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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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927 Ratings

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | 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 NCSUdo


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Dark brown, with some red hues, under a big off white head. Nice lace and nice retention.

S: Very nice mixture of caramel, molasses and dark fruit. Very sweet smelling.

T: Malt stands out, toasted, some caramel. A little bit of sweetness up front, followed by a very mild earthy hop bitterness. Toasted maltiness sticks around afterwards. Pretty tasty.

M/D: Full bodied, low carbonation. Drinkability is very good on this one. Low ABV, smells good, looks good, tastes good. A damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 00:51:02 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown with a puffy light brown head rising about a 1/4" with a gentle pour. Good lacing. Looking at the color on this after the pour, it could be easy to mistake it for a porter or a stout - it's quite dark.

S: Nothing particularly strong on the nose. With some mild agitation, smells of malt with hints of vanilla come out just a bit.

T: A rather malty taste engulfs the palate as one might expect with a bock, but not in an overly sweet manor. In fact, for a bock style this one struck me as a bit dry. There is the slightest hint of hops just at swallow but only to the point of balance. At no point did this brew strike me as 'bitter'. The finish is rather clean and quick, with a brief hint of an earthiness that seems to go well with the recipe. Overall the taste is quite good.

M&D: Full bodied and full flavored, this has good mouthfeel about it. The carbonation is light but persistent and is very pleasant within the brew. I enjoyed this quite a bit and look forward to it as a regular season brew. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 23:26:45 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of UnionMade


4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly dark brown, like a glass of molasses. The brew is capped off with a dense, sandy colored head. Good head retention, keeping a misty coating throug the glass, with flecks of lace clinging to the glass. Good clarity, with a garnet shine.
Very smooth, lagery aroma. Deeply roasted malt takes on a woody character with the lagering, added to by mellow floral hops. Very clean, exceptionally smooth.
The first impression on the flavor is incredible smoothness. Fine carbonation and obviously long lagering time creates a velvety texture that's so pleasurable to drink. Fairly light on the palate. Very rounded malt flavor, moving easily from start to finish. Light caramelized sweetness right up front. Woodsy and roasty, with just enough wooden, spicy floral hop bitterness in the finish. Somewhat bittersweet with the roasted character. Nothing that could be construed as an off flavor.
Very elegant and artfully crafted. A benchmark for bock lager. Better than many bocks from Germany.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 07:57:33 | More by UnionMade
Photo of abankovich


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

Well let me first start off saying that I love the label on this bottle. A goat chewing hops.. perfect.

The pour into my snifter resulted in a very impressive 2 finger head that is an off-white color. Nice contrast to the VERY dark, nutty-brown color of the beer that lets almost no light in when held up in the air. As the head diminishes, there is excellent lacing that is clinging to the side of the glass.

First aromas to his my nose are some very rich, nutty malt flavors. This beer smells very fresh. Not sure of when it was bottled, but I'm guessing somewhat recently. Some vanilla and toffee notes present as well.

Caramely malt flavors are noticeably present. Toasted chocolate is on the back-end and is subtle, noticeable and excellent. The hops aren't really present in the taste, but are doing their job well to counteract the sweetness of the malts. Resulting in a pretty well-balanced beer. If I wait a few minutes before sips, I still get a faint taste of vanilla.

I think that the mouthfeel is certainly on the medium to heavy side and is very full-flavored, creamy, and smooth. I think the smoothness is what makes me feel like it's a more full-bodied beer as the way it passes over my palate almost reminds me a little of a Guinness.

