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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier

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very good

209 Reviews

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Reviews: 209
Hads: 396
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 81
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
Bock | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 12-03-2002

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.
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Reviews: 209 | Hads: 396
Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 2 finger head resulted from a pouring of this ruby brown beer. Some carbonation rose to the top and contributed to the head which lasted throughout my sampling of this beer. The smell contained the scent of dark chocolate. At first this beer tasted sweet and then became bitter, and contained flavors of roasted malt and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel was good, but a little light. A good beer which I look forward to having again.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerparrot
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this 2003 batch has been one of their better brews.Last years, (2002), was way too sweet. On tap far out weighs the bottle, but you will hear no complaints from this beer drinker. Simply put, this is an excellent holiday beer.

Smooth drinking. Nice dark brown color. Plenty of sweet maltiness without being overpowered by sweetness. You can drink this all night, and I have!

Available on tap at Elwoods in Rural Ridge, Pa. 724-265-1181

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Sweet malts, molassas, and a hint of fruity "Twizzler" candy in the background.

T = Sweetness all around....which is great! Malty sweetness upfront, raisin and molassas near the end, with some sweet bread rounding out the finish. There was no perceived bitterness at all. Alcohol is completely hidden.

MF = Smooth as silk. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is one solid bock beer. Very easy to drink and very delicious!

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Photo of laintringulis
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pub glass. Dark burgundy color with a little pinkish head that turned to a film quickly. Quite stunning color.

Smell yeasty with a citrus backbone. Light spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, earthy, grassy smells.

Initially, nicely malty, sweet with a brief nutty-caramel taste, without being too sweet. Very spicy, citrus, middle that finishes with a drier citrus taste and light alcohol presence.

excellent mouthfeel, not oily, finishes with a nice dryness and crispness that leaves you wanting more. Highly sessionable, easy to drink. Just the right amount complexity in flavors and drinkability. The alcohol is balanced well in the beer.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Imstillthegman as part of Secret Santa '07.

Bocks are not a style that I crave a lot. I like them, but I need to be in a certain mood for them. That being said...I was in the mood for this one and this didn't disappoint.

Not much I can add to this that hasn't been said about any bock bier. A good representation of the style. Brown body with a decent head and good retention. Aroma of caramel malt and some roastiness in the taste. I didn't detect any spices that would "qualify" this as a Christmas beer/Winter Warmer. This was not too sweet and the ABV was hidden. I could have had another one during this sitting. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a decent finger-deep, off-white head of uniform, dense foam. Nice amount of carbonation; bubbles in streamers are rather separated but there are a lot of streamers. When held away from light, this is a very, very dark brown beer with rosewood highlights; when held to light it positively glows a shimmering translucent garnet... Aroma is of buttery Hallertau hops, a very buttery sensation throughout the nose itself; along with biscuits and bread there is a hint of raisiny sweetness. Flavor is very good, starting with a mellow caramel maltiness; this builds up to a plateau of warm spiciness, with suggestions of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg that never goes over the top but remains extremely savory (never exceeding the bounds of drinkability); finally subsiding into a very delicate suggestion of hops at the back of the palate; this is balanced very well indeed. Mouthfeel includes a plucky carbonation but is a bit watery in the middle of the body, where I would prefer more assertion. This one is another winner from Penn when it comes to sheer drinkability, an outright chugger. If you find this beer... drink it!

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Photo of lastmango
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a root beer brown with a one finger creamy head. Moderate lacing. Nose is of faint malt. Malty flavor with a hint of cocoa and very mild hoppiness in the back end. Moderately thin feel with moderate carbonation. Drinkable if a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of kpantz
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: In a word - smoooth. Nice malt (both roasted and bready in character) flavor profile here. Not too aggressive on any one dimension - makes this a highly drinkable bock.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby/amber (more ruby than amber) into the glass. Finger thick, fluffy head is loathe to recede. Lacing isn't all too prominent.

Smell: Bready malt aroma. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Sweet smelling.

Taste: Sweetness is pretty short-lived on the tongue, as roasted malt flavor takes over, and then it finishes out with a distinct hop character (though not overly bitter in the back end). Coffee flavor is present, as is a certain fruity character (cherries, perhaps).

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected, but it's not a doppelbock, ferchrissakes. Carbonation is very low, which really enhances the smoothness of this puppy.

Drinkability: Yeah, I could dump back a six pack of this. Good, complex (but not too complex) palate and a light body. 7.5% ABV goes unnoticed (until the 3rd or 4th bottle, that is).

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Photo of StretchZep
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It is unbelievably smooth and rich with just the right amount of tartness to keep it from being a chocolate smoothie! I love this beer so much that I find myself only having 1 or 2 at the most when I feel I am actually worthy of the reward. It is that good trust me. "-) Makes winter here in Ohio a little more bearable!

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Photo of beerdedking
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Creamy, roasty, with sweet toffee and hints of milk chocolate accompanying. Full mouthfeel and spot on carbo guarantee this will not stay in your glass for long. I bought this after a weekend of hop burnout, and what a great purchase it turned out to be....

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Photo of Luchman
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for this

Poured into a pilsner glass

A: Dark, but not murky, ruby red color with a one finger off white head that calms down pretty quick, but never seems to fully dissipate. Clumps of lace can be found down the glass.

S: Malts, dark fruits, and some spice. Subtle hops and alcohol can be found too.

T: Sweet malts and toffee! Spice and the dark fruits can be found towards the end, all mixed up with a nutty, earthy tone. Finishes pretty crisp.

