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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent caramel brown body with a very dense and fluffy head of sandy colored foam.

Caramel, bread crust, crackers, grain.

Bready, very light caramel taste, touch of fruity hops way underneath, hint of alcohol at the end.

The feel is soft and smooth, but it's just too light for the style and certainly for a 7.5% beer.

This drinks very well. Seems to be a bit light on the malt bill for the style, but I still really like the beer overall and wouldn't have much of a problem going through a couple in a row.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Green Flash cask-style glass. Sticker placed on the label by the liquor store says 3/29/2012.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/4 inch head that doesn't retain well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Sweet cereal grain nose with notes of caramel.

T- Initial sweet malt fades into a somewhat stale aftertaste. Bitterness is minimal and so is alcohol presence. The malt exhibits mainly biscuit, butter and brown sugar.

M- Thin and crisp with a fairly substantial body and medium-low carbonation.

O- Quite good for the ABV. Can be sessionable even if it's not meant to be.

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Photo of julian89
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Clear brown orange amber body with minimal head, poor retention and small amount of carbonation through the body. It's a nice color but looses points with pour retention of carbonation.

Smell: Some light fruity notes of berries I suppose, and light malt characteristics as well.

Taste: It's a sweet "spicy" beer. The alcohol isn't as strong to me as I see in others review of this beer. I very much enjoyed the simplistic taste. I get the fruit notes through taste mostly raisin and grape.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: It's decent a little better than the Victory I had earlier tonight.

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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 ChrisPratz
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice deep brown color. Totally transparent with less then a fingers worth of head. Large bubbles, make way to a nice think lace that lingers for awhile.

S: Nice bready/yeast malt scents coming thru. Some lightly floral hops aroma and a sweetness that reminds me of a mild apple cider vinegar.

T: Sweetness ends in the nose, not much on the tongue. Alot of toasted flavors here, toasted cherries and grain, some grassyness and then the bitterness of the hops. Not overly bitter but its defintely there. Alcohol is def noticeable as well.

M: Carbonatiion is average, alcohol leaves a drier feeling on the tongue.

O: Wasn't quite what I expected given the scents but not a bad beer overall. I'm not a huge Bock drinker but i'd love to see it on tap to retry (I can't determine the freshness of the bottle) as it appears my review differs a bit on flavor from some of the others i've seen.

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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 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 SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear orange-amber color with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt and tangy hops.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Mild flavor overall, but matches the nose.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Nothing about this beer stood out to me. It was just above average in every way.

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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 ianjsullivan
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle does not list ABV or DBD.

A: Dark, but clear, amber with a thin white head. The head is gone in thirty seconds.

S: Malty, syrup, dark fruit, slight hops.

T: Malt, bread, carbonation zing, assertive hop bitterness in the finish along with thick burnt syrup fruit.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: I am a sap for the name (marketing does work). I haven't been blown away by any Brecken Ridge I have consumed (though I am nowhere close to having all of them as of yet). This beer is the same: pleasant, drinkable, but not astounding. It is a smooth bock with decent malt and some hops. There is a burnt edge to the fruit. I don't feel any desire to buy it again, to wait until the spring season with anticipation for it, or to horde it like other beers I enjoy.

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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 JackieTH
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruddy brown with a think white skein of foam. I'm a sucker for a pretty blonde in a red dress..nice label! Smell was faintly of caramel and biscuits. Taste was light and smooth, malt, bread, biscuit, subtle sweetness. Medium to light body and a creamy-smooth mouthfeel that hold together well. Overall it's enjoyable.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium amber/copper. Two fingers of lightly tanned head dissipated fairly quickly to leave a spotted, sparse lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Nice, sweet aroma. It is a pleasant blend of toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, and chocolate covered cherries.

Taste: It has a surprising herbal hop presence, which imparts a subtle grassiness. Though not powerful, it is there. Overall, the taste is as sweet as the smell. The flavors are subdued and fleeting: toffee, caramel, and light cherry (somewhat reminiscent of cough syrup or a throat lozenge, though in no way offensive (or soothing)). The alcohol is completely hidden, and at the end a smooth flavor of maple emerges.

