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Dreher Bak - Dreher Brewery

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 43
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Hungary

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-15-2003

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with beige head. Smells like dark malts and light roasted coffee. Taste follows with some roasty flavors, not too bitter but also no sweetness. Very balanced overall and easy drinkable. Not bad for a Hungarian macro lager. (239 characters)

Photo of TWM
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a stall in the Great Market Hall (Budapest). Disclaimer- I always tend towards dark beers, and this hit the spot on a cold day.

Appearance- 2 finger head, nice dark slightly ruby color. Fine bubbles, the head persisted quite a while. Not a ton of lacing.

Smell- Strong caramel taste; would probably have been a little more than ideal except that it was a cold day and caramelization in a dark beer warms up a cold belly. I loved it!

Taste- Consistent with the smell; some less volatile flavors consistent with the darker malts came through (coffee mainly)

Mouthfeel- rich, smooth, lingered just as long as it should, no bitterness anywhere.

I loved this so much I grabbed a bottle next time I was at the store- it was not the same by a long shot. This beer is much better on tap! (797 characters)

Photo of djura
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby color with two finger brown foam. Lots of bubbles in the glass.

S - Burned sugar,toffee,dark malt.

T/M - Warm and medium bitter pleasant finish. Touch of alcohol in the taste. Lots of toffee. Some bubbles in the mouth.

O - Very decent beer. Surprising drinkable. (279 characters)

Photo of sagabrews
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap while doing my grocery shopping at Nagy Vasarcsarnok. Upstairs they have stalls of typical Hungarian folkfare/grub. Wasn't expecting much from a Hungarian brew since the Arany Aszok series are really nothing to brag about. So I casually ordered this to wash down my sausage and langos. Sniffed it, and instantly I detected a pronounced caramel, vanilla essence. Swirled to agitate more and the bak was definitely releasing scents of dark chocolate toasted coffee beans. The beer now had my attention (again, I wasn't expecting special anything beforehand). I raised the glass and took a look at it. Definitely coffee soil black, not too much head, little lacing. Gulped some beer down and boy, was I surprised. Tasted as good as it smelled. This would be good as a standalone dessert. Very full bodied. Mouthfeel was nice too. I'll order this again. Happily.

One word of advice: This beer is pretty strong. I had a half-pint to go with my meal and two hours later, I'm still feeling slightly buzzed. Made for a great shopping expedition. ;) (1,059 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a half liter of this is enough to get rather zonked. pours syrupy thick and dark brown with a caramel colored glow and a decent white head. smells like a bubbling vat of heavy malt with some sweetness and earthy grainy notes. flavor is basically all malt, more in line with a bigger amber than a traditional bock in terms of malt complexion, but then comes the sugary middle and lasting finish youd expect in a bock. i like this beer a lot, maybe the best i had in hungary. mouthfeel works, big bold body with average carbonation. it can catch up with you after just one, but its a nice change of pace from all the iight lager beers prevalent on the streets of budapest. (670 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a stein

a: pours a deep near black, one finger tan head, dissipates slowly

s: deep roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate and cocoa

t: fairly bitter deep roasted malts, quite thin mouthfeel, feels closer to a dunkel lager rather than a bock, especially at 7% abv.

o: one of the better Hungarian beers, but a bit lacking on mouthfeel and depth to make much of a mark style-wise (409 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle offered up by a friend. From notes.

A - Poured nearly black with good carbonation and a medium body. One finger of light brown head and weak lace with a film of retention.

S - Tires? Rum and dark fruit.

T - Malty with dark fruit. Pretty rich. Tires again for some reason. Sugar as well.

M - Rummy finish with good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Not bad for the style. Different and tasty. Easy to drink. Worth a shot. (430 characters)

Photo of bladdamasta
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa, this is a pretty meaty beer. Deep and dark colour with plenty of complexity. Not one to skol by any means. Sweet and roasted at the same time. Not to sure if I could manage a six-pack of these - but a couple of these with a large schnitzel would do the trick. (265 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this recently on a trip to Budapest and reviewing from notes. Had on tap at an amazing bar in the Jewish Quarter.

Huge malt flavors with some toffee. Some butter in there as well. Cocoa or mocha - some sort of bitter chocolate. Creamy on the palate, yet drying in the finish. This is one of the best beers I've had on this trip so far. (340 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From notes)

A - Poured with a generous, slightly tan head. Deep, dark brown color nearing on black with ruby hints around. Decent lacing.

S - Bit of sweet maltiness, and just a touch pruney...pretty muted. Expect more depth in these areas for the style.

T - Kinda of bitter (not as in hop bitterness) verging on cold coffee without the roastiness. Little bit of the maltiness shows up.

