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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

347 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 75
Gots: 17 | 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 barczar
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber with caramel highlights and a solid one finger light khaki head that lingers, leaving lacing.

Aroma is toffee, caramel, and bready, toasted malt. A slight nuttiness surfaces.

Sweet caramel malt carries the flavor, with toasted bread crust leading to a fairly dry, bitter, slightly spicy finish. Cola flavors surface as it warms

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, fairly one note. More malt complexity would really improve the experience. Somewhat weak.

barczar, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.55/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 2/27/12

Dark brown in the glass with rust and copper highlights. The two finger head crackles away in no time leaving little in the way of retention, save for a fizzy collar. Only a few specks of lacing.

The aroma is earthy, showing notes of toasted grain and chocolate. It has the semblance of cereal with some manner of chocolate or cocoa added at the industrial level.

The taste is similar to the aroma, though it has a slightly more notable roasted presence. That said, there's a generic taste to it; the grain and modest cocoa offset seem dull and one dimensional.

The feel is rather smooth, accented by a rolling carbonation that gets a tad more pointed toward the finish. Speaking of, the finish is earthy and a bit dirty.

This isn't totally bad; I'll finish the bottle, but it's easily on the lesser side of average. It's merely forgettable.

Ryan011235, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

ejimhof, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Gregwa, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown with little head. Sweet malt is definitely present in the nose. Excellent combination of roasted and sweet malt flavor with a mild bitter finish.

This is a fitting seasonal offering that I look forward to every time Christmas rolls around.

57md, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

jaidenjb, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with reddish hues and good clarity. Poured with a very light brown, creamy foam that reduced to a soapy cap that left creamy sheets of lacing on the glass. Great aroma! Lightly roasted malt, chocolate malt and nutty aromas with a hint of coffee at the end. Creamy, light, delicate feel. Surprisingly light bodied. Roasted malt and toffee flavors up front, smooth chocolate thru the middle. Light ripe fruit flavors, a hint of burnt malt and a bit of bitter hoppiness at the finish. Lots of different flavors and aromas going on. This was much better than I expected it to be.

IronLover, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of murraymj
4/5  rDev +1.5%

murraymj, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Bierman9, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, tight head that settles slowly and rocky. Leaves a blanket of chunky lace. Reasonably clear broth that is light ruby-brown.

Disappointing smell. There's an element of unwanted sourness (especially in a Bock). Also, I detect a decaying meat smell.

The flavor is a huge improvement to the smell. None of the negative attributes show up here. Instead, there is a caramel malt flavor without much sweetness. This stays true to its roots, but there is a subtle hop bitterness in the swallow that provides superb balance for the style. Thin with a high carbonation, but this also fits the profile.

Get by the smell and you have a near perfect example of an American styled Bock.

smcolw, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

wvsabbath, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of reeemer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

reeemer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of frenchblood21
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +14.2%

jaredtuk, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 -13.7%
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
Photo of nukem5
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +1.5%

hoppymcgee, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of JulianBaughman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

JulianBaughman, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -23.9%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Merles
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Merles, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jwhancher
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Photo of Ironcitymama
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Ironcitymama, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of burnstar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

burnstar, Dec 27, 2011
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.