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Pandora's Bock - Breckenridge Brewery

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364 Ratings

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Ratings: 364
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so this isn't my favorite style.

A dark caramel, slightly reddish pour. Very small head that didn't take long to go away. Swirls produced very little return head.

No aroma I could detect, save some minimal sweet malt.

Taste is candied Jolly Ranger apple/cherry. Sweet. Syrupy a bit. Semi-clean towards the end. The old sock characteristic i usually get from this style is very weak here, which is good. For the style I guess it's ok. I'm not a fan.

Mebuzzard, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma, but not to thick really.

Nice clear burgandy color with a fiery glow to it. A very slight beige head barely skims the surface of the beer. Malty aroma, but not too thick. A little raisiny too. This is a decent tasting bock. Big body. Close to full. Chewy mouthfeel. Thick malty taste. Raisins, figs and dates are fairly pronounced in the flavor profile. Almost a bread pudding feel to it. Solid effort.

Bighuge, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with contrasting white head. Nose is on the "sweet" side with honey and bready malt. On the palate the malt is noticeable right away, but this is a lighter bock than most and the lighter bodied malt component fades into the honeyed finish. Alcohol is noticed on the finish also. Clean and refreshing. Good for those who like a lighter bock. I'd recommend this as a gateway beer to German style bocks.

yemenmocha, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear chestnut brown color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Broken lacing.

S: Wet, slightly sweet grain, nuts.

T: Overall, taste is sweet; carmel, toffee and light-colored fruits. Nice bitter in the finish balances the beer very well.

M: Light body. Low carbonation makes it very smooth.

D: Very drinkable for the style. Smooth and goes down easy.

Haybeerman, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

shivtim, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Vancer
2.03/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Vancer, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Monkeyknife, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tmoneyba, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of argock
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

argock, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mothman, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of cmoney311
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

cmoney311, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of JoeST
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

JoeST, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

atsprings, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Bitterbill, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

htomsirveaux, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of bruachan
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

bruachan, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of KI9A
1.85/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

KI9A, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of plrooney
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

plrooney, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jayli, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


neenerzig, Jan 21, 2009
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.

GilGarp, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

colts9016, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
1.85/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

PatrickJR, Jul 04, 2008
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