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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Bock Beer

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919 Ratings

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but very dark brown with a tannish head. Nose is minor malts with minor coffee. Flavor is very robust. Nice thick flavor that lingers for a little bit and then disappears, leaving a coffee after taste. Just comes off nice and robust really. Very nice. Good feel. Carbonation is biting, but it's not overly prevalent. The verdict is this is a nice bock. I usually don't go directly for this style, but this is nice. Easily a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 23:27:44 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 08:08:01 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Jason


2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:20:05 | More by Jason
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is clear and dark brown, forms a thick off white head of small bubbles that falls away and breaks leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is better when the head is there, caramel malts, no roast, smells great.

Beer is medium in body and there's a lot of carbonation on the palate of the beer. There is a nice mellow sweetness throughout and beer finishes completely. Its not dry, its well connected. Good caramel flavors, overall a really drinkable and great mouthfeel. This is a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 02:22:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of russpowell


3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on the bottle 6BN

Pours mahogany with 4 fingers+ of sand colored, rocky head. Most of the lacing falls away & a little head retention

S: Choclatey nose with a little licorice & coffee

T: Bakers chocolate, iron, & coffee up front. I also catch a little licorice. Toasted/burnt grains as this warms. Dryness, baker's chocolate, a little medicinal twang & burnt grains, too many things don't belong here

MF: Very chewy for the abv, with low carbonation, best thing about this beer IMO

Drinks alright, just too many non conventional bock flavors in this critter, almost makes think of their holiday ale. If you're not too anal about taste profiles this ain't a bad beer, but I expected a lot more from anchor

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 03:23:07 | More by russpowell
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-16-2014 21:13:54 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Slatetank


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-25-2013 16:09:43 | More by Slatetank
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New York

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice dry roasted scent that boasts of crystal malts and lager yeast. It has a light malt sweetness along with some fruity yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and toastey. This is a solid brew that is true to style. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer with good malt character.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 00:44:38 | More by WesWes
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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice fluffy slightly darker head that fades semi quickly over dark molasses murky brown color.

Nose has lots of darker wheats, light caramel and toffee, candy like syrup, plenty of crystal malt aromas, very slight butterscotch, some lager like sweet fruit aromas.

Taste starts chalky and dry, a weird feel like sawdust dryness or the feel of a dry piece of ice sticking to your mouth, weird!, tons of caramel malts, toffee, light candy syrup, some sweet lager malts, tons of dark wheat again, little bitterness, finishes with a slight bitterness and light spicy hop character, very dry, light lingering toffee and caramel malts as well as dark wheats.

Mouth is med bodied but really weird with that suck the moisture out of your mouth feel, and good carbonation.

Overall kinda meh, nothing really special, a bit too much on the darker malts and not enough of the wheat aspects, no heavy enough IMO, not enough hops, and that mouth sucking dry feel is just sooo icky.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:58:30 | More by jlindros
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

03-11-2014 04:53:23 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

im not a huge bock guy, and for me, this is as good a a bick can be. pours the most sensationalm dark cherrywood color with a goldenrod hued head all foamy and tall. sticks around too above the ruby glow. smells like a malt bomb, but appropriate for spring. flavor is bitter and mildly alcoholic, behind a nice camamel/amber malt backbone. it the bitterness hops at the end or just dank old malt, hard to tell. funky almost, old world, british, and thick. mouthfeel is excellent, full bodied but not filling, creamy, and as carbonated as it need to be. great great bock. i would buy this one again for sure. damn

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 06:26:58 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 03:40:27 | More by Gueuzedude
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark carmelized maltiness with an earthy, slightly fruity, touch.

The taste is of sweet dark grainy malt, cocoa-ish, towards toffee-ish. There is something of a similar taste mixed in that I remember associating with with the holiday ale, though not quite the same. The sweetness soon becomes balanced, then has an earthy dryness in the finish. Just a hint of warming alcohol is noticeable.

It is full-bodied without going into doppelbock territory. This is a nice dark bock!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 00:50:47 | More by jwc215
Photo of mactrail


3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big handsome foam in the Saxo tulip. Very dark, nearly a porter color, with light beige head. Quite sudsy in the mouth.

A little bit sweet, but also distinct charred malt and burnt sugar flavors. rather rich and almost winey sensation. Candy flavors are in the background with dark caramel coming forward. Finish is earthy, murky, and a little herbal. Quite bitter, dark resiny, gunky, dirty aftertaste.

