Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +34.7%
Poured into a wide-mouth tapered pint glass. Large fluffy/foamy head of three fingers that leaves a nice creamy lace for the entire session. Up front there is a nice aroma of earthy hops and toffee. The taste is smooth, chocolate, sweet, toffee, and a faint bitterness of fresh earthy hops. Even notes of spruce or mint seems to sneak in there. The body is medium along with carbonation. An easy drinker that goes down so smooth. I do notice that if you pick this up in the summer it loses that sparkle that makes it a top spring release. I do have to say that it seems a bit off from the style, but I still think it is an extraordinary brew when fresh.
05-09-2011 17:09:47 | More by phishgator
4.9/5 rDev +33.9%
A - Deep mahogany with brown highlights. Big tan head with amazing lacing.
S - Molasses, carmel, and an earthy hop.
T - Amazing. This is everything I want in a beer and more. The molasses and carmel provide a sweetness and the hop bitterness balances it all together.
M - oily and slick very smooth
D - I am trying to convince my wife that we should buy a keg of this...
02-16-2009 04:01:10 | More by xhcadamx
4.7/5 rDev +28.4%
For the nights of winter in the pubs, they say. A stranger flings open the door and stamps the clods of snow of off his heavy boots. A drab brown hat, well worn, and his dark eyes shine above a strong nose, the rest of his face wrapped in a scarf with one end tucked into his heavy duster and the other swaying in the chill air. The fire lights up for a moment from the chill breeze that slithers its' way past him for the moment the door is open, then the heavy wood swings to with a thud and subsequent clang from the brass knocker.
He stumps over to the thick, worn wooden bar and plunks down heavily into one of the bar stools. "Ein bock, bitte." A thick brown lager is poured carefully and set before him, the big, creamy light tan head settled atop like whipped cream atop a chocolate milkshake. "Danke sehr."
He buries his nose into the foam and drowns several hearty gulps. Then he stops to appreciate it. He seems surprised that this particular specimen could be such a glowing example of his own favorite style back in his hometown. The aroma is rich and malty, toasty and bready, molasses but not too sweet.
The thick body accentuates an altogether sensible flavour, a rich, creamy conglomerate of toasted malt and dark brown sugar, but with a dry, bready finish so that each gulp is welcomed and he's sorry when it ends.
He slows down a bit in order to contemplatively gaze at the fire whilst smacking his mustachioed lips over each new delicious mouthful. He remains thus for several moments, and then, draining the last of it, mutter something under his breath, drops a bill on the counter, and stamps out back into the cold night. You'll probably never see him again or know who it was you just witnessed, as with most of those faces in cabs we see along our paths. But you know an intelligent beer drinker when you see it. You walk up to the bar.
"I'll have one of those Anchor Bocks, please."
03-31-2011 00:46:59 | More by khiasmus
4.65/5 rDev +27%
It's the 12oz, signature stubby bottle of Anchor Brewing fame, with a goat's head ("bock" is German for "goat") on the label, holding hops in his (he has horns, although if you study his face he looks a little effeminate) mouth.
Pours very dark brown, just barely translucent, showing shades of ruby in the light. Almost no head to speak of. One barely forms and goes away in the blink of an eye.
Anchor Bock has a rummy, raisiny, bready scent. It smells more alcoholic than it actually is. The taste is reminiscent of wheat bread, except darker, like pumpernickel or something. There are also undertones of figs, rum and hop bitterness. Very very slightly medicinal. More complexities are at play here that are beyond my limited senses.
As indicated by the near absence of head, this beer is almost flat, and is syrupy and sticky by the end of the glass.
Put it all together and you got yourself one swell Bock. Delicious enough to sip, but not too strong that you HAVE to sip.
05-05-2006 02:52:13 | More by edskirk3
4.63/5 rDev +26.5%
Dark dark chesnut color with a tan whipped cream head. Not what I was expecting.
Aroma is gentle. Clean maltiness comes through --- very inviting.
Taste is exceptional and delicious. Honestly one of the best dark lagers I've ever tasted. Nutty chocolate and bubblegum sweetness, finished with a great toasty grain. Good bitterness keeps it from being cloying. Soft and clean malt flavors come through brilliantly
Creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing and drinkable. This is the first beer I've had in a while that I want to go immediately back to.
02-25-2009 17:07:00 | More by TrevorGW
4.6/5 rDev +25.7%
A: Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head, very nice looking pour.
S: Smells of coffee and dark fruit with some caramel malt and some hops.
