Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
"'Bock beer', released in celebration of the coming of spring, is an ancient and mysterious part of the brewing tradition. Over time, the term 'bock' has come to mean a beer darker and heartier than the brewery's 'regular' brew. We hope you will find Anchor Bock to be a rich and flavorful addition to our other offerings." Brewed in the style of a German Bock beer. Available as a spring seasonal in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on draft. The 2014 release is reportedly the grand finale release of this beer.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.
Anchor Bock pours a frothy crisp head of a cocoa-white tone over a very deep brown body with maple highlights and high clarity. Carbonation is plentiful and lively, retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. The aroma is chock full of nutty, biscuity, slightly chocolatey malt, hops are slightly spicy and herbal with a mild perceived bitterness. The flavor is much the same, with a slick, biscuity german and grainy caramel malt body and some citrus peel notes, a pinch of spicy hops. Texture is slick and faintly creamy, lightly grainy, mildly dry with a sharp, bold carbonation that makes for a crisp mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style and medium overall. The alcohol presence is mild, with some slight malt graininess that is common with the style. Overall Anchor Bock Beer falls right in the middle for me. I don't usually have Bock beers that tend to be this forward on the hop profile, but its a welcome variation. The flavors are enjoyable and the mouthfeel a bit buzzy. Anchor Bock Beer's imminent retirement is not so much a testament to the success or failure of the beer itself but rather the ever changing demands of the craft beer drinker, often opting for maltier, hoppier and more unique flavor to their beer. Anchor Bock is one of the more flavorful Bock beers I have had and does a better job then most when dealing with traditional German styles of putting an American twist on things. Reasonably priced, I see this being a great fall beer.
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Anchor Bock Beer
08-18-2014 01:07:55 | More by Jadjunk
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle actually is about a year old, accidental cellaring, but seems okay from the pour.
A rich cola brown color on the pour with dense tightly packed beige head of 1.5 cm foams up. The head recedes fairly quickly to an edge layer and one wispy strand across the surface of the glass.
Aroma is sweet caramel malt and some brown sugar. I get just a bit of herbal hop note, but that is faint and buried, this is a malt forward beer. The nose is not robust bur is appealing and seems good for the style.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with very fine and tingly carbonation. Slightly sticky texture leaves a light coating on my palate after each sip.
Flavor is sweet malt with some toffee and brown sugar and just a little bit of molasses. No hops or booze here and the beer drinks very easy.
This is a tasty brew from a good brewery. Im surprised I havent reviewed it yet as I have had it often when the season comes around.
Worthy as a spring beer and good anytime as far as I can say.
07-14-2014 01:48:48 | More by sulldaddy
United Kingdom (England)
3.79/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Black, red tinted with medium head which stays throughout. Bubbles not visible. Leaves sticky lacing.
S - Sweet malts, caramel, icing sugar, liquorice
T - Big malt kick followed by bitter caramel, burnt sugar and finishes with a bitter liquorice and pine kick
M - very smooth, not much carbonation but I think it is intentional. Heavy but very enjoyable
06-12-2014 17:50:00 | More by Sam-VW
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.