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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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337 Ratings

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Ratings: 337
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 rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep transparent walnut brown body with a medium head of off-white. The carbonation is one of gentle tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a nice caramelized malt aroma with a hint of sweetness.

T- This beer has a smooth caramel malt flavor with some deeper roasted malts in the background. There is a soft sweetness with a hint of alcohol and smoky flavor at the finish. After the finish there is a faint bitterness from hops with some sulfur hints that balances the sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some nice light fizz quality to enhance the mouthfeel.

D- This is a smooth nice lager that has good balance and nice roasted malt notes.

rhoadsrage, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red-to-brown body, topped by an inviting tower of off-white foam. Very good lacing.

Aroma is a bakery, sweet and bready.

Taste begins with a rich, deep malty start, sweet but not cloying, a rich caramel. Dark fruits. A nice bit of roasty/toastiness, too. Enough hops for a bit of balance in the end, so the finish is not overly sweet.

Slick, three-quarter full mouthfeel. Very good drinkability for a bock.

An enjoyable and not overpowering Christmas beer. I'll look forward to it at Christmas' Yet To Come.

RonfromJersey, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderfully crafted bock. Pours out to a dark, slightly hazy cherrywood color with a big cream colored foam head. Medium level of carbonation, and mounds of lace. Aromas of smooth malts and some fruit. Nice. Taste is great; lots of mild malt, some caramel and candied elements, dry hops and a nice bread character round this beer out very well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. A touch of creaminess on the tongue. A good level of drinkability. One of the best micro-made bocks i've had. Recommended. Thanks to MaltyGoodness for the sample.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: This is perhaps Benji's favorite bock. He begs for more. Good boy.

Frozensoul327, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was served to me at Bridgewaters Pub with a big, thick, foamy, deep-tan head. The Nose was verymalty with an almost chocolate-like sweetness. The color was a deep garnet or ruby red, so dark as to appear black until held up to the light. The mouthfeel initially struck me as too thin for a bock, and so I recommend letting it warm up some. Even then, it still came across as thin, but the flavors really came alive. The big tatse is caramel, but I also noted a fruity taste, like cherry, on the finish. Overall, it was okay, but I'd prefer something bigger and chewier for the holiday season.

woodychandler, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a rich mahogany color with an offwhite head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt and and fruit, and a hint of spice. It just feels good to draw this into my nostrils.

Nice full malty flavor upfront followed by a fantastic yeasty fruitiness. A hint of spices follow as it finishes quite cleanly. A really good tasting and well rounded brew.

Body seems a little thin for the full flavor and listed ABV. Would like to see this baby with a little more back.

Ridiculously easy to drink.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of Illinick
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brew that is not quite black-more to the effect of very dark mahogany and brown with hints of red when held to light. Nice, fluffy head that dissipates to a thin layer. Decent spider web lacing.
S: Roasted scents-like a mix of roasted nut, malts, and some oats. Scents of pit fruits/dark pit fruits in there too-cherry, etc. Some bread and a hint of light chocolate. Very nice aroma.
T: Parallels the smell and hides the alcohol content nicely. Smooth flavors of the roasted variety with the pitted fruit flavors in there too coming out nicely in the ending. Some spice at the beginning. A nice hidgepodge of roasted and dark fruit flavors.
MF: Nice bodied brew that fills the palate nicely.
DR: Smooth! A very nice brew to enjoy around the Holidays.
Overall: Another great beer from a great Brewery! Always a seasonal staple. With its great drinkability you can bring this to a nice holiday party and it will be enjoyed by all!

Illinick, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of eze153
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very dark beer I would say a midnight black appearence, when poured the head is about an ince thick which dissapates rather fast but leaves a thin layer of lace on the top.

Smell: There is a lot of fruit in the scent, it reminds me of christmas in a way also I find that the smell of roasted oats is ever pervalent in the mix.

Taste: The taste is amazing, you can't even taste the alcohol, being that it is around 7.5% The major componet is the roasted oats but there is a subtle flavor of the fruits, mostly in the aftertaste which is plesently refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet, tingly after the first quaff, if you let it sit the tingle sensation becomes very intense.

Drinkability: It is very refreshing though, having too many can tend to leave a bad after taste, unless it is with food. Pesonally, I only like to drink one by itself and the rest are with something to eat.

Overall this is another great seasonal beer by Penn. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little warmth around the holidays! Cheers!

eze153, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of AltBock
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle that I got in the Penn Brewery variety pack. The bottle had a picture of old jolly St. Nick and no date notched on the side of the bottle. It's typical of Penn Brewery not to notch the date on the side along with all their beer labels being off center.

Appearance: Poured a nice dark murky amber color with a head of white foam 2in. in height. Lack of carbonation bubbles through out the pilsener glass.