T: Very similar to the smell. Coffee with a finishing taste of chocolate. One of the better tasting beers with a chocolate finish.
M: Medium with a nice amount of carbonation.
D: I think this is a very drinkable beer and wish I would have picked up more of this.
This was the first time that I have tried a beer from Anchor and I would buy more.
12-23-2010 16:57:42 | More by bloomlax33
4.58/5 rDev +25.1%
A- clear dark reddish brown with a big creamy rich tan head. foam forms a nice skin on tops as it sets, perhaps due to the addition of wheat. also becomes pock-marked, looking similar to other hoppier styles. the head has astounding holding power again probably thanks to the wheat malt, and the sticky drippy lace is exceptional as well, making my glass look like jaguar fur. rock on.
S- metallic notes of chocolate and weak coffee, stone, earth, copper, wood, vanilla, toffee, and tomato sauce. brown sugar, cassia, sandalwood, caramel, and raisin lurk in the background.
T- zesty and chocolatey and much hoppier than i would have expected. mild cocoa and coffee taste is up front with woodsy vanilla and toffee kinda weaving in and out. floral almost lemony hops keep any sweetness in check. the intensity of the hops fades half way through leaving a clean light bitterness in the finish as roasted and cocoa flavors diminish into an almost herbal leather coffee aftertaste.
MF- i was hoping this beer wouldn't be too rich and heavy and i'm not disappointed. hovering somewhere around medium bodied, subtle grainy feeling is met by lively medium carbonation. coating and somewhat sticky, but cool and very crisp.
D- thirst quenching and refreshing, and once more, i think that wheat plays a major part in some of my favorite aspects of this beer. modest abv makes it ridiculously drinkable. a rare find in these parts, and just as good as anchor's other offerings.
11-24-2009 00:34:09 | More by hustlesworth
4.55/5 rDev +24.3%
A standard pour of Anchor Steam's Anchor Bock Beer yields a gorgeous toasted-almond brew and an inch-tall, ecru head of foam that falls too quickly to earn this brew a perfect score. It's a shame that the head isn't more attractive, because the dark-ruby highlights that appear against a backlight are stunning. Carbonation is moderate.
I didn't have to hold the glass up to my nose to appreciate its bouquet. As soon as the beer hit the glass, my nose was filled with the delights of toasted caramel and molasses. Closer olfactory investigation turns up hints of toasted biscuit, warm raisins and turkish apricots, and caramel.
The taste. Oh my, the taste. Toasted flavors dominate: Toasted caramel; molasses. Hoppy bitterness suggests some nearly roasted notes: raisins browned (almost burnt) in browned butter. The bitterness also yields a beer isn't nearly as sweet as I had expected. From now on, when I imagine a perfectly balanced bock, this will be the beer that comes to mind.
The mouthfeel is almost magical. It's much thinner than I had expected, and I'm amazed by the contrast between the lightly medium mouthfeel and the rich, full flavors on my palate. The only thing that lets down the beer is the carbonation, which is slightly astringent at first. Let this brew settle and warm for a few minutes.
Anchor Bock Beer has established itself in my mind as the archetypal bock beer. Run, don't walk, to your nearest retailer and pick up a few bottles.
Snack on some roasted, salted pistachios as you sip this one.
02-19-2014 18:24:33 | More by GMB
4.55/5 rDev +24.3%
Finally got my hands on this brew from Anchor, my favorite brewery. This beer pours a deep brown and dark garnet with a fluffy head that stays around. Smell is distinctly sweet, dark caramel, molasses and dark chocolate. Taste has a thick caramelly taste from the big-time malt presence, it's also darkly fruity with chocolate-covered raisins and prunes showing through. Solid, if light, hops presence keep this beer from being overly sweet. A little spicy, carbonated kick at the end caps off the brew well.
Another fine beer. I still don't think this brewery makes a bad beer.
