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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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950 Ratings

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 29
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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-26-2005)
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Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

weeare138, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

wrightst, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

tempest, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice offering from Anchor thats a little harder to find then most of their products. I had this in California from a 22oz bottle.

Poured a dark mahogony with a very small tight head that faded completely after a few minutes.

Smells of roasted malts primarily. with a little sweetness and some nutty smell I can't quite place.

Tastes on the drier side for a bock. Roasted grain with a whisp of caramel on the end, and a pronounced graininess.Alittle bitterness in their to balance as well.

Mouthfeel is very dry, with little creaminess.

Pretty drinkable for a Bock- the dryness avoids any lingering sticky feel and makes this quite sessionable.

Georgiabeer, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We invite you today to the begining of the Unorganized Invitiational! Six totally different beers from a make your own 6-pack sqaure off to take the top prize. Our first sample comes from Anchor Brewing's springtime Bock. Without further adieu, let the drinking begin:

Poured into my Kronenbourg 1664 glass, it's dark brown in color with a pretty little head that lasts all the way unitl the last sip. At the end of the beer, lots of lacing rings were left on the glass. Beautiful! Fresh, crisp hops burst out in the scent, making way for caramel and a complex sweetness. The taste was different than I was expecting. While I had plenty of bready flavors, the hop flavor was curious, but rewarding. I also had some frappuchino and mocha notes.

A pleasant way to start off the Invite, and a pleasant score for Anchor Bock. What will be next in the Unorganized Invitational? Find out...

DoubleJ, May 18, 2007
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 1/18/2012. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of light chocolate, biscuit, toasted malt, apricot, fig, raisin, caramel, molasses, and herbal hops. Nice aromas, with a good amount of balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, raisin, fig, prune, molasses, toasted malt, and herbal hops. Nice balance of flavors with a decent amount of robustness; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slight creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present at all on the finish. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable bock. Nice toasted flavors with good balance, and very smooth to drink. A nice session beer candidate.

superspak, May 21, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz fresh bottle into a standard pint glass. Part of a mixed 6 pack.

A- Anchor bock is a dark brown color with some hints of red if you look hard enough up to the light. a small but sturdy beige colored head stays afloat on top leaving minimal lace.

S- A huge focus on malts giving off an apparent sweetness with caramel beating out toffee smells. Just enough bittering hops to make a small impression on the nose. Some dark fruits with warming, very small though.

T- As expected a huge focus on malts giving off caramel sweetness which is not a bad thing as anchor gets it right. Some hops round this out with some sweet apple and burnt sugar any nuts.

M- I would say a bit above medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style, nothing to extreme. A sweetness stays with you long after sipping and just a hint of some sournesson the end, again very minimal.

D- Perfect for a session beer but I would be good after one, this one was just a little to plain for me although I enjoyed it alot. Would buy again.

BARFLYB, May 04, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impressive looking bock beer. A clear deep walnut brown beer with a nice light brown stick head.

Smell is fruity and very heavy on malt. Strong and appealing chocolate aroma here along with a bit of figs and cherries.

Taste is very malty and full of chocolate and tastes very much like malted milk minus most of the sweetness. Fairly fruity flavor is present it is just hidden under all that chocolate; it is the usual fruitiness you find in English ales.

Mouthfeel is milkshake thick.

If you don't like Chocolate under no circumstances try this beer you will hate it. This is classed as a bock but it is much like a thicker and heartier version of Anchors Christmas beer. To me this is really a Milk Stout and a damn good one too. I won't quibble about the adherence to style, which this doesn't really do. This is simply a damn tasty beer.

Zorro, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Opaque black/brown color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Starts with a roasted chocolate/burnt oak flavor, finish is dry bitter chocolate. Really this is a bock with balls. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

jdhilt, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

afsdan, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

LXIXME, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown in color, some carbonation, nice creamy head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste of kinda sweet, there's some slight toffee flavor, and a hint of prune's. The finish is dry.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a pretty tasty bock from Anchor, recommend for sure.

Wasatch, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -11%

BillRoth, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Wonderful uniform pinhead toffee colored head, whipped up like cream and very deep. Body color is a luscious dark dark brown red hued at the bottom. Looks very inviting.

