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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
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 rye726
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasantly suprised by this lager. Pours a woody amber with a silky tan head. Nose has bready malts, dark fruits and spicy yeast. Taste follows suit, but lacks the same complexities. Powered by malt, but kept in balance by the powerfull yeast strain. Nothing outstanding, but rather a simple well rounded bock. Body was over carbonation. Became watery as the pop texture subsided. A nice session brew.

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Photo of bluetravlr
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very little head that quickly fades to pretty much nothing. Very clear copper/red coloration. Some visible carbonation. Absolutely no lacing.

S: Caramel malt with slight citrus and floral notes. Very bready and sweet.

T: I think this has a terrific flavor. Well balanced with a great malty, caramel backbone and subtle hop bitterness. A little on the sweet side, but that goes with this style. The pine flavor of the hops comes through and lingers just through the sweet aftertaste.

M: Slightly watery. A bit of a stinging carbonation. In other words, this beer is far too thin. A thicker body and this would be a great bock.

D: I believe I saw this beer listed at 6.8%ABV at the brewery, and my Rep, about a year ago, confirmed this. Either way, this beer goes down smooth. Very sessionable for a high ABV bock. For better or worse the watery nature of this beer provides an easy drinkability for a high ABV brew.

Brec brews are usually fence-sitter's for me. Their 471's, their oatmeal stout, even the agave wheat, are nice, original beers. I think this one stands with that crowd in breaking through the mediocre and attempting to break into excellence. Great flavor, but lacking in all other characteristics (besides drinkability).

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber-brown with a spotty tan head. No retention or lacing.

S: Malts, mostly toasted malts. A little bit of chocolate as well.

T: Bready malts, some caramel. Sweetness is just right, not overpowering. Faint hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finishes pretty smooth.

M: Sticky, almost chewy mouthfeel.

D: Pretty good, malts are tasty and not overly sweet. Easy to drink, smooth.

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

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head,Aroma is fruity.Taste has lots different fruits,caramel and some toasted malts.This goes down pretty smooth,a lot thinner than I expected.Overall it was an enjoyable beer.I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The foam was light wheat in color, non lacey and dissapated quickly. The color was amber/mahogany with an orange highlight. The smell was an aromatic fruity wheat, a little bitter and a toasted wood undertone. The taste had a fruity wheat start with a hops balance and bitter. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and smooth. Drinkability - it was ok, except for the bitter wheat was way too dominate.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split two ways. Dark reddish brown, slight head, smells beery. the first taste was actually akin to vomit but it quickly subsided into a more malty, lagerish flavor. Not sure what was going on there. Easy to drink but kind of thin, I'd prefer something German any day of the week.

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Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big frothy pillow-like light tan head... Full, yet splotchy, lacing lasts throughout the session... Caramel coloring... Slightly murky... Lot of cabonation, only noticeable at the top of the glass...

S - Solid and assertive maltiness right off of the bat... Raisins... Fig... Toffee... Surprisingly fruity... Minor hop notes... A vague alcohol scent...

T - A yummy malty assault... A toasted nuttiness... Toffee... Butter... Dark fruit... Fig...

M - Unique mouthfeel... Trace amounts of carbonation... Medium to full bodied... Chewy... Syrupy, yet smooth... Lush... Rich... Buttery... Extremely enjoyable...

D - First off, I love the name... Solid bock offering... It really is a solid brew... Sessionable and repeatable...

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

A - pours a deep mahogany with no foam whatsoever

S - not alot of aroma, some sweet malt, caramel

T - sweet malt flavor with some dark fruits throughout

M/D - light carbonation and decent mouthfeel, its just too sweet for me. I enjoyed the taste, but by the end, I had had enough

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Photo of RickS95
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paper thin head, but look quick because it won't be there long. Caramel in color, looks good despite the lack of head.

Malt and hops in the nose, but no dominant smell. Feels like a bitter in the mouth, lots of body in this bock.

Good flavor. Hops are obvious in the taste, but play only a supportive role with the other spices and flavors. All the flavors marry together well giving this a smooth, easy finish.

It's a heavy beer, so I don't know how many you could drink in an evening, but it would be nice to have a case handy.

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Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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 ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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 brewdlyhooked13
2.29/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - a slight haze to the orange caramel beer. A thin but persistent layer of cream bubbles. A few little hillocks of lace up high.

Aroma - a malty, buttery nose, powdery graininess, something weird and kinda funky.