Smell: A wonderful aroma of sweet dark fruits like plums and raisins, with the plums being more prevalent than the other fruits, and with some spices in the background. A nice Christmas aroma.

Taste: This is where you get to taste all those aromas that you smelled. The sweet dark fruits like plums and cherries and with the different spices in the background. Quite good!

Mouthfeel: The bottle said it was full bodied but it was more like medium bodied, sweet finish, and with no hint of that 7.5% alcohol content.

Drinkability: This made a nice well rounded winter beer that I could drink one after the another. I would do that, but I only have 5 bottles left. A must try for you Bock lovers! Keep up the good work Penn Brewing Company!

AltBock, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of walleye
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle. poured a dark brown, with a tan head. aroma, caramel, malt, some chocolate, hints of molasses. flavor dark fruits, cherries, raisins, brown sugar.this was a very enjoyable beer to drink, nice full mouthfeel, and after taste stayed around just long enough.

walleye, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of jakester
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a sampler case I got at Shangy's. I drank it in a pilsner glass. The month numbers (no year numbers!) were on the back of the bottle, but nothing was notched. No date on the case, either.

Pours a brilliant dark mahogany with a slight brown tint. Not much carbonation evident. A one finger head of tan foam forms on top, drops off after a while to islands and a ring. Intermittent splotches of lacing are on the glass.

Aroma is of rich dark bready malts, very clean. Notes of dark cherries, brown sugar, and burnt candy apples. Just a wee hint of spicy hops. Some DMS arises as it warms.

The flavor is rich, dark, and caramel-y malts, very yummy. Notes of dark cherries and plums, with maybe a port wine character. Good level of residual sugar , with some heat at the end. Aftertaste is rich and dark.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and creamy, with soft carbonation. Finish is long and sweet and delish.

This is a good representation of the style. Rich and complex with a sound malt base. I would buy a case of this.

jakester, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a 12 ounce bottle, that came with freshness dating notched onto the label. (month only unfortunatly) Pours dark honey brown, with a rich malty nose. Tan head, leaving some sticky lacing. Medium carbonation and also medium bodied. Sweet malty brew, notes of vanilla, cookies, caramel, toffee and bananas, Almond nut liquer in the back ground. Nice, smooth winter sipper.

Billolick, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 2 finger head resulted from a pouring of this ruby brown beer. Some carbonation rose to the top and contributed to the head which lasted throughout my sampling of this beer. The smell contained the scent of dark chocolate. At first this beer tasted sweet and then became bitter, and contained flavors of roasted malt and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel was good, but a little light. A good beer which I look forward to having again.

tomthumbsblues, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of brewQ
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was Mardi Gras and a Bock sounded right.
I asked the Pittsburgh area bar what they had.
I was quite surprised to see Santa on the label!
Seemed like a blurring of seasons.

The dark jewel like color made me think of a Porter.
A firm and steady off-tan head reinforced that image.

The nose was chocolatey and malty. Though it was not overwhelming in the taste. Actually quite clean and balanced.
Residual sweetness in the finish.

A great brew. I'm still a bit baffled on the style and presentation: Bock, Doppelbock or ? Santa?

brewQ, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of unit555
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer at the brewery with a plate of wurst. The appearance is impressive with a dark amber color (caught them on a rare dya when they were serving beer in glass instead of plastic)and a nice half inch layer of foam.

Creamy texture that is smooth on the initial taste and the finish. Tasted heavily of malt. I hihgly recommend it.

unit555, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: It looks like Christmas! A dark copper with nice red notes and a nice off-white head.

Smell: Initially spicy followed by a mellow, soothing malt flavor. Hints of pepper, cloves, and almost cherries.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is a well-balanced beer that is all about the spices. Filled with holiday cheer, this beer is pack with flavor as well, keeping it a complex and spicy brew. But it has just the right combination of spices and malts to balance it our perfectly. The mouthfeel is smooth and light-bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: I'd have to say this is my favorite of the Penn brews that I've had. Balanced yet complex, unique yet tasty. I think I'm going to pick up a case of this. This is one of the better Christmas beers I've had this year. Highly recommended - try it.

santoslhalper, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with two fingers of off-white head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty, with candied plums, caramel apples, and ginger spice (no not the exiled spice girl). A hint of alcohol detected in the nose. The taste is also malty, not as sweet or as robust as the smell. Cherries and grapes linger a bit. Still some hops and alcohol present on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick, coating the tongue well, yet smooth. The drinkability is fairly good as well. A nice representation of the style.

