St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's ReserveSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve
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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #8
Ranked #3,753
4.18 | pDev: 9.09%
Apr 15, 2022
Nov 22, 2007
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's ReserveSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve
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Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

Pours a dark ruby color with a 2 finger craggy head. Scents are a bit lackin but in my opinion, it’s the least problematic part of a brew. Light chocolate and caramel shine through on the palate. Smoking malts are balanced out with Hallertau hops. No alcohol detected which makes this a dangerous beer. Nice lacing down the mug. A nice offering by Penn, but what else can be expected?

Apr 15, 2022
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by spectru from Florida

12/29/2021 - dark translucent, nice tan persistent head, lacy; rich mild flavor; smooth mouthfeel, not as quite as carbonated as the head would suggest; not bad, a good beer.

Dec 30, 2021
3.94 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Jan 24, 2021
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Wow. I've lived 45 minutes outside of pitt ky whole life and rated over a 1,000 beer and never tries this. Im absolutely blown away. So nutty, malty, clean, and damn near perfect.

Dec 22, 2020
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3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by adrock314 from Pennsylvania

2020 Edition. 22oz bottle into tulip.

L: Dark mahogany with ruby highlight. A few fingers of head from a vigorous pour that shrinks to a small ring and sticks around a while. Attractive pour.

S: Not much going on at fridge temp. As it warms there is some malt & grain - very muted. A little alcohol on the nose as well. Maybe just a hint of black tea?

T: Sweet, but not cloying, malt flavors. Overall it's not terribly flavorful. There's some cocoa, a little dark fruit, and a touch of tobacco. I would expect bolder flavors from a 9ish % Doppelbock.

F: Creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft and appropriate for the style.

O: Solid overall, but nothing spectacular. I wanted to like this more than I actually did.

Dec 19, 2020
4.09 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio on Dec 24, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

Dollar bin from dry tavern. Drinking this a year after release..... Nicely malted, and good color. Slightly over carbonated, but a good one for the evening.

Dec 24, 2018
4.3 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on Apr 12, 2018
4.34 by reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania on Feb 18, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

Pours a deep caramel brown, moderate tan head, good carbonation. Aroma is classic - rich copper malt, dark fruit, fig, rum raisin, phenol. Taste has lots of malt - obviously - pretty dark, a little sweet, more rum raisin, mild treacle, a little phenol booze at the end. Traditional, and well done

Dec 25, 2017
4.18 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2017
4.25 by MrJuengling from Pennsylvania on Nov 17, 2017
4.24 by Justdoit1234 from Minnesota on Oct 20, 2017
4.66 by TomVHoupt from Pennsylvania on Jun 07, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drtth from Pennsylvania

This beer, the 2016 brewing, comes in a bomber size bottle inside a red velvet bag with a draw string tie and the brewery logon printed on it. Hopefully the beer inside the bottle will justify the “Reserve” and the special presentation.

The first pour into a Duvel glass is a dark mahogany color with some reddish highlights and 1” light tan head that slowly recedes to a thin layer on the surface of the liquid and leaves some patches and rings of leggy lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves some arches and smaller patches of leggy lacing. Even midway through the pour there is lacing on the sides and an irregular island of foam on the surface.

The aromas are nutty, bready and have some dark fruit in the background. There's also a bit of caramel with a hint of alcohol and some earthy spiciness from the hops

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some nutty, dark bread character and some dark fruit. There's also some maple syrup/dark chocolate sweetness and some caramel, all balanced by an earthy, dark roast and slightly spicy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and smooth with the moderate gentle carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the well balanced mix of flavors and sweetness begin fade and allow some dry earthy, dark roast and spicy bitterness that closes out the show as it too slowly disappears on the back of the palate.

Very drinkable beer with a nice combination of flavors and aromas. It's nice to have a beer brewed for the holidays without the addition of spices. I'll certainly be willing to have another. For me the only fault I find with the beer is that the earthiness is a bit too prominent in the ending. Currently I have a second bottle tucked away in the basement to wait for next winter. If my luck holds I'll find a bottle of the 2017 brewing and be able to do a side by side.

Mar 06, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a dark brown with copper edges and well over a finger of head. The nose has that classic deep bready essence. The flavor is malty and the body is hearty. There is a really nice touch of sweetness on the finish that makes this offering complete.

This is a real holiday gem. Even though it was not boozy at all, I am guessing that it would still age rather well.

