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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

574 Reviews
THE BROS
67
poor

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Reviews: 574
Hads: 982
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 28
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-26-2005

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogony colour with mocha head, lots of lace. Molasses and chocolate malt aroma. Creamy and tongue tingle. Molasses and roast coffee aftertaste with coffee oil slickness. Bittersweet. Medium-full mouthfeel. It all works together, and would have again. (252 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/10/13.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is very earthy with roasted malt, spice, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that reminds me a lot of the Our Special Ale series, just without so much of the holiday spice flavor. (608 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is translucent but very dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a creamy tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is rather complex has moderately strong aromas of caramel, raisins, toasted malts and toffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has an excellent balance of flavors between hints of malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is quite drinkable and isn't as filling as other types of beers in the style. (725 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

im not a huge bock guy, and for me, this is as good a a bick can be. pours the most sensationalm dark cherrywood color with a goldenrod hued head all foamy and tall. sticks around too above the ruby glow. smells like a malt bomb, but appropriate for spring. flavor is bitter and mildly alcoholic, behind a nice camamel/amber malt backbone. it the bitterness hops at the end or just dank old malt, hard to tell. funky almost, old world, british, and thick. mouthfeel is excellent, full bodied but not filling, creamy, and as carbonated as it need to be. great great bock. i would buy this one again for sure. damn (612 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a prune juice color with crimson highlights and a sturdy tan head that lays a few shards on the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Dark fruit and caramel

Taste: Opens with a dark fruit aspect that is filled with prune and burnt sugar caramel; by mid-palate, a leafy hop flavor starts to balance out the sweeter elements; after the swallow, the bitter flavors continue to step to the fore, leaving the sweeter aspects behind to a whisper of their initial flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very surprising for a bock and once I realized this wasn't going in the traditional direction, I rather enjoyed the places the beer took me (681 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the bock, The pour was really nice, the beer was a mahogany color with a tan colored head on it that lasted for the entire duration of having it. The lacing was nice too. The smell was a little bit of an odd one. It was big on malts and some hops but also had some strange little sour aroma going on too. The taste was full of grains. malts and some really nice hops that dry your mouth out after each sip. Quite a nice brew here. (447 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color bock with a rather large off-white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of rich and sweet malt is domination and quite pleasant if maybe a bit strong for the style. Taste is also dominated by rich and sweeter then expected malt. Body is full with some adequate carbonation. Interesting take on the style but a bit too sweet for the style IMHO. (393 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - let there be Spring!

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, somewhat creamy, beige head, which leaves some intricate Runic-esque lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of musty caramel/toffee malt, raisins, and other juicy, concentrated dark fruit, molasses, a bit of coffee grounds, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is black fruit, tart and sour at once, over a bready, grainy caramel malt, some loitering molasses stickiness, a mild mocha roastiness, a small flinty, metallic edge, and soft, grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and airily creamy, which goes a long way towards the genial smoothness of it all. It finishes off-dry, the malt complexity hard to show up, though the hop remnants and fruit notes cannot be faulted for trying.

A quite tasty bock beer, seasonally perfect, and just plain enjoyable, uber alles. (938 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pecan shell brown with candied cherry highlights... that is actually darkest crimson when backlit. This is, without a doubt, the darkest bock that I've ever seen; excepting doppelbocks of course. The beer is crowed with a gorgeous brown sugar milkshake of a head that deposits vertical streamers of sea foam lace from the glass rim downward. A great start.

Given the dark, rich color, I shouldn't be surprised that the nose is dark and rich as well. Dark toffee, dark brown sugar, molasses... I can't believe that the beer will be as sweet and sticky as it smells. I keep looking for chocolate/cocoa, but the nose is solidly in the caramelized cane sugar family. With more power, it'd be a world-beater.

When I drink Anchor beer, it's hard for me to escape the notion that I'm drinking--if not the necessarily the best version--the definitive version of that particular style. I felt that way about Anchor Porter, about Old Foghorn and now about Anchor Bock. It tastes exactly like I'd always thought, and still think, a bock should taste.

It's darkly malty and continues to favor caramel over chocolate. There are, however, some cocoa powder notes on the palate that I didn't appreciate in the nose. Some variety of earthy hop has been used and provides exactly the right counterpoint, both in terms of flavor and bitterness, to the primary maltiness of the beer.

As expected, it isn't all that sweet. As is often the case, it favors (mildly) sweet early and (mildly) bitter and dry late. This is an extremely well-crafted lager that is a cinch to drink. The 5.5% ABV may put it on the low end of the style scale in terms of alcoholic punch, but it's definitely on the high end in terms of flavor and overall quality.

Keeping in mind that it isn't a doppelbock, the body/mouthfeel is just about where it needs to be (I'll resist the urge to call for bigger). It isn't what I'd call full, or even medium-full, but it has enough sustainability to keep that beautiful bock flavor on the taste buds long enough for them to deliver the goods. I love the contrast between the full flavor and the relatively light body.

