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.

Added by SheepNutz on 03-06-2002

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Ratings: 381 |  Reviews: 238
Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of allboutbierge
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive tried to review this beer earlier and I just couldnt get a review out--had trouble noting flavors and such so beer gods you may have to forgive me for this one. Color is golden and bright with an equally bright head. Flavors and aromas of cloves, banana, a little lemon, and some other fruit flavors are there. The same characteristics show up in the flavor along with bready yesty notes. Fairly drinkable as well if weizens are your thing...they arent necessarily for me though--one or two yes, but after that gimme an IPA or APA.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jeanphony
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- standard cloudy yellow-orange amber with a poofy white head that could stand to be just a bit poofier. minimal lace. foam holds a thick dish throughout the glass.

S- well water and fragrant yeast aromas of banana and clove. white bread and a floral sweetness also.

T- bready flavor with some banana sweetness and bubblegum notes. flavor is good, but lacks the depth found in exceptional german examples. finishes yeasty and slightly dry with an aftertaste of sweet red bell pepper.

MF- soft creamy body with tight, lazily rolling carbonation. slight powdery feel on the cheeks.

D- refreshing and thirst quenching. another true-to-style offering from penn brewing.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy straw yellow with a creamy head and thin lace.

S- very delicate notes of banana and clove, yeasty bread.

T- really soft flavors, creamy mouthfeel, incredibly drinkable. The light carbonation pairs well with the delicate banana sweetness.

O- This is the definition of a session beer. So refreshing, drinkable, and at only 4% ABV, you can easily put back 3 or 4 of these during the game.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy, golden yellow with tons of carbonation and a fluffy 2 finger head that only settles into a half inch head for the entire duration. Plenty of sticky citrus, banana, and vanilla esters are present. Tastes pretty good. Creamy and smooth with a zesty citrus flavor that leaves a semi-dry linger on the back of the tongue and palate. It parachutes evenly starting from the middle of the tongue and ending up on all corners. Very nice Bavarian brew from a true German style brewery in western Pennsylvania.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat glass pours an amazing cloudy pale yellow that has a nice 2 finger head and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.
Smell is of sun dried wheat with hints of fresh crop and outdoor.
Taste is smooth and refreshing with a taste of juicy fruit gum and a bit of staw and orange peel. This is a damn fine hefe and highly recommended.

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Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, murky, bubbly lemon yellow that darkens in the center column. Two fingers of whipped egg white head sustains for a solid spell. Lacing is voluminous, textured, and sticky.

The aroma is classic, with banana cream pie, clove, and tangy sweet hard candy. A yeasty bite gives a sourdough impression as well.

Upon tasting, a progression of elements marches through, with tangy wheat, sweet candy, and a bit of citrus holding court. Also prevalent are spicy clove, creamy banana, and a glimmer of Bazooka bubble gum. A doughy yeastiness carries through near the close, before a finish that lingers with a crisp, clean, understated bitterness. It's a very good American version of a Bavarian classic.

Light to medium bodied, it feels a bit slick and clingy, not to mention effervescent, and the result is a satisfying presence.

I'll echo the notes of others here and say that this is likely one of the finer offerings from America in this style. It's not spectacular or daring, but rather it delivers just what you want from it. It drinks smooth, happily, and with a nice touch or elan. I'll admit, I am partial to the style, but I think that might make me more critical. No matter, there's just nothing here for me to criticize. Bring me another, if you will, Hilda!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer glows in my glass as a somewhat olive-brown golden orange haze topped by an initially towering head which turns fairly immediately to an 1/8 inch layer. Little bits of spotty lace are left around the rim. Nose is fresh, brisk and rather pleasant. Aromas include lemon zest, pepper among other spice, wild farm-like flowers, cream, fresh doughy bread, and of course bananas. Flavors include a semi-surprising but welcome amount of chewy Germany malts, spice, banana, tropical-like other fruits, and some almost syrupy lemon. Texture if very nice probably especially if you drink it at a good pace and don't let the carbonation flat out (which should certainly not be a problem). The texture is comprised of fine carbonation bubbles, smooth + creamy, and is somewhat frothy. Very drinkable as well.

A solid and pleasantly sniffable hefe and not to mention, a good option when you're looking for this style.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle bought tonight at Bierkraft.

A: Almost no head, but I think it was because of my lackluster pour. Looks like apple cider. Translucent.
S: Banana and fruity flavors.
T: Bananas, Pineapple and other fruity. Citrus. Very tasty flavors.
MF: High carbonation. Full bodied. Fizzy.
D: Medium drinkability. The high carbonation makes it less drinkable.

My favorite American Hefe Weizen. It reminds me a lot of Tucher.

