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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-26-2005

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark mahogany/crimson color with a large, thick caramel-mocha head that slowly settles to a solid tan cap. Thick, sticky rings of lace line the glass all the way down. A stunning appearance.

S: Prominent brown sugar, molasses, and caramel aromas give way to some dark fruit and faint chocolate malt aromas. A solid nose on this beer.

T&M: The taste is much subdued from the nose, thankfully, because that much sweetness would've been overpowering in a bock. Caramel malt sweetness is subtly balanced by mild bittering hops before giving way to a lightly roasted chocolate malt finish with some lingering malty sweetness. All in all, the flavors are balanced appropriately without taking away the beer's distinctive character. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and body somewhat light, but that's on par with the style. Still, a slightly fuller body would aid development and enjoyment of the robust malt flavors contained in the beer.

D: While it is light bodied, the beer sits a little heavier in the stomach than I would've expected. Also, the sweetness could get a bit cloying after 3 or 4--not a session beer. Nevertheless, the flavor is balanced enough to where, for a bock, this is an excellent choice.

Photo of neenerzig
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A single 12 oz bottle recently purchased during my trip to the Party Source (located just across the river in KY) when I was visiting my brother in Cincinnati (and boy did we do some drinking of shit beer for old time's sake the first night I was down there!) I had never seen this particular Anchor Steam beer before so I definitely wanted to get it. Poured into my stange glass. This beer is a very dark brown color with some ruby/amber highlights. The big, fluffy tan head is about 3 1/2 fingers thick when poured, settling to a nice surface coating after about 15 minutes. Very excellent lace indeed. Sweet, strong malty aromas with chocolate, caramel and dark fruit-raisins and plums, and alcohol. Kind of surprised I could smell the alcohol this much since the beer is only 5.5% ABV. Sweet and malty with the aforementioned caramel, chocolate and dark fruits making their presence well known. A bit of a tart flavor and the taste of alcohol round it out. Has a mild hop bitter finish. Has a crisp, frothy and smooth, sort of chewy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink indeed! One of the best bock's I have ever had. Period! This was fantastic!

Photo of foles
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exactly what you want from a good bock! Extra points for the bottle design - brilliant. Smell is of chocolate with caramel and coffee overtones. Heathly head that reduces to a thin whisp. Beer is jet black. Heavy malty body, with a chewy sweetness, and hints of alcohol. Slight hint of fruit - maybe plums. Mild bitter finish which is a nice touch and reminiscent of anchor beers. Thoroughly enjoyable and a real treat.

Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark mahogany-cherry wood color with giant tan foam and good lace. Mild burnt molasses and coffee chocolate aroma with an odd green oats character. Grassy tart charcoal flavor. Aqueous with mild carbonation. Some licorice highlights but the tartness is almost cherry-like. A somewhat unusual blend of sweetness and sour with some hop bitterness at the front. Pretty drinkable, not heavy, but I don't think I would want too much of this level of tartness. Unique and enjoyable addition to the bock options. Mellows as your taste buds adjust.

Photo of soupyman10
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a single from the Wine Specialist. Pours a nice highlighted brown color with a huge puffy head. Nose is lots of sweet malt, caramel, dried fruit. Taste is likewise, although a fair bit milder than expected. Very smooth, and lacking in some of the spicy malt that I expected. Body was a little thin. Overall, not a bad brew, but not really as exciting as I'd hoped.

Photo of jmerz
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as an after dinner treat Anchor Bock poured smoothly from 12oz. bottle into a standard 16oz. pub glass. Mahogany in color (with a hint of copper) the beer releases small, tight CO2 bubbles that emerge on the surface in a densely packed 1/4" beige head.

The aroma reminds me of hiking in the Adirondacks after a late summer rainstorm. Kickin' up some moss under your feet to expose that rich loamy earth. Fresh and woodsy with a slight spice. First sip is a nice transition from aroma. Slight bitterness heads into a smooth, rich malty experience. Lots of good rich flavors. Some toffee and peat with a hint of smoky bitterness in the end. Nicely balanced with the hops (Saaz?). A creamy, resinous mouthfeel makes me yearn for another sip. Lacing is present but not artistic. A beer worthy of a comfy chair and ottoman on a porch during a warm spring rain.

Always a favorite brewery with great consistency. They've been a round a while and know how to do things, never really going"over the top".

Photo of ericj551
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock pours a deep red brown with A beautiful off white head that lingers. The first thing I smell is fresh berries, just a hint. There is a dark, toasted malt aroma mixed with earthy and slightly floral hops. The malt is dominant in the flavor with hints of astringent dark malt and some dry caramel flavor. The beer is rich and malty, with just enough damp, earthy hops to balance it out.

Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown . The head was small but long lasting. Large amounts of lacing left on the glass surface during consumption.

The smell is sweet malt, caramel and cherries.

The beer has a nice malt profile with some fruit hiding in the background. I thought the finish was slightly sweet and cloying.

Has a creamy mouthfeel and a medium body.

A very nice bock and an easy drinker. Low ABV helps drinkability.

