Pandora's Bock - Breckenridge Brewery

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 376
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002

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Photo of pat61
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pandoras Bock pours hazy reddish chestnut under a thin off white foam cap. The nose and palate are nutty toasted malt, bread and a hint of caramel or kettle sugars. There are no big hop aromas or flavors but it finishes with an assertive hop bitterness. (254 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, herbal notes, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and red grapes. There are also some dates, herbal flavours, and some molasses. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - Mouthfeel and appearance need work, but the taste is pretty solid. Not a world beater by any means, but a decent beer that is worth trying once. (693 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle in a large snifter glass

A: Pours a dark brown hue with some ruby highlights and an off-white head that slowly dissipates quickly and solid a wispy lace.

S: Caramel malty aroma with sweet background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a strong caramel bock flavor with a sweet malty backbone.

M: Full body and minimal carbonation.

O: Decent bock – good flavors and aromas. (403 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A- Pours a reddish brown, under a finger of khaki head, no lacing.
S - Super sweet malt, a little booze, cherries, and some odd spice.
T - Overly sweet malt floods your palate then you get a brief taste of mixed spices.
M - Sticky and clingy, not good.
O - Not a bock I would go for again, thats for sure. (328 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear but dark reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thin collar around the edges.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts and toffee are present in the nose along with some hints of herbal and spicy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is somewhat malty, having only a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems doesn't seem as malty and thicker on the palate compared to other bocks. On the other hand, it's easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well. (787 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock has a medium, cream-colored head and a semi-clear, copper appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles (etched glass) and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread, and the flavor is of that, plus some bread crust, a dash of bitterness, and a fruity undertaste. This beer, at 7.5% alcohol, takes on a double bock aspect as one drinks it down. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock finishes mostly dry, sweet, malty, and drinkable. One just does not pick up the alcohol with this. Overall, it’s really nice, and I rate it as being very fine. But, Michelob AmberBock is a very value, when price is considered.

RJT (695 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby amber with a skim of a cream colored head. Reduces to nothing. No lace.

Some sweet malt notes. Hard to find much in the nose here.

Rich toasted malt up front, then dries out n a hurry with a touch of metallic bitterness at the end. Good beer, but fleeting flavors. Some cherry wood, and the bitterness is a nice balance. But the part of the beer you want to linger doesn't, and while the dried biscuit like transition works, it leaves you wanting a bit more.

Medium bodied, a little tingle on the tongue.

Not bad. Not much of a comparison to German versions -- can't win that race. But a very decent brew. Nice to find a reasonably-priced domestic version of the style. (686 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Chestnut to mahogany in color with only one finger worth of head.

Aroma: Brown bread, plum, light raisin notes, bits of clove and cinnamon.

Taste: Sweet in the front with dark fruit notes, bready, figs, raisins. A floral hop bite with only the slightest bit of citrus. Some light licorice and clove in the tail end with a light dry finish.

Notes: A tasty beer all around and very good for getting warmed up on a cool night. Cheers. (446 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ba Review #259
Served On: 2/27/2013
Glassware: Fluted Pilsner
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

It's Bock season once again. This was a 12oz bottle from a mixed sixer I made at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD.

Look: Poured a very clear copper color with a cap of off-white foam that formed some sparse lacing. Carbonation level was medium with plenty of bubbles slowly rising upward.

Smell: The typical Bock notes of sweet bread and subtle dark fruits.

Taste: The beer was fairly light on the palate for a bock. First was some spicy biscuit that lead into some dark cherry with a smooth lager quality and then more biscuit. The finish was fairly clean with some lingering spice.

For a beer that's said to be over 7% ABV, this brew went down real smooth. Not one of the more robust Bock's out there, but defiantly held true to my expectations of the style. (861 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep garnet with half inch fleeting khaki head that leaves a modest layer of foam.

Melanoidin aromas of deeply caramelized malt, toffee, and toasted bread form the initial aroma. There's a hint of floral hop at the finish.

Flavor reveals some of those characteristics. Fairly sweet, deeply roasted malt dominates the profile initially, finishing with cardboard and a slightly roasted dryness. There's an underlying dark cherry character from the roast malt that complements early floral hop notes nicely. Buttery diacetyl emerges in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly watery, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. There's a touch of roast astringency.

