1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Pandora's Bock - Breckenridge Brewery

Not Rated.
Pandora's BockPandora's Bock

Educational use only; do not reuse.

369 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 369
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (44) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pandora's Bock Alström Bros
Ratings: 369 | Reviews: 150 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SamN
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange-ish red, clear beer, tiny layer of tan beige foam sitting lightly on top, some visible carbonation. Leaves traces of thin lacing down the glass.

S- Fruits, gummi candy, slight grain malts. Crisp, light refreshing fragrance, on the drier side.

T- This is a pretty solid bock, with typical malty backbone and a spicier hops-bittered ending. Nothing too complex here, just a decent, straightforward spring bock.

M- A little thicker body, nice smoothness, flows and coasts evenly and without much carbonation burn.

D- Great session beer. Simple and hearty.

Photo of Chrisco88
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
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 beefnbarley
1.95/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Was looking forward to a nice beer. Appearance is dark copper and opaque. Residual hops noted in bottom of glass. Sourness and somewhat vinous aroma as it warmed. Malty nose is there as it warms and toasty/breadiness apparent. Very tart and astringent taste that leads one to believe it is a soured bock. Perhaps I received a very old bottle. Light in body for the style and overall was not drinking experience I was hoping for.

Photo of matjack85
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the discount bin at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. Since the Breckenridge website says this beer is only available from Jan. - Mar. and this is only December, I have a feeling this might be a leftover bottle from last year's batch, so keep that in mind when reading this review. There is no freshness date to be found.

The beer poured a cloudy caramel color with a 2- finger off-white head that lasted about a minute and left only a mimimal amount of lacing.

The beer had the smell of ground nuts, a bit of malt, and a trace of fruitiness.

The taste was more sweet malt than anything else. Sweet caramel, sweet bread, and some nutty flavors pretty much hold off what little hop bitterness there is for balance. For having 4 different malts amd 2 hop varieties, it really didn't taste all that complex or even all that good.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

It's pretty drinkable for a 7.5% abv. The alcohol is not much of a player.

Photo of jdskinns
1.49/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Cloudy orange/brown color with a very thin white head. Bready, biscuity smell that was pretty offputting given the dirty socks smell that went along with it. This beer had an incredibly sour, infected taste that lead to an immediate drain pout. Definitely will not be buying this one again.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a red-orange color with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel malts, molasses, and fruits. Flavor is caramel malts, fruits, and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, bitter, medium bodied. Decent and drinkable beer, but not a bock.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The bock appears a clear reddish amber color with about a finger of tan foam. Nose and flavor are of buttered toasted bread, caramel malt, black cherry flavoring, some toffee, a hint of chocolate. A few notches under medium bodied, a tad thin, with average carbonation. Not one of their better beers.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy amber color pour with a thick two fingers of foamy head , medium carbonation , spotty lacing . Aroma of sweet caramel malt , honey , and bready yeast . Flavos is sweet and malty , light toffee , light rasins with a nice amount of hops , lightly bitter , full body creamy mouthfeel . Sweet malty finish . Very drinkable . A nice brew .

Photo of taxguyjase
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The name for this beer is clever. When Pandora opened her bock, she actually released into the world all of the Evils of Beer. Skunky beer, Bud Light Lime, Zima, Smirnoff Ice, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat...The list goes on and on. The only thing left in the Bock was the hope that microbreweries would rise up and provide humanity with alternatives to the crap that emerged from the Bock.

This beer has a really spicy scent to it - you can pick up a bit of hop in the aroma, but this is not a bitter beer (only 16 IBUs). The medium body of the beer has a complexity to it, that is so complex I can't adequately describe without my head blowing up. Pandora is a bit of an intense lady anyway - her Bock is too - 7.5% ABV. Sneaky Pandora.

Photo of Thur123
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is hazy a tea colored brown, with a slightly red ruby kind of hue. Light on the carbonation and the head was non existant. The smell is a shockingly sweet kind of malt with a bit of citrus involved.

glug glug glug

Hit with a medium to light bitterness that fades quickly into citrus flavors, like oranges and lemons. The aftertaste to me also has a tea taste to it. I had a few of these last night before reviewing and as it warmed then, all it reminded me of was tea beer...or sometime like that. Not bad, a better bock showing than Shiner, but a little too sweet for me.

Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 3 finger beige head. Body is hazelnut brown. Head retention and lacing are above average

Smells slightly of figs or other dried fruit. There is also some caramel malt in there. No hops and slightly sour/skunked

Taste is definitely malty like a bock should be. The weird sour flavor i detected in the nose is present again, cant exactly put my finger on it though. Tastes a bit sour, acidic, metallic. Sweetness of the malt offsets it though, bready and fruity. The alcohol isnt that apparent, i had this beer previously fresh from the brewpub and the alcohol was definitely more present.

Mouthfeel is slightly over carbonated. Body is medium but not silky like the great mid high abv beers

Drink ability is above average. It's semi session able, but it just has that weird sour after taste that gets to me.

Photo of hopdog
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toastiness, some grains, and a little earthy. Tastes of toasted grains, caramel, tart grape skins, and citrus. This one seemed to be all over the place.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice to see this beer hitting the Central Kentucky shelves.

The beer begins with a deep copper, deep amber color that shies ever so slightly away from the solid brown color that most bocks bring. Moderate carbonation neither wows or disappoints. Lightly carbonated and crystal clear. No real lacing.

Aromas are moderately malty with some nice, toasty melanoidin, hints of nuttiness, chocolate, and charred toast. Fairly light, but I'm accustomed to Dopplebocks. No real hop presence or unnecessary aggression, a fairly stable aroma.

Malty flavors upfront waiver soon enough and begin to reveal a lighter malted beer than I had hoped. Eventually the malts falter to a grainy and acidic flavor that take on stale, lactic notes in the end. Green apples and grassiness soon to follow. What started out pleasant enough is turning into a trainwreck.

Like the flavor, the beers mouthfeel starts out firm and malts; but it doesn't last. At mid-palate the beer falls apart revealing astringency, bite, and watering.

I honestly expect more stability from Breckenridge. I was totally expecting to write that I may have gotten a bad or aging bottle but from others' reviews, I am convinced that this is just the way the beer is made.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

02825B09 Bottle Code; Sampled May 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a ruddy amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, light amber tinged, full copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice, clean, sweet malt character to it that makes me think of grapes (though not in a fruity way), whole grain crackers, toasted whole grain bread that has been lightly sprinkled with brown sugar. There is not a whole lot going on here, and that grape note even picks up a touch of tartness as the beer warms.

Lightly sweet malt, a touch of tartness even, some herbal notes and a toasted grain astringency are noticeable as the beer first rolls across my tongue. The beer finishes with a touch of hop bitterness as well as a lingering, almost metallic, malt note that has some toasted grain, some caramelized notes and even a bit of something that reminds me of sweet tea. The body has a medium fullness to it, though it could be a touch more viscous for the style. That grape like note comes into the flavor as well and reminds me of tart / sweet green table grapes somehow.

A bit of a disappointment, it could perhaps use a bit more lagering time as it seems like it still might be a bit green. This seems like it has a good start to the malt complexity that it would need to be great, but it is just not integrated enough to really work here.

Photo of rye726
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasantly suprised by this lager. Pours a woody amber with a silky tan head. Nose has bready malts, dark fruits and spicy yeast. Taste follows suit, but lacks the same complexities. Powered by malt, but kept in balance by the powerfull yeast strain. Nothing outstanding, but rather a simple well rounded bock. Body was over carbonation. Became watery as the pop texture subsided. A nice session brew.

Photo of bluetravlr
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very little head that quickly fades to pretty much nothing. Very clear copper/red coloration. Some visible carbonation. Absolutely no lacing.

S: Caramel malt with slight citrus and floral notes. Very bready and sweet.

T: I think this has a terrific flavor. Well balanced with a great malty, caramel backbone and subtle hop bitterness. A little on the sweet side, but that goes with this style. The pine flavor of the hops comes through and lingers just through the sweet aftertaste.

