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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 70
Gots: 10 | 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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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
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StretchZep

Ohio

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

I love this beer. It is unbelievably smooth and rich with just the right amount of tartness to keep it from being a chocolate smoothie! I love this beer so much that I find myself only having 1 or 2 at the most when I feel I am actually worthy of the reward. It is that good trust me. "-) Makes winter here in Ohio a little more bearable!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 14:23:22 | More by StretchZep
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muskiecf

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not normaly a darker beer fan...but this is the bomb. Smooth with a roasted carmel sweetness, not too sweet, just right in my book. I dont have many other bocks to compare it with as most I've tried I didn't much care for. This brew is something special. Thanks to Tom Pastorius for bring the Penn Brewery back to greatness. This brew will make for a great holiday season! lol If you enjoy lagers that aren't pussy beers...try this, it just might surprise you.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:38:08 | More by muskiecf
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Some old world folklore in Germany with St. Nikolaus. A deeper look into the folklore and a helper of the saint, Knecht Ruprecht, would beat or possibly eat children that were bad. Thankfully that is myth and the real St. Nikolaus was a Greek from the 3rd century. Either way, we'd rather be good and drink a bock.

Stunning dark chestnut-brown color with good clarity, the lacing is not too bad either with a few patches left on the glass. A clean alcohol, sweet molasses cake-batter and a faint herbal hop in the fresh aroma. The smoothness has depth with a medium crispness in a slick malty body. An abundance of malty, bready and sweet graininess, more on the bready side than anything else. Mild-mannered hop bitterness keeps the beer on an even keel. Toasty and borderline roasted grain flavors in the semisweet finish.

A tasty treat and a great switch from the plethora of winter warmers. Not that there are many German-style Bocks imported into the US; this one stands out the most with a true-to-style flair. Give this one a go.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:15:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a medium orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, grain and other malts. The flavor is lightly roasted malt, some alcohol and some lighter toffee malts. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A clean tasting lager, but nothing really stands out.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 16:26:59 | More by Mora2000
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kiltedtxn

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joeybeerbelly for this beer.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass & served at 47°.

A: Chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that holds up well & lacing appears as I drink.

S: A light maltiness with no hop presence.

T: A little clove spiciness and a medium malt body. Dark fruits come through as it warms up even more.

M: A light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: A good spice Christmas Beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 14:27:29 | More by kiltedtxn
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single copped from New Beer...
this was a rather light-flavored bock beer, which typically is a contradiction in terms... Smooth, roasted malts... Easily drinkable with hints of caramel and milk chocolate...
Good stuff...
Not too often I sample beers from this Pittsburgh brewing company...
Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 17:40:57 | More by dsa7783
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer from Penn Brewing. I actually bought this last christmas time, so it's been in my dark, cool closet. I'm not sure if it changed the taste any, but it was quite tasty. Had nice subtle hints of chocolate malt and slight hops. I was a little disappointed with the appearance. Not much to the head, died out pretty quickly. Can't really tell there's 7.5% in it, which could make it dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 01:52:14 | More by JISurfer
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown color with a off white color head that gives way to decent lacing. The smell is of caramel malt, chocolate malt, and some dark fruits. The taste is of caramel and chocolate malt with a hint of some spice, it is a good taste, but it isn't as full and bodied as some other bocks. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, the alcohol content is well hidden and the smell and appearance are very inviting.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 01:47:59 | More by goblue3509
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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
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A good example of "It may look good, but if it don't taste good..." but based on the other reviews I may have gotten a bad batch.

A - Clear dark brown body with a large quickly fading light brown head. The head had no lacing.

S - Burnt toast, mold. The aroma was similar to that of stagnant water.

T - Slightly sweet with a short aftertaste. One of the few beers that I have not been able to finish because of the taste (and in college I used to drink Meister Brau)

M - Light bodied. Slight fishy flavor but atleast there was a nuttiness from the malts.

D - No, not at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 01:09:47 | More by drcarver
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown color with thick then dissipating off-white head.
Our smell is full bodied with a solid grain, caramel, malt, and minor chocolate aroma coming together nicely.
We start with some light caramel and spice followed by some roast and a little chocolate.
This flavor sticks with me for a while and isn't overpowering or biting. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 19:09:34 | More by ThaBobfather
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruit, roasted malts, spices, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and spices. There is some good breadiness coming from the lager yeast along with a touch of smokiness. There's a decent hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful with a good complexity to it, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for while if you're in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 03:37:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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GoodKnight1220

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a big thick mug.

A - deep copper red with a thick frothy head

S - Rich heavy malt and a hint of sweet caramel

T - Easily the best Bock brewed, this is my favorite beerand look forward to it every year. Taste is a monderfull sweet malt.

M - Smooth and velvety, good carbonation and goes down easy.

D - Could throw a few of these back, but not too many b/c of the ABV. You can't even begin to taste the high ABV, this brew is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 01:40:13 | More by GoodKnight1220
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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
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dirtylou

Washington

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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark, ruby hued brown with a decent creme head. Nose is malty and leafy. Flavor brings the same. Consistent sweet tone that's not overdone. It's mostly a mix of the malts and that deep sugary tone. Feel is low on carbonation and slick and sticky on liquid. Quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:38:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark woody brown that shows excellent clarity were it allows light. Tan frothy head about 1 finger thick persists for the whole duration of the beer, leaving a few, sheet like sections of lace.

