Dreher Bak | Dreher Brewery

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Dreher Brewery

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of RootDown
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.24/5  rDev +14%
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!

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Photo of malcarter
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of sirmartinez
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
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

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Photo of MariaJ
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good taste and look

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Photo of tunemx
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of TWM
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of djura
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of sagabrews
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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. ;)

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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Dreher Bak from Dreher Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 50 ratings