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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 HiGravShawn
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark dark dark. Darkest bock I've had.

Smell: Raisins and caramel and molasses. Smells like burnt caramel almost.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy. A little too heavy for this beer.

Drinkability: Too roasted. Too heavy. Too harsh.

Overall: It's like a barley wine and a porter had a baby. Honestly I might've rated it better if it said it was a porter or something, but another style... I have never had a bock like this. Worst Anchor beer I have had and normally I'm a fan.

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

Some people love this beer, some hate it, all I know is that there's a funny goat eating hops on the label.

Pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown with a light brown head.
Aromas of nuts and molasses. Smells sweet.
Loads of sweet cereal, caramel, and smoky oak.
The carbonation makes this dark beer rather refreshing.

Photo of tjsdomer2
1.85/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Flattens out. Very thick as well. Good brown color though.

Smell: Burnt. Basically smells like burnt wood and grain. It's actually very gross.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel overall. Pretty thick. Taste is also burnt and sour.

Drinkability: This is a mess.

Overall: By far Anchor's worst.

Photo of phishgator
4.93/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wide-mouth tapered pint glass. Large fluffy/foamy head of three fingers that leaves a nice creamy lace for the entire session. Up front there is a nice aroma of earthy hops and toffee. The taste is smooth, chocolate, sweet, toffee, and a faint bitterness of fresh earthy hops. Even notes of spruce or mint seems to sneak in there. The body is medium along with carbonation. An easy drinker that goes down so smooth. I do notice that if you pick this up in the summer it loses that sparkle that makes it a top spring release. I do have to say that it seems a bit off from the style, but I still think it is an extraordinary brew when fresh.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anchor hasn't quite mastered the Bock like they have their steam beer. There's a lot happening here but in my opinion, this was like a game of Connect the dots in which none of the dots quite connect. Surprisingly fuller body for a bock. Quite dry feel with big orange, pine, burnt sugar, caramel tones but it's as if they are working against each other.

Not one of my favorite bocks, but I wouldn't refuse this beer after a long day on the tracks.

Photo of chinchill
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful dark brown with a durable tan head.

My favorite bock (so far)! Excellent flavor [4.25] with a long finish of toasted grains and light hops. Perfect sweet/bitter balance.
Hints of dark fruits and roasted nuts in the aroma.

M - creamy; perfect carbonation.

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

Poured out a very rich, and red tinted hazelnut brown. Very rich looking to be honest. A nice tight off white head formed on the top, maybe two fingers high, then settled down to a thin film though out the rest of the session, but offer up very nice side glass coating throughout. It was somewhat hazy and cloudy, not as clear as I would have expected, but it gave it some depth. Very nice look.

Now I lean in to find out what else is going on with this one and was quite surprised as to how good this was. A rich creamy malty smell was coming off of this one from the very start. Lots of roasted malts coming through with rich nutty tones as well, really quite good I have to say. Huge notes of caramel sugar and a touch of a woody and earthy like quality as well, really a very nice profile here, and classic for the style. The taste was fantastic. Very rich and creamy. I was surprised at how full the body was on this, with a really thick smooth like feel, not the usual crispness you would find, but this was superb. Nice carbonation really allowed the flavors to pop when you tasted it. Rich notes of caramel sugar and roasted malts just dominated the heck out of this one. Really, mellow flavors that could be either a sipper or a session ale, depending on your mood.

Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a nonic.

This is a great looking bock. Pours a deep, slightly muddy brown with a large light brown head that has pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma is also very nice, some sweet malts, nuttiness, a bit of dark fruits, a touch of roastiness - smells much more complex than a 5.5% ABV would let on - this has more going in the nose than some imperial stouts. The taste doesn't quite live up to the fantastic nose, but is still pretty good in it's own right. Smooth sweet maltiness comes up front, and some dark fruits tingle right along with the carbonation in the middle. The slightly watery finish has some slightly watery coffee to go with it. Pretty good tasting, but not nowhere as good as the nose would let on.

The mouthfeel is also a little bit thinner than I'd like, a bit of thickness would make this just a bit more robust. The drinkability is quite good, as expected. A pretty good bock from Anchor. Not the best ever, but absolutely not worth turning down.

Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porsche perfectly for a four finger thick tan head, and has a clear dark ruby res colored body.

The aroma is a bit figgy, slightly metallic, and a tinge of toasted rye bread.

Taste wise it's on par with the aroma's traits, but with a subtle hint of cocoa.

Pretty smooth and oily up to the middle, but finishes dry.

Overall, great presentation and a decent example of the style.

