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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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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown/red color. Two finger pillowy khaki colored head with very good retention. Too dark to see any carbonation. Some lacing.

Smell: Heavy on roasted malts, toasty and biscuity with perhaps a bit of nuttiness. A faint dark fruit scent as well. Medium sweetness.

Taste: Once again, heavy on toasty and biscuity malts with some nuttiness. A slight alcohol bite, muted. Faint dark fruit flavors as well. Tastes almost exactly the same as the nose. Some earthiness (dirt) as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some carbonation bite, but not incredibly lively.

Drinkability: A very good Bock. Malty like it should be, with decent flavor and body. It could have a little more life to it, but it is a solid offering.

Buy Again? Yes

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 04:10:40 | More by jonziefle
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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-10-2013 01:42:28 | More by Wedcat
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-02-2012 20:12:23 | More by Dunkelhund
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-13-2013 22:56:04 | More by AmandaSchaefer
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-03-2011 04:21:02 | More by tbizzle0
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

02-11-2013 20:23:07 | More by Lee45102
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3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

glass: mug

a: Dark, dark ruby color, with a generous 3-finger tan colored head with sudsy and splashy lacing.

s: slightly medicinal aroma with a sweet, caramel, grape base. Hints of resiny hops atop.

t: A sweet almost chocolate base with some sharp grape notes and deep resiny hops. Tastes a bit off from what would be considered a bock.

m: fuller that i expected, i would say medium bodied with a slightly thick feel about mid pallate, lots of bubbles but not anything close to Anchor steam's carbonation level.

o: Tastes like a souped up shwartzbier rather than a bock. It's good overall but as a bock, it's meh.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:13:37 | More by JosiahS
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours super dark brown, with almost 2-fingers of head the color of toast. The head lingers decently, although the lacing is minimal after it fades.

S: A lot going is on in the way of aromas. At first there's burnt sugar and toasted grain. Then I detect cocoa and orange. There's a little cracked pepper and pine sap as well.

T: Definitely weighted toward the malt, sweet and almost creamy at first; then comes the slightly-acrid but rich, grainy flavor of well-toasted bread; then acidic coffee notes, which fade to leave a bitter aftertaste as the hops finally reveal themselves at the end.

M: Adequate carbonation. A little bit chewy, although I'm more struck by the smoothness. Just a touch dry in the finish.

O: Pretty bold for a bock, but I welcome it! Very drinkable, and reasonably priced. It's not going to the top of my all-time favorite list, but I'll definitely pick up a couple more the next time I'm at the store. A solid contender from a good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:41:59 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown--almost black as night--color, with a pretty thick, well-retained, tannish head. Lace holds well against the sides of the glass.

Malt aroma hits the nostrils right up front. It is followed by hints of toffee, coffee, and flecks of caramel sweetness. Full, if not terribly complex.

Taste is dominated by chocolate and malt. There is also a bit of bitterness, most likely from hops, at the back of the swallow. Also quite a biscuit presence here. Pretty nice.

Full, sharp, and somewhat biting on the palate. Medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice, tasty, enjoyable beer. Relatively low ABV makes it close to sessionable and it would be one I wouldn't mind having multiples of on a given occasion.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 22:17:33 | More by macpapi
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3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - brown w garnet edges. tan head w a lasting lacing

S - caramel, cocoa, light coffee, burnt sugar, toast w a lil munich-like richness. faint earthy hops, some dark fruit

T - molasses, caramel, burnt toast, cocoa, faint melanoidins. far too dominated by the darker malts for style, which pushes the bitterness too high as well.

M - a little thin

O - an average beer, but not even close to what a bock should be

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:25:59 | More by dcp27
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3/5  rDev -18%

03-04-2012 02:43:21 | More by Redglimmer
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-02-2013 19:31:27 | More by IWannaEatFood
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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-11-2013 15:18:21 | More by jme015
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3/5  rDev -18%

04-18-2012 03:58:41 | More by beerme411
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-04-2014 02:08:04 | More by djcreepshow
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor's dark beers have been appearing on my table at Christmas dinner for some years now. This one pours with thick, creamy foam, brownish in color. The color of the beer is reddish, dark brown. Smelling sweet, with hints of fruits and coffee. The taste is bitter with roasted hops and bubble-gum. It almost has a powder-like mouthfeel. It definately measures up to Anchor quality, although the tastes could be a bit more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 15:52:14 | More by JanM
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown in color with a smooth head. Aroma is quite pleasing with toasted malt being prominent.

Flavor has some characteristic Anchor elements to it: almost sharp cleanliness, solid malt profile and a subtle but well balanced hop bite. The brew has an almost bitter tinge that I find rather enjoyable. This one is every bit as drinkable as their other offerings. Nice and quenching. Quite sessionable. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 19:31:37 | More by sinistermadman
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3/5  rDev -18%

07-13-2013 21:21:31 | More by EastBay_Nick
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4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's the 12oz, signature stubby bottle of Anchor Brewing fame, with a goat's head ("bock" is German for "goat") on the label, holding hops in his (he has horns, although if you study his face he looks a little effeminate) mouth.

Pours very dark brown, just barely translucent, showing shades of ruby in the light. Almost no head to speak of. One barely forms and goes away in the blink of an eye.

Anchor Bock has a rummy, raisiny, bready scent. It smells more alcoholic than it actually is. The taste is reminiscent of wheat bread, except darker, like pumpernickel or something. There are also undertones of figs, rum and hop bitterness. Very very slightly medicinal. More complexities are at play here that are beyond my limited senses.

As indicated by the near absence of head, this beer is almost flat, and is syrupy and sticky by the end of the glass.

Put it all together and you got yourself one swell Bock. Delicious enough to sip, but not too strong that you HAVE to sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 02:52:13 | More by edskirk3
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3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock from 12oz bottle at 40-45 F from Pint

Appearance: Deep brown with good clarity. Avg white head. Does not pour large. Does not give enough creaminess to the beverage

Smell: Strong malt aroma. Mild amount of rich melanoidins an abnormal amount of caramel sweetness on the aroma. No hops and no toasted aromas either. Strong banana esters.

Taste: Somewhat complex maltiness. Munich is not the dominant malt. I perceive more of a caramel sweetness. Banana like esters overly present for style. Light hop bitterness to finish and extinguish the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation. Approriate for style

Drinkability: An above average, readily available American bock. A good introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 01:15:51 | More by BWH3
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-13-2012 05:41:45 | More by Ryan1423
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-14-2012 03:54:40 | More by mlhenson
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle poured into mug

A-Thick, tan head, good retention, very little lacing

S-Sweet chocolate, raisins, dark fruit, cocoa.

T-Big chocolate-coffee malt. Good robust flavors. Sweet raisins with some faint smoke. A touch of hops but the malt fights it back. Chocolate finishes and stays on the tongue for a long while.

M-Sweet, thick, like a good bock.

D-Very tasty, though a couple would be enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 04:03:50 | More by Shango42
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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