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Pandora's Bock - Breckenridge Brewery

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Pandora's BockPandora's Bock

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360 Ratings

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | 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 shivtim


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Had on tap in Breckenridge. Served in a pint glass. Translucent dark rusty honey colored, with essentially no head. Lots of visible carbonation. You can see that it is slightly viscous.
Nose is vaguely Christmas-ey. Malts and cinnamon. Slight pine.
Taste is corn, mild spices, a slight hops. Gentle ethanol.
Mouthfeel and drinkability both decent.

03-17-2009 14:42:36 | More by shivtim
Photo of Vancer


2.03/5  rDev -40.6%

Ol' Pandora's Bock (luv the name) pours a clear see-through mahogany brown with a decent tan in the Sammy Adams freebie glass.

The aroma is not good - a sour funk prevails and dominates. And it's present in the quaff also, not a pleasant drinking bock at all. Bits of caramel are there, but that damn musty funk is killing this beer. Finishes with a wet cardboard oil. I've got a sixer of this stuff, if the others are better I'll re-review.

Really surprised at Breckenridge to put something like this out.

03-13-2009 21:03:15 | More by Vancer
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy ruby red with a rich, foamy off-white head. Healthy lacing all around.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, dark ripe fruit, and a pinch of cinnamon.

The taste is fruity with cherries and raisins along with cinnamon and other spices. The malts are sweet and plentiful. The finish is clean.

Light-to-medium bodied, sweet and sticky, with a moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking bock from Breckenridge.

03-08-2009 22:21:39 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of tmoneyba


4/5  rDev +17%

Bottle from S&V, Fort Wayne.

Poured hazy deep brown with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex toasted sweet malty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate balanced malty sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable brew.

03-08-2009 02:26:19 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of argock


3.15/5  rDev -7.9%

Served on-tap at Breckenreidge Brewery (Breckenridge, CO).

A: Mousy brown with thin cap of head which leaves no lace.

S: Aroma is a bit of caramel, a little herbal hops, and not much else.

T: Flavor is unremarkable although not unpleasant. Faint sweet raisin, caramel, and dash of herbal hops to finish.

M: Pretty good body -- firmly medium. Aftertaste is a little toasted which is funny and doesn't match the rest of this beer. Carbonation is active as you'd expect.

D: A drinkable but uninspired bock. Allow to warm for better flavor and aroma but they have better offerings.

03-06-2009 19:09:46 | More by argock
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.18/5  rDev -7%

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Color is a clear copper ruby. Pours a finger slightly tan head that was very bubbly. Fizzled down pretty fast. Left some decent lace spots.

Smell is mainly of malts. I really could only pick out the carmel. The alcohol is very present in the taste. Very malty. Slight grassy hops. Carmel and smoked malts.

Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly bitter at first. Then is gets a little creamier. Ends with a pretty clean aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, nothing to spectacular, but it seemed to fit my mood for drinking it tonight. Something that I would never say no to.

03-04-2009 04:35:02 | More by mothman
Photo of cmoney311


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%

A: dark amber - an inch of cream colored foam

s: sweet barley and malt - hints of caramel.

T: tastes pretty much like it smells, sweet barley and malt - hints of caramel.

M: actually pretty thin here. pretty much a level above sweet malty caramel carbonated water. goes down real smooth

D: as said above, goes down very smooth. a nice session beer.

03-01-2009 22:40:02 | More by cmoney311
Photo of JoeST


2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Wow was I disappointed with this brew. This is the first from Breckenridge that I have not liked. I tried to pull something from it but couldn't come up with a thing. No real distinct aroma or flavor just bland & boring. Reminded me of a BMC in disguise. I tried it along with two friends & none of us could get anything from it. Will not buy this one again.

02-28-2009 14:21:15 | More by JoeST
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +14%

On-tap at Flying Saucer, being a warm late-winter day, I was glad to see a Bock I haven't tried, served a dark amber almost brown with a decent cream head. The aroma was some slight sweet malts. The taste was the crisp malt bite I expect in a bock with a nice touch of burnt caramel. The beer is crisp, smooth and refreshing making it a great Spring beer. This is certainly an enjoyable bock.

