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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Ratings: 411 |  Reviews: 211
Photo of seedyone
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Appearence had all the right character. Solid, creamy head, a rich deep brown color & the lacing was moderate. The taste wasa nice shade of toasted malty goodness. The hops are used for balance not for reputation. All in a nice choice if you're so lucky.

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Photo of Zylod
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joepais
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for the opportunity to try this one

Strong pour produced a small tan head on a dark reddish brown body the head and lace goes away quickly.

Smell of malts and some caramel fill the nose

Taste of sweet malts and caramel as well as some spice that really helps balance this out

The mouth feel is nice and smooth

A very drinkable beer would seek after it again

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Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ramrod666
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of aaronh
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dark brown beer pours with a thin, tan head that is very creamy and leaves a nice lice on the glass. The aroma is primarily malt, with a touch of spiciness. The taste is strong on roasted flavors, with a touch of sweetness and nuttiness. Nice hop bittering on the finish cleans the palate. This beer is creamy on the tongue, with just a touch of alcohol. This beer finishes rather clean, and is very appetizing. It would be easy to knock back a few of these in short order. Another great brew from an oft overlooked brewery.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is a very dark amber with a wispy white head. The smell is a plumy malt sweetness. The taste is plum sweet...very nice maltiness, with a slight hint of the Hallertau, and the aftertaste features the cerealish taste that makes this a bock. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few of these.

Probably the finest offering from Penn Brewery, and sadly only a holiday offering. A delicious beer, with a nice sweetness, and something I'll be having plenty of (considering I just got half a case).

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Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of therica
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice bock.

A= dark amber-brown-red, modest head, some lacing.

S= malts, candied-raisins, apple, some florals.

T= nicely robust, bold bock, very present hops but balanced bite, apple, raisins, slight reminiscences of brandy from the ABV, very nice.

M= slight sweetness with roasted malts, balanced hops-bite residuals, all the fruity hints.

D= very drinkable but modestly limited by the ABV for quantity. Also slightly heavy for quantity.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby brown with a small ivory head.

Aroma is nutty, slightly roasted, woody, earthy, sweet and malty.

Taste has a distinct nuttiness that is enjoyable. Vanilla sweetness complements earthy oak flavors.

Medium bodied and sessionable.

Quality Bock

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Photo of golf4collet
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely, clear chestnut color with ample, fluffy off-white head with great staying power. The aroma ... well, kind of an oddity, lots of spices behind (or in front of?) a solid mass of maltiness, something like bread, an odd duck, but actually quite nice. The taste is also different, but well done. Sweet and toasty malts roll around the tongue for a bit before giving way to spices and a very mild alcohol warming, with the appearance of a fine carbonation keeping it lively, ending dry and bittering up as the mouth smooths out. Overall, its an interesting beer, and wasn't quite sure how I'd rate it. As it is, its an intelligent bock, an easy to drink beer, and one I'm very glad MuenchenerKindl sent me.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this on draught, as I'd never seen it before in any form. Chestnut colored body with no head, though this could have been due to a not-so-great- pour. Ah well. Slightly spicy aroma, bread, and alcohol in the nose as well. Flavor begins on the sweet side, but not a thick sweetness...more like a brown sugar kind of sweet. Big malt profile in the middle, a toasty, lightly bitter maltiness. Finishes slightly dry with a good smack of alcohol. An interesting winter seasonal. Nice to see a brewery doing something that not everyone else does for their winter seasonal.

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Photo of Casterbridge
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chocolate brown color with a thinner, soapy tan head. Good lacing. Has that nice funky bock yeast smell as well as some bready dark malt notes and a fair distinction of German hops. Rather rich and smooth, the malt profile of this beer is very nice; earthy and caramelly. I love bocks and this brewery's beers seem a little underappreciated, but they are pretty much right on target with their German replications.

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Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of barflybastard
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickJR
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, darkish brown with some rust colored highlights. 1-2 fingers of light tan head rise with decent retention. Head falls to a thick collar with some lacing.

S - Roasty malt with aromas of dark bread and hints of chocolate. Caramel sweetness is blended with a metallic scent.

T - The taste comes in roughly the same order as the nose. Early palate is some mildly roasted malt. Flavors of dark bread open up and the sweetness grows. With the sweetness there's some caramel flavor going on mid to late palate and there's a hint of cinnamon-like spice. Late palate/finish drops this score a half a point due to the big metallic character. Once the sweetness dies down there is a big mineral-like, earthy, and dusty finish which doesn't particularly suit the rest of the beer. Still very good.

M - Medium bodied with a nice moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, and probably the best bock I'v ever had. Loads of flavor without being watery or too roasty as some bocks I've had.

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Photo of JayKay412
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of vwbus7
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with two fingers of off-white head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty, with candied plums, caramel apples, and ginger spice (no not the exiled spice girl). A hint of alcohol detected in the nose. The taste is also malty, not as sweet or as robust as the smell. Cherries and grapes linger a bit. Still some hops and alcohol present on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick, coating the tongue well, yet smooth. The drinkability is fairly good as well. A nice representation of the style.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Photo of stewart124
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a rough pour this one has a small but nice creamy head. Doesn't seem to last long though and fizzles away to a fine lace on top of a dark ruby red.

Smell is sweet and malty with hints of a grassy/earthy note. There is a very small amount of prunes and raisins coming through.

Very malty up front with an aftertaste of those dark roasted malts. Maybe some caramunich in this one which gives that taste of sweet and brings about an aftertaste that leads into raisins. Malts really characterize this beer and give that warming feeling. Noble hops are present but just ease into the taste and give a slight spicy note. Alcohol is present but not overpowering and leaves my stomach with a nice warm feeling.

A nice bock for the winter and it always brings about a smile for the holidays. Thanks for 20 years of brewing Penn!

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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 411 ratings
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