Anchor Bock Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Bock Beer

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by GClarkage on 05-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of phishgator
4.92/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wide-mouth tapered pint glass. Large fluffy/foamy head of three fingers that leaves a nice creamy lace for the entire session. Up front there is a nice aroma of earthy hops and toffee. The taste is smooth, chocolate, sweet, toffee, and a faint bitterness of fresh earthy hops. Even notes of spruce or mint seems to sneak in there. The body is medium along with carbonation. An easy drinker that goes down so smooth. I do notice that if you pick this up in the summer it loses that sparkle that makes it a top spring release. I do have to say that it seems a bit off from the style, but I still think it is an extraordinary brew when fresh.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.89/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep mahogany with brown highlights. Big tan head with amazing lacing.

S - Molasses, carmel, and an earthy hop.

T - Amazing. This is everything I want in a beer and more. The molasses and carmel provide a sweetness and the hop bitterness balances it all together.

M - oily and slick very smooth

D - I am trying to convince my wife that we should buy a keg of this...

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Photo of khiasmus
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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."

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Photo of edskirk3
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's the 12oz, signature stubby bottle of Anchor Brewing fame, with a goat's head ("bock" is German for "goat") on the label, holding hops in his (he has horns, although if you study his face he looks a little effeminate) mouth.

Pours very dark brown, just barely translucent, showing shades of ruby in the light. Almost no head to speak of. One barely forms and goes away in the blink of an eye.

Anchor Bock has a rummy, raisiny, bready scent. It smells more alcoholic than it actually is. The taste is reminiscent of wheat bread, except darker, like pumpernickel or something. There are also undertones of figs, rum and hop bitterness. Very very slightly medicinal. More complexities are at play here that are beyond my limited senses.

As indicated by the near absence of head, this beer is almost flat, and is syrupy and sticky by the end of the glass.

Put it all together and you got yourself one swell Bock. Delicious enough to sip, but not too strong that you HAVE to sip.

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Photo of bloomlax33
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head, very nice looking pour.

S: Smells of coffee and dark fruit with some caramel malt and some hops.

T: Very similar to the smell. Coffee with a finishing taste of chocolate. One of the better tasting beers with a chocolate finish.

M: Medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: I think this is a very drinkable beer and wish I would have picked up more of this.

This was the first time that I have tried a beer from Anchor and I would buy more.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear dark reddish brown with a big creamy rich tan head. foam forms a nice skin on tops as it sets, perhaps due to the addition of wheat. also becomes pock-marked, looking similar to other hoppier styles. the head has astounding holding power again probably thanks to the wheat malt, and the sticky drippy lace is exceptional as well, making my glass look like jaguar fur. rock on.

S- metallic notes of chocolate and weak coffee, stone, earth, copper, wood, vanilla, toffee, and tomato sauce. brown sugar, cassia, sandalwood, caramel, and raisin lurk in the background.

T- zesty and chocolatey and much hoppier than i would have expected. mild cocoa and coffee taste is up front with woodsy vanilla and toffee kinda weaving in and out. floral almost lemony hops keep any sweetness in check. the intensity of the hops fades half way through leaving a clean light bitterness in the finish as roasted and cocoa flavors diminish into an almost herbal leather coffee aftertaste.

MF- i was hoping this beer wouldn't be too rich and heavy and i'm not disappointed. hovering somewhere around medium bodied, subtle grainy feeling is met by lively medium carbonation. coating and somewhat sticky, but cool and very crisp.

D- thirst quenching and refreshing, and once more, i think that wheat plays a major part in some of my favorite aspects of this beer. modest abv makes it ridiculously drinkable. a rare find in these parts, and just as good as anchor's other offerings.

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark chesnut color with a tan whipped cream head. Not what I was expecting.

Aroma is gentle. Clean maltiness comes through --- very inviting.

Taste is exceptional and delicious. Honestly one of the best dark lagers I've ever tasted. Nutty chocolate and bubblegum sweetness, finished with a great toasty grain. Good bitterness keeps it from being cloying. Soft and clean malt flavors come through brilliantly

Creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing and drinkable. This is the first beer I've had in a while that I want to go immediately back to.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A single 12 oz bottle recently purchased during my trip to the Party Source (located just across the river in KY) when I was visiting my brother in Cincinnati (and boy did we do some drinking of shit beer for old time's sake the first night I was down there!) I had never seen this particular Anchor Steam beer before so I definitely wanted to get it. Poured into my stange glass. This beer is a very dark brown color with some ruby/amber highlights. The big, fluffy tan head is about 3 1/2 fingers thick when poured, settling to a nice surface coating after about 15 minutes. Very excellent lace indeed. Sweet, strong malty aromas with chocolate, caramel and dark fruit-raisins and plums, and alcohol. Kind of surprised I could smell the alcohol this much since the beer is only 5.5% ABV. Sweet and malty with the aforementioned caramel, chocolate and dark fruits making their presence well known. A bit of a tart flavor and the taste of alcohol round it out. Has a mild hop bitter finish. Has a crisp, frothy and smooth, sort of chewy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink indeed! One of the best Bock's I have ever had. Period! This was fantastic!

