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 jjanega08
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice dark brown with some extremely dark red highlights and a beautiful two finger beige head that's thick and creamy with great retention and lacing.
S= lots of grainy malt odor to it. Maybe even some hops a little chocolate deeper. Smells very sweet.
T= very nice bock. Lot of coffee flavor in it without being too stout like. Smooth sweet malts and even some of those hops I mentioned. A wheaty sort of finish to it.
M= smooth. A little dry. Covers the mouth well and lasts a decent amount of time.
D= great. Maybe one of the best bocks I've had to date. Quite impressive.

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Photo of marc956
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I prefer Anchor's regular 'steam' beer, but this is a good one as well. Although not nearly as strong (ABV) as European bock but more so than Shiner, it goes well with most kinds of food. Worth trying if you can get it because it can be hard to find.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky brown w/ one-finger tan head that dies slowly and left lace patches. A strong malt smell of caramel, toffee, cocoa, roasted and bread. A sweet tasting beer that is thick and a littly syrupy as there are all kinds of malts in here. Caramel, bitter chocolate, maple syrup, molasses that combine with some roasted and/or coffee notes to give it a balanced dryness and some depth. Hops are minimal though make a slight appearance on the edges, but this is really like drinking nothing but malt. Good beer to try.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock pours a dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a bit of toffee and quite a bit of hops in the aroma, more than I would have expected. More hops up front in the flavor than I would have expected, but this fades quickly into malt. Toffee and caramel flavors are dominant, but there is a touch of roast toward the very end. Overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says:8DR. I believe that means this was bottle on the 18th day of December, 2008.

Clear dark mahogany. Thin beige head. Bubbly collar. Lacing is light.I really like this nose. It's a mix of molasses, fudge, caramel, licorice and yeasty breadiness. It's like a "dubbel/bock" hybrid. Flavor starts with the molasses/fudge combination. Anise oil dries it out a little. This is really a uniquely flavored bock. Now I'm thinking "Bock/dubbel/imperial stout" hybrid. There's some dry cedar and white birch coming through lightly. Caramel and bready malts. Medium full body. If you gave this beer to me blind, I'd probably guess it to be a dubbel. It's a good beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a nice foamy-like head that lasted pretty long. Poured on the thin side.

Smell was decent but not exceptional. Dark roasted malt, a little dark fruit scent, and perhaps a little blackstrap molasses.

Flavors were much more muted than I expected, but it aided in the overall enjoyment of the beer. That's an odd statement, but it actually made it more drinkable by not being super strong. There was some dark roasted malt, some brown bread sweetness with dryness, a little molasses edge, and some very very subdued bitterness. Finishes clean. Understated, but it worked.

Mouthfeel was surprising - a little thinner than I expected.

This one went down in a hurry. Probably not the truest representation, but pretty decent anyway. Worth a try.

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Photo of thryn
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark rubyish brown beer that lets some light through. Very creamy, cappucino-colored head leaves some nice lace behind.

The nose is extremely malty, with a decidedly caramel aspect.

The flavor's a lot more interesting. All that caramel, a bit of roastiness that I quite like, some tempered dark fruit character. Hops are not prominent but provide a bittering finish, and the alcohol is slightly detectable. I tend not to be wild about bocks and really like this one, which is probably a good sign that it's not true to style, but what the hell.

Body is medium, carbonation mild to moderate.

Great beer for a cool spring night. Too bad we're already out of those in Florida.

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Photo of buyaa
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Perfect creamy tan 2 finger head with a deep red/brown color depending on the light. About a 1 cm head stays with the glass and stick to the side of the glass

S: slightly roasted coffee smell with hints of alcohol but not strong. An overall molasses sweetness.

T: Nicely roasted malt beginning with an more mellow malty earthy spice, followed quickly by a sweetness with a very discrete hop finish. As you drink it the roasted malt stays with you.

M: very creamy rich feel. Not very carbonated but it works well for this beer.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
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 chinabeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with batch number of 9JW

very dark reddish brown, very dark but transparent amber under the light. lots of light tan head, slowly recedes to thin but consistent layer. great lacing.

aroma: dark caramel and hint of fruity (raisin) esters, into a phenolic note, with background of grassy hop. whiff of coffee.

taste: dark caramel, but slightly watered down. touch of esters. very grassy hop, almost resinous, with mild to moderate bitterness, combining with light acidity and faint phenols. another faint coffee reminiscence in the finish.

medium, almost lightly syrupy body. acidic texture in the finish. lightly prickly carbonation is mild to moderate overall and gives fluffiness.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

A - Very dark chocolate brown. Woody colored. Inviting. @.5 inch head that sticks for a long time.

