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Brewed by:
Browar Amber
Poland | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bruachan on 12-02-2005

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51
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78
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
19.1%
 
 
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Reviews by Weizenmensch:
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
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 VictorWisc
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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 cam477
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Polish deliciously is very good. Nice smell, fruity, caramel. The head dissipates fast, but is steady. Good taste, sweet malt characteristic backed by the essence of Caramel, subtle notes of chocolate bitterness. For a Bock beer, this beer is sort of Rogue having so much sweet characteristics, and even though most Bocks go well with meat, this beer pairs well with Polish Pastries, which might explain the sweetness. This is by far one of the best Polish beers I have, up there with Zywiec, Warka Strong, Tyskie, and Okocim.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a fairly bright mostly clear ruby with a 1 finger off white head. Average visible carbonation in the body. Head is gone in a minute or two leaving just a thin covering, no real lacing.

S: Very rich dark fruits and roasted malt. Has a good fermented aroma to it. Somewhat sweet aroma that reminds me of the pre-fab wort from those Mr. Beer kits.

T: Balanced taste of dark fruits, roasted malts and overall great bock flavors. Hints of a leathery, carmel, tobacco too. Alcohol is well hidden

M: Light to medium body with mild carbonation. A tad sticky from the sweetness but doesn't detract from the palette.

Overall a real tasty bock, one of the best single bocks I have had. Would recommend to anyone into malt forward brews.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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 Mar02x
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer from a Polish college. Thanks man for sharing.

A - A beautiful clear brown fluid with an off white head that quickly retracts.

S - A good smell of old, yeasted malt syrup.

T - A little sweet start and directly after that a dry pallet and a dry finish. I am not a fan thats for sure.

M - There is something in the aftertaste that I don't like and that I cannot place. it's like the hop bitterness is over dated. It tastes like a copper coin.

O - There are better bock beers out there. Leave it on the shelf.

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Photo of squezey
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of sfprint
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Exp 9/16/2012

A: Mild rising carbonation, root beer color (perhaps a hair red-er) with a two finger root beer head. Transparent.
S: Dark roasted malt, maple syrup, with the sweetness of maple syrup. Fearing the taste will be too sweet.
T: Indeed an amber. Unlike other European beers I've had, resembles some American Ambers with a more roasted flavor. Suitable sweetness. Sweet colaness on the tail.
M: Low carbonation, slight dryness
O: Pretty decent.

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Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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 KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an interesting 500ml bottle. Painted on labelling.

Dark reddish brown color, good foam that dissapated quickly.

Smells bready, along with a sweet caramel, malt.

Tasty and more drinkable than I expected for a bock. The Malt and caramel from the smell continued to come through in the taste and held in the mouth.

Drinkable, yes, though given other choices, I'd keep moving along.

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Photo of Kashyyyk
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 enelson
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kozlak Bock has a fairly thick, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, somewhat bubbly, rust-orange appearance, and some splotchy lacing rings left behind. The aroma is of sweet, bready malt, and the flavor is of sweet, syrupy malt, a touch of tannin, mild hop rounding bitterness, and brown bread crust. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Kozlak Bock finishes refreshing, not the least bit boozy, and highly drinkable.

RJT

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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 mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, code on the back label appears to read P01/1. My first beer from Browar Amber; acquired this oddity at the local Binny's. 'Bock Beer' Product of Poland, 6.30% abv listed on the label.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A deep mahogany / crimson body, one finger of tan off-white head. No real lacing to speak of. Adequate carbonation. Looks decent per the style.

S - A pleasant and complex aroma that stays true to the style: notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown bread, bread crust, earthy yeast. Slight musty.

T - Taste follows the nose: traditional & complex flavors. Caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown bread, bread crust, lager yeast, mild spicy / earthy hop note.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, & creamy. Semi-dry / bready finish. Very easy-drinking stuff.

Overall, i thought it was rather delicious stuff, especially at $1.59 a bottle. I look forward to trying more from this brewery. Recommended.

Browar Amber Kozlak -----4/5.

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Photo of kurgan3
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ommegoose
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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 BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of qazelisc
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is an amber/reddish brown, cloudy, head dissipates quickly.

Caramel and bread in the nose, fruity.

Tastes like a bock for sure, caramel malts, bready, and has plum/raisin dark fruits flavor going on with and a tart aftertaste. The alcohol is present but not too much.

Full bodied and low to medium carbonation and little sticky.

Not a bad bock. Second time I've had it, but probably won't pick it up again.

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Photo of lehows
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Raebies
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up for a measy $4 dollars at the local polish deli, then saw it at the bottle shop for $6, which is still relatively cheap.

Amazing tropical smell... pear juice blended with dates and apple juice. Very sweet flavour, chocolate apple juice with raisins. I wasn't expecting much from this beer at 4 bucks a bottle, what a nice surprise.

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Photo of fropones
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Pours a nice amber red with a nice big khaki head with good retention.

S - Sickeningly sweet. Sort of like a malt liquor. Maple syrup, molasses, a bit of malt. If the taste follows this will be a drainpour.

T - Cloying sweetness right up front with brown sugar and molasses. Alcohol not really hidden, even only at 6.5%. No hops detectable. Mild aftertaste is probably one of the best things about this.

M - Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel

D - The disgusting smell and cloying sweetness make this one pretty undrinkable. I'm about a quarter of the way through and probably will drain pour it before it is half finished. Thankfully I only paid 75 cents for this.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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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