Pandora's Bock | Breckenridge Brewery

Pandora's BockPandora's Bock
381 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002

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Photo of beerfairy
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bronze color with a nice cearmy head that quickly dicipates. smells sweet and malty, lacing on the glass but not heavy and quickly disappears. Not a strong hop flavor. You can taste some sweetness, mild carbination. Overall not really a strong flvorful beer. Drinkable but kind of bland.

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Photo of DigestingBeer
2.51/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I've never had a beer so similar to Coca-Cola. It looks like many bocks, but has very little flavor and aroma. Coke is just as thin and only a bit sweeter. The hops are almost indetectable and I'm really curious how this dark color exists without much maltiness in the beer. I'm struggling to adequately review this beer because my taste buds are struggling find some flavor. It's very smooth for 7.5% abv, perhaps that's caused by all the sugars instead of the herbal, hoppy aroma and breadiness from the malt I desired. However, this is the only bock I might consider a panty dropper.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This one looks reddish-rhubarb as it pours out of the bottle. In the glass, it's darker and more russet, but still has a dirty red color when held to the light. This one is cloudy and murky, and topped with a two finger head that quickly dissipates.

S - Hearty brown bread, walnuts, pecans, molasses, and brown sugar. This definitely smells "brown."

T - Sweet brown sugar and pecans at first, then moving towards cinnamon and tootsie rolls. There are some almost tropical-fruit notes in the finish that add a nice little flourish at the end.

M - Big dextrin-y body with cavity inducing sugar levels. The alcohol is well hidden though, and the finish dries up considerably from the initial sugar rush.

D - Good stuff. Not really a session brew, but great for desert!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.36/5  rDev -31.2%
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 BeerVikingSailor
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle pour into GLBC pint...

Decent head and some lacing...this one is new to me this year, trying to sample a number of "spring bocks" this season...

A: Not bad, nice dark amber color, good head retention and clear body

S: Also good, big sweet malty smell, very minor floral hops faint in the back

T: As a bock should taste, very caramel malt sweetness, clean and balanced, pretty nice

MF: Almost a little too sweet after a few sips, would have prefered a dryer finish, but ok

D: An easy drinking bock, goes down easy, could pop a few of these pretty easily with no problem, but other bocks I have had would likely be my preference over this one, but still glad to try this one....


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Photo of dmamiano
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info.

A - A slightly aggressive pour made the tan head rise to two-and-a-half fingers and stay well retained for quite a while. Dense bubbles coat the glass in a ring of foam. Totally clear amber beer.

S - Light floral hops barely poke through the lightly toasty, bready malt nose. Lots of malts come out without being too overwhelming or rich. A good balance all around.

T - Malty sweet with a toasty, almost coffee-like character that balances the sweetness out well. Low hop flavor in this one.

M - Smooth, soft body with a low carbonation sparkle to the finish. Very dry and low bitterness.

D - The dryness is actually becoming quite distracting to me, Otherwise it's a well-balanced, malty bock.

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Photo of Rayek
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Deep amber with a slight chill haze and mild carbonation. A soapy cream cap forms slowly and retreats to a thin ring fairly fast. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Toffee, cut grass and a bit of pepper.

T: Starts with a bittersweet toffee flavor. Bitterness is mild. It starts out with a nice pepper flavor, but quickly becomes rather metallic. The metallic flavors linger into finish where they're joined by more toffee flavors. There's a light warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The medium body is slightly slick and has just about the right level of fizz.

D: This was OK to me, but nothing more. The metallic flavors in the middle really detracted from the overall experience.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Breckenridge Brew Co
Pandora's Bock

A=4.0 Amber orange with medium head that lacks retention

S=3.5 very light malt grainy sweetness

T=3.0 It tastes very similar to Budweiser. Grain with light malt sweetness

F=2.5 Light and watery

D=3.0 I'm sure someone could brag about drinking a 6 pack of these but who would want to?

Breckenridge is normally a good brewery, but like all breweries some beers are a hit and some are a miss. I feel this was a miss. I felt it was too much like an american macro lager

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
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 manahansf
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep and clear amber color laced with a thin white head. The aroma is very light and vague with subtle malty scents. The flavor is somewhat sweet and tart with a full grainy flavor. The light body and high carbonation make this brew flow fast and the finish fades quickly with a lingering sweet and tart flavor. This beer is a strange example of a bock style and drinks much like an American lager.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber/gold in color with a modest one-inch head of white foam
Aroma-Subtle malt
Taste-Faint malts with just of hint of hops
Overall, easy-drinking, nothing especially jumps out at you flavorwise,alcholol is pretty well disguised for 7.5ABV.

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Photo of SamN
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange-ish red, clear beer, tiny layer of tan beige foam sitting lightly on top, some visible carbonation. Leaves traces of thin lacing down the glass.

S- Fruits, gummi candy, slight grain malts. Crisp, light refreshing fragrance, on the drier side.

T- This is a pretty solid bock, with typical malty backbone and a spicier hops-bittered ending. Nothing too complex here, just a decent, straightforward spring bock.