Photo of AltBock
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby bottle that has a drawing of a billy goat chewing on a vine of hops. I bet those hops taste better than those tin cans and tires he usually eats. Around the neck of the bottle is a small white label that has a large paragraph telling you about the Bock style and who Anchor Brewing is. The back label has the refund values, barcode, US Government warning, and Anchor's patented bottle code that only Anchor understands.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, this Anchor beer poured a beautiful deep dark mahagony brown with a few dark ruby red highlights. That was only the beginning. Sitting on top of this beer was a fluffy 2 inch head of tan colored foam. Not only was it big, but it had excellent retention that left behind a small tan film and streak after streak of tan lace. The appearance was eye candy to me.

Smell: The majority of this Bock's aroma was not roasted malts, but malted tea leaves. I can't expalin that either. Behind these tea leaves was some dark roasted malts, a pinch of sweet caramel, a drop of alcohol, and a dark fruit or two hiding in the background. Even though the aroma had some Bock quality aromas to it, I don't think the majority of the aroma should have been left up to the malted tea leaves to cover.

Taste: The taste started off with dark roasted malts. A flavor a Bock should start off with. Not so fast Bock lover. These roasted malts tasted like they were watered down. I could taste the malts gathering up what strength it could get and then as soon as it reached it's peak, water comes out of nowhere to calm it down. I don't want to know why it did that. Besides the watered down malts, I could also detect some roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, a touch of sweet caramel, and roasted bitter hops. It's funny that none of these flavors were watered down. It was just the malts. It's too bad the malts had to be watered down. Such a shame!

Mouthfeel: It was amedium bodied of beer that had a mild aftertaste of of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and roasted bitter hops. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes in your mouth. It's probably a good thing that the malts didn't show up in the aftertaste. More than likely that would have showed up watered down.

Drinkability: Despit having a tea aroma and having a taste of watered down malts, it wasn't such a bad Bock beer. If you can find it, I can't see why not why this wouldn't make a good choice for a session Bock beer. I know I wouldn't mind.

Photo of Greenlabel
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always enjoy Bocks and found a 6-pack of this one at the famous State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD in Feb. Bottle was dated "7DK" which I interpret as Dec. 2007 and product proved to be very fresh.

Rather weak bready aroma. A very dark pour with an attractive and lasting white lacing. Sort of a burnt or roasted caramel taste - not as sweet as some Bocks and seemingly hoppier than many I've tasted. Pleasantly dry aftertaste.

Definitely a decent product but not necessarily my Bock of choice on a regular basis. Maybe that's good because it's not available in my home area anyways.

Photo of Naerhu
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very dark ruby body almost black. Dark tan crema.

Aroma is very light of sweet bock maltyness, smokeyier than most German bock's I have had.

Taste is same as aroma, with a touch of chocolate. Decent finish/

Mouth feel is really thin at first, with overly aggressive carbonation.

I love this brewery and wanted to love this beer, but just couldnt get into it.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor- Bock

A- Deep red, huge thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Smokey mossy malt.
T- Sweet smokey molasses malt. Heavy earthy hops.
M- Smokey and chewy. Slight oily, resiny, pine sapish finish.

Overall- A great looking beer that is quite easy to drink. A good Spring choice.

Photo of ccrida
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle , bottling code 7DK (Dec. 11 2007), I picked up about a month later and have cellared since. Served at cellar temp, and poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Anchor bock is a very dark ruby with a massive, tight light tan head, that is very long lasting, and very rocky to settle, leaving huge hunks of foam. I can't believe this head, absolutely on par with St. Bernardus Abt 12, which I'd heretofore never seen - fantastic!

Smell is very rich caramel malt and black cherry fruitiness, as well as a bit of booze, absolutely, unmistakeably classic bock aroma.

Taste is very full and complex, bittersweet malt, caramel, toffee, grassy hops and sweeter nuts, with a hint of alcohol on the dry finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is lager crisp, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is high, in the fact that I definitely wish I had more of these on deck. The rich flavors beg it to be sipped slowly and savored, I love beers that drink much bigger then they actually are, ABV wise (in regards to depth, not heat).

Photo of erosier
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown/black color with a tall and thick tan colored head that laces the glass very well on the way down. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts and some caramel and dark fruits I believe. The taste is a nice sweet yet bitter roasted malt, some chocoalte, and a little caramel, not much else. It is a nice beer and I liked it though I was expecting it to be sweeter than it was. It has a nice smooth and warming mouthfeel which makes it a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of smurphy77
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a big two finger head that slowly subsided. Dark chocolate color beer with a beige foam atop. Smells mildly of chocolate shavings.

Tastes of slightly bitter chocolate and coffee with a very creamy mouthfeel. Almost like a stout. Only slightly carbonated. Aftertaste lingers without becoming bitter but without any real additional development either.

Easy drinking, and I love the smooth, creamy body. Could drink a couple of these in a session.

Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish mahogany with a densely setting foam of tan creamyness about a pinky high. The capping keeps its weight very well present as it loosens itself just a bit while its consumed to let lay a lacing of inky thick patches across the glass.