I think the drinkability on this is rather high. Spring in Ohio is a great place for this. The beer drinks sort of like a heavier beer would, but is meant for spring. Perfect for an area where the beginning of Spring is still very prone to snow and cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:02:56 | More by abankovich
Photo of champ103


2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: This pours a brownish/black color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A huge tan head forms and recedes very slowly to a ring leaving a decent amount of lace behind.
S: Kind of muddled. Not much stands out. I can tell there is malt, but other than that pretty nondescript. Maybe a bit of chocolate as I breath in deep.
T: Very similar to the nose. All the flavors are muddled and nondescript. Again, I can tell there is some roasted and semi sweet malt, but not much else.
M/D: Medium body and very thin and watery in the mouth. I am disappointed here. This can be a decent session for those that don't like very light beers and those that don't like very dark beers.

Very middle of the road for me. It is not a bad beer, it just seems very bland to me. I will pass this up next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 23:31:57 | More by champ103
Photo of biggmike


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown color with decent head that dissipated rapidly. Aroma is sweet maltiness with notes of chocolate and dark fruits. Taste has notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted nuttiness. Fairly complex. Mouthfeel is pleasant and drinkability is fairly high.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 11:13:30 | More by biggmike
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black in color, with slight ruby hues. Foamy tan head with a good amount of lacing that hung around the glass to the last sip.

S - Malty with hints of dark chocolate, espresso and ripe fruit.

T - Slighty sweet malty tast. Hints of chocolate up front with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

MF&D - Medium body bock. Sticky and delicious. Went down smooth and fast. A great easy drinking bock. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 23:40:04 | More by nasty15108
Photo of OKCNittany


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a 1" tan head with good retention/lacing. Very dark brown body.

S: Aroma was pretty much straight malt - and that's fine with me.

T: The taste was a very enjoyable mix of roasted malts & bittersweet chocolate. Very little sweetness, which surprised me somewhat after the aroma.

M: Medium body. The first bottle seemed a bit overcarbonated - but that wasn't evident in bottle two - so it may have been the pour. Dry, roasty finish.

D: It went down very easily. The six-pack didn't last long.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 03:43:37 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of stephens101


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An atypically dark brown, almost black brew supports a quickly receding tan head, leaving streaks of skinny lacing behind. Smells of sweet bread, caramel and a bit of earthiness. Tastes of dark chocolates mixed with malts and an afterthought of subtle spice. Way more flavorful than many of the bocks I've tried. Despite it's gutsy aroma and taste it has a light-bodied mouth-feel, which makes for a sweet little tasty session brew that you shouldn't grow tired of.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 00:14:46 | More by stephens101
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice dark brown with hints of red. A fluffy head forms but instantly dissapates. The aroma is malty, bready and slightly alcoholic. It is malty but there is some nice bitterness from the hops. THe taste is incredible. It is very malty but the additional hop, roasted nuttiness, and most importantly the sweet fruitiness that knocks this one out of the park.The feel is between medium and full with a slight sticky feel to it. To sum it up id say its a sweet fruity bock mixed with a little nut brown. You can drink this slow and LOVE IT, or you can pound it quickly if you need to and love it!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 03:43:37 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of TheBCrew

New York

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass with 3 fingers of thick, foamy, tan head which dissipates slowly leaving a good amount of lacing. Deep burnt caramel color. Aroma is subtle, but with hints of hazelnuts, vanilla and malt sweetness. Quite smooth upfront and goes down oily with a bit of a hop bite. Flavor of hazelnuts, chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 00:04:32 | More by TheBCrew
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a very dark brown with a huge khaki head and loads of sticky lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, dark ripe fruits, vanilla, and caramel.

Taste is slightly tangy. Raisins, prunes, malts, caramel upfront with a biscuit and coffee finish.

Medium mouthfeel, sticky and coating, and lightly carbonated.

