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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 26
Gots: 27 | 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 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
3.43/5  rDev -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
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown with a few slight rubish edges. The head is a slight tan color and stacked up about one and half fingers high. The appearance almost resembles a soda of some sort due to the amount of beading on the inside. A small amount of laceing can also be found.

Smell: The aromas on this is actaully kinda hoppy, but not overly done ..just noticeable. Some woody notes are present along with nuttiness and a subdued but maple-like malt character.

Taste: An ever so slight hop bite with some bark/wood hints. A perfectly roasted malt blend. I'm hinting some cranberry notes with some in and out toasted bread. No real alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth easy to drink. Almost has a dullness on the palate but sweetens up in the finish.

Drinkability: This is not a bock that I can honestly say I enjoyed, but truely it is not bad. I would recommend it for a try, but as for me I probably will not venture this way for a while.


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

Deep dark ruby, clear. Moderate head, foamy and light brown.

Sweet roasted malt, biscuit-like. Tobacco and mint hints. Dark ripe fruits, grape and apple with banana vibe. Rich chocolate and mild coffee. Alcohol, light. Rich, complex, and good.

Roasted malt, chocolate. Lightly biscuit-like with fruity tones. Mild bittering and floral flavoring from hops. Medium bodied, with ample carbonation bite and foamation. Finishes dry with chocolate, roasted, and mild alcohol.

Not bad. From the website: “‘Bock’ has come to mean a beer darker and stronger than the brewery's ‘regular’ brew.” Agreed. However, I wouldn’t say this is an improvement on their Porter, which is truly top notch. I’m glad to have tried it, but Anchor should make a meatier brew for their “Bock.”

Photo of ILhophead
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Reddish brown color. Smells bready and sweet malty. Nice big malt flavor, sweet caramel and a bit toasty. Nice hop bitterness and earthy hop flavor to balance the malt. Medium bodied with med-high carbonation. This beer is very tasty and very drinkable. I could drink this all night.

Photo of beeragent
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasnt aware that Anchor made a bock, until I spotted at the local Central Market, and had to try it.

A - Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep brown, forming a nice 1/2 inch head, that faded quickly, leaving very little lace.

S - The aroma is a mixture or malts and hops. A very slight roasted smell, accompanied by a sweet floral aroma.

T - The taste is alot of roasted malt, reminding me a little of Sam Adams dark lager, but with a balance of hops, to give it semi-sweet taste. A good balance IMO.

M - The mouthfeel is a little heavy, as compared to other bocks that I have tried, but still smooth.

Overall, I could see drinking a six of this in one night. Alot better than other bocks available in this area, and a great addition to Anchors offerings.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich mahogany color with a creamy tan head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is toasted malty, with caramel, cocoa, and dark fruity smells. Reminds me of a freshly baked bread.

Taste is a toasted caramel malt upfront leading into mild cocoa flavors with a hint of dark fruits. Unlike many bock beers, there is no sweetness - which is a nice change of pace. Finishes dry with a lingering bready taste.

Medium body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation.

Another solid brew from the amazing Anchor brewery. I first had this last year at the brewery tour, and this year's version tastes just as good as I remember.

Photo of Jwaks
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12oz bottle

Pours and awesome umber brown with mahagoany highlights, this beer supports moderately impressive lacing above an impressive ring and cap of beige froth. Nearly indecernable bubbles of carbonation well up to the top of this brew.

Appetizing aromas of dark caramel, smoke, semi-sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malts tantalize the nose with detectable hints of dark candied fruits and whiffs of alcohol.

Roasted malts, grass and burnt caramel hit the palate with some bitters shining through on the mid palate aplty tied to a smokey, slightly sweet finish. Aftertaste is a bit mouthpuckering with the sweeness abating and bitterness taking over.

This brew offers laudible mouthcoating paired with a moderately long lasting flavorful finish, mouthfeel is good to exceptional though the grip on the finish could be better. A bit of bitterness dominating the more interesting flavors on the finish and aftertaste slow the drinking rate down a bit, I may be able to drink just a few of these at one time.

This is a damn good example of a bock by a great brewery!


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

Bottle Inspection: Brown short bottle, twisty, with a cryptic code 07JK translated by the Anchor website to Jan 11th, 2007 (opened Feb 7th, 2007, oh sorry, 7FG). Why, WHY make that so cryptic. You have 4 characters; just give us the month and year. A lot of marketing blurb, but no other useful information (like best by, abv, temp suggestion, etc.)

Aroma: Sweet bread and yeast, with a spicy edge, a bit like celery seed or something like coriander. Caramel and toffee notes as well.

Appearance: Glass is deep brown with excellent clarity when held to the light. I poured a little rough and got a big 2 finger frothy head that has died back to a good cover of dark tan, clinging to the sides with promise of serious lace.

Flavor: Man; that taste! I can’t put my finger on it. It seems hop driven, that celery seed note in the smell. I can’t name it, it’s going to bug me. It’s slightly caramel, and has a light malt extract quality. I guess I’ll go with “toffee”.
Some dark roasted malt flavor as well, but the taste is pretty light and easy. There is almost a papery note as well, which is surprising given the fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light body gives it an almost watery feel, foamy carbonation, clean dry finish.

Overall Impression: Man I just chugged that down! The overall light quality and good taste just inspired large pulls. It has an “old world” quality to it.
Glad to see it’s made it to Texas; I’ll have to grab some more.

Photo of mjsarch
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a six of this, partially out of shock. I must be out of touch, as I was unaware of Anchor's plans to release a bock beer. Since I picked it up in mid-January, they also have not adhered to the traditional mid-March release for bocks, thus adding to my surprise.

A - Pours with a nice head, but settles fairly soon to a very thin head. Color is clear, dark copper, with very little carbonation,
S - Nothing out of the ordinary to mention. Clean, no defects,
T - Very little malty flavor, and slight bitterness. Reminds me most of a traditional American - style bock, which basically consisted of the standard lager with caramel malt added to the mash,
M - Mid-range, I'd guess a 1.050 original gravity,
D - Not bad, but nothing I'd go out of my way to purchase again. This beer brings to mind a story attributed to Charles Kuralt about the stength of coffee as one travels west in the U.S. Seems the pioneers reused their coffee grounds as they headed westward. Therefore, the strength of the coffee even today seems to dissipate as one travels west through the country. My point being that it appears the bock style here has tranformed accordingly en route westward to San Francisco, taking on some of the west coast philosophies in lieu of the typical German bock profile.

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

A - dark brown/black with crimson highlights, a thin dark tan head that dissipates swiftly, too dark to note any carbonation

S - roasted malts dominate the bouquet, with deep dark fruit tones, like dates and raisins, slight and faint toffee hints as well

T - wow, much more balanced and sweetness that i expect, a great dark malty/molasses flavor with a rich toffee/caramel sweetness to fight out the underlying mellow hoppiness, beneath the whole flavor is a decent and not overdone alcohol kick

M&D - smooth and sweet with well balanced bitterness, an easy down bock and a good example of the style. Anchor upholds their steeped tradition of world class beers, well done Anchor.

Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.