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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

919 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | 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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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour a neary opaque blackish-brown color. The head is one inch in height, light tan in color, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of nuts, cream, chocolate, and caramel with a hint of nutmeg. The taste is of creamier than the aroma with a nice mildly spicy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonatnion, and a velvety texture. Overall, I would certainly drink this agian.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 21:41:58 | More by KarlHungus
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balinor

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-03-2014 19:54:43 | More by balinor
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stephendr

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of deep brown, with nice tan a head - nose of sweet malt, coco, and some dark fruit – taste of cappuccino, and malt simple but good- body is medium, dry and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of cappuccino, and dark milk chocolate

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 06:10:23 | More by stephendr
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-15-2011 02:16:00 | More by avaldivia
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer exhibits much of what I like about Anchor's beers. They are always very flavorful and extremely clean. A lot to brag about, and very drinkable. Looks very clear with a tan, loosely knit head retention. A strong toasty malt character shows boldly in the nose and flavors. Hop aromas shadow the malts closely and nearly compete with the grains. Simple, without a lot of muddled flavors; roasted coffee and chocolate with a whisp of a finish. Hop flavor takes on grassy and pine notes and ride well into the finish. The body is lighter than the flavors would make you think, but again, this leads to good drikability. The hops kick the beer out of syle a bit, but then that would not be the Anchor Steam way; but adds to the crispness of the brew. The grains, however, do take on chalky and astringent proportions late, but does little to interfere with the favorable qualities of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 02:11:55 | More by BEERchitect
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-09-2013 02:26:35 | More by Falcone
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Kopfmeister60

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-21-2012 16:01:15 | More by Kopfmeister60
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice dry roasted scent that boasts of crystal malts and lager yeast. It has a light malt sweetness along with some fruity yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and toastey. This is a solid brew that is true to style. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer with good malt character.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 00:44:38 | More by WesWes
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bamadog

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark coffee brown with some ruby highlights when held to light; body is semi-opaque due to the darkness; there is a short one finger head that is a creamy tan color and looks more like something that I would find on a milkshake; as the head dwindles, it leaves a pretty thick layer of lacing to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Deep toasty/bready/oaty malt and some hints of burnt sugar and malt as well; nose is pretty strong.

Taste: Much like the smell, it is definitely toasty and bready, and the oaty presence is unique and reminds me of a healthy-style cereal; there is a very slight grassy hop presence way in the back and it gives just a hint of bitterness to balance the wonderful maltiness and all of its aspects; hints of light chocolate and lightly roasted coffee as well as it sits a bit.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy and smooth overall, the body is a tad watery, but I find that this isn't necessarily indicative of a poor beer with a straight up bock, if it was a doppel, it might be different, but the body is solid; there is a slight stickiness left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: I could probably sip on these all night - the flavors are pretty robust and taste great; the ABV is pretty small overall; the body is smooth and not too heavy... A fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 01:51:45 | More by bamadog
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albern

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a flavorful, well carbonated (for the style), and well hopped up Bock Beer. It poured a nice brown with the coppery off white colored head. Some lacing, plenty of retention. The nose on the beer is caramel, toffee, some raisin, some roasted notes. The taste is quite a bit more bittering and substantial than I expected. The beer is medium bodied without being cloying or syrupy. There is a definite brown sugar and roasted grain character to the beer. It's a good bock, complex enough, interesting enough to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 19:38:29 | More by albern
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Crstumpf

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-17-2012 05:41:40 | More by Crstumpf
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guldseth

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-28-2013 00:45:56 | More by guldseth
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-01-2013 21:27:24 | More by Thedrizzle
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown a touch of red highlighing. Nice one finger tan head with decent retention, spotty lacing left on the glass. Nose is of caramel and chocolate with a touch of vanilla. Also resent are faint floral and piney notes. Taste is of coffee and burnt malts up front followed by some sweet caramel malts and a touch of grain. Hops fall to the background giving just that extra bite to it. Creamy mouthfeel to it, higher in carbonation, burnt aftertaste lingers and it a bit chewy.
This is a nice beer to sit with for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 13:41:43 | More by Jayli
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown in color, some carbonation, nice creamy head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste of kinda sweet, there's some slight toffee flavor, and a hint of prune's. The finish is dry.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a pretty tasty bock from Anchor, recommend for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 23:17:30 | More by Wasatch
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stewart124

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish hue. Nice tan head on top of the beer.

