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Anchor Bock Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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942 Ratings

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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 26 | 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 boilermakerbrew
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a dark, hazy chocolate brown in color. Small, tan head that hangs around only a little bit and laces very little. Dark and hazy, this beer is opaque.

S- Dark fruits, dark malts, and a slight metallic hint are the defining characteristics of this beer's smell. No hops to be had in the scent. Mixture of the aforementioned scent profiles gives a false impression of booze on the nose.

T- Just like the scent. Starts with a slight metallic pang on the tongue, this is mixed in with the dark fruit flavors. Dark malt flavors are subdued and secondary to the other flavors. All of the flavor components are light in comparison to other, European examples of the style.

M- Light and thin in body, while being low in carbonation makes this much more drinkable than most, if not all, bocks.

Overall, a somewhat oxidized, odd interpretation of the style. I think a very fresh pour would be much better, but as I have it, this is a below average bock that needs to thicken up and get a little heavier in flavor.

boilermakerbrew, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of LutherBrau
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

LutherBrau, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of tbeer40
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tbeer40, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of olafphysics
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

olafphysics, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Natural510
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown stubby bottle. By deciphering Anchor's space-age code, this was brewed January 23, 2009.

Pours a very dark crimson-brown with a wonderfully thick cloud of tan head on top. Simply beautiful.
Powerful scent is an interesting combination of molasses and apricot. Very malty & sweet.
Tart, bitter upfront with the yeast & hops. I expected a dominant malt, but there seems to be more of an attempt at balance. Still, the malty sweetness is there, with notes of fruit and brown sugar.
Bitter hop note along with the yeast astringency leaves a puckering mouthful.
Different than any other bock I've had, but quite good in its own right. Probably would've been better if I had gotten it a bit fresher. Another quality offering from Anchor.

Natural510, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Fish113d
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug, chilled, it pours a dark, malty brown color with two fingers of tan, spongy head that seems to cling to the glass nicely. Decent sustainance. Aroma is mostly of brown, sweet malt. I get the sense of a little chocolate malt there along with some slight grass hoppiness that hits my nose as well. Sipping reveals a boasting malty flavor of some slight bakers' chocolate along with some grassy notes from the hops. Some slight vanilla detected on the initial sip along with a nice smooth body. Very easy drinking. Carbonation is nicely balanced, and this makes an awesome session brew. thanks sulldaddy!

Fish113d, May 09, 2007
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark chestnut brown with a huge foamy head. Both somewhat uncharacteristic of the style, but not in a bad way. Great retention and thick lacing; again uncharacteristic of a lager.
Malty sweet nose with caramel and molasses.
Roasty malt & molasses flavor without the heavy molasses sweetness, actually a bit dry. Almost perfect balance. A touch of cocoa and a hint of smoke in the finish.
Medium body/crisp carbonation.
Awesomely drinkable. Flavorful, but not heavy.
Not a strictly traditional bock, but where it strays is an improvement over most in my opinion.

Hoagie1973, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of bbeane
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

bbeane, May 12, 2012
Photo of Goldorak
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled multiple times at the brewery during my tour of the place, 12sep2006.

Appearance: Quite dark, turned sanguine red when exposed to the light. Very nice sustained half inch of head.

Smell: Interesting caramel malts, and as hoppy as a Bock can be.

Taste: Plenty of malt body and well dosed carbonation, it does have a bit of a vegetal taste to it, but I didn't really see it as such a bad thing. Kind of like bitter rhubarb, and the malt sweetness tames the harshness of it. But it's the finish that I didn't like, as it was ashy, something I don't like at all, at least not at this level.

Goldorak, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

FadetoBock, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of KevSal
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

KevSal, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Tumble
3/5  rDev -18%

Tumble, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of BrewMaster
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12 oz bottle purchased for $7.99/six pack at Bev Mo San Mateo. Pours with a creamy and fluffy brown head. The head shows excellent retention with about 1 cm of foam remaining for a long time. The beer is dark brown with very little light coming through.

Smell: Malty with some sweet toasted notes. Some faint earthy and grassy notes in the background. The sweetness smells mildly of grape molasses.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet and grainy with a toasty malt backbone. Some fruity undertones like grapes and raisins. Very sweet but not cloying at all. The texture is slightly gritty in a good way. This grittiness contributes to make the beer feel medium bodied and bold. The roasty flavor is interesting in that it is paired with a very flavorful breadiness. It is full and rich and almost oily with toffee and caramel to boot. Very tasty.

Drinkability: This is definately my favorite offering from Anchor. Full of flavor with a nice texture. It's sweet and mostly to style. Very tasty though it is a bit low in ABV for a bock. No matter, this is a tasty beer.

