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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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935 Ratings

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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 25 | 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 Bierguy5


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

12 oz. bottle. The code on the back read 7JS. Pours a dark chestnut color, not at all what I expected. Lighter shades of brown covered the edges of the glass. Nice creamy tan head, which held together for a great while, and faded, leaving some great patchworks of lace.

Toasty and slightly roasty dark malts in the nose. Chocolate like aroma, as well as some floral hops. In some ways, this reminds me of Anchor's OSA without all of the spices.

Very strong roasty, dark chocolate like malt presence. Bready flavors thrown in as well. Finishes pretty dry with some floral hop bitterness to help balance out. Make no mistake, this is malt centered.

Good body and appropriate carbonation. This was certainly not what I expected. Very enjoyable, however could use a bit more sweetness for me.

04-19-2007 21:52:35 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of tobyandgina


4.43/5  rDev +21%

Pretty good head on it after pour

Smell slightly of copper at first, not too strong

Great, deep red color

Good mouth feel, a little bit of apple peel taste, kind of a yeasty aftertaste, nice and clean with some hops - tastey!

This one goes down awesome!

Serve some of this at a backyard BBQ

04-16-2007 21:44:31 | More by tobyandgina
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

2 full finger of foamy tan head, deep brown with ruby highlights, lacing and retention is very good, all around a good offering.

dark and toasty caramel almost burnt caramel... can we say caramel ? nice malty tones. straight forward bu done well.

taste etc...
kind of fluffy due to the carbonation, it really keeps this light drinking, the flavor is malty with some slight bitterness in the finish.

bock light ? easy drinking and a decent beer but just an OK bock.

04-16-2007 02:23:31 | More by Ego
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

This brew poured to a brown color that has mahogany highlights. Had a nice sized tan head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. The nose highlights caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, and dark fruit. I would imagine that I am missing a bunch, but what I am picking up is very enticing. The taste highlights, while are similar to the aroma just come out more and add so much to the experience. The caramel, molasses, brown/burnt sugar flavors come out intermingling in a fantastic brew. At the tail end a hop flavor is there giving a slight but perfect amount of bitterness while a chocolate flavor seems to come and go quickly. I was actually not expecting all of these flavors to come out, this brew really impresses me and I can’t believe that this is my first exposure to it. The feel is quite dry, an excellent brew all around.

04-15-2007 03:35:13 | More by Stimack
Photo of BeerTruth


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance is a clear dark ruby with an extremely generous dark khaki colored head which remains well throughout. Lacing is very sticky around entire glass from start to finish. Smell is a bit weak but has hints of chocolate, toffee, and toasted nuts. Taste is a clean malt overtone with a very fine hop finish. More of a toasted flavor than anticipated, but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is so smooth but has a bit of a tingle to it. Carbonation seems to be there quite a bit throughout, but doesn't distract from this amazing bock. If you're a fan of Bocks, Anchor does an amazing job of representing this style of beer.

04-10-2007 02:16:46 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

This beer is the color of gumbo roux (in the jar) and has no real head. It has a great nose of figs, prunes, plumbs, and pound cake. The taste is thin and cidery, with a little roastiness and a nice herbal hop bitter in the backend. Medwiehgt mouthfeel fluffs up with crabonation.

04-09-2007 21:21:34 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of bigelo1016


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Really dark brown with about one inch of creamy tan head. Nice

S: Roasted malt, chocolate with a little coffee

T: malty goodness a plenty, with just a touch of bitter on the finish, really enjoyable

M: a medium body with pretty light carbonation

D: I could definitely drink several of these. Really good overall Bock

04-08-2007 01:30:55 | More by bigelo1016
Photo of July2Nov


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Dark (and I mean dark) mahogany color. Poured into a pint glass. A rich frothy head of about 2 fingers. Retained it's lace.
S: Subtle. Has a smoky molasses hint to it
T&M: Very interesting. You can taste the sweetness in it, that has a bit of chocolate, molasses and a piney feel to it. The taste tends to linger around the mouth for a spikey richness.
D: A rich flavor dominates this brew and due to this quality, I could only drink this in moderation. One is good and two would be the limit. Nice complex flavor. Another fine effort by Anchor.