There is something unpleasant about this, after the promising initial taste. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 05:27:14 | More by mactrail
Photo of Halcyondays


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a reddish, cedarwood brown, with a thick, light tan, lumpy head with good retention and some mild, yet thick lacing.

S: Maltiness dominates, treacle, caramel.

T: Very malty as I stated in the smell category, brown sugar and molasses, very sweet, light hop bite, just enough to show you it's there, tastes frankly like a lighter version of Korbinian, nice mocha coffee note in the aftertaste too.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-bodied without being cloying, well done.

D: A good beer, at times when I've had it before it had an annoying metallic tinge, there are times when I really like the flavour, and other times when I think it's nothing special, but overall, it's a solid piece of work.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 06:31:03 | More by Halcyondays
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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown--very little light shines through. Mild head but with lasting power. Nice ring lace with each sip.

Typical sweet malt sugar smell. But what is most notable is the strong, beautiful floral hop aroma. Very appealing!

Up front, the floral hop touches the tongue even before the liquor does. Not as sweet as some bocks, this one does not have the heaviness of most. The aftertaste is the mild hop bitterness.

This is a well balanced offering and probably not very accurate to the style. I, however, like this one more than the typical bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 21:21:59 | More by smcolw
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark browinsh burgandy color with a big 3" fluffy head sporting some large bubbles. Some bits of lace developed.

Smell: malt sweetness leaps from the glass and provides a pleasant aroma.

Taste: big malt profile here. Bits of toasted bread, light fruitiness, hints of alcohol, and a decent bitterness make up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start but finishes smooth. Relatively short aftertaste as the malt sweetness sticks out the most.

Drinkability: this beer was quite enjoyable. I had two in the session, and could have easily had another one. Worth picking this one up.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 18:24:52 | More by Gavage
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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2005 00:04:44 | More by GClarkage
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2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its reputation. I generally find bocks underwhelming.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of decent cream, nice thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is an extremely dark caramel-ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Dark malts. Notable caramelization. Hints of vanilla. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, with some stale cream. Hints of vanilla but none really manifest in a strong sense. Bland hops throw off the balance a bit. No yeast comes through. The malts are certainly dominant, and somewhat layered. It's balanced alright. Not very complex and certainly not subtle. A bit boring. I'm underwhelmed.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. A bit too thick. The carbonation is adequate but not perfect.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Decent for the style. I wouldn't get it again. Boring and a bit bland. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.


Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 06:39:42 | More by kojevergas
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3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for opening the bottle...
Appears a dark brown with some deep crimson notes around the edges. A chunky, tan head slowly fades out into a mild cap and leaves little spots of lacing all around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, roasted nuts, cream, toasty malt, molasses, and a touch of caramel with some notes of gentle astringency.
Taste is of the aromas with a bit of astringency coming through more in the flavor, making for a slight dropoff against the aromas.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, thin along the palate, and astringent.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 14:58:09 | More by weeare138
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-05-2012 07:17:33 | More by MarkyMOD
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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single purchased from Whole Foods, Soma, San Francisco.

Delicious-looking thick body, a warm rich red-brown colour, with a solid head of yellowish foaming bubbled, that settles to a decent film. Lacing is sheeting and full. Looks really great.

Nose is also very tasty. Lovely deep malt sweetness, with a touch of dried, candied fruit giving some brightness to the aroma. There's a bit of astringency to it as well that doesn't work so well, but it's almost (almost) a leafy fragrance rather than a biting chemical note—it's somewhat reminiscent of German hops. Maybe it's forgivable.

Taste is also extremely solid. Body is clean and light and suitable, leading with a clean grain character that morphs into a pleasant roasted malt on the back, lending bitterness, but staying clean and direct. It's bold, but refreshingly refreshing for a dark beer, if you'll forgive the expression.

It's stylistically good, while being perfectly appropriate for the surroundings. Great stuff, Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 01:26:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Finger Lakes Beverge.

I don't know about this one. On one hand there are nice blackberry and licorice flavors. On the other hand it reminds me of Sharpie Magnum markers - you know, those really big ones in the silver metal casing. Other people around me seemed to like it, so maybe this is just me. Otherwise it had a nice, mild aroma and smooth body.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 19:34:12 | More by tempest
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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 20:24:13 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-22-2013 01:38:18 | More by XmnwildX12
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.