Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.18/5 rDev -13.1%
Presentation: Attractive, stubby 12oz brown pop top; nice goat-themed label. Code says ‘3JJ’…I think this means that it was bottled on January 10th, 2013. That being the case, this is reasonably fresh. Into my grandfather’s heavy-bottomed clipper-ship mug.
Appearance: Surprisingly dark, nearly black, with only a bit of dark brown highlights around the edges. Looks more like a porter than a bock, honestly. Nice, fluffy medium-tan cap with good retention.
Aroma: Simple and fairly clean malt background with maybe a hint of chocolate malt and pleasant, if somewhat surprising, herbal/lightly fruity hop aroma. Not quite an ‘English’ aroma, nor particularly ‘American’, nor quite Noble-type…I’m assuming these are the Glacier hops coming through here, and the character’s nice. This is a fairly clean nose, but not QUITE as clean/crisp as some lagers; I wonder if this uses the traditional Anchor Steam-style yeast?
Taste: This is fairly enjoyable; it has a clean malt profile, a clean, if firm hop bitterness, and a nice, fruity and herbal hop character. That being said, it’s not a bock in my opinion. Dark, almost vinous fruity notes, with a ghost of dry roasty grain on the finish. For me, a good traditional bock is all about massive toasted and/or bready flavors, supported by a touch of caramel and sticky dark fruit. None of that is present here. Also, while Maibocks may be a bit hoppier, darker bocks are usually quite malt-forward, and that isn’t really the case here either. Not bad beer per se, but certainly not to style.
Mouthfeel: Just a bit too light and perhaps a touch too carbonated.
Overall: At around $9-10 a sixer, this isn’t a bad beer, but not one I’d likely pick up again. To be honest, I’m kind of glad I only bought one bottle in a mix-a-six. Anchor is kind of hit-or-miss for me; Liberty Ale is quite tasty, some of their others are solid, but this one just doesn’t quite do it for me. The search for an honest-to-goodness traditional German-style bock in the US continues, sadly…
75 = C
03-31-2013 00:36:32 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
On tap at Cole's tonight,came to the table a deep ruddy brown with a thinner but tight almond colored head.Roasted aromas like that of roasted nuts and caramel malt,flavors are on the drier side quite earthy and roasted the healthy dose of hops provide a drier earthy almost spicey feel to the beer an underlying molasses-like sweetness comes thru but the dry earthy tones prevail.A different sort of bock in my mind one with an American hopped up twist with its drier earthy character but quite nice.
02-25-2007 02:43:56 | More by oberon
3.08/5 rDev -15.8%
This beer is the color of gumbo roux (in the jar) and has no real head. It has a great nose of figs, prunes, plumbs, and pound cake. The taste is thin and cidery, with a little roastiness and a nice herbal hop bitter in the backend. Medwiehgt mouthfeel fluffs up with crabonation.
04-09-2007 21:21:34 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours dark brown with a puffy light brown head rising about a 1/4" with a gentle pour. Good lacing. Looking at the color on this after the pour, it could be easy to mistake it for a porter or a stout - it's quite dark.
S: Nothing particularly strong on the nose. With some mild agitation, smells of malt with hints of vanilla come out just a bit.
T: A rather malty taste engulfs the palate as one might expect with a bock, but not in an overly sweet manor. In fact, for a bock style this one struck me as a bit dry. There is the slightest hint of hops just at swallow but only to the point of balance. At no point did this brew strike me as 'bitter'. The finish is rather clean and quick, with a brief hint of an earthiness that seems to go well with the recipe. Overall the taste is quite good.
M&D: Full bodied and full flavored, this has good mouthfeel about it. The carbonation is light but persistent and is very pleasant within the brew. I enjoyed this quite a bit and look forward to it as a regular season brew. Good stuff.
03-22-2008 23:26:45 | More by SIRIUS2
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
The Anchor Bock pours from the 22oz bottle a deep chestnut brown with a nice half inch of foamy khaki head atop the brew. When held up to the light the deep blood red streaks shine through. Aromas of deep roasted dark & chocolate malts with a strong dark fruit aroma. Black cherries mix with raisins, molasses and a touch of caramel. A tad bit burnt with hops chilling in the background. Nice!
