Dreher Bak
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Bock - Traditional
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3.76 | pDev: 12.5%
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is cola and brown sugar. Medium bodied and carbonation, sweet and roasty. One of the better dark beers I have had on this trip.

Jul 31, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is funny: it isn't like a bock - or at least it isn't similar to the kind of bocks (bock, double bock or festbock) that I tried in Austria. It is much more like an Imperial Stout or a Baltic porter with much viscosity, breadiness and malts and comes with 7.3 ABV, all good! I think it should only be revised if this is really supposed to be a real bock or if it is just the name.
Nevertheless, this is perhaps THE best commercial beer made in Hungary now! A good one indeed!

May 29, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Someone brought one to a party. Really cool.

A - Poured into a snifter a clear dark brown with a thin mocha head That fades to leave a light halo.

S - Aromas of sweet malts little bit of candy sugars. Little bit of caramel and faint raisins.

T - Taste is similar to the nose nice sweetness, good malts, little roast. Creamy caramel, solid light almost chocolate. Finish is lightly cardboard forward.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated little thin.

O - Overall this was a rather solid bock. Always fun to try new stuff.

Serving Type: can

Sep 30, 2017
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sirmartinez from Hungary

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hungarian commercial dark beer, it's widely available and relatively cheap around here. The new bottles don't look nearly as pretty as the old ones, the 7.30% ABV is indicated in small letters on the back, proving that a good beer doesn't have to display it's high ABV in massive letters, as most macrobreweries do.
Pours like your average dark beer, but the unexpectedly strong smell feels like a headbutt, not sure if good or bad. Just like the smell, the taste is thick and powerful, dominated by sweet roasted malts, with occasional strong bitterness. Dark chocolate-like aroma, pairs great with the intensity of this beer. In fact, so thick it fills up the belly too. My only problem is it's unbalancedness.
Overall, a very manly beer, a pretty good commercial bock from a country that has almost no brewing culture. Fun fact: "bock" sounds like "bak" in Hungarian, which means ram. Fitting!

Apr 11, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

On-draught into a .5L glass in Budapest.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~4cm wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good consistency. Soft and supple. Good complexion. Pretty good (6-7 minute) retention. Light inconsistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Dark cola black. Opaque. No yeast or sediment is visible within.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for the style, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Dark malts, cream, black malts, and faint herbal hops. So light in terms of intensity it's hard to identify anything. I detect no yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes. Hop aromatics are quite light and vague.

A pleasant albeit reticent aroma.

TASTE: Dark malts, cream, black malts, caramel, sassafras, herbal hop notes, rooty earthiness, and some mild malt sweetness.

I find no yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-flavours.

Simply built but cohesive. Not all that subtle, nuanced, or intricate, but it's passable. Average duration, depth, and intensity of flavour. I do like it for what it is.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, soft, creamy, a bit silky, medium-bodied, fairly thick, and decently carbonated. Suits the taste okay.

Not gushed, hot, oily, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Drinkable but largely unremarkable. It's nice for a mass-produced dark beer, and I'm glad this is a standard go-to in Hungary, but I wouldn't bother with it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. Very average.

High C (2.97) / AVERAGE

Aug 08, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with beige head. Smells like dark malts and light roasted coffee. Taste follows with some roasty flavors, not too bitter but also no sweetness. Very balanced overall and easy drinkable. Not bad for a Hungarian macro lager.

Dec 10, 2014
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TWM from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a stall in the Great Market Hall (Budapest). Disclaimer- I always tend towards dark beers, and this hit the spot on a cold day.

Appearance- 2 finger head, nice dark slightly ruby color. Fine bubbles, the head persisted quite a while. Not a ton of lacing.

Smell- Strong caramel taste; would probably have been a little more than ideal except that it was a cold day and caramelization in a dark beer warms up a cold belly. I loved it!

Taste- Consistent with the smell; some less volatile flavors consistent with the darker malts came through (coffee mainly)

Mouthfeel- rich, smooth, lingered just as long as it should, no bitterness anywhere.

