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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

927 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | 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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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a becker glass. The color is a ruby brown. Three fingers of thick, tan head develop and dissipate slowly and leave a lacing along the glass and foamy ring around the edge.

Smell: A very enticing blend of slightly toasted and sweet malts. There's a little bit of chocolate, a little bit of caramel, and maybe a hint of coffee. A butterscotch aroma seems to be the backbone, though, which gives the smell a lot of its sweetness. I get a little brown sugar scent, too, as well as some dark fruit, probably plum.

Taste: It almost mirrors the smell, but the taste is much toastier and bitter, especially the caramel malts. The toasted caramel is most prominent, and it is followed by a slight hint of toasted chocolate. The butterscotch is also present, though in varying degrees from sip to sip it seems. One sip is bitterer, and another sip is sweeter. Each sip, though, leaves a nice, lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. The dark fruit from the smell is also present in the taste, providing a slight tartness, which becomes more prevalent as the pint wants.

Drinkability: Incredible stuff. God, I hope Anchor's shameful corporate sellout does not ruin its ability to make awesome beer. It has not yet, and let's hope it does not.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 05:18:00 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Star80

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark mahogany color with some ruby highlights. It has a nice tan head with some lacing on my glass. The smell is of sweet toasty malts, some faint chocolate and dark bready malts. This beer smells pretty spot on for a bock beer, lots of sweet bready malts. The taste is big bready and sweet, but nicely balanced by a finishing bitterness, could be from the dark roasted malts, could be some hops. I am guessing the latter from Anchor. I am somewhat familiar with their beers, taste a lot like their basic dark beer, kinda a bit like the Christmas Ale minus all the accoutrements. Anyway, not a huge bock fan, more a huge Anchor fan and this beer does not disappoint. I especially like the back end hoppyness to give a little more bitterness and balance away from the sweet malt. Anchor Bock is perhaps not the most authentic bock but a nice drinkable one nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:04:40 | More by Star80
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent brown color with a fluffy off white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a little lacing. Smell is of roasted malt, slightly sweet. Taste is roasty and malty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with average carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but i'd say I liked this just as much as shiner bock.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 22:42:37 | More by gkunkle
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nezelrac

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beer that I should be drinking more of...

A - opaque brown/black with mahogany highlights topped by one finger of light tan head with modest persistence

S - toffee, malt, roasted coffee, burnt butterscotch

T - good malt profile, good depth of flavor and a nice bitter edge, hops are largely hiding, there is a full reprise of the nose on the soft palate; good length

M - quite light on its feet

D - quite easy; session-able

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 22:29:14 | More by nezelrac
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JRed

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown topped by foamy off-white head. Strong scent of syrup, bitter chocolate nibs, sour grape, herbs and earth. Tastes of grape, herbs, slight syrup, dryness comes towards the finish but the sour grape with some chocolate returns in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a coating mouthfeel. A delicate, drinkable brew worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 02:06:07 | More by JRed
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rtepiak

Poland

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a surprising similarity to the christmas ale. i am starting to question whether all those fantastic flavors are induced by added herbs or interesting changes in malt recipes each year based on the supply offered for such high volume brews.

either way. pour is dark for a bock but still sufficient head with a nice lager looking body. nose is a sweet citrus cake of persimmon and clove. palate is like that but quite dry in comparison to the holiday beer. mineral crisp on the tongue and smoked malt in nature but chalk dry. i can see that quality be a big turn off to some drinkers. lager lean feel. distinct pear clove spice.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:09:15 | More by rtepiak
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abaer123

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I recently visited Anchor Brewing Company and sampled this beer. It was delicious when served in a 4 ounce portion. I saw it in the market today and picked up a six pack of 12 oz bottles of which I am drinking the second now.

Appearance - I am having it out of the traditional squatty Anchor classic bottle. The glass is tinted, so hard to "see" what the beer has. I can see a small head inside the bottle. Not too exciting, but worthy of a mention.

Smell - smells of malt with some coffee and ever so slight hops.

Taste - carmel and fruit best describe. Afterlinger of chocolate and coffee. Rich and delicious.

Mouthfeel - rich, not too much carbonation to make it unpleasant.

Drinkability - 2 of these is good and satisfying. More is not worth it.

I would buy this again as the season allows.

A good offering from Anchor. Go Anchor!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:09:12 | More by abaer123
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color that is near black. It's almost completely opaque with only a little bit of light showing through.

Smell: It had a fair aroma consisting of roasted malt. However, there was nothing terribly exciting.

