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Penn Weizen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

234 Reviews
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87
very good

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Reviews: 234
Hads: 362
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 20
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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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 ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (571 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 DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with the yeast making a cloudy pale yellow color with a nice big fizzy white head. Aroma is wheat, clove, banana and some orange. Wow, if I wouldn't have known better I would have thought this was a German import based on the smell. Light and crisp mouthfeel produces a lot of clove in the taste as well as banana, malt and a very nice authentic German yeast flavor. Wow, this is the best hefeweizen I have ever had that has been produces in the United States. Overall, I would definately recommend to anyone. (516 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (485 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 (272 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,202 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (345 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 Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer poured a very hazy orange-yellow color with a medium white head. The head faded relatively fast to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is wheaty and yeasty with nice smells of banana, clove, coriander and some citrus aroma.

Taste – The taste is very much as the nose would suggest. It starts out wheaty and yeasty which form a base for the beer which lasts throughout the taste experience. At the start there is also a lighter citrus and banana flavor, which fade over time yielding to some spice flavors. More toward the end of the taste, the yeast seems to intensify some with the sweeter flavors lightening. Overall it leaves a slightly drier flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beers body is of average thickness with the carbonation level being on the slightly above average side. Both are fitting for the style.

Overall – It is a good session drier style Weizen. Easy drinking and tasty. (975 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very cloudy white-ish gold color with a nice off-white head, decent carbonation, and lace. Excellent banana-clove aroma. Perfect banana-clove balanced flavor with a nice grainy background. Good fluffy refreshing mouthfeel.

Awesome American version of the Bavarian classic !!

Per label: "Hallertau Hops"

Per PBCo. website: Original Gravity: 12.6°Plato, Alcohol Content: 4.0% by weight.

Won Silver at 1997 GABF and Gold at 2000 GABF. (444 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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! (1,138 characters)

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

Appearance – The head was rather modest and the body was cloudy and bright orange.

Smell – This one has a nice, yeast base to the nose but lacks the typical banana and clove of the style.

Taste – The wheat makes it way to the tongue, but there’s an almost stinging citrusy twang that tastes like it came “mit limon”.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit larger than light-bodied with some intense carbonation that had trouble holding up in the mouth.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed drinking this Penn Brewing Hefe. It’s a good beer and went down quickly on a warm summer day. I think it needs some work though to fit the style standard. (651 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle picked up as a single in a mixed pack of Penn beers from Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange.

Distinctive blue White label with a yellow bordered oval containing a black & white rural scene and the words ‘Penn Weizen’ emblazoned across it. No strength or freshness date. Has a rather cool looking logo’d crown cap though.

Appearance: Murky clouded marmalade orange with a striking white head that rises quickly in the pour. Highly carbonated the pour is two-stage process; even with a 20 ounce glass and a 12 ounce bottle. Head rests at ¼” in the end with a feisty longevity.

Nose: Clove laden with wheat and orange in the finish. As it warms more banana breaks though, as indeed does the yeast and spices that were initially hidden away.

Taste: Clean entrance, cloves, wheat and some orange peel when served chilled. But this one really picks up a notch as it warms to a more cooled temperature. Bananas are hefty, the orange becomes juice-like, rather than peel-like, and the yeast and spices really beef things up. The sweetness is in check, by the yeasts and some bitterness that seems to be consumed by the finish. All of these classic components come together neatly to provide a solid Bavarian Wheat Beer that does not disappoint at all. Dry, orange-spicy finish. Lingering aftertastes with a metallic-clove “burp effect”’ thanks to the high carbonation.

Mouthfeel: The high, almost ‘champagne-like’ conditioning is finely dissolved and strong. It lends a massive helping hand to the medium chilled body and fosters it right up to a bigger more satisfying Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hmm, this one is very nice. Ditched this one down the gullet without even realizing that I had drained the bottle. Aftertaste is captivating and begs you to keep this one fresh on the palate.

