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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 wiseguy142
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first thought after pouring this beer was "Oh, it's brown.."- I was expecting a lighter kind of bock but party on.

Pours very dark brown, nearly black in the middle, with a sticky, creamy, frothy head. Crazy amounts of lacing right off the bat.

I can smell the malt aroma from a couple feet away, which is pretty intense. On closer inspection, the aroma is very unique. Very dusty, like opening an old wooden chest filled with old documents. Like faintly toasted wood chips with a tad bit of raisin. Still very light and refreshing though. This is one of the more interesting aromas I've come across in a long time.

Taste is smoky up front, raisin/bread in the middle, followed by solid chocolate with almost no mixing between any of these flavors. Malty and bready with a touch of alcohol. There's a little part in the finish that I don't particularly like.. maybe a little tart from the hops. If it had finished bread-like this beer would have won me over heart and soul. One of the best bocks I've eve had nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is good and medium bodied. It's not too heavy, which is nice because it allows the chocolate flavor at the end to finish very crisply. Fairly low alcohol too, so this is extremely drinkable. The assertive flavors stand in the way of it being a "I could drink a gallon of this" kind of beer but this was thoroughly enjoyable.

wiseguy142, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Very dark with minimal head. Sweet, yet malty smell with a taste to match. Definitely can taste the hops, but overall very balanced, smooth and tasty. I will have to try a different bock to compare as I have been on a IIPA & bareleywine kick lately.

Very drinkable and a nice way to start the evening. A perfect beer for early spring in New England. Definitely worth picking up again.

mirish72, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of nickynick
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock poured a very dark brown/ruby with a full tan head. Smell was very full of citrusy hops. The taste was of dark fruits, hints of citrus and brown sugar. Mouthfeel was good, as well as the drinkability. Overall I found this to be an interesting bock. Had more hops then other bocks I have had. A nice beer and I would buy it again, but there are other bock beers I would drink first.

nickynick, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark carmelized maltiness with an earthy, slightly fruity, touch.

The taste is of sweet dark grainy malt, cocoa-ish, towards toffee-ish. There is something of a similar taste mixed in that I remember associating with with the holiday ale, though not quite the same. The sweetness soon becomes balanced, then has an earthy dryness in the finish. Just a hint of warming alcohol is noticeable.

It is full-bodied without going into doppelbock territory. This is a nice dark bock!

jwc215, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of bigdeuce
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red color with a large white head. Rings form down the glass. Smells of some oft-chocolate and rapsberries and cherries. Taste a bit off. Seems like it is missing something. It is a medium bodied brew and strange cause it has a bit of a hollow taste. Easy to drink, very easy. I would not shy away from this again.

bigdeuce, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of william5586
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Rich brown color. Off white head

S- Very nice sweet malty smell

T- Burnt malts, sweet start and a bitter aftertaste. hint of coffee and some chocolate. Just seemed to sweet and then too bitter after.

M- Tingly. Seemed a bit thin

D- Good drinkability overall but i would not go out of my way to have this one again.

There was just something about this beer that rubbed me the wrong way. Not a bad beer, but there was just something about it.

william5586, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of TrevorGW
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark chesnut color with a tan whipped cream head. Not what I was expecting.

Aroma is gentle. Clean maltiness comes through --- very inviting.

Taste is exceptional and delicious. Honestly one of the best dark lagers I've ever tasted. Nutty chocolate and bubblegum sweetness, finished with a great toasty grain. Good bitterness keeps it from being cloying. Soft and clean malt flavors come through brilliantly

Creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing and drinkable. This is the first beer I've had in a while that I want to go immediately back to.

TrevorGW, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep, clear brown liquid with some ruby hues. There are quite a few streams of carbonation making their way to the surface to a creamy looking head with some decent retention.

S- Malted milk balls are the first thing that come to mind for me. I also pick up a little bit of fruitiness. Slightly sweet and pretty appealing.

T- Sweet and malty with some toffee flavors. Ever so slightly fruity. Very nice.

M- Smooth at first, but the carbonation leads the aftertaste to be a bit on the dry side.

D- A very nice, sweet beer. It is pretty simple, but very enjoyable.

david131, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of slk22
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful burgundy/mahogany color, lightly translucent, with a tan-light brown head, and moderate lacing.

S - Aroma is light, but inviting, dominated by cherry and plum.

