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PENNdemonium - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PittBeerGirl on 05-20-2007

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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 104
Photo of jmdrpi
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on draft. appears copper colored, not much head. as expected, the malt flavors dominate, not really much contribution from hops. this was okay, just a bit bland.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear orange-amber color with a thick one finger white head that has good retention. The head fades over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose of the beer is sweet and fruity with heavy notes of apricot, peach, and apple as well as a good showing of a sugary caramel smell. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a bready and doughty smell along with a little bit of a hop aroma of a grassy and floral nature.

Taste – The taste begins less sweet then would have been anticipated from the nose, but does contain a decent amount of caramel and a lighter fruitiness of peach and apricot. Along with these flavors is a good showing of a bready flavor. As the taste advances the caramel decreases with the bready fruity flavors getting slightly stronger and being joined by some grainy pale malt flavors. The caramel loses much intensity by the tastes end, but is replaced by a new light apple flavor that develops later in the profile. All the while some quite light hop flavors of a grassy and floral nature develop on the tongue and, with the other flavors, end up leaving a smooth, somewhat grainy, fruit sweetened, bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and chewier body is fantastic for the bigger bready flavors of the brew all while the lower carbonation helps to allow for the lighter hop flavors to be sensed and to nicely complement the fruity and malty tastes of the brew.

Overall – A rather tasty Maibock overall. Thick and bready with a good showing of fruit and just enough hop to keep it more balanced and rather enjoyable. Quite tasty.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light coppery cider amber color with a dense cap.

Apple-y malts, treacle, helles bock golden grain, light mustiness, stone fruit, and some earthy Noble hops. Very aromatic.

Follows the nose with pomme bang and apricot candy. Sturdy barley malts with a zesty and spicy hop presence. Treacle finish with a Euro throw.

Drinks smoothly, but alcohol is a nuisance. Alcohol hype, all getting in the way when I wanna slug.

Solid maibock. Recommended.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-06-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 1.25-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Fresh peach flesh, pils malt, light yeast and light hop floral. Quite pleasant but not very strong.

T - Plantain, peach, orange, light malt, lightly-toasted white bread, grass. Finishes dry with a pleasant, lingering orange zest bitterness and balancing malt/fruit sweetness (but not-too-sweet).

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Fairly crisp.

O - A very enjoyable lager and one that I'd be glad to have again.

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Photo of DerekP
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 3/8/13

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased for $6 at Guntown Beer in Canonsburg, PA.

Grassy nose from the bottle. In a pilsner glass, lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Frothy white head with lacing sticking to the glass. The body is a light bronze color with hints of amber-orange under the light. The head is beginning to recede.

A caramely, spicy hops flavor blend up front during the first taste. Bread crust, crackers, pepper, booze and ginger ale. A cough syrup-esque, waxy, even chalky film has begun to form on my tongue (subsides later on).

Spicy in the nose with a little sweetness. Lively yeast aroma, pepper mint and wet grass. Herbal, savory and warm.

Some might say syrupy, but I find this to be very smooth in the finish.


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Photo of stakem
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks are due to Eric for hooking me up with a couple Penn brews that I haven't had before. This brew appears a hazed golden copper color with a finger of off-white to yellowish stained head. As the cap recedes, it leaves some webby lacing effect on the glassware.

The smell is sweet with a bit of candy corn aspect which is just in time for the halloween season. More smells reveal yet more sweetness that is more in line with belgian candy sugar than anything else. There is a bit of caramel to toffee grain inclusion along with a bit of fruity to floral hops and an alcohol ester poking its way through.

The taste is sweet with the previously described candy corn aspect. Some caramel and toffee combine with floral hop elements, mild citrus to zesty bitterness and some fruity alcohol esters. This brew is all about the sweetness upfront, alcohol mid palate and finishes with some bitterness of the hops that just isn't quite enough to keep this brew in check.

It is a medium bodied offering flirting with being more heavy than it should be. It displays a modest to lower level of carbonation and has quite a sticky sweet feel to it that while understandable for the style is a bit too exaggerated. Overall it wasn't a terrible offering but I would not be in a hurry to try this again either.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strawberry blond pour with a nice head and great retention. Hop aromas and almost an Oktoberfest malt scent on the nose. Clear looking. Clear taste which is really smooth. A little too hoppy for a Maibock. Has more of an APA feel on the back. It's not a bad brew just would like the hops to be calmed a bit and the color a bit darker.

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Photo of Alkey
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a large 12 fl oz bottle a clear golden color with lots of bubbles but no foam.

Smell has a hint of earthy hop and some sweet bread aroma also.

Taste is bitter at first but is washed away by a watery sweet malty flavor.

I had this brew before in a couple bombers and it had a harsh bitterness but the sampler case taste much better this time. Very smooth and drinkable for an 8%.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh.

Appearance: Darkish orangish color with a little head, some bubbles...

Smell: flowery toasted hops, not too hoppy

Taste: Pretty nicely bodied, with some nice flavor. Not too bitter (I don't like bitter beers) Overall, I was surprised. I thought it was an IPA when I ordered it (I don't like IPAs). But it turned out to be one of my favorite Penn beers.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan/yellow, 2 inch cream head, lots of lacing and carbination.

