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 Act25
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split with a 6 oz pour in a Sprecher sample glass. Batch number on label.

A - 2 finger lumpy medium tan head on a very dark red/brown beer with ruby hints. The head went slowly down leaving some mediocre lacing.

S - Strong sweet toasted malts with an ample chocolate cherry smell and a dry, borderline, bitter cocoa bite. The smell certainly asserts itself on you instantly.

T - Malty but not sweet, the dry cocoa, chocolate, and some cherry come through in an interesting blend that ends dry.

M - The dryness causes a cotton-mouth type of feel with this beer. Not so favorable for me. A bit of bubbly carbonation too.

D - Its flavors are interesting and unique but wouldn't make for something I want to drink for a while even though it's good representation of a bock.

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Photo of railcaider
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer presented as a coal-black liquid, but on careful inspection I was able to detect a nut-brown hue. The head is off-white and had good retention. Bitter and sour fruit smells, roasted malt aromas, dark chocolate scents, and even a whiff of pine resin came together to make for a rich olfactory experience. The main taste was semisweet dark chocolate balanced out by a sour acidic flavor. Surprisingly, this combination works a lot better in practice than you might think. The body is on the lighter side, but is still pleasantly rich and perhaps even chewy. This gives a nice backbone to the sour bite that this beer packs.

In terms of mouthfeel and drinkability, this Bock definitely reminded me of Anchor's Porter. I like how this brewery's offerings have a similar taste profile even across different styles. This beer is a worthy addition to their lineup, and provides a good mix between drinkability and complexity.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark ruby, clear. Moderate head, foamy and light brown.

Sweet roasted malt, biscuit-like. Tobacco and mint hints. Dark ripe fruits, grape and apple with banana vibe. Rich chocolate and mild coffee. Alcohol, light. Rich, complex, and good.

Roasted malt, chocolate. Lightly biscuit-like with fruity tones. Mild bittering and floral flavoring from hops. Medium bodied, with ample carbonation bite and foamation. Finishes dry with chocolate, roasted, and mild alcohol.

Not bad. From the website: “‘Bock’ has come to mean a beer darker and stronger than the brewery's ‘regular’ brew.” Agreed. However, I wouldn’t say this is an improvement on their Porter, which is truly top notch. I’m glad to have tried it, but Anchor should make a meatier brew for their “Bock.”

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Photo of merzeone
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pub glass.
Dark brown with ruby red edges a huge tan head super tight bubbles
Dissipated slowly leaving nice laceing.
Aroma is a big chocolate malt nose followed with minor roast. Low to no hop present. A little oxidation but adds to complexity.
Taste is complex and thick. Chocolate malts the roasted malts help provide some dryness. Favors malt over hop for balance. Some dark fruits like plum prob from oxidation.
Seriously choc shake like...
Mouthfeel. Good carbonation minor astrincency from dark malts. Medium body.
Overall. Much more chocolate than expected which was a nice shock. Well balanced and still very drinkable with a medium body. Best drank in the fall.

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Photo of leaddog
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolutions.

Appearance- Dark ruby with a 1/4 width of creamy head.

Smell- Figs, caramel, barley malts.

Taste- Fig is predominate flavour followed by pleasant raisin notes. The caramel malts play a nice supporting role in this brew.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A good representation of a bock from Anchor. I enjoyed the fig and raisin flavours in this brew. Its nice to see a variation of the style. Definitely worth a go.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have never seen this beer around really, so I was surprised and intrigued by it when I saw it at a local liquor store.

Poured into a Lindemans glass (hey, it's the closest thing I have to a stange) the beer showed a dark brown color with some nice deep ruby highlights around the edges. Light and fluffy two finger head and very good retention.

The aroma was very pleasant with some chocolate notes and a big dose of roasted malts. The hops seemed a little drowned out by the malt, but you can sense their presence. Medium to full bodied flavor with a lingering bitterness from the roasted malts. Slight hop kick at the end too which was nice. Mouthfeel was a bit dry for my liking. Yet, the drinkability was not hurt too much by it.

I should note that the wheat malt was very noticeable in this beer. I think if they cut back on it a bit, it would be a much more enjoyable brew, but still a decent option if you see it around.

