St. Nikolaus Bock Bier
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier
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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Ranked #11
Ranked #14,122
3.94 | pDev: 11.42%
Jan 15, 2023
Dec 03, 2002
Very Good
St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier
Notes: 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.
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
01/15/23 draft @ Rachel’s Roadhouse, Mercer, PA
Jan 15, 2023
Rated: 4.03 by Drinking_Mantis from Pennsylvania

Nov 20, 2022

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Mild and light with a rich copper brown color. Nice carmel taste but a bit watery.
May 02, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12-oz bottle purchased Dec, 2021
Glass: Hand Mug/Stange

Clear dark mahogany bordering on chestnut brown with a 2+ beige-to-tan head that dissipates to a solid covering.

Roasted grains and toasted dark bread. Some molasses. Hints of coffee.

Toasted caramel and pumpernickel (including the crust) with dark honey. Has hints of spices in the background. Cocoa powder notes flit in at times. Quite malty. Finishes dry with a slight astringency and an ever-so-slight bitterness

Smooth and easy to drink with a body that shades to the lighter side of medium

This is just a nice solid bock. Well made and balanced. This is one of my go-to Christmas beers and has been since I first had it back in the 00's. I make sure to pick at least a 6-pack (if not more) every year.
Mar 27, 2022
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Rated by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A nice rich malt character. I don't see many bocks for a good comparison, but I really liked this one.
Mar 05, 2022
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Rated by illtexzona from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Drinks closer to a doppelbock than a bock, and that is a good thing. Full flavored, medium body, with a crisp finish, and a touch of booziness.
Feb 14, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2021
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clear, dark, not much head; Mouthfeel, mild but not flat; Taste mild but flavorful; Overall, pretty good - a rating of 4 because it was a gift - Peggy got this for me because of the artwork on the label.
Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours a deep copper with a thin off-white head.
Spot on for a Bock. Very well made.
Very malty and we'll balanced.
I get notes of vanilla, caramel and sherry.
One of my favorite bocks.
Dec 21, 2020
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L: Root beer with a hint of dark orange and a thick dark tan head that quickly dissolves into a film
S: Roasted malt, weak coffee
T: Malts, weak coffee, toast, some sort of odd sweetness that I can't pin down
F: syrupy, no dryness or bite with a syrupy film on the tongue
O: Very disappointing. This beer has received some good ratings, but mine are tolerable and nothing I would seek out again. No hops, an odd sweetness, and a syrupy feel isn't my idea of a good beer.
Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 4 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2020
Rated: 3.31 by sanandreas

Jan 11, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating could be found, but I feel confident in it being this year's release.

Pours like cola, dk brown body, but a rich deep amber when held up to the light. Small off white head dissipates to a thick ring and solid covering.

Deep malty aroma with some molasses notes.

Good malty beveridge, strong tasting. Light sweetness, but there is a roasty slightly bitter end.

Mouth above medium, finish that roasty bitterness.

Overall, not a style I buy too often, but this is a decent drink, slightly spoiled by the finish. Perhaps a few more weeks in the bottle would take the edge off.
Dec 07, 2019
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Rated by ahberry from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Nice malty winter warmer. Balanced. The lager yeast holds it together with a clean finish. Refreshing. An accurate depiction of a Bock beer.
Nov 18, 2019
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Reviewed by CodyBasden from Texas

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Dark black beer with slight tan head, roasted barley smell, good roast taste that fades with little bitterness actually very pleasant on the palate, good light body and carbonation
May 20, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

May 02, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2019
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Reviewed by BishopJ from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Look: dark, chocolatey to deep brick read. Thin head with slight lacing.
Smell: hoppy and rich, like your favorite pub.
Taste: fresh, rich hoppy. Nice and smooth.
Feel: slight tang. Rich and smooth.
Overall: Penn brewery’s bock is quite fine. Easy to drink and very distinctive, rich flavor.
Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Dec 24, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by dsshuck from Delaware

Dec 23, 2018
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Dark amber to orange brown in color with nice clarity and sticky lacing.

S - Toasted caramel malt with some spice/cinnamon and a small hit of acidity in the nose.

T - Toasted caramel along with some spice and light cinnamon.

M - Medium body with small carbonation pricklies.

O - An easy holiday sipper.
Dec 18, 2018
Rated: 4.47 by JamesGrove from Pennsylvania

Dec 12, 2018
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

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.
May 26, 2018
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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

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.
Apr 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

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.
Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 14, 2018
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

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.
Mar 14, 2018
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Reviewed by TH28 from Florida

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.
Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by MrJuengling from Pennsylvania

Dec 21, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2017
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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.
Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by LennyBound from Illinois

Jul 13, 2017
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Rated by Ginotarugo from Pennsylvania

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.
Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by Vylo from New Jersey

Mar 22, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 29, 2017
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