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Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #18
Ranked #11,247
4.01 | pDev: 10.97%
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 63 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
No date

Pours a ruby-tinged mahogany
with a decent-sized cap of cream-colored head. All right retention; concentric rings of lacing. (4)

Rich wheaty, banana- and spice-laden aroma with a little caramel. (4.25)

Follows the nose with a little bit of roast malt bite and a hint of alcohol coming through. (4)

Medium+ body with moderate carbonation and a smooth, sweet finish. (4)

All told, this is a very nice beer. It pours looking as nice as could be and has beautiful lacing. The aroma and flavor are like bread pudding made with banana bread. It is drinkable, but still good on a cold winter's night. Right on point for style, solid, tasty, generally enjoyable. I'd definitely have it again. (4)

Dec 12, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not quite as sweet-malty as some weizenbocks but still has a nice dark malt flavor cut with some sugary, candied malt, dark raisin, currant, a little light on the body

Nov 03, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 5.34 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.243/oz) from Save-on Beer, Wexford, PA. Reviewed 8/19/18.
Undated bottle, stored on shelf in the coolest corner of the store. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark reddish-brown, translucent, effervescent. Sediment in bottle but not in glass.
Head – Small (Maximum 2.5 cm, controlled center pour), tan, fizzy, rapidly receding to an irregular four to ten mm ring fed by aggressive effervescence and a thin, scummy, partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Weak clove and banana.
Flavor – 4 - Begins slightly sweet with clove, banana, and chocolate malt. The middle is primarily chocolate malt and banana. It ends with chocolate and banana. Later belches (lively carbonation!) tend toward clove. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, silky, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – Maybe a bit too carbonated and chocolatey, but otherwise very good! The price point is about perfect. My early excursions into the world of good beer centered around Bocks, Doppelbocks, and Weizenbocks, so how did I not have this previously? Now it’s on my radar and I’ll be targeting it next fall.

Aug 19, 2018
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Penn Weizen Bock in the Penn Weizen hefe glass.

Swirled in the yeast and severely hazed up the beer. Noticeable, even though the body is a solid brown color. Not much carbonation visually; the head is a sliver of light tan. 3.0

Nutty yeast dominates the aroma. Some light chocolate and clove. Banana is also evident. I think I swirled in too much of the yeast. 3.5

Very light tart banana with some big notes of artificial chocolate, sharp spice, and toasted wheat grains. A little smacking with yeast, as I did fit the entire bomber in my weizen glass after swirling. Some metallic off-flavors. I get that it’s a weizenbock, but there’s not much banana or clove. Just a whole lot of ale yeast, spice rack flash, and malty flavors of chocolate and some toffee. 3.5

Could be smoother. Carb is low and submitting. A little trying. 3.0

I normally praise Penn’s German styles, but I’m not a fan of the Weizen Bock. A little muddled, a little dumbed-down. Sadly, with no disrespect to the brewer, I will not be buying this again. 3.5

Revisited 06/15/13 on-tap

Pours dark rust-brown with little light passing through. Head is persistent, won't leave. 3.75

Dark toast, banana, light whiff of smoke, malty dark wheat, and a hint of maraschino cherry. I love this aroma. Great nose. 4.25

More clove than banana in the taste. Gentle roast with a warming spice note and some browned apple. The cherry is transformed into other dark fruits with discoverable date and prune. Some phenols. Not much bitterness. Very tasty. 3.75

Soft, but a little potent. Carb is lower. Body is decent. Convincing. 3.75

Nice dunkel. A little more rugged than I'd expected. Then again, that nose sent me through the clouds. 3.75

May 10, 2012
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is served in an imperial pint glass a lightly hazed brownish amber with a thin light tan head that slowly recedes to a ring of foam and little lacing.

The aromas include the expected clove and banana against a background of dark malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with the dark malt sweetnes mingled with the spicy clove and banana.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the light, persistent carbonation.

An easily drinkable beer that I'd be willing to have again but would prefer if the banana were more in the background.

