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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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950 Ratings

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Ratings: 950
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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-26-2005)
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Photo of gkunkle
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

gkunkle, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

nezelrac, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

JRed, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

rtepiak, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of abaer123
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

abaer123, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

civilizedpsycho, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of bloomlax33
4.6/5  rDev +26%
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.

bloomlax33, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of depechemode1983
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

depechemode1983, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

yemenmocha, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of 7beerphil
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
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

7beerphil, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

RunForYourBeer, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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...

wagenvolks, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of felipe2toes
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

felipe2toes, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

LacquerHead, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

PorterLambic, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

tronester, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of claybeer
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

claybeer, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Tballz420, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of railcaider
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

railcaider, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bump8628, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bung, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of malloyca
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

malloyca, May 26, 2010
Photo of turkob
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

turkob, May 25, 2010
Photo of macpapi
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

macpapi, May 22, 2010
Photo of Ghenna
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Ghenna, Apr 30, 2010
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.