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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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962 Ratings

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 28
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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-26-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Wally1912, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

barnzy78, Nov 20, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

rab53, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

avaldivia, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of seesnow3
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.49/bottle in RI, Bruges glass, reviewed on 10/11
Pour-Completely opaque, black with brown tints, thick and creamy brownish head, dissipates to a film, incredibly sticky lacing covers the whole glass entirely

Nose-My first impression of this is molasses and coffee, also some malt.

Palate-At first it is incredibly sweet, then incredibly sour. There is not really any bitter here. Sour coffee is the prominent note with slightly scorched caramel malts. There seems to be a hint of tropical fruit as well. The molasses is also there. The malt flavor is quite prominent.

Body-Especially for the alcohol content, it’s quite thick and rich. I’d almost venture into syrupy territory. I don’t particularly like this, but I was tired when I tasted it so that may have been part of it. It really is quite sweet, and I don’t think I would want it again. There are too many other dark beers I have liked more. Just not my thing, not to say it's a bad beer, though.

seesnow3, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of cagocubs
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a darker brown opaque with red highlights around edges. Foamy tan head that retains despite its fuzzy character. When the beer finally recedes minimal lacing is left.

S: Sweet bready malt, caramel sweetness, some hops and earth, with a tiny alcohol scent.

T: Really earthy and sweet for this style. Up front is the bitter hops and sweet character, but an underlying cocoa and coffee bitterness emerge towards the end of the sip. Interesting.

M: Medium creamy body. The sweet then bitter complex give it a chewy and then warm feeling.

O: I'm conflicted how rating this beer. While I think it was a good beer and certainly a quality beer, I just can't call this a legitimate bock. While it had some characteristics, the sweet and bitter hop tastes make this a hybrid beer and not a true bock.

cagocubs, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Date code stamped on back label. Goat on front label.

Pours a true, dark-tea brown. A decent, 1/4" tan head stays around. Nice to look at. Smell is clean & crisp. Syrupy malts, toffee.. Taste is a blend of perfumy, green bitters, and nutty, roasted coffee. A nice semi-sweet chocolate finish gives way to bocky dryness. Feel is a bit "thin." A favoirte example of the style, imo - it's tasty!

sixerofelixir, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Unibroue La Fin du Monde tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a four finger fluffy light tan head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was surprised at how one-note this one was on the flavor and aroma, but somehow it was able to work quite well. The bready note mixed with the dark fruit presence really worked well together. A definite must try for any Bock fan out there, and worth trying for those who are not.

thagr81us, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour produces a creamy and fizzy chocolate head. After a few minutes, the cap has reduced slight film with a ring of soapy fuzz on the side of the glass. The body is an opaque dark brown with brick red highlights.

Smell: Wonderful bready malt smell lingers and then produces a sweet caramel scent. There is also a little bit of alcohol smell, almost brandy-like. It smells great.

Taste: It starts out with the alcohol sweetness on the tip of the tongue. As the swallow finishes it has morphed quite dramatically into a burnt coffee flavor. The malts also have a bit of a smokey char to them.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is medium to full. It borders on being a chewy bread malt feel. It is a quality beer. Not surprising for Anchor.

Overall: For a bock, it feels like it is just a tad bit too boozy. The extreme nature of the malts makes for a very enjoyable drink. Besides that alcohol note and the fact that it only slightly resembles a true bock, this beer is very good. Will pick it up again some day.

Pintofbrown, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

contents under extreme pressure upon openning.

A deeper brown with ruby high lites. A tan head sits on top that has a pretty height.

A very malty smelling ale with a slight candied malt aspect. Sort of like a dubbel.

Malty tasting with some roasted maltiness.
A sweet, candied malt along the lines of a dubbel come in at mid taste and finishes with a light hop bitterness.

Beer drinks on the thin side but flavorfull with a dry slightly bitter finish.

To me this is a good brown ale even though this site calls it a bock. I don't pick up any bock styling. Actually with the dubbel asspect that I tatse, to me, this falls more inline with a dubbel.

micromaniac129, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells of deeply-toasted chocolate malts, as well as dark chocolate and caramelized sugars, and hints of hops streaming in from the edges.

On the tongue, the first tastes are of grapefruit hops, seeping in lightly under the door. But then the portal opens, and darker flavors pour in, bringing light chocolate malts, caramelized brown sugars, darker fruit esters, and caramels. The sugars last well into the mouthful, fading only at the end to reveal even more of the chocolate malts, which in turn fade to the lingering presence of hops. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, being roughly as viscous as skim milk.

Overall, I find this a decent brew, with lively light flavors. However, it's the "light" part of that sentence that gives me the most pause. While the flavors are well-balanced and delicious, they are also weak in staying power, and in fact seem to fade quickly as the beer is consumed and the tongue gets used to the taste. I would have preferred a slightly more potent bock, but do still give this one credit for its good taste.

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

zeff80, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of magine
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange mug.

Pours a chocolaty root beer color, with a massive chunky dark tan head. Head is very sticky and does not move as I move the mug tremendous head. Head settles to a thick layer of lace and leaves some great lacing. Really is an excellent looking bock brew.

