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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier

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very good

322 Ratings

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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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Photo of Slatetank


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked the bottle up at Thirsty's in York, decanted cool into a German lager mug.

A - A medium brown w/ a reddish tint when held up to the light. 2 full fingers of creamy foam from a vigorous pour. There is a fine bead in the head and the lace sticks moderately well.

S - A malty aroma w/ yeasty lager and German malt aromas. Slightly nutty and hints of chocolate malt in the nose.

M & T - A combination of sweet caramel malt and full creamy sweetness w/ a touch of dryness in the slighty salty feel.There are herbal tinges and lightly spiced hops under the bevy of maltiness that give contrast to the slightly lactic and gently biscuity notes in the ever so lightly roasted malt flavor.

D - A very smooth well crafted Bock that has such nice flavors w/ creamy textures and hides the abv well. A nice American Bock w/ a classic influence.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 17:43:12 | More by Slatetank
Photo of dirtylou


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, sent by blackingstone, during bracketology

appearance: poured into an imperial pint, lovely amber-mahogany body, garnet hues, creamy beige cap and very nice retention

smell: clear munich malts balanced by euro hops, toasted grain, earthy and green

taste: lots of toasted grain, big time munich malts, hallertau hop balance...very grainy and earthy - nice bock

mouthfeel: smooth as silk, light hop bitterness

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 23:39:48 | More by dirtylou
Photo of OWSLEY069


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
Photo of DrDemento456


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy dark brown/amber with very little head.

S - Slight caramel and roasted malts with a bit of bitter hops. Smells strong.

T - Wow creamy without being too bitter! The roast and caramel come great in taste next to hops and finishes creamy with little bite. Tasty bock

M - Medium to heavy. Kind of a sipper.

D - I liked this one over the private reserve since it has less body and more taste. Great overall beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:06:59 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of DefenCorps


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 75 cent beer. I could get quite used to this. After yesterday's disaster at work, I better drink something cheap 'cos I'm lucky I still have a job.

The neck label denotes that this is the 20th year of PBC, which would make this a 2010 winter release? Clear with a mild haze, this is a deep reddish brown with a dense, light brown head with good retention. Lacing is minimal. This looks good.

The nose is rich, bready and fruity. Rather like fruitcake with raisins, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla. I'm guessing there's some Munich malt here, it's got that intoxicatingly complex signature of this malt with a darker, more caramelized character. No hops are detected. The palate opens with a blend of burnt sugar, a little vanilla and a moderate fruitiness. Despite this, it doesn't really _taste_ too sweet, and my guess would be that the burnt sugar bitterness has something to do with it. The bready character I picked out on the nose isn't really noticeable on the palate, though there is plenty of malt complexity - brown sugar, burnt sugar, caramel, a little toffee and a little butterscotch too. Drying on the finish with some toffee and burnt sugar bitterness, this beer has a medium body and is rather excessively carbonated for my liking. Still, this is a great bock, though in many ways, it's closer to a dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:50:57 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of blackie


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

a: allagash glass, the beer is a clear, deep brown in color, good retention, light lace

s: toasted german malts supported on a clean lager malt body, crisp noble hops, malty but well in balance, dark grain breads, munich, toffee and an elusive cold-smoke, raw sugars, very nice

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, full-medium body

t: flavors of lightly toasted munich malt and toffee ride a generally clean lager base, delicate roast astringency, the moderate sweetness is well-checked, intriguing hardwood smoke in the finish, crisp noble hops give a mild bitterness and spicy flavor

d: a well crafted, authentic, very drinkable bock

single from Norm's, Vienna, VA

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 05:00:22 | More by blackie
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3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought a bottle home from Pittsburgh last week, and drank it after a 90 degree day. Not the conditions for this beer to shine, but its time was up.

Dark burgandy brown color, crystal clear, thinnest of heads. The smell was malty, sweet, and a little roasted-like. The flavor was richly malty but surprisingly bitter in the after-taste. Not bad, pretty good, I'll try it again this winter if it's available in OH.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 23:57:16 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Clear, dark, red-brown ale with a good off-white head that fades slowly.
S: The aroma is mainly of roasted malts, with only faint hints of yeast and hops. Attractive but light.
T: The taste is well-balanced but a bit under-flavored.
M: Medium body seems a bit too thin, good, if slightly high, near-medium carbonation.