S - Chocolate definately presnt even before putting my nose close. Extreme sweetness of malts, roasted malts and some nuttynes. Also a little bit of oak to the nose. Some alcohol in the nose but not in a bad way. Caramel as well. Almost no hop character.

T - Very smokey and roasted malt sweetness with some hints of chocolate and some coffee. Very creamy and smooth. Almost no hop character to it. Some nutty hints and earhty tones a faint hint of hops at the end. I mean faint.

M - smooth, rich, creamy very appealing. Like a dessert.

D - very appealing great beer. Not intended for multiple P's or Q's. But incredibly good.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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 biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A - Pours deep brown with reddish highlights. Tan head falls to skim. Some lacing.
S - Sweet malts, molasses a touch of fruit.
T - Rich roasted malt, cocoa. Dry finish from the hops.
M/F - Medium body and quite highly carbonated.
D - I enjoyed this brew. It had some complexity yet was easily drinkable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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 BenSelf
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours with a thick, tawny head that dissipates slowy. The color is a rich mahogany. The aroma is malt, toffee, and a little hoppy brightness. The flavor is very inviting with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and hops. The mouthfeel is very pleasant, maybe even silky. It almost feels like I'm drinking a milk stout. I will definitely be picking up another 6-pack the next time I'm out. And it's refreshing, to boot.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a deep mahogany color with a one inch light tan colored head that rises over the rim of the glass. Nice lacing throughout.

Aroma is mild but there's some caramel and toffee, slight hops.

Taste has caramel up front with a bit of chocolate roast bitterness coming in towards the middle. Hops also come in, slightly herbal with a slight diacetyl as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite crisp, and smooth.

Pretty good Bock actually. The slight diacetyl slightly puts me off but it's solid overall especially considering there aren't that many good versions in the USA.

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Photo of jsh420
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown almost back with 3 finger tan head. smells a sweet bready malts with a little fruit. taste is much like it smells with a nice bitter chocolate after taste. mouthfeel is very light and thin with a little carbonation and tingles the tongue. overall this is one of the better anchor beers butnot something i will be purchasing again.

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Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, picked up at Premier Gourmet.

Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown, very nice colour, thick tan head forms, very compact, slowly settles down to a thin layer, good ring, few lace spots stick, looks real nice. Smell is sweet, very malty, some caramel, brown sugar, raisins, very fruity, strawberries and cherries, biscuity, very nice maltiness, very rich, touch of chocolate and roast, complex stuff. Taste is similar, very sweet at first, brown sugar and caramel, cherries, very fruity, some raisins, very rich malts, lots of toast and biscuit, sweet and first but finishes dryer, real nice low ABV bock. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable stuff. I dig this one!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that possesses very good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and fruity, with some caramel along with some hops as well.

T- The taste like the aroma starts off with some malt and caramel and some hints of chocolate. Finishes dry with a touch of hops. Very nice.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another solid beer from Anchor that is definitely worth checking out. Recommended!

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark opaque brown with a big three-finger tan head. The smell is mostly malt with some caramel and hops. The taste starts off with some toasted bready malt that gives way to some dried fruit with some coffee bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick with some mild carbonation. This is a tasty beer and always worth grabbing, but it sits a little heavy for having more than a couple at a time.

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Photo of Shaw
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown in color: just a bit of light passes through. The large head is light brown. Very nice.

Its aroma is of malt, bread and caramel.

The taste is nicely malty, with a bit of a tannin twang. Notes of toasted and roasted malt also mix, but the flavors are not overpowering. This is no extreme beer, after all. Bitterness is there just to add balance. It's robust, just as the BA notes describe the style.

The body is light, but far from watery. There is a nice slickness and depth to this beer, but also a lightness not found in -- say -- a brown ale.

As someone who normally drinks hoppy beers, it was nice to have a beer on the maltier side of the spectrum.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a clear brown with a one finger head. Pretty good, I usually expect less head from a bock.

Aroma was rich and malty, with some hop spiciness. It was almost a little peppery as well. This is a bock? Surprise, surprise.

Taste started out slightly bitter. Then a rich maltiness filled my mouth, with a little bit of roasted character sneaking in. Wow. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel was full bodied but not overly heavy, a little chewy, and somewhat smooth.

Drinkability gets very good marks here. I liked this one a LOT. One of the best bocks I've had to date.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It just seems like Anchor beers give me that warm fuzzy feeling, and here is another example.

Pouring this into my tulip and shaker glasses produced a frothy, tan head floating on a dark brown brew. Not much in the smell department, but the taste is has great roasted malt with coffee notes, and I really couldn't detect any hops. Maybe a slight grassy bitterness if a concerntrated real head. Really enjoyed the fresh and clean taste of this one. Mouth feel a little creamy. Very drinkable with all that roasted bitterness in there, but no bad after taste. Excellent session beer.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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