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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

338 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 338
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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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in a 12 oz. bottle w/ no batch number, so I wonder if mine was slightly different/another batch. I actually tried this in a flue glass, and it didn't leave much head or lacing, but the smell of chocolate malts creamed my nose.
Has a light, somewhat seethru when held to light composition that I would describe as a copperish-auburn.
I easily tasted the chocolate and roasted malts (I wonder if they used oak or honey in the recipe as well) and the beer went down extremely smooth with a pleasant malty backbite that could be described as coffeeish. The high ABV is hidden well, and this is a very good drink and surprised me with how smooth and lightbodied it was.
I couldn't keep downing this, like most "winter" beers it is not designed for mass consumption, but one after Christmas dinner warms and relaxes the spirits.

clayrock81, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Inn on the Allegheny, Foxburg, PA.

A- Pours a deep reddish-brown, with a thin tan head, which dissipated quickly.

S- Hints of spice, but little else (perhaps this was poured too cold).

T- A good malt flavor, some subtle spiciness, very well balanced, not too sweet.

M- Well carbonated, but thinnish in the body.

D- The alcohol wasn't noticeable, this beer is quiite drinkable.

cichief, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of thebighungry
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm already on my second case of this beer since it was released this season, so that is one indication of how much I enjoy this beer.

This is a very tasty beer. Make sure it has warmed up a bit; I usually let it sit for a couple minutes after removing it from the fridge.

It holds a good head and is a nice deep amber in color. I have been feeding this beer to everyone I know. I'm sure there are more detailed reviews for this beer. All I know is that I love it and you should support this brewer!

thebighungry, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of alexw
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 5 gallon keg in my backyard @ our Christmas Pig Roast!

Pours a nice amber color with an average head. Some lacing is apparent in the glass, but not much...

A very nutty smell, as well as a noticable malt aroma. Undertones of chocolate as well. The smell of hops is present, but subdued.

The taste is SUPERB! Just as with the smell, a chocolatey taste is present, but the beer is not overly sweet. Considering how much the malt overwhelmed in the aroma, it is somewhat surprising how mild the sweetness is in the taste. This bock had a crisp, somewhat hoppy taste at first, but then the chocolate & even caramel-like tastes come through at the end. As others have commented, a nicely layered taste.

Very drinkable; I must have had a dozen glasses that day, and it never got old! I enjoyed this beer a lot -- but unfortunately ran out of ice & am just trying to figure out how to cool the keg back down to have the last bit of it now :)

alexw, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of irishevans
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a mighty fine bock, but you should expect that of Penn Brewery. mellow hoppiness at first and a little more bitey on the finish, another great apres ski(or better yet snowboard) beer, and one of the many things i miss about pittsburgh this time of year, worth your while for certin

irishevans, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown/ruby color, with an off-white foamy head. Head disappears rather quickly. A few spotty patches of lace.

Slight roasty and chocolate aroma. Maybe a bit earthy in the background, but overall a pretty clean aroma.

Clean flavor. A nice amount of chocolate malt, with a slight roasty element to it. Not much bitterness at all, but not overly sweet. Maybe some earthy hops in the background.

Clean, medium body, good malty flavor. Very easy to drink. I can't believe this is 7.5% ABV, as it is so well hidden. Very nice.

Bierguy5, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper/ amber color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, a roasty malt, caramel and a small chocolate note. In the taste, quite malty and some cocoa hints. A smooth, malty mouthfeel and a malty sweet cocoa aftertaste. Easy to drink, yet malty for some. A nice cocoa sweetness.

OWSLEY069, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a rich brown nearly black. Has a nice initial head that drops to a nice ring.

Smell is roasty malts, caramel.

Taste is caramel and chocolate. Roasted malts almost burnt flavors. Noticable hops.

Overall, this a very tasty beer and highly drinkable. A very nice Christmas brew.

bluegrassbrew, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Clear, chestnut color with ruby tones. Small, light tan head composed of medium sized bubbles.

Aroma included yeast and was very fruity -- dark mainly, raisins and figs came to mind. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Earthy.

Taste was more sweet than bitter. Fruity, like aroma, raisins and prunes. Light caramel. Chocolate. Touch of herbal bitterness at finish.

