Weizenbock | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

56 Ratings

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jasonm on 04-07-2007

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 42
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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Photo of drtth
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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!

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4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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2.58/5  rDev -35%
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.

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3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Weizenbock from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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