Aroma is mild of molasses and mildly roasted grains with hints to vanilla, cocoa, and maple. Gains more stature as it warms, gaining a slight pull into some dark fruityness.

Taste is mildy thick with an easy going melange of red and black malt sweetness thats tamed down very nicely letting in some nice little tones of cocoa, vanilla, and creamed whole milk. Very light and floating dryness of grassy spice fades into the finish as it drys off slowly with a simple yet favorable alure to cocoa and grains.

Nicely balanced and nearly full in body for a Bock beer. More porter-esk and stout-like naturalness with its thicker, creamy, milken body that holds a very nice tone the whole way through. It finishes well with a drying complexity, that again speaks more to stouts and porters. So as a Bock, its quite impressionable.

A very well made Bock beer here by Anchor. Quite drinkable and at 5.5% makes for a few to be easily opened and quaffed.

Photo of PBBC
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited when I saw that my beloved Anchor Brewing company had released a bock, as I was very impressed by their rich, complex holiday beer (you should all try it).

The beer pours a deep brown-red with a tan-dark head that disappears rather quickly, the aroma is a burnt-caramel smell, with a tinge of malt sweetness behind it.

The taste radically improves with a little warmth. First sip was slightly disappointing, the brew seemed dominated by the burnt-caramel taste (I'm guessing a little too much chocolate malt?) before rounding off the the sweet, toasted taste of munich malt that I associate with the bock style. Not sweet enough.

The bitterness of hops is present and interesting, but for some reason doesn't combine well with the dark-caramel-chocolate flavors, and lacks the spiciness that I enjoy in most german-style hops.

Overall, a well made product, but seemed more like a roasted winter warmer than a rich spring-celebration.

Photo of kmo1030
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ruby hued dark brown, with a beefy tan head on top.
the aroma contains a soft grainy roasty-ness. it's got some caramel/molasses tones, some dark fruits are detectable, along with some whisps of chocolate. there is an almost cotton candy/rootbeer-like sweet aroma that develops with warmth.
the taste also has a grainy dark fruityness to it, mosty of the fig and date variety. the caramelized flavors bring sweetness, but shows restraint. it also has a nutty tobacco-like sweetness to it that provides some nice complexity to the equation. there is a hint of bitterness towards the end to cut some of the sweetness, but barely. i would say that generally, this is a sweet beer, but it doesn't come off as overly so. it finds a nice balance. drinks like a clean porter.
the mouthfeel is fairly full and rich with moderate carbonation to cut it a little.
good drinkability, it's got some real meat to it, but the glass empties itself quickly. a very fine bock beer.

Photo of Gehrig
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock pitches a rich mahogany into the Yankees pint glass, topped by a thin finger of tan froth that dissipates fairly quickly. Decent lacing lines the glass. The fantastic color makes the presentation. Brown sugar and faint whiffs of roasted coffee find the nose well enough. These dictate the taste as well, with hints of toffee emerging as it warms. It's not spectacular, but rather a nice, steady bock, vaguely reminiscent of a slightly smoky porter. Nicely carbonated and smooth, this is a good find. Pleasant and well-textured, definitely recommended.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ridiculously huge head with insane retention that never leaves. Dark brown in color.

Smell is of some caramel malts with a little wheaty citrusy twang. There is almost a hint of mint in their as well. However, the smell is not very strong and it is a little hard to decipher everything.

Upfront is some sweet sweet malts. Caramel malts are followed by a citrusy twang from a little wheat. Tofee lingers with molasses to be finished off by a nice chocolateyness with a mild citrusy hop bitterness that cuts the sweetness. Highly enjoyable.

This beer turns to cream when it hits the palate. A little bit of high carbonation on the end ruins it a little tiny bit.

This beer is very easy to drink and will be a regular in my fridge every spring.

Photo of eberkman
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with red highlights coming through when held to the light. Rich, light-tan head with excellent stickiness and retention leaving a lot of lacing. Smells of toasted malt and some caramel and molasses dominate the nose, which doesn't have much hop presence. The taste is also toasted malts -- caramel and molasses primarily, some pungent fruitiness as well. A dry, bitter coffee-like finish. Relatively complex, though the finish lasts overly long and becomes somewhat harsh and unpleasant. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation in the mouth. Pretty drinkable and reasonably sessionable.

A lot darker than I expected -- really looks like a stout or porter. Tastes and drinks like one too. Very sturdy for a lager -- every bit as hearty as a good ale.

I like this one quite a bit -- probably more so than the other across-the-board highly regarded Anchor offerings. Nice spring beer too, especially if we're talking about early spring when it's still cold and often dreary.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very, very dark brown with just a slight reddish hue. There was a lot of tan foam and lace. The smell of fruit and roasted malts were very evident. The taste, thickness and flavor was much like a stout rather than a bock. The taste of tart molasses, roasted malts and a hint of fruit was pleasant. This was the darkest bock ale that I can ever remember drinking.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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