Deep and malty, this dark-colored brew is touted as the brewery's stronger, kickier version of their "regular," year-round beer, the Anchor Steam Beer. The Bock is, indeed, deeper in flavor—roasty, chocolate notes make up the crux of the beer, which has just a hint of bitterness at the end. However, we actually found the Anchor Steam to be sharper and punchier than its sibling, due to a more intense, floral hop-driven bitter edge. Fans of wheat beers and IPAs will likely enjoy the Anchor Steam.
Most of our tasters preferred the Bock; its combination of dark, caramel flavors and a bright bitter finish make it a perfect transition from winter to spring. Plus, who can resist the label's adorable goat?
Serve with: Chili, chargrilled meats like steak or lamb chops