I loved this so much I grabbed a bottle next time I was at the store- it was not the same by a long shot. This beer is much better on tap!

Dec 07, 2013
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djura from Serbia

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby color with two finger brown foam. Lots of bubbles in the glass.

S - Burned sugar,toffee,dark malt.

T/M - Warm and medium bitter pleasant finish. Touch of alcohol in the taste. Lots of toffee. Some bubbles in the mouth.

O - Very decent beer. Surprising drinkable.

Jul 02, 2013
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sagabrews from Hungary

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap while doing my grocery shopping at Nagy Vasarcsarnok. Upstairs they have stalls of typical Hungarian folkfare/grub. Wasn't expecting much from a Hungarian brew since the Arany Aszok series are really nothing to brag about. So I casually ordered this to wash down my sausage and langos. Sniffed it, and instantly I detected a pronounced caramel, vanilla essence. Swirled to agitate more and the bak was definitely releasing scents of dark chocolate toasted coffee beans. The beer now had my attention (again, I wasn't expecting special anything beforehand). I raised the glass and took a look at it. Definitely coffee soil black, not too much head, little lacing. Gulped some beer down and boy, was I surprised. Tasted as good as it smelled. This would be good as a standalone dessert. Very full bodied. Mouthfeel was nice too. I'll order this again. Happily.

One word of advice: This beer is pretty strong. I had a half-pint to go with my meal and two hours later, I'm still feeling slightly buzzed. Made for a great shopping expedition. ;)

Mar 30, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a half liter of this is enough to get rather zonked. pours syrupy thick and dark brown with a caramel colored glow and a decent white head. smells like a bubbling vat of heavy malt with some sweetness and earthy grainy notes. flavor is basically all malt, more in line with a bigger amber than a traditional bock in terms of malt complexion, but then comes the sugary middle and lasting finish youd expect in a bock. i like this beer a lot, maybe the best i had in hungary. mouthfeel works, big bold body with average carbonation. it can catch up with you after just one, but its a nice change of pace from all the iight lager beers prevalent on the streets of budapest.

Jun 26, 2012
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RodneyFarva from Spain

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a stein

a: pours a deep near black, one finger tan head, dissipates slowly

s: deep roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate and cocoa

t: fairly bitter deep roasted malts, quite thin mouthfeel, feels closer to a dunkel lager rather than a bock, especially at 7% abv.

o: one of the better Hungarian beers, but a bit lacking on mouthfeel and depth to make much of a mark style-wise

May 01, 2012
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bylerteck from Canada

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle offered up by a friend. From notes.

A - Poured nearly black with good carbonation and a medium body. One finger of light brown head and weak lace with a film of retention.

S - Tires? Rum and dark fruit.

T - Malty with dark fruit. Pretty rich. Tires again for some reason. Sugar as well.

M - Rummy finish with good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Not bad for the style. Different and tasty. Easy to drink. Worth a shot.

Mar 26, 2012
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bladdamasta from Australia

3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa, this is a pretty meaty beer. Deep and dark colour with plenty of complexity. Not one to skol by any means. Sweet and roasted at the same time. Not to sure if I could manage a six-pack of these - but a couple of these with a large schnitzel would do the trick.

Oct 23, 2010
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BucBasil from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this recently on a trip to Budapest and reviewing from notes. Had on tap at an amazing bar in the Jewish Quarter.

Huge malt flavors with some toffee. Some butter in there as well. Cocoa or mocha - some sort of bitter chocolate. Creamy on the palate, yet drying in the finish. This is one of the best beers I've had on this trip so far.

May 30, 2010
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Nickls from District of Columbia

3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From notes)

A - Poured with a generous, slightly tan head. Deep, dark brown color nearing on black with ruby hints around. Decent lacing.

S - Bit of sweet maltiness, and just a touch pruney...pretty muted. Expect more depth in these areas for the style.

T - Kinda of bitter (not as in hop bitterness) verging on cold coffee without the roastiness. Little bit of the maltiness shows up.