04-04-2007 23:08:39 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Liquids


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Really deep hued mahogany, that looks near black, and not unlike their porter considering this is a bock...cloud like tight bubbled two fingered head from a rather gentle pour - nice. Aroma is an American twist in hops on a German style base...the hops are piney and citric but sweet malts are detectable, inviting and very 'anchor.' Taste is on par stylistically and again a distinctly anchor beer, which I'd say is not unlikely due to the yeast. It's delicious, but the alcohol is detectable, very rose like. Wheat is present but not overwhelming, and the hops are light but just enough for me while not at all bordering on a sugar bomb. Mouthfeel is full! Smooth carbonation again characteristic of anchor. Overall nothing to swoon over despite the high scores, unless you really love this style, in which case, this is an outstanding must-have version.

04-04-2007 11:32:45 | More by Liquids
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

Big thanks to yelterdow for hooking me up with this one! Served from a 12oz bottle at cellar temperature in a Samuel Adams Double Bock glass.

A - Dark chestnut color with fiery crimson highlights. Big, billowing medium tan head explodes to the top, buyoed by big giant bubbles beneath a creamy, craggy surface. The head is so active that it almost seems as if it's still fermenting... Lacing sets up nicely as the head dimishes, leaving sporadic sticky patches scattered on the inside of the glass.

S - Big and malty, with a very fresh and green hoppiness that really adds an air of crispness to the hefty malt base. Dark caramel notes and dark German pumpernickel bread.

T - For as sweet as the smell is, the maltiness is quite toasted and quite laid back. In the middle, a hint of sweetness comes through, but is perfectly balanced by the drying hops and slightly tart yeast that follows. The finish is dry, and the aftertaste is substantially bready.

M - Lightly tingly on the tongue, with very small bubbles turning the liquid into a mouth-filling froth that settles down for a very smooth finish. Excellent balance.

D - This is a very fine example of the Bock style. It's got everything right where it needs to be, without any extra bravado that might spoil the balance. Excellently drinkable, and a staple for any fan of the style.

04-03-2007 01:36:25 | More by EPseja
Photo of BigRedN


4/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a very dark brown, probably closer to black. A thick 3/4 inch tan head forms, fading to a solid ring around the glass. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: This one is almost all malt. Roasted malt aromas, the typical chocolate and coffee are present. When the beer is a little warmer, I get a hint of piney hops.

Taste: Nice big malty body, touch of bitterness on the finish. Roasted malt, bittnerness is minimal. Just a solid, good, beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with good carbonation, a little prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not an everyday purchase for me due to cost, but it was on sale so I picked up a couple of different Anchor products. I definitely enjoyed the six I have had, and would look for it again next spring.

03-31-2007 15:01:32 | More by BigRedN
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

Picked this up recently to enjoy the spring season. I've loved all of Anchor's other offerings that I've had, and I was interested to see how they would do on a boch beer, seeing that Anchor is known for beers with the west-coast hop taste and a clean finish. This was not a hoppy beer, but unlike Sierra Nevada's take on a wheat beer, Anchor got this down pretty damn well!

The pour was nice - this beer had a deep roasted brown hue to it and a very strong and fluffy head. The lacing was also nice and the aroma of this was great to boot: lots of roasted caramel malt, molasses, and plum, with the taste just as strong. It came across as very malty up front, with just a hint of the hops that characterize an Anchor beer in the back. It's not complex, but it's subtly solid and easily drinkable during the warm and cool nights that have been around here as of late.

It's hard to believe that this beer is 5.50% ABV, as it seems like a winter warmer at times. I can feel the alcohol, but it doesn't detract from the taste of the mouthfeel. There isn't any espresso or cocoa here, so this goes down a lot easier than any stout or porter would. This is another great offering from one of my favorite breweries, and a shame that this is the only solidly crafted Bock that I've ever had. No matter - the ones that I have remaining in my fridge are a more than adequate way to make up for the lack of this style, and to welcome in the new season!

