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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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942 Ratings

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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 26 | 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 TheBCrew
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

TheBCrew, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Monkeyknife, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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

brentk56, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

John_M, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of sleazo
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

sleazo, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of blitz134
3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

blitz134, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Chinookie
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

Chinookie, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

DefenCorps, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Rayek, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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!

dedrinker, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of lowbrau
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

lowbrau, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of tapman
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

tapman, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of shabbtastic
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

shabbtastic, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

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...

dsa7783, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of 86sportster883
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Anchor Bock is a truly outstanding beer and a great complement to an already impressive lineup from this iconic American craft brewery. If you want to know what great bock ale can taste like, then go and get yourself a sample of Anchor's take on this tasty old world beer style.

I've read that Anchor Bock is made with ale yeast, which would make it something other than a traditional Bavarian bock lager. It also uses wheat malts and "whole hops" which gives it some distinctly non-bock characteristics. I found this beer to be closer in style to a Sticke Alt, and a good one at that.

Served at about 50 degrees in a tall pilsener glass, Anchor Bock is dark amber in color with a giant light tan head with good stickage. Big sweet malt and caramel aromas battle with potent spicy hops and a touch of alcohol. The beer has a soft, smooth mouthfeel and the initially sweet malty caramel taste is quickly balance by oily hop bitterness. Hop flavors continue into the finish along with a touch of alcohol, especially as it warms to room temps.


86sportster883, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Rich Chocolately deep brown, but basically black in the glass with mild light tan head. Fairly light smell but it is a roasty, malty smell with chocolately, caramel hints. Rich and carbonated body, with mild sweetness, a slight hint of bitterness and a nice bitter-sweet mild coffee like finish. A touch bland, but my bottle might be quite old. One I'd love to have fresh. Still good nonethess and not a disappointment at all.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of SiphonKing
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%

Pours with a substantial tannish brown head that sits atop a dark ruby body. Aromas of malt, toffee(?). Tastes sweet, malty yet with a slight dry crispness that is characteristic of lagers. Finishes sweet with a decent mouthfeel. A good seasonal offering from Anchor and a good beer to bring to a spring gathering.

SiphonKing, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a deep nearly opaque dark brown that shows slight ruby highlights when held to light, but not much. Aroma is a slight maltiness, but not much there. The taste was a nice blend of sweet malts, dried fruits and caramel. The beer is light and refreshing with a decent amount of carbonation. This one is certainly enjoyable and makes a great spring beer.

atsprings, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Maudite
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Had this beer on tap at The City Beer Store in San Francisco. (Place rules)

Rather disappointing for an Anchor beer...

A= Light brown, almost a dark pale more so than a bock.
S= Not much of an aroma, perhaps it was the pour or the glass it was served in, but it left much to the imagination
T= Good taste, malty, crisp, slightly biscuity/mild burnt toffee
M= Slightly acidic, nice coating, stays for a moment and lingers slightly on the back of the tongue
D= Comes on strong and finishes smooth. Recommended for warmer weather than a San Francisco February dusk. Good thirst quencher, if anything.

Maudite, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours dark, dark brown--very little light shines through. Mild head but with lasting power. Nice ring lace with each sip.

Typical sweet malt sugar smell. But what is most notable is the strong, beautiful floral hop aroma. Very appealing!

Up front, the floral hop touches the tongue even before the liquor does. Not as sweet as some bocks, this one does not have the heaviness of most. The aftertaste is the mild hop bitterness.

This is a well balanced offering and probably not very accurate to the style. I, however, like this one more than the typical bock.

smcolw, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

Purchased at Stateline. Pours with a thick head & nice lacing. Very malty and roasted in smell. Tastes like it smells. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is very drinkable. A solid representation of the style. I am surprised I have not tried this before.


SkinnyElvis, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +12%

A: Poured a dark, ruby red with a huge 2 finger creamy beige head that was fully lasting.

S: a nice dark roasted character, with a touch of smoked woodiness and dry cinnamon. The nose was spicy in nature with some dark caramelization and rich chocolate notes as well.

T: The initial flavor was malty with some dark roasted notes, as well some dark fruit. The beer finished with some sweet coffee, chocolate notes and dried raisins. The palate was soft and bready very good per style.Overall, a nicely roasted bock beer, full of bread and holiday spicing.

M: rich and full with big breadnotes and a touch of malt sweetness.

D: Very drinkable per style with a good warming. perfect for the holiday season.

beerthulhu, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Ah, the bock beer that warms the cockels of my heart.

It pours a beautiful reddish brown with a great tan head that disappears into some lacing that stays with you through the glass.

Smells a beautiful mix of hops and malt, soapy chocolate smell.

Tastes a mix of sweet malts and roasted coffee.

Leaves a lingering sweet aftertaste. Love it, but dont leave it.

Murchmac, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Clear dark copper color topped with an excellent fat tan head that expands well above the rim of my glass and settles slowly, leaving big patches of lace behind and a thick, milkshake topping. Lots of dark, toasted malt in the smell. Molasses, caramel, and herbs...uncluttered and fun to sniff. The flavor is milder and less sweet. German malts and a touch of berry sweetness. This is a real fresh bottle, so an earthy hop taste is still present. Very smooth and medium bodied.

Damn, this surprised the hell out of me. Very easy to drink and one of the best bocks I've ever had.

wedge, Feb 15, 2008
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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