Pandora's Bock
Breckenridge Brewery

Pandora's BockPandora's Bock
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Style:
Bock - Traditional
Ranked #152
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
79
Ranked #47,910
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 14.78%
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
384
From:
Breckenridge Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
  18
SCORE
79
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Nonic.

Pours dark amber with modest head but good lacing.

Aromas seem right. Lightly toasted malts and toffee with a little bit of grassy/earthy hop. Faint chocolate too.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with caramel malt/toffee sweetness. And then hardly anything happens after that other than some booze.

The brew has a medium feel, but ends up being pretty sticky and flat.

It looks like a Bock. It smells like a Bock. It initially tastes like a Bock. And then, hm.

Oct 11, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

See-through dark ruby color.

Nice off-white head; strong lacing.

Smells of malt bread & slight strawberry (!). Not bad!

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Bread flavor with a nice strawberry undertones. A pleasant surprise.

Jul 05, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.47/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

**
06/06/12
Bottle to pint glass.
nothing of note, but not offensive
Cloudy Red, Little head.
slightly sour
creamy feel

OK, the name is really the best part.

**

Dec 14, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pandoras Bock pours hazy reddish chestnut under a thin off white foam cap. The nose and palate are nutty toasted malt, bread and a hint of caramel or kettle sugars. There are no big hop aromas or flavors but it finishes with an assertive hop bitterness.

Feb 05, 2015
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, herbal notes, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and red grapes. There are also some dates, herbal flavours, and some molasses. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - Mouthfeel and appearance need work, but the taste is pretty solid. Not a world beater by any means, but a decent beer that is worth trying once.

Aug 22, 2013
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ckollias from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle in a large snifter glass

A: Pours a dark brown hue with some ruby highlights and an off-white head that slowly dissipates quickly and solid a wispy lace.

S: Caramel malty aroma with sweet background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a strong caramel bock flavor with a sweet malty backbone.

M: Full body and minimal carbonation.

O: Decent bock – good flavors and aromas.

Aug 02, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A- Pours a reddish brown, under a finger of khaki head, no lacing.
S - Super sweet malt, a little booze, cherries, and some odd spice.
T - Overly sweet malt floods your palate then you get a brief taste of mixed spices.
M - Sticky and clingy, not good.
O - Not a bock I would go for again, thats for sure.

May 31, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear but dark reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thin collar around the edges.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts and toffee are present in the nose along with some hints of herbal and spicy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is somewhat malty, having only a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems doesn't seem as malty and thicker on the palate compared to other bocks. On the other hand, it's easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well.

May 09, 2013
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock has a medium, cream-colored head and a semi-clear, copper appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles (etched glass) and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread, and the flavor is of that, plus some bread crust, a dash of bitterness, and a fruity undertaste. This beer, at 7.5% alcohol, takes on a double bock aspect as one drinks it down. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock finishes mostly dry, sweet, malty, and drinkable. One just does not pick up the alcohol with this. Overall, it’s really nice, and I rate it as being very fine. But, Michelob AmberBock is a very value, when price is considered.

RJT

May 04, 2013
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby amber with a skim of a cream colored head. Reduces to nothing. No lace.

Some sweet malt notes. Hard to find much in the nose here.

Rich toasted malt up front, then dries out n a hurry with a touch of metallic bitterness at the end. Good beer, but fleeting flavors. Some cherry wood, and the bitterness is a nice balance. But the part of the beer you want to linger doesn't, and while the dried biscuit like transition works, it leaves you wanting a bit more.

Medium bodied, a little tingle on the tongue.

Not bad. Not much of a comparison to German versions -- can't win that race. But a very decent brew. Nice to find a reasonably-priced domestic version of the style.

Apr 27, 2013
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Beergeeknut from Washington

4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Chestnut to mahogany in color with only one finger worth of head.

Aroma: Brown bread, plum, light raisin notes, bits of clove and cinnamon.

Taste: Sweet in the front with dark fruit notes, bready, figs, raisins. A floral hop bite with only the slightest bit of citrus. Some light licorice and clove in the tail end with a light dry finish.

Notes: A tasty beer all around and very good for getting warmed up on a cool night. Cheers.

Apr 08, 2013
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CraftBeerTastic from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ba Review #259
Served On: 2/27/2013
Glassware: Fluted Pilsner
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

It's Bock season once again. This was a 12oz bottle from a mixed sixer I made at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD.

