1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Bock Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

919 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 919
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | 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)
View: Beers (22) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Anchor Bock Beer Alström Bros
Ratings: 919 | Reviews: 566 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dbalsock


2.05/5  rDev -44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber color with a tannish/offwhite head. The head was abundant, exploding into the glass and settled to about 1/2 finger thickness, never getting smaller.

Smell: A mix of malty goodness, some light hoppage, and poorly made gravy... gravy? Yes gravy. It took over the taste at times, but at others it wasn't very apparent. I thought it might be the glass, so i switched glasses. I thought it might be where I was drinking it, so I moved outside. The gravy followed.

Taste: The gravy from the smell came back to the taste too. This time however, there was a nice intense hop taste. More intense than I expected for a bock, but still german tasting.

Mouthfeel: The beer had a great alcoholic zing to it, and the body was perfect for a bock: not to heavy, not to light, somewhere in the middle and smooth. However, it was interrupted by overcarbonation that never ceased. The bubbles were a nuisance to a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Despite the poor taste and the awkward mouthfeel, it was actually pretty easy to down. I wouldn't want it again, but there are other bocks that just don't sit as well flowing down the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 03:17:52 | More by dbalsock
Photo of hckyfn9999


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with some amber hues and a small tan head. Strong sweet aroma with some brown sugar, molasses, cocoa, dark,cnadied fruit and a touch of licorice. More dark, chocolate and bready malts, sweet caramelized sugar in the taste. A slightly, bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. This beer is good but the sweetness and dryness bring down drinkability slightly. Good beer from Anchor, but what else would you expect.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 02:49:45 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this brew from Anchor, my favorite brewery. This beer pours a deep brown and dark garnet with a fluffy head that stays around. Smell is distinctly sweet, dark caramel, molasses and dark chocolate. Taste has a thick caramelly taste from the big-time malt presence, it's also darkly fruity with chocolate-covered raisins and prunes showing through. Solid, if light, hops presence keep this beer from being overly sweet. A little spicy, carbonated kick at the end caps off the brew well.

Another fine beer. I still don't think this brewery makes a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 07:35:55 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of blakesell


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a large quaffing mug.

Appearance- Near opaque. This is the darkest straight bock I have ever seen. Huge head of froth fills my mug to the brim but dies down to a small ring around the glass.

Smell- Dates, rasins, roasty malts, a hint of chocolate and currants. Maybe some fig in there, but it's not upfront.

Taste- Sugary and oily slick. a bit of a burnt flavour. Slight alcoholic burn? for 5.5% that just doesn't make sense.

Mouthfeel- Slick and oily. Not bad, but not something I love. I have a six of this beer and I have a feeling it will stick around my closet a while. that burning mouthfeel has to mellow out sooner or later.

Drinkability- Hmmm.. Not so much. I can drink this, but I don't see a session happening right away. And I was looking forward to it too with that cute goat on the label.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 02:52:36 | More by blakesell
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

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

355 ml bottle
5.7% ABV
I tried this beer on August 21, 2007 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto. The beer poured dark brown into a tulip glass with a thin brownish head. The aroma was malty with hints of nuts and caramel. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with sharp carbonation. The flavour was malty with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 03:39:02 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of stcules


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

Very dark color, with mahogany edges. Beautiful foam, compact. Good appearance.
Malty smell, lightly caramel, and with a light toasted. Mou.
The taste is very good, quite light, relatively drinkable. Malt, caramel. A good background hop. Very soft.
Complex. Round body.
Full malty aftertaste, with hop biiterness well noticeable, and long.
Some fruity notes in the aftertaste.
Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 22:00:49 | More by stcules
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a deep, rich color of brown. From the way it flows it is a lot like a stout. The aroma makes it act like a porter with a thick roasted aroma with floral hops to finish it up. There are also some rich brown sugar characteristics. The flavor is a little thin. There is a really strong porter character yet again with not much sign of bock. When I think of a bock I think of a smooth, very malty, sweet brew. This has too much bitterness.

Although I wouldn't consider it a bock, it is still a really smooth beer. I would compare it to an English Porter, though. If it was called an English Porter it would have earned somewhere around a 4.2 - 4.3.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 01:04:16 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of hiikeeba


3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black with an creamy, off-white head. When held to the light, ruby colored highlights. Very porter or stout like.

Aroma: Roasted malt predominates. No malt sweetness, and no apparent hops.

Taste:Very mild roasted malt taste. Very mild hops. Tastes like a stout. Finishes with a coffee-like roasted flavor, but still quite mild.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and full-bodied.

