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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 574
Hads: 983
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 29
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-26-2005

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked pretzels, and dark bread. There are also strong notes of brown sugar, a touch of vinegar and licorice, black pepper, and floral, grassy, piney and slightly citrusy hops.

Taste: Pretty nice. Lots of bready, toasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness up front, followed by some black pepper, again, a touch of slightly sour vinegar (not sure if what that is from) and finished with a touch of floral, grassy, piney, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice bock beer, not one of the best I’ve had, but still nice. It’s a shame that Anchor has decided to discontinue it, as there aren’t enough bock beers being brewed here in America, in my opinion. Bock beers are a very underappreciated and underserved style and with Anchor discontinuing this one, we’re losing a good one.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with nice khaki head and good lacing. Mild malt, fruity smell, but very weak on flavor. Smooth and drinkable but just not much taste, guess this is why it was retired?

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Photo of KevChiTown
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wish I could explain the flavors and smells and whatnot, but this one does not say anything to me other then Sam Adams Winter. Average, forgettable, but you don't feel bad for drinking it. Easy drink to start a night.

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Dark, very dark, can't see the light from a lamp when its held up to it. Medium white head.
S: Malty and molasses
T: Malty and no hops. Molasses and caramel. Sweet flavor with same dry-bitter aftertaste Ive found in all anchor beers.
M: Silky and smooth.
O: Not my style. I find this one too sweet, reminds me of sweet corn with syrup.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep dark amber hue, slightly cloudy, thin tan head that dissipates quickly
S- Caramel, brown sugar, slight holiday spice, very little hop character
T- very rich, velvety caramel flavors, turning into burn cream, slight cinnamon, no hop flavor whatsoever
M-Nice carbing for this beer velvety mouthfeel for a rich bock and it is really the best feature of this beer.
O- a very richly flavored Bock with a nice velvety finish, a good malt profile, but it needs some hop interest, even for a low hop style i want something!

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Fruity, estery nose
Pours deep dark brown, 1 finger head, good lacing
Deep rich malt flavors on the palate with a touch of roast and a hop bitter accent on the finish.
The texture is very creamy, medium body and medium high carbonation.
I have had this a few time and at least twice it was a touch skunky. It's a decent beer but it has a little too much roast and bitterness for a bock.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

"'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 heartier than the brewery's 'regular' brew. We hope you will find Anchor Bock to be a rich and flavorful addition to our other offerings." Brewed in the style of a German Bock beer. Available as a spring seasonal in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on draft. The 2014 release is reportedly the grand finale release of this beer.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.

Anchor Bock pours a frothy crisp head of a cocoa-white tone over a very deep brown body with maple highlights and high clarity. Carbonation is plentiful and lively, retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. The aroma is chock full of nutty, biscuity, slightly chocolatey malt, hops are slightly spicy and herbal with a mild perceived bitterness. The flavor is much the same, with a slick, biscuity german and grainy caramel malt body and some citrus peel notes, a pinch of spicy hops. Texture is slick and faintly creamy, lightly grainy, mildly dry with a sharp, bold carbonation that makes for a crisp mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style and medium overall. The alcohol presence is mild, with some slight malt graininess that is common with the style. Overall Anchor Bock Beer falls right in the middle for me. I don't usually have Bock beers that tend to be this forward on the hop profile, but its a welcome variation. The flavors are enjoyable and the mouthfeel a bit buzzy. Anchor Bock Beer's imminent retirement is not so much a testament to the success or failure of the beer itself but rather the ever changing demands of the craft beer drinker, often opting for maltier, hoppier and more unique flavor to their beer. Anchor Bock is one of the more flavorful Bock beers I have had and does a better job then most when dealing with traditional German styles of putting an American twist on things. Reasonably priced, I see this being a great fall beer.

Anchor Brewing Company's
Anchor Bock Beer

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle actually is about a year old, accidental cellaring, but seems okay from the pour.
A rich cola brown color on the pour with dense tightly packed beige head of 1.5 cm foams up. The head recedes fairly quickly to an edge layer and one wispy strand across the surface of the glass.
Aroma is sweet caramel malt and some brown sugar. I get just a bit of herbal hop note, but that is faint and buried, this is a malt forward beer. The nose is not robust bur is appealing and seems good for the style.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with very fine and tingly carbonation. Slightly sticky texture leaves a light coating on my palate after each sip.
Flavor is sweet malt with some toffee and brown sugar and just a little bit of molasses. No hops or booze here and the beer drinks very easy.
This is a tasty brew from a good brewery. Im surprised I havent reviewed it yet as I have had it often when the season comes around.
Worthy as a spring beer and good anytime as far as I can say.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Black, red tinted with medium head which stays throughout. Bubbles not visible. Leaves sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, icing sugar, liquorice