09-03-2007 07:35:55 | More by saintwarrick
4.55/5 rDev +24.3%
drank straight from the 12 oz bottle
slight hoppy smell, no strong notes to the nose.
tastes very light for a bock, has notes of caramel, not much hops in the taste. sweet taste overall.
for a bock, this is very drinkable, not highly carbonated, as expected, no harshness at all.
could easily be a session brew
12-06-2010 01:55:16 | More by 7beerphil
4.53/5 rDev +23.8%
A single 12 oz bottle recently purchased during my trip to the Party Source (located just across the river in KY) when I was visiting my brother in Cincinnati (and boy did we do some drinking of shit beer for old time's sake the first night I was down there!) I had never seen this particular Anchor Steam beer before so I definitely wanted to get it. Poured into my stange glass. This beer is a very dark brown color with some ruby/amber highlights. The big, fluffy tan head is about 3 1/2 fingers thick when poured, settling to a nice surface coating after about 15 minutes. Very excellent lace indeed. Sweet, strong malty aromas with chocolate, caramel and dark fruit-raisins and plums, and alcohol. Kind of surprised I could smell the alcohol this much since the beer is only 5.5% ABV. Sweet and malty with the aforementioned caramel, chocolate and dark fruits making their presence well known. A bit of a tart flavor and the taste of alcohol round it out. Has a mild hop bitter finish. Has a crisp, frothy and smooth, sort of chewy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink indeed! One of the best bock's I have ever had. Period! This was fantastic!
05-09-2008 02:26:11 | More by neenerzig
4.53/5 rDev +23.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A - Dark brown, almost black in color, with slight ruby hues. Foamy tan head with a good amount of lacing that hung around the glass to the last sip.
S - Malty with hints of dark chocolate, espresso and ripe fruit.
T - Slighty sweet malty tast. Hints of chocolate up front with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.
MF&D - Medium body bock. Sticky and delicious. Went down smooth and fast. A great easy drinking bock. I highly recommend this one.
03-18-2008 23:40:04 | More by nasty15108
4.5/5 rDev +23%
Deep dark chestnut brown with a huge foamy head. Both somewhat uncharacteristic of the style, but not in a bad way. Great retention and thick lacing; again uncharacteristic of a lager.
Malty sweet nose with caramel and molasses.
Roasty malt & molasses flavor without the heavy molasses sweetness, actually a bit dry. Almost perfect balance. A touch of cocoa and a hint of smoke in the finish.
Medium body/crisp carbonation.
Awesomely drinkable. Flavorful, but not heavy.
Not a strictly traditional bock, but where it strays is an improvement over most in my opinion.
03-08-2012 15:53:16 | More by Hoagie1973
4.5/5 rDev +23%
Poured a bit too aggressively into a standard beer mug -- the head is Godzilla-like, ruddy tan in color with excellent retention. The body is rich brownish crimson with maroon highlights when held to the light. Smell: Molasses, orange zest, green apple peel, sourdough -- full and complexly layered. Taste: Citrus zest bitterness upfront, followed by a sprinkle cocoa quickly eclipsed by a stronger hop presence (crusty, delicious); a nice grain profile unfolds, thick; some grape and apple sweetness dances in the background. Aftertaste is a well paced stretch of bitterness over top the still lingering puddles of bright sweetness. Mouthfeel: Perfectly round, a little chewy, middling carbonation. Pretty damn good.
07-15-2005 22:46:55 | More by RootedFool
4.5/5 rDev +23%
Pours a clear dark brown mahogany color with a bit of ruby highlights and a very thick meringue-like head that rises an inch above the rim of the glass with no spillage. A very lovely looking beer. Nose is chocolaty malt, buttery pecan, and toasted walnuts along with a touch of brown sugar. Malt dominates the taste with a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor. The nuttiness that was in the aroma is much more subdued in the taste, but there are additional fruity notes of fig, dates, and prunes. A drying bitterness comes across in the finish to cleanse the palate before the next sip. Highly enjoyableI will be buying more very soon.
02-17-2007 19:15:16 | More by Morris729
4.5/5 rDev +23%
Anchor Bock is a truly outstanding beer and a great complement to an already impressive lineup from this iconic American craft brewery. If you want to know what great bock ale can taste like, then go and get yourself a sample of Anchor's take on this tasty old world beer style.
I've read that Anchor Bock is made with ale yeast, which would make it something other than a traditional Bavarian bock lager. It also uses wheat malts and "whole hops" which gives it some distinctly non-bock characteristics. I found this beer to be closer in style to a Sticke Alt, and a good one at that.
Served at about 50 degrees in a tall pilsener glass, Anchor Bock is dark amber in color with a giant light tan head with good stickage. Big sweet malt and caramel aromas battle with potent spicy hops and a touch of alcohol. The beer has a soft, smooth mouthfeel and the initially sweet malty caramel taste is quickly balance by oily hop bitterness. Hop flavors continue into the finish along with a touch of alcohol, especially as it warms to room temps.
02-22-2008 06:42:46 | More by 86sportster883
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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