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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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935 Ratings

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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of tronester


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

09-09-2010 01:19:10 | More by tronester
Photo of claybeer


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Anchor Bock is a real brown sugar color, almost the same appearance as root beer. The head is simple, yet a special, tan color. When it reduced to a film over the top of the beer it reminded me of the coco mix in chocolate milk that just didn't quite mix in all the way. The nose is real malty with a hint of a bitter chocolate. The bitterness jumps out right away but it's not overpowering. Some soft leather and burnt tobacco sits on the back of the tongue while a gritty malt texture sticks to the top of the mouth. This will be a great beer to start the fall season but it's still too hot in these Oklahoma Summer days at 100 + degrees to truly enjoy this beer. I will definitely revisit this one when it cools off.

08-13-2010 16:22:23 | More by claybeer
Photo of Tballz420


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Black colored brew, amber hues shine through the entire body when held to a light. Small brown head. Rich chocolate malt scent. Chocolate malt taste, maybe just a hint of roast, with a nice light flowery hop finish. Medium bodied, fairl soft and creamy feel. Not bad.

07-23-2010 04:14:18 | More by Tballz420
Photo of railcaider


3.88/5  rDev +6%

This beer presented as a coal-black liquid, but on careful inspection I was able to detect a nut-brown hue. The head is off-white and had good retention. Bitter and sour fruit smells, roasted malt aromas, dark chocolate scents, and even a whiff of pine resin came together to make for a rich olfactory experience. The main taste was semisweet dark chocolate balanced out by a sour acidic flavor. Surprisingly, this combination works a lot better in practice than you might think. The body is on the lighter side, but is still pleasantly rich and perhaps even chewy. This gives a nice backbone to the sour bite that this beer packs.

In terms of mouthfeel and drinkability, this Bock definitely reminded me of Anchor's Porter. I like how this brewery's offerings have a similar taste profile even across different styles. This beer is a worthy addition to their lineup, and provides a good mix between drinkability and complexity.

06-29-2010 11:53:47 | More by railcaider
Photo of bump8628


4/5  rDev +9.3%

Dark brown with ruby highlights and thick coat of tan head on top.

Rich and malty with plenty of bread, dark caramel, toffee, and just a hint of cocoa that keeps the sweeter side of the malt spectrum in check. Hops are on the strong side for the style with a solid herbal flavor throughout.

Just a solid Bock, not much else to say, another well designed and executed beer from Anchor.

06-18-2010 16:55:14 | More by bump8628
Photo of Bung


3.55/5  rDev -3%

12 oz. Quite a dark amber/brown pour. Not quite a finger of muddling cream colored head. Recedes to a thinner layer. Sticks to the glass ok.

Aroma is quite malty and bready. Hint of fig, raisin, molasses.

Taste is a bit mellower. Malt and light caramel with some wheat like spice. Some lighter red fruit with just a bit of less than pleasant pucker. Does finish a bit thin with some lingering toffee.

Mouthfeel is good and coating, for a fairly low abv brew. Fairly creamy mid bodied. The tinge of sour hurts this a bit, if the taste would follow the nose closer this would be potentially really good. Expectations were high after a whif, but it was still a solid American example of the style. Probably a good starter bock.

06-02-2010 02:48:07 | More by Bung
Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Dark brown in color, although not uniform as there was greater clarity near the bottom of the pint glass. The head was 1 1.5", tan and thick. The dominant aromas were chocolate and toffee with a whiff of the roasted malt that becomes very apparent on drinking. Bittersweet chocolate and toffee flavors, with roasted malt in the background that adds some firmness to the mouthfeel. A medium bodied beer that does not taste as sweet as it smells, making it very drinkable.

05-26-2010 19:01:07 | More by malloyca
Photo of turkob


3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Two finger tan head with no lacing. Dark brown with a strong hint of red.

S: Nice sweet smell of cola and a little caramel.

T: Smooth but not very complex. Seems to missing the assertiveness you'd expect from a bock. Though it is pleasant.

M: It feels thin in the mouth and the aftertaste really isn't pleasant at all.

O: The nose was nice, but the rest just didn't come through. Thin body, thin flavor. A diet bock, not something I'd seek out again.

05-25-2010 02:29:56 | More by turkob
Photo of macpapi


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

05-22-2010 22:17:33 | More by macpapi
Photo of Ghenna


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours a deep cola amber with a two finger latte head that produces good lacing- a very attractive looking brew.