T - Nice balance of cherry, plum, and raisin sweetness with malt. Finish is slightly metallic with little aftertaste, leaving a clean palate for the next sip.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Much thicker than I had expected, but nicely so.

D - Very tasty and not overpowering. I could definitely have another, but alas, this is my only bottle.

slk22, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a beautiful, moderately warm, sunny morning. I thought the Spring-like weather would be perfect for cracking open this bock around lunchtime. Literally the minute I pulled the beer out of the fridge, the clouds covered the sun. Strange.

Poured in a pils glass

A: One finger dark beige head retains for at least a minute and then sticks around as a ring for the entire beer; thick lace the whole way down the tall glass. Beer is black, dark brown and mahogany around the edges.
S: Sweet malts, super faint citrus as the beer warmed slightly; balanced and inviting aroma.
T: Slightly roasted sweet malts with some very light coffee flavors, not overpowering unlike those found in some porters; sensed some smokiness at the back of the palate. Sip ends in notes of tart dried fruits.
M: Heavier body than I expected with medium carbonation and heavy, sweet residue.
D: This brew is very easy and pleasant to consume. Tons of body and flavor. One of the better bocks I've had recently.

washburnkid, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served out of 12 0z bottle into a pint glass. pours pretty much black with a small tan head that faded almost instantly(maybe because of the pour) to a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass. when held up to the light it appears to be a dark ruby brown color. a little bit of lacing. in the nose their are aromas of molasses, chocolate, some roasted malts, and a hint of some raisins or dates, dried fruit. the mouthfeel of this beer is just right, medium bodied, with some light carbonation, pair that with the ABV and you got an extremely drinkiable beer. in the taste their is a little bit of molasses, a little bit of chocolate making it a little sweet, but balanced very nicely by a subtle hop bitterness. i havent had too many bocks in my time, but this has got to be one of my favorite bock beers. definately worth a try.

dogfishandi, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
4.9/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep mahogany with brown highlights. Big tan head with amazing lacing.

S - Molasses, carmel, and an earthy hop.

T - Amazing. This is everything I want in a beer and more. The molasses and carmel provide a sweetness and the hop bitterness balances it all together.

M - oily and slick very smooth

D - I am trying to convince my wife that we should buy a keg of this...

xhcadamx, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish hue. Nice tan head on top of the beer.

Lots of caramel and chocolate in the nose. Floral aromas and hints.

Coffee and burnt tastes with a little bit more of a bite from the hops. Very smooth with raisins and a hint of burnt marshmellow. There is a warming presence but this is ever so slight. The hops seem mellow but add a nice little bite.

Chewy mouthfeel a nice burnt aftertaste. I really enjoyed the body and the grainbill is bold. Little bit more hops than I expected but it was a nice bock and quite drinkable.

stewart124, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger head that's fluffy. Definitely a good color.

Aroma is sweet with chewy malt and a hint of raisin in the nose. Seems enticing.

Taste is sweet and chewy with just a tiny hint of raisin. Has the hallmarks of a good lager.

Mouthfeel is full of chewy malt and raisin. Very interesting aftertaste.

Quite a decent bock here. Drinkable, low in ABV and just plain flavorful. A good spring beer.

Brad007, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up at the Coop today... I knew I had never reviewed this one... soooo ... why not tonight? Poured into my Chimay goblet.

3/4" tan head dies leaving only touches of lace and a flimsy cap.... the brew is dark brown but reveals deep clear ruby when held to a light.

Expected strong maltiness.. some toasty notes.. nothing stellar.. but pretty standard none the less.

Flavor is a little better than the nose.. more melanoidin than toasty this time around.. bitterness is just enough to balance the malts.. body is medium with medium/low carbonation.. a little bit of drying cocoa emerges as it warms.. still very clean in both the nose and palate.

I know I really don't ever "crave" standard bocks, but this one is about as standard as I can think of.

JohnGalt1, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of dewalt
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany, almost black, with a small head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Smells like chocolate malt, a little vanilla, perhaps a hint of pine. Tastes of dark roast malt, a bit nutty, some pure cocoa powder. Slightly astringent, a bit of hop bitterness aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice, just slightly syrupy. Very drinkable, nice on a cool spring day.

dewalt, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was enjoyed at the brewery itself. It was a very dark amber with less then a finger of thick head.