Aroma is thick and malty with a light spicy character. A bit tart.

Taste is big malts but well balanced. Spicy tartness in the finish which gives way to a longer lingering light sweetness.

Medium full body, soft and thick with carbonation. Very nice.

Decent brew and easy drinking, but not one I'll look for again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 02:25:28 | More by goatgoat
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RickKrumenacker

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One-finger head with mostly tight, small bubbles...it poured to a deep cherry-wood color...head dissipated pretty quickly but a thin ring was left around the edges of the beer

S - Some upfront alcohol...maybe a little bit of black licorice...sweetness once the beer warmed

T - Alcohol presence builds as the beer warms...fairly sweet, with hints of caramel...smokey malts...mild bitterness hits the back of the tongue

M - A little thinner than anticipated, but still crisp...tight carbonation

D - pretty easy going down...not necessarily my favorite style, but still pretty good

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 02:41:01 | More by RickKrumenacker
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blackie

Virginia

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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TheycallmeTim

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Penn St. Nick pours up a delicious reddish caramel color with a one finger creme colored cap that fades to skim pretty fast. Lots of little bubbles pock the rim of the skim throughout the tasting. Nice and lively for a lager.

S--That grain liqueur of melanoidins you expect from the style reign mightily here, providing plenty of syrupy nostril-coating sweetness. Undercurrent notes of bing cherries linger behind the sweet bready aromas. Sulfur and hops are nonexistent, as they should be.

T--More of that concentrated malt punch--I know calling a lager fresh is a little contradictory, but I can tell a difference in the brightness of the palate on this beer as opposed to the German imports. It's a welcome one, as it keeps the malt sweetness from being overbearing or stale. Bread notes range from biscuit to honeyed whole grain to dark pumpernickel. Minimal fruit, and again no sulfur, although some weird sour/bitter tug comes in on the finish, which is my only complaint. It's almost hidden by an interesting smoky flavor that creeps in as you near the beginning of the end, so to speak, and the finish starts (the "burnt" flavor the label mentions? dunno). Overall a satisfying and steady dose of the full profile of what malt can do, as even the bitterness I think is more from the grain than from hops.

M&D--Mouthfeel opens up with some lively carbonation, enough to make this creamy rather than watery, as the Mahr's Christmas Bock I tried was. Drinkability is average as this is a little strong for the style, but nowhere near unforgivable.

This holds its own not just as an exceptional domestic version of a style I hardly ever see from US breweries, but against the top German representatives in its class as well. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 20:48:09 | More by TheycallmeTim
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a half of off-white head composed of various sized bubbles... Respectable retention give way to an intriguing lace... Bronzish copper color... A limited amount of very slow paced carbonation... Coats glass well...

S - Not quite what I expected, but still pleasant... More mild than expected and if blind-folded, I could have mistaken this for a Czech Pilsner... Grains... Bread... Toasty malt... Mild hops... Corn...

T - Malt... Bread... A brisk spiciness... Faint caramel... Faint toffee... Apple... A very unique blend of flavor leads to an intriguing complexity...

M - Dry, start to finish... Creamy and smooth... Crisp... Sophisticated...

D - Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this brew... Probably need another to reach a solid conclusion... There's a lot I like, but overall I'm not sure I'm overly impressed...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:58:41 | More by philbe311
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, darkish brown with some rust colored highlights. 1-2 fingers of light tan head rise with decent retention. Head falls to a thick collar with some lacing.

S - Roasty malt with aromas of dark bread and hints of chocolate. Caramel sweetness is blended with a metallic scent.

T - The taste comes in roughly the same order as the nose. Early palate is some mildly roasted malt. Flavors of dark bread open up and the sweetness grows. With the sweetness there's some caramel flavor going on mid to late palate and there's a hint of cinnamon-like spice. Late palate/finish drops this score a half a point due to the big metallic character. Once the sweetness dies down there is a big mineral-like, earthy, and dusty finish which doesn't particularly suit the rest of the beer. Still very good.

M - Medium bodied with a nice moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, and probably the best bock I'v ever had. Loads of flavor without being watery or too roasty as some bocks I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 10:45:55 | More by PatrickJR
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to my notes, the biggest difference from this on tap Over the bottle are a slightly enhanced taste and look. The head sticks around much longer and while the tastes are mostly similar, the Christmas touch of honey and other spices are allowed a bit more room to show off. Mouthfeel and drinkability are still great, and smell is unfortunately still unremarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 21:00:10 | More by sonicdescent
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umtox

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a tan bubbles.

Smells of molasses and spice

Tastes of roasted malt and spice. A nice full bodied,yet creamy texture on the palate. A tiny bit of the aftertaste associated with an American lager is present.

Highly drinkable for a beer of this ABV. I had many on New Years eve and never tired of them.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 17:19:26 | More by umtox
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.