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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

942 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 26 | 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 feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

Nearly clear, caramel-y color, thick, lush, pinkish, cocoa-toned foam.

Sweetness in the nose, roasty-toasty, toffee-ish, very pleasant.

Malty attack on the tongue, and wonderfully mellow. A bit grainy and gritty, but still fruity and flush with flavor. Rich, dark, tasty. Chocolate malts? Very solid.

Warm and comforting in the mouth, easily drinkable, tenaciously tasty...I like it, I like it...Good roast for a bock. I'd like to have this again, and again...very smooth, and luscious on the palate, an expertly brewed bock.

feloniousmonk, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Compliments of BIF 16.

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy brown with ruby edging. A thick sudsy tan head develops.

Smell: Raisins, molasses, a touch of alcohol, and carmel notes on the nose.

Taste: Suprisingly dry...carmel with a strong bready base. Wheat and carmel with a roasty dry taste on the palate. The smell made me think this would be sweeter. Kind of leaves you wishing for more out of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy.

Drinkability: May have been better fresh. No off flavors or alcohol noted. Nice but there are better examples out there. Probably wouldn't consider re-visiting.

mattcrill, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

Pours a dark brown with some chestnut in the light. Tan head holds well and leaves generous lacing down the glass.

Roasty malty aroma, some chocolate?

Good firm domestic malts present with a high percentage of roasted malts and caramel malts. Caramel hits first then the roasted phenols bring chocolate and coffee to the forefront. Love it. Hop bitterness is actually right on target for balancing out the large amount of malts, and the hop character, citrusy and west coast, though seemingly innapropriate, fits very well with the beer. A truly unique take at the bock style.

Medium bodied with perfect smooth carbonation.

I was quite fond of this one, and it is so rare too! I found it at BevMo in Berkeley when I visisted, and am happy to have picked it up.

beersarang, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

Like Wetcoaster I was surprise to see this offered at my local Whole Foods Market, didnt know Anchor made a Bock. My only previous experience with the style was the in my opinion, vastly overrated Celebrator, still I decided to try it. Deep copper color was topped by a tan head that displayed excellent retention. Lacing was in nice sheets, lots of it. Aroma was sweet malt and a bit of burnt or roasted notes. Smooth taste profile, malty, subtle hopping and a slight roasted tone. Medium thick mouthfeel, and a very drinkable dark beer. Not bad and I think I'll have it again.

Mark, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Anchor BOCK?! What the Funk and Wagnalls? This came out of the blue for me; I've never seen it before, and I live in San Fran. Nice to see the good folks at Anchor hopping (malting?) out of their rut. Let's see what we gots here...

Appearance: Well, it certainly looks the part. Deep, deep nearly opaque oxblood with a fizzy-but-firm tan head -- looks a bit like a dubbel. Foamy, sticky lace. FIne, active carb. Nicesh.

Smell: Yum. Fruity with a hint of sulphur-tinged molasses. Definite raisin, with perhaps a bit of plum sweetness. Unlike the big, fat malt base of many bocks, though, this is pretty tight and bright. Again, a lot like a dubbel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Definite bright fruitiness off the bat with a burnt sugar sweet smokiness from the malt. However, there's a big hop profile in here, and there's a distinct drying bitterness I'd expect more from a porter than a bock; it does taste a bit like their porter, in fact. The finish is quite dry, again thanks to the big hops. Nice, but bock? The mouthfeel, too, seems more in sync with a porter, assertively carbonated, somewhat thin, and a bit astringent.

Drinkability: It's light and has a nice flavor, certainly. However, it strikes me as a somewhat muddled effort; part dubbel, part porter -- it ain't like any bock I've had. That said, it's quite enjoyable, and it's currently quite rare, so the novelty alone makes it a fun beer to have around.

Good first effort, but it needs some tweaking before Celebrator needs to worry.

