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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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947 Ratings

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 29
Gots: 27 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Segelstrom, Oct 13, 2013
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skmann, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

apg1014, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

coopdog1000, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Amalak, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

ExaltedNecrosis, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit on the restrained side, but well executed. A little sweeter than average for the style, but not overdone. Brown sugar and a hint of toffee head up the malt profile, with some nondescript bittering following suit to balance out. Finish is clean, with the malt sweetness fading into slightly lingering bitterness. Sharp carbonation. A nice example of the style.

Brent, Jul 20, 2007
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

tzieser, Nov 30, 2011
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was great. It poured a dark coffee color with a hint of red shining through at the bottom of the glass. From its last third of the pour a khaki tinted head emerged to a two finger height, it faded slowly to pleasantly nice sheeting with lattice lacing on the sides. As tantalizing as it looked the smell made me want it more. Floral hops, roasted to almost perfect sweetness filled the air in the glass. At the forefront you get a nice toasted hop with oak mellowing to sweet malts at the end. This is a full bodied drink, it's thick and creamy that goes down smooth. It definitely feels like liquid bread that's not too bitter but not too sweet, it's a great balance that has me coming back for more.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful black hue with a two finger creamy caramel head. Good retention and lacing throughout.

The smell was of malty sweetness with a hint of coffee.

The taste was of a deep roasted barley and coffee. A nice subtle sweetness, but a dry finish.

The mouthfeel was light and finished dry.

Very drinkable.

plaid75, May 08, 2006
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the bock beer that warms the cockels of my heart.

It pours a beautiful reddish brown with a great tan head that disappears into some lacing that stays with you through the glass.

Smells a beautiful mix of hops and malt, soapy chocolate smell.

Tastes a mix of sweet malts and roasted coffee.

Leaves a lingering sweet aftertaste. Love it, but dont leave it.

Murchmac, Feb 16, 2008
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Stoffel, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a massive, light-brown head, excellent lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich aroma of toasted dark bread, with a slight herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens with an earthy, toasted malt flavor, molasses, and burnt caramel. Earthy notes increase as the taste progresses, finishes with moderate bitter cocoa notes and a slight dextrose sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style, well-crafted.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom brown glass bottle, with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jul 20, 2007
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark carmelized maltiness with an earthy, slightly fruity, touch.

The taste is of sweet dark grainy malt, cocoa-ish, towards toffee-ish. There is something of a similar taste mixed in that I remember associating with with the holiday ale, though not quite the same. The sweetness soon becomes balanced, then has an earthy dryness in the finish. Just a hint of warming alcohol is noticeable.

It is full-bodied without going into doppelbock territory. This is a nice dark bock!

jwc215, Mar 05, 2009
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich mahogany color with a creamy tan head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is toasted malty, with caramel, cocoa, and dark fruity smells. Reminds me of a freshly baked bread.

Taste is a toasted caramel malt upfront leading into mild cocoa flavors with a hint of dark fruits. Unlike many bock beers, there is no sweetness - which is a nice change of pace. Finishes dry with a lingering bready taste.

Medium body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation.

Another solid brew from the amazing Anchor brewery. I first had this last year at the brewery tour, and this year's version tastes just as good as I remember.

MaltyGoodness, Feb 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the local beverage hole and decided to purchase a 6 pack.

Pours into a dark brown/almost black color that lets a little light through. Pours with a two fingernail head that follows the beer all the way down.

Has a nice smooth taste, hints of coffee, tastes of molasses, roasted nuts and a hint of hops. Nice carbonation as always from Anchor.

Has a light mouthfeel but not too light. Leads to a good drinkibility. Would def recommend this beer and all by Anchor.

Landfill21, Feb 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It just seems like Anchor beers give me that warm fuzzy feeling, and here is another example.

Pouring this into my tulip and shaker glasses produced a frothy, tan head floating on a dark brown brew. Not much in the smell department, but the taste is has great roasted malt with coffee notes, and I really couldn't detect any hops. Maybe a slight grassy bitterness if a concerntrated real head. Really enjoyed the fresh and clean taste of this one. Mouth feel a little creamy. Very drinkable with all that roasted bitterness in there, but no bad after taste. Excellent session beer.

RunDWP, Apr 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

tbizzle0, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/ black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel and hints of honey. In the taste, dark raisons/ fruit, and a nice roasty maltiness. A small bite and medium mouthfeel, with a dry dark fruit aftertaste. Nice representation of style, nice dark fruit presence, and good.

OWSLEY069, Aug 30, 2008
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

hays99, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

DustinSWB, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

ROGUE16, Dec 08, 2011
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.