02-27-2009 02:51:02 | More by atsprings
Photo of Bitterbill


2.45/5  rDev -28.4%

This just showed up in Casper.

This pours a clear bright copper with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is strange. I get a good whiff of some malt but I also get something very tart and maybe medicinal? Not the best nose out there for the style.

The taste is of sweet malty notes up front followed by big earthy tones and *some* tartness, not as big as in the nose, thankfully, but it's there and it's distracting. Overall flavour is, imho, a real mess...too earthy, too sweet, not too drinkable:^( I'm doubting whether I can finish the bottle. Too bad because it's really a great looking beer in the glass ie good head retention and lacing. No more for me, please.

02-21-2009 01:05:50 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%

Tried 5 Feb 2009 at the Breckenridge brewpub.

Pours a clear reddish brown color. Small white head. Smells slightly of alcohol, some caramel. Taste is all malt, sweet and caramel. Slightly syrupy through the middle. Alcohol comes out in the finish. Medium body.

Thought this was one of the better ones available at the brewery.

02-18-2009 05:01:04 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%

hmmm...the nose is a little anemic. some bready, some malty. smells like it won't have much spine to it. some pilsy-type scents. the weak head and carbonation could be culpable. no lacing though the color is decent enough (read: "saves the appearance category")

honey, dried fruit, more fruit, prickly heat. not what i am looking for in a bock. no smoothness whatsoever: makes this more like a poorly-hopped amber ale. the hopping, i will dare, is on target, but should be balancing a much smoother, maltier drink than this warm-fermented imposter

it's not a bad drink, but not rely all that super, either. i made a commitment some years ago to be harsher in my criticism. could i drink a sixer of this? yes. but then again, i love beer

02-14-2009 02:37:34 | More by bruachan
Photo of KI9A


1.85/5  rDev -45.9%

A: light cola, hazy brown, nice head nice lace.

S: some malts, Slight citrus? A bock?

T: Wierd. Not much malt. A ton of funk. Yuck, like spoiled apple juice funk.

M: Oily bitterness that seems to hang around a bit. Low carbonation. Nasty as hell

D: I love bocks. Won't buy again. Fail as a bock. It's not a bock. Not sure what it is, but, its horrible as hell.

02-11-2009 02:56:54 | More by KI9A
Photo of plrooney


2.63/5  rDev -23.1%

This was an interesting beer. It poured a very nice clear copper color, and while it did not have much head it looked good and it also had a nice aroma, however, it had one of the strangest tastes I have had in a beer. First, the mouthfeel was almost oily and it seemed to leave a film in my mouth. My friends thought I was crazy, but it tasted like liquid fried chicken. It was not a very pleasant taste, thank goodness this taste was the first taste when the beer hit my mouth and dissipated quickly. The beer did not have a strong after taste. Don't think I would drink this again.

02-09-2009 21:56:49 | More by plrooney
Photo of Jayli


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%

Had this beer on a recent trip to Denver.
The beer was served in a pint glass. Beer pours a nice clear copper color. A very slight beige head barely skims the surface of the beer. No head retention or lacing to it. Nose is mostly of yeast and malts with a hint of nuttiness to it. This is a decent tasting bock with a relatively big body to it. Taste is of caramel and sweet malts. Hops are very very light in the finish - I really had to look for them. The beer finishes clean and crisp, a little on the dry side. Overall, it's not an overly impressive bock, but it's a drinkable bock that you could sit with for an evening.

02-02-2009 17:12:49 | More by Jayli
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%

16 oz. - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, brown body with a small, foamy, off-white head. Patchy lacing throughout.

Smell: Questionably boozy nose of figs and grape skins with sweetish, grainy malts coming in second.

