Penn Weizen | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Penn WeizenPenn Weizen
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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 nasty15108
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
I aquired this beer in a trade with Hyland24.

A - Looked like a glass of murky swamp water. It was a cloudy light yellow color with a finger or two of off-white head. Not much light getting through at all.

S - Very yeasty, like country bread. I also got hints of ripe fruit (banana)and some citrus.

T - Lots of yeast up front, followed by a sweet almost banana-lke flavor. It wasn't like real bananna though, it was more like banana candy, like bananna Now & Laters, or Laffy Taffy. I also detected a tiny bit of citric bitterness in the finish.

MF&D - The sweetness was good, but not overpowering and the flavor coated my mouth well. This beer came to me very highly touted, I would have to say it lived up to its billing. My only regreat is having only 1 bottle to sample, I think this one would have gotten even better after a few more.

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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 kp29
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 MmmIPA
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So far Ive had four of the Penn beers and they have all been very solid and tasty.

Poured into a weizen glass.Nice two finger white head,yellow,cloudy and very carbonated body.

Clove,banana,and Neco's the candy smell.

The taste is the same as the smell.

Mouthful is very light and delicate and refreshing.

This is a solid beer that I will have to try again.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow, a plop of yeast that came out of the bottom of the bottle caused it to be very cloudy. Thin white head that lasted a while. Taste is medium banana sweet up front, turning wheat and clove mid-body, before finishing clove/light lemon tart. Light body, fairly crisp, with moderately high carbonation. Good hefe.

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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 Dirk_Chappelle
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of PSUDREW
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color, with the aroma of fresh cut grass
cloudy orange / yellow in color. little head, almost no lacing.

The taste is a pleasent mix of clove and citrus, mixed with a slight banana flavor, Honeslty, the bananna flavor si there, as is w/ most hefe, but it is in no way dominant. that please belongs to clove/citrus presence.

All ina ll, a pleasent, aggreeable beer. While it is noting to knock you socks off w/, it can be an enjoable summer brew

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with no drink by date, but, interesting instructions on how to pour the beer. The pour results in a cloudy golden orange color topped by a 2 finger white head. The head stays around for a good while before dissipating to a thin topper; very little lacing. The carbonation is heavy with many rising bubbles and yeast sediment floating around the glass.

The aroma is an orange-banana and other fruits with a taste very similar. There is only a mild lingering hop flavor. There is also some champagne like characteristics along with some orange notes.

The mouthfeel is very tangy and loaded with carbonation.

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Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Bone53
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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 AWS2111
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of searsclone
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 krisandajt
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow. Foamed up with well over an inch of head, but it faded quickly. What's left is a mildy bubbly top with an almost soapy like lacing.

Smell: Smell is typical of the style. You can smell the yeast, and there are slight hints of citrus to it.

Taste: Very crisp, clean taste. Nice mild malty sweetness, with tastes of citrus (lemon?) and yeasty goodness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. Right at home on a warm summer night...even though I'm enjoying mine on a cold winters night. Smooth, fresh, good.

Drinkability: Although I am not a huge fan of this style, it is a tasty brew. I can see myself drinking this on more than one occasion.

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Photo of mjc410
2.64/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer, in a shaker pint, is a cloudy medium-darl yellow, with a lasting one finger white head. The nose is a bit peppery, and loaded with diacetyl. Taste is very clovey, peppery, with a buttery diacetyl overload. There is a nice, strong banana flavor, though, but it's still sub-par. Mouth is thick, but carbonation is too low. This beer is too clovey, not wheaty enough.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite impressed with this beer. Potentially one of the finest Amercian made Hefe's. Wonderful presentation, with a nice high head. It has that nice clove, banna flavor, with a certian snap to it. I feel it is close to German quality. It doesn't have that tang to it- sorta of lets down in the middle. However, it is smooth and delicious, and certianly is one of easiest beers to put down.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy golden colour with a nice white foamy head. Seems to be a bit carbonated as the bubbles continue to race to the top. Smells a bit sweet with the typical banana-clove scent of a German Hefe. Taste continues the olfactory sensations, with banana, clove, bubblegum and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit crisp due to the carbonation. A very drinkable beer and probably the best American German Style Hefe I have had. Definately on my summer heavy rotation list

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Photo of output01x
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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 99bottles
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Served in a pint glass, this hefeweizen is a dirty yellowish brown color and has noticeable haze. The head initally came about an inch tall, and soon clumped and moved and finally broke into spitter spatter blotches that looked like mold growing on the surface of a liquid. I love it.

Smell: A murky scent of wheat and yeast, very unique. This isn't a dumbed down American hefe, this is a authentic recreation of the real thing.

Taste: This beer exhibits many flavors, the first and most obvious being the spice of cloves and a taste of pepper. The yeast takes credit for the nice fruitiness, light notes of lemon and banana rise and are beaten back by the twang of the spices. Very murky, very real, and I'm not sure it can be beat when had fresh off a tap. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and well rounded. Low to moderate carbonation, easy to sip. Quite refreshing when served cold.

Drinkability: Very very good, especially on tap. I wish I could get big old Weiss glasses of this. Unfortunately, I found it at a college bar which doesn't offer special glasses. Very tasty, very refreshing.

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Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of DerekP
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A glowing amber look. Decent lacing, not a lot of head.

Awesome smell of banana muffins. Yeasty.

Delicious taste - a good amount of wheat, a lot of sweet bananas. Clove.

A very nice medium body. A solid mouthfeel.

Definitely one of Penn Brewery's best.

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Photo of dbaraniak
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BMESSER88
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nsmartell
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer while enjoying the nice spring weather. From the bottle I received from the micro of the month club to a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with minimal head.

Smell: Light banana and citrus.

Taste: Just what the smell suggests. Tastes of banana with some citrus. Good, but not exciting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Nice easy drink. Based upon some of the other reviewers perhaps mine wasn't as fresh as it could be and would definitely try again.

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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 66.9% out of 100 with 381 ratings
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