Brew smells of caramel malts, chocolate and roasted notes. Some barley and faint hops as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is a little thin; low carbonation but smooth and finishes clean and only slightly dry. The flavors are good; roasted notes - chocolate, caramel, barley are well done. Some sweet malts and warming in here as well. There is a mild hop in there as well. Also some good earthy bready malts. As it warms it has that old ale feel and taste. Overall good tastes, just a bit thin. Could use more kick in the flavor to help the feel along. Good.

This is a great looking brew that drinks very well and has good flavors. It was a bit disappointing that the mouthfeel ended up being a bit thin though. No biggie, still a very good bock brew.

magine, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of mpyle
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App - pours a big tan head, creamy and with good retention. Beer is dark and bright with a big ruby color in the light.

Smell - rich malty nose, but also a sherry-like "old ale" kind of smell. Smells bigger than a 5.5% ABV beer!

Taste - Big and malty up front, but turns somewhat sour toward the finish. Lacks the crisp finish of a well made version. Too much residual sweetness, and not clean in the finish. Also some slightly roasty flavors, not the good pure melanoidan flavor from the decoction or boil.

Body is moderate, but there is some definite alcohol warming in the finish. Mouthfeel supports the old ale aroma - some indications of oxidation.

Likely that I'm suffering from an old bottle here, but can only review what is in front of me. Not a good bock, and not a good beer. I likely won't finish the single bottle of it that I purchased - and I rarely dump.

mpyle, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich chocolate that's actually pure ruby in front of light with creamy beige foam that holds - very pretty.
Blackstrap molasses and herbal cough drop notes on the nose.
Tar, baker's chocolate and black German rye malts with herbal, cedar oil hops. Ginger cake finish and minty dry linger.
Medium, chewy, plenty of cling, creamy.

Full flavored but not all that heavy. Some old ale notes in there. Burnt sugar and earthy hops, say other reviews; I can see that. I don't like licorice, and this is far from other dunkelbocks I've tasted, but a good antidote to hop overdose.

StJamesGate, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011.

A - Dark brown body with ruby red highlights and a tightly-bubbled head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a thin head with good lacing and cling.

S - Gentle aromas of sweet malts with some caramel notes.

T - Similar to the aromas, sweet caramel malt notes with a bit of hoppy bitterness and a slightly burnt, almost lightly sour note in the background.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, fairly smooth and gently lingering.

O - Overall, I can see how this one is a little polarising, but I think it works as quite a pleasant beer, either on its own or as a session.

Wattsox, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of subtle carmel maltiness and a little dark fruit. Definitely sweeter with some brown sugar notes as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with a nice rich caramel maltiness that exhibits lots of brown sugar with some lesser molasses and a slight nutty flavors on the backend. You can really get more of the dark bready malts as it warms a little. The beer finishes with a low earthy bitterness which is nice to balance the sweeter malt bill.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with smooth finish across the palate thanks to the moderate carbonation.

Overall this is the second time I have had this beer. First time I was less than impressed probably because I had several "higher caliber" beers that day. Today I am enjoying it a lot more that I am not comparing to something else, which is really important I think when "rating beers". This brew is not quite traditional or mind-blowing, but quite nice in its own right. Well done from a classic brewer who deserves more credit than it receives in today's ever-growing saturated market.

claspada, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of codfeast
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Deep Brown with a thick head. Looks to dark for a bock.

S: Molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate.

T: not nearly as sweet as the smell. chocolate taste turning more burnt chocolate as it warms. bit of a bitter finish.

M: a bit fizzy.

O: It's alright, not really sweet enough for a bock. As a bay area native hate to bag on Anchor Steam. This is nowhere near their other offerings.

codfeast, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark mahogany color with a thick tan 2-finger frothy head that lingers for a long time and eventually leaves a wispy lace.

S: Sweet roasted malty aroma with slight hints of hops.

T: A smooth fruity malty taste. The beer has notes of chocolate and dark caramel and spices. This beer finishes slightly dry, with a lightly astringent note of toasted malt that tends to linger a bit.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: An interesting twist on dark bock with a hoppy background. Definitely a different take of the style.

ckollias, May 30, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

jlindros, May 28, 2011
Photo of HiGravShawn
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark dark dark. Darkest bock I've had.

Smell: Raisins and caramel and molasses. Smells like burnt caramel almost.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy. A little too heavy for this beer.

Drinkability: Too roasted. Too heavy. Too harsh.

Overall: It's like a barley wine and a porter had a baby. Honestly I might've rated it better if it said it was a porter or something, but another style... I have never had a bock like this. Worst Anchor beer I have had and normally I'm a fan.

HiGravShawn, May 26, 2011
Photo of NStLincoln
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some people love this beer, some hate it, all I know is that there's a funny goat eating hops on the label.

Pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown with a light brown head.
Aromas of nuts and molasses. Smells sweet.
Loads of sweet cereal, caramel, and smoky oak.
The carbonation makes this dark beer rather refreshing.

NStLincoln, May 12, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
1.85/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Flattens out. Very thick as well. Good brown color though.

Smell: Burnt. Basically smells like burnt wood and grain. It's actually very gross.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel overall. Pretty thick. Taste is also burnt and sour.

Drinkability: This is a mess.

Overall: By far Anchor's worst.

tjsdomer2, May 11, 2011
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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