St. Nikolaus Bock Bier | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier
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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: 410 |  Reviews: 211
Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber brown with a small head and a decent lace.
The aroma is of malts and raisins. The taste is malts,fruits,sweet caramel and just a hint of alcohol. The overall feel is medium carbonation,creamy and only slightly dry.

Notes: No complaints,decent brew. I could have a few. The ABV was fine as it was well masked. Not heavy,and I did not expect it to be. Good feelings on this beer all around. Next time I will buy a few. Seems more like a winter beer,but on a cool spring/summer night I could manage one or two.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Poured from a bottle a clear orange-amber with a light beige head.

Light aroma of sweet malts, bread and a hint of molasses. The alcohol is well hidden.

Tastes of sweet malts, raisin, and bread.

Medium mouthfeel, somewhat dry, and mildly carbonated.

A good bock, but sadly, not a great bock. A little light in my opinion.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head has very good retention and the color is a nice amber red rust brown.

S: very malty bread roasting type aroma. not burnt toast but fresh yeasty bread almost, rising?

T: earthy very delicious and bready. there is some malt dry crispness. its a quality earthy thick tasting bock beer.

M/D: I got this for Christmas, its a great beer, very solid and delicious

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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 dreadnatty08
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark tea, extremely light coffee color. It is extremely clear and a nice amount of tan head soon descends into a trace along the side of the glass and surface. Aroma is pure malt: a good amount of caramel, toasted bread, pecans. No roasted malts are detected and no bitterness; along with no hops. A medium rich mouthfeel fills my mouth with even more complex malt flavors. A nice creaminess as well from the medium carbonation. I get a little bit of raisin and dark fruit flavor, coming from the malts, not esters, along with a slight floral spice from the hops and just enough bitterness to keep it balanced. Finish is extremely clean with a little sweetness but nothing cloying. Overall, my first of this style, and though I'm still a diehard hop head, a nice brew.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz bottle, courtesy of Muenchenerkindl

A - pours a deep clear ruby, head is fair and off white, almost translucent

S - huge roasted malt notes, almost an oat note in there, slight fruity twinge, dig it.

T - definite roast, tip of the tongue tangyness, cherry, oat, awesome.

M - crisp, smooth, slick, great.

D - all night, damn you!

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from a chump named Josh. Thanks buddy.

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Pours a murky dark amber hue with a one finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of scattered bubbles. Stickiness is thin, but there. Smell has a nutty characteristic with a bit of noble hops. Some dark fruits with a hint of faint chocolate malt and bready notes. Big metallic flavor up front followed by a sweet nutty malt. Some lager yeast and a nice toasted caramel sweetness. Light to medium body with a smooth creamy carbonation. Pretty shocked this one has a 7.5% abv. I really enjoy how this one goes down. I haven't had too many bocks, but this is definitely one of the better ones.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, no dating but the neck label proclaims this is celebrating 20 years, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear reddish brown color. The head formed a sticky 2 fingers thick and faded very slowly.

Aroma: Grainy malts, that's all I got.

Taste: A mixture of sweet caramel malts and dark chocolate up front. The grainy taste comes through in the middle, and the chocolate becomes more assertive. The finish is a little sweet, reminds me a little of raisins. There's also a slight alcohol warming at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, veryt smooth. The carbonation balances nicely.

Overall: Tasted good on a very cold winter's night, but really nothng spectacular.

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Photo of meatyard
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a clear, red/amber with a short off-white head, no real lacing showing up.
The smell is of malt and grain with a hint of fig.
The taste is of sweet malt, a little bread and raisin.
Mouthfeel is thin but nicely carbonated.
A very drinkable beer especially for the style, alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked the bottle up at Thirsty's in York, decanted cool into a German lager mug.

A - A medium brown w/ a reddish tint when held up to the light. 2 full fingers of creamy foam from a vigorous pour. There is a fine bead in the head and the lace sticks moderately well.

S - A malty aroma w/ yeasty lager and German malt aromas. Slightly nutty and hints of chocolate malt in the nose.

M & T - A combination of sweet caramel malt and full creamy sweetness w/ a touch of dryness in the slighty salty feel.There are herbal tinges and lightly spiced hops under the bevy of maltiness that give contrast to the slightly lactic and gently biscuity notes in the ever so lightly roasted malt flavor.

D - A very smooth well crafted Bock that has such nice flavors w/ creamy textures and hides the abv well. A nice American Bock w/ a classic influence.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcdiflorio for the hookup.
Dark brown pour with excellent clarity. Off white head which leaves lacing on the side of the glass.
Some caramel in the aroma and a touch of fruit, a bit of bread malt as well.
A fair bit of hop bitterness in the flavor, more than I would expect from the style. A good shot of biscuit malt and a bit of fruityness mixed in. Finishes with some sweet malt and more biscuit malt. Kind of odd. Hops up front malt in the finish. Clean all the way through.
Decent mouthfeel. Maybe a touch on the thin side.
Very drinkable beer. Goes down very easy. Really refreshing for a beer of this strength. Alcohol is not evident at all. A very sessionable bock beer. I wish I had another one of these because it would be very easy to down a couple of these.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Nicholaus Bock Bier pours a mahogany color with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty. The flavor is mostly malty, but there is a bit of sourness at times and a bit of spice (most likely from the alcohol). Decent, but didn't blow me away.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kryptic for this extra.

