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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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Photo of kraticus41
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

kraticus41, May 12, 2014
Photo of pjbfromkc
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

pjbfromkc, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Stateline. Pours with a thick head & nice lacing. Very malty and roasted in smell. Tastes like it smells. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is very drinkable. A solid representation of the style. I am surprised I have not tried this before.


SkinnyElvis, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of eberkman
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with red highlights coming through when held to the light. Rich, light-tan head with excellent stickiness and retention leaving a lot of lacing. Smells of toasted malt and some caramel and molasses dominate the nose, which doesn't have much hop presence. The taste is also toasted malts -- caramel and molasses primarily, some pungent fruitiness as well. A dry, bitter coffee-like finish. Relatively complex, though the finish lasts overly long and becomes somewhat harsh and unpleasant. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation in the mouth. Pretty drinkable and reasonably sessionable.

A lot darker than I expected -- really looks like a stout or porter. Tastes and drinks like one too. Very sturdy for a lager -- every bit as hearty as a good ale.

I like this one quite a bit -- probably more so than the other across-the-board highly regarded Anchor offerings. Nice spring beer too, especially if we're talking about early spring when it's still cold and often dreary.

eberkman, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of garyford
2/5  rDev -45.2%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

s: sweet and sugary. I feel like I'm smelling spices, similar to their Holiday Ale. Also they signature hop comes through nicely

a: a very rich, coffee like appearance. It has a little bit of red within it when you hold it up to the light. The head isn't too dark but not completely white either.

t: I get some rich sweet maltiness, just like from the nose. A little bit of gingerbread. After awhile the alcohol starts to come through

m: A little watery. The carbonation level is a little flat.

o: A good bock beer. I've had many worse lagers. Anchor seems to make their lagers have more characteristics of an ale than a lager. And that is always good.

raynmoon, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

lvoutlawjlh, May 26, 2012
Photo of mrjez
3.25/5  rDev -11%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of MaximalC
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut color with a bountiful, fluffy tan head (and that's with a moderate pour at best). Ample carbonation keeps things percolating vigorously as significant lacing clings to the glass. The aroma is largely of caramel with a clean hop crispness to balance. Some alcohol is present as well. The nose isn't huge, but what's there is pleasant.

The taste up front is sweet caramel and roasted malt, on par for a bock, with just enough hop bitterness to even things out nicely with the aid of the perky carbonation. Raisin is also present, along with a booziness that belies its relatively modest ABV. The flavor progression from here on gets really interesting as the headliners dissipate and leave your tastebuds in limbo momentarily. At first I thought things were going to just fall apart on the back end, but then the modest and subtly metallic interlude was supplanted by an infusion of smoke, char, and a touch of baker's chocolate. This is one of the nicest finishes I've encountered in recent memory; just excellent.

I'm normally not a big bock fan myself--I find the characteristic sweetness to be cloying more often than not--but this bock is so well balanced and has such a delicious complexity on the back end that I can't help but laud it. Having tried a large number of Anchor offerings, I think it's close to criminal how their darker beers are so overshadowed by their more widely available flagship brews. This is a bock that embraces porter-like aspects, and as such moves right near the top of my bock list. An excellent beer regardless of style.

MaximalC, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Premo88
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: black purple with super thick tan head that holds on for 2-3 minutes ... i over-poured one, and the head just exploded. it laces well if you put a big enough head on it. looks like a porter or stout.

S: malt. lots and lots of malt. a slight hint of darker licorice, but lots of sweet, nutty, toasted malts that almost turn buttery at times.

T: very chocolately at first, loads of the sweet malt. it very much turns into an old ale-like taste, which is to say bordering on the darker fruit tastes of the quad but only bordering. still holds on to lots of sweetness.

F: don't over-pour it. if you do, it loses a LOT of its carbonation and becomes a tad watery.

O: nothing wrong with this brew, but it's certainly unlike any other bock i've tried. in fact, it has so much old ale/stout/porter going on that i feel like i'd just as soon drink an actual stout or porter. it might even be a decent gateway beer toward the stout and porter ... either way, i'm glad i tried it but probably won't purchase any more when i finish this six-pack.

Premo88, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of bacasnax
3/5  rDev -17.8%

bacasnax, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of speter
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that fades to lace quickly.

S: Initially, there is a nice scent of (noble) hops, but this fades rather quickly. Oddly, the later scent is of not much, rather than malt.

T: A great deal blander than I would have expected from the initial scent. There are hints of raisin and some malt, but it's surprisingly one-dimensional.

M: Bordering on watery for a bock, but there's just enough there to maintain.

D: Hardly the worst bock I've had, but not the best by any stretch of the imagination. A solid C, inching towards a gentleman's B.

speter, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Nofear048
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Nofear048, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of logicerror
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

logicerror, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Fruity, estery nose
Pours deep dark brown, 1 finger head, good lacing
Deep rich malt flavors on the palate with a touch of roast and a hop bitter accent on the finish.
The texture is very creamy, medium body and medium high carbonation.
I have had this a few time and at least twice it was a touch skunky. It's a decent beer but it has a little too much roast and bitterness for a bock.

pat61, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Wedcat
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Wedcat, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of orcasteve
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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

orcasteve, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of RandyPuckett
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

RandyPuckett, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Desimoaj
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Desimoaj, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Shrews629
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very nice dark mahogony color. Almost looks brown. Some ruby highlights peircing through. A light tan head that looked very smooth and creamy. A very full head with very, very nice retention and some pretty decent lacing.

Smell - The aroma provided almost buttermilk type notes. Rick and malty. Rather robust. Tiny hints of lard. Even getting touches of dark fruit. It even smells rather sweet. Maybe even a touch of chocolate.

Taste - The taste was a smooth, more of a dark fruit type flavor. Nice malty touches. This taste is super well balanced. Low with the hop bitterness. Somewhat toasty. The lard taste is very well hidden. Again maybe even a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Super smooth. Glides across the palate slickly. Dry. Coats the throat and tongue very nicely. A bit more thin than what I was anticipating.

Drinkability - I'm not real big on "Bock" beers, but this one is the best Bock I have had thus far. Very well balanced in all aspects. Very sessionable and worth a try.

Shrews629, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of rabsten
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

rabsten, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of benmiliron
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.59 for a bottle. Nice looking bottle - goat eating a hop plant. Same Anchor bowling-pin shaped bottle too. Pours dark black walnut stained color. Big tan head on top that doesn't go away. Smell is strong malt, roastiness, slight hop presence. Taste is smooth, easy on the palate with a lot of flavor. Some roasted malt, a bit of burnt coffee, a lot of sweetness. Maybe a touch watery. There is a slightly drying characteristic to this beer in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on the money, balances nicely with a decent FG, though I think this could've been a bit higher.

benmiliron, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of RedWeizen83
4/5  rDev +9.6%

RedWeizen83, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Campodog
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Campodog, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of M_Burkey
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

M_Burkey, Aug 19, 2012
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.