Review: Anchor Bock, Anchor Brewing



Anchor Bock
Anchor Brewing Co. — San Francisco, CA

Stats:
  • Style:  Bock (lager)
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Malts:   Two-row Barley/Wheat
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
  • Price:  $9.48 (six-pack) at supermarket

Description:  "Anchor 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 stronger than the brewery's 'regular' brew. We hope you will find Anchor Bock to be a rich and flavorful addition to our other offerings.”  — Anchor Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   This is part of my series on Spring seasonals.  I'm a Bock newbie.  Yesterday, I tasted Sierra Nevada's Glissade.  Today, I'm going for a darker and maltier version.  Ever ponder the meaning of the goat on the label? Bock is a spring beer and was traditionally brewed under the sign of Capricornwhich happens to be a goat.  Tuck that nugget away for when you're on Jeopardy!  You may have noticed I added the beer's price in the stats session.  I care about price when buying beer, so I'll start listing this in future reviews.

The tasting:  Very dark brown with a thick cream-colored head that dissipated slowly, leaving lacing on the glass.  When held up to the light, I could see ruby hues.  Aroma of molasses (very dominant) and roasted malt. Flavor similar to aroma with the addition of coffee and a bit of alcohol at the end of taste.  Since this is a 5.5% ABV brew, I didn't expect to notice the alcohol.  Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel.  It finishes with roasted malt and spicy hop bitterness. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gave it to me.   Anchor Bock and Glissade both may be Bocks, but the difference between the two is like night and day.  Appearance, aroma, flavor and mouth feel are all radically different.  I guess this illustrates the diversity of the Bock style.  Given the heavier malt profile, I'd consider Anchor Bock to be more of a colder weather brew, and not a hot weather quaffer.  

Have you tried Anchor Bock or any other Bock beers?


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