St. Nikolaus Bock Bier | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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209 Reviews
St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: 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
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
397
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
51
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 209 | Ratings: 397
Photo of beerphan
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
2010

Pours a dark brown with some chestnut highlights A small head recedes quickly to a starred puddle of dish suds. Only some small dots of lace.

Nose: Some charred malts, caramel, candy

Full bodied. Huge malt blast up front with charred grains and caramel mixing. Light molasses and candy sugar add to the sweetness. A balancing spicy bitterness fights a loosing battle against the plentiful sweetness. Finished very boozy and warm.

This beer seems to be right on the style, which I am still acquiring a taste.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer from Penn Brewing. I actually bought this last christmas time, so it's been in my dark, cool closet. I'm not sure if it changed the taste any, but it was quite tasty. Had nice subtle hints of chocolate malt and slight hops. I was a little disappointed with the appearance. Not much to the head, died out pretty quickly. Can't really tell there's 7.5% in it, which could make it dangerous.

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Photo of lastmango
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a root beer brown with a one finger creamy head. Moderate lacing. Nose is of faint malt. Malty flavor with a hint of cocoa and very mild hoppiness in the back end. Moderately thin feel with moderate carbonation. Drinkable if a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of Braudog
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a well-chilled 12 oz bottle. Deep brown or crimson with a bare whisper of a off-white foamy head that virtually disappeared after 10 seconds. Aroma? Not much ... a virtual whimper to the olfactory senses ... roasted barley, maybe a slight swirl of fresh pine. Thankfully, the flavor is more entertaining ... moderately robust with some dark cherry, bitter chocolate, and a bitter finish. Good. (#2724, 2/23/2007)

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown color. This has three fingers worth of mocha-colored head, and its retention is quite good as well. Streaks of spiderweb-esque lacing is left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Wow, this is smokier than I expected. Then again, seeing as I love Schlenkerla's rauchbiers, this is a huge positive. It's also backed by notes of brown sugar, gentle roast, noble hops, caramel, and even some diacetyl. Even with that latter note, the maltiness of this bock is really nice. (3.25)

Taste: I'm really getting a lot of caramel and brown sugar on the flavor profile. Touches of diacetyl actually help to break up the monotony, instead of introducing an unpleasantness to this offering. Hints of baker's cocoa powder and smoke appear after a few sips, while the gentle hopping on the back end keeps it easy to drink. A very well-made bock without any frills - then again, any frills would likely ruin this. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Its texture is somewhat full, and yet that lager crispness keeps it easy drinking. I really enjoy how it manages to be creamy yet dry-finishing at the same time. Carbonation is medium. (3.5)

Overall: A regular bock is pretty low on the totem pole of favored beer styles nowadays, but to use that as an excuse to dismiss this offering is folly. It's not that big in flavor, but it's surprisingly complex by lager standards. I'd love to see a doppelbock version of this...oh wait, Penn Brewing *DOES* make a doppelbock version of this. ISO. (3.5)

3.54/5: Viva la lager!

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Photo of mbrasi
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Aroma is sweet with noticible alcohol not pleasant. Flavor is smooth with a partially clean finish. A little staleness in the finish. Malt dominates the flavor profile as expected for the style. I just think the finish can be a little better. After the undesirable aroma I was expecting an bad experience but the beer is actually quite drinkable.

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Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says 6.9% ABV

Dark mahogany color with a nice creamy head that leaves some drippy lace on the glass. Malty, bready aromas followed by some pale fruit and berries. Rich malty flavor...sweet berries, caramel, raisins. Clean and a little sticky. Medium bodied and smooth. Not bad...not the greatest bock in the world though.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber with caramel highlights and a solid one finger light khaki head that lingers, leaving lacing.

Aroma is toffee, caramel, and bready, toasted malt. A slight nuttiness surfaces.

Sweet caramel malt carries the flavor, with toasted bread crust leading to a fairly dry, bitter, slightly spicy finish. Cola flavors surface as it warms

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, fairly one note. More malt complexity would really improve the experience. Somewhat weak.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One-finger head with mostly tight, small bubbles...it poured to a deep cherry-wood color...head dissipated pretty quickly but a thin ring was left around the edges of the beer

S - Some upfront alcohol...maybe a little bit of black licorice...sweetness once the beer warmed

T - Alcohol presence builds as the beer warms...fairly sweet, with hints of caramel...smokey malts...mild bitterness hits the back of the tongue

M - A little thinner than anticipated, but still crisp...tight carbonation

D - pretty easy going down...not necessarily my favorite style, but still pretty good

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper/ amber color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, a roasty malt, caramel and a small chocolate note. In the taste, quite malty and some cocoa hints. A smooth, malty mouthfeel and a malty sweet cocoa aftertaste. Easy to drink, yet malty for some. A nice cocoa sweetness.