I haven't had a great deal of bock experience, but I recognize quality beer when I taste it. Anchor Bock is a truly wonderful effort from a brewery that specializes in brewing 'gold standards' and is one of my new favorites of the style. (2,369 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark, dark brown color with a two-finger, head of of light brown foam. The creamy head left sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet malt, caramel and plum.

T - Good sweet bready malt with some caramel notes. There was a plum-like fruitiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied bock with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a nice bock beer. I'm glad I finally got around to buy this. (443 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very rich, and red tinted hazelnut brown. Very rich looking to be honest. A nice tight off white head formed on the top, maybe two fingers high, then settled down to a thin film though out the rest of the session, but offer up very nice side glass coating throughout. It was somewhat hazy and cloudy, not as clear as I would have expected, but it gave it some depth. Very nice look.

Now I lean in to find out what else is going on with this one and was quite surprised as to how good this was. A rich creamy malty smell was coming off of this one from the very start. Lots of roasted malts coming through with rich nutty tones as well, really quite good I have to say. Huge notes of caramel sugar and a touch of a woody and earthy like quality as well, really a very nice profile here, and classic for the style. The taste was fantastic. Very rich and creamy. I was surprised at how full the body was on this, with a really thick smooth like feel, not the usual crispness you would find, but this was superb. Nice carbonation really allowed the flavors to pop when you tasted it. Rich notes of caramel sugar and roasted malts just dominated the heck out of this one. Really, mellow flavors that could be either a sipper or a session ale, depending on your mood. (1,275 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's tonight,came to the table a deep ruddy brown with a thinner but tight almond colored head.Roasted aromas like that of roasted nuts and caramel malt,flavors are on the drier side quite earthy and roasted the healthy dose of hops provide a drier earthy almost spicey feel to the beer an underlying molasses-like sweetness comes thru but the dry earthy tones prevail.A different sort of bock in my mind one with an American hopped up twist with its drier earthy character but quite nice. (501 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. The bottle code "2JR" on the back should translate out to a bottling date of: January 18th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours out a dark reddish-brown body with a tall, albeit collapsing, beige head, though it never quite dissipates fully.

Smell: Near-blackened toast, small handful of roasted malt hinting at less-than-desirably coffee, a sliver of soiled fruit skin, and damp, dead leaves snatched out of a gutter.

Taste: Heavily toasted bread crusts, a sip of watered down, stale coffee, and a lone drop of molasses. Not much sweetness present. Very slight estery fruitiness, almost an incredibly faint tartness present as well. Leafy, lightly earthy hops with enough bitterness to balance, which isn't much. Earthy, toasted nut finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Just lacking and a bit strange all around, one of my least favorite Anchor products. (945 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby brown. Nice and clear. Develops a large tan head with good density and retention.

S - Rich aroma of malt, alcohol, and fruit. Maby some rasins.

T - Malty caramel flavors. Notes of dark fruit, rasins, dates. No real hop flavors, but a nice bitterness in the finish with lingering dark sugary notes and a distinct dark chocolate flavor that lasts longer than any of the other flavors.

M - Thick and smooth but it doesn't coat the mouth in an unplesant way.

D - Overall very plesant and quite drinkable for a richly flavored beer. (553 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a lovely ruby brown with a thick steadfast khaki head that leaves some traces of laces behind. The smell is faint, but there are nonetheless detectable notes of dark malts, wheat, brown sugar, and figs. The taste generally follows, but witb the addition of a chalky cocoa flavor that seems to dry things out a bit. The body is lightly medium, quite smooth, and lightly carbonated, making for a fairly drinkable brew. Overall, though, a decidedly average bock. (516 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor's Bock pours a clear, very dark mahogany body with ruby highlights beneath a massive rocky head of orange-accented dark tan. The head retention is impressive, and it leaves walls of thin, sparse lace about the glass.

The nose is distinctly caramelish, and fruity. It's sweetish and rich, leaning heavily towards darkly caramelized and almost scortched sugars with the yeasty fruitiness providing a very nice counterpoint.

The flavor mimicks the nose, displaying a rich caramel maltiness that exhibits lots of brown sugar, scorched sugar, molasses, and nutty, dark bread. It finishes with a low-key, lingering bitterness, a hint of dark chocolate, and some residual, mild dark malt acidity.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge, and smooth across the palate with a moderate carbonation.

When I first had this beer I was unimpressed. It was colder than it should have been, lacked head retention (probably a dirty glass), and without releasing some of it's carbonation, 'twas a bit gassy and harsh on the tongue. The caramel flavor was reduced, or perhaps I should say concentrated, as its full breadth of character was masked by the cold. Once warmed a bit it's wonderful. It's not quite traditional, but quite nice in its own right. Well done and worth trying! (1,298 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice fluffy slightly darker head that fades semi quickly over dark molasses murky brown color.