T - Big malt kick followed by bitter caramel, burnt sugar and finishes with a bitter liquorice and pine kick

M - very smooth, not much carbonation but I think it is intentional. Heavy but very enjoyable

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Photo of Minkybut
1.86/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler expecting a killer product that I usually get from Anchor. The beer was almost black and poured a nice tan head that was indeed beautiful. The beer also had killer lacing. One sip and my wife and I instantly poured it out. It was terrible. So bad I cannot tell you what it tasted like cause I refused to take another hit. No way will I ever buy this again.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A dark reddish-brown color. Great clarity. A big, lumpy, tan head made of fine bubbles. Moderate stickage. A fine looking beer.

Smell - Sweet. Bready. A faint whiff of hops and spice.

Taste - Sweet. Bready. A mild nutty flavor. The hops are subdued but they do add a touch of spiciness.

Mouth - A bit tangy. A little oily. Fine carbonation. Nice.

Overall - A nice interpretation of a German Bock. Don't get me wrong, this is no Ayinger Celebrator, but the beer very drinkable. When comparing this lager to complex German Dopplebocks, however, it comes off as a bit lacking. P.S. I don't understand why The Brothers rated it so poorly.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark red-mahogany amber with a big two finger finger khaki head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, a little earthy oxidation. Flavor starts with caramel, slightly toaste malt, dark fresh and dried friut, tapering off to a drier brown bread and toasty malt finish with a light hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Aroma and flavor are classic bock, but the flavor drops off to a lighter, starker malt and hop finish that are not as well supported by by the richer caramel malt flavor of the start. This is a discontinued variety and this bottle may have some modest age to it, which may have affected the flavor. Still a nice, but unremarkable bock; pleasant but not in competition with the traditional ones. Still glad I got to try it before it goes archival.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with unreadable bottling code printed on the back label (BOU)? Another new beer to me from Anchor Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations aren't great based on the style, and this beer's current poor ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark chocolatey woodsy brown colored body with about three fingers of frothy khaki head. Leaves lots of good scattered lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - The smell isn't anything special but it's suitable for the style. Some nuttiness / barley malt roast, and some dark fruit presence like raisins, figs, dates.

T - Taste follows the nose - lightly woodsy, chocolate malt, caramel malt, dark fruits - figs, dates, raisins, mild cola, mild creaminess, and some indistinct spicing. Fairly unexciting, but drinkable.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, and creamy. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent bock offering from Anchor. Clearly, it wouldn't be my first choice, but I'm not entirely sure that it deserves such a low rating. Bocks aren't a style I am too familiar with, but this one is approachable and sessionable.

Anchor Bock Beer ---3.5/5

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours between a very dark amber to a rich brown. It's not quite opaque but doesn't let much light through, and you can't see much carbonation. At the bottom of the glass it looks more clear. Forms a half-finger of tan head that fades rapidly.

S: Sweet toasted malts, some fruity lager yeast esters. Not a huge aroma but not bad.

T: Toasted malt sweetness, Vienna brown malts with maybe a bit of cardboard oxidation, with a hint of toasted malt and hop bitterness, and lager yeastiness. Clean flavors but unexciting. Malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body to a bit on the thin side. Carbonation modest with minimal alcohol presence.

O: A decently made bock, but not exciting in any way. This shouldn't be old, so I think it might be the brown malts giving the hint of cardboard. A solid option, but not one that I'll particularly miss now that it's been retired.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger brownish white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with some vision of by bubbles when held up to a light. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toasted, nutty, lager yeast, grassy hops.

Taste: Toasted, nutty, caramel, lager yeast, some bitterness, and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Slightly above average and simple bock. Tasty, but nothing really jumped out at me.

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Photo of themiller421
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured dark brown.

The smell was lacking and there really wasn't anything to the aroma.

The taste was very bland and not anything to it. There was no real taste of malt and nothing to it.

Overall this beer is just average. It didn't wow me and it didn't disappoint me, it's just average with nothing really to it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fantasy baseball draft night with a beverage to ponder while awaiting for my turn.

Dark mahogany with oxblood highlights. Hearty beige head that sticks around until RP Aroldis Chapman in round 7. Cute lil' goat on the cute little stubby bottle. Cute.

Smells like dark, malty caramel and homemade grenadine. Really had to reach for the aroma.

