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Average: 3.59 | pDev: 14.48%

Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 95

German Bock | 6.50% ABV

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Browar Amber
Poland
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BA SCORE
81
Very Good
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sold in 1/2L amber embossed bottles in NYC area. The label is similar to one pictured, but the brewery name is flanked by bottle size and alcohol content and the description is preceded by "BOCK BEER", like other Polish beers in this style.

It's a "triple bock", of sorts. In addition to the style listing in German/English, the Polish name means "goat" (like "bock") and there is a picture of goat's head among hops and barley, flanked by two twisted horns. The brewers wanted to leave no doubt as to what style of beer they were making.

Having had Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby last night, a few details jump out. Carbonation is slight, bitterness low, with virtually no noticeable hops. Malt is everpresent. This is closer to a traditional bock than the JA lager, but it still misses the mark.

Pours nicely, with low non-homogeneous tan head that laces nicely but does not stay. Carbonation, as I mentioned, is light, but visible--in fact, more visible than noticeable on the tongue. In that, bubble structure is very fine, which explains both the lack of head retention and the see-but-don't-taste carbonation. The color is deep copper to reddish-brown, suggestive of burnt and toasted malts.

The nose is all malt, somewhere between burnt toast and apple pie. Not a lot of nuance.

Taste is similar, but a bit more complex. The initial impression is that of sweetness, with a hint of dried apples, figs and apricots. The fruitiness is then replaced by "breadiness" and the yeasty goodness recedes into aftertaste that lingers for some time, eventually leaving the same acidic footprint as freshly home-backed rye bread. Not plummy, like a barley wine, but suggests similar sherry-like oxidation notes. This is a characteristic of the style, not the sign of age. Polish bock seems to be half-way to porter rather than being a pure bock.

The feel is a bit thin and watery until almost all of it is gone from the mouth, when suddenly you feel a thick layer of it coating the tongue. Alcohol is not particularly noticeable, nor should it be at moderate 6.5%. Carbonation is not worth mentioning, except in a review like this.

Decent beer for the price, but not one I would drink regularly (or ever, when better options are readily available for even less money). Nice bottle, cute label. Beer? Meh.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from BA Mag Issue #116 ( Sep 2016 )

Sweet, Bold, Deep, Malty
Big, sweet, and malty. This beer acts bigger than it actually is, like an after dinner drink you could easily enjoy anytime of day. Suggestions of brown bread, caramel, toast, and hay on the palate are present throughout. More flavor than most typical high gravity Eastern European lagers, and the sweetness is not at a level to deter me from wanting another sip. You really have to appreciate the uniqueness of this beer from Browar Amber. [Jason]

Look 3.75 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 3.75 | Overall 3.75

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Photo of Sigmund
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml brown silk print bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Also available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. Beautiful copper colour, large tan head. Malty sweetish aroma, notes of caramel and bakery. Malty sweet flavour, loads of caramel, sweeter than I appreciate. Very moderate hops in the finish.

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Photo of bark
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is dark brown with a tint of red. The head is two fingers thick, pale beige and it slowly sinks down leaving some fine lacing.

The smell is malty with sweet notes of caramel and treacle. I noticed some minerals, nuts, a bitter touch and some alcohol.

The malt dominates the taste: It is a clean, robust lightly roasted flavour. There are some mild hops, bringing a good balance to the brew. The aftertaste is surprisingly short with malt, some bitterness and hints of minerals and boiled vegetables.

The carbonation is average-mild; the bubbles are small. The liquid is smooth.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huhzubendahahahahah gave me a bottle of this and heavily qualified it. But I like bocks damnit and won't be dissuaded.

Served IN A BOCK GLASS. Beer is reddish brown and completely hazy with a minimal head of off white bubbles that I doubt will rally to form any lacing. Carbonation is moderate and steady, looks OK.

You're full of shit Matt, this beer smells GOOD. There's caramel, malt, minimal roast. A very good smelling bock.

This is where the wheels fall off the wagon slightly. Its too sweet. Its raisiny, very malty, very sweet. Methinks this may be a doppelbock upon second tasting. Medium body. Its almost oddly dry in the back despite the sweetness. Its weird dude. I don't know. Not a very good beer. The components don't come together at all. its like a random meeting of meaningless flavors. Not a singular thought. I don't want anymore but I'll finish this one.

I HAVE to finish this review with the gibberish written on the bottle. "Secret. Each brewer knows only part of it. They meet once a year. That's why you hold exceptional beer. Kozlak - the secret of brewers."

