Zywiec Bock | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec BockZywiec Bock

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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 58
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 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 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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Zywiec Bock has a thick, cream-colored head, an essentially clear, copper appearance, lots of bubble streams, and a lacing sheen left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy bread crust and malt, and the flavor is of that, with mild hop bitterness. Think of Roman Meal brand bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Zywiec Bock finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.


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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(best before 10.30.2015 - poured into a 33cl Stella glass)

L: absolutely crystal-clear, tawny liquid with a bright glow... nice spongy pad of light-peach hued foam - doesn't immediately recede into nothing as one may expect here - it does leave a thin collar and light dusting of suds atop

S: very much the toasty crust of whole wheat bread, with a mild underlying candy sweetness... not getting any hop, but maybe a bit of dry grass... maybe a touch of toe cheese

T: industrial Euro bock... not much in the way of idiosyncratic character here... dark caramel and some roasted nut at its base, grass and bread crust in the finish... hint of phenolic spice (leaning toward cinnamon?) lingering long in the aftertaste... overall, comes off like a conservatively-spiced ginger snap, dry, with some dull, husky bitterness at the back end

F: somewhat light on the palate though sporting a bit of meat on its bones... nearly bone dry finish... curious smidge of warmth in the back of the palate... the carbonation isn't all that present up front, but coming back out is another story... overall, precision-polished and fantastically easy to knock back

O: about what one should expect from a larger brewery that specializes in the light lager, but pretty good at $1.99 for a 500ml bottle... I'd pick up another bottle or two next time I'm in that particular store again...

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish amber, long lasting head, a halo of sticky lace around the glass.
Rapid rising carbonation, good surface coverage.

Caramelized sugars in the aroma, toasty nutty malt. Taste is much the same, a light sweetness, husky grains, toasty nutty malt. Dry aftertaste with a very light bitterness. Pleasant and drinkable, not overly sweet, but not especially memorable either.

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Photo of CraftDanny
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from a can to a pint glass, makes plenty foam and it's quite thick with tones in brown, the color is good, brown with orange reflects. As you smell it, biscuit and caramel aromas come in, the taste is really sweet with a touch of alcohol, it is very light on the tongue, like water... A salty spicy flavour on the mouthfeel, I will repeat, delicates tastes for a beer of this kind.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark orange with a very light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy ivory foam with relatively poor retention. Love the color, though.

Smell: quite sweet and richly malty with a nice fruity character. A good example of the style.

Taste: much like the aroma. It's sweet, though not overly so for a bock, and there's a nice fruitiness; apple character is really to the forefront. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and mild creaminess. The rich texture is nice, though.

Overall: this is a decent bock. I'd definitely have this again.

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

Good appearance. Ruby amber colour with lively carbonation and good lacing. Smells sweet and malty. Hints of toffee. Taste is malty but less sweet than the smell. Well balanced with bitterness and treacle like aftertaste. Warming alcohol Is present.. This is a satisfying chewy beer with plenty of flavour. Rather enjoyable if not terribly spectacular. Good with food and a step up from Zywiec's pale lager in taste. A good introduction to the bock style for me

My mark out of one hundred would be 79.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

500mL can, date stamped on bottom 05/11/2014
L - effervescent deep amber body, creamy persistent light beige head
S - sweet aroma of fruit, caramel, toffee, spicy hops
T - sweet but spicy, notes of caramel, fruit, toffee, bread, yeast, earthy hops, slightly metallic
F - medium bodied, higher carbonation makes it feel fuller, finishes clean, very smooth
O - nice easy drinking bock; I'd buy this again

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is a golen-reddish medium amber with a nice foam-up on pouring into the tulip. Light body like a typical lager but with a silky finish and fine-grained carbonation. Really a decent brew for mouthfeel.

Malty and a little sweet honey tasting. Warm caramel flavor goes on and on. It merges into the dark scratchiness that passes for hops, but it provides a little edge to the sweetness.

This would probably not win any awards but it's surprisingly easy to drink, even savor, and the price is a fraction of the domestic craft versions. From the 16 oz can purchased at the Bellingham Food Co-op.

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Photo of Huffs
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a nice tan head, which did not last or lace much. Was clear in appearance with a very nice ruby color. Aroma was very mild with slight caramel, malt notes. Taste was of a mild malt with good caramel / toffee notes, really liked the taste of this bock. Mouthfeel was mild, like a lager, with a nice light caramel back on the aftertaste.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Best by 2014-01-25
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Zwyiec's Bock is an excellent example of the style, perhaps only bested (for me) by Schell's version. Extremely tasty in its representation of caramel-laced bread or cereal wiht a light continental hop flourish, this beer makes a perfect spring through winter sipper, even being appropriate on a cool summer evening like this. One I plan to revisit with frequency; at $5.50 per 4 pack, that won't be difficult.

Pours a generous 1.5cm head of beige to light tan foam, with above average retention of about two minutes, fading to a thin ring around the glass with a few small islands of foam resting atop the body of beer. Lacing is good, with thin patterns clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer is a transparent amber red color, with light bringing out orange-red amber hues. Carbonation is visible, somewhat slowly, but steadily, rising through the center of the glass.

Aroma is of substantial Munich and caramel malts, slightly bread-like and acrid, with very mild herbal hop presence (is that Perle?).

The taste is, overall, consistent and delicious, though perhaps a bit centered on too few flavors. Yet, the style suggests focus on the malt, and this beer delivers with caramel and cereal-heavy ones, with a light addition of hops to balance and add complexity. Front of palate is caramel malt forward, rich and heavy, with cereal-like Munich malts making up the background flavor. Mid-palate of heavy caramel and Munich malts, like caramel Grape Nuts or whole grain bread, with light astringency, herbal characters, and bitterness from hops. Back of palate finds herbal characters and bitterness that are enhanced, with the malts taking a secondary position, yet the caramel-breadiness is still readily discernible. Aftertaste is delicious, caramel malt sweetened cereal with a touch of herbal and bitter continental hops.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a gently foaming, smooth and well-flowing mouthfeel. Closes quite dry with substantial stickiness lingering on the palate.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a large head that descends pretty quickly to a wispy cover. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is very malty. Caramel/toffee with a touch of honey.

The taste is also malty. Caramel/toffee, some hazelnut with touch of honey. A touch of alcohol is present. It is sweet, with a bit of earthy dryness balancing the malty sweetness in the finish.

It is on the heavier side of medium-bodied. It is very smooth.

This is a nice, malty drink. If you like a brew with complex, but smooth, malty character I do recommend this one. A nice example of the style.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saw this in the Polish section of my local market. $5.99 a 4 pack of 500ml cans.

Nice clear ruby brown on the pour with a massive tan head. Head drops leaving plenty of splotchy lace.

VERY lacking (to me) in the smell department. I really couldn't pick up anything here..It IS allergy season though I'm not having symptoms at this time.

Taste is also really quite simple..a bit of initial sweetness followed by a clean finish..Nothing offensive by any means but my taste buds were a bit bored.

Fairly thin mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Regardless of my taste/smell impressions, I do find this to be a very pleasant, easy drinking session beer. Would be great to bring to gatherings so as to not have to slum it with whatever everyone else brings. Cheers!

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Zywiec Bock from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
3.76 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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