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Photo of nasty15108
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black in color, with slight ruby hues. Foamy tan head with a good amount of lacing that hung around the glass to the last sip.

S - Malty with hints of dark chocolate, espresso and ripe fruit.

T - Slighty sweet malty tast. Hints of chocolate up front with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

MF&D - Medium body bock. Sticky and delicious. Went down smooth and fast. A great easy drinking bock. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of GMB
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour of Anchor Steam's Anchor Bock Beer yields a gorgeous toasted-almond brew and an inch-tall, ecru head of foam that falls too quickly to earn this brew a perfect score. It's a shame that the head isn't more attractive, because the dark-ruby highlights that appear against a backlight are stunning. Carbonation is moderate.

I didn't have to hold the glass up to my nose to appreciate its bouquet. As soon as the beer hit the glass, my nose was filled with the delights of toasted caramel and molasses. Closer olfactory investigation turns up hints of toasted biscuit, warm raisins and turkish apricots, and caramel.

The taste. Oh my, the taste. Toasted flavors dominate: Toasted caramel; molasses. Hoppy bitterness suggests some nearly roasted notes: raisins browned (almost burnt) in browned butter. The bitterness also yields a beer isn't nearly as sweet as I had expected. From now on, when I imagine a perfectly balanced bock, this will be the beer that comes to mind.

The mouthfeel is almost magical. It's much thinner than I had expected, and I'm amazed by the contrast between the lightly medium mouthfeel and the rich, full flavors on my palate. The only thing that lets down the beer is the carbonation, which is slightly astringent at first. Let this brew settle and warm for a few minutes.

Anchor Bock Beer has established itself in my mind as the archetypal bock beer. Run, don't walk, to your nearest retailer and pick up a few bottles.

Snack on some roasted, salted pistachios as you sip this one.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bit too aggressively into a standard beer mug -- the head is Godzilla-like, ruddy tan in color with excellent retention. The body is rich brownish crimson with maroon highlights when held to the light. Smell: Molasses, orange zest, green apple peel, sourdough -- full and complexly layered. Taste: Citrus zest bitterness upfront, followed by a sprinkle cocoa quickly eclipsed by a stronger hop presence (crusty, delicious); a nice grain profile unfolds, thick; some grape and apple sweetness dances in the background. Aftertaste is a well paced stretch of bitterness over top the still lingering puddles of bright sweetness. Mouthfeel: Perfectly round, a little chewy, middling carbonation. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown mahogany color with a bit of ruby highlights and a very thick meringue-like head that rises an inch above the rim of the glass with no spillage. A very lovely looking beer. Nose is chocolaty malt, buttery pecan, and toasted walnuts along with a touch of brown sugar. Malt dominates the taste with a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor. The nuttiness that was in the aroma is much more subdued in the taste, but there are additional fruity notes of fig, dates, and prunes. A drying bitterness comes across in the finish to cleanse the palate before the next sip. Highly enjoyable—I will be buying more very soon.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Bock is a truly outstanding beer and a great complement to an already impressive lineup from this iconic American craft brewery. If you want to know what great bock ale can taste like, then go and get yourself a sample of Anchor's take on this tasty old world beer style.

I've read that Anchor Bock is made with ale yeast, which would make it something other than a traditional Bavarian bock lager. It also uses wheat malts and "whole hops" which gives it some distinctly non-bock characteristics. I found this beer to be closer in style to a Sticke Alt, and a good one at that.

Served at about 50 degrees in a tall pilsener glass, Anchor Bock is dark amber in color with a giant light tan head with good stickage. Big sweet malt and caramel aromas battle with potent spicy hops and a touch of alcohol. The beer has a soft, smooth mouthfeel and the initially sweet malty caramel taste is quickly balance by oily hop bitterness. Hop flavors continue into the finish along with a touch of alcohol, especially as it warms to room temps.


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Photo of ccrida
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle , bottling code 7DK (Dec. 11 2007), I picked up about a month later and have cellared since. Served at cellar temp, and poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Anchor bock is a very dark ruby with a massive, tight light tan head, that is very long lasting, and very rocky to settle, leaving huge hunks of foam. I can't believe this head, absolutely on par with St. Bernardus Abt 12, which I'd heretofore never seen - fantastic!

Smell is very rich caramel malt and black cherry fruitiness, as well as a bit of booze, absolutely, unmistakeably classic bock aroma.

Taste is very full and complex, bittersweet malt, caramel, toffee, grassy hops and sweeter nuts, with a hint of alcohol on the dry finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is lager crisp, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is high, in the fact that I definitely wish I had more of these on deck. The rich flavors beg it to be sipped slowly and savored, I love beers that drink much bigger then they actually are, ABV wise (in regards to depth, not heat).