Overall: Another highly enjoyable and easy drinking brew from Penn, a good effort all round and a very good clean Bavarian Wheat Beer. (1,977 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 Reagan1984
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the first 90%, the beer poured fairly clear. Then came the settled yeast and we were looking at the classic Hefeweizen look in my glass. Orange/gold in color with an obvious cloudy look. No head to speak of at all, with some visible carbonation if you chose to search through the cloudiness.

Aroma was of ripe bananas and the classic wheat aroma...

Taste started with some clove then went right to banana notes finishing fairly crisply. Nice mild sweetness with the wheat notes. Does not leave you with too much of the sour ending that I really don't appreciate. The more I drink it, the more I notice the bread like tones near the end of the flavor profile.

I have to say that Hefeweizens are growing on me a bit.

Very light, crisp, refreshing and drinkable.

Glad I had the chance to try this one. (808 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this beer for several years and I love it.

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a thunderous head into my Franziskaner Hefe glass. There is a single stream of bubbles strong as Old Faithful keeping a head around long after the initial fade. After every drink the motion of the glass brings the bubbles and the head back only to die down again.

S: Lovely. Strong odor of banana taffy, lemon rind, and bubblegum. Strong yeasty notes as well. A wonderful smelling Weizen.

T: This is where this one wins out. Tons of flavor and complexity unknown to most other wheat beers. A banana rush up front with the creaminess of banana crème pie. After the banana fades the bubble gum comes forward until it is over taken by lemon, and then the old time clove bubble gum. It finishes with yeasty tones and more lemon. Sooo Complex.

M: So light and bubbly, the definition of effervescent. A wonderful example of this beer style.

D: I have put down an entire six pack on many hot sunny Florida summer days. I could drink this one until the cows come home.

Overall: No doubt about it my favorite Hefe in the world. I have had the more acclaimed ones most notably Franziskaner and Weihenstephaner, as well as those crafted by the best American Micro Brewers, but I keep returning to this beer. The flavor is so bold for a Hefe. It is so complex and the flavors come at you in waves, kind of like the candy on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

This is Penn's best beer by far and they can hang their hat on it.

The bottle says.... Enjoy the aroma and effervescence as you imagine a beautiful summer day in a Munich Biergaren.... Now you can visit Munich without leaving home...It's in the bottle.

I have to agree, I see beautiful blondes in Lederhosen right now with big mugs of this brew... wait, maybe I've had too much to drink. Drink enough of it and this one will do that to you. (1,903 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 argock
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date that is decipherable.

A: Hazy orange-tinged golden color with tall initial head that dissipates quickly and leaves barely any lacing.

S: Pleasant aromas of pear, banana, and clove.

T: Good but not great with a fruity start and middle with lots of esters. The end is very bready and a little overly yeasty, which is unique but leaves a very odd aftertaste.

M: A little thin but plenty of peppery crispness in the finish. A tad drying.

D: A decent hefe but nothing spectacular. (553 characters)

Photo of david18
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West side. Visually, this is very much like a wheat beer. Quite cloudy, almost impossible to see through, with an intense esthery aroma. The flavor was ok but not all that memorable. Color was a little darker than expected. (302 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 12 oz brown bottle on New Years Eve, after overhearing a staffer at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va., discussing it with another customer. My bottle is a week past its "drink by" date, but here goes. Pours into a tall pilsner glass a very hazy yellow gold, with a few yeast particles floating around. No head, even though I poured it according to the style and the label directions. Looks like homebrew. Nose is grapefruit, and a basket of pumpkin pie spices. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, basil.... and a tang of yeasty wheat. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, slightly yeasty, somewhat tart, a bit dry, and light bodied. Very interesting to the palate. Taste amazes. Vanilla, wheat, pumpkin pie spices(again), and a welcome wallop of nice tasting hops. The high carbonation rides all the way to the end, as do the hops. I can't recognize the kind of hops, but they're perfectly matched here to produce a very delicious and drinkable beer. Somebody in Pittsburgh, brewed up a fine batch with this one. (1,024 characters)

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