If the label had said "Anchor Stout," or "Anchor Porter" I would have called this a perfect beer. But it's labeled as a bock. Shouldn't that mean more malty sweetness? I'm very confused by this beer. I like it, but it confuses me.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 19:35:13 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of cokes


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep-end purple scarlet under a trifling cap of dying beige.
Molasses aromas, augmented with raisins, multigrain breads, carob, and cola.
Begins and stays malty sweet. Drier than expected up front with a persuasive roastiness, that eventually fades towards carob. Modestly dry and full of pumpernickel and rye breadiness, as phantoms of dates, and figs appear. Turns to bittersweet chocolate during the middle, then fades to that Dr. Pepper cola-y vapidness that reminds me of why I don't particularly like their annual OSA. It fizzes out and disrupts the lush blanket of malts with an aspirin and grassy hop incongruence. A flaw that seems to come out more and more as you drink it.
The texture starts luxurious then thins significantly. Quite symbolic of this beer, which starts as a rock-solid A-grade bock, and ends up as a B, at best.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 09:22:40 | More by cokes
Photo of mobud


3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip pint from bottle.

A- Dark, dark brown with a beautiful 1/2 head that was dark oatmeal in color.

S- Roasted malt with slight woody smell.

T- Well roasted malt with light chocolate and coffee in the backround.

M- Medium with some carbonation, but very easy to drink.

D- This beer is good, but I would love to try it ontap. I felt like I was missing something. The hops were in the backround, but I did not feel like did this beer justice. I will look for it when it comes around again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 18:22:15 | More by mobud
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit on the restrained side, but well executed. A little sweeter than average for the style, but not overdone. Brown sugar and a hint of toffee head up the malt profile, with some nondescript bittering following suit to balance out. Finish is clean, with the malt sweetness fading into slightly lingering bitterness. Sharp carbonation. A nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 15:56:07 | More by Brent
Photo of Pegasus


4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a massive, light-brown head, excellent lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich aroma of toasted dark bread, with a slight herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens with an earthy, toasted malt flavor, molasses, and burnt caramel. Earthy notes increase as the taste progresses, finishes with moderate bitter cocoa notes and a slight dextrose sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style, well-crafted.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom brown glass bottle, with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 03:55:43 | More by Pegasus
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a nice clear brown with some red hints, sports a nice rich thick tan head that falls slowly and leaves some nice lace behind.

Aroma is good malty, light molasses with some fruits light spice and alcohol hints.

Taste is good malty hints of molasses, toffee hints even. Alcohol is noted in taste even with low ABV it mixes in with the dark fruits and adds to the flavor and experience. Finish is lingering malt, fruits and lingering spices.

Mouthfeel is little light say light medium good solid carbonation smooth with light pep in the finish.

Drinkability is good pretty solid bock tasty even though aroma is slightly muted.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 13:59:57 | More by mntlover
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

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

Pours an amazing looking deep brown colour with a tan head that pillows up into a sponge like frothiness and hangs around forever. Gobs of residue are left all over the glass. Bitchin'.

The aroma is a powerful mix of malt, raisin, molasses and some dark berries. Maybe some cocoa as well.

The flavour is a nice extension of the aroma. Cocoa and other chocolate notes come out more here, especially toward the finish where they mix nicely with some rugged malt flavouring. Sweetness chimes in here and there but nicely takes a back seat for the most part. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit chewy and slick. Nice stuff.

This is yet another nice brew from Anchor. Nice flavour that's got balance and a bit of a kick to it without being over the top. Definitely worth your time and money. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 03:40:27 | More by guinness33
Photo of neonbrown82


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good bock. One of the better ones I've had, actually.

The beer pours to a mahogany brown color with amber highlights. The head is fairly thin and tan in color. Retention could be better, and lacing is fairly poor.

The smell is the weakest link. Not much to it. A feint chocolatey malt aroma along with some slight vegetal notes associated with lagering.

The the taste is good. A slight bit sweet up front followed by a rich chocolate flavor. Also has a bit of a biscuity malt flavor reminiscent of munich malt. A feint vegetal lagery aftertaste. There is a very light hops bitterness, though the actual hops flavors a bit subdued.

The body is medium with a fairly sharp carbonation No alcohol flavor. Easy to put down a few, even when the weather is warm.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 06:30:28 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque mahogany color with a thin light tan head that quickly disappears. The sheets of tiny bubbles it leaves against the side of the glass leave little behind as lacing.

The smell is the best feature of this beer. Aggressive sweet molasses, dark fruit and a hint of alcohol.

There is an immediate complexity in the mouth feel, but it's coming off on the lighter side. A unique creamy texture created as a result of the particular carbonation and the hop signature.

The flavor doesn't quite match the aroma and in that sense is a bit of a let down. A surprising spicy nature, it's really quite dry with a lingering wheat character.

A decent drinker. Not as much sweetness coming from the malt as i expected. I can feel the 5.5% ABV on the way down, which is kind of surprising also. I good beer to give a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 17:18:46 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed sixer and added this to my pickings for the night....

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Boy this beer was dark- not stout dark- too translucent. But then again, this beer was a dark dark brown/red with a wondeful centimeter of tan head. Lacing was not evident on my glass but I know that initially I did notice some.