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Photo of mjurney
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Dry maltiness, nutty, earthy, a little coffeeish.

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.

Dry grainy finish, yet pretty crisp.

Very complex and hearty, yet very drinkable.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first thought after pouring this beer was "Oh, it's brown.."- I was expecting a lighter kind of bock but party on.

Pours very dark brown, nearly black in the middle, with a sticky, creamy, frothy head. Crazy amounts of lacing right off the bat.

I can smell the malt aroma from a couple feet away, which is pretty intense. On closer inspection, the aroma is very unique. Very dusty, like opening an old wooden chest filled with old documents. Like faintly toasted wood chips with a tad bit of raisin. Still very light and refreshing though. This is one of the more interesting aromas I've come across in a long time.

Taste is smoky up front, raisin/bread in the middle, followed by solid chocolate with almost no mixing between any of these flavors. Malty and bready with a touch of alcohol. There's a little part in the finish that I don't particularly like.. maybe a little tart from the hops. If it had finished bread-like this beer would have won me over heart and soul. One of the best bocks I've eve had nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is good and medium bodied. It's not too heavy, which is nice because it allows the chocolate flavor at the end to finish very crisply. Fairly low alcohol too, so this is extremely drinkable. The assertive flavors stand in the way of it being a "I could drink a gallon of this" kind of beer but this was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of 7beerphil
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

drank straight from the 12 oz bottle

slight hoppy smell, no strong notes to the nose.

tastes very light for a bock, has notes of caramel, not much hops in the taste. sweet taste overall.

for a bock, this is very drinkable, not highly carbonated, as expected, no harshness at all.

could easily be a session brew

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Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours completely dark with no head to speak of.
aroma is strong, with dark fruit but very sweet. much like the dopplebocks (of course) but actually has the strain of a super strength malt product although it is only 5.5%.
great thick malt, easy to drink, slight hop bitterness at the end. tastes a heavier abv than it delivers, but i enjoy the taste.
not sure why THE BROS rated it as low as they did; i kind of get what he's saying, but that can be said of so many others. i like the style, and while it isnt the best in class, i think it's better than some of Anchor's others.... just wish there were a higher abv ! !

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Photo of MisterClean
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Style of the month at homebrew club meeting.

A - Pours brown with a 2 fingered cappuccino head. Dissipates moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Chocolate, burnt toffee, and brown sugars.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced.

D - Great overall. Good example for the style though dark.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Anchor has another solid brew here.

A - It pours a deep brown, with a tan pillowy head, splattered lacing; very impressive looking.

S - Nutty and sweet malt, and a slight cola-like smell. This beer has a great aroma, a highlighted malt expressed in an unusually good way.

T - Tastes pretty phenomenal. The savory and sweet malt flavors are rounded out by a nice subtle hop finish. It doesn't taste like anything specifically, other than a damn good darker beer.

M - Feel is on the full side of medium-bodied but it is refreshing and slightly sharp; it works well.

D - Awesome. A total winner. Easy drinking, very delicious, full-bodied but not overly filling, poundable...

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my big glass mug. Very nice DARK color. Bam, looks like a schwartz bier. Good carbonation and a nice big brown head that fades to a covering and a small lace.

The smell is very roasty, Dark caramel and some chicory.

The taste is very good, slightly sweet Dark roasted malt flavors of coffee and chocolate, the burnt toast finish is dry. Lip smackin good!

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, Oh yeah swish it around and enjoy.

Drinkability is very high every thing here leads you to want another. MK

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Photo of geexploitation
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, reddish coffee color with molasses highlights at the edges. Small head that fades to a collar. Rich aroma of creamy coffee, sweet malts and savory spice... very smooth, sumptuous and inviting. Great aroma. On the palate, the nose is reprised, albeit with the addition of a touch of brown fruit and a slight, highly complementary alcohol burn. Very smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation -- that is, enough to tickle the tongue a bit and keep things fresh, but not enough to fill the mouth and create the sensation of greater weight/volume. Overall, this is a wonderful bock. It's not over the top -- just moderate weight, ABV, and hefty-but-nuanced flavors.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks more like a stout than a bock. But still maintains. Very deep brown, red hue. Can't see any bubbles, but has a good ring of foam after the pour. Very light and asymetrical lacing. Good, dark looking bock. The aroma makes me think of a true German bock, but with some stronger hop influence. Toatlly awesome and different. I smell malty blankets of yeast and barn yard with a bunch of intermingling bitterness and roasted malts. Great balance. The taste is just as unique. Very malty and roasty, but not high in the fruity malts that I'm used to in most bocks. A little dry roasted mlats with a few hints of dried prunes and apricots. But then some medium bitterness mixes with the fruits and the mlats. Very different. This is an awesome session beer. I wish I didn't have to go to Indy to get this stuff.

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