Nose has lots of darker wheats, light caramel and toffee, candy like syrup, plenty of crystal malt aromas, very slight butterscotch, some lager like sweet fruit aromas.

Taste starts chalky and dry, a weird feel like sawdust dryness or the feel of a dry piece of ice sticking to your mouth, weird!, tons of caramel malts, toffee, light candy syrup, some sweet lager malts, tons of dark wheat again, little bitterness, finishes with a slight bitterness and light spicy hop character, very dry, light lingering toffee and caramel malts as well as dark wheats.

Mouth is med bodied but really weird with that suck the moisture out of your mouth feel, and good carbonation.

Overall kinda meh, nothing really special, a bit too much on the darker malts and not enough of the wheat aspects, no heavy enough IMO, not enough hops, and that mouth sucking dry feel is just sooo icky. (978 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is smoky and spicy and has some dark fruit and hops in it. I was surprised at how robust it was.

T: The taste is hits you with smoked malts up front along with some dark fruit, spices and a touch of chocolate. There’s a decent hops presence and an interesting twang at the end of each sip. The balance is good for such a flavorful beer with so many different flavors going on at the same time. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not that filling for the style, decent kick, good representation of style and certainly more flavorful than most other Bocks. This is a style that I’ve found to be pretty mediocre from the beers that I’ve had in it so far. However, this beer has restored my faith that there can be some good beers in it. It’s well-worth drinking for a while and even though it may not be my first choice on a given evening, it’s definitely one of the best Bock’s that I’ve had. (1,246 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big handsome foam in the Saxo tulip. Very dark, nearly a porter color, with light beige head. Quite sudsy in the mouth.

A little bit sweet, but also distinct charred malt and burnt sugar flavors. rather rich and almost winey sensation. Candy flavors are in the background with dark caramel coming forward. Finish is earthy, murky, and a little herbal. Quite bitter, dark resiny, gunky, dirty aftertaste.

There is something unpleasant about this, after the promising initial taste. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego. (547 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle freshness code on the back label.

Decent head, a bit fizzy with only a ring of lace left on top. A pretty dark brew, a lot dark than expected though the shades of dark chestnut color let some light through. Hop resin, light burnt sugar, dark syrup, orangey hops at that ... at first smell I did a double take on the bottle that thought I had cracked open one of the Christmas ales. Big smoothness in a medium body ... little slick as well. Sweetness comes off like a hint of dark corn syrup with a mix of cocoa powder and lightly roasted coffee. Hops jump on with a thick bitterness and flavor combo that muddles the palate. Finishes with a watery orange hop tone and lingering burnt matter.

Not sure where this is brew is going, while there is a lot of flavor here nothing really fits together IMO. As far as being a Bock, perhaps on a distant circle of the style ... sort of like the outer ring on a dart board where no points are given but at least it stuck somewhere and did not fall to the floor. (1,021 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but very dark brown with a tannish head. Nose is minor malts with minor coffee. Flavor is very robust. Nice thick flavor that lingers for a little bit and then disappears, leaving a coffee after taste. Just comes off nice and robust really. Very nice. Good feel. Carbonation is biting, but it's not overly prevalent. The verdict is this is a nice bock. I usually don't go directly for this style, but this is nice. Easily a session brew. (451 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on the bottle 6BN

Pours mahogany with 4 fingers+ of sand colored, rocky head. Most of the lacing falls away & a little head retention

S: Choclatey nose with a little licorice & coffee

T: Bakers chocolate, iron, & coffee up front. I also catch a little licorice. Toasted/burnt grains as this warms. Dryness, baker's chocolate, a little medicinal twang & burnt grains, too many things don't belong here

MF: Very chewy for the abv, with low carbonation, best thing about this beer IMO

Drinks alright, just too many non conventional bock flavors in this critter, almost makes think of their holiday ale. If you're not too anal about taste profiles this ain't a bad beer, but I expected a lot more from anchor (714 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its reputation. I generally find bocks underwhelming.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of decent cream, nice thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is an extremely dark caramel-ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Dark malts. Notable caramelization. Hints of vanilla. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, with some stale cream. Hints of vanilla but none really manifest in a strong sense. Bland hops throw off the balance a bit. No yeast comes through. The malts are certainly dominant, and somewhat layered. It's balanced alright. Not very complex and certainly not subtle. A bit boring. I'm underwhelmed.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. A bit too thick. The carbonation is adequate but not perfect.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Decent for the style. I wouldn't get it again. Boring and a bit bland. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown--very little light shines through. Mild head but with lasting power. Nice ring lace with each sip.

Typical sweet malt sugar smell. But what is most notable is the strong, beautiful floral hop aroma. Very appealing!

Up front, the floral hop touches the tongue even before the liquor does. Not as sweet as some bocks, this one does not have the heaviness of most. The aftertaste is the mild hop bitterness.

This is a well balanced offering and probably not very accurate to the style. I, however, like this one more than the typical bock. (562 characters)

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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