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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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331 Ratings

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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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Photo of Wasatch


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
Photo of ppoitras


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity. No month notched on label.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head above the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, with lots of foamy lace. Aroma is creamy sweet malts, with dark fruits. Taste has a reasonable grain base, but seems to be more leaning towards the tart fruitiness than I would prefer. The tartness lingers, coupled with a somewhat chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good, but I had higher hopes here.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 23:03:11 | More by ppoitras
Photo of BARFLYB


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-24-2013 05:27:03 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of ejimhof


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-10-2012 00:46:41 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a cold Steelers Mug. A large off white head appears on the light brown body. A nice show of lace ensues.

S. Munich malts, bready yeast, a whiff of alcohol?

T. Smooth and malty, slight bittering hops. Fairly complex. Some wheat notes. A slight roasted taste comes out as it warms a bit. Caramel malt as well. Very earthy hops make an appearance too. Carmelized brown sugar.

M. A little thin, a bit chewey, but also quite smooth and drinkable.

D. Drinkability does very well despite the ABV. Worth checking out, I'm going to save one and revisit it later.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 00:15:28 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BillRoth


4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-29-2013 00:04:07 | More by BillRoth
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Deep, earthy russet glazed in a petrified wood stain that kindles when held into the light. The beer appears thick and turbid but is, in reality, quite dazzling and considerably clear overlooking the density of its dark reddish-brown colour. Its head is evenly dispersed and its buff leather tone makes an extremely fashionable contrast to the beer that props it up.

The aroma is driven purely by malt. There are no suggestively fruity undertones and no hop presence either - just the clean perfume of Munich malt and all the delectably sweet notes of chocolate and toffee that come with it. There is also a toasty, whole-bread graininess and a light hint of butter pecan that make this even more well-worth smelling.

The flavour, of which for a lager it is especially blessed with, also shows off all things malty. Once again we find that rich and complex flavour of the Munich malt specifically, although the brewery does use a variety of other roasted and chocolate malts as well. It all adds up to one seriously and proficiently malty beer, one certainly as tasty as anything I've tried from the bock's true homeland.

With absolutely no hop presence and relatively low carbonation every ounce of the malt's melanoidin flavour can be appreciated. I'm a little surprised, however, that there isn't just a little more caramel or sweetness considering the profundity of the malt bill. Indeed, this doesn't come across as that strong a beer and drinks more like a Dunkel than Dunkel Bock.

For Santa Claus to deliver presents to all the children of the world on Christmas Eve it is estimated that his sleigh must travel at a speed of 2,924,180 mph. That's pretty fast. But I'm not that impressed; I could probably finish off a glass of the St.Nikolaus Bock Bier at an equivalent speed. Speaking of which, this bottle did disappear awfully fast and a full case of this stuff would be a nice find under the tree... hint, hint.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 16:54:46 | More by biegaman
Photo of John_M


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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New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet cereal malts with an earthy hop and dark fruit.

The taste was spicy and malty with a nice earthy sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a tasty and unique Christmas beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 17:17:01 | More by plaid75
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, very deep ruby/mahogany color, when held up to the light, the red comes through a lot more. About one finger of head formed and reduced down to a ring of foam. Little bits of lacing remain.

S: Some caramel malt and grains, there is a sweetness as well and a little bit of dark fruit. Opens up a bit as it warms.

T: Nice malt flavors. The dark fruit is more prominent than the aroma, the caramel flavor is quite strong as well. Has a doughy/bready flavor on the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth mouthfeel. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Very nice Bock, really easy to drink. Nice representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:37:19 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bighuge


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and slightly murky crimson. Small tan head recedes to a collaring in less than a minute. Really nice bready malt nose. Smells like I'm in for a meal. Some slight dark fruits are noticeable as well. This bock agrees with my palate tremendously. . Carmelized sugars, raisin and prune, molasses, some wood and a firm maltiness are accented by a ghostly herbal and dry hop character. Very pleasing. The body is damn near full and the mouthfeel is quite luscious. Nice Bock. I'd drink a lot of this in March if it were available here.

Thank you beergeek279.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 05:25:31 | More by Bighuge
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-23-2013 02:30:02 | More by LXIXME
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-18-2013 05:55:04 | More by Kelp
Photo of billab914


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
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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
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-11-2011 19:29:02 | More by THECPJ
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 TurdFurgison


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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-10-2013 22:06:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
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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 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
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-18-2014 20:22:40 | More by WoodBrew
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 RBorsato


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

Clear dark brown (auburn to light source) with a low light brown head. Malty aroma - Chocolate and biscuity notes. Chewy, rich, smooth malty flavor with chocolate and dark caramel tones. Medium bodied (leans full) but deceptively strong.

One of my favorite, if not my favorite, non-hoppy winter brews !!

Label states: "Bavarian Hallertau hops"

ABV: 8.4% per the book "Best American Beers".

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 08:14:50 | More by RBorsato
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-16-2014 00:07:42 | More by wrightst
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.