M - Lighter and nearing on thin, not enough body

D - Not all that drinkable and was somewhat of a chore to work through. Not really inticing, but not terribly offensive.

Overall, just doesn't hit on the style and actually reminded me of a very dumbed down version of Guiness draught. Thought this was more like a Euro Dark Lager rather than a Bock. Way better in the style available, and wouldn't really be compelled to try it again.

Apr 03, 2009
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atis from Finland

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with somewhat average off-white head and no lacing. Also there was almost none of visible carbonation.

Very malty and roasty aroma with lots of dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. Taste is malty toffee, quite sweet with limited spicy bitterness. Aftertaste is long-lasting and is quite sweet, maybe even a bit too sweet.

Overall, an excellent bock, I enjoyed it a lot and will try to find it on-tap as well.

Sep 18, 2008
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BeerIsland from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was on tap in the bar at the Kempinski Hotel in Budapest. I thought this was the best beer I had in that city. It poured real dark with a decent head. There was a nice malty nose, sort of like a doppel, and hoppier than some of the other beers there. This was not a sweet beer and got dryer as I went. Some in our party thought it had a fermented, soy sort of flavor but not unpleasant. Very nice finish as well. I really enjoyed this unexpected pleasure, particularly in August.

Sep 12, 2008
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TheMistler from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on 09/01/08 in its home city, Budapest. That was also the day I first tried Dreher "classic," light lager. I found this beer, Dreher's dunkel bock, to be - by far - the superior of the two. For my mind, given the limited locally-brewed options available in Hungary, I would say this is the best Magyar brew (a sentiment I've seen elsewhere, though I can no longer find the link).

Poured from .5L bottle into a pilsener glass, this thick, opaque, dark brown-cum-ruby concoction had interesting characteristics for its head. What head their was (I got maybe a pinkie's width at it its peak) dissipated exceptionally quickly, leaving behind nothing on the glass, nor much on top of the beer, save for a noticeable tan ring that never went away, and discreet "springs" of CO2 bubbles. Later, when I took a hearty sip, the head did stick to side of the glass for a while before oh-so-slowly sliding back down to re-join the ring.

A malt filled nose, with some slight hops coming on at the end. Slightly burnt brown sugar, toffee. This is going to sound weird, but I got the - not unpleasant - sensation of smelling a slightly roasted, sweetened soy sauce. Slight coffee bittering.

Roasted grains in the taste, with molasses. I also got a very slight taste of soy sauce that accompanied a bit of alcohol warming as it went down. Raisins? Dark chocolate comes to the fore and lingers on the palate, off-setting some remaining brown sugar sweetness. A hint of hop crispness, even grass, can be found in this bock just after it initially soaks your mouth and you take everything in.

I found this to well-balanced, though clearly and obviously it is weighted towards the malt, per the style. More carbonated than I anticipated, which makes its more-than-medium mouthfeel not come across as heavy or thick. It goes down smooth, finishes crisp and dry. I'd give it even more on the drinkability scale, but it simply has too much going on to drink more than a couple (normally sized) bottles.

Sep 11, 2008
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brendan13 from Australia

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown colour with only the slightest ruby red highlight when held up to light. Thick one inch beige head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp. Pretty thick lacing is left behind.
S - Quite a strong dark fruit aroma hits first followed by some sweet caramel & chocolate notes. A slight alcohol touch.
T - Fairly similar to the smell but also a with a bit of smokey, rauchbier like presence.
M - Suprisingly quite light bodied given the full on flavours. Medium carbonation.
D - A nice beer but the strong flavours and 7.3%ABV make it a every now and then beer rather than a regular.

Nov 26, 2007
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sfreshnock from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this often in Budapest. Had it on tap at "Castro Bisztro".

Looks like a dark cola. Arrives with a ample head that drops to about a 1/4 inch. Smells of roasted coffee and cola. No complex flavor which isn't a bad thing. Tastes faintly of coffee and cola with little to no alcohol presence. Leaves a sticky coating on your mouth that keeps you sipping. Very easy drinking beer with a low ABV makes it sessionable.