M - Lighter and nearing on thin, not enough body

D - Not all that drinkable and was somewhat of a chore to work through. Not really inticing, but not terribly offensive.

Overall, just doesn't hit on the style and actually reminded me of a very dumbed down version of Guiness draught. Thought this was more like a Euro Dark Lager rather than a Bock. Way better in the style available, and wouldn't really be compelled to try it again. (830 characters)

Photo of atis
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with somewhat average off-white head and no lacing. Also there was almost none of visible carbonation.

Very malty and roasty aroma with lots of dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. Taste is malty toffee, quite sweet with limited spicy bitterness. Aftertaste is long-lasting and is quite sweet, maybe even a bit too sweet.

Overall, an excellent bock, I enjoyed it a lot and will try to find it on-tap as well. (428 characters)

Photo of BeerIsland
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was on tap in the bar at the Kempinski Hotel in Budapest. I thought this was the best beer I had in that city. It poured real dark with a decent head. There was a nice malty nose, sort of like a doppel, and hoppier than some of the other beers there. This was not a sweet beer and got dryer as I went. Some in our party thought it had a fermented, soy sort of flavor but not unpleasant. Very nice finish as well. I really enjoyed this unexpected pleasure, particularly in August. (489 characters)

Photo of TheMistler
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on 09/01/08 in its home city, Budapest. That was also the day I first tried Dreher "classic," light lager. I found this beer, Dreher's dunkel bock, to be - by far - the superior of the two. For my mind, given the limited locally-brewed options available in Hungary, I would say this is the best Magyar brew (a sentiment I've seen elsewhere, though I can no longer find the link).

Poured from .5L bottle into a pilsener glass, this thick, opaque, dark brown-cum-ruby concoction had interesting characteristics for its head. What head their was (I got maybe a pinkie's width at it its peak) dissipated exceptionally quickly, leaving behind nothing on the glass, nor much on top of the beer, save for a noticeable tan ring that never went away, and discreet "springs" of CO2 bubbles. Later, when I took a hearty sip, the head did stick to side of the glass for a while before oh-so-slowly sliding back down to re-join the ring.

A malt filled nose, with some slight hops coming on at the end. Slightly burnt brown sugar, toffee. This is going to sound weird, but I got the - not unpleasant - sensation of smelling a slightly roasted, sweetened soy sauce. Slight coffee bittering.

Roasted grains in the taste, with molasses. I also got a very slight taste of soy sauce that accompanied a bit of alcohol warming as it went down. Raisins? Dark chocolate comes to the fore and lingers on the palate, off-setting some remaining brown sugar sweetness. A hint of hop crispness, even grass, can be found in this bock just after it initially soaks your mouth and you take everything in.

I found this to well-balanced, though clearly and obviously it is weighted towards the malt, per the style. More carbonated than I anticipated, which makes its more-than-medium mouthfeel not come across as heavy or thick. It goes down smooth, finishes crisp and dry. I'd give it even more on the drinkability scale, but it simply has too much going on to drink more than a couple (normally sized) bottles. (1,996 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown colour with only the slightest ruby red highlight when held up to light. Thick one inch beige head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp. Pretty thick lacing is left behind.
S - Quite a strong dark fruit aroma hits first followed by some sweet caramel & chocolate notes. A slight alcohol touch.
T - Fairly similar to the smell but also a with a bit of smokey, rauchbier like presence.
M - Suprisingly quite light bodied given the full on flavours. Medium carbonation.
D - A nice beer but the strong flavours and 7.3%ABV make it a every now and then beer rather than a regular. (605 characters)

Photo of sfreshnock
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this often in Budapest. Had it on tap at "Castro Bisztro".

Looks like a dark cola. Arrives with a ample head that drops to about a 1/4 inch. Smells of roasted coffee and cola. No complex flavor which isn't a bad thing. Tastes faintly of coffee and cola with little to no alcohol presence. Leaves a sticky coating on your mouth that keeps you sipping. Very easy drinking beer with a low ABV makes it sessionable. (421 characters)

Photo of kingjames1
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a solid bock. Pours syrupy, dark, root-beer color - not too much head though. Smells great - dark molasses. Tastes like bitter chocolate (hops seem to be strong in this bock), coffee, and sweet bread. As someone has noted, it has a definite porter character.

As it warms, the carbonation, or lack thereof, seems to detract. But overall, a very enjoyable bock from Hungary. (383 characters)

Photo of bark
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is dark red-brown. The two finger head is firm and brown.

The smell is dominated by a roasted flavour of malt, coffee, and cream. I found some bitter notes.

The taste is strong with bitter notes of coffee, roasted nuts, alcohol. The long aftertaste is also roasted with sweet-sour notes of coffee with cream and bitter almonds. The bitterness is rather simple.

