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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 thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown with chestnut hues. It has a thick, billowy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

S-Very, very malty. Loads of caramel, milk chocolate, and some toffee.

T-Much like the nose; chocolate, toffee, and caramel stand out the most. It is very malty with a touch of pine hop presence.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-Very sessionable given its average abv. and good flavor. Great for enjoying a nice relaxing Spring evening.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer and think it is very good. I don't have much experience with the style, but it is very flavorful and smooth. My only complaint is that it tasted very similar to Anchor's Christmas ale. Maybe they use some of the same malts, but I just wanted it to be a little more unique. However, it is a great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 16:46:53 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Giggy


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Brown to Black color in appearance, nice and clear as a dark color can be. It had a bountiful off-white to light tan head. The aroma is malty and toasty, hints of alcohol even though it is only 5.5%, no detectable hops. Taste is rich and toasty, carmalized sugars, but not as sweet as I expected. It is slightly dry with low carbonation. All in all a pleasure to drink. But I prefer the Doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:14:14 | More by Giggy
Photo of unit555


4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice dark color that approaches black with a thin consistent head that lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass. I would consider this to be one of Anchor's best offerings. The alcohol content is modest which allows you to enjoy the easy drinking nature of this bock.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 00:46:59 | More by unit555
Photo of Landfill21


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

Found this at the local beverage hole and decided to purchase a 6 pack.

Pours into a dark brown/almost black color that lets a little light through. Pours with a two fingernail head that follows the beer all the way down.

Has a nice smooth taste, hints of coffee, tastes of molasses, roasted nuts and a hint of hops. Nice carbonation as always from Anchor.

Has a light mouthfeel but not too light. Leads to a good drinkibility. Would def recommend this beer and all by Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 01:44:29 | More by Landfill21
Photo of augustgarage


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleased to see this bottle finally, hadn't found it on multiple visits to San Francisco...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Brown bottle liquid, dark but clear with rufous highlights. A small lasting fluffy head of khaki cream forms a sizable cap. Pointilist lacing.

Brown butter (perhaps a hint of diacetyl?), bread, toffee, caramel, and postum in the nose.

Tart wheat notes, barley, karo syrup, a bit of underripe pluot, gentle melanoidins...no hops really, though there is a touch of hay in the lightly sweet, toasty finish. Malt could be more forward.

Soft, light-bodied, clean mouthfeel.

Hits the traditional bock notes, yet overall is a bit lacking in flavor and is a little too tart at times.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:07:44 | More by augustgarage
Photo of fsimcox


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

Pours a deep, dark black color. Fluffy tan head holds for some time. It eventually dissipates to ¼ inch. Lots of lacing.

Smells of licorice, roasted malt, and faint hints of coffee. Perhaps some sweet brown sugar, but very faint. Nice, but not as strong as expected.

Taste is roasted malt, coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate. Bitter-sweet and coffee in the aftertaste. A little alcohol in the middle. Taste is much stronger than the smell.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium body, with some carbonation in the end.

A very enjoyable bock, especially during the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:04:19 | More by fsimcox
Photo of madvermin


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark molasses brown with lots of tan foamy, lacy head on top that retained pretty well.

Smell is of roasted grain, some dark fruits like currants or plums, with a hint of caramel sweetness as well.

Taste is nice, with those dark currants coming through to go with a slightly phenolic, medicine taste that is nice. Aftertaste is slightly funky, but also pleasing. Caramel hits when needed, preventing too much phenolic/fruity/bitter tastes. This brew is full and well-bodied as is typical for the bock style, but right now this guy is hitting the spot even more than the average bock usually does. Just love how filling these beers are.

Mouthfeel is great, with perfect carbonation and that body I was just talking about. Drinkability is awesome, don't see any end to me drinking this if I had a six pack on me right now. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 07:33:59 | More by madvermin
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a becker glass. The color is a ruby brown. Three fingers of thick, tan head develop and dissipate slowly and leave a lacing along the glass and foamy ring around the edge.

Smell: A very enticing blend of slightly toasted and sweet malts. There's a little bit of chocolate, a little bit of caramel, and maybe a hint of coffee. A butterscotch aroma seems to be the backbone, though, which gives the smell a lot of its sweetness. I get a little brown sugar scent, too, as well as some dark fruit, probably plum.

Taste: It almost mirrors the smell, but the taste is much toastier and bitter, especially the caramel malts. The toasted caramel is most prominent, and it is followed by a slight hint of toasted chocolate. The butterscotch is also present, though in varying degrees from sip to sip it seems. One sip is bitterer, and another sip is sweeter. Each sip, though, leaves a nice, lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. The dark fruit from the smell is also present in the taste, providing a slight tartness, which becomes more prevalent as the pint wants.

