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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Bock Beer

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BA SCORE
83
good

877 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-26-2005)
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Jwaks

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12oz bottle

Pours and awesome umber brown with mahagoany highlights, this beer supports moderately impressive lacing above an impressive ring and cap of beige froth. Nearly indecernable bubbles of carbonation well up to the top of this brew.

Appetizing aromas of dark caramel, smoke, semi-sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malts tantalize the nose with detectable hints of dark candied fruits and whiffs of alcohol.

Roasted malts, grass and burnt caramel hit the palate with some bitters shining through on the mid palate aplty tied to a smokey, slightly sweet finish. Aftertaste is a bit mouthpuckering with the sweeness abating and bitterness taking over.

This brew offers laudible mouthcoating paired with a moderately long lasting flavorful finish, mouthfeel is good to exceptional though the grip on the finish could be better. A bit of bitterness dominating the more interesting flavors on the finish and aftertaste slow the drinking rate down a bit, I may be able to drink just a few of these at one time.

This is a damn good example of a bock by a great brewery!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 02:13:00 | More by Jwaks
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HardTarget

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown short bottle, twisty, with a cryptic code 07JK translated by the Anchor website to Jan 11th, 2007 (opened Feb 7th, 2007, oh sorry, 7FG). Why, WHY make that so cryptic. You have 4 characters; just give us the month and year. A lot of marketing blurb, but no other useful information (like best by, abv, temp suggestion, etc.)

Aroma: Sweet bread and yeast, with a spicy edge, a bit like celery seed or something like coriander. Caramel and toffee notes as well.

Appearance: Glass is deep brown with excellent clarity when held to the light. I poured a little rough and got a big 2 finger frothy head that has died back to a good cover of dark tan, clinging to the sides with promise of serious lace.

Flavor: Man; that taste! I can’t put my finger on it. It seems hop driven, that celery seed note in the smell. I can’t name it, it’s going to bug me. It’s slightly caramel, and has a light malt extract quality. I guess I’ll go with “toffee”.
Some dark roasted malt flavor as well, but the taste is pretty light and easy. There is almost a papery note as well, which is surprising given the fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light body gives it an almost watery feel, foamy carbonation, clean dry finish.

Overall Impression: Man I just chugged that down! The overall light quality and good taste just inspired large pulls. It has an “old world” quality to it.
Glad to see it’s made it to Texas; I’ll have to grab some more.
Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 00:38:17 | More by HardTarget
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mjsarch

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a six of this, partially out of shock. I must be out of touch, as I was unaware of Anchor's plans to release a bock beer. Since I picked it up in mid-January, they also have not adhered to the traditional mid-March release for bocks, thus adding to my surprise.

A - Pours with a nice head, but settles fairly soon to a very thin head. Color is clear, dark copper, with very little carbonation,
S - Nothing out of the ordinary to mention. Clean, no defects,
T - Very little malty flavor, and slight bitterness. Reminds me most of a traditional American - style bock, which basically consisted of the standard lager with caramel malt added to the mash,
M - Mid-range, I'd guess a 1.050 original gravity,
D - Not bad, but nothing I'd go out of my way to purchase again. This beer brings to mind a story attributed to Charles Kuralt about the stength of coffee as one travels west in the U.S. Seems the pioneers reused their coffee grounds as they headed westward. Therefore, the strength of the coffee even today seems to dissipate as one travels west through the country. My point being that it appears the bock style here has tranformed accordingly en route westward to San Francisco, taking on some of the west coast philosophies in lieu of the typical German bock profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 05:31:50 | More by mjsarch
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown/black with crimson highlights, a thin dark tan head that dissipates swiftly, too dark to note any carbonation

S - roasted malts dominate the bouquet, with deep dark fruit tones, like dates and raisins, slight and faint toffee hints as well

T - wow, much more balanced and sweetness that i expect, a great dark malty/molasses flavor with a rich toffee/caramel sweetness to fight out the underlying mellow hoppiness, beneath the whole flavor is a decent and not overdone alcohol kick

M&D - smooth and sweet with well balanced bitterness, an easy down bock and a good example of the style. Anchor upholds their steeped tradition of world class beers, well done Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 01:01:16 | More by sinstaineddemon
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Clear, but very dark brown hue with a very thick tan head that lasts a long time. Some lacing along the glass.