Malt forward brew with light complexity. Not offensive, aside from the light body and dark fruit character. (792 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, it's a pun, but at least it's not a hop pun... This stuff pours a clear midnight amber topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises honey-laden rye bread, a light hint of maple syrup, and a vague sense of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though now that bread is also slathered in Country Crock (nope, no real butter here, folks), and there's a general feeling of mild greens mixed in here and there. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly fluid feel. Overall, an okay bock at best, one that just doesn't do it for me at all. (643 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Breckenridge Brewery's Pandora's Bock a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for something I haven't had before and this bottle caught my eye, I haven't had any memorable beers from Breckenridge but I'm hoping for the best, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is nice and it's pretty eye catching with a nice looking pin up style girl and the label goes well with the name. It poured a nice bright amber color that took on a nice bright ruby hue when held to the light with a bubbly one fingers worth of slightly tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that quickly faded away and left no lacing behind. This was a pretty average looking beer, the color was nice and true to style, but the head and lacing were lacking and were disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a surprisingly lower amount of sweetness with a good amount of malts that imparted a grainy, caramel malt, and a very bread like aroma. After that comes comes a slight fruit aroma that takes on a light berry like aroma. On the finish I get a good amount of earthiness that I think is from the hops. The aroma was ok, but it was pretty bland for the style and it didn't have those rich malts and dark fruit aromas that I like from the style.

T- The taste seemed to be fairly similar to the aroma and it started off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts which just impart some grainy and bready flavors. Up next comes a very light fruit flavor with no discernible fruits. On the finish there's a medium earthy flavor followed by a slightly off putting metallic flavor with a lower amount of medium bitterness and a bready aftertaste. This was a pretty average and bland tasting beer, the flavors were pretty boring.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad and it was fairly true to style.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, it was pretty bland in most aspects and it didn't have any of those good bock flavors that I was hoping for. This beer had ok drinkability, it was pretty smooth and the alcohol was well hidden but the flavors were so bland that they couldn't hold my attention and I wouldn't want to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was the only aspect of this beer that was decent and it was fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was way too bland for the style and it wasn't very memorable at all. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's just not a good example of the style and I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone. All in all i was pretty let down with this beer, it didn't really have any redeeming quality's. This was another average at best beer from Breckenridge, I don't think I will be taking too many more chances on this brewery, I have yet to be impressed by any of their beers, you guys need to step your game up. (3,164 characters)

Photo of sethcroisant
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A- slightly darker than amber in color. barely any head, but has decent retention.

S- not much going on. slight herbal quality from the hops. tiny hints of toasted malt.

T- medicinal hops overpower the malt a bit. some caramel and toasted malts in the backround, but the odd hop flavors are prominent throughout.

O- generally, i enjoy breckenridge. but, this is a complete miss. (383 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper, with a thin tan head. Good retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of toasty, fruity malts and sugar. Body is medium, and quite carbonated. Taste is of brown sugar and spice. Hints of hops in the finish. Not awful, but way to sugary sweet for my taste. (270 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light earthy malts and a fruity berry like ester.

The taste was moderately malty with a dark caramel and strange artificial sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a quaffable bock. Not much to write home about however. (423 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a clear amber color with a small fizzy white head that quickly dissapates leaving no lace.

S- clean and malty with a bit of toast, some yeast, and slightly sweet

T- sweet and malty, slightly toasted, just a faint trace of subtle hop, seems a little too sweet.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

O- this one wasn't horrible, but not something I would buy again. I was however surprised that it was 7.5% as it was very easy to drink. (496 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ice-tea pour shows a bubby, washy skim beige head that dissipated rather quickly after the pour. Skimpy thin ring lacing.

S: Nose was unimpressive, some faint apple skins, otherwise indistinguishable, with not much appeal.

T: Apple malt flavor, a bit of spicy character and some crystal malt sweetens things up a bit. Warm apple-skins, some cherry skins as well. Flavor does grow on you a bit, not impressive at first, but sweetens up and becomes managable.

M: Mouthful is creamy, with a spicy dry sweetness. Quiet carbonation with a medium body.

O: Overall an average experience, nothing is gonna jump out at you visually, aromatically, or taste wise. The beer sweetens up as it goes with some toasty caramel. Drinkable, but with middle of the road excitment factor. Single serving recommedation at first. (816 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- AOH

A- a slight hazy copper tone color with light streaming through. one finger head dissipates quickly but leaves a sipderweb lacing on my pint.

S- caramel and toffee malts and a slight dark candied fruit back end.

