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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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 381
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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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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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried 5 Feb 2009 at the Breckenridge brewpub.

Pours a clear reddish brown color. Small white head. Smells slightly of alcohol, some caramel. Taste is all malt, sweet and caramel. Slightly syrupy through the middle. Alcohol comes out in the finish. Medium body.

Thought this was one of the better ones available at the brewery.

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

hmmm...the nose is a little anemic. some bready, some malty. smells like it won't have much spine to it. some pilsy-type scents. the weak head and carbonation could be culpable. no lacing though the color is decent enough (read: "saves the appearance category")

honey, dried fruit, more fruit, prickly heat. not what i am looking for in a bock. no smoothness whatsoever: makes this more like a poorly-hopped amber ale. the hopping, i will dare, is on target, but should be balancing a much smoother, maltier drink than this warm-fermented imposter

it's not a bad drink, but not rely all that super, either. i made a commitment some years ago to be harsher in my criticism. could i drink a sixer of this? yes. but then again, i love beer

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Photo of KI9A
1.89/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: light cola, hazy brown, nice head nice lace.

S: some malts, Slight citrus? A bock?

T: Wierd. Not much malt. A ton of funk. Yuck, like spoiled apple juice funk.

M: Oily bitterness that seems to hang around a bit. Low carbonation. Nasty as hell

D: I love bocks. Won't buy again. Fail as a bock. It's not a bock. Not sure what it is, but, its horrible as hell.

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Photo of plrooney
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was an interesting beer. It poured a very nice clear copper color, and while it did not have much head it looked good and it also had a nice aroma, however, it had one of the strangest tastes I have had in a beer. First, the mouthfeel was almost oily and it seemed to leave a film in my mouth. My friends thought I was crazy, but it tasted like liquid fried chicken. It was not a very pleasant taste, thank goodness this taste was the first taste when the beer hit my mouth and dissipated quickly. The beer did not have a strong after taste. Don't think I would drink this again.

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Photo of Jayli
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on a recent trip to Denver.
The beer was served in a pint glass. Beer pours a nice clear copper color. A very slight beige head barely skims the surface of the beer. No head retention or lacing to it. Nose is mostly of yeast and malts with a hint of nuttiness to it. This is a decent tasting bock with a relatively big body to it. Taste is of caramel and sweet malts. Hops are very very light in the finish - I really had to look for them. The beer finishes clean and crisp, a little on the dry side. Overall, it's not an overly impressive bock, but it's a drinkable bock that you could sit with for an evening.

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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 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 GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive label (different from the one pictured) reads 'traditional, delicious.' Nothing wrong with that.

This beer pours a golden redish brown color with great clarity and about 3/4" of white head. Head wanes to a skim layer.

Aroma is unremarkable but not unpleasant. Sweet with a slight fruit and nut character to it.

Flavor is mostly sweet with carmel, toffee, and fruit. Sweetness is appropriate for the style and the slight bit of bitterness on the finish gives it balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and carbonation is low. Neither is offputing but it's worth noting.

Drinkability is good because it's not too heavy or high in alcohol. Smooth and easy to drink.

A good beer but despite being decent all around, it's not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of colts9016
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: A mahogany color with a 2 finger head.
Nose: Malty, wheat, citrus.
Taste: Malt character with hints of wheat and citrus. There tends to be a bit of hops on the finish but it is very null.
Body: Medium
Finish Slightly acidic, the beer is okay not great but okay.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
1.91/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Is a clear copper in the glass, with a thin ivory head. Smells of caramel malt and a faint grassiness from the hops.

Tastes of caramel malt followed by a cidery fruitiness and then an odd vegetal flavor in the finish. The vegetal flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and just plain weird tasting. These flavors don't mesh well. Tough to get through this one. Pass.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Nearly opaque brown with a light tan 2 finger head. Decent retention and decent lacing.

S - Caramel and butter, but there's a bizzare grassy smell, maybe vegetables.

T - Rarely have I been as shocked as I was when I took my first sip. A quick burst of caramel leads into an extremely earthy, vegetal, and almost rotten apple flavor. A strange metallic flavor rides over the even stranger flavor. Thankfully the brew finishes clean and this taste isn't left to linger. A really gross and unnatural taste to say the least.

M - Smooth and moderately carbonated. Not bad, but the taste messes everything up...

D - No thanks. It's not the hardest thing to choke down, but it is rather offensive. Very disappointing (and gross) after the rather exquisite Vanilla Porter.

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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 BradLikesBrew
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Clear copper body, fluffy off-white head.

s: Toasted caramel malt.

t: Biscuity toasted malt, light hop profile in the finish. Caramel is prominent, makes for a very sweet brew.

m: Crisp and light.

d: Seems like a run of the mill bock. Caramel flavor is nice, but this beer is just too sweet.

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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 BeerBelcher
1.58/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is really a good-looking beer; it is too bad the beer doesn't deliver on that good start with a pleasant drinking experience. I got a lot of mercaptan out of this beer, which tastes like compost or rotting vegetables, and that's not what I'm looking for in a beer.

Appearance was a rich red brass color with nice head. The appearance had me primed for a good beer experience, which was sadly not to be. Aroma was a bit sour with lots of mercaptan, which I find a bit revolting. I also got some caramel malt and diacetyl in the aroma. Flavor was distinctly metallic, although I really found it difficult to get over that rotting vegetable smell. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

I was not impressed by this beer, and I would recommend you choose something else.

I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a clear dark gold with a thin off white head. Nice maltiness in the aroma with a hint of noble hops. That's about as good as it got. Flabby, caramel malt flavor, medium body. Some noble hop bitterness in the finish. Fairly drinkable. No defects, just another weak American attempt at a bock.

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

A pretty average bock! Hazy orange in color with nearly zero head. Aromas favor toffee and sweet cream-some caramel and buttery notes as well. A bit sticky and gooey in the mouth, and at the same time rather dilute. Sticky raisiny sweetness provides a cloying note, and a not so pleasant fruity twang. Long cloying candied finish. Fun to try as long as you don't buy! Thanks for the freebie most gracious distributer. I've a great rep-really!!

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Photo of Quaffer
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer poured a copper-red color with a rough, thin head. It disappeared (the head, that is) within a minute, leaving not a trace of its prior existence. That's about it; no lace, no nothin'.

Smell: The aroma was mainly comprised of a malty and candy sugar sweetness. There were subtle hints of dark fruit and cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and smooth, with just a hint of a tickle on the tongue. It seems to coat the mouth.

Taste: The taste of this brew followed the aroma very closely. A sweetness dominated the flavor. It was on the verge of being cloying, but not quite. Along with this was a bit of maraschino cherry and plum. A sweet aftertaste lingered for a long time.

This was not a bad brew, but there wasn't complexity to it. Rather one-dimensional and bland. I have had this one before and thought that there was a spiciness to it that I enjoyed. I must have been mistaken (or drunk at the time. That's been known to happen).

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