The smell is sweet, similar to molasses mixed with a little bit of grain.

Packed full of malty flavor, giving off caramel, coffee, and creamy grain. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation, but still feels somewhat thick. There really isn't much of a hop presence, as the beer almost tastes sugary. The finish is full of sweet grain.

I don't know what to think about this beer. It seems too dark to be a bock, seems more like a dopplebock or something. It's still a delicious beer, no matter what category you put it in.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 04:58:28 | More by BeerSox
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks more like a stout than a bock. But still maintains. Very deep brown, red hue. Can't see any bubbles, but has a good ring of foam after the pour. Very light and asymetrical lacing. Good, dark looking bock. The aroma makes me think of a true German bock, but with some stronger hop influence. Toatlly awesome and different. I smell malty blankets of yeast and barn yard with a bunch of intermingling bitterness and roasted malts. Great balance. The taste is just as unique. Very malty and roasty, but not high in the fruity malts that I'm used to in most bocks. A little dry roasted mlats with a few hints of dried prunes and apricots. But then some medium bitterness mixes with the fruits and the mlats. Very different. This is an awesome session beer. I wish I didn't have to go to Indy to get this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 04:03:04 | More by scruffwhor
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on the bottle 6BN

Pours mahogany with 4 fingers+ of sand colored, rocky head. Most of the lacing falls away & a little head retention

S: Choclatey nose with a little licorice & coffee

T: Bakers chocolate, iron, & coffee up front. I also catch a little licorice. Toasted/burnt grains as this warms. Dryness, baker's chocolate, a little medicinal twang & burnt grains, too many things don't belong here

MF: Very chewy for the abv, with low carbonation, best thing about this beer IMO

Drinks alright, just too many non conventional bock flavors in this critter, almost makes think of their holiday ale. If you're not too anal about taste profiles this ain't a bad beer, but I expected a lot more from anchor

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 03:23:07 | More by russpowell
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goochpunch

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a rich looking purplish ruby colored dark brown with a khaki head that clings to the glass. Nose is toasty and of caramelized malts with a healthy amount of herbal hops. Starts off with caramel and a sort of thin malt body which leads into a middle of herbal hops and their bitterness. Finishes a bit too roasty for me and kind of lactic. Dry. Mouthfeel is kind of thin for me. Solid drinkability despite its flaws. I would drink this again, but when faced with the price of a 6 of Anchor beer, I'll stick to Liberty, Steam, or Old Foghorn.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 04:41:34 | More by goochpunch
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allengarvin

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle, into a tall glass. Pours a dark but clear mahogany with a lasting, though small, tan head. Nose is solidly malty, but more caramel, somewhat toffee-ish, than a true bock should be. Flavor is better, only lightly caramel, instead sweet, lightly bready malt. Some toasted malt character appears near the end. Bitterness at first is just enough to keep from cloying, though it sneaks up a bit more at the end. Finish is clean. Creamy, moderately full-bodied.

Solid, but nothing wowing.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 02:28:02 | More by allengarvin
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bark

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid is clear; the colour is dark brown-red. The two fingers high head is compact and brown. No lacing.

Fruity sour hops dominate the smell. Coffee, citric, toffee, roasted malt, whipped cream and fruit candy.

The taste is fresh and sour (lemon-lime soda?) with some roasted malt (coffee, cocoa). The body is medium. The aftertaste is sour-bitter with some coffee and fruits.

The carbonation is pretty strong with small bubbles; the liquid is a bit thick.

Despite all the strong flavours, this one was surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 21:17:53 | More by bark
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark clear ruby/mahogony with a huge tan foamy head. The head looks "Guiness" like with great lacing. The smell is light with dark fruit aromas and coffee. The taste is very stout like with coffee,some chocolate,dark fruit, and bitter hops. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing well makes this a pretty decent beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 01:14:23 | More by jmz62565
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange-brown color, topped by a small light tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin coating. Aroma of very sweet, lightly roasted malt and some mildly fruity hops. Palate is sweet dark malt up front, calling up notes of dark fruit and a touch of brown sugar. An off flavor of mild diacetyl peeks through now and again, but is not overwhelming. Finish is sweet and bready. Body is a little thin, like a decent bock should be. Not my favorite bock or my favorite Anchor offering, but a decent effort.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 09:00:50 | More by ElGordo
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arizcards

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at the beginning of August from Magnum's for $1.69. Bottled on February 6, 2006.

