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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier

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BA SCORE
88
very good

322 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 322
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%


Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Munich and various roasted malts give it a very malty, rich flavor with a hint of burnt flavor. 100% imported Hallertau hops, moderate bitterness and aroma.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 12-03-2002)
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a rich mahogany color with an offwhite head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt and and fruit, and a hint of spice. It just feels good to draw this into my nostrils.

Nice full malty flavor upfront followed by a fantastic yeasty fruitiness. A hint of spices follow as it finishes quite cleanly. A really good tasting and well rounded brew.

Body seems a little thin for the full flavor and listed ABV. Would like to see this baby with a little more back.

Ridiculously easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 02:37:45 | More by MaltyGoodness
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UA8

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the few bocks that i have tried and I must say its quite the tasty specimen. It reminds my a bit of and english brown ale. It has a nice dark chestnut color to it.
The flavor has nicely caramelized malts which fades in sour cherries and a touch a hop backing. feels fresh and smooth in the mouth. Overall a very tasty beer I guess Ill have to look for another quality bock to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 03:43:45 | More by UA8
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shaebs99

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice brownish color with a touch of red in the light. A tan foamy head leaves some lacing throughout.

Smell is of dark and roasted malts with a hint of spiciness (from the yeast/alcohol or maybe hops)

Taste is of roasted caramel malts with a slight burnt taste that finishes dry with a feel of hops. Really well-balanced flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice carbonation

It could just be that I was really in the mood for it, but I could drink this all winter. A nice malty step up from the Oktoberfests that got me through the past few months.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 01:06:19 | More by shaebs99
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice mahogany color with a small tan head that left some nice lace o the glass.

smell - Smells of malt and cimmamon here.

taste - Little bit of a spicey beer,taste of malts here. After it goes down, I said, taste a little bit like a lager. I dont have the bottle in front of me, but i think it did say something about a lager on the side of the glass.

mouthfeel - Medium - light body.

drinkability - This is a real good beer, worth trying. Nice winter beer to try on a cold day. Lots of taste here.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 15:23:09 | More by auxiliary
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottling...dark reddish hued brown color, very attractive. Head is lightly yellow and rises to 1/2 an inch. Lacing is fine and intricate. Aroma is spicy and hoppy, granular pine-like hops combined with an overal cinnamon tone. Nice body for a Bock, fully medium with fruitcake maltiness, all the way down to walnut, holiday spices, and a sassy prickliness. Finishes strongly with moderate and pleasant aftertaste. This is a more recent brew than my days in Pittsburgh, but its very nice. I wish Schell would do this kind of Lager for the holidays, rather than straying into English-style Ale territory so much. Thanks to an old Pittsburgh bud, P. D. for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 17:22:15 | More by ADR
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: It looks like Christmas! A dark copper with nice red notes and a nice off-white head.

Smell: Initially spicy followed by a mellow, soothing malt flavor. Hints of pepper, cloves, and almost cherries.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is a well-balanced beer that is all about the spices. Filled with holiday cheer, this beer is pack with flavor as well, keeping it a complex and spicy brew. But it has just the right combination of spices and malts to balance it our perfectly. The mouthfeel is smooth and light-bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: I'd have to say this is my favorite of the Penn brews that I've had. Balanced yet complex, unique yet tasty. I think I'm going to pick up a case of this. This is one of the better Christmas beers I've had this year. Highly recommended - try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 15:28:13 | More by santoslhalper
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unit555

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer at the brewery with a plate of wurst. The appearance is impressive with a dark amber color (caught them on a rare dya when they were serving beer in glass instead of plastic)and a nice half inch layer of foam.

Creamy texture that is smooth on the initial taste and the finish. Tasted heavily of malt. I hihgly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2005 21:36:06 | More by unit555
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brew that is not quite black-more to the effect of very dark mahogany and brown with hints of red when held to light. Nice, fluffy head that dissipates to a thin layer. Decent spider web lacing.
S: Roasted scents-like a mix of roasted nut, malts, and some oats. Scents of pit fruits/dark pit fruits in there too-cherry, etc. Some bread and a hint of light chocolate. Very nice aroma.
T: Parallels the smell and hides the alcohol content nicely. Smooth flavors of the roasted variety with the pitted fruit flavors in there too coming out nicely in the ending. Some spice at the beginning. A nice hidgepodge of roasted and dark fruit flavors.
MF: Nice bodied brew that fills the palate nicely.
DR: Smooth! A very nice brew to enjoy around the Holidays.
Overall: Another great beer from a great Brewery! Always a seasonal staple. With its great drinkability you can bring this to a nice holiday party and it will be enjoyed by all!

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2005 18:19:03 | More by Illinick
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red, bordering on brown. Starts with a big, fluffy head. Aroma is alcohol and molasses. Taste is good, malty, alcohol is hidden, but there is a minerally taste to this beer. Must be the water? Carbonation is spot on for this beer. Mouthfeel is kind of thick, but that is to be expected, yet the alcohol and carbonation keep it balanced. Nice. Very drinkable. Thanks to Secret Santa and Imstillthegman for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 02:10:36 | More by deejaydan
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alexw

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 5 gallon keg in my backyard @ our Christmas Pig Roast!