A very sessionable bock for Anchor. Definitely one to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 22:01:24 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a prune juice color with crimson highlights and a sturdy tan head that lays a few shards on the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Dark fruit and caramel

Taste: Opens with a dark fruit aspect that is filled with prune and burnt sugar caramel; by mid-palate, a leafy hop flavor starts to balance out the sweeter elements; after the swallow, the bitter flavors continue to step to the fore, leaving the sweeter aspects behind to a whisper of their initial flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very surprising for a bock and once I realized this wasn't going in the traditional direction, I rather enjoyed the places the beer took me

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:48:48 | More by brentk56
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but very dark brown with a tannish head. Nose is minor malts with minor coffee. Flavor is very robust. Nice thick flavor that lingers for a little bit and then disappears, leaving a coffee after taste. Just comes off nice and robust really. Very nice. Good feel. Carbonation is biting, but it's not overly prevalent. The verdict is this is a nice bock. I usually don't go directly for this style, but this is nice. Easily a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 23:27:44 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of John_M


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had an opportunity to try this. On tap at Max's right now.

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty malty and one dimensional, but it does smell pretty good. On the palate my first thought was that this beer reminds me of the Anchor X-mas ale, but without all the spice. It's a bit more dry as well, and has a pretty prenounced roasty flavor, but that's really the only difference I detect. It has a fairly light mouthfeel and is pretty drinkable.

While not spectacular, this is a pretty solid beer. Especially considering it's relatively low abv. Nice effort from Anchor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 22:13:27 | More by John_M
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_There is a beautiful fluffy one finger head that sits atop an aurburn couloured brew. Very beautiful to say the least. Sheet s of lace cling to the sides of the glass creating a sort of wallpaper effect.

S_Rather mild but nicely malty.

T_very rich andn malty without being sweet. This rather dry brew offers a nutty brown component to a very crisp, clean profile. The hops are mild but they contrast nicely with the malt backbone. A bit of fruitiness here as well.

M_Creamy and rather smooth. Mild carbonation.

D_wow, very good to say the least. Very nicely rounded Bock and very apt for the style. This will be a staple of mine for the spring.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2008 04:45:51 | More by sleazo
Photo of blitz134


3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, dark beer in the glass, red highlights when held to the light. One inch light brown head that reduced to a thin layer leaving a sheet of lacing behind. Quite nice.

Aroma is more or less neutral to me. Some malt and some touches of caramel and very subtle touches of dark crystal derived fruit nuances.

Nice malty-bodied beer, a little biscuity towards the end. A little caramel and dark crystal hints and a definate bit of roastiness after the swallow.

Nice medium-full bodied beer, finishes a little weird with possibly a touch of astringency which is a little offputting.

Overall, this is a decent brew. The mouthfeel finish is a bit off for me, but otherwise its nice and malty, good flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 23:21:53 | More by blitz134
Photo of Chinookie

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice clear dark ruby/reddish-brown. Light tan head lasts and lasts.

Aroma of licorice, stone fruit, a bit of cocoa. Touch of hops. When I poured it I could smell the aroma from a distance. No need to get up close (though I did anyway!).

Has a med. thin body. Tastes of licorice, some raisin, finishes bitter like dark chocolate. A tad boozy and very dry on the finish as well.

Bought this kind of on a whim, but very glad I did. Delicious. Not what I would call a bock if I were picky, but well worth drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 03:08:06 | More by Chinookie
Photo of DefenCorps


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my pint glass

A: Deep crimson brown with a frothy tan head. Nice!

S: Huge malt profile here with tons of figs, caramel and hints of apricots

T: Full, complex malt profile here. The fruity notes (from the yeast?) go well with the malts to create a very tasty beer

M: A little thin on the body but not damagingly so. The carbonation is pleasant and goes well with the beer

D: Very easy to quaff a sixer of this over the course of the evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 00:31:23 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Rayek


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very tasty, but not quite what I expect of a Bock.

A: Deep mahogany color. The light tan head is firm and leaves a lot of lace behind.

S: I sensed a subtle dark chocolate aroma mixed in with a toffee, spruce and grass.

T: Dry malt has a charcoal quality to it. Hops come on strong in the middle and linger into the finish. There is a subtle sweetness here that is heavily masked by the beer's bitterness. If I could vote 3.75, I would. But this is still good, so I rounded up.

