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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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919 Ratings

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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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Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a nice head and a beige,foamy lace.
The aroma of dark fruits,caramel and alcohol.
The taste was of malts,raisins and fruit notes.Some roasted malts that gave me the feel of a stout,but they were light enough to provide good balance.
The feel was full body,high carbonation and a mild bitter finish.

Notes: A very fine brew. Not much to say other than it was good and worth the purchase.
I still prefer Double Bocks.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 01:56:49 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pours a dark dark brown body, and a big foamy off-tan head, with good lacing and is somewhat lasting. Has a very fresh aroma, outdoorsy, somewhat dusty. Malty, somewhat dusty, somewhat nutty taste. Good body, somewhat light. Spring-y. More creamy, and fruity as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 05:05:26 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of BigJim5021


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

After wrapping my lips around Anchor's disappointing flagship brew -- Steam -- the Bock is a welcome change of pace.

It almost looks like a glass of Coke once the tan head settles. Lots and lots of lacing to be found.

The smell is reminiscent of a porter, with roasted malts dominating the forefront. There's a promise of some smokiness too.

The flavor manages to keep the promise of the aroma. The roasted, also burnt malt character finishes with light smokiness. There's a nice dry, almost puckering finish on the brew. Tasty stuff.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with light carbonation. Semi-slick too.

I was severely let down by Anchor Steam, as I'm a massive fan of Anchor's porter. They redeemed themselves in a big way with their bock. I can see myself picking up a six-pack of this delicious stuff in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 05:30:37 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anchor's Bock pours a dark cola brown with a full rich luxurious creamy tan head.

Smells of sweet molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and deeply of dark fruit such as raisins and prunes. Fantastic and deeply complex, yet very approachable.

Tastes lightly of dark fruit, but doesn't come off as rich as in the nose with the beautiful malt unable to realize its full potential.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium and provides enjoyable support to the rest of the beer. Very drinkable as Anchor shows that a lot can be accomplished without an overwhelming alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 00:11:05 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Offa


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

This is a tasty bock that rather resembles a porter or even a milk stout.

It is almost black with a fairly big, dark tan, long-lasting head.

The aroma is alcoholic burnt caramel and sugar, toast, caramelized prunes and other fruit, hint of chocolate. It smells dark caramelly, and sweet, like a milk stout.

The taste is similar, but more like a porter than the aroma. It has a light burnt-sugar-and-fruit sweetness, light bitterness, faint sourness, followed by light dryness. There is a peppery burnt-toast quality.

It's nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 22:43:34 | More by Offa
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 18:55:33 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of alexgash


3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Chocolate root beer brown body. Finger of thick, creamy, dirty khaki head. Nose of lightly-roasted malts, plums, toffee, bread pudding, and brandy. Nice. Toasted, grainy bitterness up front. Chocolate and toffee sweetness commence. Light fruit notes (fig, plum) follow. Astringent herbal bitterness comes on strong, backed with a slight cooked vegetable flavor. Bittersweet finish with some fruit juice and brandy notes. Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Not bad, but not my favorite Anchor offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 02:39:32 | More by alexgash
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was poured perfectly and at a great temperature.

A: A mahogany color. A thick white foam head. There was a hole lot of lacing left on the glass.

S: A decent amount of barley and wheat malts. There are some hints of beeries, but not too prominent.

T: A decent flavoring of malts. Slight tinges of coffee, caramel and cherries.

M: A medium bodied beer. Leaves a slight bitter taste on the palate. The taste clings to the mouth and tongue.

D: This is a really good session bock beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2008 12:00:13 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of lionking


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a variety pack after touring the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. The pack included Anchor Bock

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Minimal head on the beer. Looked like a dark cola in the glass with a touch of red. Aroma smelled of fruit, malt and hops along with chocolate. Taste was of cocoa and coffee. Thick and heavy mouthfeel.

I have not had many bock beers but this one was a lot more substantial than the ones I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 17:22:33 | More by lionking
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark garnet/brown with red hues in the light, decent 1" creamy tan head that retained fairly well but little lace in my pint glass.

S - Smelled of malty sweetness, roasted malts, touch of black currants, lightly burnt toast, caramel, and a faint trailing hops.

T - coffee-ish and dark maltiness mixed with rich fruits and complex hoppiness all blended together.

M - creamy, full bodied and light/medium carbonation

D - very drinkable. Quite the session beer.

