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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
Brewed by:
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Hammarby
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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...

Photo of vtfan77
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Onslow
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

overall impression is lacking, but dig abit deeper and it shows sum promise...pours a dark ruby brown...low head..some promising lacing...smell is actually quite fine...taste is damn muddled, no balance..aftertaste for a bock is frightening...needs more taste, more sweetness, maybe even more hops..but it REALLY needs more alcohol too... a good beer but overall abit disappointing!

Photo of Fish113d
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug, chilled, it pours a dark, malty brown color with two fingers of tan, spongy head that seems to cling to the glass nicely. Decent sustainance. Aroma is mostly of brown, sweet malt. I get the sense of a little chocolate malt there along with some slight grass hoppiness that hits my nose as well. Sipping reveals a boasting malty flavor of some slight bakers' chocolate along with some grassy notes from the hops. Some slight vanilla detected on the initial sip along with a nice smooth body. Very easy drinking. Carbonation is nicely balanced, and this makes an awesome session brew. thanks sulldaddy!

Photo of Suds
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having read quite a bit about this beer, it had been on my 'must try' list for quite a while. It was one of the few beers that held up the the anticipation. It's a nice deep brown color, almost light-coffee, with a thick tan head. Beautiful lace. The aroma is one of the aspects of the beer that is the most appealing. It's full of malt scents. Barley and caramel. One of the first impressions is of high quality malted milk balls. There's a bit of chocolate, and a little grain. It's got a little roasted character, with no fruit of malt in the aroma. Great! The flavor is complex, sweet, and satisfying. Full and satisfying. I truly enjoyed this beer, and would certainly seek it out again.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark brown bockbeer, head is tan and not too thick, soap-like bubbling. The aroma is somewhat faint, there's some dark sweet malt - molasses - and not much else.

The flavor is quite earthy, some dark ripe fruit, and the yeast is full and bready. More than a slight hint of underlying alcohol. Good body, enough carbonation to keep it all together, and some hard water mouthfeel.

Overall it's quite good, nice and big for the style. Not the easiest sipper but a good beer for the style.

Photo of theopholis
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark brown with a slightly reddish tint as light when held up to the light. Nice, creamy, tan head with just a little staying power. Decent lacing.

Aroma- Some malt sweetness right up front, and some caramel aroma, which was kind of unexpected Some roasty malts in the background.

Taste- A nice blend of roasted malts and malt sweetness with the proper amount of bittering hops. I'm also getting some smokiness, which was very unexpected, but quite nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. The carbonation level seems right, but it has a nasty CO2 bite on the tip of the tounge.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Let it flatten out a bit tho.

Photo of benmiliron
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.59 for a bottle. Nice looking bottle - goat eating a hop plant. Same Anchor bowling-pin shaped bottle too. Pours dark black walnut stained color. Big tan head on top that doesn't go away. Smell is strong malt, roastiness, slight hop presence. Taste is smooth, easy on the palate with a lot of flavor. Some roasted malt, a bit of burnt coffee, a lot of sweetness. Maybe a touch watery. There is a slightly drying characteristic to this beer in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on the money, balances nicely with a decent FG, though I think this could've been a bit higher.

Photo of dgfair
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Bottling date January 19, 2007.

A - Dark brown with a slightly reddish tint as light shines through. Huge, creamy, tan head that dissipates into a nice layer. Lacing all around.

S - Caramel malts, a tad roasty but not too much. A little bit of a husky grain aroma, and a typical biscuity smell.

T - A bit roastier in the taste than I expected. A touch of licorice that tastes very earthy. A light bitter hoppiness that pokes through in the finish. Tasty, but very subtle.

M - Rich and creamy, full and perfectly carbonated. Far and away the best aspect of this beer.

D - Very drinkable...this would be a great session beer with a full flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Another great offering from Anchor.

Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark clear ruby-brown with a frothy tan head.

Smell. hints of chocolate and floral aromas are what i get. It's quite interesting. There is a little pepperyness to it as well.

Taste. Malts have a nice potency to it. Semi-sweet chocolate is the dominant characteristic i get. There are also a small amount of alcohol drenched fruits. Aftertaste is more of the chocolate flavor with a little burnt malts. I really like the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Body is average. carbonation is at a nice level. Pretty decent mouthfeel.

Overall, I am not one to sit down with a bunch of bocks, but this one is pretty nice. I think it has some very nice characteristics that gives it a distinct flavor that i wouldnt mind having again...when wanting a semi-mild bock.

Photo of BWH3
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock from 12oz bottle at 40-45 F from Pint

Appearance: Deep brown with good clarity. Avg white head. Does not pour large. Does not give enough creaminess to the beverage

Smell: Strong malt aroma. Mild amount of rich melanoidins an abnormal amount of caramel sweetness on the aroma. No hops and no toasted aromas either. Strong banana esters.

Taste: Somewhat complex maltiness. Munich is not the dominant malt. I perceive more of a caramel sweetness. Banana like esters overly present for style. Light hop bitterness to finish and extinguish the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation. Approriate for style

Drinkability: An above average, readily available American bock. A good introduction to the style.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tobyandgina
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Ego
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stimack
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of bigelo1016
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of July2Nov
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Liquids
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.