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Photo of illidurit
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours clear burgundy with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is caramel with an earthiness (hops?) and that classic, immediately-identifiable Anchor breadiness. Flavor is very mellow with a nice bready sweetness, caramel, molasses, earth, creamy light mousse, and red fruits. Lots of notes here, body is thin but not watery enough to dilute the nice flavor profile. This has a lot more going on than other ubiquitous bocks (I'm looking at you SN Glissade and Shiner). Liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served out of 12 0z bottle into a pint glass. pours pretty much black with a small tan head that faded almost instantly(maybe because of the pour) to a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass. when held up to the light it appears to be a dark ruby brown color. a little bit of lacing. in the nose their are aromas of molasses, chocolate, some roasted malts, and a hint of some raisins or dates, dried fruit. the mouthfeel of this beer is just right, medium bodied, with some light carbonation, pair that with the ABV and you got an extremely drinkiable beer. in the taste their is a little bit of molasses, a little bit of chocolate making it a little sweet, but balanced very nicely by a subtle hop bitterness. i havent had too many bocks in my time, but this has got to be one of my favorite bock beers. definately worth a try.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. The code on the back read 7JS. Pours a dark chestnut color, not at all what I expected. Lighter shades of brown covered the edges of the glass. Nice creamy tan head, which held together for a great while, and faded, leaving some great patchworks of lace.

Toasty and slightly roasty dark malts in the nose. Chocolate like aroma, as well as some floral hops. In some ways, this reminds me of Anchor's OSA without all of the spices.

Very strong roasty, dark chocolate like malt presence. Bready flavors thrown in as well. Finishes pretty dry with some floral hop bitterness to help balance out. Make no mistake, this is malt centered.

Good body and appropriate carbonation. This was certainly not what I expected. Very enjoyable, however could use a bit more sweetness for me.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fat brown cream tight head and mostly opaque black body. Thinnish, liquid body feel -- but sour to the gills with a tight sour punch. Spots of out-of-synch alcohol, light munich malt robustness, sweet and sour. Lots of toffee and mild milk chocolate. Cola. Tight.

Reminded me of a dark Anchor steam -- but with a little more kick in flavor and bittering. Perhaps it is not coincidence that it's released just as Episode 3 has been -- perhaps it's an "Anakin Bock" -- Steam gone over to the dark side.

Altogether drinkable and somewhat interesting. Seems mostly in line with the Anchor line of beers as far as the feel and makeup go. I'm under the impression that a bock is usually higher in alcohol than this 4.5% (or so) brew. Is this an unspiced OSA? I wonder if this'll stick around. I'm guessing nay.

Had on-tap at Toronado.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this one remindes me of rich black coffie and hops mixed. this one is an almost black amber/brown brew that is big and malty. the mouthfeeal is heavy, almost like liquid bread. this one is realy good thank hevans for good bock
i wish that this one was avalable all year long but i will get more in spring

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor- Bock

A- Deep red, huge thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Smokey mossy malt.
T- Sweet smokey molasses malt. Heavy earthy hops.
M- Smokey and chewy. Slight oily, resiny, pine sapish finish.

Overall- A great looking beer that is quite easy to drink. A good Spring choice.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark brown with reddish undertones and a 1" tan head that dissappates to a very substantial lacing.
Aroma is faint but slightly sweet...carmel? No noticable hops or fruit.
Mouthfeel is initially rich and full but then thin when you swallow. Nice light carbonation.
Taste is warm burnt malt and a very slight taste of bubblegum<?> Not unpleasant...more like the aftertaste of a german wheat.
Only a slight alcohol afterburn with a bitter (pleasant) lingering taste.
Easy drinker...I put this second after Anchor Steam as the best from this brewer.
Would buy again and could session this beer.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown color with light brown large foam. Body appears light as foam consists of fairly large bubbles. Very little lacing, just a persistent thin head of foam

S - Quite hoppy when cold. As it warms up malt and roasted aromas come through. Very pleasing aroma and bouquet

T - Nutty flavored, balanced and pleasing bitterness. This is indeed a lager very clean finish.

M - Coats tongue slightly but the beer is not heavy or very viscous. Body is light to medium.

D - A nice spring brew light and sessionable. A definite six packer

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Photo of shand
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a nonic.

This is a great looking bock. Pours a deep, slightly muddy brown with a large light brown head that has pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma is also very nice, some sweet malts, nuttiness, a bit of dark fruits, a touch of roastiness - smells much more complex than a 5.5% ABV would let on - this has more going in the nose than some imperial stouts. The taste doesn't quite live up to the fantastic nose, but is still pretty good in it's own right. Smooth sweet maltiness comes up front, and some dark fruits tingle right along with the carbonation in the middle. The slightly watery finish has some slightly watery coffee to go with it. Pretty good tasting, but not nowhere as good as the nose would let on.