M: Medium body, but doesn't feel all that substantial. Carbonation level is right.

D: Quite drinkable. The extra bitterness took me back a bit, but I'd revisit this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 21:32:53 | More by Rayek
Photo of dedrinker


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

This here is the darkest bock beer I have ever seen. Darker than quite a few double bocks I might add. Dark dark mahogany color bordering on black almost. Tan creamy head. The aroma caught me off guard at first - I thought I smelled suede. It's more like a light roasty, chocolaty, nutty aroma. The flavor shows some roasted malt and faint hazelnut. It reminds me of sticking my nose in a one pound bag of cracked dark crystal malt. There is definitely some Anchor Porter character here in the nose and taste. A little fuller than medium bodied with a little extra carbonation. Finished slightly tannic from the burly darker malts that colored this otherwise lower gravity beer. Also some hop bitterness. All in all I don't know if this really tastes like a bock, but it tastes good. Call it Anchor Porter Light. Wait! Two thirds of the way into this beer and I suddenly had a revelation. It tastes like Anchor Christmas beer without the spices!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 06:29:15 | More by dedrinker
Photo of lowbrau


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

My first impression of this beer was not very good, but as I've had a few more it's starting to grow on me. Very nice rich ruby brown color. The head rose up nicely, but dissipated pretty fast after a moderately hard pour. It has a great hoppy start, that gives way to a rich maltyness. There is a slight chocolatyness, hints of vanilla and caramel. Overall a very tasty bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 01:59:12 | More by lowbrau
Photo of tapman


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is excellent. Foamy, creamy chocolate milk head (2 fingers), with a very dark brown-ruby body. This brew would look better than a Guinness if it had the cascade like carbonation, which I've seen happen from many no-nitrogen added brews.

Caramel candy with caramel and crystal malts. A little roasted malts for bitterness. A little toffee and baker's chocolate as well.Hops are small, yet earthy with a little grass bitterness...smells like California hops to me! Overall though, the nose is a little bland and not at all surprising.

Lots of crystal and chocolate malts in this one. The butter flavor I'm getting is not unpleasant, as it does not taste like diasytel (sorry for the spelling), but almost a buttered toast type of taste. I attribute this to the wheat malt used in this brew, as the bottle labels its ingredients. Rich and chocolatey, kind of a sweet beer which may not appeal to many out there, but I'm enjoying this one.

Mouth is excellent. Refreshing with a fine velvety texture. Just a very pleasant brew to feel.

I'm digging this one. I don't know if its in the top 20 or 30, but this is one six pack I'm anxious to finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 18:59:13 | More by tapman
Photo of shabbtastic

New York

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

A - Poured a near black with a white two finger foam head. With a playful looking, kid friendly, goat on the label, very cute.

S - Caramelized raisins and molasses. Yummy indeed.

T - Raisins and roasted malt. Hops in the back are not too over powering. Alcohol was a bit pungent for only a 5.5% ABV, is that right? Not overly impressive for the style, but good.

M - Slick and full bodied with a bit too much carbonation.

D - Not exactly a session brew. The bitterness and overall burnt taste makes this a one and done. Not the best bock I've had but overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 13:21:35 | More by shabbtastic
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Short, fat, stout, 12 oz bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Amazing, full, five-fingered head appearance with a deep, dark, black, ebony hue and an immense foamy and frothy head that failed to recede and exhibited enormous staying power...
Smell was subtle, yet full of roasted malts, caramel, dark sugars, and prunes...
Taste paid homage to the aroma, with dehydrated fruits, roasted malts, figs, prunes, dates, raisins, currants, and semi-sweet chocolate...
Very crisp, clear, and refreshing mouthfeel with an excellent level of drinkability due to the non-interfering taste and relatively low alcohol percentage which was entirely impossible to detect behind rich nuances of roasted malts and deep, dark caramel...
Good stuff... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:00:00 | More by dsa7783
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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