Pours a nice amber color with an average head. Some lacing is apparent in the glass, but not much...

A very nutty smell, as well as a noticable malt aroma. Undertones of chocolate as well. The smell of hops is present, but subdued.

The taste is SUPERB! Just as with the smell, a chocolatey taste is present, but the beer is not overly sweet. Considering how much the malt overwhelmed in the aroma, it is somewhat surprising how mild the sweetness is in the taste. This bock had a crisp, somewhat hoppy taste at first, but then the chocolate & even caramel-like tastes come through at the end. As others have commented, a nicely layered taste.

Very drinkable; I must have had a dozen glasses that day, and it never got old! I enjoyed this beer a lot -- but unfortunately ran out of ice & am just trying to figure out how to cool the keg back down to have the last bit of it now :)

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2007 20:12:15 | More by alexw
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from a chump named Josh. Thanks buddy.

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Pours a murky dark amber hue with a one finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of scattered bubbles. Stickiness is thin, but there. Smell has a nutty characteristic with a bit of noble hops. Some dark fruits with a hint of faint chocolate malt and bready notes. Big metallic flavor up front followed by a sweet nutty malt. Some lager yeast and a nice toasted caramel sweetness. Light to medium body with a smooth creamy carbonation. Pretty shocked this one has a 7.5% abv. I really enjoy how this one goes down. I haven't had too many bocks, but this is definitely one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 02:14:22 | More by BeerTruth
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rsyberg01

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz bottle, courtesy of Muenchenerkindl

A - pours a deep clear ruby, head is fair and off white, almost translucent

S - huge roasted malt notes, almost an oat note in there, slight fruity twinge, dig it.

T - definite roast, tip of the tongue tangyness, cherry, oat, awesome.

M - crisp, smooth, slick, great.

D - all night, damn you!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 21:19:57 | More by rsyberg01
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's in my kegerator right now about 1/4 full ,1/4 bbl, and just relised I had never submitted a review for one of my fav local holiday beers.

A:Pours a great coffee color with a thick pillowy cap of foamy goodness laying on the top invitingly.

S: The aromas present are as folows,Caramel, coffee, rich dark malts, and some fruity flavors almost cherry.

T: Taste is of mostly the same but there is a quality and balance in there that begs drink me, the taste is very malt oriented with accents of coffee, caramel, and the fruity character possibly from the yeast used.

M: Mouth feel is of a medium bodied beer with a good carbonation level some tiny legs clinging to the walls of the glass.

O: Overall I do enjoy this annually with friends and family, it has become tradition in this home for this holiday beer to be around. Thanks to the crew at the Penn Brewery for the great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 00:54:48 | More by nukem5
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(poured into a flared pilsner glass)

A: deep reddish-brown liquid... nice amount of coffee-creme-colored head, about an inch.... minimal mucus-y lacing

S: molasses, cocoa, mild licorice, wet tree bark/leaves

T: immediate, bold, slightly bittersweet baker's cocoa - delicious!... tasty traces of burnt caramel in the finish with a hint of leafy hop flavor and assertive bitterness... the aftertaste lasts awhile and has an almost menthol flavor and sensation well up quite late, somewhat medicinal/tonic alcohol, too.... the only thing I could ask for would be the malt flavor/sweetness to be a bit more intense and lasting - the taste is otherwise superb

M: i'd say medium-bodied, sporting a faint viscosity in the follow-through... fairly dry finish

O: I would buy a sixer of this without question - probably drink the whole thing in one night.... pretty damn good German-style brew, lusciously-moreish, fulfilling .... glad I finally came across a bottle - and it was in Philly, you'd think I would've crossed paths with one before, huh?

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 20:56:17 | More by Bouleboubier
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rough pour delivers a slightly hazy mahogany body with a reddish-orange cast and a tall, foamy, light-tan head. It drops quite a bit at first, but maintains a pretty solid quarter inch of creamy foam that looks almost like a milkshake and leaves some nice spotty lace. The nose is lightly spicy from alcohol, and possibly hops, but it doesn't seem that any actual spice has been added. A dark, sugary caramel malt rounds out the aroma. Its medium body teams with a very fine and moderate carbonation to leave it creamy, smooth, and very drinkable. The flavor starts with a gently sweet, toasty and caramelized maltiness up-front; followed by a touch of light spiciness before finishing with some subdued bitterness and drying alcohol. It's quite a refined winter seasonal, and certainly not a hit-you-over-the-head beer. It's uncommon deeply-caramelized and almost-burnt-sugar maltiness combined with its subtle spiciness keeps it interesting - but never really satiates. In fact, it's far from overwhelming the palate and leaves you wanting more! A welcome winter specialty that can be enjoyed with a meal or on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 18:34:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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scootny

New York

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cola brown with a light beige head. Decent retention and lacing on the sides. Very clear but still opaque. Smell has notes of toffee and sweet roasted malts. Some banana tinged fruity yeast esters. A bit of plum wine. Mild earth. Taste had toffee and brown bread fused into a roasted grain coffee. Sweet fruity desserts with light spice. Coffee gets bigger toward the finish with a faint sweet alcohol flourish. A bit of sourness. Bitterness flows into tea leafiness and leaves a dry caramel graham with toasted biscuits. Feel is light and crisp with spot on carbonation. Super drinkable. This is a great winter beer but it is so good that anytime is a fine time for this brew. A real winner and something to seek out.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2010 03:05:38 | More by scootny
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I took this from Thorpe429 when he wasn't looking. Poured into a Bock glass, there is too such a thing look it up.