Overall - well worth it if you can find some. An excellent interpretation of the style. Would pair well with some German food.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 15:48:10 | More by DmanGTR

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 13:58:51 | More by PLANETBUSTERRAVE
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this one remindes me of rich black coffie and hops mixed. this one is an almost black amber/brown brew that is big and malty. the mouthfeeal is heavy, almost like liquid bread. this one is realy good thank hevans for good bock
i wish that this one was avalable all year long but i will get more in spring

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 19:04:19 | More by orcasteve
Photo of WanderingFool


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Bock Beer pours a deep, dark ruby color into the glass. It's almost black in appearance. On top a two finger width creamy light tan head forms when the bottled is emptied. The foam slowly fades down to a thin sheet on the beer, leaving behind netted patterns of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of caramel malt, coffee, molasses and dark fruit (raisins). Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and dry with a soft carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins with sweet malt, followed by earthy notes of raisins, nuts, coffee and a hint of smoke. Towards the end a mild bitter tea flavor moves in to help balance out the malt. Once gone, a peat and molasses flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer has lots of character and is much easier to drink than some other bock beers that are on the market.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 20:55:06 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of becktone


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Color is dark brown, mahogany with dark brown-red highlights. Head is tan, has excellent retention and sie, again, not much more I can ask of this one. Lacing could be a bit thicker and more "sheet"like.

Nose: Dark and chocolaty to the nose, Dark fruits as well. Rich and deep aroma. As can bge expected it has a huge malt presence. It smells good, I wouldn't ask for much more from this one. not outstanding, but good....Also some possible toffee notes.

Tongue: Fruity, well at least dark fruits on th palate, dark chocolate flavors as well. Roasted, heavily roasted malt/grain flavor, Somewhat coffee like in its roastiness, also roasted grain bitterness. Some tart edge to this as well. there's a lot in here, I won't lie, I find this one to be pretty good.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: A bit thinner and more watery than I would have liked. Flavor isn't all that fleeting. However, I feel; that the tart edge to this almost tales away from, its finish. It almost seems to me that it is setting itself up for a drier finish- with the roasted grain bitterness and flavor lingering-but it then is all undone by the tart edge that comes in and takes over leaving a sourness; tartness that lingers quite a long time after you've put the glass down. Overall an okay brew, not going to be the first bock I pick up next season , but i might buy it again. Nothing really all that great, average in m opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 18:34:16 | More by becktone
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

12-ounce stubby teardrop bottle with no freshness date, but a funny picture of a smug little goat eating hops on it, poured into a pint nonic yields a clear deep dark garnet body sporting four fat fingers of fluffy, rocky, ecru foam that deflates into a misshapen glob and leaves rings and swatches of fluffy lacing on the glass.

Smell is brown sugary with a sting of evergreen.

Taste is rich and malty, caramel with lemon zest, succulent, rich toasted wheat, and a long, dry dose of citrusy hops. A rich and creamy mouthfeel is nicely managed with an astringent hop note and fine carbonation, and the finish is surprisingly crisp, a bit tart, a bit dry, and clean.

This beer is a wonderful take on the style, and is unlike any other bock I've encountered. It's very hoppy and rich, but has this wonderfully crisp, fine, fruitiness that sets it apart. Superb drinkability

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 20:26:06 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep garnet auburn brew lies below a frothy looking, tight bubbled tan head. The retention holds rather nicely. Aroma is smoothly malt packed. Scents are of nutty coffee, cream, caramel toast, a touch of vanilla, and ripe, tart berries and apples. Certainly an enjoyable sniffer. Delicate and balanced while on the other hand still comes across as fully malty. Taste is similar but the different flavors seem to be more separated than in the aroma where they blend together very well. It has good bock-like flavors under tart berries. The bitterness helps the fruit stand out initially at the finish. Once that eases away maltiness remains reminding you you're drinking a bock. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and coating. The medium body could be a slight bit fuller. Easy to drink throughout.

A good bock to pick up if you're in that type of drinking mood.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 03:29:53 | More by tastybeer
Photo of erikeifert

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found a sixer of this at whole foods on wad ave for $5.99(?). Seeing how i love bocks and goats i couldn't resist. A good bock with a nice dry finish and not overwhelmingly sweet. nice color and an easy drinker. not my first choice in bocks but not my last either. good for the price

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 02:57:00 | More by erikeifert
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with reddish hues escaping when held to the sunlight. A firm 1/2 finger light brown head is actively fed by actively rising small bubbles.
Aroma-some chocolate and plenty of roasty-toasty malt aromas. A sweet smell that is not totally malt-can't put a label on it.
Mouthfeel- an earthy hop bitterness is first on the palate but gets swept away by the sweet and heavier malt flavors. I detect some licorice and toffee flavors. Standard malty bock,this is good! A slight bitterness on the finish from the darker roasted malts is there as well. This was on sale for $3.99 a sixer-super bargain and tasty!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 18:08:02 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of rabsten

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Anchor Christmas 2006 pint glass, red-tinted brown with a cola-like head and carbonation. Head dissipates pretty fast but leaves some lacing. The beer itself has "legs" in the wine sense of the word, which is kind of odd, considering the mouthfeel is pretty light.

