Zywiec Bock | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Zywiec BockZywiec Bock
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Zywiec BockZywiec Bock

Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BrewMaven on 05-19-2013

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sappyjoker
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Campodog
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Commandophile
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HabaJohn
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tomb_ride
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up recently, but best before 10/30/15, wish I looked at that before buying.

Pours a decent fizzy slight fluffy, decent lacing, crystal clear chestnut auburn color.

Nose typical macro like bock, some biscuity candy wheat, caramel, creamy wheat, toffee and nutty notes, but also yeasty and soft metallic note, mild fruity esters, candied fig and raisin, touch paper oxidation.

Taste brings the same, dried candied fruits out front, fig date flavours, fruity esters, into syrup notes, candy sweet toffee and caramelized wheat, touch biscuity, and bit nutty. Faint paper oxidation, touch of grassy hop bitterness. Finish sticky syrupy, lingering candy syrup toffee caramel and candied fruit.

Mouth is med bod, bit syrupy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, wasn't expecting a whole lot, but it was fairly decent, a hint of oxidation, bit too syrupy, otherwise pretty good.

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Photo of beergoot
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 05.07.2016

Dark amber body; thick, foamy off-white head. Deep malt and caramel aroma infused with a nice boozy edge. The flavor delivers a heavy caramel and toffee sweetness; brown sugar; roasted nuts; a touch of bitterness at the finish. Heavy body; smooth and velvety; mildly sweet and bitter finish.

This is an incredibly deep and complex that comes across more like a quality doppelbock more than anything else. There is amazing balance across the taste spectrum and is rich and chewy on the palate. A must try for lovers of bocks and doppelbocks.

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Photo of stevoj
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light brown beer with very thin beige head. Aroma and taste are all malt, hints of wood and peat. Right in the lane for a dunkler bock, but not exceptional.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Clear ruby/copper with a finger thick offwhite head which receded quickly to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt

t: Toffee malt and some ripe fruit notes with a medium and sweet to dry finish.

m: Medium, good body and plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A tasty and enjoyable brew, if perhaps leaning more towards an English bitter than the German bock style. A fine autumn to spring warmer.

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Photo of Juice-O
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ultrasrs
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chaz
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant chestnut brown ("cola") in color, topped with a darker offwhite/pale tan head.

Nose is very clean and lightly-malty, with just a hint of alcohol and some lighter roasted malt (darker malt) grain character. Seems like it may be just a little bit sweet -- oxidation?

Sweet, rich malt character on the first sip and (yep) a touch of oxidation.* Nary a trace of bitterness as this one coasts the palate and has me immediately wishing there was a bit more malt depth, a bit more booze... is it doppelbock season, yet?

Good mouthfeel, but not great. Sweet, moderate carbonation, easy-drinking... but with little malt depth and no ho character to speak of. This one puts a fine point on the notion of what it means to say: "average for the style".

And while it's only average for the style, it's a style that I like. So I wouldn't mind seeing this one around more often (and fresh), but I'm thankful to be spoiled enough to have at least a couple of seasonal bock brands available to me.

*"Best before 10/30/2015", and this one is just a bit past that. Ordinarily that wouldn't bother me in a stronger, malt-focused beer style. Here it's just proving the point that it's important to read those codes when ya can! :)

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Photo of olduo2
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of c014572
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500c bottle. Pours a nice dark brown brew, 1/2 inch head. Has a great aroma, hard to describe, but definitely bock. Great body with just the right balance of hop as to a very noticable malty sweet finish. A nice bock, not as good as ayanger, but very drinkable for those who like the style. Definitely worth the money. I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of LuskusDelph
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

PouredAppearance - deep copper>ruby color, light tan head
Smell - Caramel, toffee, rich malt
Taste -Lusciously malty, with a nice (not overdone) roastiness
Mouthfeel - medium bodied, fairly high carbonation but remedied by a more turbulent pour
Overall -A top notch bock beer at a very good price
Price - $1.85/16.9 oz bottle

This is a beautifully balanced bock...great malt character with exactly the right amount of residual sweetness and just the right amount of hops to round things out.
This is _miles_etter than any American made example of the style I've had in recent years, and is very much on par with the best of the German ones.
At this low price, it's a great bargain.
It's even great to cook with (I braised some rib-end pork chops in this after searing them, and the result was nothing short of phenomenal).

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, cherries. Taste is malts, bready, again some cherries, a slight medicinal flavor at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clean and sweet malty treat. Taste is caramel, sweet chocolate, and light tree bark. Not the most complex of brews, but certainly one to sit with and get again. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Clear copper/ruby color with beige head

Smell - cherry, caramel, toffee

Taste - malty goodness with caramel, cherry, roasted mixed nuts, brown bread

mouthfeel - medium bodied, higher level of carbonation, malty sweetness upfront, some hop bitterness on the back end

Overall - decent, enjoyable bock beer at a bargain price

Price Point - $1.79/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the really cool things about a visit to Chicago is the opportunity to visit one of the area Binny's to scour around for additions to The CANQuest (tm). I prefer their South Loop location, especially given its proximity to Union Station, plus it holds a tap room. They also have a dizzying selection of 500 ml European CANs in shrink-wrapped 4-packs and this came out of one of them.

From the CAN: "Archduchal Brewery in Zywiec A.D. 1856"; "Original Recipe From the Zywiec School of Brewing"; "Dark Beer Rich Malty"; "Zywiec Bock, brewed in the early years of existence of the Archduke's Brewery in Zywiec, is back in limited edition. The rich, malty flavor and artistry of Zywiec brewers have made Zywiec Bock become a milestone in the development of Zywiec Brewing School."

I needed to get started as I have plans to go out later this evening so I Crack!ed it open and CANmenced an inverted Glug. This resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was definitely sweet! I was put in mind of maple syrup, frankly. Phew! Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness. The taste was a sugary malt bomb. Holy cow! I CAN't believe that it is only 6.5 % ABV. Man, this was sugary, sweet and a bit much for this guy. I found myself hoping that as it warmed, I might get more out of it, but to no avail. In fact, the sweetness seemed to increase and I found myself writhing around on the floor, going into diabetic shock/coma. I think that it is time to return to the triage of APA/AIPA/DIPA hoppy beers. Finish had a caramel-like sweetness that was pleasant, but I was literally shaking from the inherent sugar in this one.

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Zywiec Bock from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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