May 01, 2012
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure of date on this bottle. Has some sediment so I assume it's last years release, since the brewery is sold out.

A - Color is a bit darker than expected like almost porter black with a haziness. Little to no head.

S - Smell is pretty sweet to me a touch of plums, corridor, touch of banana. Smells very sweet.

T - Really more dark fruits than I am used to in the style, not bad though. Figs and raisins are leading with fruity yeasts and banana in the finish. Good beer.

M - Medium bodied as expected for the ABV.

Overall this is a great Weizenbock. Sweeter and fuller than they typical version of the style but damn delicious!

Mar 13, 2012
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A flat weizenbock is an uncommon sight. This offering has no moussy head and is submerged in nothing more than a thin, hardly visible string. Odd. Its hazy russet complexion, on the other hand, is a dead ringer for any rich, malty bock. Word to the wise: if appearances matter to you, consider tossing out the second half of the bottle.

I can see a lot of heads turning away just smelling this beer; spicy notes of clove and mace come at the nose with assault. What's beneath them won't be much better for the average beer drinker: dark, yeasty, black licorice bread and rotting dark fruits. It's both potent and distinguishing - which is exactly why those who don't hate it will love it.

The flavor, too, has an exceptionally strong and specific profile - it tastes like scorched earth that's been kneaded together with browned banana peel, chocolate, black licorice, dark fruits and, again, almost enough mace and clove to make you sneeze. I'm not sure if it's a beer or some kind of Alpine cough medicine. It gives Jäger a run for it's money.

Indeed, college fraternities and bachelor parties across America may have found their new favorite shot. To be fair, 8.5% is a lot of alcohol to handle especially when infused with so much bitterness, spice and sugar. The palate feels spikes of citrus and stings of anise, whilst also experiencing dry wood-y notes and a stale bread-like aftertaste.

Pennsylvania Brewing Company's Weizenbock is a beer that only a beer geek could love. It is tremendously bitter and strong and spicy and malty and fruity all at once. Put another way, it's got more hops, alcohol, phenols, grain and esters than most people can handle. Proceed with a full stomach, a ready palate, and, just maybe, a couple friends.

Mar 04, 2012
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Penn Weizenbock

Pours a rich brown with a decent off white foam forming. In the aroma, sugary malts and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor is dominated by sweet malts, some honey baked bread and alittle alcohol heat. Wheat elements with faint banana. Little hop presence, leaving the finish sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and alittle chewey. Overall, not sure what to make of this one, would have it again but could stand to use alittle more balance.

Jun 18, 2011
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Turbid, visible sediment suspended mid-glass, murky brown hues. The muddiness, unfiltered in all its glory, gives the ale some character, heft even. A small tan colored head came with the pour.

S: The nose is strong, well-spiced with clove and banana leading the way. Darker malts, thicker and fuller than in a dunkel, add body. The yeasty esters eagerly drive the nose.

T: Clove leads things off, a dark, spicy flavor that is much stronger than I was expecting. The dark seeds have a flavor that closely resembles anise, dark and sweet. Underneath, banana flavors pair with the dark malts to much success. The entire ale is a dunkel on steroids, a pleasure to sip. The sweetness of the yeast lingers.

M: What a weizenbock should be. The spiciness and strong wheat body conspire to make a delicious ale. On tap, the fullness is very nice.

May 15, 2011
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mikeyv35 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/01/2011
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: Unknown
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Pours a light mahoghany brown in color w/ a 1 finger white head w/ quickly dissipating lacing. Aromas of biscuit, prunes, raisins, and brown sugar. The taste starts off w/ big prune/fig/raisin sweetness, and finishes w/ breadiness and ever so mild hop bite. Thin-medium bodied, but lush due to picture perfect carbonation. Pretty easy to drink if you like alot of malts, no hint of ABV.

Overall, probably the sweetest Weizenbock I have ever had, but that is fine with me because I am a malt-head.

