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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

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 jkermitj
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jkermitj, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

LooseMoose1978, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

CurtFromHershey, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Clear, dark, red-brown ale with a good off-white head that fades slowly.
S: The aroma is mainly of roasted malts, with only faint hints of yeast and hops. Attractive but light.
T: The taste is well-balanced but a bit under-flavored.
M: Medium body seems a bit too thin, good, if slightly high, near-medium carbonation.

O: Certainly a good beer, but tame for style (versus European versions): a bock leaning towards an amber

chinchill, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +1.3%

randylangford, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

calcnerd, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Kelp, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Dank26
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Dank26, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of TGERUS
4/5  rDev +1.3%

TGERUS, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of rmeller
4/5  rDev +1.3%

rmeller, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of hunkler
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

hunkler, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-01-02 in Columbia, PA

A - Semi-clear ruby brown with a 1-finger tan head that fades fast and leaves light lacing.

S - A hint of cinammon roll, some roasted grain, sweet, not very strong.

T - Toasted wheat bread, dried cherry, citrus, fig, earthy spice, hop bitterness. Dries nicely and leaves a sweet/sour and dark fruit flavor along with some roasted bitterness. I like the flavors.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Mildly smooth.

O - An enjoyable bock beer. Satisfying taste and mouthfeel. Easy to drink. Not too sweet or cloying.

Tucquan, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep brown, off white lacing.

Smells of caramel, figs, cinnamon and cloves.

Bready slightly toasty malts with some cinnamon spice flavor. Hint of bitterness like nuts in the aftertaste.

Medium body with mild carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An interesting bock, decent flavor, and some "Christmas" spice to it compared to other bocks. I've had the stronger version of this beer as well and I prefer that, but this is pretty good too and I'd seek it out again.

Cylinsier, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of DavidGross
4/5  rDev +1.3%

DavidGross, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -24.1%

DWolf, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Chestnut brown with nice clarity and a generous 1-2 finger off-white head with decent retention and very intricate lace around the rim.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee with some black cherry overtones. Also some bready aromas and crisp herbal noble hops.

T: A very tasty bock with bready but slightly sweet caramel maltiness, light cracker, and then light sour cherry in the finish. The hopping is not over-bitter at all and really nicely balances the malt components. The bitterness does grow through the beer and is more striking in the aftertaste. The roasted malt described on the label is most prominent in the first few sips but dissipates.

M: Medium body and carbonation with enough activity to keep it lively on the palate.

O: A really nice bock which is a great alternative to spiced winter warmers which I hate. Penn knocks another German lager style for at least a triple if not a homer.

argock, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of freedomlinux
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

freedomlinux, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pittsburgh International airport the other day. A pleasant surprise to see a beer like this at an airport.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light chocolate and a hint of burnt toast. The beer is a bit better on the palate, as I get light vanilla, chocolate, some underlying roasty malt and a hint of burnt toast. The beer is bit light and watery on the palate otherwise, and the finish is bit short as well. Acohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer, and so drinkability is pretty good.

Having just had the Ayinger Celebrator a few days ago, it's pretty hard not to be a bit critical of this beer. While it has decent flavors, the beer is otherwise light, simple and fairly one dimensional. Not sure this is one I need to try again any time soon.

John_M, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +1.3%

cliff1066, Dec 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Travcofarms, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of JayKay412
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JayKay412, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

foureyedgeek, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a small tan head. The head fades very fast to leave only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was chocolaty with hints of caramel and honey sweetness. Mixed with these sweeter aromas was a nice backbone of a roasted malt and brown bread aroma with a very light almost earthy smell rounding it all out.

Taste – The taste begins of toasted malt mixed with a bit of chocolate. Upfront there is also some sweetness of a caramel taste. The chocolate grows a bit stronger more toward the middle with a honey flavor coming in as well. While it was on the slightly more sweet side upfront more toward the end it dries out a bit as some holiday spice and nut flavors come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower to average side. It keep it rather easy drinking, but really was not too light to where it took away from the darker flavors.

Overall – A pretty nice holiday brew. Not overly spiced and when combined with its roast and good level of carbonation and thickness made for a good easily holiday drinker.

Darkmagus82, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JeffTheJuice, Dec 04, 2012
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.