Penn Weizen | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

very good
379 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.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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 horshack7
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very hazy golden yellow with a foamy head that is around an inch tall.

Aroma: Bananas, clove, fruity esters, hops let out sharp spice aroma. A decent amount of breadiness and buttery texture from the malts. A little bit of alcohol underlying that are phenols straight from the yeast.

Taste: Breadiness is up front along side the hops which release fruity esters with a nice bit of dryness. Malts are buttery and biscuity the mouthfeel is pleasantly smooth.

Notes: A well rounded Hefeweizen a tasty beer overall. Cheers.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden straw with a one finger head

S: Clove, belgian spices, coriander , pale malts

T: Banana , Clove, belgian yeast and coriander mixing with a mild pale malt presence.

M: Thin to medium body with a light carbonation.

O: this was a nice beer. It slightly surprised me and I may have had lower expectations out of it only because I had never heard of the Penn Brewing Company. I learned a little bit about it and it turns out they have been around a long while which is most likely why the 'Hype' has died out on its beers.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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 ActonBrewer
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- nice head from the pour. lingered nicely. slightly cloudy gold.

S- yeasty and spicey. A little stanky smelling.

T- A little over filtered tasting. Left a metallic taste on my palate. Spiceyness and breadiness throughout.

M- A little lighter than expected.

O-Not horrible, but not that great. It's a shame that people say this brewery has gone down hill. From what others have noted these beers were incredible examples of traditional German styles.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.


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Photo of StBoisterous
4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy golden color, slightly orange.

S - Very pleasant aroma, slight citrus smell, hint of banana. One of the best smelling Hefeweizen ales I have enjoyed.

T - Hints of citrus with a pleasant bananna bread & clove flavor. Has a well balanced taste.

M - Goes down quick, fairly light, leaves some carbonation behind for a tingly feeling.

D - Light, smooth, very drinkable. A very well balanced ale, with an exceptional flavor and aroma. This has got to be one of my all time favorite ales. One of the best I have ever tasted!

Serving type: bottle (poured into glass)

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Paulys55, I finally get to try a bunch of traditional German-style beers brewed in Pennsylvania. This was the second one of them I cracked open (after Stoudt's Heifer-in-Wheat).

Appearance: Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my half-liter generic weissbier glass, Penn Weizen honestly doesn't look perfect. Hefeweizens can range in color from a muddy, almost green-tinged yellow to a bright, effervescent orange, and this one leans slightly toward the green-tinged end of the spectrum. Still, the old "weizen pour" produces a typically impressive three- to four-finger head, with moderate retention throughout drinking.

Smell: Very nice overall, if not absolutely flawless. The first thing that hits me is a sour-ish wheaty twang, which initially is a bit off-putting. Shortly thereafter, I get the usual complement of hefeweizen aromas: sweet banana, clove, yeasty bread, and a vague whiff of vanilla.

Taste: I'm very pleasantly shocked -- flavor-wise, this stuff is up there with the finest hefeweizens I've ever had, from both sides of the pond! Penn Weizen delivers everything presaged by its nose, but that wheaty "funk" is way in the background, while the vanilla is almost as prominent as the cloves. Oh, man, this is good stuff!

Mouthfeel: Plays perfectly with the flavor -- copious effervescence helps to fill the mouth and elevate the beer's inherent wholesome sweetness. That, combined with a typical-for-weizens low serving temperature, makes this a short-lived glass of beer -- it invites you to guzzle it down.

Overall: Although the appearance isn't stellar, and the nose highlights the beer's least pleasant flavor component, everything else about Penn Weizen absolutely sings. While not QUITE as flawless as Live Oak Hefeweizen, I wouldn't hesitate to pit those two beers against one another, particularly if both were served fresh and on tap. Penn Weizen is highly recommended to all fans of wheat beer...and, really, to anybody who "gets" hefeweizens in general!