WetCoaster, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.33/5  rDev -9%

Bottle provided by wezil, ala BIF20. Thanks for the opportunity! Freshness date is 5YM and consumed in July 2005. Pours a half finger walnut brown head over a very dark brown liquid. The edges are cloudy dark ruby red when head to a bright light. Smells richly of sweet caramel and toffee. Some chocolate and a gentle hint of alcohol. Tastes chocolatey with a rough grassy hop edge. I do get some citrusy hop character, but can't identify the type specifically. Hop bitter is quite strong and the aftertaste is rough grassy. Not what I was expecting from a bock...I anticipated a caramally sweet beer. Caramel is only found with searching and actually comes across as toffee. As the beer has warmed I get some roast flavor during the draw and before the swallow that I think contributes to what I was perceiving as hop bitter. To style, I'd place this as a sweet stout. Medium mouthfeel (and slightly creamy) and moderately carbonated.

mentor, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of RootedFool
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Poured a bit too aggressively into a standard beer mug -- the head is Godzilla-like, ruddy tan in color with excellent retention. The body is rich brownish crimson with maroon highlights when held to the light. Smell: Molasses, orange zest, green apple peel, sourdough -- full and complexly layered. Taste: Citrus zest bitterness upfront, followed by a sprinkle cocoa quickly eclipsed by a stronger hop presence (crusty, delicious); a nice grain profile unfolds, thick; some grape and apple sweetness dances in the background. Aftertaste is a well paced stretch of bitterness over top the still lingering puddles of bright sweetness. Mouthfeel: Perfectly round, a little chewy, middling carbonation. Pretty damn good.

RootedFool, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

Thanks to orbitalr0x for this hard to find brew.

It pours an incredibly dark ruby brown; so dark it appears black when not held to the light. A 3 finger lighttan head sits atop, falling to a finger over top. The nose is pretty nice. I get a blast of piney and spicey hop over a chunky malt backbone of roasted nutty notes. The flavor is a let down. I get an initial bitter when I first sip. It moves to a light roasted to slightly burnt character, but overall, the flavor is light. The feel is light as well. I would like to see a bit more body here. Its not a hard to drink brew, but the lack of flavor just misses for me. Just okay on this one.

kmpitz2, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a dark color with a tall head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma first hits me with some pine hops then is followed by some dark malts. Lots of hops in the aroma. The flavor has a moderate dark malt flavor along with a strong pine hop character. The body is very thin for the style and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
3.88/5  rDev +6%

This arrived looking very dark for a regular bock. The head was just a tiny ring, and there was a line or two of lace.

The smell is nice, bringing dark malts and a rich chocolate smell. The taste is good and solid with plenty of flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin, while the drinkability is good.

watermelonman, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Fruity aromatic notes of raisins and figs waft from my glass as I pour this beer. Pours a deep, dark, amber color that shows ruby notes when held up to the light. As well as the fruitiness I get notes of chocolate, a hint of lightly spicy hops, toasted malt. This is really quite interesting in the nose, it is richly malty. The taste is ever so lightly sweet, it is richly malty compared to the sweetness, which is quite nice. The beer has notes of chocolate, toasted malt, and dark caramel. This beer finishes quite dry, with a lightly astringent note of toasted malt that tends to linger a bit. This note makes you thirsty and ready for another sip. This beer has a fairly light body to it, at least for a bock, it does have a decent amount of mouthcoating maltiness to it though. There is a bit of spiciness to this beer that I would attribute to hops, other than this the beer is pretty low on the hopping scale; there is just enough to make sure the malt is not cloying. This is really quite nice, and is almost a quaffing bock, by which I mean a 22oz bottle is just about the right amount.

Gueuzedude, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to irishsnake for the trade samples!!! Pours a deep,mahogany color. Good head-some lacing. Nice aroma. Some malt aroma-definate hop presence in there. Slightly spicy. Flavor lacks the mellow sweetness I would expect in a bock. Definate hop bitterness-finish is somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is ok though a bit thin for a bock. Overall an enjoyable brew. Theres a few things that hold this beer back from really saying "bock". A respectable attempt from Anchor however. I have another bottle to sample and may edit or re-review.

lackenhauser, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Quaffed on tap at Toronado, courtesy of axisjones.