Taste - a sweet caramelly start. Turns to a buttery, slightly tangy flavor, not too good. Frankly, the beer tastes a little dated. A sourish, old sock kind of swallow.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness for a bock, but it's not near enough to overcome the odd taste.

Drinkability - drank a little over half, then let my drain have the rest.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

A: Nice clear, garnet-amber color with a bubbly off-white head.

S: Intense sweetness on the nose, with hints of toasted barley, caramel, toffee and even some nutty aromas. Not overwhelming by any means, but very pleasant.

T: Again, sweet, but not quite as rich as the nose suggested. All the aforementioned aromas appear in the flavor, yet they seem to blend into one singular flavor which was a tad strange at first, but ultimately grew on me.

M: Heavier side of light bodied, yet teetering on being too thin. Carbonation is average, never getting in the way of the flavor, but the finish is pretty muddy.

D: Light enough to be drinkable, but the finish made this one sort of a chore to finish, especially as it warmed.

Slightly disappointed with Pandora here. This is a beer that for some reason (name, label art, the fact that it was a bock, who knows?) I really, almost desperately wanted to love. The look and aromas were nice, but everything else was strictly average. Perhaps I need to taste this side-by-side with others of its kind, as I'm becoming increasingly convinced that the bock is an under-appreciated and largely misunderstood style. I like it more than most bocks, but I'd still have a hard time recommending it for any reason other than sheer curiosity.

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Photo of AtlasBrew
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: A nice deep red with a tan thin head that fades quicker than most.

Aroma: Big maltyness with hints of caramel and toasty grains. Light spicy hop aroma underneath it all.

Flavor: Carmel malt dominates with just a touch of toasted grains. Esters of alcohol closes with a mild bitterness and just a hint of spicy hop flavor. Big sloppy wet finish that leaves your mouth watering and wishing you were sitting a beer garden.

A pleasant Bock, I'm not sure it's going to cause any trouble just because I opened it, but you never know! She's unpredictable that Pandora.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color throughout, with thin tan head.
There is a weak smell of roasted goodness and nutty notes here.
Malty goodness comes into my mouth with some hints of almond.
This sticks on my taste buds for a bit but is not especially strong. Good brew.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this at Root Cellar. 12 ounce format with no freshness date.

Pours a clear, dark honey and peach mix with a nice medium to dark tan head with big bubbles. The initial pour yields a 2 inch head, but it quickly dissipates leaving a ΒΌ inch lacing above the foam.

The nose is small and simple - honey, sweet malts and light, bready yeasts.

Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Tastes like the nose - honey and sweet malts with a refreshing hops presence.

This is a nice example of an average and refreshing bock with no frills.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
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 Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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 yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with contrasting white head. Nose is on the "sweet" side with honey and bready malt. On the palate the malt is noticeable right away, but this is a lighter bock than most and the lighter bodied malt component fades into the honeyed finish. Alcohol is noticed on the finish also. Clean and refreshing. Good for those who like a lighter bock. I'd recommend this as a gateway beer to German style bocks.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear chestnut brown color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Broken lacing.

S: Wet, slightly sweet grain, nuts.

T: Overall, taste is sweet; carmel, toffee and light-colored fruits. Nice bitter in the finish balances the beer very well.

M: Light body. Low carbonation makes it very smooth.

D: Very drinkable for the style. Smooth and goes down easy.

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

Had on tap in Breckenridge. Served in a pint glass. Translucent dark rusty honey colored, with essentially no head. Lots of visible carbonation. You can see that it is slightly viscous.
Nose is vaguely Christmas-ey. Malts and cinnamon. Slight pine.
Taste is corn, mild spices, a slight hops. Gentle ethanol.
Mouthfeel and drinkability both decent.

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Photo of Vancer
2.04/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ol' Pandora's Bock (luv the name) pours a clear see-through mahogany brown with a decent tan in the Sammy Adams freebie glass.

The aroma is not good - a sour funk prevails and dominates. And it's present in the quaff also, not a pleasant drinking bock at all. Bits of caramel are there, but that damn musty funk is killing this beer. Finishes with a wet cardboard oil. I've got a sixer of this stuff, if the others are better I'll re-review.

Really surprised at Breckenridge to put something like this out.

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

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy ruby red with a rich, foamy off-white head. Healthy lacing all around.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, dark ripe fruit, and a pinch of cinnamon.

The taste is fruity with cherries and raisins along with cinnamon and other spices. The malts are sweet and plentiful. The finish is clean.

Light-to-medium bodied, sweet and sticky, with a moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking bock from Breckenridge.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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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