Medium in body. Low to medium carbonation. Sweet.

Quite good. Not the biggest malt fan, but this was very tasty. Just enough bitterness to contrast the overall sweet malt profile. Very drinkable, perhaps dangerously so with the ABV.

, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of heidelbeerg
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from pennsyvania brewing. Pours a nice rich root beer color with a head that is about 1/2" high. The aroma is very nice. It Gives off a sweet malt aroma with a slight roasted note. Taste is very full bodied with coffee/chocolate hints and some roasted character but not too much that it tastes burnt in any way. The hops balance everything out nicely. Balance is the key here as it has a lot going on but nothing dominates. The smoothness is incredible. Perfect mouthfeel...rich and full without being sticky or thick. This is the best bock beer I have ever enjoyed! This is a true Holiday treat.

heidelbeerg, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a nice creamy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is burnt and roasted malts, nuts and caramel. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee flavors and some hops in the finish. Overall, this is one of the better bocks that I have had. This beer is very highly recommended.

cjgator3, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with an average head. Minimal lacing is noted.

S: Nice roasted nutty malt aromas with a touch of chocolate. Hops play subtle piney role in the background.

T: Nice bock taste. Nuts, malt, coffee, and hints of chocolate. A gentle sweetness under it all. Pretty nice brew, though bocks are not my thing.

M: Nice and full bodied.

D: Bock lovers will probably love this one, me not being one of them I am glad to say I tried it.

Overall: A fine example of a bock. Nice layered taste that is actually pretty enjoyable.

tpd975, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a deep ruby brown that retains a lot of clarity when held to the light. A half inch of fizzy eggshell head on top. Aromas begin with roasty, chocolate malts. Somewhat fruity as well with a light fig aspect. Grainy with a touch of herbal hops. Pretty good.

First sip brings a crisp, lightly roasted malt with accents of chocolate, caramel and a dark fruit background. A bit of a bready aspect. Slightly sweet it flows down with just a touch of herbal hop bitterness. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and ample carbonation making it an easy to drink brew. Overall, this is a solid bock and I can appreciate it even though it's not one of my favorite styles. This is my first Penn Brewing beer and hopefully I'll have a chance to sample more in the future.

orbitalr0x, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely, clear chestnut color with ample, fluffy off-white head with great staying power. The aroma ... well, kind of an oddity, lots of spices behind (or in front of?) a solid mass of maltiness, something like bread, an odd duck, but actually quite nice. The taste is also different, but well done. Sweet and toasty malts roll around the tongue for a bit before giving way to spices and a very mild alcohol warming, with the appearance of a fine carbonation keeping it lively, ending dry and bittering up as the mouth smooths out. Overall, its an interesting beer, and wasn't quite sure how I'd rate it. As it is, its an intelligent bock, an easy to drink beer, and one I'm very glad MuenchenerKindl sent me.

objectivemonkey, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought a bottle home from Pittsburgh last week, and drank it after a 90 degree day. Not the conditions for this beer to shine, but its time was up.

Dark burgandy brown color, crystal clear, thinnest of heads. The smell was malty, sweet, and a little roasted-like. The flavor was richly malty but surprisingly bitter in the after-taste. Not bad, pretty good, I'll try it again this winter if it's available in OH.

TurdFurgison, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of kpantz
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: In a word - smoooth. Nice malt (both roasted and bready in character) flavor profile here. Not too aggressive on any one dimension - makes this a highly drinkable bock.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby/amber (more ruby than amber) into the glass. Finger thick, fluffy head is loathe to recede. Lacing isn't all too prominent.

Smell: Bready malt aroma. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Sweet smelling.

Taste: Sweetness is pretty short-lived on the tongue, as roasted malt flavor takes over, and then it finishes out with a distinct hop character (though not overly bitter in the back end). Coffee flavor is present, as is a certain fruity character (cherries, perhaps).

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected, but it's not a doppelbock, ferchrissakes. Carbonation is very low, which really enhances the smoothness of this puppy.