Drinkability: Incredible stuff. God, I hope Anchor's shameful corporate sellout does not ruin its ability to make awesome beer. It has not yet, and let's hope it does not.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 05:18:00 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of Star80


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark mahogany color with some ruby highlights. It has a nice tan head with some lacing on my glass. The smell is of sweet toasty malts, some faint chocolate and dark bready malts. This beer smells pretty spot on for a bock beer, lots of sweet bready malts. The taste is big bready and sweet, but nicely balanced by a finishing bitterness, could be from the dark roasted malts, could be some hops. I am guessing the latter from Anchor. I am somewhat familiar with their beers, taste a lot like their basic dark beer, kinda a bit like the Christmas Ale minus all the accoutrements. Anyway, not a huge bock fan, more a huge Anchor fan and this beer does not disappoint. I especially like the back end hoppyness to give a little more bitterness and balance away from the sweet malt. Anchor Bock is perhaps not the most authentic bock but a nice drinkable one nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:04:40 | More by Star80
Photo of gkunkle


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

Pours a transparent brown color with a fluffy off white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a little lacing. Smell is of roasted malt, slightly sweet. Taste is roasty and malty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with average carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but i'd say I liked this just as much as shiner bock.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 22:42:37 | More by gkunkle
Photo of nezelrac

New York

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

a beer that I should be drinking more of...

A - opaque brown/black with mahogany highlights topped by one finger of light tan head with modest persistence

S - toffee, malt, roasted coffee, burnt butterscotch

T - good malt profile, good depth of flavor and a nice bitter edge, hops are largely hiding, there is a full reprise of the nose on the soft palate; good length

M - quite light on its feet

D - quite easy; session-able

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 22:29:14 | More by nezelrac
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Pours dark brown topped by foamy off-white head. Strong scent of syrup, bitter chocolate nibs, sour grape, herbs and earth. Tastes of grape, herbs, slight syrup, dryness comes towards the finish but the sour grape with some chocolate returns in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a coating mouthfeel. A delicate, drinkable brew worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 02:06:07 | More by JRed
Photo of rtepiak


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

a surprising similarity to the christmas ale. i am starting to question whether all those fantastic flavors are induced by added herbs or interesting changes in malt recipes each year based on the supply offered for such high volume brews.

either way. pour is dark for a bock but still sufficient head with a nice lager looking body. nose is a sweet citrus cake of persimmon and clove. palate is like that but quite dry in comparison to the holiday beer. mineral crisp on the tongue and smoked malt in nature but chalk dry. i can see that quality be a big turn off to some drinkers. lager lean feel. distinct pear clove spice.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:09:15 | More by rtepiak
Photo of abaer123


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I recently visited Anchor Brewing Company and sampled this beer. It was delicious when served in a 4 ounce portion. I saw it in the market today and picked up a six pack of 12 oz bottles of which I am drinking the second now.

Appearance - I am having it out of the traditional squatty Anchor classic bottle. The glass is tinted, so hard to "see" what the beer has. I can see a small head inside the bottle. Not too exciting, but worthy of a mention.

Smell - smells of malt with some coffee and ever so slight hops.

Taste - carmel and fruit best describe. Afterlinger of chocolate and coffee. Rich and delicious.

Mouthfeel - rich, not too much carbonation to make it unpleasant.

Drinkability - 2 of these is good and satisfying. More is not worth it.

I would buy this again as the season allows.

A good offering from Anchor. Go Anchor!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:09:12 | More by abaer123
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color that is near black. It's almost completely opaque with only a little bit of light showing through.

Smell: It had a fair aroma consisting of roasted malt. However, there was nothing terribly exciting.

Taste: Has a good, strong roasted malt flavor with the slightest hint of coffee. Not too hoppy and very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body that's not too thin.

Drinkability: While this beer did not blow me away, I did enjoy it and will probably drink it again when I'm in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 15:40:43 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of bloomlax33


4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head, very nice looking pour.

S: Smells of coffee and dark fruit with some caramel malt and some hops.

T: Very similar to the smell. Coffee with a finishing taste of chocolate. One of the better tasting beers with a chocolate finish.

M: Medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: I think this is a very drinkable beer and wish I would have picked up more of this.