Note: Before trying this beer, I had heard from a number of people that Penn's quality had drastically declined since they changed ownership sometime fairly recently. To tell you the truth, I had no idea such a change had taken place...this is the first time I've ever had a Penn beer.

With that in mind, if this is a noticeable step DOWN from what the beer used to be, then it must have been one of the greatest hefeweizens in the world prior to that widely perceived decline in quality. If anybody out there reads this and can speak to that objectively (i.e., is this beer truly any worse than it was a couple of years ago?), please drop me a Beer Mail!

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Photo of bamadog
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is from notes taken on 6/4/2011 and had on tap at the brewery, poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Pour comes out a creamy/milky/dull banana yellow and it starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger white head with decent retention; body is very murky/cloudy with sediment floating around; head fades to a thin, full and even cap and some patches of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fantastic smell -- smooth, creamy banana -- I mean, so creamy and "thick" smelling that it reminds me of banana pudding; touch of clove-like spiciness to it and a bit of a grainy wheatiness as well.

Taste: Fantastic as well -- big, smooth and sweet banana (again I'm reminded of banana pudding); touch of clove spiciness and a bit of the grainy wheatiness as well; at the end, there is just a touch of an herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spot-on carbonation that keeps it lively, yet it stays smooth and creamy; a thin, moist coating lingers for a moment and it really holds the yeasty banana flavors as well.

Overall: I would dare say that this is a world class beer and that I could drink it all day long during any season of the year. Excellent scents and flavors with an easy drinking, smooth body... Awesome.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades quickly over super hazy peach orange wheat colored beer.

Nose is plenty of hefe, tons of wheat, light toasty, banana, clove, spices, citrus, little yeast, not bad.

Taste brings citrus to start, again plenty of hefe, little banana, clove, coriander, spices, little creamy wheat, toasty, finishes fairly dry with lingering wheat, spices, and citrus, and a toasty pilsner like malt flavor way on the back end of the finish.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, grainy, with decent carbonation but lower than I expected for the style.

Overall not bad, good nose, flavors a good, would have liked a bit more carbonation, but otherwise good and drinkable.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a traditional weizen glass.

A- This thing has a HUGE head on it. I counted more than 5 fingers on this beer. Thick foam but it seems to die out quickly but a good fingers worth lingers throughout. Champagne style bubbles racing up the glass from the bottom.

Golden color with just a touch of cloudiness.

S- yeasty banana bread, some spicy floral notes and cloves.

T- Banana is the main flavor to me. just a hint of spice like a clove/cinnamon. Not too strong though. kinda sweet flavor. The finish doesn't stick around very long. You have to keep drinking to keep the flavor on your palate.

M- Seems light to me. not very heavy but it has a bite to it.

O- Not a bad beer. Its drinkable thanks to it's sweetness but the lack of lingering flavor is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a big white foamy head. Head dissipates as you drink. Some lace.

Wow. Clove, some tropical fruit, wheat and yeast. Very nice for a domestic.

Sweet wheat, yeasty flavors, sweet breadiness, some spicy kick, light bitterness, mild bitter and grain finish. Well done.

Bummed a bit by mouthfeel. Seems a little mushy. Lighter bodied but feels like a sip is sucking away the head. Not a nice cake-like head, but pure big bubbled foam. A minor bitch on my part, but it is what it is.

Really good domestic hefe. Never saw this before, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of gfreed
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Even when poured with a good deal of violence, I could only generate a moderate head from the bottle. When's the last time I had a German-style wheat beer that didn't have a head the height of a giant stick of cotton candy? What head there was faded quickly. No fun. Has a nice cloudy color and a promising clovey aroma, but in the end is rather thin in the body and light on the dense flavors one would expect in this style. A promising prospect that needs work.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 14 May 2011
Glass: Standard nonic
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured gently, producing a brief 1-finger head which reduces to nothing, no lacing, typical weissbier cloudy yellow with a touch of orange.

