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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002

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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 381
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice new one from breck. pours an enticing deep copper color with a one inch white head that quietly fades out. smells malty and complex, english a little but wit a more pronounced hop vibe and some german maltiness too. taste is similar, sweet a little like toffee. a quantifiable heaviness from all the malt in the mouthfeel keeps it from being a great session beer, too heavy for me to have many, sits in the gut. at 7.5% its nice to sip a few on a chilly night.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a deep amber color, mostly brown in some lighting. The head was fizzy and tan in color. It didn't leave much retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is malty and fairly sweet on the nose. The taste of the beer has a decent caramel flavor mixed with some toasted malts giving the beer a decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty typical I think, medium bodied and carbonated. Overall this Bock isn't too bad. I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice to see this beer hitting the Central Kentucky shelves.

The beer begins with a deep copper, deep amber color that shies ever so slightly away from the solid brown color that most bocks bring. Moderate carbonation neither wows or disappoints. Lightly carbonated and crystal clear. No real lacing.

Aromas are moderately malty with some nice, toasty melanoidin, hints of nuttiness, chocolate, and charred toast. Fairly light, but I'm accustomed to Dopplebocks. No real hop presence or unnecessary aggression, a fairly stable aroma.

Malty flavors upfront waiver soon enough and begin to reveal a lighter malted beer than I had hoped. Eventually the malts falter to a grainy and acidic flavor that take on stale, lactic notes in the end. Green apples and grassiness soon to follow. What started out pleasant enough is turning into a trainwreck.

Like the flavor, the beers mouthfeel starts out firm and malts; but it doesn't last. At mid-palate the beer falls apart revealing astringency, bite, and watering.

I honestly expect more stability from Breckenridge. I was totally expecting to write that I may have gotten a bad or aging bottle but from others' reviews, I am convinced that this is just the way the beer is made.

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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 mothman
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Color is a clear copper ruby. Pours a finger slightly tan head that was very bubbly. Fizzled down pretty fast. Left some decent lace spots.

Smell is mainly of malts. I really could only pick out the carmel. The alcohol is very present in the taste. Very malty. Slight grassy hops. Carmel and smoked malts.

Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly bitter at first. Then is gets a little creamier. Ends with a pretty clean aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, nothing to spectacular, but it seemed to fit my mood for drinking it tonight. Something that I would never say no to.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/11/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast flavors up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and some spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz. - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, brown body with a small, foamy, off-white head. Patchy lacing throughout.

Smell: Questionably boozy nose of figs and grape skins with sweetish, grainy malts coming in second.

Taste: Sweet caramel overlaying a pale, grainy maltiness. Fruity flavors of figs and grape skins. Touch of alcohol heat. Predominately spicy hops with a medium bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with a lingering alcohol heat that you can never seem to shake.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not so good. Breckenridge opened a beer that contained true evils to be unleashed upon all mankind -- ills, toils and even sickness -- and finally hope. Yes, hope. Hope that my next beer will be far, far better.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat effervescent amber/copper with 3 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Above average head retention& average lacing

S: Grainyness & some breadyness, pepper & caramel as this warms

T: Breadyness/biscuitty malt, caramel& slight peppery rye flavor up front. Dryness surfaces as this warms, plus slight grainyness & some herbal hops. Finishes with caramel, a bit of toffee, too much dryness & herbal hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Chewy with low, but near perfect carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks alright, dryness kind of walks on some of the positives of this beer. This kicks the crap out of many pretend bocks (shiners, schell, abita & a few others), but there a better out there. Not sure what previous reviewers were drinking, but it has been a few years since this was reviewed so maybe changes were made???

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden poured chilled into a goblet.

A deep golden brown color w/ translucent clarity and quick to relax light ecru cap which turns to a ring of beads. The smell is good w/ some candied almond and toasty biscuit w/ slight earthy dry odor. The feel is pleasant with high carbonation and creamy malt texture with some diacetyl's slick oily edge and semi sweet finish.

