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Pandora's Bock - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

368 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002)
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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Sufficient amount of lacing, clarity and dark amber color look great though. Thick bready malt nose with only a slight hint of caramel and herbal hop. Creamy malt body with some smoothness, carbonation is at a moderate level here. Lots of bread, toasted and a bit sweet. Light raking of herbal hop levels the malt out a bit. Warming alcohol within lets only a small fume go in the breath. Malty finish that stay semi-dry.

A good rendition of the style, great to see another brewer take on this underrated style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of awalsh
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of elBecko
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Chrisco88
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: She poured a murky, light brown. Maybe an inch or so of smooth white head disappeared quickly.

Aroma: Very balanced aroma, predominately caramel-y malt followed up by a subtle floral note from the hops.

Taste: Nothing special but surprisingly balanced. Great malt flavor offset by the perfect amount of bitterness.

Palate: Decently smooth and lively carbonated but seemed to linger and dry my mouth out.

Overall: A good session beer, perfect for the end of winter. Don't go looking for anything beyond what you find in the nose, but it's all in check so no complaints.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a pale copper hue with fine white head decent retention going on lacing is fine and scattered with each sip. Aromatics bread yeast and caramel notes with mild herbal hops. Flavor sweet bread and caramel grains barely noticeable hop flow but so in the middle. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with an even smooth texture. Drinkability is okay but again nothing special.

Photo of valkyre65
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of schoon
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle does not list ABV or DBD.

A: Dark, but clear, amber with a thin white head. The head is gone in thirty seconds.

S: Malty, syrup, dark fruit, slight hops.

T: Malt, bread, carbonation zing, assertive hop bitterness in the finish along with thick burnt syrup fruit.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: I am a sap for the name (marketing does work). I haven't been blown away by any Brecken Ridge I have consumed (though I am nowhere close to having all of them as of yet). This beer is the same: pleasant, drinkable, but not astounding. It is a smooth bock with decent malt and some hops. There is a burnt edge to the fruit. I don't feel any desire to buy it again, to wait until the spring season with anticipation for it, or to horde it like other beers I enjoy.

Photo of Arherring
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of Djenx
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of GilGarp
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive label (different from the one pictured) reads 'traditional, delicious.' Nothing wrong with that.

This beer pours a golden redish brown color with great clarity and about 3/4" of white head. Head wanes to a skim layer.

Aroma is unremarkable but not unpleasant. Sweet with a slight fruit and nut character to it.

Flavor is mostly sweet with carmel, toffee, and fruit. Sweetness is appropriate for the style and the slight bit of bitterness on the finish gives it balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and carbonation is low. Neither is offputing but it's worth noting.

Drinkability is good because it's not too heavy or high in alcohol. Smooth and easy to drink.

A good beer but despite being decent all around, it's not something I would seek out again.

Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This one looks reddish-rhubarb as it pours out of the bottle. In the glass, it's darker and more russet, but still has a dirty red color when held to the light. This one is cloudy and murky, and topped with a two finger head that quickly dissipates.

S - Hearty brown bread, walnuts, pecans, molasses, and brown sugar. This definitely smells "brown."

T - Sweet brown sugar and pecans at first, then moving towards cinnamon and tootsie rolls. There are some almost tropical-fruit notes in the finish that add a nice little flourish at the end.

M - Big dextrin-y body with cavity inducing sugar levels. The alcohol is well hidden though, and the finish dries up considerably from the initial sugar rush.

D - Good stuff. Not really a session brew, but great for desert!

Photo of FernMaster
1.8/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap at the Flying Saucer KC, poured into a pint glass.

When I ordered this beer I already had two thoughts going into it: 1) I love Puns and the name made me laugh. 2) Breckenridge is a company I don't believe is capable of making good beer.

I think I need to expand on point 2. I've had Breckenridge's bock before and it was a competent beer. I enjoyed it. But other than that, I don't think this brewery is very talented. They're like O'Fallon to me. I've never had anything from O'Fallon that I've liked, yet I'll go back to them because they try interesting things that I believe are worth the risk. I never let my thoughts on a brewery turn me off from trying a beer and I'll give props where props are due, I'm not going to just hate on a brewery because that does nothing for anyone and it truly isn't good for our craft beer world.