Lots of caramel and chocolate in the nose. Floral aromas and hints.

Coffee and burnt tastes with a little bit more of a bite from the hops. Very smooth with raisins and a hint of burnt marshmellow. There is a warming presence but this is ever so slight. The hops seem mellow but add a nice little bite.

Chewy mouthfeel a nice burnt aftertaste. I really enjoyed the body and the grainbill is bold. Little bit more hops than I expected but it was a nice bock and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 20:53:41 | More by stewart124
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scninmer08

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-07-2012 14:32:57 | More by scninmer08
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BigRedN

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a very dark brown, probably closer to black. A thick 3/4 inch tan head forms, fading to a solid ring around the glass. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: This one is almost all malt. Roasted malt aromas, the typical chocolate and coffee are present. When the beer is a little warmer, I get a hint of piney hops.

Taste: Nice big malty body, touch of bitterness on the finish. Roasted malt, bittnerness is minimal. Just a solid, good, beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with good carbonation, a little prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not an everyday purchase for me due to cost, but it was on sale so I picked up a couple of different Anchor products. I definitely enjoyed the six I have had, and would look for it again next spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 15:01:32 | More by BigRedN
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RedWeizen83

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-21-2013 15:30:09 | More by RedWeizen83
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HoppedUp13

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-16-2012 23:30:44 | More by HoppedUp13
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keithmurray

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark mahogany with fluffy khaki head

Smell - chocolate, licorice, oats, malts, cola

Taste - chocolate, whole grain bread, oats, toffee, roasted malts

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, on the lighter end of medium bodied, some sweetness to this, a bit of bitterness to balance things out, flavors linger a bit after the initial swallow, which tells you that this was well made

Overall - good, solid bock that is worth a shot if you like the style. Would work great for a chilly night

Price Point - $1.50/12oz single

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 22:39:22 | More by keithmurray
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nezelrac

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beer that I should be drinking more of...

A - opaque brown/black with mahogany highlights topped by one finger of light tan head with modest persistence

S - toffee, malt, roasted coffee, burnt butterscotch

T - good malt profile, good depth of flavor and a nice bitter edge, hops are largely hiding, there is a full reprise of the nose on the soft palate; good length

M - quite light on its feet

D - quite easy; session-able

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 22:29:14 | More by nezelrac
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights and thick coat of tan head on top.

Rich and malty with plenty of bread, dark caramel, toffee, and just a hint of cocoa that keeps the sweeter side of the malt spectrum in check. Hops are on the strong side for the style with a solid herbal flavor throughout.

Just a solid Bock, not much else to say, another well designed and executed beer from Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 16:55:14 | More by bump8628
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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don’t know how I could have missed this one before. It’s not a new Anchor beer by this point—but it was new to me. A pleasant surprise! Certainly hews to the style while retaining that ‘Anchor’ feel about it.

It poured a luscious ruby-caramel color with nice foam retention. There’s a sweet caramel-cola malt aroma and a rich malty-chocolaty-caramel flavor to this brew. Real pleasing. The beer itself is well-rounded and holds up even as it warms. I could see having this for dessert as it’s substantial and filling (without being heavy or a malt bomb).

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 22:12:58 | More by elNopalero
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat dark for a bock. Reddish-Brown with a light brown head. Great retention. Carbonation is mild.

S: Toasty caramel dominates the aroma. The bouquet is very active .

T: Malty sweetness is balanced with toasty grain. Hops are far off in the background. Typical of a bock.

D: A fine example the bock style. Very enjoyable and accessable to those who are turned off by harsh flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 22:49:04 | More by Avagadro
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.