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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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377 Ratings

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 76
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 12-03-2002

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.
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Ratings: 377 | Reviews: 209
Photo of righthereisay
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very satisfied with this bock. Very full flavored. In fact, when served at a Christmas party with folks who have no idea about non Bud/Miller beers, they all loved it. The case was finished quickly. I was very satisfied.

This beer was not Penn's best, but almost. I would have to try them both at the same time though.

And of course, Santa on the front added to the festive atmosphere.

This version is not as flavorful or full bodied as the Reserve. I would recommend the Reserve, definitely on tap.

Although it is high in alcohol, you cannot taste it. Great beer. Clap Clap Clap.

Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby brown color with a fairly small white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is faint, I pick up some munich malt and a hint of red wine. The taste is of the bready/doughy munich malt, mineral water, and a nice lightly toasted grain. Quite a clean taste. Perhaps some red grapes in the end. The bock has a moderate body with crisp carbonation, nice malty sweetness, very easy on the palate. A highly drinkable bock, very clean and crisp, nice malt flavor. The 7.5ABV is nowhere to be found. Good brew.

Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says 6.9% ABV

Dark mahogany color with a nice creamy head that leaves some drippy lace on the glass. Malty, bready aromas followed by some pale fruit and berries. Rich malty flavor...sweet berries, caramel, raisins. Clean and a little sticky. Medium bodied and smooth. Not bad...not the greatest bock in the world though.

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug.

Cloudy dark mahogany hue with a one finger tan head that settles to a thin cap.

Dark candy sugar with a bit of caramel, and a touch of dry and toasty malts.

Burnt caramel comes up first with some lingering roasty grains that are similar to what you find in a porter. Hop bitterness is on the low end. Full bodied.

I always liked the darker Bock beers than the lighter ones, and this one is a good example of the former. Recommended.

Photo of mbrasi
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Aroma is sweet with noticible alcohol not pleasant. Flavor is smooth with a partially clean finish. A little staleness in the finish. Malt dominates the flavor profile as expected for the style. I just think the finish can be a little better. After the undesirable aroma I was expecting an bad experience but the beer is actually quite drinkable.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great traditional depiction of St. Nick on the bottle. It gets you into the festive mood. The beer itself is a dark ruby red. The faded khaki colored cap settles to a thick collar that leaves minimal lacing behind. Smells of lightly roasted chocolate malt. The hops are subdued in the nose, but balance out the relative sweetness.

Tastes initially of sweet chocolate, but quickly finishes with a surprisingly assertive hop bitterness. The hallertau are quite noticeable and outweigh some of the more interesting and complex flavors imparted by the malts. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation provides a rich impact, but I would have hoped for something a bit more chewy for this style and beer. A little to strong on the hops in my eyes for the style, but its an enjoyable beer that would likely be improved when paired with some traditional German pork.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber color. Gives a thick brown foam head with more than sufficient lacing.

S: Nothing stands out, some bready malts, caramel with some hints of spice.

T: A good amount of bread and caramel dominate the flavor. Some spice comes through in the middle. The flavors combine rather well.

M: A thick creamy taste last on the palate. A decent amount of carbonation.

D: Despite a slightly higher ABV, I could enjoy more than one in a sitting.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another beer I have tried numerous times and am just now getting around to reviewing. A beer I like a lot.

A very dark amber to brown body with a finger of tan head that has only a little retention. Leaves spotty lacing behind on the glass.

Smells slightly burnt with some choclate and earhty notes.

Tasty bock. Combines toasted malts, nice chocolate flavors and noble hops. Roasted, chocolatey and earthy spicy notes come together nicely. Extremely well-balanced and tasty brew.

A pretty light mouthfeel, well carbonated.

Drinkability on this one is absolutely fantastic. I can put these back one after the other. I had no idea that this beer was 7.5 %ABV until I went to write this review. Hidden extremely well, not even a trace of alcohol.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bocktown. Actually my first experience with this beer though I have had the option of trying it many times.

A- Crystal clear Mahogany body that is served with a nice 1 finger light tan colored head. Head retention is great and traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- A little bit of sour fruitiness with a hint of cinnamon and German malt.

T- At first the fruity tartness comes through but it is quickly overshadowed by the big spicy presence that becomes the dominant flavor of the beer. Mainly cinnamon but other spices are in there too (maybe nutmeg). The malt comes through a little more for the finish and has the slightest roasted flavor but is mostly cinnamon.

M- Has a nice, light drinkable lager body with medium carbonation. Just what one would expect.

D- This is an awesome beer. I was able to finish two pints of it fairly quickly and i wanted more. One I will definitely be consuming more of this holiday season. Also the 7.50% is completely unnoticeable.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark auburn with a 2+ finger head that leaves some lacing.

S: Bready malts, earthiness, and some sweet caramel hints.

T: Caramel, bread, and earthy/minty hops.

M: Full and creamy with a clean finish.

D: Nice winter beer. The alcohol creeps up on you but the beer is something that I would order more of at a bar.

Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark copper color, with some light coming through, with good head and some nice lacing. Nice malty scent, earthy, but not as deep and strong as I'd like. Excellent taste, very thick and smooth, a lot of malty goodness, a real earthy flavor with some nice caramel finishing. It goes down very well for a higher gravity beer. An excellent Christmas bock.

Photo of shaebs99
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice brownish color with a touch of red in the light. A tan foamy head leaves some lacing throughout.

