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RATINGS: 963   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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First brewed in 2005.
Ingredients: Finest barley malts, wheat malts, and fresh whole hops.
Bock beer, released in celebration of the arrival 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. This is the first time we have brewed a bock at Anchor Brewing Co., and we hope you will find it to be a rich and flavorful addition to our offerings. San Francisco’s Anchor Bock Beer is virtually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam® Beer, in one of the most traditional small breweries in the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6087) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2006
12-ounce bottle. Pours ebony, almost black. Head is nearly tan but not quite, and it’s enormous and dense. Super dusty nose with some caramel and a whiff of roast lingering in the background. Very little flavor on the attack, but nice bubbles and malt backbone--butterscotch, toast, and vanilla. Especially in the finish with the vanilla. This beer doesn’t remind me of anything--even of a style, really--but it’s great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Well done wheaty bock. Sweet on the nose and tongue. Spicy hops, very dry finish. Molasses, bitter chocolate and whaet everywhere, even some citrus notes. Just grand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Enjoyed 2 pint glasses of this beer on draught at Frisco’s Cantinia in Columbia, MD in May of 06, and just enjoyed it on draught at the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA in July of 06. Pours to a deep caramel to brown color, with a thick, creamy, off white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is very nice, with aromas of sweet malt, light toast, and nutty malt aroma. The palate is firm, with good sweet malt, toasty and nutty malt flavor. Body is very clean and round, with very light esters, due to the fact this beer is brewed with an ale yeast strain. Anchor Bock finishes with more really good smooth maltiness up front, then ends slightly cloying with a sweet and nutty edge that lingers. Very well done bockbier from a legendary San Francisco brewery. I really enjoyed this one, and hopfully distribution will be bigger for next year’s spring release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark burguandy body with a large tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and citrus. Flavor of toasted malt, mild hops, and some sourness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Dark brown/black with a well formed, light brown cap. Toasty malt aroma with lightly spicy flowers/herbs and dark fruits. Flavor to match with some definite clove action. Palate is thin and watery. Interesting brew, only drawback is the weak palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 13, 2006
12oz bottle. Creamy pour...dark brown...tan head. looks rich. Earthy, piney, burnt aroma is fairly present and interesting...pine resin is the dominate smell. Somewhat reminds me of the OSA. The taste shows even more piney resin. nice creamy thick mouthfeel, finishes with serious resin. Not striking me in any way as a German beer. Maybe this is just left over OSA??? I’m not knocking it for not being German, rather I’m knocking it for being too much like OSA, which I really dislike for the most part...a beer that can honestly only be drank once a year in very small quantities isn’t a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep brown black with a thick brown diminishing head. Nice aroma of dark roasted malt, molasses, and chocolate. Initial flavor is sweet and roasty, but as it transitions toward the finish, it becomes tart, bitter, and somewhat thin. Starts off great, and goes downhill from there. Not a terrible beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Upon the beers disemboguing the 12-ounce stubby bottle a deep chocolate brown with a massive creamy dark tan head that ever so slowly erodes leaving a thick blanket of lace upon the glass. Nose has a molasses like sweetness, big malt aroma, hints of hops and a bit of chocolate to this old schnozzle, start is somewhat sweet with a good grain presence, the top moderate in feel. Finish is lightly acidic, the hops pleasant in the spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a throwback to the old Bock’s like Pabst.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Shared this bottle with Duane, so thanks to Saarlander as well! Very dark pour with a smallish tan head. First this I noticed when I took a drink of it was how carbonated it was, followed by how thin it was. Not bad tasting, just not my type of Bock I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2006
thanks to Saarlander for sending me the 12 oz. bottle and helping me cross off another from my want list. <!-- br --> poured a very dark brown with a tan head. good aroma & flavors of the usual bock suspects, but was very thin and over-carbonated.

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