Maybe if you were all in the same place at the same time and discussed this beer you could make it something to be proud of. Thanks Matt, my first Polish beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a prodigious head that retains well and splashes the glass with all matter of lace

Smell: Just about the sweetest smell I have ever come across for a beer; smells like dates mixed with golden syrup

Taste: Very sweet on the tongue as well, baklava in a beer; with a sweetness that just doesn't let up

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like a sweet beer, this one is for you; me, not so much

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Photo of drpimento
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany color with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel and toffee, some grain. Taste is similar to nose with some tang and bitter. Body though, was a tad flat. Serviceable bock.

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Photo of bruachan
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked this up in poland this summer. harvest goat motif on the bottle

tall creamy head. looks a little like the spray foam insulation, but lighter in color. wanes eventually, leaving almost alone the copper colored brew. sweet malty munich and smooth bready aromas. no sign of hops in the nose

a little disappointing after the nice aroma. too highly carbonated in my opinion; it takes away from what should be a very smooth character. also, it isn't really all that malty. it's certainly not bad, but i think i would have rather brought home a zywiec porter or something more enjoyable (though worth a try if you're over there)

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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool-looking 500mL bottle, a Polish Bock I've never tried before.

Looks good in the glass, pale brown with a tan-yellow head. Quite effervescent with good head retention. Reminiscent of a strong English brown ale, both in first appearance, smell and then taste. In fact, despite the fact it's supposed to be a bock, and hence bottom-fermented rather than top-fermented like an English strong ale, it resembles the latter in more ways than it does the former.

Nutty tastes, sweet date and raisin flavours on the palate, and an ale-like heartiness. Not a bad beer, but certainly not representative of the style. Put head-to-head with a fine German bock or doppelbock, there would be little resemblance. Which is a pity, I felt like a real bock, and I'm regretting being adventurous and choosing this beer over the tried and true favourite Aventinus.

Overall: nothing that original, and not a good example of a bock, but since my expectations were low, I was not disappointed - this is a perfectly drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle, $2.19 from Amity Wine & Spirits, New Haven CT. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Hazy brown brew gives a smooth dense head about a half inch tall that settles completely. The brew reveals a reddish tint when held to a light. Nose is thick and bready, walnuts, a bit of banana, brown sugar, a mild bitter hoppy edge. Taste is right from the smell, bready and nutty, and the hop comes forward more than it did in the smell. Also a bit of raisin and earth. The feel is pretty thick, good viscosity, and a good balance between sweet vs malty. Carbonation is a little fizzy despite it being a thicker beer. Finishes very earthy/ nutty with some brown sugar and hop.

Not bad, nor extraordinary... pretty middle-of-the-road bock that's worth checking out if you happen across it, but nothing worth going out of the way to find. I've given better ratings to worse beers, the numbers fall a little short here somehow.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had never seen this so might as well give it a whirl.

Pours a nice deep amber and has a persistant inch and a half head that eventually left the scene.

Aromas of ripe dark fruits and some yeast.

Taste mimics the smell as dark sweet fruit was followed by bready notes and molasses on the finish which was clean and smooth. No real sign of hops here.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel and very light carbonation.

Quite good! Glad I found it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the 3rd Polish beer i've had named Kozlak...what's up with that?

The appearance is nice for a bock, ruby red and auburn at the edges. A billowing head soon subsides into a patchy surface skim that resembles floating bread crumbs. Maple syrup and malty brown sugar aroma. Raisin and whole grain bread flavors, molasses sweetness almost medicinal. Fairly full bodied, maybe a touch too syrupy, not exactly quaffable, but good in small sips as it warms. Pleasant bready aftertaste. Some dried fruit maybe. Not bad, but it didn't really hold my interest.

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Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a half liter at EuroMarket in Queens. It's a rich, bready bock that reminds me more of a doppel, but there's a very unpleasant astringent bitterness in the background that really throws this off. Otherwise there's a tasty mix of crust, marmalade, sweet biscuits and caramel. What a shame.

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Photo of sbe1
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty Bock, brewed in Poland. I had this on tap at Degustatoria Beer House in Gdansk, Poland (Dom Piwa - Degustatoria, ul. Świętojańska 130; Gdańsk). I also had this in a bottle from a beer shop in Gdansk.

Appearance: Clear red amber color; a creamy caramel head with orange hues.

Smell: Sweet malt and bready, but not very strong -- nothing really stands out.

Taste: Sweet cream and caramel, malt, and hints of black currant. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light bodied, refreshing with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Would make a great session beer for a bock lover. One of my better non-Baltic-Porter finds while out drinking in Poland.