May 09, 2011
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DerekP from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appears opaque brown with a creamy, nougat colored rim. Yeasty in the nose. Spicy & aromatic. Dry wheat tones help balance out the overall aroma. Lively spices with alcohol clearing a path.

Feels creamy up front with enough hops in the finish. Malty sweet; over-riped bananas. Yeasty flavors dry on the tongue. A little bit of the alcohol shows. Medium mouth-feel on the delicate side. Enjoyed this one.

May 09, 2011
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metter98 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin beige head that slowly faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bananas, cloves and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of bananas, cloves, dark malts, wheat and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink for the style because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

May 07, 2011
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a murky mahogony brown, very dark with a thin tan head.

S-the nose is extremely sweet and sugary with some light bananas, plums, figs, a touch of yeast and hint of spice. overly sugary and probably under attenuated.

T-extremely sweet, way too much sugar and not enough yeast. lots of plums, cherries, light banana, hint of spicy yeast. definitely under attenuated. light pineapple character.

M-overly oily, very sugary and sticks to the teeth. thin feel and lightly carbonated.

D-too sweet, no balance, very simple. lots of flaws.

Apr 29, 2011
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righthereisay from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Brews Bros in Mt Lebanon P.A. A 750ml bottle with bottle cap.

I'm not a huge fan of weizens. I do like bocks though. Saw a case of these and didn't want to by 12 of them without trying it. I'm glad I waited. Although it is not bad, it just isn't my thing.

Poured like Coca Cola. Some lacing. No head.

Smell: Intense. Raisins. Some spices...., and that weizen ending.

The taste was very rich. Again, raisins, maybe plum. Nice body, average to above average carbonation.

I would never purchase it again. Yes, it has a high alcohol content, but you cannot taste it, so it is pretty drinkable. You could throw them down and just suddenly pass out.

Apr 24, 2011
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Shaw from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, with just a hint of light shining through to give this a very deep ruby color with a sticky head of foam.

Very nice aroma of malt, molasses and wheat.

The taste is just as good. Wheaty, with a strong sweet malt flavor of molasses and caramel. Finishes with a lovely spicy note.

A creamy body rounds out this fine beer.

Overall, a very good beer. It's balanced, and not too strong.

Aug 17, 2009
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koopa from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with JohnTravolta21

Appearance: Brown with a dark brown center and a off white crown 3 finger crown. Medium retention and lots of lacing decorate the glass.

Smell: cloves, faint overripe banana, peppercorn, and wheat.

Taste: same as nose. Starts with a slight bitterness and then the clove takes over. Soon a melding with overripe banana comes and the finish is slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: body is on the light side of medium, it's slighty syrupy and the carbonation is just perfect.

Drinkability: The abv has some legs but the mouthfeel is terrific!

Jun 27, 2009
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WesWes from New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy, dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice pale, wheat, and crystal malt scent along with a wonderful yeasty aroma. It's quite fruity. The taste is good. It has a dry roasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness in the finish. The yeast adds a nice level of complexity; infusing it with dark fruit esters. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific beer. The malt bill is outstanding as well as the character the yeast provides.

May 17, 2009
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served in a weiss glass.

Cloudy dark brown color with a big beige head that left spots of lacing. The aroma is of dark fruits and spiced wheat malt. Good tasting brew, a blend of sweet fruit flavors and wheat beer spices. A full bodied beer that is creamy smooth and goes down really easy.

May 11, 2009
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Drew966 from Florida

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Weizenbock pours a dark brown with a tan head from a brown twenty five ounce bottle. The aroma has a bit of banana in it. The flavor is typical of a weinzenbock, a bit fruity, some bubblegum, lots of banana and some clove. Pretty enjoyable, definitely worth a try.

May 09, 2009
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atsprings from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer, the $2.75 fire sale no less! Served in a standard pint glass an extremely murky brown, almost like a glass of muddy water. Aroma is loads of wheat, brown malt, spices and a touch of molasses. Taste is everything I expect for the style; crisp malt, wheat, clove and spice. The beer is medium bodied with the alcohol fairly well hidden. This is a very enjoyable beer, one of the best American brewed Weizenbocks I've had and certainly the best beer from Penn I've had so far.