Poured a deep mahogany hue, clear and rich. Wispy thin head topping things, with a touch o' lace. Seemed darker than a regular Bock, but maybe being in Haight I was imagining things.... Very mild nose, with just a hint of malt sweetness wafting up to my nostrils. A decent medium body, and smoothness was pleasant and easy over the palate. Starts out funky, a touch sour/fruity on the hop side. Has underlying malts, though not pronounced. Let it warm some, and more malt came through, but it never got really bocky. A touch dry as well. Not bad, but less tasty than expected.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

815

Bierman9, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

Fat brown cream tight head and mostly opaque black body. Thinnish, liquid body feel -- but sour to the gills with a tight sour punch. Spots of out-of-synch alcohol, light munich malt robustness, sweet and sour. Lots of toffee and mild milk chocolate. Cola. Tight.

Reminded me of a dark Anchor steam -- but with a little more kick in flavor and bittering. Perhaps it is not coincidence that it's released just as Episode 3 has been -- perhaps it's an "Anakin Bock" -- Steam gone over to the dark side.

Altogether drinkable and somewhat interesting. Seems mostly in line with the Anchor line of beers as far as the feel and makeup go. I'm under the impression that a bock is usually higher in alcohol than this 4.5% (or so) brew. Is this an unspiced OSA? I wonder if this'll stick around. I'm guessing nay.

Had on-tap at Toronado.

donnebaby, May 29, 2005
Photo of IceAce
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

Presentation: 22 oz. Bottle

Pours deep brown with a tinge of red along the edges of a Libbey straight-side pint glass. The two finger collar of light tan foam is dense, rocky, and leaves an 85% coverage of lacing as it receeds.

The nose is warm and inviting with an earthy sweetness of roasted malt and anise causing uncontrollable salivation from this reviewer.

Taste is clean upon entry with complimentary carbonation gently caressing the tongue. Transition to midtaste is smooth...very smooth, with the roastiness of the barley playing nicely with the smoothness imparted by the wheat malt.

The finish is escorted by a fresh, crisp hop nibble followed by a long, slow roasty / licorice fade leaving the palate dry and the lips sweet.

Mouthfeel begins thinner than expected, but matures into an appreciative lightness that lends to drinkability. It will be a true shame if this 700 case offering fails to earn a place in the rotation following OSA.

IceAce, May 27, 2005
Photo of horseblanket
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Interestingly, I was also at the Toronado in San Francisco
yesterday (5/25/2005) for lunch, and I also tried the
Anchor Bock on tap.

My feelings on it are more mixed: I thought it was a
tasty, drinkable beer, but it did not seem very bock like
to me.

It tasted to me like the Anchor Holiday beer, but without
the spices.

That is, not enough munich malt (or none, probably using
other dark and darker malts) and to much Ale character,
like they must have used their ale yeast to make it,
not their lager yeast.

In some ways, I like it more than their OSA, because
it doesn't have the spices.

Cheers,
John

horseblanket, May 26, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

05/25/05- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Extreme dark brown in color, lust about approaching to black. Nice 1/2 inch dirty head on top. Better than average lacing throughout the beer.

Smell- Not much of a smeller here. If anything maybe some smoky overtones. I imagine if I had let it sit for a while some of the true scents would have emerged.

Taste- Wow, this is the first bock I have had in awhile that actually tastes like a bock. Very dark and very roasted. Maybe even a dark smoky roasted chestnut flavor. Something nutty and burnt for sure.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to low carbonation. A tad thick which creates a bit of a heavier mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Well, I'm just touching the surface of bocks and enjoying them more each time. This is one of the better ones I have had (which is very few) and one that matches the style better than most. Give it a try.

GClarkage, May 26, 2005
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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.