Drinkability: Personally, bock never really impresses me and this is a typical bock experience. It is sweet and the flavors are muted. It is okay.

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Photo of VagabondHops
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beauty on tap at the Tuscan Market in Arlington Heights, IL.

had it on tap, poured into an english pint glass.

Poured a Mild Copper color with not much head to speak of, as the crisp whiteness fades out quickly.

Mouthfeel of this brew is smooth, although you taste the sweetness and the maltiness that they intended. not overpowering though.

This is a balanced Brew that is enjoyed as if it isn't a 7.5% beer. It tastes much smoother, and is balanced well for a Bock of that percentage.

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Photo of DavidST
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a reddish brown color with a smaller short lived off white head. The smells are of caramel and toffee. The feel is medium. Taste is pretty good, caramel and toffee, slight hop bite nice amount of sweetness.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ugh. Site deleted my review when I clicked submit and it made me log in again. Retyping from memory.

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours dark clear amber with almost no foam. Just a thin ring of carbonation. Aroma is malty, with a taffy like sweetness and a strange sour hint.

First sip is clean, malty, with a sweet finish and low bitterness. The off aromas that I detected are not present in the flavor at all. Drinks very nice. Just a straightforward, drinkable bock, alcohol is nicely disguised.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A – Pours a crystal-clear amber. Small head of fizzy white bubbles with almost no retention. Minimal to no lacing.

S – Bready non-roasted malts and yeast. Not much else, meaning it basically comes off smelling like….beer. (If you know what I mean) Overall aroma is faint.

T – Malt forward, with a very mild hop finish. Malts are doughy, hops are slightly herbal, but the overall flavor profile is very watered down here, like a beer that’s been turned down to “mild”. A little dextrin sweetness in the back end. Little complexity. One taste is all you get.

M – Thin with prickly carbonation. Finishes crisp and clean. 7.5 abv fairly well hidden, but the abv combined with the crisp carbonation has the beer coming off as “not smooth” going down.

O – The flavor that is here isn’t bad, but ultimately this is a completely drab and forgettable American Bock. I’d go so far as to call it “balanced” which is good. I would also call it “meek”, which is not. Come on, Breckenridge, you can do better than this.

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Photo of iSip
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock: Smooth and malty, very similar to Breckenridge’s Avalanche Ale, but a bit better. The body is a dark cherry wood in color, very clear, and has a fair amount of carbonation. The head is off-white, fades as your glass empties, but laces well. There is a nice aroma to the Pandora, mostly malt but some hop notes come through. Very smooth to drink, lots of malt, and a touch of hops to the finish. There is a little bitter/metallic taste to the aftertaste. A decent beer by Breckenridge.

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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 gtermi
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark copper body with a two finger thick white head that quickly fades to nothing. It does leave a bit of lace on the glass too.

S: Lots of sweet malt on the nose. It smells a lot like home brew wort. There is also a slight bit of caramel and maybe hops.

T: Lots of sweet grain and malt. At first it's not very enjoyable, but as the beer lingers it starts to get better.

M: Way too crisp. It burns going down and not smooth.

O: This is an okay beer, but nothing special.

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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 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 shanblur
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 120z bottle into a mug. No freshness date present.

A - Translucent amber color with a quickly fading thin white head.

S - Sweet malt smell, bread and a strange metallic aroma. No hop presence detected.

T - The sweet malt dominates, with a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation present.

This is my first of this style so I don't know how it compares to other bocks. It is a kind of one not with the sweet malt aroma and taste. Decent enough, but nothing spectacular. Will have to have more of this style to compare.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel/toffee brown. Almost no bubbles, and no lace. Hmm.

Aroma is malty, syrupy, maybe some maple. Not really very promising here.

Taste is sweet, and not too complex. Sugary malt-dominated. I rate this one pretty average.

Drinkable enough, but not outstanding.

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Pandora's Bock from Breckenridge Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 381 ratings.
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