Taste: Sweet caramel overlaying a pale, grainy maltiness. Fruity flavors of figs and grape skins. Touch of alcohol heat. Predominately spicy hops with a medium bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with a lingering alcohol heat that you can never seem to shake.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not so good. Breckenridge opened a beer that contained true evils to be unleashed upon all mankind -- ills, toils and even sickness -- and finally hope. Yes, hope. Hope that my next beer will be far, far better.

01-21-2009 07:17:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of neenerzig


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%

Pured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a deep, clear amber red/brown color. Foamy tan head was about an inch thick when poured before settling to a solid 1/4 inch with very nice lacing. Aromas of toasted malt and caramel along with a bit of nut and maybe a hint of dark fruit. Toasted caramel malt flavor upfront along with a hint of nuttiness, toffee, and dark fruit. No discernible hops here as far as my palate is concerned. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way, goes down quite smoothly. Not too shabby, but I have certainly had better Bocks. This could make a pretty good session beer indeed.


01-21-2009 03:56:27 | More by neenerzig
Photo of GilGarp


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

01-14-2009 00:00:16 | More by GilGarp
Photo of colts9016


3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

Pour: A mahogany color with a 2 finger head.
Nose: Malty, wheat, citrus.
Taste: Malt character with hints of wheat and citrus. There tends to be a bit of hops on the finish but it is very null.
Body: Medium
Finish Slightly acidic, the beer is okay not great but okay.

12-12-2008 02:12:28 | More by colts9016
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


1.85/5  rDev -45.9%

Is a clear copper in the glass, with a thin ivory head. Smells of caramel malt and a faint grassiness from the hops.

Tastes of caramel malt followed by a cidery fruitiness and then an odd vegetal flavor in the finish. The vegetal flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and just plain weird tasting. These flavors don't mesh well. Tough to get through this one. Pass.

10-18-2008 00:17:47 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -22.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Nearly opaque brown with a light tan 2 finger head. Decent retention and decent lacing.

S - Caramel and butter, but there's a bizzare grassy smell, maybe vegetables.

T - Rarely have I been as shocked as I was when I took my first sip. A quick burst of caramel leads into an extremely earthy, vegetal, and almost rotten apple flavor. A strange metallic flavor rides over the even stranger flavor. Thankfully the brew finishes clean and this taste isn't left to linger. A really gross and unnatural taste to say the least.

M - Smooth and moderately carbonated. Not bad, but the taste messes everything up...

D - No thanks. It's not the hardest thing to choke down, but it is rather offensive. Very disappointing (and gross) after the rather exquisite Vanilla Porter.

07-04-2008 09:26:27 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of zeff80


3.95/5  rDev +15.5%

A - Poured out a copper or caramel color. it had a foamy, bubbly, tan, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of toffee and caramel. There was some malty aroma and a earthy/grassy notes.

T - It tasted of sweet malt and caramel. It also had a fruity flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was an easy drinking bock. I enjoyed it and I really like the name.

05-25-2008 01:16:04 | More by zeff80
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.2/5  rDev -6.4%

a: Clear copper body, fluffy off-white head.

s: Toasted caramel malt.

t: Biscuity toasted malt, light hop profile in the finish. Caramel is prominent, makes for a very sweet brew.

m: Crisp and light.

d: Seems like a run of the mill bock. Caramel flavor is nice, but this beer is just too sweet.

05-24-2008 22:48:02 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

04-28-2008 05:53:16 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BeerBelcher


1.58/5  rDev -53.8%

This is really a good-looking beer; it is too bad the beer doesn't deliver on that good start with a pleasant drinking experience. I got a lot of mercaptan out of this beer, which tastes like compost or rotting vegetables, and that's not what I'm looking for in a beer.

Appearance was a rich red brass color with nice head. The appearance had me primed for a good beer experience, which was sadly not to be. Aroma was a bit sour with lots of mercaptan, which I find a bit revolting. I also got some caramel malt and diacetyl in the aroma. Flavor was distinctly metallic, although I really found it difficult to get over that rotting vegetable smell. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

I was not impressed by this beer, and I would recommend you choose something else.

I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

04-23-2008 20:26:09 | More by BeerBelcher
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