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Penn Weizen | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Penn WeizenPenn Weizen

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty close to being carbonated banana juice. I'm no expert on the style, but this is sweeter and heavier on the banana than other hefes I've had. There's also some clove flavor, and a good bit of yeast. Mouth feel is medium heavy, a bit more body than in other hefes. Overall, it's pretty good, and I'd be happy to have another.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom glass: color is opaque straw/gold; head is bright white presenting 1/2 inch thick then dissipating quickly.

Smell is wonderful on this hefe: big banana, light clove, touch of biscuit - very pleasant and enticing.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a thinner finish than maybe expected: banana/clove/biscuit/wheat/bread all inter mingle; a moderate hop bitterness and crispness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin the flavor seems flatten out very soon after drinking without much lingering breadiness. I'm wondering if the moderate bitterness cleans this beer up too much.

Overall a great looking/smelling/tasting Hefeweizen with a thin mouthfeel, but very drinkable.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a 12oz glass. no dating that i could see.

poured carefully, reveals a clear pale golden yellow with a small white head which quickly dissipates to a small ring. good carbonation, no lacing.

aroma is faintly wheat and yeasty.

taste is a bit stronger than the nose, good yeast and slight banana wash across the mouth.

Feel is between thin and medium. slightly dry on the finish.

overall, an okay hefeweizen. nothing unpleasant about it at all.

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Another from the newest shipment from the beer club membership which my daughters gifted me.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Cloudy gold with a finger thick white head which receded to virtually nothing.

s: Mildly floral.

t: Belgian yeast fuirtiness with a tang.

m: Medium, good body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o: A decent hefeweizen. Admittedly not my favorite style, and this one is a bit more bitter than the mainstream versions that have added sweetness. Certainly would be refreshing enough in warmer. weather.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened this one with no expectations, and was very pleasantly surprised. Besides Weihenstephaner, the classic, I haven't found many hefes that impress, especially not from America. While lacking that wow factor (a sparkle of spice and banana with a drier finish that still lingers), it succeeds in all other aspects. Excellent hefeweizen!

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Photo of Bone53
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent hefe. Light to moderate presence of Banana, cloves, yeast, and a grainy, almost adjunct undertone to it that keeps it from going to that next level. Still a solid local wheat beer that i would buy a six pack of during the summer

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of yeast phenolics
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing good – wide curtains of tiny to medium bubbles
Body light orange, cloudy
Flavor begins slightly sweet and yeasty with some fruity esters; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Guden
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a crystal clear cream soda color before shaking up dregs and adding, became a hazy copper. No head to speak of.

S- big, delicious banana and clove, with a little bready wheat, and faint lemon and pepper.

T/M- comes off a touch watery and over carbonated with some carbonic bite. Other than that the flavors are a pleasant blend of moderate clove, moderate overripe banana and a little bit of fresh dough character from the grains and yeast.

O- a nicely balanced hefeweizen that seems just a touch packing in malt body and overdone in carbonation. A decent enough summer drinker but far from top in its class.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow with a nice 1 inch foamy, white head. Good lacing.

Smell - Lemon and banana. Wheat, yeasty sugars, orange, spices. Floral, bubble gum.

Taste - Grainy, with big wheat presence. Lemon and orange with banana are main fruit flavors. Floral notes, yeasts, and added spices are also tasted. Clove, and a smoked flavor is picked up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Banana, orange and lemon first coats the tongue. Palate gets a lot more wheat, spices and yeasts. Aftertaste is a little dry, yeasty and floral.

Overall - Not as sweet and refreshing as a lot other hefes' but still good. More wheat up front with some bold spices. Banana is more mellow, as with a lot of hefes are dominated by banana. A good beer I haven't had in ages. Worth a drink for a local beer.

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Photo of DIM
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Cloudy and murky but oddly pale; poured with a thick sticky head.

s: Spot on; lots of yeasty banana and bubblegum with clove spiciness.

t: Just the way I like 'em, big grainy banana with the clove present but in the backround.

m: Big and chewy

o: Really good hefe that hit the spot.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a finger high head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bananas and cloves are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of wheat from the underlying malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy drink and refreshing. It is an excellent American representation of a German hefeweizen and tastes very similar to the weisse beers found in Southern Bavaria.

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Photo of markleyc06
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again I can not praise the brewers at Penn enough. This beer is the height of their mastery of brewing. If any of you have homebrewed a hefeweizen before then you must certainly know how difficult it is to master the balance and subtle flavor of this beer. There is also lots of patience in conditioning involved. These guys do it in the most traditional of ways just like in bavaria. With that said, if you've never tried this beer and are a fan of german wheat...it is an absolute must.

A-Cloudy straw color with a tinge of orange. Typical hefe look with a nice frothy head.

S- This is where it gets good, big clove and banana esters right away...but not overpowering. The balance between the two is just right for the style.

T- Great balance of malty and fruity character with just enough of an acidic zest to quench your thirst and keep you wanting for another gulp...not sip! haha

M- Light body but just enough so that its not too thin and super drinkable. The zesty quality makes it very refreshing on a warm evening.

