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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

331 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 70
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a half of off-white head composed of various sized bubbles... Respectable retention give way to an intriguing lace... Bronzish copper color... A limited amount of very slow paced carbonation... Coats glass well...

S - Not quite what I expected, but still pleasant... More mild than expected and if blind-folded, I could have mistaken this for a Czech Pilsner... Grains... Bread... Toasty malt... Mild hops... Corn...

T - Malt... Bread... A brisk spiciness... Faint caramel... Faint toffee... Apple... A very unique blend of flavor leads to an intriguing complexity...

M - Dry, start to finish... Creamy and smooth... Crisp... Sophisticated...

D - Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this brew... Probably need another to reach a solid conclusion... There's a lot I like, but overall I'm not sure I'm overly impressed...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:58:41 | More by philbe311
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade, and my first from Penn. pours dark brownish red, somewhat opaque, with some red shin fun through and an off white to khaki and creamy head. Aroma screams lager with sweet brown sugar, lager yeast, a little dirty, some dark fruit. Flavor is chocolate covered prunes with some brown sugar sweetness. A bit on the watery side in flavor but easy drinking with light plus mouthfeel and medium low carbonation. Acceptable brew and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:27:59 | More by BMMillsy
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a dark cherry/brown pour. A modest head, a complete layer of bubbles but no more. Attempts to lace but the stuff just slides down.

Aroma - bready malts, a bit toasty, fruity, and a touch boozy.

Taste - toasted grain with the requisite malty sweetness. Peppy carbonation , a bit salty at times, speeds through mid-palate quickly. A light dark fruit sweetness on the swallow, a brief twang of hops provide a little something besides malt. Finishes with some mild abv warmth and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel - a little much on the carbonation, letting some of that out helps. Kind of thin, could use another notch of body.

Drinkability - nothing super, but an easy sixer to polish off.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 03:49:24 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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kiltedtxn

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joeybeerbelly for this beer.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass & served at 47°.

A: Chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that holds up well & lacing appears as I drink.

S: A light maltiness with no hop presence.

T: A little clove spiciness and a medium malt body. Dark fruits come through as it warms up even more.

M: A light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: A good spice Christmas Beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 14:27:29 | More by kiltedtxn
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark woody brown that shows excellent clarity were it allows light. Tan frothy head about 1 finger thick persists for the whole duration of the beer, leaving a few, sheet like sections of lace.

Aroma is thick and malty with a light spicy character. A bit tart.

Taste is big malts but well balanced. Spicy tartness in the finish which gives way to a longer lingering light sweetness.

Medium full body, soft and thick with carbonation. Very nice.

Decent brew and easy drinking, but not one I'll look for again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 02:25:28 | More by goatgoat
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Jmamay22

New York

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great traditional depiction of St. Nick on the bottle. It gets you into the festive mood. The beer itself is a dark ruby red. The faded khaki colored cap settles to a thick collar that leaves minimal lacing behind. Smells of lightly roasted chocolate malt. The hops are subdued in the nose, but balance out the relative sweetness.

Tastes initially of sweet chocolate, but quickly finishes with a surprisingly assertive hop bitterness. The hallertau are quite noticeable and outweigh some of the more interesting and complex flavors imparted by the malts. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation provides a rich impact, but I would have hoped for something a bit more chewy for this style and beer. A little to strong on the hops in my eyes for the style, but its an enjoyable beer that would likely be improved when paired with some traditional German pork.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 00:58:19 | More by Jmamay22
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-27-2011 21:46:25 | More by Beerontwowheels
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-16-2014 20:27:32 | More by pat_usher
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-15-2013 00:39:11 | More by LooseMoose1978
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-15-2013 19:36:04 | More by outoffocus
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper/ amber color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, a roasty malt, caramel and a small chocolate note. In the taste, quite malty and some cocoa hints. A smooth, malty mouthfeel and a malty sweet cocoa aftertaste. Easy to drink, yet malty for some. A nice cocoa sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2007 16:51:03 | More by OWSLEY069
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

08-03-2013 22:56:06 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-13-2012 10:45:20 | More by jaidenjb
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John_M

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pittsburgh International airport the other day. A pleasant surprise to see a beer like this at an airport.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light chocolate and a hint of burnt toast. The beer is a bit better on the palate, as I get light vanilla, chocolate, some underlying roasty malt and a hint of burnt toast. The beer is bit light and watery on the palate otherwise, and the finish is bit short as well. Acohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer, and so drinkability is pretty good.

Having just had the Ayinger Celebrator a few days ago, it's pretty hard not to be a bit critical of this beer. While it has decent flavors, the beer is otherwise light, simple and fairly one dimensional. Not sure this is one I need to try again any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 17:19:30 | More by John_M
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Thirsty2383

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-31-2013 18:04:21 | More by Thirsty2383
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paulhargus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-03-2012 04:14:44 | More by paulhargus
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-26-2011 02:26:24 | More by waiting4lunch
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-24-2013 05:27:03 | More by BARFLYB
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Alkey

Pours a clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little tan fizzy head, leaves some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is slightly roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad bock at that.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 01:59:09 | More by Wasatch
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JimBNP


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-22-2014 02:31:47 | More by JimBNP
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-21-2014 13:18:18 | More by ldhughes3
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-16-2013 21:07:59 | More by ChrisMon02
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-25-2012 01:54:46 | More by wvsabbath
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-11-2013 23:29:52 | More by CurtFromHershey
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a nice head and lingering lacing. Slight nose of dark malt sweetness. Light medium body and well carbonated. The balanced flavor of dark / roast malt is pleasant and only hints at sweetness. Smooth crisp finish aided by the carbonation. The roast malt is most evident on the finish and leaves a nice residual flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 21:03:19 | More by tillmac62
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.