Oct 13, 2007
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kingjames1 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a solid bock. Pours syrupy, dark, root-beer color - not too much head though. Smells great - dark molasses. Tastes like bitter chocolate (hops seem to be strong in this bock), coffee, and sweet bread. As someone has noted, it has a definite porter character.

As it warms, the carbonation, or lack thereof, seems to detract. But overall, a very enjoyable bock from Hungary.

Aug 07, 2006
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bark from Sweden

3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is dark red-brown. The two finger head is firm and brown.

The smell is dominated by a roasted flavour of malt, coffee, and cream. I found some bitter notes.

The taste is strong with bitter notes of coffee, roasted nuts, alcohol. The long aftertaste is also roasted with sweet-sour notes of coffee with cream and bitter almonds. The bitterness is rather simple.

The carbonation is light with small bubbles, suiting the style fine.

Jun 09, 2006
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wl0307 from England

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By courtesy of Tibor, my Hungarian friend, who asked his mum to prepare this beer (it's his grandma's favourite!!) and another friend to collect it, then bring it over to London for me! That's the length a passionate friend would go, to present one of his "homeland treasures" (in his mind, no doubt) to a beer-adventurer like me~~ 500ml green bottle, BB 24/09/2006, served lightly chilled in a weizen-glass.

A: mahogany hue, with reby glows; the dark-beige beer head comes effervescent, pillowy and very tight, with great retention
S: upfront is an interesting combination of grassy hints of hops, sour edge of lager malts, nearly-rotten bananas, and an assertive flow of burned brown-sugary+creamy dark maltiness, backed by abundant preserved dark-fruits (date and plums), while sweet dark-chocolatey hint stays rather quietly in the corner to enhance the overall complexity... Not alc.-sharp at all, the pleasant nose obtains an intricate balance due to the sour inputs from lively lager malts, which is usually subdued in this beer style (based on my limited experience at least).
T: the palate upfront is packed with bitter-sweet malty, almost coffee-flavoured fudge like, flavour, which quickly leads to a chewy, raw, roughly-crushed-dark-malts kind of maltiness shaking the tastebuds along with an undercurrent of faintly coffee-ish+roast-nut+licorice-like bitter-sweetness creeping down the sides of the tongue... Not much hop to play with at the back, but it's compensated for by the prevalent bitterness and along with it, the thirst-provoking dryness, which presumably comes from the roast-barleys/malts. After the long aftertaste the palate comes to a surprisingly clean end, leaving but a wee bit of alc. warmth deep down the throat.
M&D: softly-carbonated and easily approachable on the palate, the body is moderate and rounded if the 7.3%abv. strength is taken into account. The strength of this beer lies in its delicate balance, different from some other bocks I've tried, which obtain more complexity at the expense of falling cloying or thickly-composed. This one is a "quaffable" version of Doppelbock to me--I would've even regarded it as Baltic Porter for its less sugary and more roasty characters. All in all, I thoroughly enjoy this beer, not least of all given Tibor's good-will~~

May 17, 2006
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nagyonz from Hungary

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark, almost black hungarian bock.
It's foam is like milky coffe, but last for only a short time.
Smell: nothing special, a usual bock, but a little bit sweeter, with a hint burnt sugar.
Taste: like it's smeel- sweet. Too sweet, for me. That makes it hard to drink, but some spicy flavors help to balance it.
After-taste lasts for a long time, and the bitterness of hop comes out(bisede the sweetness, of course).

Feb 23, 2006
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown to black with a nice creamy solid brown head and nice constant carbonation. Sweet all dark malt aroma and flavor; hints of bittersweet chocolate. Very robust. Medium bodied and smooth with a rich mouthfeel.

A nice solid dark robust bock/dopplebock hybrid.

Per label: "1854"

'08072003' lasered on bottle
Tasted: 01/13/06

Feb 02, 2006
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