O: Certainly a good beer, but tame for style (versus European versions): a bock leaning towards an amber

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:54:25 | More by chinchill
Photo of francisweizen


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

2002 edition, but over 8%ABV so that's not a problem with this one. This bock beer pours a lovely dark-brown, almost coca-cola like colour, with an off-white/tan head. The aromas are all sweet malts and bread. Lovely. The taste is sweet and malty, this is a very well balanced single-bock beer. The mouthfeel is excellent as well, as is the drinkability.

Overall: This is a class bock beer!


Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 18:23:25 | More by francisweizen
Photo of tpd975


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with an average head. Minimal lacing is noted.

S: Nice roasted nutty malt aromas with a touch of chocolate. Hops play subtle piney role in the background.

T: Nice bock taste. Nuts, malt, coffee, and hints of chocolate. A gentle sweetness under it all. Pretty nice brew, though bocks are not my thing.

M: Nice and full bodied.

D: Bock lovers will probably love this one, me not being one of them I am glad to say I tried it.

Overall: A fine example of a bock. Nice layered taste that is actually pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 22:02:09 | More by tpd975
Photo of 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
Photo of rudzud


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

Thanks to jlindros for sharing this bottle with me. This is batch 002 from 2006 and was brewed back before the brewery closed and reopened. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy garnet with a light white head that leaves spotty clouding and a little side lacing.

S - Nice fruits and sweet malts as well as older hops. Brown sugar, molasses, and light chocolate.

T - Very nice and complex. Front has alot of smooth, sweet darker fruits that have really mellowed with aging. Past them is more sticky malt sweetness followed by older hops.

M - Nice carbonation for something thats 5 years old. Its somehow light and crisp!

O - Really enjoyed this older beer. Glad I got to try it from jlindros at his place. Aged very well considering the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 20:06:12 | More by rudzud
Photo of clayrock81


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

I found this in a 12 oz. bottle w/ no batch number, so I wonder if mine was slightly different/another batch. I actually tried this in a flue glass, and it didn't leave much head or lacing, but the smell of chocolate malts creamed my nose.
Has a light, somewhat seethru when held to light composition that I would describe as a copperish-auburn.
I easily tasted the chocolate and roasted malts (I wonder if they used oak or honey in the recipe as well) and the beer went down extremely smooth with a pleasant malty backbite that could be described as coffeeish. The high ABV is hidden well, and this is a very good drink and surprised me with how smooth and lightbodied it was.
I couldn't keep downing this, like most "winter" beers it is not designed for mass consumption, but one after Christmas dinner warms and relaxes the spirits.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 21:18:52 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Vancer


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ho Ho Ho, an fairly aggressive pour resulted in a clear caramel brew topped by a massive ivory head, great lacing.

Winter spices and malts in the aroma and tastes. Nicely balanced lil’ brew, enough malts to slightly sweeten the pot. There may be a couple hazelnuts in the barrel.

Full bodied, like the great label says – nice pic of St. Nic too. I luv good labeling, followed by a quality brew. This one has both.

Guessed 7.5% - right on, must be catching on to beer styles and tastes some.

Merry Ho Ho to BeerBeing for this striking bock.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 12:46:40 | More by Vancer
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at the Georgetown Deli on 25JAN12 during a lunch-stop enroute to Ft Indiantown Gap.

My shaker pint glass contained a clear, deep, deep chestnut offering. Carbo was steady and plenty, and the head was creamy and tan, leaving good lacing. The aroma was malty caramel and a hint of sweetness. Body was good, with it being a medium all the way, and the feel was pretty smooth.

Light sweetness was the first flavor-component noted. It was malty good, with more caramel and some toffee playing on the palate. It had what was almost a toasty character to it, though the hopping was quite restrained at the finish. A decent accompaniment to my buffalo chicken sub, all in all. Prosit!

3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 19:38:05 | More by Bierman9
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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy reddish-brown color with an initial tannish head. Head rather quickly fell to a thin coating with only sparse lacing to be found. Smell is richly malt with a nice touch of cinnamon present. I usually do not like cinnamon, but in this beer it compliments the malt nicely.Taste is fruity, spicy, malty and supremely enjoyable.Leaves a nice full and fruity mouthfeel. This is one of the finest beers I have had in a long time. Even though i am drinking it a hot spring evening, it really hits the spor. I am sorry I only bought one of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 01:22:22 | More by tgbljb
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best bock around as far as I'm concerned. Good appearance: dark enough to not see through, good head and retention, not a whole lot of lacing. Smell is weak, but good.

