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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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DougAppleby

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

12-31-2013 01:09:24 | More by DougAppleby
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-29-2013 00:04:07 | More by BillRoth
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-25-2013 03:49:05 | More by GeoffreyM
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-22-2013 03:00:13 | More by Gatordaddy
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SteveLimoncello

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-22-2013 01:30:52 | More by SteveLimoncello
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Beer_Store_Guy

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Russian black bread. Great example of bock style from an American perspective. I like everything from Penn and this is no different. The consistency is the most enjoyable aspect of the winter beers. Wish that there were more of these in the variety case.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 18:58:53 | More by Beer_Store_Guy
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost solud dark brown with a finger and a half of foamy beige-colored head. Retains well, laces okay. Looks like a bock.

German grains with a hefty roast pushing coffee, spice, kernel nuttiness, and faintly sour mash noted into the fray. Earthy hops are mellowes by the cereal elements, but twang with a strange, but small, citrusy flair. Echoes clove and caramel vanilla notes through robust malt notes. A classic holiday ale and the smell is always good, every year.

Bitter earthiness with a touch of vanilla, dark sugars, clove-y spice, yeasty nut, and wet German maltiness. Yeast dries out the flavor with added powder, but the feel leans toward 'creamy', still. Medium-to-light roast coffee factors in and delivers more of that good bock nuttiness. Hints of cherried fruit and trail mix. Perhaps, a kiss of chocolate. Body stands up fine with a whoosh and a swish. Carbonation develops late in the mouth, almost inversely, with bubbles getting larger in the finish. Lingers with sparkling tongue spice, wetness on the palate, and a faded alcohol presence. Excellent mouthfeel.

A personal favorite for holiday ales. I drink over a dozen a year, I feel. Always available in my area, and standardly good. Especially, at my local dive bar.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 18:05:50 | More by thecheapies
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-16-2013 21:07:59 | More by ChrisMon02
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a nice head and lingering lacing. Slight nose of dark malt sweetness. Light medium body and well carbonated. The balanced flavor of dark / roast malt is pleasant and only hints at sweetness. Smooth crisp finish aided by the carbonation. The roast malt is most evident on the finish and leaves a nice residual flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 21:03:19 | More by tillmac62
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-15-2013 19:36:04 | More by outoffocus
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LSMroz

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-09-2013 22:51:19 | More by LSMroz
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and little lacing

S-roasted malt, hint of coffee, light chocolate,

T-roasted malt, light chocolate, slight char, light coffee, hint of molasses, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid bock with good flavor and easy drinkability

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 03:37:31 | More by MDDMD
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drh88

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-29-2013 21:58:07 | More by drh88
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dungledauf

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the brewery in a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark, chestnut brown in color. Clear with a no head, no lacing, and no carbonation.

Smell - Not malty at all. Expected to smell a malt bomb here, but I could not detect the smell of the multiple malts used in this style. It is possible the beer may have been served to cold

Taste - Thin-bodied lager with low bitterness. As with the smell, I expected a malt bomb, but I could not taste the sticky, complex, malt flavor associated with this style.

Mouthfeel - Thin-bodied and crisp

Notes: Penn Brewery has made this beer better in the past, and I have positively reviewed it. Maybe I had a bad batch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 20:49:49 | More by dungledauf
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xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-26-2013 00:43:09 | More by xbrettfavrex
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

11-23-2013 22:31:14 | More by reitzbrewing
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

11-07-2013 01:42:28 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-04-2013 15:29:11 | More by KJ2013
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squirreljr

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-26-2013 19:56:53 | More by squirreljr
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-23-2013 01:11:08 | More by Dawkins
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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-20-2013 18:28:38 | More by Griggsy
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kushlash23

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-28-2013 16:08:56 | More by kushlash23
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-11-2013 13:18:24 | More by InspectorBob
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

08-03-2013 22:56:06 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-03-2013 02:58:22 | More by NYR_Rob
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.