This was the first time that I have tried a beer from Anchor and I would buy more.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 16:57:42 | More by bloomlax33
Photo of depechemode1983


3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany color with a rocky brown head. There is medium head retention and the lacing is kind of lacking. Smells sweet and toasty with earthy/caramel notes in the middle. There a small amount of hops present in the finish of the nose. All in all pretty well rounded. Taste is malty with medium sweetness. I taste mostly sweet caramel notes with a bit of coffee and then there is a hops finish to it. It is light bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. Not very drinkable. I could knock back a couple of these at most. Seems a little too bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:19:14 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of yemenmocha


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with light brown head. Nose has fresh dough quality, perhaps from an oatmeal brown bread. Palate has medium sweet caramel with modest hops to balance. Body is on the lighter side, and it is very drinkable as far as bocks go. Alcohol is subdued, or, rather on the low side compared to many bocks I've sampled. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 05:23:58 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of 7beerphil


4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

drank straight from the 12 oz bottle

slight hoppy smell, no strong notes to the nose.

tastes very light for a bock, has notes of caramel, not much hops in the taste. sweet taste overall.

for a bock, this is very drinkable, not highly carbonated, as expected, no harshness at all.

could easily be a session brew

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:55:16 | More by 7beerphil
Photo of RunForYourBeer


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: Smells of coffee and dark fruit with some caramel malt and some hops.

T: Very similar to the smell. Coffee with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Finishes with a bit of floral hops.

M: Medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Medium. I feel like this could be a bit sweet to have too many.

I like all of the anchor beers I've had and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 23:41:06 | More by RunForYourBeer
Photo of wagenvolks


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

12oz stubby bottle into a seidel mug.

Nothing like a good Bock to get you in the mood for the coming of Autumn in Texas (despite the fact that this is a Spring seasonal). Anchor's version of this German classic pours exceptionally well with a hefty cap of dense tan foam that sticks around for a long while. Below, the translucent body displays a mahogany-amber hue with crimson edges. Aroma is true to the style, adding dusted chocolate, sweet toffee, and hints of plum & caramel apple. A light, floral hopping hides in the background.

The flavor picks up nicely where the aroma left off, with darker chocolate and more caramel. As Anchor Bock warms, it picks up some dark fruit qualities amidst the maltiness. Near the finish, though, a slight mineral sourness takes hold and is hard to shake (very iron-rich & almost blood-like). Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a tightly-wound carbonation level that suits the medium body nicely. All in all, this is a flavorful, complex Bock beer that keeps me wanting the next sip. Might have to stock up on more before it goes out of season...

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 03:05:34 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of felipe2toes


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

Pours a deep brown/black with a thick tan head. Leaves a bit of loose lacing on the glass that doesn't hang around for very long.

Smells of roasted chocolate malt with some faint hints of caramel, though nothing really jumps out.

Tastes faintly of chocolate malt, with some hints of dark fruit as well. Bitter hop finish.

Good, slightly chewy mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 19:52:27 | More by felipe2toes
Photo of LacquerHead


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

Had this at the Friendly Spot in S.A. TX on 9/11
S: average malt smell.

This was not a very assertive bock. All the flavors were on the mellow side; they were not bad, just mellow. Caramel malts upfront. It had a faint dark fruity flavor that I could not place. A slight sour taste. I wasn't picking up a metallic taste per se as other BA members but there was a slight tanginess to it in the aftertaste.

While I enjoyed this beer, I was a little disappointed; I was expecting more - probably because I have always been very pleased with Anchor's lineup. I don't anticipate revisiting this beer anytime soon - I certainly wouldn't purchase a 6pck, but I might have this at a bar if the selection was limited. Glad I tried it, but I will be moving on.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 16:28:42 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of PorterLambic


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge head when poured into a standard pint glass, easily 3". Drops to a thick, creamy island and ring with little lace left. Gorgeous rich garnet red with hints of brown.
Smell is malt and hops, smoky, a faint medicinal note (kind of acidic in nature), wheat and maybe some pine and soy.
Taste is Same as the nose gets with that metallic/medicinal note (not unlike Newcastle in bottles) but not as noticeable. A bit peaty/woody in aftertaste.
Medium body with a bit of wateriness. Somewhat creamy up front with medium effervescence and a nice malty aftertaste with a smoky note. Overall, a good beer and would willingly drink it again. Will look for it on tap to see if it is better.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 02:54:56 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of tronester


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, with an impressive creamy tan head that lasts. Smells vaguely of dried fruit. Taste is super sweet caramelized sugar up front, some cocoa in the middle, and a earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is decent, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. A sweet beer, but certainly not cloyingly so. Tastes a lot like a porter, IMO more so than a bock, but either way this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:19:10 | More by tronester
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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