Beer is dark brown and mostly clear. Thin tan head, big bubbles are stuck to the bottom of the glass like they are waiting for a checkered flag to wave to tell them that's it's OK to go.

Aroma is mild, malty, good.

Beer is medium in body and really smooth. Mildly malty but not overly sweet. Easy drinking, great mouthfeel. A really wonderful bock, truly so.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:03:46 | More by drabmuh
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely, clear chestnut color with ample, fluffy off-white head with great staying power. The aroma ... well, kind of an oddity, lots of spices behind (or in front of?) a solid mass of maltiness, something like bread, an odd duck, but actually quite nice. The taste is also different, but well done. Sweet and toasty malts roll around the tongue for a bit before giving way to spices and a very mild alcohol warming, with the appearance of a fine carbonation keeping it lively, ending dry and bittering up as the mouth smooths out. Overall, its an interesting beer, and wasn't quite sure how I'd rate it. As it is, its an intelligent bock, an easy to drink beer, and one I'm very glad MuenchenerKindl sent me.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 21:24:32 | More by objectivemonkey
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cjgator3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a nice creamy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is burnt and roasted malts, nuts and caramel. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee flavors and some hops in the finish. Overall, this is one of the better bocks that I have had. This beer is very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 05:42:19 | More by cjgator3
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heidelbeerg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from pennsyvania brewing. Pours a nice rich root beer color with a head that is about 1/2" high. The aroma is very nice. It Gives off a sweet malt aroma with a slight roasted note. Taste is very full bodied with coffee/chocolate hints and some roasted character but not too much that it tastes burnt in any way. The hops balance everything out nicely. Balance is the key here as it has a lot going on but nothing dominates. The smoothness is incredible. Perfect mouthfeel...rich and full without being sticky or thick. This is the best bock beer I have ever enjoyed! This is a true Holiday treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 00:22:25 | More by heidelbeerg
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, flavorful take on the bock style. Pours a dark gold with an off white head. Nose is of sweet malts and a whiff of alcohol. Deep, full bodied taste with plenty of caramel and toasted grain. Background of German hops and a warming alcohol kick keep this sweet brew on track. Really drinkable brew for the holidays. As others have said not spicy, but strong and malty for the cold weather.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2002 18:03:38 | More by QXSTER1
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderfully crafted bock. Pours out to a dark, slightly hazy cherrywood color with a big cream colored foam head. Medium level of carbonation, and mounds of lace. Aromas of smooth malts and some fruit. Nice. Taste is great; lots of mild malt, some caramel and candied elements, dry hops and a nice bread character round this beer out very well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. A touch of creaminess on the tongue. A good level of drinkability. One of the best micro-made bocks i've had. Recommended. Thanks to MaltyGoodness for the sample.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: This is perhaps Benji's favorite bock. He begs for more. Good boy.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 21:05:03 | More by Frozensoul327
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My contribution to NEPA BC split #11.

Pours a slightly reddish medium brown color with good clarity and a few stray bubbles. About two fingers of foamy light beige head, which recede to a thin wispy lace and leave only a little bit of stick.

Smell contains a grainy malt character along with aromatic, slightly fruity but primarily earthy noble hops. Some caramel malt sweetness and a good dose of chocolate, too.

Taste has more caramel malt and less graininess than the smell along with a substantial fruitiness that is reminiscent of apples and pears. Chocolate malt flavor also comes through about halfway in. Just a bit of hop bitterness to balance it out, as the hallertau provide mostly fruity flavor here. There is a bit more of a roasted malt flavor as it warms, and the chocolate becomes more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is a medium-body with a crisp carbonation. Seems appropriate.

Solid and tasty brew that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 02:42:11 | More by number1bum
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JamesS

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark copper color, with some light coming through, with good head and some nice lacing. Nice malty scent, earthy, but not as deep and strong as I'd like. Excellent taste, very thick and smooth, a lot of malty goodness, a real earthy flavor with some nice caramel finishing. It goes down very well for a higher gravity beer. An excellent Christmas bock.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:48:39 | More by JamesS
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Gmann

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby brown color with a fairly small white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is faint, I pick up some munich malt and a hint of red wine. The taste is of the bready/doughy munich malt, mineral water, and a nice lightly toasted grain. Quite a clean taste. Perhaps some red grapes in the end. The bock has a moderate body with crisp carbonation, nice malty sweetness, very easy on the palate. A highly drinkable bock, very clean and crisp, nice malt flavor. The 7.5ABV is nowhere to be found. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 02:30:23 | More by Gmann
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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