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Dreher Bak - Dreher Brewery

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Hungary

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-15-2003)
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Reviews by sfreshnock:
Photo of sfreshnock
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

sfreshnock, Oct 13, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.8/5  rDev +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.

BeerIsland, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of kingjames1
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

kingjames1, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of rastaman
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mollasses, soy sauce and coffee, some raisiny plummy fruityness. Too sticky and sweet. One moment i think i really like bocks and then i have a bock like this, and then am not so sure. I mean, its not bad, theres some decent hits of flavour, but like i said, its a bit too sticky, and has a very upfront sweetnes, a bit one dimentional?

rastaman, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of nagyonz
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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).

nagyonz, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of hotstuff
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

hotstuff, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Jerseyislandbeer, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A nice deep garnet color as it sets in my Leute Bok Glass, the head portly in size, frothy and light tan in color; the lace is a nice covering sheet. Nose is sweet caramel, lightly toasted grains, a bit plummish; decent as noses go, the start sweet and the top skimpy in feel, the finish pleasantly carbonated. The hops spicy in their bite, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, a nice if light “Bock”, drinkable and decent in its own right.

Gusler, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of sagabrews
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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. ;)

sagabrews, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of bladdamasta
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

bladdamasta, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of bamberger603
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

bamberger603, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Drknight, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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

RBorsato, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of BeerLovag
4.5/5  rDev +22%

BeerLovag, May 31, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

drewone, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of the_danish_swede
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

the_danish_swede, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of atis
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

atis, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of djura
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

djura, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of packetknife
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

packetknife, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of BucBasil
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

BucBasil, May 30, 2010
Photo of bark
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

bark, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of stoutman
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

stoutman, May 02, 2004
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of TWM
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

TWM, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of ronin926
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ronin926, Sep 05, 2013
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Dreher Bak from Dreher Brewery
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