The carbonation is light with small bubbles, suiting the style fine. (451 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By courtesy of Tibor, my Hungarian friend, who asked his mum to prepare this beer (it's his grandma's favourite!!) and another friend to collect it, then bring it over to London for me! That's the length a passionate friend would go, to present one of his "homeland treasures" (in his mind, no doubt) to a beer-adventurer like me~~ 500ml green bottle, BB 24/09/2006, served lightly chilled in a weizen-glass.

A: mahogany hue, with reby glows; the dark-beige beer head comes effervescent, pillowy and very tight, with great retention
S: upfront is an interesting combination of grassy hints of hops, sour edge of lager malts, nearly-rotten bananas, and an assertive flow of burned brown-sugary+creamy dark maltiness, backed by abundant preserved dark-fruits (date and plums), while sweet dark-chocolatey hint stays rather quietly in the corner to enhance the overall complexity... Not alc.-sharp at all, the pleasant nose obtains an intricate balance due to the sour inputs from lively lager malts, which is usually subdued in this beer style (based on my limited experience at least).
T: the palate upfront is packed with bitter-sweet malty, almost coffee-flavoured fudge like, flavour, which quickly leads to a chewy, raw, roughly-crushed-dark-malts kind of maltiness shaking the tastebuds along with an undercurrent of faintly coffee-ish+roast-nut+licorice-like bitter-sweetness creeping down the sides of the tongue... Not much hop to play with at the back, but it's compensated for by the prevalent bitterness and along with it, the thirst-provoking dryness, which presumably comes from the roast-barleys/malts. After the long aftertaste the palate comes to a surprisingly clean end, leaving but a wee bit of alc. warmth deep down the throat.
M&D: softly-carbonated and easily approachable on the palate, the body is moderate and rounded if the 7.3%abv. strength is taken into account. The strength of this beer lies in its delicate balance, different from some other bocks I've tried, which obtain more complexity at the expense of falling cloying or thickly-composed. This one is a "quaffable" version of Doppelbock to me--I would've even regarded it as Baltic Porter for its less sugary and more roasty characters. All in all, I thoroughly enjoy this beer, not least of all given Tibor's good-will~~ (2,313 characters)

Photo of nagyonz
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark, almost black hungarian bock.
It's foam is like milky coffe, but last for only a short time.
Smell: nothing special, a usual bock, but a little bit sweeter, with a hint burnt sugar.
Taste: like it's smeel- sweet. Too sweet, for me. That makes it hard to drink, but some spicy flavors help to balance it.
After-taste lasts for a long time, and the bitterness of hop comes out(bisede the sweetness, of course). (422 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown to black with a nice creamy solid brown head and nice constant carbonation. Sweet all dark malt aroma and flavor; hints of bittersweet chocolate. Very robust. Medium bodied and smooth with a rich mouthfeel.

A nice solid dark robust bock/dopplebock hybrid.

Per label: "1854"

'08072003' lasered on bottle
Tasted: 01/13/06 (345 characters)

Photo of stoutman
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like a strong caramelly bock, with some alcohol apparent, and some woodiness. This brew pours a long lasting head of creamy light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and an opaque black brown body. It has a medium strength malt aroma. It also has a complex flavor that is sweet and has notes of roasted caramel and a little chocolate. I rliked the combination as this brew went down very easy. (399 characters)

Photo of marburg
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like dark beer. There's something alluring and primal about it. And this brew captures that essence perfectly. A very powerful-looking blend of reds and browns. Small-ish cream-colored head.

Aromas of toffee, old grain, and caramel that blend to a rough malty nose. Strong malt flavors with burnt sugars and ash. Quite a snappy hop presence from middle to end. Mild aftertaste lingers just a bit. Fairly drinkable, though this is a powerful brew that isn't really a "slammer." (481 characters)

Photo of TheDM
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a long lasting head of creamy light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and an opaque black brown body. It has a medium strength malt aroma. It also has a complex flavor that is sweet and has notes of roasted caramel and a little chocolate. I rather liked the combination as this brew went down very easy. I could drink more of this if I could find it. This bottle was in the bargain bin for $0.95. What a deal this was! (435 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a long lasting creamy tan head with medium sized bubbles.There was good lacing on all sides of my glass.The nose was both chocolate and licorice.The body was black.This is one very smooth beer in my opinion and one that I truly enjoyed drinking. (262 characters)

Photo of packetknife
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks like dark syrup. Light brown dense head that held all the way down. Very malty and molasses on the nose. A rather messy mix of baker's chocolate, molasses, burned caramal, cashews, .. Every sip brought up another thought, it was too messy for me to like or place any finite characteristics on. No notable aftertaste, suprisingly thin for as thick as it looked, very lightly carbonated. (391 characters)

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Dreher Bak from Dreher Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.