First sip brings a nice, slightly sweet roasted malt upfront Notes of chocolate, dark fruits and burnt toast emerge. There's some raisins and molasses in the middle. Toasted toffee finish with only a touch of hops and a dry grain husk aftertaste. Malty madness all the way that's really quite tasty.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a slight creaminess and good carbonation. Fills the mouth nicely and satisfies the beer craving without incident. This is a bock I'd look for more often if it was available. Hopefully Anchor will put this out again with wider distribution. Another feather in the cap of one of the original microbrewers! Thanks to irishsnake for the opportunity!
02-09-2006 03:42:56 | More by orbitalr0x
3.55/5 rDev -3%
Nice, dark beer in the glass, red highlights when held to the light. One inch light brown head that reduced to a thin layer leaving a sheet of lacing behind. Quite nice.
Aroma is more or less neutral to me. Some malt and some touches of caramel and very subtle touches of dark crystal derived fruit nuances.
Nice malty-bodied beer, a little biscuity towards the end. A little caramel and dark crystal hints and a definate bit of roastiness after the swallow.
Nice medium-full bodied beer, finishes a little weird with possibly a touch of astringency which is a little offputting.
Overall, this is a decent brew. The mouthfeel finish is a bit off for me, but otherwise its nice and malty, good flavor profile.
03-05-2008 23:21:53 | More by blitz134
3.41/5 rDev -6.8%
This beer was poured into a pint glass. It was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.
It had a dark fruit aroma, with some molasses.
More molasses and toffee in the taste. Prunes and raisins.
Very malt forward, to the point of being unpleasant.
I think I'll see if I can talk my wife into drinking the last two of the six pack.
12-26-2013 21:00:05 | More by lordofthewiens
2.9/5 rDev -20.8%
12oz brown bottle freshness code on the back label.
Decent head, a bit fizzy with only a ring of lace left on top. A pretty dark brew, a lot dark than expected though the shades of dark chestnut color let some light through. Hop resin, light burnt sugar, dark syrup, orangey hops at that ... at first smell I did a double take on the bottle that thought I had cracked open one of the Christmas ales. Big smoothness in a medium body ... little slick as well. Sweetness comes off like a hint of dark corn syrup with a mix of cocoa powder and lightly roasted coffee. Hops jump on with a thick bitterness and flavor combo that muddles the palate. Finishes with a watery orange hop tone and lingering burnt matter.
Not sure where this is brew is going, while there is a lot of flavor here nothing really fits together IMO. As far as being a Bock, perhaps on a distant circle of the style ... sort of like the outer ring on a dart board where no points are given but at least it stuck somewhere and did not fall to the floor.
03-05-2011 02:20:05 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
A: I love how this beer look. A solid brown, yet still clear from lagering. There is a gorgeous off-white, creamy head that sticks around for a long time lacing down the entire glass
S: Melanoidin rich with biscuit and toasty notes. this one is all malt as there is no hop aroma at all
T: tastes more complex than it smells. I get great flavors of toast and burnt biscuit (however the burnt is very subdued, by no means is there roasted character). There is also the very subtle hint of caramel in the background. No hop flavor and just enough bitterness to support the malt. Well Done!
M: medium body with a smooth and sweet finish. there are some residual sugars present but this beer is definitely not cloying.
D: The sweetness causes me to think I couldn't sit down and drink six of these but it is worth grabbing another. Not a session beer but still very drinkable.
08-14-2009 22:42:53 | More by LyonsHead
4.08/5 rDev +11.5%
Appearance: deep brownish red, head is a frothy tan cream and about a half inch.
Smell: chocolate muffin and some toffee, mild yet very welcoming.
Taste: toasted malt flavors, a mild sweetness of toffee, some grainy brown bready quality, lots of good roasty malt flavor while remaining mild and soft and lagery, reminds me of a chocolate muffin thats not overly chocolatey. Some balancing bitterness on the back end, some Barqs root beer flavor, and a bit of fermented twang from the wheat malt.
Mouthfeel: smooth and soft, finish is mildly dry and leaves me wanting another mouthfull.
Drinkability/Notes: A great Bock. Lots of malt yet mild. Super drinkabilty for sure, i would love to drink these with friends all night long on a cool spring evening. Exactly what i would expect from Anchor Brewing- awesome beer.
09-22-2009 07:52:53 | More by Byeast
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
Purchased at Stateline. Pours with a thick head & nice lacing. Very malty and roasted in smell. Tastes like it smells. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is very drinkable. A solid representation of the style. I am surprised I have not tried this before.
02-17-2008 21:19:58 | More by SkinnyElvis
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.
Appearance: Dark brown with foamy cream-colored head and lots of lacing.