Photo of Gushue3
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My father's expanding his beer horizons lately. I told him to pick up something he's never seen of heard of. here we go

A- Pours dark dark brown with a gigantic creamy head. huge retention and lacing. looks better than i expected.

S- i have a cold but its on the sweeter side. maybe some light fruit and lots of malt.

T- lots of malt and a little roastiness. has a very light after taste that i can only describe as lager-ish (i know a bock is a lager)

M- some what creamy, very smooth didnt really feel any carbonation

O- i'm glad my father bought this so he can expand his world of beer. he had a sip of my KBS and thought it was too chocolaty. baby steps for him

Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark and clear copper brown with a thick coffee-cream colored head. The head goes away rather quick and there's hardly any lacing. The aroma fails to impress initially -- more metal than malt and no melanoidins at all; however, warmth does the aroma a lot of good things and toffee, toast, and dark fruit notes appear and delight.

The taste is heavy on dark malts -- although very clean and lager-y, there are plenty of dry fruit notes and a lot, a little too much, roast. Medium body for the style, and a crisp, astringent finish. High carbonation.

Overall not bad at all, but excessive roast obliterates the malt complexity and makes the beer one dimensional. I wish the taste was as satisfying as the aroma.

Scores: Appearance 3.5/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the bock, The pour was really nice, the beer was a mahogany color with a tan colored head on it that lasted for the entire duration of having it. The lacing was nice too. The smell was a little bit of an odd one. It was big on malts and some hops but also had some strange little sour aroma going on too. The taste was full of grains. malts and some really nice hops that dry your mouth out after each sip. Quite a nice brew here.

Photo of hosehead83
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Ruby/brown in color, with a huge head of thick, tan foam that seems to hang around forever.
Aroma-Toasted barley malt, brown sugar.
Taste-Rich and flavorfull, touch of sweet malt and toasted barley, brown sugar, faint chocolate,and some oily hopleaf flavor throughout. Not your typical bock but very flavorfull. A very nice early Spring warmer.

Photo of lawlerj
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a dark brown w/ a moderate head, minimal lace retention.

S - burnt sugar & malt. Possibly some alcohol as well. Some other stuff going on but hard to identify.

T - malt is strong w/ brown sugar and a bit of coffee flavor as well. Not a lot of fruit or spiciness to it.

M - medium mouthfeel w/ moderate carbonation.

D - this was ok, not as good as other Anchor beers. I might have to give it another try to see what I think.

Photo of dahlen22
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack for S&G since I do like this former micro (now macro) brewey.

Appearance: Dark brown with a decent frothy head.

Smell: Breads, toffee, some dark fruits.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell but it does have a bit of fruity hoppiness on top of the breads, malts, and toffee.

Overall: A drinkable version of a great style of beer. If you are new to Bocks, this is a good place to start, but there are MUCH better bock beers out there to be had. Cheers!!

Photo of khiasmus
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For the nights of winter in the pubs, they say. A stranger flings open the door and stamps the clods of snow of off his heavy boots. A drab brown hat, well worn, and his dark eyes shine above a strong nose, the rest of his face wrapped in a scarf with one end tucked into his heavy duster and the other swaying in the chill air. The fire lights up for a moment from the chill breeze that slithers its' way past him for the moment the door is open, then the heavy wood swings to with a thud and subsequent clang from the brass knocker.
He stumps over to the thick, worn wooden bar and plunks down heavily into one of the bar stools. "Ein bock, bitte." A thick brown lager is poured carefully and set before him, the big, creamy light tan head settled atop like whipped cream atop a chocolate milkshake. "Danke sehr."
He buries his nose into the foam and drowns several hearty gulps. Then he stops to appreciate it. He seems surprised that this particular specimen could be such a glowing example of his own favorite style back in his hometown. The aroma is rich and malty, toasty and bready, molasses but not too sweet.
The thick body accentuates an altogether sensible flavour, a rich, creamy conglomerate of toasted malt and dark brown sugar, but with a dry, bready finish so that each gulp is welcomed and he's sorry when it ends.
He slows down a bit in order to contemplatively gaze at the fire whilst smacking his mustachioed lips over each new delicious mouthful. He remains thus for several moments, and then, draining the last of it, mutter something under his breath, drops a bill on the counter, and stamps out back into the cold night. You'll probably never see him again or know who it was you just witnessed, as with most of those faces in cabs we see along our paths. But you know an intelligent beer drinker when you see it. You walk up to the bar.
"I'll have one of those Anchor Bocks, please."

Photo of mjurney
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark ruby red color, see through (clear). Nice amount of carbonation. Head looks thick and chunky, light tan color.

Dry maltiness, nutty, earthy, a little coffeeish.