Beer poured very dark with ruby undertones. The head is brown and very sturdy. Nose is primarily sweet malts and perhaps a hint of dark fruit. Taste is very malty, somewhat sweet, with some hints of that dark fruit; finish is with a very dry but light hop. Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow, the beer goes down nice and easy. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a well crafted brew that has a degree of complexity that is very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 01:11:36 | More by arizcards
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd review on a night thats shaping up to be quite malty.

Pours with a fluffy tan, two finger head that well carbonated. My son says 'your cup is dark, we can't see you', and he's right. Its a dark mahogany brown with tinges of red throughout. Head doesn't last and leaves only a trace of lace.

Smells fruity and a little winey, plus a good nose of caramel malt.

Taste is sweet, with that same dark fruit wine quality, raisins, prunes, red grapes. INot overly complex, but serveral different layers show up as t warms and opens a bit. Slightly bitter and quite drying in the mouth with medium body, a tad thin.

Pretty drinkable, though I'm not sure the flavors suit me well enough to have more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:44:58 | More by foureyedgeek
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for opening the bottle...
Appears a dark brown with some deep crimson notes around the edges. A chunky, tan head slowly fades out into a mild cap and leaves little spots of lacing all around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, roasted nuts, cream, toasty malt, molasses, and a touch of caramel with some notes of gentle astringency.
Taste is of the aromas with a bit of astringency coming through more in the flavor, making for a slight dropoff against the aromas.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, thin along the palate, and astringent.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 14:58:09 | More by weeare138
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jeffjfindley

California

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bottle has a goat on it, as it should. Beer inside is black as hell and foamier than heaven.

Smell: Rich and malty mocha, espresso and faint banana.

Taste: The smells described above are realized on the tongue, with the addition of a pleasantly bitter hop character at the end.

Mouth: Satisfyingly smooth, with a coy acidity.

Drinkability: Won't be the last time this one goes down, for sure. A winner from a pioneer of the microbrew phenomenon we are thankfully privy to.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 04:56:01 | More by jeffjfindley
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dblinkhorn

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - Pours a very deep cherry amber with a large four-finger tan, soapy, and hugely rocky and uneven head (especially as it dissipates. It eventually settles at a thin layer of creamy head leaving good lacing all the way down.

Smell - Smells a lot like the stout I had two nights ago. Rich doughy malts right up front, with slight dark fruitiness in the background. A sour/bitter aroma from light hopping. Almost no alcohol aroma.

Taste - Weak flavors up front, with a small malt flavor. Toward the middle the flavors start to increase, but not by leaps and bounds. Some earthiness flashes in the middle. It finishes with a fairly rich doughy malt character with some dark fruit notes again. Also, some alcohol warmnt comes in for the finish as well. Earthiness and a mild caramel maltiness in the aftertaste. Very little hops throughout.

Mouthfeel - Nice mellow carbonation that compliments the beer overall. A clean and somewhat thin mouthfeel, light-bodied.

Drinkability - The flavors are rich toward the finish, but overall this stuff is pretty easy to drink (although it has an interestingly flavorful aftertaste). My sixpack won't last to the weekend!

Not a half-bad boch here. The flavors start out somewhat dissapointing in the beginning of a taste, but toward the middle and finish they come through nicely. A light and refreshing mouthfeel helps this beer as well. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 00:40:56 | More by dblinkhorn
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TheBungyo

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is 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. Nice stuff.
Mouth is lightly carbonated and thick. A nice interpretation of the style indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 06:11:55 | More by TheBungyo
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Opaque black/brown color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Starts with a roasted chocolate/burnt oak flavor, finish is dry bitter chocolate. Really this is a bock with balls. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 22:21:40 | More by jdhilt
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown in color, some carbonation, nice creamy head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste of kinda sweet, there's some slight toffee flavor, and a hint of prune's. The finish is dry.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a pretty tasty bock from Anchor, recommend for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 23:17:30 | More by Wasatch
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Beerzebub

California

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, a finger of tan head that goes down to a thin layer pretty quickly.

Smells very inviting - caramel malt, roasted grain, loads of brown sugar, Christmas pudding, mushrooms.

Tastes roasty and malty. Pretty dry - a little sweetness, but very restrained and well balanced against the roastiness. No detectable hops.