Nose brings an inviting mix of dry clove and hop pine strangely. Even some smoke and faint toffee. Almost a woody burnt tree bark ash. Different, but I enjoy it.

Taste is quite weak. A muted and very tobacco almost cigarette ashen malt taste. Finishes with an interesting hop angle, but also quite dry. Malt density seems to be missing on this, but seems to almost be a different take on the style.

OVerall don't mind it, but probably not what I look for in this style.

smakawhat, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had an opportunity to try this. On tap at Max's right now.

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty malty and one dimensional, but it does smell pretty good. On the palate my first thought was that this beer reminds me of the Anchor X-mas ale, but without all the spice. It's a bit more dry as well, and has a pretty prenounced roasty flavor, but that's really the only difference I detect. It has a fairly light mouthfeel and is pretty drinkable.

While not spectacular, this is a pretty solid beer. Especially considering it's relatively low abv. Nice effort from Anchor.

John_M, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles, in Buffalo.

A really deep shade of chestnut that is muddied with dark, earthy brown tones. Lovely highlights of pecan and mahogany are offered up when the beer is properly back lit. The head, khaki coloured and quite sudsy, resists deflating and leaves strands of lacing. Like a good bock should be, the beer appears rich, hearty and filling.

Earthy, roasted and sweet elements fuse to bring toasted dark breads, cocoa, nutty malts, stale coffee, candied fruits, syrupy molasses and dark toffee together under one lush and multi-faceted aroma. A wonderfully rich bouquet is certainly not the least of this beer's remarkable attributes; this is as rich and complex as the great English barleywines.

And having gained an inch, Anchor reaches a mile with regards to this flavour profile. The beer is tasty in every sense of the word. Earthy, nutty malts are layered with hints of roast, smoke and gratifying sweetness. It has the stale coffee and milky chocolate taste of a light porter combined with the candied dark fruits, molasses, dark toffee and caramelized sweetness of a dopplebock.

And it has all the super-rich malty melanoidins of one too. I wouldn't be surprised if the brewery uses three or four decoction steps to achieve this ultra-rich, toasty sweet level of maltiness. This may be only 5.5% but it has the flavour intensity of most beers in the 7-9% range. Who says super-rich flavour profiles have to be equated with big beers?

Plain and simple: this sweetness is delicious. Think of dates, raisins and figs all being caramelized in brown sugar only then to be flambeed with a drop of cognac and drizzled with molasses. Add to the side a big basket of toasty, pumpernickel loafs. The beer is filling and hearty but it is also ridiculously quaffable.

Anchor Brewing amazes me in that they can brew such a diverse range of beers and pull off each and every style as if it were their own. How can one brewery make the definitive American pale ale, English barleywine, Baltic porter and German bock? As previously stated, this is every bit as rich and complex as a fine aged English old ale or barleywine, and certainly twice as drinkable too.

biegaman, May 05, 2009
Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

rab53, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful black hue with a two finger creamy caramel head. Good retention and lacing throughout.

The smell was of malty sweetness with a hint of coffee.

The taste was of a deep roasted barley and coffee. A nice subtle sweetness, but a dry finish.

The mouthfeel was light and finished dry.

Very drinkable.

plaid75, May 08, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - very dark brown with some reddish hues; big, soft, brown head with a thin lacing

S - huge dark fruit, caramel, some roasted malts

T - caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, some roasted malts

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I didn't expect much, but to my delight this was really a good bock. The maltiness was complex and intense. The dark fruit notes are most impressive, but meshes well with the caramel, chocolate, and faint roast. The carbonation was spot on, and the drinkability was smooth throughout. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

tdm168, Feb 06, 2013
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.

chinchill, May 03, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, ruby red with a huge 2 finger creamy beige head that was fully lasting.

S: a nice dark roasted character, with a touch of smoked woodiness and dry cinnamon. The nose was spicy in nature with some dark caramelization and rich chocolate notes as well.

T: The initial flavor was malty with some dark roasted notes, as well some dark fruit. The beer finished with some sweet coffee, chocolate notes and dried raisins. The palate was soft and bready very good per style.Overall, a nicely roasted bock beer, full of bread and holiday spicing.

M: rich and full with big breadnotes and a touch of malt sweetness.

D: Very drinkable per style with a good warming. perfect for the holiday season.

beerthulhu, Feb 16, 2008
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.