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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Bock Beer

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974 Ratings

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | 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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1.86/5  rDev -49%
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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1.87/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Flattens out. Very thick as well. Good brown color though.

Smell: Burnt. Basically smells like burnt wood and grain. It's actually very gross.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel overall. Pretty thick. Taste is also burnt and sour.

Drinkability: This is a mess.

Overall: By far Anchor's worst.

Photo of plfahey
1.93/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with a deep ruby red hue. Tall, pale brown head has good retention and shows some nice lacing.

Aroma-Fake caramel and some buttery notes dominate the aroma. Super diacetyl bomb with heavy butterscotch. Difficult to discern other notes-perhaps lightly bready?

Flavor-Butterscotch/cream soda with a strange, acrid bitterness to it. Notes of vanilla and English toffee with caramel as well. No bready, toasty, melanoidin like notes. Almost brown sugar molasses at times. Finish is almost tart, and somewhat unpleasant.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Not bad, though there is a bit of tart astringency in the finish.

It looked pretty good out of the bottle, but one whiff was enough to tell me that it wasn’t. Heavy diacetyl, fake caramel/toffee, and a weird tart bitterness on the palate was more than enough to turn me away from this one. I’ll try another on the chance that it was a bad bottle, but if not, this is a truly unfortunate beverage.

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1.95/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nut brown in color. Herbal aromas with toasted grains, similar to a barleywine's fermented sweetness. The taste is very sour, which builds in layers with each sip. Outside of the sour, there is not much flavor except for a slight hint of malt. It is presented as a Spring Seasonal and it just doesn't work, no matter what time of year.

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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Photo of dbalsock
2.08/5  rDev -43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber color with a tannish/offwhite head. The head was abundant, exploding into the glass and settled to about 1/2 finger thickness, never getting smaller.

Smell: A mix of malty goodness, some light hoppage, and poorly made gravy... gravy? Yes gravy. It took over the taste at times, but at others it wasn't very apparent. I thought it might be the glass, so i switched glasses. I thought it might be where I was drinking it, so I moved outside. The gravy followed.

Taste: The gravy from the smell came back to the taste too. This time however, there was a nice intense hop taste. More intense than I expected for a bock, but still german tasting.

Mouthfeel: The beer had a great alcoholic zing to it, and the body was perfect for a bock: not to heavy, not to light, somewhere in the middle and smooth. However, it was interrupted by overcarbonation that never ceased. The bubbles were a nuisance to a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Despite the poor taste and the awkward mouthfeel, it was actually pretty easy to down. I wouldn't want it again, but there are other bocks that just don't sit as well flowing down the palate.

Photo of HBBJ
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Deep reddish brown and opaque. Rocky brown head, with just a bit of lacing.

Smell: A syrupy molasses smell predominates. Slight notes of roasted malt, alcohol sweetness, yeast, and fruitiness.

Taste: Chocolatey and syrupy sweet, with just enough hop bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Fairly acidic. Chocolatey aftertaste fades to hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and thick.

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. The description by Anchor says in part, "Over time, the term "bock" has come to mean a beer darker and heartier than the brewery's "regular" brew." Someone needs to tell the good folks at Anchor that the darker color comes from using higher amounts of the base malt, not from dumping in buckets of chocolate malt. This was like a lagered porter, except that even porter shouldn't smell like molasses.

I need to go find a real bock.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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