Anchor Bock Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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84
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992 Ratings
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67
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Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Bock Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GClarkage on 05-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
992
Reviews:
576
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a fairly dark red close to brown color with a finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Light stringy sliding lace.
The aroma had some dark breads, light cocoa powder, a whiff of semi-sweet grassy tones, and a touch of dark fruits.
The flavor presented some of those prior mentioned aromas sweetly and left out the grassiness. Mild dark fruit to dark bready aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemingly sitting just a touch under and having a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Mild dark bready finish.
Overall, pretty good bock worthy of having again.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
2.08/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Kamahl16
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulls out the brown and red notes into this one. Almost a mild cocao like aroma. Impressive retention that starts at 3/4" and does well in the lace department.

Taste pulled some coffee notes out of the malt, a little bitterness, hops, sweetness. A little bit of everything here. Reminiscient of the Anchor xmas series of beers.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fakedeadgirlfriend
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DOCRW
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish pour with a tan one-finger head. Sweet aroma of malt and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose pretty well with sweet malt and some raisin and prune flavors upfront. Slight hint of wood and light grassy hops as well. Medium bodied and carbonated. Finishes with a lingering dark fruit taste.

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Photo of HardyA
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greasy
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked pretzels, and dark bread. There are also strong notes of brown sugar, a touch of vinegar and licorice, black pepper, and floral, grassy, piney and slightly citrusy hops.

Taste: Pretty nice. Lots of bready, toasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness up front, followed by some black pepper, again, a touch of slightly sour vinegar (not sure if what that is from) and finished with a touch of floral, grassy, piney, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice bock beer, not one of the best I’ve had, but still nice. It’s a shame that Anchor has decided to discontinue it, as there aren’t enough bock beers being brewed here in America, in my opinion. Bock beers are a very underappreciated and underserved style and with Anchor discontinuing this one, we’re losing a good one.

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Photo of Bp123
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeDL
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very very dark good though

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Photo of Eziel
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmoen
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bongobeer
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with nice khaki head and good lacing. Mild malt, fruity smell, but very weak on flavor. Smooth and drinkable but just not much taste, guess this is why it was retired?

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Photo of KevChiTown
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wish I could explain the flavors and smells and whatnot, but this one does not say anything to me other then Sam Adams Winter. Average, forgettable, but you don't feel bad for drinking it. Easy drink to start a night.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure if true to style, but perfect on taste

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Dark, very dark, can't see the light from a lamp when its held up to it. Medium white head.
S: Malty and molasses
T: Malty and no hops. Molasses and caramel. Sweet flavor with same dry-bitter aftertaste Ive found in all anchor beers.
M: Silky and smooth.
O: Not my style. I find this one too sweet, reminds me of sweet corn with syrup.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 992 ratings.
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