Aroma is loaded with Bavarian malted wheat, followed by very bitter orange citrus, touches of clove and banana. Taste has well-balanced sweet wheat, lots of banana, ends with that ubiquitous wheat aftertaste, and a combo of orange and lemon. Very crisp mouthfeel, heavy flavors don't last long, but that only makes me want another sip. Excellent session beer as we dive into the summer weather.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in Franziskaner Weiss glass.

A: Big fluffy head from a forceful pour. Clear golden color. Gave the bottle a swirl and added the yeast. Color becomes a bright cloudy orange. Very attractive. Head retention could be a little better.

S: Pretty typical aroma for a German-style wheat. Sweet bread. Some banana. Hints of clove. Maybe a touch of mint?

T: Sweet bready malt. Banana-clove. Some citrus. Just the faintest nip of hops provides balance. Missing that zesty little zing that is present in my favorite wheat beers.

M: Smooth, yet slightly spritzy. Light bodied.

O: I've always had a soft spot for this beer and the case that I recently purchased has been full of delicious nostalgia. There are many beers in this category that are much better and most of them are brewed in Germany. If you ever have a chance to grab one do doesn't get much better than hanging out in the biergarten at the Penn Brewery with a tall glass of Weizen and a hefty dose of sunshine. This is one of my summertime favorites. Low abv and big flavor usually means that I want to drink unlimited amounts of this stuff.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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 thebeerisgood
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: A nice bready aroma with light citrus

Appearance: Golden wheat colored and hazy with a frothy white head

Taste: Lightly toasted malt, bread, crackers, with hints of citrus and clove. A bit of tang also comes through on this

Mouthfeel: Nice light feeling with good carbonation, and no alcohol burn at all

Overall: Great light weizen and very smooth. At 4%, this would be very refreshing on a hot summer day

Notes: This is my first beer from Penn Brew Co, as well as from Clubs of America, which turned out to be a great first impression from both. This was a really solid beer, something I would be open to picking up from my local bottle shop on occasion if they had it, but it isn't available in this area. This brew has also won numerous awards in the craft beer community, most notably the Gold medal in 2000 at the Great American Beer Festival.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy yellowish orange color, very big pillowy white head. Very nice classic hefe scent, fairly banana-y. Same with the taste, wheat, clove, banana, light touch of hops. Kinda sharp on the tongue. Pretty impressive, not quite on par with the classic german hefes but solid.

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Photo of bnmir
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tab at the brewery.
Classic cloudy straw in color with a thick persistent head. Excellent aromoa banana forward with nice clove. No sulfur aroma.
Low bitterness barely noticeable behind the hints of citrus. Yeast flavors predominate but the breadiness lingers on the tongue fading to clove.
Medium bodied but with surprising drinkability.

Can't wait to try their weizenbock in the works!

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Photo of jmyers89
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, and a nice rich gold color

S-Bananas, Clove,( thats all I could get, recovering from a cloged nose)

T- Bananas, pears, a good sweetness, and a nice clove flavor to smack you're tougne at the end

M- Smooth, silky, and rich

D- very good, def. drink a 12 pack of this

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Photo of cooch69
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Hefeweizen pours a striking multilayered deep cloudy yellow. There are some big floaters in here with a nice frothy head.

Nose is really tutti fruity, sweet bubble gum, and some sourness and acidity. Very in your face for a lighter beer.

Taste is pretty clovy, and slightly sweet with some tutti frutti banana bubble gum chicklets.

Mouthfeel is exeptional. One of the best in the business. It is so creamy that it puts cream of wheat to shame. So smooth that your charmins will be jealous. 10/5 for feel.

This beer without a doubt puts Penn Brewery at position #1 for PA acording to my experiences. There beers may not be the biggest or the baddest but they are for sure the tastiest.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice white head in the weizen glass. However, not too much retention as it fades quickly. Nose is light citrus and clove with a bit of grain. The taste has the grain really take over and not much of the yeast comes through. Feel is light. Not too drinkable as the notes from the nose really don't come through and this is quite ordinary.

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Photo of david18
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 379 ratings.
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