Anchor Bock Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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84
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991 Ratings
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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:
991
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogony colour with mocha head, lots of lace. Molasses and chocolate malt aroma. Creamy and tongue tingle. Molasses and roast coffee aftertaste with coffee oil slickness. Bittersweet. Medium-full mouthfeel. It all works together, and would have again.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/10/13.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is very earthy with roasted malt, spice, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that reminds me a lot of the Our Special Ale series, just without so much of the holiday spice flavor.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

im not a huge bock guy, and for me, this is as good a a bick can be. pours the most sensationalm dark cherrywood color with a goldenrod hued head all foamy and tall. sticks around too above the ruby glow. smells like a malt bomb, but appropriate for spring. flavor is bitter and mildly alcoholic, behind a nice camamel/amber malt backbone. it the bitterness hops at the end or just dank old malt, hard to tell. funky almost, old world, british, and thick. mouthfeel is excellent, full bodied but not filling, creamy, and as carbonated as it need to be. great great bock. i would buy this one again for sure. damn

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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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the bock, The pour was really nice, the beer was a mahogany color with a tan colored head on it that lasted for the entire duration of having it. The lacing was nice too. The smell was a little bit of an odd one. It was big on malts and some hops but also had some strange little sour aroma going on too. The taste was full of grains. malts and some really nice hops that dry your mouth out after each sip. Quite a nice brew here.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is translucent but very dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a creamy tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is rather complex has moderately strong aromas of caramel, raisins, toasted malts and toffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has an excellent balance of flavors between hints of malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is quite drinkable and isn't as filling as other types of beers in the style.

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

This beer exhibits much of what I like about Anchor's beers. They are always very flavorful and extremely clean. A lot to brag about, and very drinkable. Looks very clear with a tan, loosely knit head retention. A strong toasty malt character shows boldly in the nose and flavors. Hop aromas shadow the malts closely and nearly compete with the grains. Simple, without a lot of muddled flavors; roasted coffee and chocolate with a whisp of a finish. Hop flavor takes on grassy and pine notes and ride well into the finish. The body is lighter than the flavors would make you think, but again, this leads to good drikability. The hops kick the beer out of syle a bit, but then that would not be the Anchor Steam way; but adds to the crispness of the brew. The grains, however, do take on chalky and astringent proportions late, but does little to interfere with the favorable qualities of the beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - let there be Spring!

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, somewhat creamy, beige head, which leaves some intricate Runic-esque lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of musty caramel/toffee malt, raisins, and other juicy, concentrated dark fruit, molasses, a bit of coffee grounds, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is black fruit, tart and sour at once, over a bready, grainy caramel malt, some loitering molasses stickiness, a mild mocha roastiness, a small flinty, metallic edge, and soft, grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and airily creamy, which goes a long way towards the genial smoothness of it all. It finishes off-dry, the malt complexity hard to show up, though the hop remnants and fruit notes cannot be faulted for trying.

A quite tasty bock beer, seasonally perfect, and just plain enjoyable, uber alles.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its reputation. I generally find bocks underwhelming.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of decent cream, nice thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is an extremely dark caramel-ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Dark malts. Notable caramelization. Hints of vanilla. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, with some stale cream. Hints of vanilla but none really manifest in a strong sense. Bland hops throw off the balance a bit. No yeast comes through. The malts are certainly dominant, and somewhat layered. It's balanced alright. Not very complex and certainly not subtle. A bit boring. I'm underwhelmed.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. A bit too thick. The carbonation is adequate but not perfect.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Decent for the style. I wouldn't get it again. Boring and a bit bland. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

C

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a prune juice color with crimson highlights and a sturdy tan head that lays a few shards on the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Dark fruit and caramel

Taste: Opens with a dark fruit aspect that is filled with prune and burnt sugar caramel; by mid-palate, a leafy hop flavor starts to balance out the sweeter elements; after the swallow, the bitter flavors continue to step to the fore, leaving the sweeter aspects behind to a whisper of their initial flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very surprising for a bock and once I realized this wasn't going in the traditional direction, I rather enjoyed the places the beer took me

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color bock with a rather large off-white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of rich and sweet malt is domination and quite pleasant if maybe a bit strong for the style. Taste is also dominated by rich and sweeter then expected malt. Body is full with some adequate carbonation. Interesting take on the style but a bit too sweet for the style IMHO.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark, dark brown color with a two-finger, head of of light brown foam. The creamy head left sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet malt, caramel and plum.

T - Good sweet bready malt with some caramel notes. There was a plum-like fruitiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied bock with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a nice bock beer. I'm glad I finally got around to buy this.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DrBier
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 1/18/2012. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of light chocolate, biscuit, toasted malt, apricot, fig, raisin, caramel, molasses, and herbal hops. Nice aromas, with a good amount of balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, raisin, fig, prune, molasses, toasted malt, and herbal hops. Nice balance of flavors with a decent amount of robustness; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slight creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present at all on the finish. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable bock. Nice toasted flavors with good balance, and very smooth to drink. A nice session beer candidate.

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby brown. Nice and clear. Develops a large tan head with good density and retention.

S - Rich aroma of malt, alcohol, and fruit. Maby some rasins.

T - Malty caramel flavors. Notes of dark fruit, rasins, dates. No real hop flavors, but a nice bitterness in the finish with lingering dark sugary notes and a distinct dark chocolate flavor that lasts longer than any of the other flavors.

M - Thick and smooth but it doesn't coat the mouth in an unplesant way.

D - Overall very plesant and quite drinkable for a richly flavored beer.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 991 ratings.
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