Penn Weizen | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
379 Ratings
Penn WeizenPenn Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
379
Reviews:
239
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.08%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 239
Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WestPAWalker
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of envinoveri
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of americanjones
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of markleyc06
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

 1,241 characters

Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cujim
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of kp29
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of purppy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brewsadedotcom
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Tessa
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JESantiago
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Freggs
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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!

 771 characters

Photo of Bfleming1281
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More