On to Breckenridge's Pandora's Bock. When this was brought to me, I thought I would enjoy it. For the bock style it looked good, not great but enjoyable. It had almost two fingers worth of head a nice amber, crimson brownish color to it. The head resided quickly though and there was almost no lacing.

Smelling this thing was offensive to my palate. The beer wasn't skunked or bad (by ruination) by any means, it's just not a good beer. It smelled, I kid you not, like the Oriental ramen seasoning packet. This was full on in your face ramen. That was fun and quirky at first, but as I continued to smell it became foreboding. It was like the ending to ssn4 of Mad Men, nothing good is going to happen with Draper looking off in the distance. That's a bad comparison, I love Mad Men, I do not love this beer.

True to the smell, the ramen taste came through in the beer. There was this malty, ramen, toffee concoction with a smidgen of hops buried underneath all the rests of the flavor. When I first drank it, I hated it. Then my mind started playing tricks with me and I started enjoying it. Then I started focusing on the flavor and I couldn't get past this mechanical, oily flavor. Have you ever been in an auto shop or worked on a car/tractor in an enclosed area for a while? You know how there is this oily taste in the area that you can't ignore after being in this setting for an extended period of time? This taste soon overpowers you and it kind of effects your palate? Pandora's Bock successfully captures that phenomenon. It's a terrible feeling.

The mouthfeel really plays up the oily astringency and the ramen is all but prevalent. It's a terribly awful beer that's impossible to finish. NEVER, never before have I not finished a beer that I've ordered at the Saucer, this was the first I never finished. I couldn't tolerate it. This beer is awful and not worth your money. Do not drink this beer.

Photo of secondtooth
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel/toffee brown. Almost no bubbles, and no lace. Hmm.

Aroma is malty, syrupy, maybe some maple. Not really very promising here.

Taste is sweet, and not too complex. Sugary malt-dominated. I rate this one pretty average.

Drinkable enough, but not outstanding.

Photo of MADPolo
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of norinco
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish amber color with an off- white head.

S- The malty aroma is sweet malt and caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and caramel up front with a touch of hops and alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a huge fan of this one. It is not horrible, but is just a little on the bland side.

Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paper thin head, but look quick because it won't be there long. Caramel in color, looks good despite the lack of head.

Malt and hops in the nose, but no dominant smell. Feels like a bitter in the mouth, lots of body in this bock.

Good flavor. Hops are obvious in the taste, but play only a supportive role with the other spices and flavors. All the flavors marry together well giving this a smooth, easy finish.

It's a heavy beer, so I don't know how many you could drink in an evening, but it would be nice to have a case handy.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

A: Nice clear, garnet-amber color with a bubbly off-white head.

S: Intense sweetness on the nose, with hints of toasted barley, caramel, toffee and even some nutty aromas. Not overwhelming by any means, but very pleasant.

T: Again, sweet, but not quite as rich as the nose suggested. All the aforementioned aromas appear in the flavor, yet they seem to blend into one singular flavor which was a tad strange at first, but ultimately grew on me.

M: Heavier side of light bodied, yet teetering on being too thin. Carbonation is average, never getting in the way of the flavor, but the finish is pretty muddy.

D: Light enough to be drinkable, but the finish made this one sort of a chore to finish, especially as it warmed.

Slightly disappointed with Pandora here. This is a beer that for some reason (name, label art, the fact that it was a bock, who knows?) I really, almost desperately wanted to love. The look and aromas were nice, but everything else was strictly average. Perhaps I need to taste this side-by-side with others of its kind, as I'm becoming increasingly convinced that the bock is an under-appreciated and largely misunderstood style. I like it more than most bocks, but I'd still have a hard time recommending it for any reason other than sheer curiosity.

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Pandora's Bock from Breckenridge Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.