03-29-2007 07:30:55 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Winter


4.1/5  rDev +12%

Pours dark brown in color with a light tan head. Soapy lacing clings to the side of the glass. Nose consists of prune with hints of sweet caramel, molasses and chocolate. Medium-bodied mouthfeel that;s soft overall, but has some prickly carbonation along the edges of the tongue. Nice roasted malt front leads into a raisiny and prune-like fruit flavored middle. Molasses follows with just a hint of roasted bitterness. Juicy chocolate and raisin finish lingers.

Very nice American bock. Tasty, complex and fulfilling. You can't ask for too much more in a good beer. This goes down very easy and at only 5.5% alcohol you can enjoy a few of these, which IMO makes a great session beer. Great Spring offering.

03-29-2007 04:14:10 | More by Winter
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a dark brown with a big head, OK longevity and good lace. Rich malt aromas mixed with a fair amount of roasted malts and a hint of hops. Big and rich and malty with a decent amount of roasted malts leaving a nice roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. A very good beer but IMHO too much roasted malts. Slightly above average for the style - mainly due to the roasted falvor but a very good beer none the less.

03-29-2007 01:52:37 | More by sabrills70
Photo of geexploitation


4.43/5  rDev +21%

Pours a dark, reddish coffee color with molasses highlights at the edges. Small head that fades to a collar. Rich aroma of creamy coffee, sweet malts and savory spice... very smooth, sumptuous and inviting. Great aroma. On the palate, the nose is reprised, albeit with the addition of a touch of brown fruit and a slight, highly complementary alcohol burn. Very smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation -- that is, enough to tickle the tongue a bit and keep things fresh, but not enough to fill the mouth and create the sensation of greater weight/volume. Overall, this is a wonderful bock. It's not over the top -- just moderate weight, ABV, and hefty-but-nuanced flavors.

03-28-2007 01:48:04 | More by geexploitation
Photo of WAP


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours a clear ruby-brown with a thick, foamy tan head leaving thick leaves of lace as it drinks down. The smell is wonderful with dark bread and orange peel dominating. Taste is roasted malt reminiscent of dark bread followed by a mild orange sweetness and finished with a bittersweet (almost chocolate) flavor. Very nicely flavored. This is a very drinkable spring brew and one that I will continue to look out for.

03-25-2007 00:18:08 | More by WAP
Photo of drpimento


3.88/5  rDev +6%

Very good beer although a bit against the grain for a bock. Poured with a huge, thick, foamy, frothy, tan head and lots of lace. Opaque brownish black color. Very mild aroma. Not too sweet; quite roasty, a little dark, ripe fruit and a bit of an edge from the acid of carbonation. Mouth filling body. Easy finish. Perhaps a bit much for a session beer.

03-22-2007 03:40:00 | More by drpimento
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice dry roasted scent that boasts of crystal malts and lager yeast. It has a light malt sweetness along with some fruity yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and toastey. This is a solid brew that is true to style. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer with good malt character.

03-20-2007 00:44:38 | More by WesWes
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

Anchor's Bock pours a clear, very dark mahogany body with ruby highlights beneath a massive rocky head of orange-accented dark tan. The head retention is impressive, and it leaves walls of thin, sparse lace about the glass.

The nose is distinctly caramelish, and fruity. It's sweetish and rich, leaning heavily towards darkly caramelized and almost scortched sugars with the yeasty fruitiness providing a very nice counterpoint.

The flavor mimicks the nose, displaying a rich caramel maltiness that exhibits lots of brown sugar, scorched sugar, molasses, and nutty, dark bread. It finishes with a low-key, lingering bitterness, a hint of dark chocolate, and some residual, mild dark malt acidity.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge, and smooth across the palate with a moderate carbonation.

When I first had this beer I was unimpressed. It was colder than it should have been, lacked head retention (probably a dirty glass), and without releasing some of it's carbonation, 'twas a bit gassy and harsh on the tongue. The caramel flavor was reduced, or perhaps I should say concentrated, as its full breadth of character was masked by the cold. Once warmed a bit it's wonderful. It's not quite traditional, but quite nice in its own right. Well done and worth trying!

03-17-2007 15:53:50 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Bitterbill


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours from 12oz bottle a deep brown-amber with a medium sized head of foam that shrinks to a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is of roasted and sweet malt.