Taste: Has a good, strong roasted malt flavor with the slightest hint of coffee. Not too hoppy and very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body that's not too thin.

Drinkability: While this beer did not blow me away, I did enjoy it and will probably drink it again when I'm in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 15:40:43 | More by civilizedpsycho
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bloomlax33

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head, very nice looking pour.

S: Smells of coffee and dark fruit with some caramel malt and some hops.

T: Very similar to the smell. Coffee with a finishing taste of chocolate. One of the better tasting beers with a chocolate finish.

M: Medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: I think this is a very drinkable beer and wish I would have picked up more of this.

This was the first time that I have tried a beer from Anchor and I would buy more.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 16:57:42 | More by bloomlax33
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany color with a rocky brown head. There is medium head retention and the lacing is kind of lacking. Smells sweet and toasty with earthy/caramel notes in the middle. There a small amount of hops present in the finish of the nose. All in all pretty well rounded. Taste is malty with medium sweetness. I taste mostly sweet caramel notes with a bit of coffee and then there is a hops finish to it. It is light bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. Not very drinkable. I could knock back a couple of these at most. Seems a little too bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:19:14 | More by depechemode1983
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with light brown head. Nose has fresh dough quality, perhaps from an oatmeal brown bread. Palate has medium sweet caramel with modest hops to balance. Body is on the lighter side, and it is very drinkable as far as bocks go. Alcohol is subdued, or, rather on the low side compared to many bocks I've sampled. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 05:23:58 | More by yemenmocha
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7beerphil

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

drank straight from the 12 oz bottle

slight hoppy smell, no strong notes to the nose.

tastes very light for a bock, has notes of caramel, not much hops in the taste. sweet taste overall.

for a bock, this is very drinkable, not highly carbonated, as expected, no harshness at all.

could easily be a session brew

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:55:16 | More by 7beerphil
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: Smells of coffee and dark fruit with some caramel malt and some hops.

T: Very similar to the smell. Coffee with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Finishes with a bit of floral hops.

M: Medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Medium. I feel like this could be a bit sweet to have too many.

I like all of the anchor beers I've had and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 23:41:06 | More by RunForYourBeer
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle into a seidel mug.

Nothing like a good Bock to get you in the mood for the coming of Autumn in Texas (despite the fact that this is a Spring seasonal). Anchor's version of this German classic pours exceptionally well with a hefty cap of dense tan foam that sticks around for a long while. Below, the translucent body displays a mahogany-amber hue with crimson edges. Aroma is true to the style, adding dusted chocolate, sweet toffee, and hints of plum & caramel apple. A light, floral hopping hides in the background.

The flavor picks up nicely where the aroma left off, with darker chocolate and more caramel. As Anchor Bock warms, it picks up some dark fruit qualities amidst the maltiness. Near the finish, though, a slight mineral sourness takes hold and is hard to shake (very iron-rich & almost blood-like). Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a tightly-wound carbonation level that suits the medium body nicely. All in all, this is a flavorful, complex Bock beer that keeps me wanting the next sip. Might have to stock up on more before it goes out of season...

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 03:05:34 | More by wagenvolks
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felipe2toes

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with a thick tan head. Leaves a bit of loose lacing on the glass that doesn't hang around for very long.

Smells of roasted chocolate malt with some faint hints of caramel, though nothing really jumps out.

Tastes faintly of chocolate malt, with some hints of dark fruit as well. Bitter hop finish.

Good, slightly chewy mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 19:52:27 | More by felipe2toes
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LacquerHead

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Friendly Spot in S.A. TX on 9/11
S: average malt smell.

This was not a very assertive bock. All the flavors were on the mellow side; they were not bad, just mellow. Caramel malts upfront. It had a faint dark fruity flavor that I could not place. A slight sour taste. I wasn't picking up a metallic taste per se as other BA members but there was a slight tanginess to it in the aftertaste.

