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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good
210 Reviews
St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier
BEER INFO

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

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:
210
Ratings:
399
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
16.2%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
54
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 399
Photo of alexw
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 5 gallon keg in my backyard @ our Christmas Pig Roast!

Pours a nice amber color with an average head. Some lacing is apparent in the glass, but not much...

A very nutty smell, as well as a noticable malt aroma. Undertones of chocolate as well. The smell of hops is present, but subdued.

The taste is SUPERB! Just as with the smell, a chocolatey taste is present, but the beer is not overly sweet. Considering how much the malt overwhelmed in the aroma, it is somewhat surprising how mild the sweetness is in the taste. This bock had a crisp, somewhat hoppy taste at first, but then the chocolate & even caramel-like tastes come through at the end. As others have commented, a nicely layered taste.

Very drinkable; I must have had a dozen glasses that day, and it never got old! I enjoyed this beer a lot -- but unfortunately ran out of ice & am just trying to figure out how to cool the keg back down to have the last bit of it now :)

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Photo of irishevans
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a mighty fine bock, but you should expect that of Penn Brewery. mellow hoppiness at first and a little more bitey on the finish, another great apres ski(or better yet snowboard) beer, and one of the many things i miss about pittsburgh this time of year, worth your while for certin

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown/ruby color, with an off-white foamy head. Head disappears rather quickly. A few spotty patches of lace.

Slight roasty and chocolate aroma. Maybe a bit earthy in the background, but overall a pretty clean aroma.

Clean flavor. A nice amount of chocolate malt, with a slight roasty element to it. Not much bitterness at all, but not overly sweet. Maybe some earthy hops in the background.

Clean, medium body, good malty flavor. Very easy to drink. I can't believe this is 7.5% ABV, as it is so well hidden. Very nice.

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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 bluegrassbrew
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a rich brown nearly black. Has a nice initial head that drops to a nice ring.

Smell is roasty malts, caramel.

Taste is caramel and chocolate. Roasted malts almost burnt flavors. Noticable hops.

Overall, this a very tasty beer and highly drinkable. A very nice Christmas brew.

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Photo of
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Clear, chestnut color with ruby tones. Small, light tan head composed of medium sized bubbles.

Aroma included yeast and was very fruity -- dark mainly, raisins and figs came to mind. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Earthy.

Taste was more sweet than bitter. Fruity, like aroma, raisins and prunes. Light caramel. Chocolate. Touch of herbal bitterness at finish.

Medium in body. Low to medium carbonation. Sweet.

Quite good. Not the biggest malt fan, but this was very tasty. Just enough bitterness to contrast the overall sweet malt profile. Very drinkable, perhaps dangerously so with the ABV.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from pennsyvania brewing. Pours a nice rich root beer color with a head that is about 1/2" high. The aroma is very nice. It Gives off a sweet malt aroma with a slight roasted note. Taste is very full bodied with coffee/chocolate hints and some roasted character but not too much that it tastes burnt in any way. The hops balance everything out nicely. Balance is the key here as it has a lot going on but nothing dominates. The smoothness is incredible. Perfect mouthfeel...rich and full without being sticky or thick. This is the best bock beer I have ever enjoyed! This is a true Holiday treat.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a nice creamy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is burnt and roasted malts, nuts and caramel. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee flavors and some hops in the finish. Overall, this is one of the better bocks that I have had. This beer is very highly recommended.

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Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with an average head. Minimal lacing is noted.

S: Nice roasted nutty malt aromas with a touch of chocolate. Hops play subtle piney role in the background.

T: Nice bock taste. Nuts, malt, coffee, and hints of chocolate. A gentle sweetness under it all. Pretty nice brew, though bocks are not my thing.

M: Nice and full bodied.

D: Bock lovers will probably love this one, me not being one of them I am glad to say I tried it.

Overall: A fine example of a bock. Nice layered taste that is actually pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a deep ruby brown that retains a lot of clarity when held to the light. A half inch of fizzy eggshell head on top. Aromas begin with roasty, chocolate malts. Somewhat fruity as well with a light fig aspect. Grainy with a touch of herbal hops. Pretty good.

First sip brings a crisp, lightly roasted malt with accents of chocolate, caramel and a dark fruit background. A bit of a bready aspect. Slightly sweet it flows down with just a touch of herbal hop bitterness. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and ample carbonation making it an easy to drink brew. Overall, this is a solid bock and I can appreciate it even though it's not one of my favorite styles. This is my first Penn Brewing beer and hopefully I'll have a chance to sample more in the future.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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 TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought a bottle home from Pittsburgh last week, and drank it after a 90 degree day. Not the conditions for this beer to shine, but its time was up.

Dark burgandy brown color, crystal clear, thinnest of heads. The smell was malty, sweet, and a little roasted-like. The flavor was richly malty but surprisingly bitter in the after-taste. Not bad, pretty good, I'll try it again this winter if it's available in OH.

