Dreher Bak - Dreher Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
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!
12-07-2013 20:08:48 | More by TWM
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-02-2013 20:11:19 | More by djura
4.14/5 rDev +12.5%
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. ;)
03-30-2013 14:14:52 | More by sagabrews
3.55/5 rDev -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.
06-26-2012 14:42:26 | More by StonedTrippin
3.08/5 rDev -16.3%
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
05-01-2012 13:29:55 | More by RodneyFarva
3.38/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
03-26-2012 00:06:59 | More by tbeckett
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
10-23-2010 02:23:17 | More by bladdamasta
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
05-30-2010 04:34:49 | More by BucBasil
District of Columbia
3.1/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
04-03-2009 19:59:46 | More by Nickls
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
09-18-2008 17:15:49 | More by atis
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
09-12-2008 00:07:30 | More by BeerIsland
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
09-11-2008 18:51:21 | More by TheMistler
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-26-2007 10:21:15 | More by brendan13
Dreher Bak from Dreher Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.