St. Nikolaus Bock Bier | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier
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3.94/5
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421 Ratings
St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by SheepNutz on 12-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,832
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
421
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
63
Trade:
1
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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nearly clear caramel brown color with a soapy tan head. Gorgeous beer. Roasted malts and a subtle noble hop component on the nose.

The roasted malts dominate the taste up from, but the noble hops add a grassy flavor that is outstanding. Just an excellent example of the style, IMHO.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a great bock I look for every spring. Had one last night, heading out now to get 2 more singles. Pretty color, head doesn't stick around at all, looks flat but is most definitely not. Aroma and tastes off the charts, freshly baked bread, cherries, raisins, some chocolate thrown in there, Christmas spices. Really does taste like the fruitcake we ate as kids.

Had this so many times, funny, I didn't like the bigger version Brewers Reserve.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burgundy-brown with a finger of off-white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is caramel, toasted, and nutted malts. Flavor profile is much richer, but the notable notes are caramel, toasted, and nutted malts. There is a bready quality to it. A hint of holiday spice in the back gives the beer a little flair, but is otherwise straight forward and tasty. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a velvety, soothing texture. Overall, a solid bock that sips clean and smooth.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of janubio
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper colour, big head with medium retention, small lace. Aroma is spicy, juniper, cloves, licorice, ginger, with chocolate and vanilla notes. Light body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Medicinal finish. Taste of spices, ginger, cloves. juniper, chocolate, vanilla. A bit watery and more xmas like that a dopplebock.

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Photo of TH28
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. 10/9/17 bottle date. Appearance: Brown with dark ruby red undertones, clear, with a low lying off white foam head. Aroma: Strong bread crust and toast, with a touch of caramel. All malt Taste: Rich bread crust maltiness, toast, nutty, and a touch of roast. Maltiness a bit syrupy, as if boiled from malt extract. Bitterness is moderate. Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with a low carbonation Finish: Dry, with a bit of astringent toast and bitterness, along with some bread crust Overall: Far from a traditional German take on a Bock. A surprising amount of roasted maltiness, with no hint of dark fruit. Body is very thin, which accentuates the astringency and bitterness. Seems like it’s brewed from extract.

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

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3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown / cola color, moderate tan head that settles quickly. Not a tremendous nose on this one - just some light nut, light caramel malt, hint of phenol - nothing bad, just very faint. Taste is along the same lines - not bursting with flavor but nothing "off"... Dark wheat malt, a dash of dark fruit phenol, a touch of bitter German hops at the end. Solid if unexceptional.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LennyBound
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ginotarugo
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth, not bitter. Best bock I have had.

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4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wonothesane42
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Brew_ski
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wingnut93
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 2946 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried seidel
Aroma – toasted malt
Head – large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive pour), fizzy/frothy, tan, rapidly diminishing to a three mm ring and thin partial layer
Lacing - none
Body – dark brown, transparent,
Flavor – starts slightly sweet and malty, ends sweet.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

This beer benefits from being served in a glass as opposed to drinking from the bottle.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

Edit: The empty 12-pack box was marked 04/20/17

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Photo of citizencane
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit dark and bready. What a good block should be, but not exceptional. What else is there to say?

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown ale color with mild carbonation and a light creamy head that dissipates quickly. Smells very mild. Initial taste is mild as too but well balanced. The aftertaste has hints of coffee and toffee. Overall a not overwhelmingly flavorful but a good flavor brown ale that's very drinkable.

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Photo of tanks14
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 421 ratings