While I enjoyed this beer, I was a little disappointed; I was expecting more - probably because I have always been very pleased with Anchor's lineup. I don't anticipate revisiting this beer anytime soon - I certainly wouldn't purchase a 6pck, but I might have this at a bar if the selection was limited. Glad I tried it, but I will be moving on.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 16:28:42 | More by LacquerHead
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge head when poured into a standard pint glass, easily 3". Drops to a thick, creamy island and ring with little lace left. Gorgeous rich garnet red with hints of brown.
Smell is malt and hops, smoky, a faint medicinal note (kind of acidic in nature), wheat and maybe some pine and soy.
Taste is Same as the nose gets with that metallic/medicinal note (not unlike Newcastle in bottles) but not as noticeable. A bit peaty/woody in aftertaste.
Medium body with a bit of wateriness. Somewhat creamy up front with medium effervescence and a nice malty aftertaste with a smoky note. Overall, a good beer and would willingly drink it again. Will look for it on tap to see if it is better.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 02:54:56 | More by PorterLambic
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, with an impressive creamy tan head that lasts. Smells vaguely of dried fruit. Taste is super sweet caramelized sugar up front, some cocoa in the middle, and a earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is decent, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. A sweet beer, but certainly not cloyingly so. Tastes a lot like a porter, IMO more so than a bock, but either way this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:19:10 | More by tronester
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claybeer

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anchor Bock is a real brown sugar color, almost the same appearance as root beer. The head is simple, yet a special, tan color. When it reduced to a film over the top of the beer it reminded me of the coco mix in chocolate milk that just didn't quite mix in all the way. The nose is real malty with a hint of a bitter chocolate. The bitterness jumps out right away but it's not overpowering. Some soft leather and burnt tobacco sits on the back of the tongue while a gritty malt texture sticks to the top of the mouth. This will be a great beer to start the fall season but it's still too hot in these Oklahoma Summer days at 100 + degrees to truly enjoy this beer. I will definitely revisit this one when it cools off.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 16:22:23 | More by claybeer
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored brew, amber hues shine through the entire body when held to a light. Small brown head. Rich chocolate malt scent. Chocolate malt taste, maybe just a hint of roast, with a nice light flowery hop finish. Medium bodied, fairl soft and creamy feel. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 04:14:18 | More by Tballz420
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railcaider

Japan

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer presented as a coal-black liquid, but on careful inspection I was able to detect a nut-brown hue. The head is off-white and had good retention. Bitter and sour fruit smells, roasted malt aromas, dark chocolate scents, and even a whiff of pine resin came together to make for a rich olfactory experience. The main taste was semisweet dark chocolate balanced out by a sour acidic flavor. Surprisingly, this combination works a lot better in practice than you might think. The body is on the lighter side, but is still pleasantly rich and perhaps even chewy. This gives a nice backbone to the sour bite that this beer packs.

In terms of mouthfeel and drinkability, this Bock definitely reminded me of Anchor's Porter. I like how this brewery's offerings have a similar taste profile even across different styles. This beer is a worthy addition to their lineup, and provides a good mix between drinkability and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 11:53:47 | More by railcaider
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights and thick coat of tan head on top.

Rich and malty with plenty of bread, dark caramel, toffee, and just a hint of cocoa that keeps the sweeter side of the malt spectrum in check. Hops are on the strong side for the style with a solid herbal flavor throughout.

Just a solid Bock, not much else to say, another well designed and executed beer from Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 16:55:14 | More by bump8628
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Bung

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Quite a dark amber/brown pour. Not quite a finger of muddling cream colored head. Recedes to a thinner layer. Sticks to the glass ok.

Aroma is quite malty and bready. Hint of fig, raisin, molasses.

Taste is a bit mellower. Malt and light caramel with some wheat like spice. Some lighter red fruit with just a bit of less than pleasant pucker. Does finish a bit thin with some lingering toffee.

Mouthfeel is good and coating, for a fairly low abv brew. Fairly creamy mid bodied. The tinge of sour hurts this a bit, if the taste would follow the nose closer this would be potentially really good. Expectations were high after a whif, but it was still a solid American example of the style. Probably a good starter bock.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:48:07 | More by Bung
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malloyca

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, although not uniform as there was greater clarity near the bottom of the pint glass. The head was 1 1.5", tan and thick. The dominant aromas were chocolate and toffee with a whiff of the roasted malt that becomes very apparent on drinking. Bittersweet chocolate and toffee flavors, with roasted malt in the background that adds some firmness to the mouthfeel. A medium bodied beer that does not taste as sweet as it smells, making it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 19:01:07 | More by malloyca
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turkob

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Two finger tan head with no lacing. Dark brown with a strong hint of red.

S: Nice sweet smell of cola and a little caramel.

T: Smooth but not very complex. Seems to missing the assertiveness you'd expect from a bock. Though it is pleasant.

M: It feels thin in the mouth and the aftertaste really isn't pleasant at all.

O: The nose was nice, but the rest just didn't come through. Thin body, thin flavor. A diet bock, not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:29:56 | More by turkob
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.