BrewMaster, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of TheQuietMan22
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.

TheQuietMan22, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jewellrunner, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of danielharper
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark body, brown-black, with a slight reddish tint to the bottom of the glass. Thin khaki-colored head.

Smell: Nutty, malty, slightly sweet, slightly dry. No hops present.

Taste: Richly nutty, malty, very sweet, nice notes of grains. Tastes a lot like a very subdued Nut Brown Ale, not a negative thing at all. Slight astringency on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, luxurious mouthfeel coats the tongue. No carbonation or hops.

Drinkability: Bocks aren't my favorite beers ever, but this is a really good example of the style.

danielharper, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anchor makes great craft beers that rival any other large brewer and beats companies like Sam Adams or Long Trail.

A; Dark brown, low carbonation, syrupy, barely translucent, shades of ruby, steep initial head but fades and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: rummy, raisiny, bready scent. Earthy, strong, spring. The smell of wet earth. Dirt. (in a good way as this is a spring beer symbolized by the goat.)

T: Dark, sweet wheat bread. Lots more including figs, rum, raisens, and hop bitterness. syrupy, mysterious, medicinal. Complex and fun to savor. A great tasting Bock with light alcohol content. A great session beer. A satisfying finish. A great beer to end the evening with. Not a first beer, a session-ending beer.

Feel: Low carbonation, syrupy but not cloying. Satisfying.

Easy to drink Bock. Great style. DONT AGREE WITH BROS. This beer is a solid hit.

Act25, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of jman005
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jman005, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of theopholis
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark brown with a slightly reddish tint as light when held up to the light. Nice, creamy, tan head with just a little staying power. Decent lacing.

Aroma- Some malt sweetness right up front, and some caramel aroma, which was kind of unexpected Some roasty malts in the background.

Taste- A nice blend of roasted malts and malt sweetness with the proper amount of bittering hops. I'm also getting some smokiness, which was very unexpected, but quite nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. The carbonation level seems right, but it has a nasty CO2 bite on the tip of the tounge.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Let it flatten out a bit tho.

theopholis, May 02, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown body with reddish edges. Huge foamy head caps an alluring looking beer.

Sweet malt scent with a touch of nuttiness although I'm having difficulty picking much more out than that.

Dark fruit with caramelized sugar but with a nice toasted flavor on top. Bitterness on the finish would seem to owe more to roasted malt (think coffee) than hops. Tasty but a touch off on the aftertaste.

Full, creamy mouthfeel emphasizes the positive attributes of the beer allowing it to spread across the palate evenly. An above-average, satisfying bock. I'd have another but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

malcontent, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of KFrank729
4.5/5  rDev +23%

KFrank729, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of saintwarrick
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this brew from Anchor, my favorite brewery. This beer pours a deep brown and dark garnet with a fluffy head that stays around. Smell is distinctly sweet, dark caramel, molasses and dark chocolate. Taste has a thick caramelly taste from the big-time malt presence, it's also darkly fruity with chocolate-covered raisins and prunes showing through. Solid, if light, hops presence keep this beer from being overly sweet. A little spicy, carbonated kick at the end caps off the brew well.

Another fine beer. I still don't think this brewery makes a bad beer.

saintwarrick, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown color with a 1" tan head, good retnet. Some lacing

S- sweetness, raosted malts, and coffee aromas as well

T- sweet roasted flavors, some hints of fruit flavor also (but very slight) no bitterness that i could pick up, roasted aftertaste.

M- nearly everyhing about this brew makes me think stout except that the body isnt as full as a stout. Smooth with the refined clean lager feeling.I think its a lager but i've never tasted one like this.

D- i see this as a nice to try every season it comes around. I dont plan on stocking it in my fridge. Awesome play on the bock style.

tonistruth, May 24, 2006
Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

javlin624, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of washburnkid
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a beautiful, moderately warm, sunny morning. I thought the Spring-like weather would be perfect for cracking open this bock around lunchtime. Literally the minute I pulled the beer out of the fridge, the clouds covered the sun. Strange.

Poured in a pils glass

A: One finger dark beige head retains for at least a minute and then sticks around as a ring for the entire beer; thick lace the whole way down the tall glass. Beer is black, dark brown and mahogany around the edges.
S: Sweet malts, super faint citrus as the beer warmed slightly; balanced and inviting aroma.
T: Slightly roasted sweet malts with some very light coffee flavors, not overpowering unlike those found in some porters; sensed some smokiness at the back of the palate. Sip ends in notes of tart dried fruits.
M: Heavier body than I expected with medium carbonation and heavy, sweet residue.
D: This brew is very easy and pleasant to consume. Tons of body and flavor. One of the better bocks I've had recently.

washburnkid, Feb 21, 2009
Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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