Pandora's Bock | Breckenridge Brewery

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Pandora's BockPandora's Bock

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 381
Photo of LifesaCabernet
4.67/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. I was pleasantly surprised by the great caramel flavor and the exceptional finish. The bouquet was excellent with hints of mixed nuts, like pecans and walnuts. There is also pleasant caramel smell with hints of chocolate.

The beer looks similar to most Bock beers.

I like the fact that this is a lower carbonation beer. For me it makes it easier to drink with food.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.36/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a rich dark copper color with an off-white head that dissipates to a thin film. Nice sticky lacing.

The beer smells slightly sweet and malty. Buttery caramel notes come through.

The taste is that of caramel malts, with faint toffee and caramel notes. Also a slight biscuity presence. Well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and goes down rather smooth for 7.5%.

Overall, Really malty and delicious. If the AVB was lower, this would be a great session beer.

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Photo of stonelis
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber. Not much of a head. Flavors of malt, caramel and light brown sugar. This is a lighter bodied bock beer, alcohol is not noticable. I would of thought this would rate higher, This is a very easy to drink beer. I could put a few of these away at a summer picnic.

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Photo of rowew
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, date code inkjetted on the bottle neck. Label has Pandora holding an open box.

Appearance: Pours reddish brown with a nice head, fades quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Muted aroma, but what is there is mainly malty, slightly sweet.

Taste: Nice combination of flavors - malt dominated, with a good combination of sweetness and caramel malt flavors.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - this is a nice offering from a brewery that has often put out some mediocre beers.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber, deep yet lear copper color. The head is almost one finger thick, but quickly dissipates. The aroma is a rich toasted malt. Giving off scents of toasted bread, caramel, and some light molasses. The taste is a nice sweet, bread. The palate is soft and syrupy. Just a great malt bill with maybe only a dash of earthy hops to offset the malts a little. This is an awesome bock and higly reccomend it.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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.


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Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the first beers that I had when I turned 21, but that was 6 years ago and I'm trying it again for the first time.
Clear, Copper color. There is a soft foamy head that dissapates rather quickly (not that I really care about head retention).
In the aroma, malt and yeast dominate, smells nutty.
There is a toasty malt flavor that yields to a very dry aftertaste too quickly. I might like a maltier flavor, but the dry aftertaste makes it a Bock I guess. This Beer tastes fresh.
I don't usually write a lot for mouthfeel, but the dry (yet not astringent), alcoholic mouthfeel is dominant in this beer.
Overall, I really like Pandora's Bock, I would just like a little more body. I think it's worth buying and enjoying. It's a rather cerebral beer, if that makes any sense.

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Photo of andreasmwatt
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark caramel color. Descent head.

Aroma - Hint of Orange present but faded. Hops, Hops and more hops.

Taste - Very smooth , slight aftertaste. Alcohol doesn't even seem to be present. Has to be between 4 - 5%.

Mouthfeel - Smooth as butter. Doesn't even really seem like your drinking a bock.

drinkability - One of the better bocks I have drank in my young age.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep bronze pour with small head but abundant lacing....sticky as can be.
Malty, sweet in the nose. No hops sticking there heads out...just the way it should be.
Taste is nice...malty, viscous and sweet. Palate has plenty of feel. very nice on the mouth.
caramel sweetness,,,,very smooth.
wow, worlds above the last bock I reviewed a few short days ago.

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Photo of JamesS
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light brown with copper tinges, and with the slightest bit of head that fades rapidly. Nice crisp scent, very malty and slightly deep with a very nice lager aroma. Decent taste, a nice semi-deep flavor with decent dark grain tones and a sweet finish. Goes down incredibly smooth for such a high ABV brew.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener's glass.

Look - reddish in color, clear, with about two fingers of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - Malty smelling but with a bite that cuts through, maybe due to more hop concentration? Also maybe a hint of caramel.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Very unique taste at the beginning..kind of a musky taste that permeates through the other levels of taste. Toward the finish there seems to be something sweet, possibly used to balance out the taste. No bitterness. Texture is fairly well-balanced.

Drinkability - a little quirky in the aftertaste, but overall not a bad brew. Decent taste and not too filling, the quirky tastes make it a bit perplexing for me, which I like.

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Photo of OliasOfSunhillow
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey, this is a pretty good brew. Beautiful reddish-orange color, little to no head. Lovely, bready, malty taste, a little bit o' hops in there too. There's really something to be said for these Einbeck-style bocks... I love a good doppel as well, but this is such a highly drinkable alternative.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/20/09.

A - Clear caramel/copper-tinged body with a slight haze and one-finger creamy beige head that settled into a thin veil and left behind some spotty lace.

S - Subtle nose with traces of sweet malt hinting at caramel and toffee. There is also a mild dark fruit tangy character and a bit of spicy, cookie dough-like malt in the back.

T - Sweet and malty with a prevalent dark fruit character reminiscent of dried apricots and raisins. I am also getting a faint ginger snap cookie character in the mix, as well as some mild fruity licorice. Alcohol remains well-concealed for this fairly big bock weighing in at 7.5% ABV. Mild spiciness emerges in the finish with some sweet bready, cookie-esque malt notes and just a tinge of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a slight syrupy texture and moderate to lively carbonation that provides a bit of prickle on the tongue. Pandora is quite sweet on the palate overall.

D - Very good Bock in my opinion. The armoa was a little restrained, but overall this had a nice complex flavor with plenty of sweet, malty goodness without becoming cloying.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper or caramel color. it had a foamy, bubbly, tan, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of toffee and caramel. There was some malty aroma and a earthy/grassy notes.

T - It tasted of sweet malt and caramel. It also had a fruity flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was an easy drinking bock. I enjoyed it and I really like the name.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Auslander. Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - hazed amber color with a small off-white head that dwindled down to a ring.

S - caramel, toffee sweetness.

T - sweet malty taste, toffee sweetness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with low carbonation and a smooth feel.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of pat61
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into british pint glass, color is copper to amber with frothy tan/off white head.

Smell is mild caramel malt, biscuits and a little toffee.

taste is a little sweet, but not cloying, caramel malt comes through with some bread, toast, toffee; hop is lightly grassy just enoguh to complement

Mouthfeel is very well balanced, nice bitterness and sweetness, cannot pickup any indication of the 7.5% abv.

Overall, another good beer from Breck, solid malt flavors with great drinkability.

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Photo of DanInTheCan
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was my introduction into craft beers shortly after moving to Colorado. At the time I didn't realize it was seasonal and was disappointed when I could no longer find it.

That being said, i was interested to try it again after having had many different craft flavors and types. After all, I still find drinking this beer highly enjoyable.

A - Pours a nice amber color, with a finger or two of head in my tulip glass. Leaves a good trace of lacing behind.

S - Sweet and malty

T - Again, sweet and malty with a little bit of caramel and an edge of bitter.

M - There is an edge to this beer that I usually associate with a higher abv beer. It's a mostly smooth going down, but does have a tinge of burn to it.

Overall, this beer will always have a place on my shelf. I find it enjoyable to drink, and the nostalgia in me will always have an appreciation for it.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why I have been trying so hard to find bocks I like. I like crappy bocks like Genesee, but I'm trying to like things closer to the Germans (which are so real they are like a different style).

On that continuum, this is half way between Genny and German. That makes it work. It's interesting and complex. The malts come through loud and clear. There is a crispness and drinkability. I could have ... two. Recommended if you are looking for a mild, easy to drink bock.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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