Toasted malt and alcohol smell. Way more ethanol in the nose than I expected. The malt is a nice aroma, but the alcohol dominates the nose. Points off for that.

Flavor, though, is where this beer shines. It's nowhere near as alcohol heavy as the aroma would indicate. Well balanced maltiness, with some roasted, porter-esque malt and some sweeter barleywine type malt. Not a significant hop presence, with just a bit in the background.

Mouthfeel is light - oddly so, even. High carbonation makes for a dry drinking experience.

The good taste and lighter mouthfeel make for a pretty darn drinkable beer. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 18:04:23 | More by rabsten
Photo of Seanibus


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black with a thin white head, which dissipates quickly with no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is disappointing - thin and faintly cardboard-like. The flavor is much better, with good dark malt, giving it a raisin-like character, with hints of dark cherry and tobacco. Nice tobacco bite on the finish. The mouthfeel is good, though not outstanding. This is a decent dark beer, but perhaps not transcendent.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 23:25:49 | More by Seanibus
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark mahogany/crimson color with a large, thick caramel-mocha head that slowly settles to a solid tan cap. Thick, sticky rings of lace line the glass all the way down. A stunning appearance.

S: Prominent brown sugar, molasses, and caramel aromas give way to some dark fruit and faint chocolate malt aromas. A solid nose on this beer.

T&M: The taste is much subdued from the nose, thankfully, because that much sweetness would've been overpowering in a bock. Caramel malt sweetness is subtly balanced by mild bittering hops before giving way to a lightly roasted chocolate malt finish with some lingering malty sweetness. All in all, the flavors are balanced appropriately without taking away the beer's distinctive character. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and body somewhat light, but that's on par with the style. Still, a slightly fuller body would aid development and enjoyment of the robust malt flavors contained in the beer.

D: While it is light bodied, the beer sits a little heavier in the stomach than I would've expected. Also, the sweetness could get a bit cloying after 3 or 4--not a session beer. Nevertheless, the flavor is balanced enough to where, for a bock, this is an excellent choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 06:27:58 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of neenerzig


4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A single 12 oz bottle recently purchased during my trip to the Party Source (located just across the river in KY) when I was visiting my brother in Cincinnati (and boy did we do some drinking of shit beer for old time's sake the first night I was down there!) I had never seen this particular Anchor Steam beer before so I definitely wanted to get it. Poured into my stange glass. This beer is a very dark brown color with some ruby/amber highlights. The big, fluffy tan head is about 3 1/2 fingers thick when poured, settling to a nice surface coating after about 15 minutes. Very excellent lace indeed. Sweet, strong malty aromas with chocolate, caramel and dark fruit-raisins and plums, and alcohol. Kind of surprised I could smell the alcohol this much since the beer is only 5.5% ABV. Sweet and malty with the aforementioned caramel, chocolate and dark fruits making their presence well known. A bit of a tart flavor and the taste of alcohol round it out. Has a mild hop bitter finish. Has a crisp, frothy and smooth, sort of chewy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink indeed! One of the best bock's I have ever had. Period! This was fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 02:26:11 | More by neenerzig
Photo of foles


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exactly what you want from a good bock! Extra points for the bottle design - brilliant. Smell is of chocolate with caramel and coffee overtones. Heathly head that reduces to a thin whisp. Beer is jet black. Heavy malty body, with a chewy sweetness, and hints of alcohol. Slight hint of fruit - maybe plums. Mild bitter finish which is a nice touch and reminiscent of anchor beers. Thoroughly enjoyable and a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 12:26:19 | More by foles
Photo of Durge


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark mahogany-cherry wood color with giant tan foam and good lace. Mild burnt molasses and coffee chocolate aroma with an odd green oats character. Grassy tart charcoal flavor. Aqueous with mild carbonation. Some licorice highlights but the tartness is almost cherry-like. A somewhat unusual blend of sweetness and sour with some hop bitterness at the front. Pretty drinkable, not heavy, but I don't think I would want too much of this level of tartness. Unique and enjoyable addition to the bock options. Mellows as your taste buds adjust.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 02:08:51 | More by Durge
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District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a single from the Wine Specialist. Pours a nice highlighted brown color with a huge puffy head. Nose is lots of sweet malt, caramel, dried fruit. Taste is likewise, although a fair bit milder than expected. Very smooth, and lacking in some of the spicy malt that I expected. Body was a little thin. Overall, not a bad brew, but not really as exciting as I'd hoped.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 22:55:05 | More by soupyman10
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