Taste is great. Awesome dark caramel flavors.

Good mouthfeel, everything in order. Could drink these all night as well.

4.0 A
3.5 S
4.5 T
4.0 M
4.5 D

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 01:50:29 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


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
Photo of tigg924


3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: ½ inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, chocolate, and slight holiday spicing

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: An ok holiday offering. I could certainly drink a six but for the price, I think I may pass. None of the flavors are overpowering and I think this beer could use a bit more ummph.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 14:22:18 | More by tigg924
Photo of argock


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Chestnut brown with nice clarity and a generous 1-2 finger off-white head with decent retention and very intricate lace around the rim.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee with some black cherry overtones. Also some bready aromas and crisp herbal noble hops.

T: A very tasty bock with bready but slightly sweet caramel maltiness, light cracker, and then light sour cherry in the finish. The hopping is not over-bitter at all and really nicely balances the malt components. The bitterness does grow through the beer and is more striking in the aftertaste. The roasted malt described on the label is most prominent in the first few sips but dissipates.

M: Medium body and carbonation with enough activity to keep it lively on the palate.

O: A really nice bock which is a great alternative to spiced winter warmers which I hate. Penn knocks another German lager style for at least a triple if not a homer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:59:18 | More by argock
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a small tan head. The head fades very fast to leave only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was chocolaty with hints of caramel and honey sweetness. Mixed with these sweeter aromas was a nice backbone of a roasted malt and brown bread aroma with a very light almost earthy smell rounding it all out.

Taste – The taste begins of toasted malt mixed with a bit of chocolate. Upfront there is also some sweetness of a caramel taste. The chocolate grows a bit stronger more toward the middle with a honey flavor coming in as well. While it was on the slightly more sweet side upfront more toward the end it dries out a bit as some holiday spice and nut flavors come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower to average side. It keep it rather easy drinking, but really was not too light to where it took away from the darker flavors.

Overall – A pretty nice holiday brew. Not overly spiced and when combined with its roast and good level of carbonation and thickness made for a good easily holiday drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 01:23:09 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Alesmith pint glass. It poured a dark caramel color with a very thin and fizzy head barely covering the beer. The head completely faded away rather quickly unfortunately.

The aroma has a big malty presence with caramel being the most dominant. I get some bready qualities to it with a little bit of some fruity, cherry like notes as well.

The taste also showcases the maltiness throughout the flavor. It starts out with more of the bready and malty flavor along with just a hint of bitterness. As you get to the finish it shows more sweetness to it with caramel and cherry flavors coming through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some very nice flavors to it and it doesn't hurt that it's one of my favorite styles. A pretty solid beer and was a great choice to drink while watching some football this afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:59:21 | More by billab914
Photo of cjgator3


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
Photo of flexabull


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber / brown color with a decent looking head.

Beer smells like malts, breads, and grains. A bit sweet too.

Flavors are crisp up front, and creamy on the finish. This has a very grain like quality to it, not much in the way of hops noted, but quite a bit of flavor from some sweet slightly roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is a bit lean, but not bad.

Not a bad bock. I'd have no problem having another. Not spectacular, but certainly solid and drinkable.

Thanks for this one MuenchenerKindl.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 01:16:25 | More by flexabull
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another beer I have tried numerous times and am just now getting around to reviewing. A beer I like a lot.

A very dark amber to brown body with a finger of tan head that has only a little retention. Leaves spotty lacing behind on the glass.

Smells slightly burnt with some choclate and earhty notes.

Tasty bock. Combines toasted malts, nice chocolate flavors and noble hops. Roasted, chocolatey and earthy spicy notes come together nicely. Extremely well-balanced and tasty brew.

A pretty light mouthfeel, well carbonated.

Drinkability on this one is absolutely fantastic. I can put these back one after the other. I had no idea that this beer was 7.5 %ABV until I went to write this review. Hidden extremely well, not even a trace of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 21:24:41 | More by Hojaminbag
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