Drinkability: Yeah, I could dump back a six pack of this. Good, complex (but not too complex) palate and a light body. 7.5% ABV goes unnoticed (until the 3rd or 4th bottle, that is).

kpantz, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Warsteiner pils glass.

Very clear red body with a thick off white head and tons of bubbles streaming to the top.

Very malty and some carmel smells.

I taste some dark fruit then roasted nuts then some chocolate and it finishes very clean.

It seems like the carbonation is heavenly and is perfect.

Thanks Joe! This stuff is worth buying a case of.Very tasty and a sipper for sure.

MmmIPA, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Alkey

Pours a clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little tan fizzy head, leaves some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is slightly roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad bock at that.

Wasatch, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of gottajiboo2
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a dark cherry color with a medium brownish tan head fading to a thin bubbly carpet. smells of damp malty sweetness and cherries. The taste was a herbal cherry thickness, layers of maltiness and warmth and a chewy mouth feel. very good beer, just one or two though.

cheers

gottajiboo2, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Braudog
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a well-chilled 12 oz bottle. Deep brown or crimson with a bare whisper of a off-white foamy head that virtually disappeared after 10 seconds. Aroma? Not much ... a virtual whimper to the olfactory senses ... roasted barley, maybe a slight swirl of fresh pine. Thankfully, the flavor is more entertaining ... moderately robust with some dark cherry, bitter chocolate, and a bitter finish. Good. (#2724, 2/23/2007)

Braudog, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured beer from bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees which was too cold. Beer had a nice dark roasted color with a fine bubbly tan head. Roasted hop taste, light nutty slightly. Beer was lighter tasting than it looked. I though the beer was kinda flat tasting also but might just have been this bottle. Even though I did not give this beer a high rating, I believe I will try it again just to see.

Minkybut, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass fridged to about 47 degrees, it pours a ruby colored body with copper tones throughout (maybe reverse that). The head is a solid surface layer of pale tan color that reduces itself to an oily surface layer with some slight cling on the edges. Bold and malty on the nose, some fruits come through to me right away (cherries) along with some chocolate aroma that basically reminds me of malty chocolate covered cherries, or of a Whitmans Cherry-filling chocolate square. Malty body on the sip followed along with some cherry flavor and chocholate that makes this seem like a nice dessert brew. Finish is slightly bitter and some hops even come through a bit. Sipping, the tip of my tongue tingles from the carbonation, but the alcohol hides in this one quite well at least until the finish and aftertaste, which sticks around a bit. Overall drinkability? Outstanding brew from Penn. I am not an overly-joyous fan of many of the offerings, but this one was great. The only thing hurting the drinkability of this one is the "higher" alcohol content, but who's counting??? Cheers!

Fish113d, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color; the head foams up and disappears fairly quickly, leaving scant droplets of lace

Smell: Smells vaguely like a German chocolate cake with a cherry on top; lager twang in the aroma, too

Taste: Starts out with a cherry and chocolate character; after the swallow, moderate bitter flavors kick in and while there is a lager twang on the finish, the other flavors cover it up pretty well; nice lingering chocolate after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation; slight warmth down the gullet

Drinkability: A rarely encountered style that Penn pulls off very well

Thanks, eclectic, for the opportunity

brentk56, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of jaluria
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark crimson color. Semi-opaque but still simmering in the light. A tan colored head develops but quickly dissipates and leaves some lacing and some big bubbles on the surface. Aromas of dark fruit, roasted grains, plums, and yeast. The alcohol and fruit flavors dominate. Sweet malt flavors come in a wave form; adding depth and interest to the beer. Slightly chewy and very bread-like in the finish. Enough sweetness to pair nicely with sweet dishes and still bitter enough to handle creamy sauces.

jaluria, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of deejaydan
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red, bordering on brown. Starts with a big, fluffy head. Aroma is alcohol and molasses. Taste is good, malty, alcohol is hidden, but there is a minerally taste to this beer. Must be the water? Carbonation is spot on for this beer. Mouthfeel is kind of thick, but that is to be expected, yet the alcohol and carbonation keep it balanced. Nice. Very drinkable. Thanks to Secret Santa and Imstillthegman for this one.

deejaydan, Jan 17, 2007
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.