Overall: If you are a fan of the german style beers, there is nobody in america that does it better than Penn Brewing, in my opinion, and this beer is on the top of their list if you had only one to choose.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, there's a decent head of white foam, leaving irregular arcs of lace with lasting head retention. Dull dishwater color, murky brownish orange once the yeast is poured in. As blah as that is, the head never fades, which is impressive.

Soft yeastiness of clove and hints of mellow wheat aromas.

Taste is similar, "tangy clove" indeed, the commercial description is certainly accurate. Mellow and sweet with dominating clove spice, no banana, clean finish. Initial sweetness doesn't linger too long. Wheat is subdued and pleasant. Body is light to medium with a bit of a twang that leans toward the astringent side, though not on a bad way. Overall a good American weissbier, fairly middle of the road but good enough.

Thanks for this one Eric!

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Photo of searsclone
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A: Poured a murky yellow/orange color with a good fingers worth of head that settled to a nice ring, pretty good lacing from start to finish.

S: Banana with a hint of clove right up front with a touch of yeast and some lemon zest.

T: A lot like the smell... soft sweet bananas with a hit of clove a touch of lemon, and is rounded out with a amount of yeast

M: Mid to light bodied. A lot thicker than I was expecting it to be (could be the very heavy amount of sediment that came from the bottom of the bottle.

O: A very good hefe here, not a lemony as I've had in the past and a little thicker too.... Worth looking out for.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, light caramelized malts, citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and bananas. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of AMiz602
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a pretty light Weizen by all accounts. It is definitely not one of those sweet, bready creations of Germany. But it definitely looks the part.

It pours a fantastic opaque yellow, and is as cloudy as a Weizen should be.

The beer is sweet, with just a little of that "Weizen" taste that is unique to this style of beer. It has a light spiciness, coriander or such, and gets sweeter as it goes down, and is very refreshing.

By and large it is a good, lightly flavored Weizen that won't overpower you, and can drink a lot of!

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in to a smaller weizen-type glass.

Very cloudy orange color. About one finger of fluffy head. it didn't last too long, but it did leave some a little bit of lacing once it disappeared.

Pretty big yeast and banana. There's also some nice clove and spice.

The taste is very similar to the nose. It was more yeasty than anything. I'm not saying that it was a bad thing because I kicked up all the yeast in the bottle. Still pretty tasty.

It seemed a bit over carbonated. The mouthfeel was sharp and not as creamy as many other wheat beers. Overall, very smooth and drinkable. Had a very clean finish.

Not the best, but a very nice American take on the style. Now that Penn is back making quality beers (the stuff out of Wilkes-Barre wasn't that great), it would be nice to this this particular beer in a bigger bottle. A 16.9oz, perhaps? Anways, a nice PA brew.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden orange with heavy haze. Fast-fallen head without much lacing in a wet glass. My fault there. 3.0

Orange, buttery wheat, lemon zest, coriander, clove, and some estery banana. Hint of maple. Insinuatingly sweet. 4.0

Much more banana/clove and coriander spice in the taste. Fruity and semi-sweet in the middle with a spicy sparkling semi-dry finish. Slight hoppiness detectable. 4.0

Persistent carbonation. Spiky body. Still drinks good. 3.5

Probably my favorite local hefe. Penn's got the lockdown on authentic German beer styles. Recommended. 4.0

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Photo of schoolboy
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know nothing about this brewery, but their German style wheat is good. I would like to session a bunch of these to see if maybe it's better than good (or maybe not).

It's very no-descript for the style, but without doing a single thing wrong. What I am not sure of is if anything is wrong with it - that will take more consideration.

For now, it is good smelling, tasting and after tasting and the appearance is what you would expect. But it does seem very average in every way.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy yellow/orange color, small white fizzy head that fades in lightning speed, no lacing whatsoever.

Smell has a strong aroma of coriander and clove, slight hint of banana and bubblegum, as well as a dash of orange citrus.

Taste has very active carbonation that explodes in the mouth, very strong yeasty presence that leaves a bit of an off-flavor in the aftertaste, coriander and clove are the major spice notes, very thin body that's almost thirst quenching in a way.

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Photo of output01x
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a weizen glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger off-white head that dissipates after a minute or so to a faint dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy golden straw with traces of orange. Just a little lacing can be seen throughout consumption but never sticks around very long.

The nose is pretty standard for a hefeweizen. The standard aromas of wheat, bananas, and cloves are all there. Notes of bubble gum and vanilla are also noticeable.

The taste starts out with flavors of wheat, yeast, and cloves with just a little lemon zest. Upon swallowing, the clove and banana flavors come out more.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer. The body may be a bit full compared to some other hefeweizens but it really allows the flavors to present themselves. The carbonation is a little fizzy, but that should be expected from the style.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy orange...thin snow white head that disappears right away.

Smell- Bubble gum and clove up front...followed by orange and other citrus fruit.

Taste- Just delicious! Orange and just a hint of bubble gum. It honestly tastes like someone squeezed a whole orange in this beer.

Mouthfeel- Not the best...its surprisingly too thin, and it has just the faintest of alcohol burn in your throat. This is surprising, considering its only 5%.

Overall- Above average for its price/style. I am happy to have tried it, but I will not seek it out again.

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