The taste was quite malty- lots of nuts and caramel- sweet is a good word. Did not detect a whole lot of hops. Alcohol was not detected as some reviewers had smelled and tasted.

I was somewhat dissapointed by this beer. I thought that the creamy texture was the best aspect, but it lacked in taste and complexity.

Good call but not great.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 23:51:20 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of Redwood21


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

A: amazing, imo. Almost a 5 here. the head is so ceamy and lasts the entire beer with lacing and all of that. color is tan. the beer color is a dark brown(i think) with what i think is a strong red tint to it as well

S: Nice smoke and malt aromas, forbodes a delicious beer which it is

T: very very good, with a deep rich taste, creamy with some malt and i want to say a smoke liek sensation, but nothing liek a smoke beer. has a lil bitterness, that balances the malt flavor.

M/D: great beer, almost pumped up the score some more butdecided to be a little conservative. the mouthfeel is a strong medium with some delicious creamy goodness. a beer i must revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 03:38:56 | More by Redwood21
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color bock with a rather large off-white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of rich and sweet malt is domination and quite pleasant if maybe a bit strong for the style. Taste is also dominated by rich and sweeter then expected malt. Body is full with some adequate carbonation. Interesting take on the style but a bit too sweet for the style IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 19:14:59 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Cath0de


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

Appearance: Deep, dark, clear ruby color...beautiful. Dark tan, rocky, frothy head. A veritable cathedral of lacing going down the glass. A great looking beer.

Smell: Alcohol...cloying scent: molasses, caramel, chocolate. Just a faint hop fruitiness pinning everything down. Still, a bit too cloying and sweet...

Taste: Taste follows the smell...but the flavors work together over a smokiness that takes an edge off the cloying nature of the brew. Great, great stuff, a great example of the style. Full, sticky mouthfeel and remarkable drinkability for this type of brew.

Notes: Nice job, Anchor, as usual. A pretty standard palette of flavors executed expertly by a great brewery. A great prototypical example of a bock, but don't expect anything exciting.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 04:54:12 | More by Cath0de
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, served in a Pilsner glass

A - clear brown color with a tan head that fell quickly, leaving bits of lacing.

S - roasted malt aroma, some bitterness instead of sweetness?

T - as with the smell, malt flavor is ok, but what's up with the bittering finish?

M - light/medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - it's drinkable, but not a session beer, for me, anyway.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 20:41:53 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Hammarby


4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with copper tones and a frothy tan head.
S: Caramel, figs, dried fruits, malt, slightly phenolic presence.
T: Bitternes and a slightly metallic tones at first, then some dried fruits and finally bitterness and charcoal. Bitterness and figs in the aftertaste (some charcoal). And muscat grapes.
M: A little thinner than expected from the smell. Above medium body, good carboration.

Not really a bock, a bit too little alcohol and maybe a bit too bitter according to style. But who cares, really? Still a nice beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 21:04:08 | More by Hammarby
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown color here, with a creamy beige head and moderate visible carbonation. A whiff reveals dark fruit and light chocolate, quite pleasant, if only it was a bit stronger.

A bit overcarbonated, which mutes the flavor somewhat. Still, there is plenty of solid sweet malt and some prune or fig hints for fruitiness. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth in spite of the excess bubbles. I like this beer but if they allowed the flavor to avoid carbonation strangulation it would be divine.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 04:08:03 | More by daliandragon
Photo of DoubleJ


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

We invite you today to the begining of the Unorganized Invitiational! Six totally different beers from a make your own 6-pack sqaure off to take the top prize. Our first sample comes from Anchor Brewing's springtime Bock. Without further adieu, let the drinking begin:

Poured into my Kronenbourg 1664 glass, it's dark brown in color with a pretty little head that lasts all the way unitl the last sip. At the end of the beer, lots of lacing rings were left on the glass. Beautiful! Fresh, crisp hops burst out in the scent, making way for caramel and a complex sweetness. The taste was different than I was expecting. While I had plenty of bready flavors, the hop flavor was curious, but rewarding. I also had some frappuchino and mocha notes.

A pleasant way to start off the Invite, and a pleasant score for Anchor Bock. What will be next in the Unorganized Invitational? Find out...

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 06:02:09 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of vtfan77


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep red with a nice light tan head. Very nice-looking beer, but the head goes down a little too quickly.

S- Lots of malt with some molasses and toasted grain. There's also a surprising piney hop character.

T- The malt character is kind of roasty with a coffee-like taste. It's almost porter-ish. There's a bit of a metallic taste as well which seems out of place. Much drier than the smell suggests. The finish is fairly bitter for the style.

M- Decent medium body, not overly carbonated.

D- Not a session beer, but I might have a couple.

Eh, I've had better. The taste is its main downfall. It needs more malt flavor and a little more sweetness. It's not bad, but I probably won't get it again. You can do better for the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 02:25:23 | More by vtfan77
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.