I'm catching both toasted malt and cola in the nose, quite pleasant. Taste is weird, mostly on account of the texture. Given the amount of suds on top I was almost expecting a bit of a bubbly beer, but it is very mellow and creamy. Other than that, the beer is generally sweet from the malt, though otherwise unremarkable.

Kind of a meh beer. Looks and smells great- just wish that last part suited me a bit better

04-30-2010 02:06:12 | More by Ghenna
Photo of biglite351


2.38/5  rDev -35%

A - dark with red showing around the edges. Tall white lacing head.

S - a nice deep sweet scent. Inviting.

T - flavor is unimpressive. After the scent I was very disappointed. There is a little flavor but not enough of anything worth even talking about.

M - mild tingle on top of tongue, but no coating.

D - not worth it.

04-29-2010 02:09:41 | More by biglite351
Photo of BeanBone


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance: A clear, dark brown body capped by two fingers of tannish head that recede slowly and leave great lacing.

Aroma: Roasty malt accompanied by spices, caramel, and something a little lactic. Reminiscent of their Christmas beer.

Flavor: Dryish roasty malt, spice, earthiness, and a hint of something metallic. Again, parallels with their winter seasonal, though its nowhere near as rich and interesting. Grainy malt, earthiness, and mild brassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A somewhat creamy medium body with smooth medium carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Though a bit more substantive than most spring seasonals, this is still a rather easy drinker.

Verdict: Anchor Bock is solid and to style, as you'd expect from Anchor, though just a little unexciting. In the end, it's kind of a neutered version of Anchor Christmas.

04-28-2010 01:09:51 | More by BeanBone
Photo of thebeerdoctor


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

This reminds me of Dutch Tarwe bock. Perhaps it is the wheat used. Poured into a pilsner glass it is a beautiful dark cascade of foam.
This is not my favorite bock, and at over $10 a six pack, I can think of better selections. Considering how legendary the Anchor Brewery is, this is a bit of a disappointment.

04-15-2010 04:27:36 | More by thebeerdoctor
Photo of AboutBeverages


1.9/5  rDev -48.1%

Nut brown in color. Herbal aromas with toasted grains, similar to a barleywine's fermented sweetness. The taste is very sour, which builds in layers with each sip. Outside of the sour, there is not much flavor except for a slight hint of malt. It is presented as a Spring Seasonal and it just doesn't work, no matter what time of year.

04-14-2010 03:15:27 | More by AboutBeverages
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Glass = Sam Adams Pint

A - pours a dark brown with a light brown head. when back lit it turn a nice ruby red color. very little lacing.

S - a little weak on the nose but what i do catch is a lot of caramel malt, some light hoppyness, and some soy sauce.

T - nice flavor. simple caramel maltyness dominating the palate without being overly sweet and some mild hoppyness keeping it in line.

M - medium bodied, a little high on the carb but it seemed to compliment it nicely.

D - nice easy drinking lager. another good beer from anchor.

04-11-2010 04:18:27 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of dasenebler


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Anchor Bock pours a dark mahogany with reddish flares. Head is frothy and big, retention is very good.

Aroma is nice and complex for a lower-alcohol dark beer: raisins, caramel, bready malt, touch of soy sauce, and noble hops.

Flavor is good, if a bit watery overall. Lots of sweet, bready malt and touches of chocolate and roast. Not too bitter, with a hint of hop tang on the finish. Carbonation is high but provides a surprisingly creamy body to the beer. Yet, the predominating texture is very light.

A weaker strength dunkeles bock that doesn't skimp on the flavor. Watery body is my only quibble.

04-08-2010 22:26:12 | More by dasenebler
Photo of nickd717


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

12oz bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos. Can't believe I hadn't tried this one yet - it's the last of Anchor's lineup I had left to try.

Pours a pretty clear dark ruby-chestnut color with a large tan head and good lacing. This sure is a "dunkel" one.

Aroma is really excellent: caramel, chocolate, and toffee, as well as dark fruit (raisin) notes. Complex.

Flavor is also nice. Dark fruits - caramel and plum - are present, as well as chocolate, toffee, roast, and a little booze.

Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel, very clean.

Very drinkable. This is surprisingly good for a German-style American brew from a brewery that doesn't get enough fanfare for its quality lineup. Will definitely revisit this one.

04-06-2010 17:32:50 | More by nickd717
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Kindofa red hue to a brown dark amberish beer. Sweet aroma of light choco. Cool lacing out of a dark beer.

Taste, interesting, not what I expected out of a usually restrained Anchor company. A lil bit of coffee, even hops. Its really got a little bit of everything. Not my thing, but something for everyone. Tastes like an alternate version of Anchor Christmas. If more bocks were made in this style, I'd drink them more often. Props for thinking outside of the box.

