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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 JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sabrills70
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of geexploitation
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WAP
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drpimento
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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

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!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of sinistermadman
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found at Bottle King, Wayne NJ. I've never seen this before, and I sure as hell can't wait for Spring... so I dropped about $8 for a sixer and can't wait to sample it. There is a 7JS punched on the back of this bottle.

Served in a traditional Doppelbock style glass (ie: Celebrator) at a hair over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a really dark chestnut, actually similar to some of the Anchor OSA releases. On a good pour, the light tan head graduates to about two fingers thick... it's noisy for its size, but it does stick around for several minutes. Bockbiers in general I have found to be on the boring side appearance-wise, but this one demonstrates nice structure and leaves some killer lacing behind.

Smell- A rich, malty nose which brings along aromas of cherries and wheat malt... without even a suggestion of the hops.

Taste- As with the nose, the flavors are largely based on the wheat malt and some fruity esters like cherries and plums. The late bitterness offsets the malts, but doesn't really balance them well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The aggressive carbonation that lashes the tongue right at the outset is quickly subdued, replaced with a creamy and mouth-filling experience that really lets this beer open up. By the time this bottle is near complete, it's a dream. Lush and beautifully full. For this quirky style, it's quite hoppy in the finish... yet retrained in strength enough to have more than one and not be set back by its sweetness. An interesting American example of a Bock.

Photo of rowew
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, goat with a mouthfull of hops on the label. Description of the beer, along with the normal cryptic bottling information.

Appearance: Pours very dark reddish brown with a nice thick tan colored head. Great retention.

Smell: Herbal and a bit of roasted aroma.

Taste: Interesting - doesn't taste quite like I would expect from a bock. Tastes more like the Anchor Our Special but a bit thinner. Herbal flavors, and not nearly the sweetness I would expect in a bock.

Overall impression: Interesting .. a bit different than I would expect from a bock, but still a drinkable and interesting example.

Photo of malcontent
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown body with reddish edges. Huge foamy head caps an alluring looking beer.

Sweet malt scent with a touch of nuttiness although I'm having difficulty picking much more out than that.

Dark fruit with caramelized sugar but with a nice toasted flavor on top. Bitterness on the finish would seem to owe more to roasted malt (think coffee) than hops. Tasty but a touch off on the aftertaste.

Full, creamy mouthfeel emphasizes the positive attributes of the beer allowing it to spread across the palate evenly. An above-average, satisfying bock. I'd have another but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby brown. Nice and clear. Develops a large tan head with good density and retention.

S - Rich aroma of malt, alcohol, and fruit. Maby some rasins.

T - Malty caramel flavors. Notes of dark fruit, rasins, dates. No real hop flavors, but a nice bitterness in the finish with lingering dark sugary notes and a distinct dark chocolate flavor that lasts longer than any of the other flavors.

M - Thick and smooth but it doesn't coat the mouth in an unplesant way.

D - Overall very plesant and quite drinkable for a richly flavored beer.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Safeway in Eureka, CA this one set me back $8.99 so I was hoping for something worth the price. Poured a very rich and dark red to brown with a nice fat tan head that faded fairly quickly and left good lacing in the glass. Nose of malts, caramel, chocolate, and fruits. Mouthfeel is fairly rich and creamy, and flavors are bitter malts, caramel, and hops. Finish slightly bitter. This is a well balanced brew. Worth the price.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark opaque mahogany body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that become visible when held to the light. There is a thick creamy light tan head that last and last turning rocky after a bit.

S- This beer has at the smell of fresh dark malt with a pale malt hint. There is a slight earthy dry note to the malt with a hint of cream. The roasted notes of chocolate malt come through as it warms with a finish of a soft herbal hop and malt bitterness in the finish,

T- This beer has a dark black roasted smooth malt flavor with notes of chocolate malt and a soft cream and sweetness when it warms. There is a nice alcohol bite in the finish that has a very light sulfur note to it. There is hint of nougat in the background but it is subtle and adds character for a change instead of being overpowering like many bocks.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an alcohol heat in the finish that makes the finish very clean. There is a very light creamy texture in the middle of the mouthfeel that is interesting.

D- The bitterness at the finish balances the dry malt flavors nicely with a good complexity that really comes through when it warms and a very light sweetness in the background that adds depth. One of the better bocks I have tried.

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

On tap at Cole's tonight,came to the table a deep ruddy brown with a thinner but tight almond colored head.Roasted aromas like that of roasted nuts and caramel malt,flavors are on the drier side quite earthy and roasted the healthy dose of hops provide a drier earthy almost spicey feel to the beer an underlying molasses-like sweetness comes thru but the dry earthy tones prevail.A different sort of bock in my mind one with an American hopped up twist with its drier earthy character but quite nice.

Photo of Lagaffe74
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut color with a good head retention.
Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, and plums. A faint smokiness lingers.
On the palate, it starts off slightly sweet but finishes slightly dry with flavors of fruits and smokiness.
Smooth and medium-bodied, it has good carbonation which makes it a very drinkable one.
It is a little different for the style but something I quite enjoyed and will do so in the future.

Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque, deep molasses in color. Half-inch, lightly tanned and slightly creamy head that slowly moves outward while leaving a thin layer. Trails of thin lacing, but not much.

Creamy toffee and caramel notes with hints of vanilla and sherry. Notes of vinous fruit that are a shade on the sweet side; a bit artificial in aroma, but still inviting.

Semi-sweet molasses and toffee that seem to be more on the bittered side. Notes of dried milk chocolate and caramel. Bland, malted wheat flavor at mid-sip that accentuates the Bock's dryness/airiness. Flavors of fig, date, and caramel in the aftertaste.

Medium in body; dry and airy on the palate. Too whafer-like in body for such a malty style.

A bland Bock stylistically. The rich and creamy malt flavors seem to fade rather quickly leaving the airy wheat taste that does nothing for this Anchor offering.

Photo of Vancer
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, poured this one a little strong, and the head rushed me like a rabid dog. The tan head almost overflowed my snifter, but the tide was luckily turned just in time. Very nice lacing on this critter.

Sweet vinous hops in the aroma, which carries over into the quaff quite well. Sweet caramels, figs Newton’s, and prunes dance around the glass in some exotic limbo. A very good sipper from Anchor, but nothing less than one comes to expect from this brewer.

Good session brew with the 5.5%, but a tad expensive at $9.25 a sixer – for us Midwesterners.

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown mahogany color with a bit of ruby highlights and a very thick meringue-like head that rises an inch above the rim of the glass with no spillage. A very lovely looking beer. Nose is chocolaty malt, buttery pecan, and toasted walnuts along with a touch of brown sugar. Malt dominates the taste with a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor. The nuttiness that was in the aroma is much more subdued in the taste, but there are additional fruity notes of fig, dates, and prunes. A drying bitterness comes across in the finish to cleanse the palate before the next sip. Highly enjoyable—I will be buying more very soon.

Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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