Smell is of dark and roasted malts with a hint of spiciness (from the yeast/alcohol or maybe hops)

Taste is of roasted caramel malts with a slight burnt taste that finishes dry with a feel of hops. Really well-balanced flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice carbonation

It could just be that I was really in the mood for it, but I could drink this all winter. A nice malty step up from the Oktoberfests that got me through the past few months.

Photo of UA8
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the few bocks that i have tried and I must say its quite the tasty specimen. It reminds my a bit of and english brown ale. It has a nice dark chestnut color to it.
The flavor has nicely caramelized malts which fades in sour cherries and a touch a hop backing. feels fresh and smooth in the mouth. Overall a very tasty beer I guess Ill have to look for another quality bock to try.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of therica
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice bock.

A= dark amber-brown-red, modest head, some lacing.

S= malts, candied-raisins, apple, some florals.

T= nicely robust, bold bock, very present hops but balanced bite, apple, raisins, slight reminiscences of brandy from the ABV, very nice.

M= slight sweetness with roasted malts, balanced hops-bite residuals, all the fruity hints.

D= very drinkable but modestly limited by the ABV for quantity. Also slightly heavy for quantity.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Sweet malts, molassas, and a hint of fruity "Twizzler" candy in the background.

T = Sweetness all around....which is great! Malty sweetness upfront, raisin and molassas near the end, with some sweet bread rounding out the finish. There was no perceived bitterness at all. Alcohol is completely hidden.

MF = Smooth as silk. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is one solid bock beer. Very easy to drink and very delicious!

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber brown with a small head and a decent lace.
The aroma is of malts and raisins. The taste is malts,fruits,sweet caramel and just a hint of alcohol. The overall feel is medium carbonation,creamy and only slightly dry.

Notes: No complaints,decent brew. I could have a few. The ABV was fine as it was well masked. Not heavy,and I did not expect it to be. Good feelings on this beer all around. Next time I will buy a few. Seems more like a winter beer,but on a cool spring/summer night I could manage one or two.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Poured from a bottle a clear orange-amber with a light beige head.

Light aroma of sweet malts, bread and a hint of molasses. The alcohol is well hidden.

Tastes of sweet malts, raisin, and bread.

Medium mouthfeel, somewhat dry, and mildly carbonated.

A good bock, but sadly, not a great bock. A little light in my opinion.

Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head has very good retention and the color is a nice amber red rust brown.

S: very malty bread roasting type aroma. not burnt toast but fresh yeasty bread almost, rising?

T: earthy very delicious and bready. there is some malt dry crispness. its a quality earthy thick tasting bock beer.

M/D: I got this for Christmas, its a great beer, very solid and delicious

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a dark cherry/brown pour. A modest head, a complete layer of bubbles but no more. Attempts to lace but the stuff just slides down.

Aroma - bready malts, a bit toasty, fruity, and a touch boozy.

Taste - toasted grain with the requisite malty sweetness. Peppy carbonation , a bit salty at times, speeds through mid-palate quickly. A light dark fruit sweetness on the swallow, a brief twang of hops provide a little something besides malt. Finishes with some mild abv warmth and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel - a little much on the carbonation, letting some of that out helps. Kind of thin, could use another notch of body.

Drinkability - nothing super, but an easy sixer to polish off.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark tea, extremely light coffee color. It is extremely clear and a nice amount of tan head soon descends into a trace along the side of the glass and surface. Aroma is pure malt: a good amount of caramel, toasted bread, pecans. No roasted malts are detected and no bitterness; along with no hops. A medium rich mouthfeel fills my mouth with even more complex malt flavors. A nice creaminess as well from the medium carbonation. I get a little bit of raisin and dark fruit flavor, coming from the malts, not esters, along with a slight floral spice from the hops and just enough bitterness to keep it balanced. Finish is extremely clean with a little sweetness but nothing cloying. Overall, my first of this style, and though I'm still a diehard hop head, a nice brew.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz bottle, courtesy of Muenchenerkindl

A - pours a deep clear ruby, head is fair and off white, almost translucent

S - huge roasted malt notes, almost an oat note in there, slight fruity twinge, dig it.

T - definite roast, tip of the tongue tangyness, cherry, oat, awesome.

M - crisp, smooth, slick, great.

D - all night, damn you!

Photo of BeerTruth
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from a chump named Josh. Thanks buddy.

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Pours a murky dark amber hue with a one finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of scattered bubbles. Stickiness is thin, but there. Smell has a nutty characteristic with a bit of noble hops. Some dark fruits with a hint of faint chocolate malt and bready notes. Big metallic flavor up front followed by a sweet nutty malt. Some lager yeast and a nice toasted caramel sweetness. Light to medium body with a smooth creamy carbonation. Pretty shocked this one has a 7.5% abv. I really enjoy how this one goes down. I haven't had too many bocks, but this is definitely one of the better ones.

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, no dating but the neck label proclaims this is celebrating 20 years, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear reddish brown color. The head formed a sticky 2 fingers thick and faded very slowly.

Aroma: Grainy malts, that's all I got.

Taste: A mixture of sweet caramel malts and dark chocolate up front. The grainy taste comes through in the middle, and the chocolate becomes more assertive. The finish is a little sweet, reminds me a little of raisins. There's also a slight alcohol warming at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, veryt smooth. The carbonation balances nicely.

Overall: Tasted good on a very cold winter's night, but really nothng spectacular.

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