03-30-2010 20:42:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of morebeergood


3.88/5  rDev +6%

Single in a mix-six pack. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark brown color. Moderate sized egg-white head. Smell was a bit chocolate and biscuit-like. Taste was very flavorful. Roasted malt and underlying notes of fruit and coffee are what I tasted. Mouthfeel was moderately thick and smooth. Very easy to drink with a mid-range abv. A nice beer from Anchor, and I'd surely pick up a six pack for another occasion.

03-30-2010 20:27:29 | More by morebeergood
Photo of Pencible


4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

This poured a hazy dark mahogany with moderate tan head. It smelled like rich caramel and chocolate covered cherries, with plumb and brown sugar and a bit of hazel toffee. It tasted like cocoa powder and dried cherries, with rich caramel and brown sugar and a bit of nutty malt and bready yeast. It was fairly thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty beer, and quite interesting for a bock! I loved the scent and flavor, and it had great body too. The cherry character was pretty unique for the style, which I enjoyed, but wasn't entirely correct for bock purists. I would still definitely recommend this beer, and buy it again for myself.

03-29-2010 14:08:42 | More by Pencible
Photo of baos


4.38/5  rDev +19.7%

Twelve ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

Long live the goat! Spring is here!

A: Black walnut dark with nice clarity and ruby highlights with a nice light brown two finger head that leaves some nice lace.

S: Deep earthy roasted malts. Burnt caramel and unsweetened chocolate. The slightest hops note spice in the background.

T: Earthy caramel grainy roasted two row barley and wheat malts. Quickly goes to the bitter end with a touch of hop and a uber nice earthy oak sap maltiness. Ends very dry. This beer is quite complex, I'm sure if i were more of a Bock connesuir this would be getting an A+!

M: Nice medium feel on this one.

D: The dry finish after a sip leaves one wanting more. A-one drinkability.

03-27-2010 20:52:13 | More by baos
Photo of juju7


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

This is quite a nice beer but it suffers from the American disease of using hops to try and appeal to the beer geek masses. As far as bocks go, I have never come across such an aromatic hop driven bock...while this makes for a decently tasting beer it makes for a basically average and untrue to form bock. Nothing even remotely German about this beer. Still, not unpleasant so thanks anyway.

03-26-2010 13:50:58 | More by juju7
Photo of climax


4.1/5  rDev +12%

Anchor bock was a very dark plum color. The head was tall and had good bubbly retention in my pilsner glass.

The nose was more than complex, it was very unique to boot. Sweet candy, strawberry sorbet, molasses, and more bitter dark chocolate and coffee tones all were discernible.

The same delicate balance between sweet, roasty, and bitter resided in the taste as well. The sweet notes of candied fruit and sugar hit first. Coffee and chocolate ease there way in, and leave a roasty dryish finish.

The body is about medium with a very smooth feel. Carbonation is mild but crisp. The finish is dry and calls for another sip, easy to drink as well. It's a nice unfamiliar tasting stab at a bock.

03-23-2010 00:20:47 | More by climax
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is clear and dark brown, forms a thick off white head of small bubbles that falls away and breaks leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is better when the head is there, caramel malts, no roast, smells great.

Beer is medium in body and there's a lot of carbonation on the palate of the beer. There is a nice mellow sweetness throughout and beer finishes completely. Its not dry, its well connected. Good caramel flavors, overall a really drinkable and great mouthfeel. This is a really good beer.

03-22-2010 02:22:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of mdcrouser


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours coffee brown, with a finger's worth of head to begin, but it quickly receded back to just a tan bubble-pocked film.

Malty AND hoppy in a very good way. The malts definitely take the fore with a sweetness like warm brown sugar. But the hops are underlying and provide a great balance to the nose. Reminds me a lot of this year's Christmas, with a piney and mildly spicy addition.

Well, that's odd for a bock - again, very similar to the Christmas. Though that was more hoppy, this has more of the deep malty sweetness, choosing to wrap itself around the tongue, rather than alighting atop it. But that hoppy spiciness and bit of pine are still there, asking that you remember it from a few months before. I'm also picking up some light coffee, and even raisins.

Medium carbonation, which matches the beer pretty well, sparking the malty hops combination to life. Not too dry nor too sweet.

Definitely a tasty beer, but throughout, it continues to remind me of the aforementioned seasonal. That makes any chance at being a unique offering quite a stretch. Enjoyable nonetheless.

03-20-2010 04:22:53 | More by mdcrouser
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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