Penn Weizen | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

very good
380 Ratings
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.

Added by SheepNutz on 03-06-2002

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Ratings: 380 |  Reviews: 238
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Brewing focuses on brewing quality German-style beers. Their Weizen hits a solid triple. Visually it's a bit disappointing. It's just kind of blah. But the smell is spot on with a nice balance of yeast, bread, clove, and lemon. The first sip bites hard with a crisp bitterness. Lemon quickly emerges and then transitions into the hearty bread flavor at the back of the throat. Throughout is clove. The exhale has that nice wheat undertone. Lemon and yeast linger on the tongue.

The Weizen is definitely great. But it's just missing a bit of something to make it perfect.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun golden cloudy body. White head that starts out big and agressive but dissipates quickly, no lace but seems well carbonated.
Invitingly fresh scent of sweet clover honey, pumpkin and faint bananas with a shot of alcohol and spice.
Some apricot and cherry in the taste which gives way to your classical weizen flavors of sweet spiced pumpkin and banana.
Decent mountfeel, some astringency and yeast grain. Coating not too much or weak.
Good drinkability, true to the style and an enjoyable beer. Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle.


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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, I'm very impressed by my fellow Pennsylvania brewers and I place Pennyslvania Brewing Company among my favorites. Leading the pack of fine beers that I've tasted so far from Pennsylvania Brewing Company is their Penn Weizen. This is a classic hefeweizen true to style and tradition sporting everything you expect from a finely crafted hefe. I found this glass of Penn Weizen, and subsequent glasses, difficult to put down because after each swallow, I was too impatient to wait for the next taste.

Cloudy as it should be and the yeast characters are just in there injecting the fruity esters and tangy bite to support the crisp, refreshing maltiness. Lovely, sweet complexity throughout the glass.

I've had this beer both on tap and poured from a bottle and the tap experience is noticeably better. However, I'm a fan of this beer regardless of the packaging.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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