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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GClarkage on 05-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DubbelTrubbel
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date reads out as 1-5-2011. Bought by a friend recently off the shelf, was not intentionally aged! Served in a narrow stemmed glass.

A- Dark brown, two-finger khaki head

S- Gingerbread cookies, brown sugar, toasted malts

T- Sweet, low bitterness, toasted malts in the taste. Good bock flavor, especially in the aftertaste

M- Very smooth and pleasant, moderate carbonation. A little oiliness. A little thin, though

O- It held up surprisingly well over two years. This beer is most similar to Brekle's Brown, which I do prefer to this one. The smell is the nicest part of it for me. Taste is a little less interesting, but a good beer for the abv.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near opaque black with deep cordovan brown highlights where the beer thins at the edges. Big, pillowy 3 finger cocoa powder colored head. Good retention, leaves strong lacing around the glass.

Smell - Aroma consists of cocoa powder, slight molasses and caramel. Slight lemon notes.

Taste - Starts with mildly bitter cocao nibs, faintly touches on more roasted character, then caramel sweetness before a noticeable mild lemon tartness creeps into the finish and lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body moderate carbonation. Creamy. Goes down with a fair amount of silky smoothness.

Overall - Starts off well enough, but that lemon sourness is a bit funky, and doesn't necessarily mesh with the strong bock character this beer presents. Still I enjoyed it well enough, and the lemon character isn't a complete deal breaker. In my index of future buys, I'd jot this down in the probably category.

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

A: Dark mahogany. Head is lacy, light caramel in color.

S: Caramel and roasted malts.

T: Roasted malts are central, with a subtle bitterness. Not as strong as anticipated.

M: Creamy, lightly carbonated.

O: A very pleasant beer, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from Total Wine $1.79

Appearance was dark brown with a healthy tan head. Nice roasted malt flavor with hints of molasses and caramel. Creamy and thick with light carbonation. Great representation of the style. Sorry I only bought one.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a pilsner glass)

A: gave it a 1"+ head, light coffee color....keeps a solid cap atop, runny drapes of lace here and there....quite dark, reddish-brown, clear liquid

S: brown bread, mostly molasses....hoppy, dried-out chocolate cake...overall weak, but nice

T: molasses (like in a ginger snap), bready, citrusy/flowery hops....roasted barley, grainy/malty, especially in the aftertaste....they got the "bock" flavor down, no doubt - it's good, just lacking some depth...the hops, and their residual, citrusy bitterness, seem like a bit much, obfuscating the malt

M: medium mouthfeel (carbonation)....kind of fans out on the palate....fairly dry

O: gotta say, this was better than I expected....a bit more hoppy-bitter than necessary....I would have one again, on draft....

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance - deep brown opaque with a dark tan head 1 finger of coarse white foam that lingers. Slight lacing and the foam dissipates to form a thin tan cap.

Aroma- Banana!, butterscotch pudding, some roasty almost smokiness. Butter

Taste- buttery roasty and bready like a sqaw or pumpernickle. It comes the closest i think to a buttered dinner roll as i have ever had in a beer. Tony Romas used to serve a darker dinner roll this taste just like it. There is a hint of banana in the front end and a touch of sourdough bread in the finish. hops kind of balance out with a touch of resin and pine.

Mouthfeel- full bodied a bit slick and it sticks to the palate. but dry. Lowish in the carbonation.

Overall- what a surprise i wasn't expecting this from anchorbrewing at all. It makes me look foraward to spring it makes me look forward to my next bottle, and i must say that this is a very unique and distinctly "San Francisco" tasting beer. It could pair well with sea food ( clam chowder For sure ) smoked meats and i could see it going with fruit based desserts for some odd reason.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours super dark brown, with almost 2-fingers of head the color of toast. The head lingers decently, although the lacing is minimal after it fades.

S: A lot going is on in the way of aromas. At first there's burnt sugar and toasted grain. Then I detect cocoa and orange. There's a little cracked pepper and pine sap as well.

T: Definitely weighted toward the malt, sweet and almost creamy at first; then comes the slightly-acrid but rich, grainy flavor of well-toasted bread; then acidic coffee notes, which fade to leave a bitter aftertaste as the hops finally reveal themselves at the end.

M: Adequate carbonation. A little bit chewy, although I'm more struck by the smoothness. Just a touch dry in the finish.

O: Pretty bold for a bock, but I welcome it! Very drinkable, and reasonably priced. It's not going to the top of my all-time favorite list, but I'll definitely pick up a couple more the next time I'm at the store. A solid contender from a good brewery.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The goat on the bottle looks strong and determined, and that sums this beer. It is determined to be a bock beer, and it made its goal. It has a nice strong malty flavor after sipping the slightly disappointing head. Nice nutty aromas permeate the end of the glass and flush up into your nose. The strong flavor permeates your mouth, and you realize it is not exceptional.