It had a mellow mix of fruitiness and roasted malt, as well as caramel. The tastes certainly did not overpower and were easy to handle. The aftertaste was pleasant as well.

A good beer for a hot day. A few at a time would do nicely.


IRONRakkasan, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with red tinting. Short brownish head, sticks haphazardly all over the glass. Smells malty and vaguely fruity, like a hint of plums and loamy soil. Some alcohol evident on the nose too. Flavor is malty, sweet and rich on the tongue. really clean tasting, and features the nice evenly roasted malt very well. Medium bodied, with an approaching-velvet feel. Drinks nicely in these early NorCal spring days

aforbes10, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat dark for a bock. Reddish-Brown with a light brown head. Great retention. Carbonation is mild.

S: Toasty caramel dominates the aroma. The bouquet is very active .

T: Malty sweetness is balanced with toasty grain. Hops are far off in the background. Typical of a bock.

D: A fine example the bock style. Very enjoyable and accessable to those who are turned off by harsh flavors.

Avagadro, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark woody mahogany that glows ruby to the light with a billowy head the color of walnut shells that has impressive retention leaving sheets of lacing down the glass.

Malty, caramel sweet, fruity notes of apples, raisins and dates, and a bit of nuttiness and earth. walnuts and brazil nuts with a bit of spice. And a bit more rich roasted malt.

Taste similar with an impressive array of malt that creates instant complexity. Fruit notes of raisin and pear dance with walnut and hazelnut across the palette, creating a richly malty orchestration with a touch of sourness, from either malt or a touch of hops. Not piney, but distinctly roasty and citrus sour. A bit of bitter cocoa and a touch of coffee work their way in as well.

smooth and creamy with ample - bordering on high - carbonation but it works beautifully with the rich malt going on in the palette. A touch dry and a touch astringent on the finish.

A fair bock, and an interesting take on the style. Nice, rich, malty and creamy. I don't see myself drinking this one regularly... and I'm really not craving any more after finishing one 12oz bottle. But it's a decent brew and definitely showcases the spectrum that Anchor has to offer.

djeucalyptus, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recall the first time I tried this beer a few years ago I wasn't overly impressed. On second try I am a converted fan.

Beautiful dark chocolate colored beer with a nice two finger foam head.

Wonderful smells of molasses, plums and a hint of coffee.

A roasted malty taste with dark chocolate, coffee beans (?) with a touch of sweetness that evens the brew out nicely. Nice lingering aftertaste and a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is a nice cold weather beer and with the relatively lower alcohol content, it is easy to drink more than one at a single session.

Excellent Bock beer!

kaseydad, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Mitchster
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is interesting. A perusal of the website shows that this beer was first brewed and bottled in 2005, yet I've never seen it before. I've even been to the brewery. Hrmm. It caught my attention when I was shopping, haven never seen it before, so I picked up a 6'er. Brewed with 2-row barley and wheat malt. 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a clear very deep chestnut brown, forming a tall poofy dark tan head with very good retention and nice creamy sheets of lace. The carbonation is moderate. The aroma is of sweet malt, raisins, toffee, burnt sugar, and distant molasses. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a cola like twang if sweetness and acidity. The taste begins with some up front herbaceous hops, then caramelized sugar, burnt toast, followed by tobacco, mild woodsy bitterness, and charred wood in the finish. There is this wierd cola like sheen and sweetness in the finish that I don't really care for.

Mitchster, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red with a yellow head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is faint-- cereal, light caramel and... wood? The medium body is smooth. The flavor comes late and is bitter and herbal. Nice. It's a smooth drinking, inoffensive beer and then some.
(rated 2/26/2007)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured brown with red highlights, that produced a tan head that lasted well and produced nice lacing around the glass

S - The aroma of a good malty backbone was accompanied but a nice roasted/caramel mix

T - The taste of this Bock was great, a good malt front, some roasted notes, along with a mix of caramel, some raisins and molasses

M - The body of this beer was medium to heavy, with small amounts of carbonation

D - This Bock had great characteristics that really made this a very sessionable beer for me, the complex flavors, good body, and slight carbonation mixed well together, outstanding beer from Anchor

cvfish, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a thick tan head. Heavy aroma of molasses, toasty malt, and bread. More molasses in the taste, but accompanied by cocoa and nuttiness. The hops give it a nice balance without ruining the character of the beer. Very rich and heavy mouthfeel. Nice.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.