SMell - Wheat, sugars, yeast,tons of malts. Some carmal and lots of grain/grassy armoa.

Taste - Right on par with the smell, very malty and wheaty, with orange, pineapple cherry and apricots. Honey and carmal are a huge flavor also. Beer is rounded out with some hops, lemon and spices. Sugars are present. Has a peppery finish and some warmth.

Mouthfeel - Its thin but does coat mouth with mentioned flavors. Tounge gets alot of the malts and fruits. Palette gets sugar, and some dry yeast. Alcohol warms mouth some but nothing too serious.

Overall - Pretty sweet yea sneaky strong for a summer beer. This one could end up getting you in trouble. The sweet fruits add some serious drinkibilty. Its a fun beer, and tasty but not for the week of heart, i would prefer a wit or summer wheat beer with 4-6% alcohol on a summer day, this would be a good closer or after the sun went down.

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Photo of nukem5
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful copper color not quite as dark as its fall cousin Oktoberfest/Marzen with a slightly thinner head.

S: Big malts hit the nose with brutal force and very little as far as hops go there is a light floral scent but not much.

T: Big and malty as expected litely bittered but sweet and candy like ,slightly boozy, Caramel thrown in there .

M: Medium bodied slightly alcoholic and tingly on the tongue.

O: Definitely drinkable and did have a few will certainly have to get more before they disappear. Maybe a growler or two think it would be a great beer to cook with.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber color with a small off-white foam head with excellent retention. There is nice lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of caramel, bread, brown sugar and wheat. Very potent scents very inviting.

T: Beer starts off with a big amount of caramel and bread. Very creamy and thick. The middle and back-end is where it started to go down hill. There is a slight metallic taste that creeps in, which is obviously not intended to be there. Also on the back end is a mild undertone of citrus hops.

M: Nicely carbonated medium bodied beer. A little watery on the back end. Wish it had the same thick creaminess it started off with.

O: Not sure if the bottle was 'bad'. Will certainly give it another shot and will re-review as necessary.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to fatheads this is an "Imperial Pilsner"

A - Pours a dark amber with a nice foamy white head.

S - Mostly hops and slight wheat base with aggressive grain. Very light smell.

T - For some reason the caramel malt speaks to me in this one, hops aside, ABV aside, it's all just grain and caramel.

M - Medium to heavy. I found myself sipping on this for at least a half an hour.

Overall I got to recommend this to someone who likes pilsners and it was OK for him. Just glad I got to try this for 3.00 than 8 bucks a 22oz.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the tap.

Appearance: PENNdemonium pours with a huge pillowy head and lace. A dark gold body and carbonation rising from the bottom.

Smell: Light fruit, bready malts, faint banana.

Taste: Bready/Honey like malt. Flash of noble, herbal hop. Light citrus. Hint of warming booze. Distant Bubblegum. Wheat malt? Finishes bittersweet. Overall this beer is light in flavor but everything there is nice, and it can do some damage since the alcohol is so well disguised.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fine, a bit thin but not too bad.

Drinkability: The sticker on the tap handle remarks "You Have Been Warned" and the simple fact is this is a light flavored, easy drinking beer with alot of ABV behind it. I found this well rounded specimen to be deserving of some praise, and plus its fun to drink.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

PENNemonium has a hazy golden body with a thick, sticky white head. Pretty good retention gives way to a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma is a bit bland honestly. A little bit of generic fruitiness, bready malts, and a noble hop bite.

I'm a huge fan of Penn Brewery. I really think they brew some of the best German beer in the United States (if not THE best). With that said, I'm not a huge fan of PENNdemonium. Overall it is a touch bland and a little bit hot. Up front comes the bready malts, which gave way to a grain flavor. Light notes of fruit float around in the middle. The finish has a pretty good dose of earthy hops that are pretty dry and a little bit bitter. The finish also has a fairly hot alcohol burn to it, that is a little too intense for a beer that is 8%ABV.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with adequate carbonation. The feel for this one is right on actually, it might be the best part of the beer.

Overall I would say that PENNdemonium was a bit of a disappointment for me. If given the chance, I would suggest reaching for something else in the stellar lineup that the Penn Brewery produces.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slightly hazy color, light brown
S: not bad with good biscuity malt and some alcohol undertones
T: decent with good balance of malt and hops, alcohol noticeable, hard to believe that it seemed just a slight bit thin for a helles bock. could have used a little more malt
M: good, nothing to complain of
D: drinkable but alcohol could really catch up with you

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Photo of therica
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= rich apricot with a modest head which subsides to a consistent rim.

S= rich fruits, malts, hops florals.

T= as per the scent, tons of varieties of fruits here. It reminds me more of a Belgian Dubel than a Maibock. A bit of liquor-taste until it settles down. Mild dusty dryness and only fair hops bitters.

M= slightly dry and also fruity.

D= if you're in the mood, although I'd say in the mood for a Belgian Dubel rather than a Maibock.

