Browar Amber

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German Bock
Ranked #106
Ranked #40,890
3.59 | pDev: 14.21%
Browar Amber
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 98
Photo of Mar02x
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
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 Evil_Pidde
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours warm amber with a thick off-white, rather tall head that slowly sinks into nice lacings.

S: Sweet, light roasted malt, molasses and dark dried fruit. Bready.

T: Rich sweetness to the dark malt, the roast is slightly heavier than in the smell. Lots of dark dried fruits. Some molasses. Dark ryebread. Faint chocolate gives it an extra dimension.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is very sweet, almost too sweet.

O: A surprisingly nice Bock, from Poland. Usually Bocks are only this nice if they come from Germany.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in Bialystok upon recommendation from a bartender for something dark. From notes.

A - Poured a ruby/amber colour with a solid two finger eggshell head. No visible carbonation. Bright. Decent lacing and good retention.

S - Quite mild. Some sweet malt and a little fruitiness.

T - Mild again but a little bit more depth. Sweet malt and fruits with some toffee and red apple.

M - Medium body and mild carbonation.

O/D - I could have about two before it got old. A good beer and much better than expected. Easy to drink and tasty just not much depth but a good sesher.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a dense 3/4" tan head. Smell is very potent and really jumped out at me. It smells strongly of raisins and maple syrup. The taste seemed pretty complex to me, at different moments I got flavors of raisin, caramel and barley. Toward the end of the sip there is an odd bitterness that I cannot describe, but it didn't really sit well with me. The thickness of this beer is close to doppel territory, carbonation in this beer is pretty light. Overall, this beer was fun and different, but didn't really impress me that much. I am still in search of a Bock I can really call my favorite.

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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 harrymel
2.32/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From notes verbatim on 10/26/10

A: Light yellow cream foam dissipates leaving a dim amber ale.

S: Touch of copper on the nose. Otherwise a sweet, bready aroma.

T: Sweet and metallic.

M: Nice feel and goes over easy with lighter carbonation. Medium body.

D: Too metallic. It's like they brew in a copper stave.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours dark amber, lots of head that fades quickly. Looks thick, carbonation is slow. Smell is overripe dark fruit, overly sweet smelling, maybe a little nuttiness.

Taste is sweet and sour, better than the smell. Still too sweet. Plums come to mind, as do dates.

Mouthfeel is confusingly thin, slightly dry. Too one-sided on the sweetness for me to really think it's all that drinkable.

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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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Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a reddish brown with a nice foamy off-white head that holds for a bit.

The smell is super caramelly and bready, there is a subtle kiss of hops.

The flavor is similar. There is a bit more roasted character, and also some nuttiness to go along with the caramel and bread.

Not a bad beer, super drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle.

A - Very dark, pale brown colour. Minimal dark head on top.

S - Wheat and caramel. Slightly sugary scent with a touch of dark berries (cherry mainly) and wood and nuts. All in all a pretty classic line up of wheaty aromas.

T - Dark but surprisingly smooth and with a slightly burnt flavour. Immediate sense of cherry (mixed with chocolate) as eluded to above. Tastes a bit like a turkish delight (the chocolate covered one - not the real thing)! Unusual but not unpleasant.

M - Smooth and malty but not much happening.

D - Slightly bitter-sweet owing to the mix of burnt flavours and the sweeter fruity stuff. This definitely has some characteristics of a bock but for me the taste is somewhere between those typical darker flavours of that style and those of a bière de garde. Nice change either way and interesting to drink.

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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 mnrider
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1PT. .9oz Brown Bottle. interesting bottle design.

A: Pours a dark amber with a smallish off white head, which quickly turns to nothing. Small carbonation is seen.

S: Wow!. Very sweet and very malty. I think a little too sweet however.

T/M: Smooth and sweet with a sticky syrupy feel. After taste is also sweet. Bread and other heartiness is prominent. malts are big with a little fruit note. Needs more carbonation as it is a little flat.

D: Interesting beer. Nothing to special to me. Probably my last offering of this brew.


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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 Huhzubendah
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled shared by hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

A: dark amber with a small head that fades very quickly, leaving no lace.

S: sweet malt, plums, alcohol. Smells like a bock.

T: Decent taste, with some nice notes of plums, figs, raisins. Good malt character. It's rather sweet. The body is pretty thin.

M: The feel is a little odd. It seems under-carbonated. The sweetness grows as I work my way through the glass.

D: An ok beer, but only in small quantities.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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 qazelisc
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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 fropones
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
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 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 dgilks
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep amber with lots of ruby highlights. Reasonably large, persistent light tan head.

Strong malt aroma with lots of bready melanoidins. Fairly clean with some light fruity esters.

Really rich malt flavours. Nots as toasty as it could be but lots of caramelly, bready notes. Not a lot of bitterness but there is some. Well attenuated and clean. Very good and a decent example of the style.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. This is very smooth.

A really drinkable bock with great favour and very nice mouthfeel.

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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 OtisinAZ
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pored a dark orange body with a nice tiny bubble head that dissipated rather quickly.

Sell made me immediately think,"Bock" as it is the style. Caramel and malt are up front, no hop aroma.

Caramel and sweet bread are the taste I pick op.

Weak carbonation but a nice chewy feel to it.

An average beer but very drinkable.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear brown with a medium size creamy egg-shell head that hangs out for a little while, and some lacing.

smell is of molasses, a touch of cocoa, and sweet toffee.

taste is of wheat, brown sugar, roasted malt, some caramel, ends on the dry side.

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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 KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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 atis
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Warsaw

Pours dark amber with large brownish orange head that for some time remains in half finger thickness. Very limited downsliding lacing.

Aroma is a bit spicy roasted caramel and hints of rye bread. Taste is mostly roasted malt with some very mild hops and sweetish and pleasant aftertaste, again I had associations with rye bread although there is no rye. Also some dark dried fruit. Almost no alcohol could be felt, maybe towards the end of the glass. Some slightly warming and light bittery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is more on the light side and the beer is surprisingly drinkable. Overall, I am very satisfied with this one, it feels more flavourful and refreshing than some German Bocks I have tried recently.

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