Look: Poured a very clear copper color with a cap of off-white foam that formed some sparse lacing. Carbonation level was medium with plenty of bubbles slowly rising upward.

Smell: The typical Bock notes of sweet bread and subtle dark fruits.

Taste: The beer was fairly light on the palate for a bock. First was some spicy biscuit that lead into some dark cherry with a smooth lager quality and then more biscuit. The finish was fairly clean with some lingering spice.

For a beer that's said to be over 7% ABV, this brew went down real smooth. Not one of the more robust Bock's out there, but defiantly held true to my expectations of the style.

Feb 27, 2013
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barczar from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep garnet with half inch fleeting khaki head that leaves a modest layer of foam.

Melanoidin aromas of deeply caramelized malt, toffee, and toasted bread form the initial aroma. There's a hint of floral hop at the finish.

Flavor reveals some of those characteristics. Fairly sweet, deeply roasted malt dominates the profile initially, finishing with cardboard and a slightly roasted dryness. There's an underlying dark cherry character from the roast malt that complements early floral hop notes nicely. Buttery diacetyl emerges in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly watery, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. There's a touch of roast astringency.

Malt forward brew with light complexity. Not offensive, aside from the light body and dark fruit character.

Feb 21, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, it's a pun, but at least it's not a hop pun... This stuff pours a clear midnight amber topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises honey-laden rye bread, a light hint of maple syrup, and a vague sense of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though now that bread is also slathered in Country Crock (nope, no real butter here, folks), and there's a general feeling of mild greens mixed in here and there. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly fluid feel. Overall, an okay bock at best, one that just doesn't do it for me at all.

Feb 11, 2013
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Breckenridge Brewery's Pandora's Bock a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for something I haven't had before and this bottle caught my eye, I haven't had any memorable beers from Breckenridge but I'm hoping for the best, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is nice and it's pretty eye catching with a nice looking pin up style girl and the label goes well with the name. It poured a nice bright amber color that took on a nice bright ruby hue when held to the light with a bubbly one fingers worth of slightly tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that quickly faded away and left no lacing behind. This was a pretty average looking beer, the color was nice and true to style, but the head and lacing were lacking and were disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a surprisingly lower amount of sweetness with a good amount of malts that imparted a grainy, caramel malt, and a very bread like aroma. After that comes comes a slight fruit aroma that takes on a light berry like aroma. On the finish I get a good amount of earthiness that I think is from the hops. The aroma was ok, but it was pretty bland for the style and it didn't have those rich malts and dark fruit aromas that I like from the style.

T- The taste seemed to be fairly similar to the aroma and it started off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts which just impart some grainy and bready flavors. Up next comes a very light fruit flavor with no discernible fruits. On the finish there's a medium earthy flavor followed by a slightly off putting metallic flavor with a lower amount of medium bitterness and a bready aftertaste. This was a pretty average and bland tasting beer, the flavors were pretty boring.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad and it was fairly true to style.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, it was pretty bland in most aspects and it didn't have any of those good bock flavors that I was hoping for. This beer had ok drinkability, it was pretty smooth and the alcohol was well hidden but the flavors were so bland that they couldn't hold my attention and I wouldn't want to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was the only aspect of this beer that was decent and it was fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was way too bland for the style and it wasn't very memorable at all. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's just not a good example of the style and I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone. All in all i was pretty let down with this beer, it didn't really have any redeeming quality's. This was another average at best beer from Breckenridge, I don't think I will be taking too many more chances on this brewery, I have yet to be impressed by any of their beers, you guys need to step your game up.

Feb 09, 2013
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sethcroisant from Nebraska

2.21/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A- slightly darker than amber in color. barely any head, but has decent retention.

S- not much going on. slight herbal quality from the hops. tiny hints of toasted malt.

T- medicinal hops overpower the malt a bit. some caramel and toasted malts in the backround, but the odd hop flavors are prominent throughout.

O- generally, i enjoy breckenridge. but, this is a complete miss.

Feb 05, 2013
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riversider76 from New York

3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper, with a thin tan head. Good retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of toasty, fruity malts and sugar. Body is medium, and quite carbonated. Taste is of brown sugar and spice. Hints of hops in the finish. Not awful, but way to sugary sweet for my taste.