The taste on first sip has some real nice malty things going on. I can taste some sweetness, roastiness and some toffee and there's just a touch of chocolate going on as well. They work very well together indeed.

Further sips in and I get somewhat of a bitter bite from the hops which helps to prevent this Bock from becoming too sweet oh, and the chocolate is a bit more obvious....I'm loving it.

Bottom line: This is a very good example of the style. I recommend it!

03-16-2007 23:49:09 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of sinistermadman


4.1/5  rDev +12%

Nice dark brown in color with a smooth head. Aroma is quite pleasing with toasted malt being prominent.

Flavor has some characteristic Anchor elements to it: almost sharp cleanliness, solid malt profile and a subtle but well balanced hop bite. The brew has an almost bitter tinge that I find rather enjoyable. This one is every bit as drinkable as their other offerings. Nice and quenching. Quite sessionable. Glad I tried it.

03-16-2007 19:31:37 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +9.3%

This beer exhibits much of what I like about Anchor's beers. They are always very flavorful and extremely clean. A lot to brag about, and very drinkable. Looks very clear with a tan, loosely knit head retention. A strong toasty malt character shows boldly in the nose and flavors. Hop aromas shadow the malts closely and nearly compete with the grains. Simple, without a lot of muddled flavors; roasted coffee and chocolate with a whisp of a finish. Hop flavor takes on grassy and pine notes and ride well into the finish. The body is lighter than the flavors would make you think, but again, this leads to good drikability. The hops kick the beer out of syle a bit, but then that would not be the Anchor Steam way; but adds to the crispness of the brew. The grains, however, do take on chalky and astringent proportions late, but does little to interfere with the favorable qualities of the beer.

03-16-2007 02:11:55 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Melchizedek


3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours deep reddish-brown with a thick, well-formed beige head and strong streaming carbonation.

Aroma is a little mild, malty, somewhat roasted and a bit caramelized. Medium body, with roasty malts making a strong appearance, balanced by a generous hop presence. Carbonation lightens things pleasantly.

Not bad. Not overly impressive, but certainly pleasant. I don't think it's tremendously faithful to style, but it's got a sort of hoppy-schwarzbier appeal.

03-16-2007 02:05:49 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: Pours clear red-brown with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles. The head wasn't too anxious to stick around, so it was gone within about a minute to just a small ring across the top of the beer. That ring was consistent and stayed for quite some time leaving some lace in its wake. It ended up staying a pretty consistently decent looking beer due to the high carbonation.

Aroma: Really clean and malt driven with a subtle plum note. I don't get a whole bunch of toasty notes here, but I do get a bit of fruitiness that I am not sure is from fermentation or from the dark malts.

Taste: The flavor is also clean and malt driven. It is very dry and well attenuated with quite a bit of carbonation that makes it roll across your palate really easily. There is a tad of alcohol noticeable as a subtle pepper note. The finish has a little bit of hops that I would almost suspect was Northern Brewer. This is a little unusual to me.

Opinion: Well, this is a pretty good beer, but I wouldn't put it in the German Bock category. It is pretty light and would lean more toward an American Bock or maybe a Dunkel. If you put it next to Shiner, this is a pretty good beer, but if you put it next to an Einbecker Ur-Bock...it falls way short. I would drink it again, but I would not seek it out.

03-15-2007 00:29:58 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

I have never seen this beer around really, so I was surprised and intrigued by it when I saw it at a local liquor store.

Poured into a Lindemans glass (hey, it's the closest thing I have to a stange) the beer showed a dark brown color with some nice deep ruby highlights around the edges. Light and fluffy two finger head and very good retention.

The aroma was very pleasant with some chocolate notes and a big dose of roasted malts. The hops seemed a little drowned out by the malt, but you can sense their presence. Medium to full bodied flavor with a lingering bitterness from the roasted malts. Slight hop kick at the end too which was nice. Mouthfeel was a bit dry for my liking. Yet, the drinkability was not hurt too much by it.

I should note that the wheat malt was very noticeable in this beer. I think if they cut back on it a bit, it would be a much more enjoyable brew, but still a decent option if you see it around.

03-14-2007 01:26:55 | More by Jacobob10
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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