Jan 16, 2017
3.49 by ConnorSimpson41 from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2016
4.35 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania on Dec 24, 2016
4.1 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2016
4.04 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania on Dec 13, 2016
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

Look. Love the packaging and the original which I always grab when I see it for $2 a pop. But this one? bottom line probably don't need to have it again ...

Start with the look, it's pretty but average. Let's talk aroma, which at first I think has way too much alcohol. Then all of a sudden it morphs into almost the perfect aroma. Malts, chocolate, nuts, yea freshly roasted nuts, chestnuts roasting by the open fire. We know it, let's all sing it.

However, taste follows aroma, lots of hops too which I enjoy but in the end kinda of a mess, too much of this,too little of that. Makes me want an Sam Adams Double Bock, do they even make that beer anymore?

Overall, I tried it, keep the sleeve, pass. Merry Christmas everyone. Tonight is Black Wednesday, can't wait to taste this years BCBCS.

Nov 23, 2016
4.04 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Sep 24, 2016
3.88 by TonyY from New York on Jan 08, 2016
4 by SebD from Canada (ON) on Jan 06, 2016
3.71 by Waveoff from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2015
4.28 by Yancey82 from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2015
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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Poured a birch beer brown with a 3 finger creamy float head. Lots of lacing. Nose of fresh bread and dark dried fruit. Taste - Wow . . . this is a complex malt bomb! Like eating a really good fruit cake (not that store bought crap) where each bite (sip) yields a different flavor. Roasted malt, raisins, dried fruit, licorice, toffee . . . yum. Carbonation is a bit lighter than expected but this feels right - full bodied and chewy. This is Christmas in a bottle. And I'm drinking a 2014 vintage. Can't wait to get 2015.

Last reviewed in 2015 and gave a 4.36 rating. Updated for 12-25-2019. Same pour of birch beer brown but with a two finger creamy head. No Lacing. Nose is weaker, especially the bread. Taste is way off from 2015. Not much complexity. Some malt, black licorice, peppermint. Hard to detect the dark fruit that was prevalent before. The body is much thinner and there is no chewiness. Not feeling the Christmas spirit here in 2019. Disappointed.

Reviewed the 2020 vintage on 12-25-20. Upgrade in look, taste and feel. Tastes were bolder this year over the 2019 version. The more sips I take, the better it gets . . . :) However, I am surprised that so few other BAs have reviewed this DP for 2020.

Dec 20, 2015
4.03 by Mwinek on Dec 20, 2015
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4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

Pours a deep amber reddish brown color with very little head. Smells like coffee, toffee and roasted malts. Looks to have plenty of carbonation. Initial taste is quite plesant, just like it smells and very mild finish. Really enjoyed this brew and look forward to more

Dec 06, 2015
3.5 by Dogleg from Pennsylvania on Nov 18, 2015
4 by billbeers from Pennsylvania on Nov 13, 2015
3.84 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2015
3.62 by barflybastard from Pennsylvania on Sep 16, 2015
4.21 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Jul 26, 2015
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4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by RobPete from Pennsylvania

Celebrator used to be my favorite Dopplebock. Too bad this brew isn't available year round. I was fortunate enough to snag two bombers last month. I cracked one of them a week or two back and it was so good that I now don't want to open up the other. The best way for me to describe how good this is would be to say that Penn took a cue from Ayinger and created an even more complex Dopple....a perfect one. If you should be fortunate enough to see one of these, don't hesitate to snatch it up!

Feb 28, 2015
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by woemad from Washington

22oz bottle received from @ozzylizard as part of the NBS BIF #1. There’s no precise freshness date but the label says 2014. The label for this bottle says it’s abv is 7.5%, btw.

Poured into an oversized Boston Lager glass, this was a very dark amber colored beer that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. There was a big, creamy looking tan head that slowly receded, leaving lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Big, roasty and malty nose to this. I get toffee, dark fruit, whiskey, and a little bit of coffee. A nice mix of sweet and bitter aroma, with a little emphasis on sweet.

The taste is like the aroma (which is generally like all things you eat or drink when you get right down to it). Up front there’s dark fruit and toffee in about equal measure, with a coffeeish bitterness and some whiskey flavor more in the background.

Somewhere between medium and full bodied, with a creamy, coating mouthfeel.

A richly flavorful and well balanced example of an American doppelbock. This is a style of beer that I’d like to see more of in this country. Penn pretty much nailed it. Thanks again, Ozzylizard!

Feb 22, 2015
4.17 by craft4mike from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2015
4.28 by Inglum515 from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2015
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4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Outstanding, surprised me, better that I expected from Penn

Jan 23, 2015
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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