Mar 03, 2009
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Gmann from New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a murky mud puddle brown color with an average tan head. The aroma is spicy with clove and pepper and an almost meaty/soy sauce smell from the malt. This is definitely more bock than weizen but that's ok. Very big meaty malt presence, soy sauce, wet wood. This is somewhat cut by the wheat malt but not really. Some of the weizen characteristics pop through but not much. A nice full body, not quite chewy, lots of carbonation to offset the malt makes this easier to drink. Sweet yet saviory. A different angle for a weizen bock; more bock centric. I prefer my weizen bocks to be more hefe like but this still has really good flavors and aroma. Worth picking up.

Feb 08, 2009
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CrellMoset from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of afterexile - thanks!!! Split w/ proteus93, w/ my portion poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy brown, dull, with a two-finger tan head of average to above-average retention that leaves a nice, even sheen of lace and a big ring of foamy lace. There's some yeast that does a nice job of settling out quickly, as well. A decent start.

Aroma: All your traditional weizenbock notes - faint bananas, yeast spices, cloves, white pepper, a solid, slightly roasted malty presence and honey - but also a huge number of ripe, sweet fruits: pears are dominant, as are hints of syrupy cherries. Almost like cinnamon apple crisp, in places. It's surprisingly smooth, even, and etheral - very pleasant.

Taste: Hits all the right notes admirably. Sugary malts, brown sugar, honey; yeasty spices, clove obviously, cinnamon, and a kiss of earthiness; and tons of fruits, pears, apples - faintly sour, faintly sweet, faintly earthy - bananas. A well-rounded if not amazingly, mindblowingly delicious brew.

Mouthfeel: Huge carbonation, big and explosive bubbles over a medium body, a little slick, and all around enjoyable.

Drinkability: A solid weizenbock. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen, though it is indeed up there (though not necessarily for the style), which enhances the drinkability, and it's complex enough brew that it's an interesting drink. Give it a shot if you run across it.

Dec 17, 2008
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Domingo from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bankerjoe for this one.
Pours a cloudy chocolate brown with a little head and a lot of yeast that I intentionally swirled.
Smells chocolatey, yeasty, and even a tiny bit hoppy.
This is somewhere between a classic cocoa/banana/rum style of weizenbock and the newer hoppy variants. It's not as overhopped as many have been, but it's definitely moreso than a classic example like Aventinus or Avery 13. There's definitely a little bit more of a stonefruit flavor that's overlapping with the banana.
Pretty good, but nothing amazing. I think I just prefer the old school malt-bomb variety for the style. This one has a few characteristics from the heller styles, the hoppy styles, and the older darker styles.

Not sure I'd seek it out, but it was still pretty good.

Dec 10, 2008
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beachbum1975 from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jasonm for this recently traded, nice, big extra in this amazing 750ml bottle with a pry-off cap. I'm not too familiar with this style of beer, so let's see how it goes...

Pours a murky, brownish red with a 2 inch, light tan head. Head retention is good with average lacing.

Smells if rich, chewy, roasted malts and some spice.

Tastes like the nose, medium bodied and flavored with rich, toasted malts and lingering spices. Some alcohol present, as well.

High carbonation with a dry finish.

I split this beast with a couple friends, but I probably could have drank the whole thing on my own.

Thanks again for the freebie, Jason!

Dec 07, 2008
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown color, great full rocky head
S: characteristic banana clove quality
T: exactly what I expected from such a good brewery. True to type. Rich, roasted malt with definite warming alcohol presence. A bit on the heavier side than spritzy as you would expect from a weiss bier. Reminded me almost of a lesser version of Aventinus' Eisbock
M: full with a bit of residual sugar, rich
D: very drinkable on a day with a current temp of 20F

Nov 27, 2008
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