Pours a clear dark brown with slight ruby tone and a little white head. Smell is mostly dark fruits and breadiness with slight copper smell. Nice smooth taste with a bit of apple and darker fruits. Malts are there, and good lagery smooth finish. A bit thin in the mouthfeel. Nice and smooth and a fantastic session beer. Defenitely wish i could get this on tap somewhere to pound after work.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a 1 year old bottle poured at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a dark, clear mahogany color which is highly effervescent and the fluffy beige head of 2 cm is proof of the underlying bubbles.
The aroma is thick with malt and deep fruit, caramel and brown sugar coat raisins dipped in toffee. Quite appealing nose.
First sip reveals a lighter body than expected but no watery texture just a little thin, the carbonation is very fine and spacious, again not what I expected.
Flavor starts off sweet and malty with brown sugar and caramel and i seem to get a little spice on the finish could be herbal hops but is a little bitey too, maybe from alcohol, but I think it is not.
The beer is nice and clean, but maybe thinned out a little over past year. Overall a solid beer though. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like a brown, malt, malt and more malt without hops and a little alcohol. No head, and no lace. Well, a little left, but not much and a beautiful dark brown, clear, great looking beverage.

Mouth was lager. watery, not much of aftertaste with a quick wash. Taste , well, this was a brown ale more than a bock. Slightly toasted malt gave way to a slightly hoppy drink with a bitter edge, but nothing to wow me. Caramel was present. Maybe a rounded alcohol remainder. Okay drinker, but nothing I'll seek out.

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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 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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Photo of DIM
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark ruby colored. Poured with a thin yan head that faded quickly.

s: Mild nose on this one. Some roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla.

t: Some sweet caramel, toffee, and chocolate notes. To a lesser extent cherries and floral hops.

m: Lack of carbonation hurt this score.

d: Not a bad brew, but once and done for me.

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Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My contribution to NEPA BC split #11.

Pours a slightly reddish medium brown color with good clarity and a few stray bubbles. About two fingers of foamy light beige head, which recede to a thin wispy lace and leave only a little bit of stick.

Smell contains a grainy malt character along with aromatic, slightly fruity but primarily earthy noble hops. Some caramel malt sweetness and a good dose of chocolate, too.

Taste has more caramel malt and less graininess than the smell along with a substantial fruitiness that is reminiscent of apples and pears. Chocolate malt flavor also comes through about halfway in. Just a bit of hop bitterness to balance it out, as the hallertau provide mostly fruity flavor here. There is a bit more of a roasted malt flavor as it warms, and the chocolate becomes more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is a medium-body with a crisp carbonation. Seems appropriate.

Solid and tasty brew that I would have again.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured in to a snifter from the tap. A thin off-white head that hangs on for a long time with great lacing. Light ruby/amber color.

S: aromas of fall fruits, apples, figs, with a hint of pear and spices.

T: tastes of complex malts, very satisfying. Almost no traces of hops at first, but a slight amount comes out in the finish.

M: leaves the mouth feeling warm and moist. Attacks the back of the palate.

D: very drinkable, mostly for the season obviously. Not outstanding, but it is a solid winter bock, that doesn't disappoint.

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

Received from Imstillthegman as part of Secret Santa '07.

Bocks are not a style that I crave a lot. I like them, but I need to be in a certain mood for them. That being said...I was in the mood for this one and this didn't disappoint.

Not much I can add to this that hasn't been said about any bock bier. A good representation of the style. Brown body with a decent head and good retention. Aroma of caramel malt and some roastiness in the taste. I didn't detect any spices that would "qualify" this as a Christmas beer/Winter Warmer. This was not too sweet and the ABV was hidden. I could have had another one during this sitting. A very drinkable beer.

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

Pours a huge 3 finger head with great retention and lacing. Nice full brown color. I can barely see my fingers through the glass.

The smell is of caramel malts with some graininess.

Taste is a strong malty falvor of caramel malts with some chocolate malt presence. Some fruit notes are underneath as undertones. Some booziness comes out. The thickness of the malts balances this out as the beer warms.

Nice creaminess on the palate. Very smooth

Easy to drink. I haven't had many bocks, but this one is awesome.

Thanks to MuenchnerKindl for the sample.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in a 12 oz. bottle w/ no batch number, so I wonder if mine was slightly different/another batch. I actually tried this in a flue glass, and it didn't leave much head or lacing, but the smell of chocolate malts creamed my nose.
Has a light, somewhat seethru when held to light composition that I would describe as a copperish-auburn.
I easily tasted the chocolate and roasted malts (I wonder if they used oak or honey in the recipe as well) and the beer went down extremely smooth with a pleasant malty backbite that could be described as coffeeish. The high ABV is hidden well, and this is a very good drink and surprised me with how smooth and lightbodied it was.
I couldn't keep downing this, like most "winter" beers it is not designed for mass consumption, but one after Christmas dinner warms and relaxes the spirits.

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Inn on the Allegheny, Foxburg, PA.

A- Pours a deep reddish-brown, with a thin tan head, which dissipated quickly.

S- Hints of spice, but little else (perhaps this was poured too cold).

T- A good malt flavor, some subtle spiciness, very well balanced, not too sweet.

M- Well carbonated, but thinnish in the body.

D- The alcohol wasn't noticeable, this beer is quiite drinkable.

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Photo of thebighungry
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm already on my second case of this beer since it was released this season, so that is one indication of how much I enjoy this beer.

This is a very tasty beer. Make sure it has warmed up a bit; I usually let it sit for a couple minutes after removing it from the fridge.

It holds a good head and is a nice deep amber in color. I have been feeding this beer to everyone I know. I'm sure there are more detailed reviews for this beer. All I know is that I love it and you should support this brewer!

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