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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

372 Ratings

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 74
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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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Photo of confer
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Chestnut -brown with a fluffy tan head.Traces of th ehead remain after a few minutes.
S-Smells like a piece of caramel.
T- A copy of tastes are apparent. There is a hint of smokiness and alsoi a small chocalate'
MD- A bit on the thin side for a bock. But everything else makes a very good bock. It goes down way to easy. It is a great thing that these guys are up and running agian.

Photo of dmamiano
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

fairly dark brown with a decent tan head that left some lacing behind.
Malt dominated in the nose as expected.
taste was pretty good, not as 'big" in the malt as I expected though. Hints of burnt sugar, fruts but seemed to be a bit thin on the mouthfeel

Photo of auxiliary
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ski271
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish copper with a small, light tan, creamy, slowly diminishing head. Some nice spotty lacing. The smell dominated by malts, big and complex. The taste is also quite nicely big without being overbearing on the palate. Damn this stuff is good. A wonderful malt bomb and something I look forward every winter.

Photo of vwbus7
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of bigdeuce
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red to black color. Smell is fairly average. Price is good at $6.99 a sixer. Tastes like it has chestnuty brown to it with nice chocolate malts and a little hoppy backbone. More toward the sweet side and excellent winter brew that should be available year round. I recommend this one.

Photo of jcdiflorio
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall slender pilsner glass from a 12oz.brown long neck bottle with crimped-on cap. 20 years on top label.

Beautiful clear ruby red color,thick/rocky off-white towards tan head.Good retention with chunks of lace sticking on the sides of the glass,lots of strings of tiny bubbles racing towards the top of the glass.

A delightful fruity and spicy aroma,woody,very malty with a sweet carmell/roasty/light burnt,smoke and hints of chocolate,very complex and inviting.Can't seem to keep my nose out of this beer.

A delicious,complex taste,very malty with sweet carmell/toffee tastes, also
chocolate,a bit nutty,a nice tartness,finishes crisp,clean with a lingering spicy/woodyness.

A medium mouthfeel,very creamy,slightly cloying a treat for the palate.
Very robust,tasty and enjoyable.Could drink all night,and have done it many times over the last 20 years. The beer gives me something to look foward to every Christmas season. Here's to another 20 years.
Everybody need to try this Christmas jewel !!!!

Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jwhancher
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a variety case last winter. Kept in my beer fridge for a nice cold night like tonight. Poured into a favorite mug of mine.

A: pours a clear amber with ruby highlights. Moderately strong carbonation throughout. Nice head that fades to an 1/8-inch coating. Some suds cling to the side of the glass as volume goes down.

S: notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, bread, and caramelized sugars. Mostly malts going on in this one.

T: tastes of caramelized brown sugar with dark fruit and a touch of spiciness. A very well made beer.

M: medium tasting with nice even bitterness. Wish this had a bigger body and a more fuller feel.

O: a very solid offering from a nice Pennsylvania brewery. Will go back to this one anytime again. Prost!

Photo of Dank26
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of seedyone
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Appearence had all the right character. Solid, creamy head, a rich deep brown color & the lacing was moderate. The taste wasa nice shade of toasted malty goodness. The hops are used for balance not for reputation. All in a nice choice if you're so lucky.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber brown with a small head and a decent lace.
The aroma is of malts and raisins. The taste is malts,fruits,sweet caramel and just a hint of alcohol. The overall feel is medium carbonation,creamy and only slightly dry.

Notes: No complaints,decent brew. I could have a few. The ABV was fine as it was well masked. Not heavy,and I did not expect it to be. Good feelings on this beer all around. Next time I will buy a few. Seems more like a winter beer,but on a cool spring/summer night I could manage one or two.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Bock to be sure, this one tapped from the bottle a deep rich brown color and left me remnants of the head, a mini-head, as I continued to consume this brew. The aroma was heavy on the maltiness and even had notes of sweetness and some residual spice going on in there, so I think anyway. The balance of this brew was evident. Very telling, indeed. A solid Bock. If you are able to get you hands on this, you will not be disappointed.


Photo of Ricochet
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like a brown, malt, malt and more malt without hops and a little alcohol. No head, and no lace. Well, a little left, but not much and a beautiful dark brown, clear, great looking beverage.

Mouth was lager. watery, not much of aftertaste with a quick wash. Taste , well, this was a brown ale more than a bock. Slightly toasted malt gave way to a slightly hoppy drink with a bitter edge, but nothing to wow me. Caramel was present. Maybe a rounded alcohol remainder. Okay drinker, but nothing I'll seek out.

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

A: poured in to a snifter from the tap. A thin off-white head that hangs on for a long time with great lacing. Light ruby/amber color.

S: aromas of fall fruits, apples, figs, with a hint of pear and spices.

T: tastes of complex malts, very satisfying. Almost no traces of hops at first, but a slight amount comes out in the finish.

M: leaves the mouth feeling warm and moist. Attacks the back of the palate.

D: very drinkable, mostly for the season obviously. Not outstanding, but it is a solid winter bock, that doesn't disappoint.

Photo of pat_usher
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kayrex
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass fridged to about 47 degrees, it pours a ruby colored body with copper tones throughout (maybe reverse that). The head is a solid surface layer of pale tan color that reduces itself to an oily surface layer with some slight cling on the edges. Bold and malty on the nose, some fruits come through to me right away (cherries) along with some chocolate aroma that basically reminds me of malty chocolate covered cherries, or of a Whitmans Cherry-filling chocolate square. Malty body on the sip followed along with some cherry flavor and chocholate that makes this seem like a nice dessert brew. Finish is slightly bitter and some hops even come through a bit. Sipping, the tip of my tongue tingles from the carbonation, but the alcohol hides in this one quite well at least until the finish and aftertaste, which sticks around a bit. Overall drinkability? Outstanding brew from Penn. I am not an overly-joyous fan of many of the offerings, but this one was great. The only thing hurting the drinkability of this one is the "higher" alcohol content, but who's counting??? Cheers!

Photo of santoslhalper
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of burnstar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of OleDixie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of nukem5
4.32/5  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.

Photo of Casterbridge
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.