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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

935 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 25 | 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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chinchill

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

05-03-2011 01:30:22 | More by chinchill
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

05-01-2011 02:06:29 | More by mikesgroove
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shand

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-26-2011 04:17:09 | More by shand
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

04-17-2011 01:23:50 | More by TheSarge
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

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

04-15-2011 00:50:39 | More by Gushue3
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

04-13-2011 22:30:18 | More by tewaris
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-10-2011 01:58:08 | More by Knapp85
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

04-07-2011 14:29:10 | More by hosehead83
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lawlerj

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

04-02-2011 01:20:57 | More by lawlerj
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dahlen22

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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!!

03-31-2011 21:01:24 | More by dahlen22
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +28.4%

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."

03-31-2011 00:46:59 | More by khiasmus
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mjurney

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +22.1%

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

Aroma:
Dry maltiness, nutty, earthy, a little coffeeish.

Taste:
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.

Finish:
Dry grainy finish, yet pretty crisp.

Overall:
Very complex and hearty, yet very drinkable.

03-28-2011 01:36:54 | More by mjurney
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Snow81

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

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

03-25-2011 06:16:52 | More by Snow81
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alexkeil

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

03-24-2011 00:41:49 | More by alexkeil
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Shrews629

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

03-15-2011 18:48:17 | More by Shrews629
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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

03-15-2011 03:17:55 | More by Extrajoker00
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

03-14-2011 06:31:29 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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Overlord

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

03-12-2011 23:52:28 | More by Overlord
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isaiahcutright

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

03-10-2011 00:53:11 | More by isaiahcutright
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beagle75

Iowa

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%

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).

03-08-2011 21:33:13 | More by beagle75
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steveh

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -21.3%

I've tried this one in the past and thought I'd reviewed it alread, but obviously not. Good timing as I was in the mood for something a little more robust.

A -- Clear, deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Sudsy tan head that settles slowly.

S -- Mildly roasty and vaguely licorice nose. Some clay-like earthiness coming through -- not exactly Bock-like, in any of its forms. Also some mild diacetyl with warming.

T -- Roasted malt hit right up front. Some light dark fruits and even light toffee with some licorice fighting to balance against the roastiness. There is spicy bitterness in the finish and an earthiness in the aftertaste. The dark fruit character becomes more prominent in the finish with warming -- near to tart. Again, not at all Bock-like.

M -- Mouthfeel is syrupy with a full body.

D -- There is nothing at all wrong with the drinkability of this beer, if you are expecting a Robust Porter! Just a little surprised that this is so far off base. I'd give it near to perfect points for a Brown or Robust Porter.

Further investigation on this beer at the Anchor web site says that this is brewed with 2-row barley and wheat malt -- no more. Based on the flavor characteristics, I think they're either leaving out that the 2-row is highly kilned, or the black patent malt was skipped from the info.

03-07-2011 22:10:06 | More by steveh
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -20.8%

12oz brown bottle freshness code on the back label.

Decent head, a bit fizzy with only a ring of lace left on top. A pretty dark brew, a lot dark than expected though the shades of dark chestnut color let some light through. Hop resin, light burnt sugar, dark syrup, orangey hops at that ... at first smell I did a double take on the bottle that thought I had cracked open one of the Christmas ales. Big smoothness in a medium body ... little slick as well. Sweetness comes off like a hint of dark corn syrup with a mix of cocoa powder and lightly roasted coffee. Hops jump on with a thick bitterness and flavor combo that muddles the palate. Finishes with a watery orange hop tone and lingering burnt matter.

Not sure where this is brew is going, while there is a lot of flavor here nothing really fits together IMO. As far as being a Bock, perhaps on a distant circle of the style ... sort of like the outer ring on a dart board where no points are given but at least it stuck somewhere and did not fall to the floor.

03-05-2011 02:20:05 | More by Jason
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scottfrie

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany red with a billowing dense light brown head that slowly faded into a thick film that left a great network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of sweet toasted caramel and toffee, brown sugar, molasses and whole wheat bread crust. Finish is lightly smokey and roasted with a herbal touch of hops.
T: Follows the nose albeit a bit sweeter and with a touch of raisin. Finish is lightly smokey and roasted with a touch of herbal hops. Big toasted flavor with maybe a suggestion of coffee and coco in the aftertaste.
M: Bubbly carbonation with a soft, full mouthfeel over a medium-light body.
D: If you love rich and malty this one is for you. Solid example of the style and another great beer from a classic brewery.

02-27-2011 00:31:56 | More by scottfrie
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was an inch of off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, bold aroma of malt, sweets, and a slightly nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt (very prevalent), toffee, caramel, and that nutty quality I alluded to with the smell. Not your typical bock flavor, but very complex and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the most interesting and drinkable bocks I've tried.

02-26-2011 13:17:40 | More by avalon07
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

A: The beer is translucent but very dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a creamy tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is rather complex has moderately strong aromas of caramel, raisins, toasted malts and toffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has an excellent balance of flavors between hints of malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is quite drinkable and isn't as filling as other types of beers in the style.

02-22-2011 01:41:35 | More by metter98
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