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Photo of biegaman
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great appearence, decent head. Semi - transparent in a deep, ruby amber shade. Wicked looking bottle, with silk screened graphic and inticing write up. A solid, matly aroma. Taste doesn't indicate alcohol. Strong amber and crystal malt. This is like a DoppleBock meets Amber Ale (which, I think was the brewer's intentions, so good). It certainly works! Lots of caramel malt to round out the edges. No bad aftertaste. Tasty, light bodied. Great drinking bock, would certainly serve as a good 'cross-over' beer. This is almost as nice as its dopplebock counterpart of a similar name. Somewhat limited, but well achieved and well rounded. Quite good !

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is is copper/amber, head presents 1/4 inch thick, then dissipates to a ring and light froth, some lacing.

Smell is malty, off course, mixed flavors from caramel to raison, maybe plum, mild undertone bitterness

Taste is straightforward bock, good solid malt base, lingering caramel flavors mixed with raison, plum, and toffee/chocolate- maybe a touch too sweet for my preference, but to style

Mouthfeel is well balanced, nice carbonation, good sweet presence, not too cloying and enough bitterness to leave the palate clean.

Overall, very solid bock beer, a very strong caramel/toffee presence, but good bitter balance.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle:

Pours dark amber with ruby highlights. A creamy off-white head leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of caramel with dried fruits - apricot, prune, plum, raisin.

The taste is of strong caramel/toffee with raisins and other dark, dried fruits. Alcohol lends dryness and some black pepper in the finish.

Sweetness stays on the tongue. It has a pretty creamy texture. Alcohol heat becomes stronger as it progresses.

A very good interpretation of a traditional bock - towards a doppelbock. Strong, yet drinkable. A great brew, especially if you want a sweet brew.

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Photo of lehows
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a couple bottles of these while I was in Poland. It poured a nice dark amber color and had good notes of malt and some caramel. The head was an attractive tan ribbon that while small, had great retention. Taste was smooth, and evenly malted. Not as much malt as I expected from the appearance, but it was very pleasant to drink. High drinkability makes this a great all around bock.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down a bit but left a thin head covering the surface and a layer of bubbles down the sides of the glass
S: Light to moderate aromas of maltiness and sweetness are present in the nose along with a little bit of raisins.
T: The overall taste is mostly malty and has slight hints of raisin flavors. Faint hints of sweetness are barely noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit creamy. on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad of a representation of the style. I enjoyed the creaminess in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, European yeast, pale malt, hint of hop, molasses, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is quite sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, European yeast, pale malt, hint of hop, molasses, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, decent aroma, body, and blend; quite traditional.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L bottle. Available at the corner liquor store.

Huge pillowy head, but drops to a cap fairly quick. Pretty dark plum color, the most purple beer I've seen. Strawberry-red in the light.

Smells of dark fruits and has an almost bubblegum-like sweetness. Stewed cranberries.

Flavorful. Lots of fruit. Plum, red grape, dark cherries, berry flavors. Sweetness is moderate. Little hop presence. Just a slight bittering on the finish.

Smooth and lightly carbonated. No bother at all from the 6.5%.

Goes down very easy. A real pleasant surprise. I don't know how well this fits in style definitions, but I liked this beer a lot, and would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer from a friend that lives in Poland and I noticed it was a bock, but I thought it may vary from the other bock beers I have had. I was wrong.

Poured into new belgium globe glass.

Developed a 1/2 inch head, slightly tan. Left good lace rings. Color is a dark amber. A tube of carbonation bubbles dominated the center of the glass from the etching on the bottom.

The aroma is mainly of bready malts. There are some burnt notes as well as carmel hints too. Taste is similar, very malty. There is also a dark fruit taste, maybe raisins. After a while, the alcohol taste comes out.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but after awhile it smooths out. Leaves a somewhat sticky/dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is one amazing bock and easy to drink. I am starting to grow on the style and this one tops many if not all that I have had. If you happen to visit Poland, this beer is worth a try.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is not a lager of longievity... in that it has a rich fullness in the intial few sips but quickly depreciates as you sip. the look is nice. great amber clear with a dough head. nose of stale apples and toastiness and a bit of smoke. but the smoke tastes as if it was burnt is that malt volume quality. the feel is astringent when i would expect something rather smooth. its got a bitter finish that has a mild acidic leather smoke which brings forth the mineral like qualities. but still on standard of european quality.

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Kozlak from Browar Amber
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 95 ratings