Jan 20, 2013
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plaid75 from New York

3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light earthy malts and a fruity berry like ester.

The taste was moderately malty with a dark caramel and strange artificial sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a quaffable bock. Not much to write home about however.

Jan 19, 2013
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a clear amber color with a small fizzy white head that quickly dissapates leaving no lace.

S- clean and malty with a bit of toast, some yeast, and slightly sweet

T- sweet and malty, slightly toasted, just a faint trace of subtle hop, seems a little too sweet.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

O- this one wasn't horrible, but not something I would buy again. I was however surprised that it was 7.5% as it was very easy to drink.

Jan 11, 2013
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ice-tea pour shows a bubby, washy skim beige head that dissipated rather quickly after the pour. Skimpy thin ring lacing.

S: Nose was unimpressive, some faint apple skins, otherwise indistinguishable, with not much appeal.

T: Apple malt flavor, a bit of spicy character and some crystal malt sweetens things up a bit. Warm apple-skins, some cherry skins as well. Flavor does grow on you a bit, not impressive at first, but sweetens up and becomes managable.

M: Mouthful is creamy, with a spicy dry sweetness. Quiet carbonation with a medium body.

O: Overall an average experience, nothing is gonna jump out at you visually, aromatically, or taste wise. The beer sweetens up as it goes with some toasty caramel. Drinkable, but with middle of the road excitment factor. Single serving recommedation at first.

Sep 22, 2012
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- AOH

A- a slight hazy copper tone color with light streaming through. one finger head dissipates quickly but leaves a sipderweb lacing on my pint.

S- caramel and toffee malts and a slight dark candied fruit back end.

F- strong caramel/toffee malts sting first but then at the back end there is that dark candied fruit, maybe cherry or blackberry?

M-light to medium bodied but very tasteful. More like a cider than a bock.

O- Not a bad bock, one of the very good ones i have had...maybe a top 12.

Sep 01, 2012
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another foray into bottled beer, courtesy of my local trader, tone77. His drop-offs are anxiously anticipated and I look forward to our next exchange.

Ah, Sweet Pandora, your inherent curiosity gave us the evils of the world, excluding hope. Was it a box or a jar that you opened? No matter, either way, I have a bottle. Let us raise a toast to Aerosmith and crank up some Internet radio in your honor!

Pop went the cap and no ill came out of the bottle. Instead, I got a finger-and-a-half of rocky, tawny head with good retention on this humid summer's day. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of carbonation in evidence. Nose had a dense caramel sweetness which was to be expected. I say that as a self-avowed hophead. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste, while malty and sweet, was not cloying, which is something I have encountered in this style. Finish was actually tending towards dry, suggesting that they really allowed the yeast to do its job, hence the ABV. I like Breckenridge, I liked this beer although it would not be the first thing that I would reach for, so I would suggest giving it a try.

Jul 17, 2012
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NuclearDolphin from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark hazy orange/crimson with a off-white 1 finger head

Smell - Caramel, Toffee, Chocolate, Yeasts, and Malts. Pretty standard Bock scent here; It's pleasant though nonetheless.

Taste - Caramel, Chocolate, Yeasts and Malts. Flavor is alright and clean, but nothing really too outstanding here as the flavors tend to blend in with each other as opposed to jumping out.

Mouthfeel - Thick, but not quite what one would call chewy. It does feel crisp on the tongue.

Overall - It's a good if not average Bock beer. Try it out, but that's all I can say

Jul 10, 2012
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-amber color with light haze. Small head that submitted to ring status over a relatively short period of time. 3.5

Caramel, toasted grain, some metallic notes. Light jarred cherry in the aroma. Not bad. Smells sweet, and a little strong for a bock. 3.5

Expected sweetness with caramel syrup, coffeehouse fruit syrups, light vanilla, booze, and honey. 3.5

Average body and light carb. Finishes with alcohol strength. 3.5

Never was impressed with Breckenridge, but this beer works for what it is. 3.5

May 19, 2012
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Spider889 from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice clarity, short creamy head.

Smells very bready/malty with a strong yeasty aroma of Germanic quality. Also a bit of a fruity citrus bent to it.

Nice warm bread dough flavor with some caramel maltiness. Mildly sweet.

Both creamy yet somehow also a bit prickly after half a glass, the mouthfeel is the most distracting element in the beer.

Overall a very solid offering, and worth a revisit next season.

May 16, 2012
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