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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

960 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 960
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-26-2005)
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Photo of JAA
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something about Anchor Brewing's beer that says BUY ME, BUY ME, you insipid fool. I then proceed to tell the beer that my feelings have been hurt and i won't even consider buying the beer until i receive an apology. By which time the six-pack realizes it might have been too quick to judge me by my Blink-182 shirt and inane surfer-esque open toed sandals, and soon offers a fleeting apology.

But anyhow, i bought it because i haven't seen it before and it has a cool retro label.

Pours dark dark brown with a nice light tan, one and a half finger head. Smells and tastes bready, with a decent hop undertone. Has good medium bodied malt characteristics and a hint of brown sugar. Mostly bready though.

I am rediscovering many of Anchor's products, many of which have become staples in my fridge once again. This may find it's way into my shopping cart more often, but first it has to pass the girlfriend test.

JAA, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of nms1987
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Lovely appearance. Dark brown but in a radiant way. Like maple syrup or a richer looking Cola.
Ample brownish/white head.

Amazing nose. Rich and malty but with some spices in there

Tastes almost like a winter warmer. Full bodied and richly malty with a nice hoppy spicing on the end.
Tastes very good but I was kind of expecting something amazing tasting after how good the nose was.

Mouthfeel is nice. Again, thick and rich with enough hopping to keep things in order.

Fairly drinkable for a beer as complex as it is.

It is a good beer, but not a great one.

nms1987, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock Beer
12 oz brown bottle
9JW brewed on date on the back label
20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Solid head on top leaving fluffy trails of sticky lace on the glass.

Malty nose with whiffs of chocolate, sugars and coffee notes.

A thick and sticky-sugar flavor with a strong profile of malts. A touch of molasses, caramel and perhaps brown sugar meld together. All of the flavors and a pleasant carbonation level with a nice hop snap on the finish.

As with all other Anchor beers that I've had over the years, you can expect a quality and flavorful brew.

Hibernator, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of goblet
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this one into my goblet of course ,my favorite glass ,just in time for spring.

A,it`s dark brown even black, at first i got a deep tan head but to my disappointment it vanished .

s,the scent has got some dry fruit to it maybe raisins and prunes along with some rich malt and hops .

T,i got licorice candy and wheat out of this it`s full body and malty along with flavorful hops

M,a thick and malty expolsion .it`s got i satisfying yet dry after .

D, this is a great bock, drink this beer please! this is awesome for the change from winter to spring .

goblet, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Rainne
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Anchor option I have enjoyed a few times. Actually the first bock in my crazy for Germans phase.

A- Dark brown with copper highlights. A nice thick tan head and a little lacing to boot.

S- Hops right on the nose. Then grainy and toasty light sweet malt.

T- Hops bitterness is balanced by malt and some other natural sweetness. It's also grainy and nutty and there are some fruit flavors in the back as well.

M- A little heavy but not too much and about a medium body. Carbonation is pretty active.

D- Go ahead and put back a few of these.

Rainne, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear brown with a thick foamy tan head.

Smell is sweet, hoppy with caramelly backbone.

Taste is crisp from the hops, but still mellow and caramelly from the roasted malts.

Nice mouthfeel and very easy drinking beer. Lagers are not my thing, but this is a very good american lager. A good american twist on a german style.

aubuc1, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown that had a copper tinge when held to the light, light brown head that hung around a a thick film mostly around the rim, left some pretty nice lacing as well
Smell is light caramel and chocolate with a slight hoppiness
taste is big malted barley with a slight chocolate note and a nice but not over powering presence
mouthfeel is medium to light clean drinking bright hoppiness on the tongue
Drinkability is pretty good nice spring time sit down beer

sliverX, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of WickedSluggy
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown color with light brown large foam. Body appears light as foam consists of fairly large bubbles. Very little lacing, just a persistent thin head of foam

S - Quite hoppy when cold. As it warms up malt and roasted aromas come through. Very pleasing aroma and bouquet

T - Nutty flavored, balanced and pleasing bitterness. This is indeed a lager very clean finish.

M - Coats tongue slightly but the beer is not heavy or very viscous. Body is light to medium.

D - A nice spring brew light and sessionable. A definite six packer

WickedSluggy, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with a modest tan head. Good amount of tight lacings. Aroma is brown sugar caramel. Taste is bready, fruity raisen, cocoa, and earthy bitter hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Easy drinking very dark bock beer. Very much like liquid raisen bread.

Spikester, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a flavorful, well carbonated (for the style), and well hopped up Bock Beer. It poured a nice brown with the coppery off white colored head. Some lacing, plenty of retention. The nose on the beer is caramel, toffee, some raisin, some roasted notes. The taste is quite a bit more bittering and substantial than I expected. The beer is medium bodied without being cloying or syrupy. There is a definite brown sugar and roasted grain character to the beer. It's a good bock, complex enough, interesting enough to seek out.

albern, Mar 14, 2009
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
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.