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Photo of shivtim
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful hazy orange-gold, with a decent white head that faded slowly. The nose is all wheat, with just a bit of clove. The taste is stong on orange/citrus, but with a nice yeasty spiciness that comes through for a great finish. The mouth feel is good, with lots of little bubbles and typical weizen sharpness. Definately a drinkable beer.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy pale orange/golden color, with a great head when poured well.

S: Very wheaty with a hint of citrus

T: Starts with a nice amount of carbonation on your tongue, then hits with citrus and fruity notes. Finishes with malty wheat flavor.

M: Nicely carbonated at the start, gradually dries out towards the end.

D: Nothing especially drinkable, but a nicely balanced Hefeweizen.

N: My favorite from Penn Brewing Co. to date. A nicely balanced beer with a great wheaty taste and refreshing citrus notes.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I recently re-visited the Penn brewing offerings. For some reason I wasn't impressed the first go through. Obviously my palate has evolved because this hefe kicked some ass the second time around. Poured into a pils glass it forms a loose white head that fades to a thin covering and minimal lace. Tons of carbonation.

This is highly sweet even within a sometimes sweet style. Cloying at times. Cloves and Bananna and light exotic type fruits mix with a hop presence that really only comes through in the mouthfeel. Some orange rind/zest fills out the rest of this fine offering. Carbonation is sizzling, a bit too much in my opinion as it has the pop rock fizzy jones.

I liked it alot. I can see how this would be too sweet to some but I think the carbonation really sizzles away the lingering residual sweetness. Pretty yeasty as well and I'm a big fan of that in a hefe. All told I was pleasantly surprised to like an offering that I didn't like just 1 year ago. upper 3's if it wasn't for the lackluster appearance and pop rock mouthfeel.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint. I know, the wrong glassware, but it was the only glass available.

A pale hazy weizen, but clearer than some other examples. White head. Looks good.

Smells of delicious banana and clove. Standard quality weizen smell.

Tastes of clove, banana, some lemony zest, wheat, barley, nondescript balancing hops. Surprisingly flavorful considering how clear and light-bodied.

Mouthfeel might be on the thin side, but it works.

Extremely drinkable. A solid hefe, but it doesn't necessarily stand out from it's peers.

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Photo of ski271
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Penn Brewery with a fairly good lunch. It was served in a 22oz. weizen glasses. It is a cloudy light orangish-yellow with a large slightly off-white, mostly-diminishing head. Aroma was disturbed by the presence of a lemon wedge on the rim. I took the lemon off and wiped off the rim as best as I could, but still I found the aroma to be rather lemony. Not sure if any of that came from the beer or all from the wedge. I also caught a fairly strong clove aroma and a hint of banana over top of a mild doughy smell. The taste is also citrusy, more orange than lemon. The clove presence is still strong, along with pepper and a hint of apple more towards the finish. The finish is nice and clean, lingering but not as long in duration as I thought it would be. Instead, it was slightly astringent, ending it with a nice little zing. The mouthfeel was light and velvety, maybe a little too light for me but still very enjoyable. This is a very drinkable beer, and by Penn Brewery serving it with a lemon wedge, it made me think of how good it would be on a hot summer day... to bad it was February when I tried it, guess I’ll have to go back. I’m not a big fan of weizens, but this was one of the best American-made weizens I have had recently. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with half a finger of white head. Poor retention. Adding the sediment makes it completely opaque, even milky, like nothing I've seen before. Also added considerable head. Good lacing.

S - Banana, hint of clove. Bit of yeast and some lemon zest.

T - Follows the nose, but with more emphasis on the lemon and clove. Swirling and pouring in the huge amount of sediment brings a bready flavor and a good deal of yeast taste, rounding it out a bit.

M - Light body, refreshing. Good carbonation.

O - Overall this is a hefe I've only had a handful of times, but I love it. This is on the short list for my favorite warm-weather beers. Never seen so much sediment!

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Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a visit to Cranberry Township PA.I don't think It's avaliable around here.Pours a cloudy gold with an orange tint. Thin white head, not much retention and just a bit of laceing. Smell is of clove and bananna. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is clove and bananna up front with a yeasty spicy finish. I wish this beer was available in Western NY!

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Photo of Pete9094
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the gold standard for American Hefe's. Beer pours with a hazy hue an rocky,white head.Spicy,clove smell is apparent on first smell. Carbonation is high but is ok. Spritzy mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing! I will put this up against any German hefe. I always find myself gravitating back to this wonderful brew. Great stuff!!!

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Photo of Pleepleus
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a pilsner glass a murky yellow with a half inch of fluffy white head. It had an earthy bread-like aroma with the sweetness of bananas. Taste was bananarama, citrusy wheats and spicy cloves. Cloves were prominent in aftertaste. The carbonation makes this lively and it finishes crisp. This is a very drinkable. I am not big on the wheat beers but the bananas make this one quite palatable. I would recomend this one to all to at least try.

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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 381 ratings
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