M:Medium body that goes down smooth and refreshing.

D: I like it. Nothing really mind blowing to me, but I could drink a couple of these and enjoy every bit of it.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown...no head whatsoever. Decent lacing.

Smell- Brown sugar, malt and honey hit me right away. Yeast and hops come through in the end.

Taste- So much different than the nose. Much more hops. Malty with honey and spices.

Mouthfeel- Great feeling in your mouth. Just right.

Overall- I could never drink a whole 6 pack of this stuff, but one or two on a cold night does a body good.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a big thick mug.

A - deep copper red with a thick frothy head

S - Rich heavy malt and a hint of sweet caramel

T - Easily the best Bock brewed, this is my favorite beerand look forward to it every year. Taste is a monderfull sweet malt.

M - Smooth and velvety, good carbonation and goes down easy.

D - Could throw a few of these back, but not too many b/c of the ABV. You can't even begin to taste the high ABV, this brew is perfect.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pint arrives with a smallish, nondescript head. The appearance reminds me of amber, but the color is a much darker brown with a slight coppery tinge. The smell is faint, but nicely spicy.

I'm somewhat taken aback by the first sip because it's spicier than the bottled version. The flavor carries a well-balance blend of molasses, caramel, hops, and spices. None of those elements truly wins out over any of the others and this makes it quite drinkable. It's more challenging than the Harpoon Winter Warmer but, as I make my way through the pint, I find myself welcoming the challenge more and more. I described the bottled version of this beer as "a wimpy version of Rogue Santa's Private Reserve," but this seems like its own animal. The spices and hops are more unified here than in the Santa's, and once I get used to the hops it feels smoother. Overall I'd characterize the taste as brown; molasses, caramel, and a tiny bit of nuttiness pair up with the distinct hoppy character in a way that grows on me and leaves me wanting to try this again.

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Photo of mbrasi
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Aroma is sweet with noticible alcohol not pleasant. Flavor is smooth with a partially clean finish. A little staleness in the finish. Malt dominates the flavor profile as expected for the style. I just think the finish can be a little better. After the undesirable aroma I was expecting an bad experience but the beer is actually quite drinkable.

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One-finger head with mostly tight, small bubbles...it poured to a deep cherry-wood color...head dissipated pretty quickly but a thin ring was left around the edges of the beer

S - Some upfront alcohol...maybe a little bit of black licorice...sweetness once the beer warmed

T - Alcohol presence builds as the beer warms...fairly sweet, with hints of caramel...smokey malts...mild bitterness hits the back of the tongue

M - A little thinner than anticipated, but still crisp...tight carbonation

D - pretty easy going down...not necessarily my favorite style, but still pretty good

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Photo of heidelbeerg
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a beautiful dark brown color. Very nice inch of head with minimal lacing present.

Smell: Toffee, chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Easy drinking bock with hints of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and a nice malty backbone.

Feel: Medium bodied

Overall: This is a excellent take on a bock bier. This is one of the better brews that Penn Brewery has to offer. I now need to get my hands on some of the Brewer's Reserve edition to compare. I would also revisit this next holiday season.

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Photo of jhicks12
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this beer 4's straight down. I had this beer at a dive of a college bar was shocked they had it. I got a pitcher. Beer was a nice dark brown in appearance which a nice sweet malty smell that one would exepy from a bock. inital taste was nice sweet and balanced, also what i would expect from a well made bock. nice medium mouth feel all the way though, leading to make this beer nice and drinkable...i ended up drinking two pitchers of it and got cut off by the bartender for the night!

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Photo of jasonm
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Mad Elf chalice

A - Color is a medium reddish mahogony color. Fleeting head of off-white soapiness receding to a ring of lacing.

S - Sweet grain aroma along with some darker fruit esters, raisins, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Bittersweet chococlate, roasted malts, some mild grain astringency. A nice touch of hop spiciness and alcohol give it a nice kick midway through the palate. Finish is more roasted malts with a more green hop bitterness.

M - A little thin, dry, prickly carbonation.

D - Dangerously drinkable, goes down easy for %7.50. Really good flavor. Im glad to see the locals stepping up with some great seasonals.

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Photo of unit555
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of umtox
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a tan bubbles.

Smells of molasses and spice

Tastes of roasted malt and spice. A nice full bodied,yet creamy texture on the palate. A tiny bit of the aftertaste associated with an American lager is present.

Highly drinkable for a beer of this ABV. I had many on New Years eve and never tired of them.

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Photo of brendanbeer
2.92/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

barcade in brooklyn. on tap.

a. dark brown, little head. at first is appealing, but the head soon dissolves into nothing, and it looks less than satisfactory.

s. not much, spicy bock notes... a little.

t. also not much. mellow spicy bock with slight malt and yeasty vibe. not much hop balance. unimpressed.

m. average beer mouthfeel, a little smoother and mellower.

d. easy to drink. im not sure what my "average" 3 is... but its closer to "not impressed" territory. its not something i would pay for and be excited about. but, regardless, cheers!

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Photo of thebighungry
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm already on my second case of this beer since it was released this season, so that is one indication of how much I enjoy this beer.

This is a very tasty beer. Make sure it has warmed up a bit; I usually let it sit for a couple minutes after removing it from the fridge.

It holds a good head and is a nice deep amber in color. I have been feeding this beer to everyone I know. I'm sure there are more detailed reviews for this beer. All I know is that I love it and you should support this brewer!

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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.