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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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Alkey

Pours a clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little tan fizzy head, leaves some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is slightly roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad bock at that.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great traditional depiction of St. Nick on the bottle. It gets you into the festive mood. The beer itself is a dark ruby red. The faded khaki colored cap settles to a thick collar that leaves minimal lacing behind. Smells of lightly roasted chocolate malt. The hops are subdued in the nose, but balance out the relative sweetness.

Tastes initially of sweet chocolate, but quickly finishes with a surprisingly assertive hop bitterness. The hallertau are quite noticeable and outweigh some of the more interesting and complex flavors imparted by the malts. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation provides a rich impact, but I would have hoped for something a bit more chewy for this style and beer. A little to strong on the hops in my eyes for the style, but its an enjoyable beer that would likely be improved when paired with some traditional German pork.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a dark cherry/brown pour. A modest head, a complete layer of bubbles but no more. Attempts to lace but the stuff just slides down.

Aroma - bready malts, a bit toasty, fruity, and a touch boozy.

Taste - toasted grain with the requisite malty sweetness. Peppy carbonation , a bit salty at times, speeds through mid-palate quickly. A light dark fruit sweetness on the swallow, a brief twang of hops provide a little something besides malt. Finishes with some mild abv warmth and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel - a little much on the carbonation, letting some of that out helps. Kind of thin, could use another notch of body.

Drinkability - nothing super, but an easy sixer to polish off.

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Photo of kiltedtxn
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joeybeerbelly for this beer.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass & served at 47°.

A: Chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that holds up well & lacing appears as I drink.

S: A light maltiness with no hop presence.

T: A little clove spiciness and a medium malt body. Dark fruits come through as it warms up even more.

M: A light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: A good spice Christmas Beer.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark woody brown that shows excellent clarity were it allows light. Tan frothy head about 1 finger thick persists for the whole duration of the beer, leaving a few, sheet like sections of lace.

Aroma is thick and malty with a light spicy character. A bit tart.

Taste is big malts but well balanced. Spicy tartness in the finish which gives way to a longer lingering light sweetness.

Medium full body, soft and thick with carbonation. Very nice.

Decent brew and easy drinking, but not one I'll look for again.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade, and my first from Penn. pours dark brownish red, somewhat opaque, with some red shin fun through and an off white to khaki and creamy head. Aroma screams lager with sweet brown sugar, lager yeast, a little dirty, some dark fruit. Flavor is chocolate covered prunes with some brown sugar sweetness. A bit on the watery side in flavor but easy drinking with light plus mouthfeel and medium low carbonation. Acceptable brew and worth trying.

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Photo of philbe311
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a half of off-white head composed of various sized bubbles... Respectable retention give way to an intriguing lace... Bronzish copper color... A limited amount of very slow paced carbonation... Coats glass well...

S - Not quite what I expected, but still pleasant... More mild than expected and if blind-folded, I could have mistaken this for a Czech Pilsner... Grains... Bread... Toasty malt... Mild hops... Corn...

T - Malt... Bread... A brisk spiciness... Faint caramel... Faint toffee... Apple... A very unique blend of flavor leads to an intriguing complexity...

M - Dry, start to finish... Creamy and smooth... Crisp... Sophisticated...

D - Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this brew... Probably need another to reach a solid conclusion... There's a lot I like, but overall I'm not sure I'm overly impressed...

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Photo of dmamiano
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

fairly dark brown with a decent tan head that left some lacing behind.
Malt dominated in the nose as expected.
taste was pretty good, not as 'big" in the malt as I expected though. Hints of burnt sugar, fruts but seemed to be a bit thin on the mouthfeel

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Photo of AdamBear
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown with a slightly ruby tint. thin tan head

S-syrupy holiday spices. somewhat fruity. faint smell.

T-comes in with a solid taste of pumperknickel bread, caramel, and winter spices. the after-taste is strong, matching with some creaminess and bitterness. good flavors and strong flavors.

M-creamy low carbonation with a slightly dry finish

O-doesn't quite stand up to the test of time. its actually a great bock, but it seems to taste more and more syrupy as i drink this. i'll admit that i've ordered this several times though. its definitely not a bad beer when options are limited.

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Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: ½ inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, chocolate, and slight holiday spicing

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: An ok holiday offering. I could certainly drink a six but for the price, I think I may pass. None of the flavors are overpowering and I think this beer could use a bit more ummph.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured beer from bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees which was too cold. Beer had a nice dark roasted color with a fine bubbly tan head. Roasted hop taste, light nutty slightly. Beer was lighter tasting than it looked. I though the beer was kinda flat tasting also but might just have been this bottle. Even though I did not give this beer a high rating, I believe I will try it again just to see.

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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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