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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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Photo of markleyc06
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of StevieW
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These seem to be available at my local gourmet grocery store for some reason...12 oz bottle, no dates. Blue label with a wheat bundle on it. ... Cloudy yellow color, bottle swirl produced a wealth of yeasty goodness on the bottom. Thick rich foamy white head. Very sweet smelling wheat, very much in the Bavarian tradition, maybe more so. Taste was subtle citrus, clove, and bananas, matched with full wheat yeast richness. Very refreshing, medium bodied. No lightweight watery finish. Crisp and clean. Above average for hefeweizen, probably the best American version I have had. Definintly give this one a try.......

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Another great beer from the Pennsylvania Brewing Company. While the majority of beers brewed in the Pittsburgh area are rather, well... shitty - most the Pennsylvania Brewing Company's beers shine above the rest, and this one is no exception. A very nice looking beer that pours a hazy, golden orange fog with with a creamy off-white head. The head dissapears quickly leaving a tiny bit of lacing. Smells of bananas, oranges, pepper and much more. A very pleasing smell indeed, and the flavor doesn't let you down. Tastes like it smells, with more hints of banana, citrus, fruits, and yeast. The mouthfeel for me is the only downside for this beer. It's not bad, but it needs more umph to it. But my god is this beer drinkable. I could chug it all hours of the day and still be quite happy with the taste. All in all, as said above, another great beer from a great brewery. Congrats Pennsylvania Breweing Company!! You've master the "American" hefe!!

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Photo of queenboadicea
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far one of the best domestic American Weiss beers that I've come across. The authentic German flavor profile is explained by the fact that they source some of their hops from Weihenstephaner, as well as adhering to German purity laws. The result is a fragrant, well-balanced beer that is a pleasure to drink. Hints of lemon and a more pronounced smell of ripe bannanas come off of the nose once it is poured.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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 jdmorgan
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer cold and on tap on a rainy midday this spring at the Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh. The beer had a typical hefe weizen golden and turbid appearance in it's 22 oz. weizen glass.The head was large and gave off a slightly fruity/citrus aroma. After a few sips I was impressed with its smoothness that still retained a bit of citrus bite to it. Also noted was a hint of spice that I felt was not too overpowering. The mouthfeel was slightly thick as one would expect from this type of beer. The drinkability was good and I enjoyed this beer from the moment I sipped it. In short, I felt that this was a quality hefe weizen available in Pittsburgh that is worth a try and is a worthy companion to a meal or by itself.

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Photo of bnmir
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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 Illinick
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The first thing that hits you is the great color of the beer. Pours out deeper in hue then some hefe-weizens. Pale, cloudy yellow/orange tint with nice white head and good head retention throughout. Good climbing carbonation-really a great beer to look at.
Smell: No surprise here: definite banana, clove with a hint of citrusy vanilla mixed in.
Taste: Great tasting hefe with all the essential flavors: banana, citrus, and complex wheat/hay/earthy spice taste to it.
Mouthfeel: Great on the palate, seemed to be a little heavier than most hefe, which is fine by me.
Drinkability: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable, can definately enjoy a few at a nice summer bbq.
Notes: An exceptional Hefe from a great brewery. You can really notice the German/Bavarian style brewing used.

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Photo of bamadog
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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 cichief
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack..finally Penn beer in Maryland.

A- Pours very cloudy, a straw yellow in color, a very thick head of foam...right on for the style.

S- It smells of cloves, banana, yeasty, maybe a little citrus.

T- It fills your mouth with the spicy cloves, banana, sweet wheat malt, and a little citrus.

M- Just a little too fizz for the style, IMO.

D- Just in time for the warm weather, this is fantastic, I will enjoy it frequently this summer!

For my money, this is the best hefeweizen brewed in the U.S.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more I sample hefeweizens from Germany, the more I grow to appreciate this US-brewed one. It pours up a very hazy mustard golden with some tinges of orange. Fluffy off-white head that sustains for about 20 seconds. Good aroma of malted wheat, clove, Weihenstaphan-cloned yeast, and a touch of banana and lemon zest. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a rich malted wheat character, clovey phenols and a crisp, citrusy, lightly tart finish. Clean yeasty character. Superbly crafted in the traditional Bavarian style. The best hefeweizen this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of stewart124
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish orange with a little haze and a fizzy white head.

Slight clove and banana esters in the nose. Earthy aromas with bits of spice.

Lots of spice and a tangy bite. Cloves and bits of banana are present but not overwhelming. There is a slight citrus feel that is refreshing on a hot day like today. Hops are barely present but add a nice noble spice to the already spicy character of this hefe. More esters start to come alive as the beer warms a bit and as my tastebuds get used to this funky yeast strain.

Soothing on the tongue and a medium mouthfeel. Body is smooth and medium. The intial taste and aftertaste are earthy and almost straw-like.

Very drinkable beer that I love on a humid summer day. I could drink a bunch of these with a smile on my face.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a bounteous head that hangs around and provides great lacing

Smell: Strong aromatics of banana and coriander with a touch of clove

Taste: Starts with a fulsome wheat bready flavor that is joined, mid-palate by the banana esters; the finish brings on the herbal aromatic flavors of clove and coriander

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: This is one of the rare domestic hefes that can hold a candle to its German cousins; this one, in fact, can compete with the best of them

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Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is a cloudy copper, with a good white head. The smell is yeast and bananaish. The taste is very strong banana/clove, and it's also much sweeter than a lot of the other hefes. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. As for drinkability, definitely could have quite a few of these.

Another fantastic beer from Penn Brewery. This hefeweizen may well be one of the best made in America. It's truly an honor to have a beer this good made so close to here, and I certainly will be drinking Penn Weizen in the future.

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Photo of Deano_53
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I would give this an outstanding rating except there isn't much foam when pours into a glass.

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Photo of hyland24
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the month club selection for March.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer poured a hazy straw color with almost a two inch head of white foam.

The smell was pure bananas with a hint of vanilla, delicious.

The taste was banana peel that fades into a sweet malty, bready finish. I found the beer sweetened even more as it warmed up. What a great tasting beer.

The beer is medium bodied and slightly oily coating the mouth with that great banana taste. It was bready, almost chewy and finished creamy smooth.

Go out and buy this beer. It is delicious and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-nice cloudy yellow and bubbling leaves thin white head and planety of lacing.

S-smell is of wheat, yeast and sweet citrus.

T-slighty hoppy but mostly yeasty with accents of citrus. aftertaste is sweet and bready-makes you crave more.

M- good. medium carbonation with medium weight body. smooth.

D- this is good with a good mouthfeel very good and easy to drink.

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