M: Slightly watery. A bit of a stinging carbonation. In other words, this beer is far too thin. A thicker body and this would be a great bock.

D: I believe I saw this beer listed at 6.8%ABV at the brewery, and my Rep, about a year ago, confirmed this. Either way, this beer goes down smooth. Very sessionable for a high ABV bock. For better or worse the watery nature of this beer provides an easy drinkability for a high ABV brew.

Brec brews are usually fence-sitter's for me. Their 471's, their oatmeal stout, even the agave wheat, are nice, original beers. I think this one stands with that crowd in breaking through the mediocre and attempting to break into excellence. Great flavor, but lacking in all other characteristics (besides drinkability).

Photo of Beefeater57
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber-brown with a spotty tan head. No retention or lacing.

S: Malts, mostly toasted malts. A little bit of chocolate as well.

T: Bready malts, some caramel. Sweetness is just right, not overpowering. Faint hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finishes pretty smooth.

M: Sticky, almost chewy mouthfeel.

D: Pretty good, malts are tasty and not overly sweet. Easy to drink, smooth.

Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head,Aroma is fruity.Taste has lots different fruits,caramel and some toasted malts.This goes down pretty smooth,a lot thinner than I expected.Overall it was an enjoyable beer.I would recommend and purchase again.

Photo of Monsteruss
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The foam was light wheat in color, non lacey and dissapated quickly. The color was amber/mahogany with an orange highlight. The smell was an aromatic fruity wheat, a little bitter and a toasted wood undertone. The taste had a fruity wheat start with a hops balance and bitter. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and smooth. Drinkability - it was ok, except for the bitter wheat was way too dominate.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split two ways. Dark reddish brown, slight head, smells beery. the first taste was actually akin to vomit but it quickly subsided into a more malty, lagerish flavor. Not sure what was going on there. Easy to drink but kind of thin, I'd prefer something German any day of the week.

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big frothy pillow-like light tan head... Full, yet splotchy, lacing lasts throughout the session... Caramel coloring... Slightly murky... Lot of cabonation, only noticeable at the top of the glass...

S - Solid and assertive maltiness right off of the bat... Raisins... Fig... Toffee... Surprisingly fruity... Minor hop notes... A vague alcohol scent...

T - A yummy malty assault... A toasted nuttiness... Toffee... Butter... Dark fruit... Fig...

M - Unique mouthfeel... Trace amounts of carbonation... Medium to full bodied... Chewy... Syrupy, yet smooth... Lush... Rich... Buttery... Extremely enjoyable...

D - First off, I love the name... Solid bock offering... It really is a solid brew... Sessionable and repeatable...

Photo of mikereaser
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a deep mahogany with no foam whatsoever

S - not alot of aroma, some sweet malt, caramel

T - sweet malt flavor with some dark fruits throughout

M/D - light carbonation and decent mouthfeel, its just too sweet for me. I enjoyed the taste, but by the end, I had had enough

Photo of RickS95
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Tone
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark auburn color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast strongly, then sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, then sweet malt, and some hops are noticeable - a little watery. Overall, nothing great, but a decently blended Bock that is reasonably drinkable.

Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/20/09.

A - Clear caramel/copper-tinged body with a slight haze and one-finger creamy beige head that settled into a thin veil and left behind some spotty lace.

S - Subtle nose with traces of sweet malt hinting at caramel and toffee. There is also a mild dark fruit tangy character and a bit of spicy, cookie dough-like malt in the back.

T - Sweet and malty with a prevalent dark fruit character reminiscent of dried apricots and raisins. I am also getting a faint ginger snap cookie character in the mix, as well as some mild fruity licorice. Alcohol remains well-concealed for this fairly big bock weighing in at 7.5% ABV. Mild spiciness emerges in the finish with some sweet bready, cookie-esque malt notes and just a tinge of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a slight syrupy texture and moderate to lively carbonation that provides a bit of prickle on the tongue. Pandora is quite sweet on the palate overall.

D - Very good Bock in my opinion. The armoa was a little restrained, but overall this had a nice complex flavor with plenty of sweet, malty goodness without becoming cloying.

Pandora's Bock from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.