St. Nikolaus Bock Bier | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

St. Nikolaus Bock BierSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier
410 Ratings
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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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber color. Gives a thick brown foam head with more than sufficient lacing.

S: Nothing stands out, some bready malts, caramel with some hints of spice.

T: A good amount of bread and caramel dominate the flavor. Some spice comes through in the middle. The flavors combine rather well.

M: A thick creamy taste last on the palate. A decent amount of carbonation.

D: Despite a slightly higher ABV, I could enjoy more than one in a sitting.

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

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Some old world folklore in Germany with St. Nikolaus. A deeper look into the folklore and a helper of the saint, Knecht Ruprecht, would beat or possibly eat children that were bad. Thankfully that is myth and the real St. Nikolaus was a Greek from the 3rd century. Either way, we'd rather be good and drink a bock.

Stunning dark chestnut-brown color with good clarity, the lacing is not too bad either with a few patches left on the glass. A clean alcohol, sweet molasses cake-batter and a faint herbal hop in the fresh aroma. The smoothness has depth with a medium crispness in a slick malty body. An abundance of malty, bready and sweet graininess, more on the bready side than anything else. Mild-mannered hop bitterness keeps the beer on an even keel. Toasty and borderline roasted grain flavors in the semisweet finish.

A tasty treat and a great switch from the plethora of winter warmers. Not that there are many German-style Bocks imported into the US; this one stands out the most with a true-to-style flair. Give this one a go.

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

This was from a sampler case I got at Shangy's. I drank it in a pilsner glass. The month numbers (no year numbers!) were on the back of the bottle, but nothing was notched. No date on the case, either.

Pours a brilliant dark mahogany with a slight brown tint. Not much carbonation evident. A one finger head of tan foam forms on top, drops off after a while to islands and a ring. Intermittent splotches of lacing are on the glass.

Aroma is of rich dark bready malts, very clean. Notes of dark cherries, brown sugar, and burnt candy apples. Just a wee hint of spicy hops. Some DMS arises as it warms.

The flavor is rich, dark, and caramel-y malts, very yummy. Notes of dark cherries and plums, with maybe a port wine character. Good level of residual sugar , with some heat at the end. Aftertaste is rich and dark.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and creamy, with soft carbonation. Finish is long and sweet and delish.

This is a good representation of the style. Rich and complex with a sound malt base. I would buy a case of this.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

I have had a number of sixteen ounce glasses of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan. I think Penn brewing almost borders a macrobrewery and has been around forever in Pennsylvania, where my wife is from. However, with Pennsylvania's german tradition (the state and the brewery) I was not surprised that they made a bock that's as good as any american made bock that I've had.

Color is very dark, even for a bock with a dark but not very carbonated head. Aroma is alcoholly but that's kind of what you'd expect from a bock. The flavor as well had some kick to it but also very well balanced with other flavors such as bread, raisons and yeast. The bar serves weaker beers in 16 oz glasses an stronger beers in 12 oz. Somehow, the st. nik made it into the former category. You can get drunk quickly on sixteen ounce glasses of this beer, which is very easy to drink.

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Dark brown with reddish highlights. Has 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Cocoa, brown sugar, brown breads and raisin.

Brown breads, brown sugar and cocoa. Dark fruits consisting of raisin & date along with touches of red grape and red licorice.

Medium bodied, smooth and subtly crisp with carbonation.

A nice malty Bock that stays traditional to the style. Easy drinking and smooth.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 410 ratings
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