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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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very good

363 Ratings

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 75
Gots: 26 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(poured into a flared pilsner glass)

A: deep reddish-brown liquid... nice amount of coffee-creme-colored head, about an inch.... minimal mucus-y lacing

S: molasses, cocoa, mild licorice, wet tree bark/leaves

T: immediate, bold, slightly bittersweet baker's cocoa - delicious!... tasty traces of burnt caramel in the finish with a hint of leafy hop flavor and assertive bitterness... the aftertaste lasts awhile and has an almost menthol flavor and sensation well up quite late, somewhat medicinal/tonic alcohol, too.... the only thing I could ask for would be the malt flavor/sweetness to be a bit more intense and lasting - the taste is otherwise superb

M: i'd say medium-bodied, sporting a faint viscosity in the follow-through... fairly dry finish

O: I would buy a sixer of this without question - probably drink the whole thing in one night.... pretty damn good German-style brew, lusciously-moreish, fulfilling .... glad I finally came across a bottle - and it was in Philly, you'd think I would've crossed paths with one before, huh?

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is dark brown, tan edges, head is tan dense, presents over 1 inch thick then dissipates to a top and some lacing on the glass.

Smell is cleaner malts, touch of caramel, light roast, toffee and hints of chocolate; earthy hop presence is subtle.

Taste is clean, malt flavor is toffee, touch roast, light caramel and some chocolate. Lagering has cleaned the flavors well, hop bitterness is present, subtle grassy flavors.

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth yet crisp: flavors present and linger mostly on the tongue and bounce on the sides of the mouth; carbonation is not overdone providing for smoother finish especially with these malt flavors.

Overall, a very good bock style beer, great mouthfeel and clean flavors create a very drinkable beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Dark brown with reddish highlights. Has 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Cocoa, brown sugar, brown breads and raisin.

Brown breads, brown sugar and cocoa. Dark fruits consisting of raisin & date along with touches of red grape and red licorice.

Medium bodied, smooth and subtly crisp with carbonation.

A nice malty Bock that stays traditional to the style. Easy drinking and smooth.

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Beer_Store_Guy
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.

Photo of thecheapies
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tillmac62
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of MDDMD
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

Photo of drh88
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dungledauf
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.