SheepNutz, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may have been the night, but I wasn't as super impressed by this winter beer as everyone else seems to be. Appearance is a nice dark brown, ruby glowing sort of beer. I couldn't really get much happening in the nose area - may have been environmental. Taste was satisfying. Its a smooth and spicy beer with some tastes of over ripened fruit, and a strong saltiness to it. Once I started my second one, I liked it a bit better. To this beer's credit, it at least was properly spiced, which I can not say for this year's Samuel Adams winter brew.

GuinnessSmurf, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and slightly murky crimson. Small tan head recedes to a collaring in less than a minute. Really nice bready malt nose. Smells like I'm in for a meal. Some slight dark fruits are noticeable as well. This bock agrees with my palate tremendously. . Carmelized sugars, raisin and prune, molasses, some wood and a firm maltiness are accented by a ghostly herbal and dry hop character. Very pleasing. The body is damn near full and the mouthfeel is quite luscious. Nice Bock. I'd drink a lot of this in March if it were available here.

Thank you beergeek279.

Bighuge, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a bright plummy color, with a short, slight head above.
Aroma: Super-fat malt at the forefront, thick, rich, sweet, wow!, loaded with character, slightly spicy, quite a treat.
Taste: considerable heft on the palate, again, rich, malty, spicy, chock full of dark fruits, cherries, berries,raisins, etc., plus a yeasty bready quality. Quite a kicky ginger cookie we've got here, just the thing to make the jolly old man pleased as holiday punch. Medium to full body, with a long, lingering finish, sits happily on the palate, gets comfortable, provides a spicy, fruity blend of pleasure with every sip.
Very nice bock, and thanks to fellow felonious, Phil!

feloniousmonk, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a decent finger-deep, off-white head of uniform, dense foam. Nice amount of carbonation; bubbles in streamers are rather separated but there are a lot of streamers. When held away from light, this is a very, very dark brown beer with rosewood highlights; when held to light it positively glows a shimmering translucent garnet... Aroma is of buttery Hallertau hops, a very buttery sensation throughout the nose itself; along with biscuits and bread there is a hint of raisiny sweetness. Flavor is very good, starting with a mellow caramel maltiness; this builds up to a plateau of warm spiciness, with suggestions of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg that never goes over the top but remains extremely savory (never exceeding the bounds of drinkability); finally subsiding into a very delicate suggestion of hops at the back of the palate; this is balanced very well indeed. Mouthfeel includes a plucky carbonation but is a bit watery in the middle of the body, where I would prefer more assertion. This one is another winner from Penn when it comes to sheer drinkability, an outright chugger. If you find this beer... drink it!

NearerMyBeerToMe, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of Beerparrot
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this 2003 batch has been one of their better brews.Last years, (2002), was way too sweet. On tap far out weighs the bottle, but you will hear no complaints from this beer drinker. Simply put, this is an excellent holiday beer.

Smooth drinking. Nice dark brown color. Plenty of sweet maltiness without being overpowered by sweetness. You can drink this all night, and I have!

Available on tap at Elwoods in Rural Ridge, Pa. 724-265-1181

Beerparrot, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some nice reddish highlights showing thru with no head to speak of,arom is on the lighter side of almost buttery notes and some sweetness.A real chewy tasting brew with some caramel sweetness and some earthy unsweetened chocolate flavor that hits and lingers thru the finish,very appetizing.A nice full flavored beer to drink before bed.

oberon, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Bock to be sure, this one tapped from the bottle a deep rich brown color and left me remnants of the head, a mini-head, as I continued to consume this brew. The aroma was heavy on the maltiness and even had notes of sweetness and some residual spice going on in there, so I think anyway. The balance of this brew was evident. Very telling, indeed. A solid Bock. If you are able to get you hands on this, you will not be disappointed.


goindownsouth, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottling...dark reddish hued brown color, very attractive. Head is lightly yellow and rises to 1/2 an inch. Lacing is fine and intricate. Aroma is spicy and hoppy, granular pine-like hops combined with an overal cinnamon tone. Nice body for a Bock, fully medium with fruitcake maltiness, all the way down to walnut, holiday spices, and a sassy prickliness. Finishes strongly with moderate and pleasant aftertaste. This is a more recent brew than my days in Pittsburgh, but its very nice. I wish Schell would do this kind of Lager for the holidays, rather than straying into English-style Ale territory so much. Thanks to an old Pittsburgh bud, P. D. for the bottle.

ADR, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is a very dark amber with a wispy white head. The smell is a plumy malt sweetness. The taste is plum sweet...very nice maltiness, with a slight hint of the Hallertau, and the aftertaste features the cerealish taste that makes this a bock. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few of these.

Probably the finest offering from Penn Brewery, and sadly only a holiday offering. A delicious beer, with a nice sweetness, and something I'll be having plenty of (considering I just got half a case).

beergeek279, Dec 18, 2003
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