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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

932 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-26-2005)
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Jamstone714

Florida

1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

05-08-2012 01:52:48 | More by Jamstone714
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mwar

Kentucky

1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

05-03-2013 22:15:10 | More by mwar
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jriggins6

Colorado

1.5/5  rDev -59%

03-26-2012 16:10:25 | More by jriggins6
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LagersAndAles

Connecticut

1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

06-12-2014 02:08:06 | More by LagersAndAles
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Minkybut

Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

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.

06-09-2014 17:29:22 | More by Minkybut
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

1.85/5  rDev -49.5%

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.

05-11-2011 04:36:26 | More by tjsdomer2
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plfahey

Illinois

1.9/5  rDev -48.1%

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.

02-14-2012 06:05:54 | More by plfahey
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AboutBeverages

Arizona

1.9/5  rDev -48.1%

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.

04-14-2010 03:15:27 | More by AboutBeverages
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -45.4%

07-07-2013 20:37:58 | More by TheMrFarnham
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zachturner39

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -45.4%

12-19-2011 01:33:12 | More by zachturner39
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beaulabauve

Louisiana

2/5  rDev -45.4%

04-30-2012 01:39:59 | More by beaulabauve
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ZekemusMaximus

New York

2/5  rDev -45.4%

02-19-2012 06:35:37 | More by ZekemusMaximus
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Rn2Ln3Tn4

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.4%

02-20-2013 18:04:55 | More by Rn2Ln3Tn4
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EF4

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -45.4%

03-04-2014 14:58:06 | More by EF4
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Shasty


2/5  rDev -45.4%

07-27-2012 16:52:49 | More by Shasty
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garyford

Texas

2/5  rDev -45.4%

02-15-2012 22:08:33 | More by garyford
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dbalsock

Vermont

2.05/5  rDev -44%

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.

09-06-2007 03:17:52 | More by dbalsock
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mscudder

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

A - Dark brown with a thin light brown head and solid lacing.

S - I am getting sweet butterscotch with this one. A subtle aroma but overall just average.

T - Sweet nutty taste with a malty bitter note towards the end. Some alcohol at the end but overall I find this beer to be poorly executed.

M - Medium body, pretty dry throughout and left me dissatisfied.

O - I really enjoyed the Anchor Steam, Porter as well as the Christmas Ale but this one is just not up to par with the rest of their brews. This left me with a odd, unfavorable flavor on my pallet and I will not purchase it again.

02-18-2012 04:40:52 | More by mscudder
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

05-23-2013 06:52:15 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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logicerror

California

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

04-14-2013 06:41:58 | More by logicerror
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terence

California

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

05-02-2013 03:31:44 | More by terence
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TicoCali

California

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

02-12-2013 01:04:46 | More by TicoCali
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Lance87

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

05-27-2014 18:59:28 | More by Lance87
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s4s

California

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

04-25-2013 03:38:16 | More by s4s
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HBBJ

Massachusetts

2.28/5  rDev -37.7%

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.

05-26-2013 00:55:27 | More by HBBJ
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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.