F- strong caramel/toffee malts sting first but then at the back end there is that dark candied fruit, maybe cherry or blackberry?

M-light to medium bodied but very tasteful. More like a cider than a bock.

O- Not a bad bock, one of the very good ones i have had...maybe a top 12. (502 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another foray into bottled beer, courtesy of my local trader, tone77. His drop-offs are anxiously anticipated and I look forward to our next exchange.

Ah, Sweet Pandora, your inherent curiosity gave us the evils of the world, excluding hope. Was it a box or a jar that you opened? No matter, either way, I have a bottle. Let us raise a toast to Aerosmith and crank up some Internet radio in your honor!

Pop went the cap and no ill came out of the bottle. Instead, I got a finger-and-a-half of rocky, tawny head with good retention on this humid summer's day. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of carbonation in evidence. Nose had a dense caramel sweetness which was to be expected. I say that as a self-avowed hophead. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste, while malty and sweet, was not cloying, which is something I have encountered in this style. Finish was actually tending towards dry, suggesting that they really allowed the yeast to do its job, hence the ABV. I like Breckenridge, I liked this beer although it would not be the first thing that I would reach for, so I would suggest giving it a try. (1,138 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark hazy orange/crimson with a off-white 1 finger head

Smell - Caramel, Toffee, Chocolate, Yeasts, and Malts. Pretty standard Bock scent here; It's pleasant though nonetheless.

Taste - Caramel, Chocolate, Yeasts and Malts. Flavor is alright and clean, but nothing really too outstanding here as the flavors tend to blend in with each other as opposed to jumping out.

Mouthfeel - Thick, but not quite what one would call chewy. It does feel crisp on the tongue.

Overall - It's a good if not average Bock beer. Try it out, but that's all I can say (589 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-amber color with light haze. Small head that submitted to ring status over a relatively short period of time. 3.5

Caramel, toasted grain, some metallic notes. Light jarred cherry in the aroma. Not bad. Smells sweet, and a little strong for a bock. 3.5

Expected sweetness with caramel syrup, coffeehouse fruit syrups, light vanilla, booze, and honey. 3.5

Average body and light carb. Finishes with alcohol strength. 3.5

Never was impressed with Breckenridge, but this beer works for what it is. 3.5 (509 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice clarity, short creamy head.

Smells very bready/malty with a strong yeasty aroma of Germanic quality. Also a bit of a fruity citrus bent to it.

Nice warm bread dough flavor with some caramel maltiness. Mildly sweet.

Both creamy yet somehow also a bit prickly after half a glass, the mouthfeel is the most distracting element in the beer.

Overall a very solid offering, and worth a revisit next season. (409 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa last week via the single bottle. I hadn't had any of the Breckenridge beers in a while and this one looked intriguing by the name alone. Yes, it was easy to down but like so many others on here, I didn't get the impression that this was a true Bock. The alcohol was a bit strong and the caramel flavor was just a bit too strong to meld well with everything else here as well.

There was nothing memorable about this beer at all - it poured relatively dark but not totally brown, while the head and lacing were average. A bit creamier than I envisioned it as well, with too much caramel and Brown Ale-like taste to this. The carbonation was low like other Bocks but the biscuit undertone to everything detracted from the taste. I don't have a problem with a beer that's full but this just didn't seem true to style.

This was a bit stronger than other Bocks that I've had too but I didn't count that as a negative. One bottle of this wouldn't be enough to knock anyone out but it will probably end up being underwhelming in the end. It was too toasty for me but like the other Breckenridge Beers that I've had, it stands up just fine on its own, ever if nothing in particular stands out about it. (1,221 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber gold, with a weak white head, half a finger high. Dissipates fast with little lacing.
Smell is caramel, bread and sugar.
Taste is malty with a grain and bread feel. Some floral hops actually give it a nice taste. Does not taste like a Bockbeer.
It is very drinkable, but does not fit the style in my book. (326 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent caramel brown body with a very dense and fluffy head of sandy colored foam.

Caramel, bread crust, crackers, grain.

Bready, very light caramel taste, touch of fruity hops way underneath, hint of alcohol at the end.

The feel is soft and smooth, but it's just too light for the style and certainly for a 7.5% beer.

This drinks very well. Seems to be a bit light on the malt bill for the style, but I still really like the beer overall and wouldn't have much of a problem going through a couple in a row. (517 characters)

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Pandora's Bock from Breckenridge Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.