M- A little thicker body, nice smoothness, flows and coasts evenly and without much carbonation burn.

D- Great session beer. Simple and hearty.

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Photo of Chrisco88
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: She poured a murky, light brown. Maybe an inch or so of smooth white head disappeared quickly.

Aroma: Very balanced aroma, predominately caramel-y malt followed up by a subtle floral note from the hops.

Taste: Nothing special but surprisingly balanced. Great malt flavor offset by the perfect amount of bitterness.

Palate: Decently smooth and lively carbonated but seemed to linger and dry my mouth out.

Overall: A good session beer, perfect for the end of winter. Don't go looking for anything beyond what you find in the nose, but it's all in check so no complaints.

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Photo of beefnbarley
1.95/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Was looking forward to a nice beer. Appearance is dark copper and opaque. Residual hops noted in bottom of glass. Sourness and somewhat vinous aroma as it warmed. Malty nose is there as it warms and toasty/breadiness apparent. Very tart and astringent taste that leads one to believe it is a soured bock. Perhaps I received a very old bottle. Light in body for the style and overall was not drinking experience I was hoping for.

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Photo of matjack85
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the discount bin at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. Since the Breckenridge website says this beer is only available from Jan. - Mar. and this is only December, I have a feeling this might be a leftover bottle from last year's batch, so keep that in mind when reading this review. There is no freshness date to be found.

The beer poured a cloudy caramel color with a 2- finger off-white head that lasted about a minute and left only a mimimal amount of lacing.

The beer had the smell of ground nuts, a bit of malt, and a trace of fruitiness.

The taste was more sweet malt than anything else. Sweet caramel, sweet bread, and some nutty flavors pretty much hold off what little hop bitterness there is for balance. For having 4 different malts amd 2 hop varieties, it really didn't taste all that complex or even all that good.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

It's pretty drinkable for a 7.5% abv. The alcohol is not much of a player.

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Photo of jdskinns
1.49/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Cloudy orange/brown color with a very thin white head. Bready, biscuity smell that was pretty offputting given the dirty socks smell that went along with it. This beer had an incredibly sour, infected taste that lead to an immediate drain pout. Definitely will not be buying this one again.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a red-orange color with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel malts, molasses, and fruits. Flavor is caramel malts, fruits, and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, bitter, medium bodied. Decent and drinkable beer, but not a bock.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The bock appears a clear reddish amber color with about a finger of tan foam. Nose and flavor are of buttered toasted bread, caramel malt, black cherry flavoring, some toffee, a hint of chocolate. A few notches under medium bodied, a tad thin, with average carbonation. Not one of their better beers.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy amber color pour with a thick two fingers of foamy head , medium carbonation , spotty lacing . Aroma of sweet caramel malt , honey , and bready yeast . Flavos is sweet and malty , light toffee , light rasins with a nice amount of hops , lightly bitter , full body creamy mouthfeel . Sweet malty finish . Very drinkable . A nice brew .

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The name for this beer is clever. When Pandora opened her bock, she actually released into the world all of the Evils of Beer. Skunky beer, Bud Light Lime, Zima, Smirnoff Ice, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat...The list goes on and on. The only thing left in the Bock was the hope that microbreweries would rise up and provide humanity with alternatives to the crap that emerged from the Bock.

This beer has a really spicy scent to it - you can pick up a bit of hop in the aroma, but this is not a bitter beer (only 16 IBUs). The medium body of the beer has a complexity to it, that is so complex I can't adequately describe without my head blowing up. Pandora is a bit of an intense lady anyway - her Bock is too - 7.5% ABV. Sneaky Pandora.

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Photo of Thur123
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is hazy a tea colored brown, with a slightly red ruby kind of hue. Light on the carbonation and the head was non existant. The smell is a shockingly sweet kind of malt with a bit of citrus involved.

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Hit with a medium to light bitterness that fades quickly into citrus flavors, like oranges and lemons. The aftertaste to me also has a tea taste to it. I had a few of these last night before reviewing and as it warmed then, all it reminded me of was tea beer...or sometime like that. Not bad, a better bock showing than Shiner, but a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 3 finger beige head. Body is hazelnut brown. Head retention and lacing are above average

Smells slightly of figs or other dried fruit. There is also some caramel malt in there. No hops and slightly sour/skunked

Taste is definitely malty like a bock should be. The weird sour flavor i detected in the nose is present again, cant exactly put my finger on it though. Tastes a bit sour, acidic, metallic. Sweetness of the malt offsets it though, bready and fruity. The alcohol isnt that apparent, i had this beer previously fresh from the brewpub and the alcohol was definitely more present.

Mouthfeel is slightly over carbonated. Body is medium but not silky like the great mid high abv beers

Drink ability is above average. It's semi session able, but it just has that weird sour after taste that gets to me.

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Photo of hopdog
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toastiness, some grains, and a little earthy. Tastes of toasted grains, caramel, tart grape skins, and citrus. This one seemed to be all over the place.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -9%
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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Pandora's Bock from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 381 ratings
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