Smell: Cherry, caramel, bread, some metal and spicy hops.
Taste: Caramel, cocoa, bread, and fruity malts with a nice juxtaposition of spicy and metallic hop bitterness.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, clean lager finish that is somewhat dry.
Drinkability: Very nice Bock overall, with a rich malt flavor and nice hop bite. Another winner from Anchor.
01-27-2010 23:01:32 | More by bsp77
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Heavy aroma of molasses, toasty malt, and bread. More molasses in the taste, but accompanied by cocoa and nuttiness. The hops give it a nice balance without ruining the character of the beer. Very rich and heavy mouthfeel. Nice.
12-04-2008 21:26:33 | More by magictrokini
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours nearly black but still just light enough to be brown. Nice tan creamy head. No lacing.
Nose is caramel and brown sugar. I taste caramel, red berries and a hint of red licorice in the finish. Good stuff.
Mouth is lightly carbonated and thick. A good solid bock indeed. Anchor is the shizzel.
04-08-2009 01:24:02 | More by craftaddict
3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
Smells of deeply-toasted chocolate malts, as well as dark chocolate and caramelized sugars, and hints of hops streaming in from the edges.
On the tongue, the first tastes are of grapefruit hops, seeping in lightly under the door. But then the portal opens, and darker flavors pour in, bringing light chocolate malts, caramelized brown sugars, darker fruit esters, and caramels. The sugars last well into the mouthful, fading only at the end to reveal even more of the chocolate malts, which in turn fade to the lingering presence of hops. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, being roughly as viscous as skim milk.
Overall, I find this a decent brew, with lively light flavors. However, it's the "light" part of that sentence that gives me the most pause. While the flavors are well-balanced and delicious, they are also weak in staying power, and in fact seem to fade quickly as the beer is consumed and the tongue gets used to the taste. I would have preferred a slightly more potent bock, but do still give this one credit for its good taste.
08-08-2011 22:00:45 | More by jondeelee
3.86/5 rDev +5.5%
Dark ruby red with a brown tint colored. An quarter inch thick layer of khaki colored foam caps off the top. Brussels lacing. The smell of a bit of amber malt is faint. The mouth is creamy and very smooth,but a bit thin for my taste. I get some amber malt on the front of the palate and then some pine like hop bitterness and the sweetness of the malt on the fade.
03-09-2014 04:21:50 | More by Franziskaner
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
served out of 12 0z bottle into a pint glass. pours pretty much black with a small tan head that faded almost instantly(maybe because of the pour) to a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass. when held up to the light it appears to be a dark ruby brown color. a little bit of lacing. in the nose their are aromas of molasses, chocolate, some roasted malts, and a hint of some raisins or dates, dried fruit. the mouthfeel of this beer is just right, medium bodied, with some light carbonation, pair that with the ABV and you got an extremely drinkiable beer. in the taste their is a little bit of molasses, a little bit of chocolate making it a little sweet, but balanced very nicely by a subtle hop bitterness. i havent had too many bocks in my time, but this has got to be one of my favorite bock beers. definately worth a try.
02-17-2009 00:11:14 | More by dogfishandi
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish ruby red with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five fingers of beige head that almost overflows. Good retention and lots of lace on the glass.
Smell: Sweet moderately roasted malts with a good amount of caramel and toffee. Wheat grains and subtle hints of chocolate, nuts, and dark fruits. Also some brown sugar and a light hint of earthy hops. A fairly sweet and malt forward smelling beer.
Taste: Sweet roasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Somewhat grainy with a light kick of sugar. Midway comes some hints of nuts and dried dark fruit. Finishes with a light hint of earthy hops. Malt forward. Moderately roasty and sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat sticky. Finishes somewhat dry.
Overall: A pretty solid take on a bock. Unique, well balanced, and tasty.
03-13-2012 06:35:45 | More by MattyG85
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
Had a powerful craving for a bock beer which is unfortunate because there isn't a lot to choose from outside of early spring. Not unlike a brown ale, this is a little higher in alcohol and easier to drink than many of the brown ales out today. Nicely carbonated with hints of brown sugar and a nice balance of sweet malts, a bready slightly bitter finish. This is the type of beer I imagine they would drink in Buffalo around the turn of the century. The type of thing you can have instead of lunch and then go back to working on the canal. Genessee makes a great bock that I wish was available all year round - but this will do at least until the Octoberfests come out and I can get my malt fix.
03-24-2011 00:41:49 | More by alexkeil
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