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 baiser
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark coke colour, with a creamy tan head. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and body is light. Very nice bock. Sweet, caramel, coffee, roasted flavours. A good amount of firm hoppy bitterness. Very drinkable. Overall a great beer to quaff. Just the right amount of alcohol. Wonderful bock imo.

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Photo of Onslow
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

overall impression is lacking, but dig abit deeper and it shows sum promise...pours a dark ruby brown...low head..some promising lacing...smell is actually quite fine...taste is damn muddled, no balance..aftertaste for a bock is frightening...needs more taste, more sweetness, maybe even more hops..but it REALLY needs more alcohol too... a good beer but overall abit disappointing!

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Photo of Redwood21
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amazing, imo. Almost a 5 here. the head is so ceamy and lasts the entire beer with lacing and all of that. color is tan. the beer color is a dark brown(i think) with what i think is a strong red tint to it as well

S: Nice smoke and malt aromas, forbodes a delicious beer which it is

T: very very good, with a deep rich taste, creamy with some malt and i want to say a smoke liek sensation, but nothing liek a smoke beer. has a lil bitterness, that balances the malt flavor.

M/D: great beer, almost pumped up the score some more butdecided to be a little conservative. the mouthfeel is a strong medium with some delicious creamy goodness. a beer i must revisit.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock pours a deep dark brown almost black body yet clear and ruby when when held up to the light. The aromas are apple, chocolate, malty and sweet. The flavors match well with some caramel and dark chocolate with a noticable hop flavor in the finish and the clean character of a lager. It has a chewy mouthfeel that is solid. Overall, a tasty tasty beer.

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Photo of BWH999
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of gkunkle
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent brown color with a fluffy off white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a little lacing. Smell is of roasted malt, slightly sweet. Taste is roasty and malty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with average carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but i'd say I liked this just as much as shiner bock.

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Photo of gefinley
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sacfly
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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 depechemode1983
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany color with a rocky brown head. There is medium head retention and the lacing is kind of lacking. Smells sweet and toasty with earthy/caramel notes in the middle. There a small amount of hops present in the finish of the nose. All in all pretty well rounded. Taste is malty with medium sweetness. I taste mostly sweet caramel notes with a bit of coffee and then there is a hops finish to it. It is light bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. Not very drinkable. I could knock back a couple of these at most. Seems a little too bland.

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Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Very dark with minimal head. Sweet, yet malty smell with a taste to match. Definitely can taste the hops, but overall very balanced, smooth and tasty. I will have to try a different bock to compare as I have been on a IIPA & bareleywine kick lately.

Very drinkable and a nice way to start the evening. A perfect beer for early spring in New England. Definitely worth picking up again.

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

A: Poured a dark mahogany/crimson color with a large, thick caramel-mocha head that slowly settles to a solid tan cap. Thick, sticky rings of lace line the glass all the way down. A stunning appearance.

S: Prominent brown sugar, molasses, and caramel aromas give way to some dark fruit and faint chocolate malt aromas. A solid nose on this beer.

T&M: The taste is much subdued from the nose, thankfully, because that much sweetness would've been overpowering in a bock. Caramel malt sweetness is subtly balanced by mild bittering hops before giving way to a lightly roasted chocolate malt finish with some lingering malty sweetness. All in all, the flavors are balanced appropriately without taking away the beer's distinctive character. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and body somewhat light, but that's on par with the style. Still, a slightly fuller body would aid development and enjoyment of the robust malt flavors contained in the beer.

D: While it is light bodied, the beer sits a little heavier in the stomach than I would've expected. Also, the sweetness could get a bit cloying after 3 or 4--not a session beer. Nevertheless, the flavor is balanced enough to where, for a bock, this is an excellent choice.

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Photo of pjbfromkc
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of chickenflea
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Coffee colored with pillowy tan persistent head. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma of tabacco, dried apricot, coffee and raisin.

Taste is earthy and smoky with a hint of grassy sourness. Mellows into coffee grounds and a small amount of hoppy finish.

Medium texture.

I was disappointed with this beer. The taste did not match the promising aroma. But I am not very experienced with this style. I would try it again in a year and see if my thoughts about it change.

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Photo of Amerikon
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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

Pours coffee brown, with a finger's worth of head to begin, but it quickly receded back to just a tan bubble-pocked film.

Malty AND hoppy in a very good way. The malts definitely take the fore with a sweetness like warm brown sugar. But the hops are underlying and provide a great balance to the nose. Reminds me a lot of this year's Christmas, with a piney and mildly spicy addition.

Well, that's odd for a bock - again, very similar to the Christmas. Though that was more hoppy, this has more of the deep malty sweetness, choosing to wrap itself around the tongue, rather than alighting atop it. But that hoppy spiciness and bit of pine are still there, asking that you remember it from a few months before. I'm also picking up some light coffee, and even raisins.

Medium carbonation, which matches the beer pretty well, sparking the malty hops combination to life. Not too dry nor too sweet.

Definitely a tasty beer, but throughout, it continues to remind me of the aforementioned seasonal. That makes any chance at being a unique offering quite a stretch. Enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of koes0024
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of smithmd4
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of 2neardead
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of juju7
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is quite a nice beer but it suffers from the American disease of using hops to try and appeal to the beer geek masses. As far as bocks go, I have never come across such an aromatic hop driven bock...while this makes for a decently tasting beer it makes for a basically average and untrue to form bock. Nothing even remotely German about this beer. Still, not unpleasant so thanks anyway.

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Photo of glinnebur
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mobyfann
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.89 for a single at The Party Source...

The beer pours a clear chocolate colored base with a medium sized caramel colored head, good thin layer of head retention and nice lacing on the glass. Fairly strong aromas of doughy malt, sweet caramel.

Low carbonation, moderately heavy tastes just like it smells. Incredibly smooth in the mouth, almost feels like a jacked up Irish Dry Stout. Not an ideal session beer, but definitely one that goes into the rotation.

Final Thought: A real nice example of a bock beer, deserves to be set as the model beer for its style!

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Photo of ejw127
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of pheelingIt
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Robloc303
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of phishgator
4.92/5  rDev +34.8%
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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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 992 ratings
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