The bock taste of caramel in the soft malt note up front w/ slight pepper and mild toaste w/ hint of woody malt flavor. There is mild roasted elements w/ subtle buttered toffee-like sweet oily finish. an overall good/better than average Traditional Bock. It is a decent lager with some nice malt flavor w/ higher than average abv for the style.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Sufficient amount of lacing, clarity and dark amber color look great though. Thick bready malt nose with only a slight hint of caramel and herbal hop. Creamy malt body with some smoothness, carbonation is at a moderate level here. Lots of bread, toasted and a bit sweet. Light raking of herbal hop levels the malt out a bit. Warming alcohol within lets only a small fume go in the breath. Malty finish that stay semi-dry.

A good rendition of the style, great to see another brewer take on this underrated style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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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 WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a pale copper hue with fine white head decent retention going on lacing is fine and scattered with each sip. Aromatics bread yeast and caramel notes with mild herbal hops. Flavor sweet bread and caramel grains barely noticeable hop flow but so in the middle. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with an even smooth texture. Drinkability is okay but again nothing special.

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Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark auburn color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast strongly, then sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, then sweet malt, and some hops are noticeable - a little watery. Overall, nothing great, but a decently blended Bock that is reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's rare to see an American-made traditional bock, especially bottled, so I was excited to give this a try. Unfortunately the character was disappointing and flat. It tasted more like an imperial version of Yuengling. There was a clean, smooth caramel malt, with a hint of licorice and a relatively thin body. Not a bad beer, but too simple.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.66/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so this isn't my favorite style.

A dark caramel, slightly reddish pour. Very small head that didn't take long to go away. Swirls produced very little return head.

No aroma I could detect, save some minimal sweet malt.

Taste is candied Jolly Ranger apple/cherry. Sweet. Syrupy a bit. Semi-clean towards the end. The old sock characteristic i usually get from this style is very weak here, which is good. For the style I guess it's ok. I'm not a fan.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A - Poured a nice, deep amber colour with a small amount of white head.

S - A significant malt nose with caramel.

T - The maltiest ale I have had. The malt profile is complimented somewhat by a sweetness (slightly caramel-like). No discernable hop presence whatsoever.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Not my style of beer. The malt presence is too much and I wasn't able to finish it.

Overall I am unimpressed with this beer. I have found a general lack of liking to Breckenridge's products (3 of the 4 I have tried I would never buy again).

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, caramel. Taste is the same, malts, bready, caramel, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly drinkable and good quality beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

02825B09 Bottle Code; Sampled May 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a ruddy amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, light amber tinged, full copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice, clean, sweet malt character to it that makes me think of grapes (though not in a fruity way), whole grain crackers, toasted whole grain bread that has been lightly sprinkled with brown sugar. There is not a whole lot going on here, and that grape note even picks up a touch of tartness as the beer warms.

Lightly sweet malt, a touch of tartness even, some herbal notes and a toasted grain astringency are noticeable as the beer first rolls across my tongue. The beer finishes with a touch of hop bitterness as well as a lingering, almost metallic, malt note that has some toasted grain, some caramelized notes and even a bit of something that reminds me of sweet tea. The body has a medium fullness to it, though it could be a touch more viscous for the style. That grape like note comes into the flavor as well and reminds me of tart / sweet green table grapes somehow.

A bit of a disappointment, it could perhaps use a bit more lagering time as it seems like it still might be a bit green. This seems like it has a good start to the malt complexity that it would need to be great, but it is just not integrated enough to really work here.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Victoria's.

Pours a reddish copper with a minimal white head. Mild, boring aroma of bready malt, slightly sweet, maybe some caramel. Very sweet, malt forward, some grain. Trace hop bitterness in the finish. Creamy body with high carbonation. A subpar bock.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish amber color with an off- white head.

S- The malty aroma is sweet malt and caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and caramel up front with a touch of hops and alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a huge fan of this one. It is not horrible, but is just a little on the bland side.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This just showed up in Casper.

This pours a clear bright copper with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is strange. I get a good whiff of some malt but I also get something very tart and maybe medicinal? Not the best nose out there for the style.

The taste is of sweet malty notes up front followed by big earthy tones and *some* tartness, not as big as in the nose, thankfully, but it's there and it's distracting. Overall flavour is, imho, a real mess...too earthy, too sweet, not too drinkable:^( I'm doubting whether I can finish the bottle. Too bad because it's really a great looking beer in the glass ie good head retention and lacing. No more for me, please.

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