Hearty malts, nutty, burnt caramel, slight coffee, dash of bitter chocolate. Earthy-leafy hops in the end, touch of spiciness. I could detect some dark fruit in the taste. Body is medium, nice carbonation.

Dry grainy finish, yet pretty crisp.

Very complex and hearty, yet very drinkable.

Photo of Snow81
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown

Head: Big light brown head

Smell: Big notes of B-11 with a sweet maltyness and a grassy tone

Taste: Very earthy malts with floral hops that is quite subtle

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: A B-11 lingers

Photo of alexkeil
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a powerful craving for a bock beer which is unfortunate because there isn't a lot to choose from outside of early spring. Not unlike a brown ale, this is a little higher in alcohol and easier to drink than many of the brown ales out today. Nicely carbonated with hints of brown sugar and a nice balance of sweet malts, a bready slightly bitter finish. This is the type of beer I imagine they would drink in Buffalo around the turn of the century. The type of thing you can have instead of lunch and then go back to working on the canal. Genessee makes a great bock that I wish was available all year round - but this will do at least until the Octoberfests come out and I can get my malt fix.

Photo of Shrews629
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very nice dark mahogony color. Almost looks brown. Some ruby highlights peircing through. A light tan head that looked very smooth and creamy. A very full head with very, very nice retention and some pretty decent lacing.

Smell - The aroma provided almost buttermilk type notes. Rick and malty. Rather robust. Tiny hints of lard. Even getting touches of dark fruit. It even smells rather sweet. Maybe even a touch of chocolate.

Taste - The taste was a smooth, more of a dark fruit type flavor. Nice malty touches. This taste is super well balanced. Low with the hop bitterness. Somewhat toasty. The lard taste is very well hidden. Again maybe even a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Super smooth. Glides across the palate slickly. Dry. Coats the throat and tongue very nicely. A bit more thin than what I was anticipating.

Drinkability - I'm not real big on "Bock" beers, but this one is the best Bock I have had thus far. Very well balanced in all aspects. Very sessionable and worth a try.

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A : Deep brown almost black

S : Roasted malt, coffee chocolate

T : bitter almost sour, coffee and alcohol, complex but still crisp

M : big heavy start, quickly mellows with a lingering hop finish

D : Strong tones make this more of a sipper

really a great take on a bock, worth a sample

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown. Decent bubbly head. Some retention. Not thick enough. Opaque. Light lacing.

Smell: Heavy molasses smell. Dark malts. Raisin brandy. Marshmallow. Not very good smell.

Taste: toasted malts. Decent taste. Overall quite bland. Nor exciting. There is not a lot of character in thus beer. Molasses. Sugar. The body is heavy.

Mouthfeel: thick. Syrupy. Goes down heavy.

Drinkability: I'm not too excited by this beer. It's not exciting enough in terms of taste to swallow this heavy brew.

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, semi-translucent brown. No real head.

Smells like slightly soured (??) malt with some coffee notes and a bit of sweet malt. The sour aroma is strange.

Thankfully, the sour doesn't carry over MUCH to the flavor, but it's still there. Kind of a harsh, astringent slightly sour/sweet flavor overlaid on coffee, sweet malt, some brown sugar, and a bit of of bitterness.

Would be a very good bock if not for that off-note. Decently thick. Not much carbonation.

Photo of isaiahcutright
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogany with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves retention in glass. The aroma first hits with some piney hops then is followed by dark roasted malts. Lots of hops in the aroma. The flavor has a moderate dark malt flavor along with a strong piney hop character. The body is very thin for the style and the drinkability is good.

Photo of beagle75
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color that drowns out all light at the center. On top is two fingers of beige foam head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass.

S: Brown sugar and fermented grain combine in a smell that is most similar to cola. It smells just like any other dark Anchor beer, but less interesting.

T: Begins off-dry, very thin with caramel and carbonic acid. Malt emerges in the middle, astringent at first but becoming husky and roasted, and complemented by some umami. The finish is short and clean, with restrained earthy bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet but slightly coating on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: It is difficult to avoid comparing this beer to others in the Anchor line-up, but its closest cousin surely appears to be the holiday special ale.While that other beer succeeds by being interesting (in an off-beat way) and in tune with the festive season, this bock is found to be lacking in key sensory areas. Most impressive is its appearance, with a darkness more commonly expected from a doppelbock. The smell is entirely too one-dimensional and even predictable, without being enticing. Flavors struggle to find purchase on the palate, but do present themselves cleanly overall. In the end it is a mediocre beer unmistakably brewed by Anchor, and it does pair well with sweet and roasted foods (such as roasted sweet potatoes).

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