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Photo of kpantz
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: In a word - smoooth. Nice malt (both roasted and bready in character) flavor profile here. Not too aggressive on any one dimension - makes this a highly drinkable bock.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby/amber (more ruby than amber) into the glass. Finger thick, fluffy head is loathe to recede. Lacing isn't all too prominent.

Smell: Bready malt aroma. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Sweet smelling.

Taste: Sweetness is pretty short-lived on the tongue, as roasted malt flavor takes over, and then it finishes out with a distinct hop character (though not overly bitter in the back end). Coffee flavor is present, as is a certain fruity character (cherries, perhaps).

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected, but it's not a doppelbock, ferchrissakes. Carbonation is very low, which really enhances the smoothness of this puppy.

Drinkability: Yeah, I could dump back a six pack of this. Good, complex (but not too complex) palate and a light body. 7.5% ABV goes unnoticed (until the 3rd or 4th bottle, that is).

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Warsteiner pils glass.

Very clear red body with a thick off white head and tons of bubbles streaming to the top.

Very malty and some carmel smells.

I taste some dark fruit then roasted nuts then some chocolate and it finishes very clean.

It seems like the carbonation is heavenly and is perfect.

Thanks Joe! This stuff is worth buying a case of.Very tasty and a sipper for sure.

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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 gottajiboo2
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a dark cherry color with a medium brownish tan head fading to a thin bubbly carpet. smells of damp malty sweetness and cherries. The taste was a herbal cherry thickness, layers of maltiness and warmth and a chewy mouth feel. very good beer, just one or two though.

cheers

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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 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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Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass fridged to about 47 degrees, it pours a ruby colored body with copper tones throughout (maybe reverse that). The head is a solid surface layer of pale tan color that reduces itself to an oily surface layer with some slight cling on the edges. Bold and malty on the nose, some fruits come through to me right away (cherries) along with some chocolate aroma that basically reminds me of malty chocolate covered cherries, or of a Whitmans Cherry-filling chocolate square. Malty body on the sip followed along with some cherry flavor and chocholate that makes this seem like a nice dessert brew. Finish is slightly bitter and some hops even come through a bit. Sipping, the tip of my tongue tingles from the carbonation, but the alcohol hides in this one quite well at least until the finish and aftertaste, which sticks around a bit. Overall drinkability? Outstanding brew from Penn. I am not an overly-joyous fan of many of the offerings, but this one was great. The only thing hurting the drinkability of this one is the "higher" alcohol content, but who's counting??? Cheers!

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color; the head foams up and disappears fairly quickly, leaving scant droplets of lace

Smell: Smells vaguely like a German chocolate cake with a cherry on top; lager twang in the aroma, too

Taste: Starts out with a cherry and chocolate character; after the swallow, moderate bitter flavors kick in and while there is a lager twang on the finish, the other flavors cover it up pretty well; nice lingering chocolate after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation; slight warmth down the gullet

Drinkability: A rarely encountered style that Penn pulls off very well

Thanks, eclectic, for the opportunity

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Photo of jaluria
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark crimson color. Semi-opaque but still simmering in the light. A tan colored head develops but quickly dissipates and leaves some lacing and some big bubbles on the surface. Aromas of dark fruit, roasted grains, plums, and yeast. The alcohol and fruit flavors dominate. Sweet malt flavors come in a wave form; adding depth and interest to the beer. Slightly chewy and very bread-like in the finish. Enough sweetness to pair nicely with sweet dishes and still bitter enough to handle creamy sauces.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red, bordering on brown. Starts with a big, fluffy head. Aroma is alcohol and molasses. Taste is good, malty, alcohol is hidden, but there is a minerally taste to this beer. Must be the water? Carbonation is spot on for this beer. Mouthfeel is kind of thick, but that is to be expected, yet the alcohol and carbonation keep it balanced. Nice. Very drinkable. Thanks to Secret Santa and Imstillthegman for this one.

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Photo of jhicks12
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this beer 4's straight down. I had this beer at a dive of a college bar was shocked they had it. I got a pitcher. Beer was a nice dark brown in appearance which a nice sweet malty smell that one would exepy from a bock. inital taste was nice sweet and balanced, also what i would expect from a well made bock. nice medium mouth feel all the way though, leading to make this beer nice and drinkable...i ended up drinking two pitchers of it and got cut off by the bartender for the night!

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red to black color. Smell is fairly average. Price is good at $6.99 a sixer. Tastes like it has chestnuty brown to it with nice chocolate malts and a little hoppy backbone. More toward the sweet side and excellent winter brew that should be available year round. I recommend this one.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut color. Off white, somewhat tan head. Malty, somewhat spicy aroma. Great, malty flavor. Slight hop bitterness. Has a soft, mellow spice flavor to it. Good, full body. Very, very drinkable brew. Wish I could have gotten this in years past.

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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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