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Weizenbock | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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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
Reviews by DrDemento456:
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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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More User Reviews:
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ohmybock
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up (for the second time) not too long ago at Big C Liquor in Winter Park, Florida. Weizenbocks are not very plentiful, and it's always interesting to see a non-Germany-based brewery making an attempt at the style.

The beer pours a lovely, dark, amber color with respectable head. Aroma is very appropriate for the style and is enticing. Flavor is also very good with a very nice balance of traditional wheat/wheat bock flavors (banana, clove, etc). There's almost a very slight hint of smoke mixed in with the spicy flavors. The body is not too heavy, yet you get the feeling you might be drinking something of substance. This is a very good weizenbock. I haven't tried it side-by-side with Aventinus, but I think it's probably a fairly close second with the Penn version having a slightly more bitter character. All flavors seem to be appropriate, and there's no nasty plastic/Band-aid flavor which ruined the Heavy Seas Hang Ten for me.

I am very impressed with the four bocks and regular weizen/other stuff I've had from Penn Brewing. All of them have been very authentically German-tasting! Very nice job guys! In a world of super hoppy brews (which I DO like), Penn Brewing might just be an under-appreciated brewery. Hey Penn Brewing, is there any chance of you making a malty, dark-ish, eisbock in the future? I would LOVE to try one from you. I bet you would hit that one out of the ballpark! Just make sure you keep sending your special brews to Florida so I can buy them when I'm down there.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Penn it's the first micro from the Burgh anyone in my parts got their hands on first going back to the days when I felt Penn Pilsner was nectar of the gods. As the years go by and you find yourself trying more micros outside of the area and not visiting Penn Brewing or drinking their beer as often as you once had they do something a little past due...that's innovation. I love the vienna style Penn Pils, the Helles Penn Gold, the German Pils, Kaiser Pils, the dunkel Penn Dark, the hefe Penn Weizen, the Marzen and Ofest. They just brew good beer and drinking beer at that, so why didn't they begin this experimentation stage of bigger beers other than the seasonal Penn Maibock, I can't answer that question. Thank god they did because I've been drinking the Weizenbock since it's been released at Fathead's, Bocktown, Smokin Joe's, and D's it's great. Appears a clouded plum ruddy brown completely opaque the caked yeast floating in a suspension is a site to see, it's complemented by a large tan head leaving bands of thick lacing all around my pint glass. Aroma has deep spiced banana and clove with caramel malts and sweet raisin apple fruit esters and evident alcohol in there. Flavor has sweet over ripened fruit plums, raisins, sticky caramelized banana and clove and mild vanilla traces doughy with the bread mixture definitely like a smoothie in most regards, very nice. Mouthfeel is creamy textured somewhat airy with moderate effervescent carbonation spices tend to stay on the palate. Drinkability is sessionable if you don't believe me come to Bocktown when a group like TRASH aka Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers gets together for one of their meetings they definitely felt Penn Weizenbock was sessionable.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Schneider Weisse glass. Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan head. The aroma features a lot of banana and clove, wheat, sweet caramel and yeast. I don't think I have ever had a beer that smells so close to actual banana flavors as this one. The taste is sweet with banana and clove along with some spices and some hops in the finish. I am really digging this beer. Pennsylvania Brewing never ceases to amaze me with some of their spot on interpretations of classic German styles. Overall, Pennsylvania Weizenbock is a world class beer that is highly recommended.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmhouse.

You know, I thought this was a great weizenbock. The taste really reminded me of Aventinus, but the mouthfeel was off. It wasn't too heavy, but it felt a little watery. The Farmhouse typically takes great care of their beer, so I dont think its an old keg too.

Still, there are wonderful dark fruity malt flavors mixed with a banana clove blend. The aroma is rich with the malt and yeast character. And the body isnt too thick to stop it from being an easy-drinking beer. Worth a try if you like wheat beers.

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Photo of DerekP
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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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
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 jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of metter98
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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Photo of svcbeerguy
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a Chimay goblet
a:Pours a dark, hazy, reddish brown with a massive off-white head that sticks around.
s:First smell is of bananas, then comes the scent of caramel and booze.
t: I immediately taste the roasted malts. The sweetness is quite pleasant. Well balanced with the sweetness of a bock and the friutiness of weissbier. Finishes with a slight bitter twang Alcohol is noticeable as well, but not overpowering.
m: Mouthfeel is good. not too cloying and good amount of carbonation.
d: This is not something you drink outside on a hot summer day. And you sure as hell don't put a lemon on the glass for this one. A good wheat beer you can sip slowly.
I love the specialty brews Penn has been releasing lately. I can't wait to try Alt-er ego. Penn brewery makes me proud to be from the burgh.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an extremely murky toned, opaque cider brown with a 1 finger head of tan foam that quickly fades into a mild, floating cap. There seem to be little pockets of CO2 all along the sides of the glass rising quickly to the top.
Smell is of caramel, bananas, cloves, roasted nuts, Bazooka Joe bubble gum, gentle citrus hops, apple skin, & malanoiden malt.
Taste is of the aromas with a mix of bananas, cloves, and caramel standing out among the mix. It almost taste like they were originally shooting for a Scotch Ale with a hint of smokiness but they used their Bavarian yeast and a hearty wheat addition to make a weizenbock.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, chewy, estery and yeasty in the mouth. There is a bit of astringency found in there that clings to the cheeks. It finishes spicy, and dry.

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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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Photo of banger7
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Kinger2425
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
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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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass at David Copperfields in Manhattan NY.

A: Ice-T brown with one finger nose but drops to 1/2 a fingertip after first quaff yet covering whole with chunky lacing.

T: Sweet hoppyness in measured layers going back and forth. Hoppyness fades as the the beer warms with the sweet banana/clove/malts taking over the show.

S: Caramel malts and high alcohol content which I found quite enjoyable.

M: Thick and slippery with carbonation fading as you move down the glass.

D: Excellent and will pull for this one anytime. A great creation.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ramrod666
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of beachbum1975
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

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Photo of Domingo
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyde on-tap at Capone's.
Served as a cloudy reddish brown beer with mnoderate creamy tannish head.
Smell is loaded with raisins, cloves, and bananas.
Taste is also the perfect combination of cloves, bananas, and dark fruits.
Full and creamy in the mouth.
This is probably the finest weizenbock I have yet to drink. Its taste and smeel match the profile perfectly. The alcohol is completely hidden and drinkability is excellent. Great job.

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