Really rich wheat mouthfeel, excellent. Eminently drinkable.

This is really worth a try. Seems like a versatile food beer, too. I bet it would be great with something involving bacon and mushrooms.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 07:55:44 | More by Beerzebub
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was not very much impressed by the appearance of this beer. A very small head, which can not be called a head, a microscopic thin layer of off-white foam. Not much carbonation and a pitch black color.

Smell was really good, roasted, with grapes and raisins and some sweetness. Really smooth and inviting.

Taste was roasted and dry, nothing like the sweet smell, just dry. The dark malts give the beer a good maltbitter, and there is a good hopbitter in there too. The special malts really add to the taste, giving ot complexity and body, which is medium. In my opinion this is a true bockbeer, according to the guidelines.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 19:44:22 | More by Absumaster
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scottoale

California

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, suprisingly good stuff!

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle with a typical anchor label and some sort of a freshness/batch code (6FF) on the back label. In my tulip, this is a black, deep ruby red ale with a finger plus of ivory cream head that sticks around for a while, leaving a fine delicate lace behind. The head settles to a ring and when aggitated, fluffs back up to almost a 1/4"

It smells of sweet, nut-roasty malt...nice and earthy, full and rich of caramel, molasses and some boozy alcoholic aspects as it warms.

Dark rich roasty sweet malt, that is full of flavor and body, lasting for what seems, a short eternity with an earthy malt aftertaste that lingers. The balance is good with a light chalk type of bitter, in and out to the finish. Somewhat complex with an alcoholic backdrop, this is the tastiest offering from Anchor Brewing that I have had so far and it is worthy of the style intended.

A very pleasant easy drinker, that packs a little punch as well.

Overall, I think this is a very good rendition of this style, give it a try if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 07:27:35 | More by scottoale
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sacfly

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, 6FF stamped on the back. Just put the freakin date will ya?

Pours very dark, nearly opaque black/brown. Medium head of hearty brown bubbles. Aroma is of caramelized malt. Taste follows suit. Medium body, on the light side for the style. Nice roasted grain quality to cut the sweetness. Roasted quality comes out even more in the after taste. A bit dry for a bock. Well made and well balanced bock. Easy to drink and looks great in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 20:18:59 | More by sacfly
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guzzle211

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into half-pint glass. Thanks to malthead for driving this across the entire US to deliver to me in a burger king parking lot.

Bocks are a mystery to me. I do not know very much about the style, and it seems every time I sit down with a bock, determined to figure them out, I usually come away perplexed. I know Anchor to be very true to the styles they produce, so I sat down with this Bock thinking I might learn something today.

A: dark dark brown with deep purple hints in the light (which can only penetrate at the top, no light breaks through to the bottom of the glass.) a mildly aggressive pour produces a healthy light tan head that takes its time to dissipate. Very little lacing.

S: mostly malty with a slight hint of the sweetness I describe below.

T/M: the taste changes drastically as it warms. Hints of caramel and a slight sweetness emerge, but the sweetness is nowhere near overpowering; a pretty well-balanced brew for being relatively complex. There is spicing in there that I can not place, but it reminds me of minced-meat pie (I will have to ask my grandmother what she puts in there.) As it warms and loses carbonation, it reminds me of prune juice. Mouthfeel is pleasantly plump. I like beers I can feel in my mouth, but I despise over-carbonation and don’t like to surprised by brews that need to be cut with a knife (don’t get me wrong, I love full-bodied beers, I just like to be able to plan when I drink them.) That being said, I felt this brew was spot on.

D- if i were a bock fan, i would find this very drinkable. if i had another one i would drink it immediately, its one of those things where once your pallate is adjusted to it, it goes down very smoothly.

Even at the end of this review, I am still unsure where Bocks fit into the whole scheme of things. I try to put brews into a roy-g-biv spectrum of the rainbow in my mind, where styles overlap in shades and blend into the next: but for the life of me I still can’t place bocks. My best guess would be somewhere between porters and abbot ales. The closest thing I have had to this is Stepan Razin Porter (which makes me believe Stepan Razin isn’t really a porter, which I have always felt, maybe its just labeled as such for the US market?) I am setting my sights on figuring this style out, it won't be long before I try it again . . .

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 21:10:06 | More by guzzle211
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.