The mouthfeel is also a little bit thinner than I'd like, a bit of thickness would make this just a bit more robust. The drinkability is quite good, as expected. A pretty good bock from Anchor. Not the best ever, but absolutely not worth turning down.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is smoky and spicy and has some dark fruit and hops in it. I was surprised at how robust it was.

T: The taste is hits you with smoked malts up front along with some dark fruit, spices and a touch of chocolate. There’s a decent hops presence and an interesting twang at the end of each sip. The balance is good for such a flavorful beer with so many different flavors going on at the same time. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not that filling for the style, decent kick, good representation of style and certainly more flavorful than most other Bocks. This is a style that I’ve found to be pretty mediocre from the beers that I’ve had in it so far. However, this beer has restored my faith that there can be some good beers in it. It’s well-worth drinking for a while and even though it may not be my first choice on a given evening, it’s definitely one of the best Bock’s that I’ve had.

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Photo of Rainne
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Anchor option I have enjoyed a few times. Actually the first bock in my crazy for Germans phase.

A- Dark brown with copper highlights. A nice thick tan head and a little lacing to boot.

S- Hops right on the nose. Then grainy and toasty light sweet malt.

T- Hops bitterness is balanced by malt and some other natural sweetness. It's also grainy and nutty and there are some fruit flavors in the back as well.

M- A little heavy but not too much and about a medium body. Carbonation is pretty active.

D- Go ahead and put back a few of these.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby and chestnut with a light tan head of foam that lasts for awhile.

S: Hints of chocolate, roasted grains, slight piney hops. A subtle yet complex aroma.

T: Chocolate, roasted grains, sweet malt lead the way and a nice hint of hops float along the top. Nicely done.

M: Smooth. Good carbonation.

D: This is a very well-balanced and drinkable bock. Not my favorite style overall, but Anchor has put together a quality brew here.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark clear ruby-brown with a frothy tan head.

Smell. hints of chocolate and floral aromas are what i get. It's quite interesting. There is a little pepperyness to it as well.

Taste. Malts have a nice potency to it. Semi-sweet chocolate is the dominant characteristic i get. There are also a small amount of alcohol drenched fruits. Aftertaste is more of the chocolate flavor with a little burnt malts. I really like the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Body is average. carbonation is at a nice level. Pretty decent mouthfeel.

Overall, I am not one to sit down with a bunch of bocks, but this one is pretty nice. I think it has some very nice characteristics that gives it a distinct flavor that i wouldnt mind having again...when wanting a semi-mild bock.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my pint glass

A: Deep crimson brown with a frothy tan head. Nice!

S: Huge malt profile here with tons of figs, caramel and hints of apricots

T: Full, complex malt profile here. The fruity notes (from the yeast?) go well with the malts to create a very tasty beer

M: A little thin on the body but not damagingly so. The carbonation is pleasant and goes well with the beer

D: Very easy to quaff a sixer of this over the course of the evening.

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Photo of sacfly
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, 6FF stamped on the back. Just put the freakin date will ya?

Pours very dark, nearly opaque black/brown. Medium head of hearty brown bubbles. Aroma is of caramelized malt. Taste follows suit. Medium body, on the light side for the style. Nice roasted grain quality to cut the sweetness. Roasted quality comes out even more in the after taste. A bit dry for a bock. Well made and well balanced bock. Easy to drink and looks great in the glass.

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Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very tasty, but not quite what I expect of a Bock.

A: Deep mahogany color. The light tan head is firm and leaves a lot of lace behind.

S: I sensed a subtle dark chocolate aroma mixed in with a toffee, spruce and grass.

T: Dry malt has a charcoal quality to it. Hops come on strong in the middle and linger into the finish. There is a subtle sweetness here that is heavily masked by the beer's bitterness. If I could vote 3.75, I would. But this is still good, so I rounded up.

M: Medium body, but doesn't feel all that substantial. Carbonation level is right.

D: Quite drinkable. The extra bitterness took me back a bit, but I'd revisit this again.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock Beer
12 oz brown bottle
9JW brewed on date on the back label
20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Solid head on top leaving fluffy trails of sticky lace on the glass.

Malty nose with whiffs of chocolate, sugars and coffee notes.

A thick and sticky-sugar flavor with a strong profile of malts. A touch of molasses, caramel and perhaps brown sugar meld together. All of the flavors and a pleasant carbonation level with a nice hop snap on the finish.

As with all other Anchor beers that I've had over the years, you can expect a quality and flavorful brew.

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