is eggshell white and gone quickly. Great nose of banana, vanilla, clove and pepper. Bavarian yeast properties are of note on the nose in a big way. The mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated and the body is full. Big doughy yeastiness on the palate. Phenolic character resides on the tongue after the swallow. Bubblegum esters, cracked pepper and lemon rind come into play as well. Pretty nice taste.

A little too much phenolic character and not quite enough of the banana esters keep this good hefe from getting a very good or exceptional rating.

Thanks for the nice quaffer marc77.

Bighuge, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -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.

DrJay, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

harpus, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

TurdFurgison, May 20, 2007
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: banana, citrus, clove, coriander, wheat

taste: banana, wheat, clove,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: a nice refreshing summer time brew.

Cheers,l
The CPJ

THECPJ, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WoodBrew, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Spot on to style it's a hazy bright golden yellow beer with a sticky half inch of creamy head.

S - Smells of slight yest, bubble gum, and banana with a good wheat base.

T - The wheat transitions into the flavor nicely in the finish but it starts with flavors of sweet banana then fruity yeasts.

M - From start to finish it's light and crisp delivering a good flavor.

Overall personally not some style I grab often but next to German counterparts this is a very good Hefeweizen

DrDemento456, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry banana and some spice notes. In the taste, dry banana, and notes of spice, especially clove and cinnamon. A spice like bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry banana flavor in the aftertaste. A bit thin, but spicy and nice flavors of banana, just about average though.

OWSLEY069, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

AgentZero, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Milky bright lemon. Big cloud of stark white bubbles builds up quickly. Stays pretty bubbly with a moderate creamy hazing. Slowly creeps down to an always present thick layer of foam. Not much in the lacing though, just a few spots is all.

Aroma is two parts lemon bubble gum, one part banana, one part yeasty spice, and dashed with medium leveled clove.

Great mild and firm flavors with a nice banana display over light wheat and sweet malts. Lemon wedges play arcoss the middle. Yeasty grabs picks up from there but maintains a nice mild tone as it sifts off the finish with touches of clove and a backwash of banana. Stays a bit spicy for a stint in a returning burst very late.

Feel is close to medium with a few lighter areas in the front. Stays mild yet hearty with a smoother then average carbonation for a hefe. Which I didn't mind one bit. I tend to like a lesser volume of zip to my hefes. And since its more to my liking in that regards it really goes down without much effort. That: plus the flavors are well balanced and milding. This is one hefe I could drink a few of.

Thanks to PA BA weeare138 for the samples!

tavernjef, May 13, 2005
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 22, 2013
Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.