Not a whole lotta flava up front. Hearty licorice and earthy mint umph in back. Slick

My team is better than this beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby red with a brown tint colored. An quarter inch thick layer of khaki colored foam caps off the top. Brussels lacing. The smell of a bit of amber malt is faint. The mouth is creamy and very smooth,but a bit thin for my taste. I get some amber malt on the front of the palate and then some pine like hop bitterness and the sweetness of the malt on the fade.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is apparently the last year this classic brew will be produced. A pity. Possibly my last round, poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A dark reddish or coppery brown brew with an outstanding milkshake-thick tan head. Aroma is sublime and includes a gorgeous noble hop spice, assertive for the style, against a caramel and boozy raisin backdrop. Yes, I detect some booze on the nose, which is interesting. Not a super thick brew but semi-chewy with an oily mouthfeel, quite crisp and smooth. Tastes of caramel and brown bread with a hint of molasses, but the malts almost take a back seat to the spicy, earthy, herbal hops, with hints of licorice, green leaf, grape, and a noble floral perfume. Maybe more hopping than is typical for a bock but it works. Finishes rather dry, with a sour malt/toffee aftertaste and a mild alcohol burn. I have a soft spot for this brew, one of the first true craft beers I tried years ago. Playing a funeral dirge as I type this. Over The Hills and Far Away by Zeppelin. RIP.

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Photo of dcp27
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - brown w garnet edges. tan head w a lasting lacing

S - caramel, cocoa, light coffee, burnt sugar, toast w a lil munich-like richness. faint earthy hops, some dark fruit

T - molasses, caramel, burnt toast, cocoa, faint melanoidins. far too dominated by the darker malts for style, which pushes the bitterness too high as well.

M - a little thin

O - an average beer, but not even close to what a bock should be

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow pint glass, color is dark brown, head is tan and presents about 1 inch thick, then lingers nicely with at least a 1/4 inch head.

Smell is mild caramel then roast and chocolate malts, some earthier hop tones.

Taste is caramel, maybe some munich malt(?), toast, bread, light raisin, roast, hops are pleasantly bitter, light earthy flavor. Flavor is a bit cloying a bit more than other bocks of similar strength

Mouthfeel is a bit biting from the carbonation, a bit cloying from the sweetness, it does linger some but its not too distracting.

Overall, a solid take on the style, a bit sweet but the right flavors are there.

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Photo of GMB
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has very little retention. The head is a light and dirty beige while the body is a chestnut brown with maroon hues which appears as a mix of burgundy and crimson when held up to the light. Some brown. Some lacing has appeared. Lacing is minimal after time.

Nose- Starts off with a fairly sharp note of cloves when smelled from the bottle. However, this fades to show banana followed by caramel and some brown bread, rich malts, even a slight bit of apple. Nice and warm with a touch of honey. Swirling reveals a candy or generic type of banana smell. There were some roasted notes to the initial aroma as well.

Taste- Starts off with weak roasted notes which are followed by a middle of slight caramel and banana which are flanked by slight bitter and woody notes. Slight touch of coffee but overall, the flavor profile is rather thin. Slight cola and some brown bread which tends toward rye. Slight raisins but everything lacks presence. There's definitely some complexity but it still manages to be boring. Also, the mouthfeel doesn't work well with such spaced flavor notes. Some cloves in the background. Some chalkiness on the finish- or really at the back of my throat. No real flaws but pretty much just above average. This is unfortunate as I would really like to experience a quality bock. Hints of chocolate. Some oakiness.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Some smoothness but while there isn't much carbonation, there is a carbonic touch and slight grittiness on the finish that make it a little harsh.

Drinkability- I feel that this should be a little more easygoing but it annoys me a little bit (in an overall sense). I like it more when I don't think about it too much. Standard Anchor price.

Overall- Pretty much just an above average beer. I do think if the mouthfeel were a bit thicker and some of the bitterness and phenolic characteristics were smoother that this would be a much better beer. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of JimKal
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a SA perfect pint glass
A: a nice 1 to 2 finger head. Dark brown body with a tan head. Leaves behind nice lacing. Decent carbonation.

S: Roasted dark grain aroma.

T: The dominant taste is the roasted grain with some cocoa/chocolate notes.

M: The mouthfeel is quite mild.

O: For me this is a nice Bock. I'm not a fan of Porters and Stouts but this stops short of the, for me, overly roasted flavors of those styles. But it gives me a nice brew to enjoy in cold weather.

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Photo of lou50rp
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is very dark brown, too dark for a bock.
Not strong smell of anything.
Taste is not bad, malty and a touch of molasses, but hops might be a little heavy.
Mouth feel is good, medium type.
Overall not a bad beer, but a bit confused for a bock. Narragansett's is much better.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.