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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

337 Ratings

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 73
Gots: 13 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

wvsabbath, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

reeemer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of frenchblood21
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

frenchblood21, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of jaredtuk
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

jaredtuk, Jan 18, 2012
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.

tigg924, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown with a slightly ruby tint. thin tan head

S-syrupy holiday spices. somewhat fruity. faint smell.

T-comes in with a solid taste of pumperknickel bread, caramel, and winter spices. the after-taste is strong, matching with some creaminess and bitterness. good flavors and strong flavors.

M-creamy low carbonation with a slightly dry finish

O-doesn't quite stand up to the test of time. its actually a great bock, but it seems to taste more and more syrupy as i drink this. i'll admit that i've ordered this several times though. its definitely not a bad beer when options are limited.

AdamBear, Jan 15, 2012
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4.33/5  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.

nukem5, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

hoppymcgee, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JulianBaughman, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Merles
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Merles, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jwhancher
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

jwhancher, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Ironcitymama, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

burnstar, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Beerontwowheels, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby brown with a small ivory head.

Aroma is nutty, slightly roasted, woody, earthy, sweet and malty.

Taste has a distinct nuttiness that is enjoyable. Vanilla sweetness complements earthy oak flavors.

Medium bodied and sessionable.

Quality Bock

TheMultiYeast, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

waiting4lunch, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

zapahoppa, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

greenlab, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

mccarltone, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour an amber/light brown color with a good sized head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a thin cap on top, only small bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell is heavily caramel malt, dash of molasses and sweetness, there is faded hop presence that adds a touch of bitterness to the nose.

Taste is quite smooth with a subtle slickness, caramel malt is the primary, not overly sweet but just the right amount with a subdued hop bitterness in the aftertaste to balance things.

Overall a very solid Bock, it doesn't reinvent the wheel but it rolls just fine, definitely hits the spot during the Holidays.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bluehens02, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark red. or brown. it's hard to say exactly. looks like more of a brown. head started off super thick, but the retention isnt exactly lust-worthy. good lacing though.

S: earthy hop undertones interact with caramel and a slight burnt brown sugar. some roasted in there too. not a ton, but similar to the roast you would find on a roasted chicken.

T: nice and roasted off the bat. a moderate amount of bitterness backs the roasted grain. a little bit of toast too. probably munich malt. super clean flavors. solid bock lager.

M: moderate carbonation level. i would call this a solid medium body. not too much or too light.

D: a solid bock sampling from penn. very enjoyable brew with clean aromas/flavors. glad i picked this one up in my make-shift holiday/winter mix-six.

Jimmys, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

NoProblem, Dec 20, 2011
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.