For the price it's a steal for an interesting and creative beer. I paid US$1.90 for a 22oz bomber locally.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows a pretty copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of concentrated pale malt, pale toasted grain, a touch of toffee, a light herbal spiciness, a touch of grassiness and maybe even a hint of lemon zest. The nose is fairly mellow on this beer, it could certainly use a touch more expressiveness, but what is here is certainly enjoyable.

Fairly dry up front, but this does pick up some malt sweetness to it. The sweetness mixes with the hop notes and in the finish even takes on a touch of something like a herbal honey. This finishes with a touch of buttery malt flavor as well as a light bitterness that is noticeable but not biting enough to hold the sweet malt in check. This is not an overly sweet beer, in fact I was expecting it to be a bit sweeter than it is. The body has a richness and heft to it that sticks to the palate with a viscous coating quality, still this is not overly heavy as it is not really cloying. Despite being a bit more malt focused, this is actually fairly well balanced between malt and hop, especially when you take into account the herbal hop character. A nice toasty, pale grain character that contributes a touch of dried hay notes peeks through the malt sweetness from time to time.

Not bad, there seems to be a soft diacetyl influence at times that can make this a bit on the buttery side, but it is not overwhelming, even though I can be particularly sensitive to it at times.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Appears a cloudy apricot color with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. The foam settle to a thin layer within minutes and remains for most of the glass. Nose and flavor are sweet and fruity, with notes of apples, pears, nectarines, sweet malt, alcohol, and slightly spicy. Between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation.

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Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of a musty doughy malt, and a touch of spicy hop The taste has a honey/doughy malt sweetness, some light lemon, a bit grainy, and a peppery/bitter hop balance. Nice helles flavors, though a bit hot from the booze. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation, fairly balanced. The high ABV kills the drinkability but the brew has nice flavors.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thick head. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is quite faint, but wisps of orange and malt backbone are what I can pick up. Taste is malty with some tartness towards the back. Almost like a sour grain taste. Quite a complex taste that has many different cascading flavors. Some notes of banana, some of the alcohol is present at the back of the throat. It is hard to believe that this beer is 10%. There is enough carbonation to cut the alcohol and enough body to it.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrJay for bringing this back from Philly.

Pours a cloudy peachy orange, really neat colour, thin white head forms, settles to a thin ring around the glass, few lace spots on the glass, decent retention, looks pretty neat. Smell is sweet, peaches and nectarines, very clean, honey, bread, alcohol, a bit soapy, a bit sugary, apricots, pretty cool. Taste is sugary, honey, peaches/nectarines again, apricot, alcohol, a bit spicy, very clean, pretty damn smooth for 10%. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, insanely smooth, pretty neat flavour and very clean, I like this. Thanks Jay!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy orangish golden color with a small 1/8" head after a rather fast pour. The head was gone within about 20 seconds and was a small ring around the edge of the glass. There are only a few sporadic large bubbles rising.

Aroma: I get a little bit of malt with some chalk from the water and a very faint amount of floral hops. The aroma is really subtle in this beer, and it almost smells like a macrobrew. There is a faint amount of toastiness like that of Munich malt coming out as it warms up some

Taste: The flavor is pretty much in line with the aroma. It is very mild with a subtle maltiness and some hops sprinkled in here and there. It has no flaws as they would be amplified by the subtle nature of this beer. As the beer warms up some, the alcohol is starting to be a lot more noticeable and is taking on a somewhat "hot" profile.

Opinion: I don't know. I am a HUGE fan of Bock beers and this is about 90% of what I brew...Dunkels to Doppelbocks. This beer really tastes "macro" to me and could pass for a better quality malt liquor. If you put this in a brown paper bag, you would make a "fine" wino. Nothing really jumped out at me from this beer, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if they were using adjuncts...even though they say that "this is a Bock beer" on the label. I would pass on this on in the future...and would barely drink it over iced tea or some such.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in a trade a while back and had been sitting on it in the cellar. I have been doing a bit of cellar cleaning lately and this one was next on the list. Served at cellar temperature in a snifter. Consumed on 09/02/2008.

The pour was rather decent, well rather is subjective. Dirty amber color was presented in front of me with a rather smallish head that just barely covered the top of the glass. No retention at all left an essentially bare top after about a minute. No visible carbonation,

THe aroma was rather odd, not your typical Maibock by any means. Sugary, almost with hints of jello in it. Light grapes, pears, maybe apple, but really bland and somewhat a mess. The flavor was more of the same, nothing mind blowing here by any means, in fact rather the opposite, lots of malt, little variety. Some light fruits, lots of sugar, just rather average. The feel was decent, medium bodied with an ok amount of carbonation, smooth, easily covering up the 10 percent, however I just did not see myself diving into this one for any great lenthgh of time as it was just well, rather off.

Overall it was average, way too much alcohol in it to be considered really good for the style. I just think this was one extreme beer that could have been well served toned down a few notchs.

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Photo of Moxley
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nothing special on the pour. Kinda looks like a weak, dirty apple juice. No head.

S - Not much to report here either...maybe a touch of malt?

T - An off sweet maltiness up front. A trace of butterscotch and an unpleasant fruity, metallic-like finish.

M&D - Thin but sticky

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PENNdemonium from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.