This is a very good beer, slightly expensive and honestly for the price there are some better bock beers available. Do not write this beer off your list, also do not write it on your “must have” list. Good and strong contender, but not as good as the goat wants you to think.

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Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - very dark brown with some reddish hues; big, soft, brown head with a thin lacing

S - huge dark fruit, caramel, some roasted malts

T - caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, some roasted malts

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I didn't expect much, but to my delight this was really a good bock. The maltiness was complex and intense. The dark fruit notes are most impressive, but meshes well with the caramel, chocolate, and faint roast. The carbonation was spot on, and the drinkability was smooth throughout. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

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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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Anchor Bock Beer has a thick, beige, creamy head, and a milky, hazy, reddish-brown appearance. Lots of lacing is left behind on the glass. The aroma is of musty sourness and turned fruit (must be an old bottle). Taste is of brown bread, bread crust, turned fruit, oldness, mustiness, chocolate powder, and mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is mostly light and watery, and Anchor Bock Beer finishes semi-dry and easy going. Sadly, this is probably an old bottle, but it’s still a good beer, for the most part.


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Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger of tan head on a deep and dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted malt, milk and chocolate. Very aromatic.
The flavor is just like the smell with the addition of some medium bitterness from the middle to end.
Smooth texture with low carbonation and a heavy body.
Wow, this is a delicious bock.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass date of 2FG. This pours a dark brown with a large tan head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of various malts, toffee and caramel. The feel is medium, high carbonination even after the massive head. The taste is good enough, you get a little bitterness from the hops and roasted malts, plenty of malts and caramel.

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Photo of horshack7
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very dark with one finger of a light beige head.

Aroma: Molasses, caramel malts, roasted chocolate malts, banana, plum.

Taste: A crisp mouthfeel in the front with some bready bite. Molasses, dark fruits, notes of black licorice. Malty sweetness, raisins.

Notes: Rather an interesting bock it's decently drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Almost black with cola brown undertones. A tan one finger head with great retention, leaving bubbles in its wake. Significant lacing.

S: Toasted malts, chocolate, caramel.

T: Follows nose. Smooth, rich, sweet, robust. A slightly smoky finish.

M: Medium, creamy. Good carbonation.

O: A well balanced bock. Would drink again. Great with cheddar.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a ruddy brown color with a finger of off white foam. Aroma is heavy on crystal malt/caramel, and a twinge of buttery aroma.

First sip is quite malty with a hint of a earthy hoppiness. It reasonably flavorful, but I'm not picking up much that truly excites my taste buds. It's basically a straighforward, malty, sweet beer.

No real complaints here, just nothing to get overly excited about. A solid beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a dark, deep, ruby-brown coloring with a tall, foamy, thin bodied head that starts around a solid inch and settles into a lasting quarter of an inch. Decent cling left behind as the head settles, too. Aromas of old world fruit sweetness, including dates, raisins, plum, and fig, on a bready, "thick" presence in the backbone. Flavors of rich, sweet character all over the tongue on a slightly watery, thin body. Roasty notes along all of the dark, earthy, and sweet flavors. This one is rich. Plum and fig again are present, with a touch of molasses bringing a dark and sugary touch to the sweetness. Very powerful on the sweet senses of the palate, and the body and backbone is unable to balance it out. Darkly sweet aftertaste, with a slick, lingering, cloying finish. This one has an overbearing flavor profile that makes it tough to drink en masse.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a medium dark brown with smidges of off white foam. All malty smell, sweet caramel. Malty taste with a background hop that pokes out slightly. Very sweet. Lighter carbonation. Pretty good for a bock, but rather unremarkable amongst the other styles. Not a huge bock fan admittedly.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark clear cedar, two fingers of tan head retained well and left consisted lacing as it receded
S - caramel and burnt sugar, some piney hop notes
T - a mix of woody and molasses malt flavours, some cherry and licorice, followed by a piney hops, not bad but the flavours seem at odds and not well blended
M - heavyish body with a sticky start, finishes bitter with a sweetness that sticks to the back of the teeth
O - this was promising out of the gate but became a little too unbalanced and unfocussed, it has some of the halmarks of a bock but for some reason it just doesn't come together enough, a rare average result from Anchor

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Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Wonderful uniform pinhead toffee colored head, whipped up like cream and very deep. Body color is a luscious dark dark brown red hued at the bottom. Looks very inviting.

Nose brings an inviting mix of dry clove and hop pine strangely. Even some smoke and faint toffee. Almost a woody burnt tree bark ash. Different, but I enjoy it.

Taste is quite weak. A muted and very tobacco almost cigarette ashen malt taste. Finishes with an interesting hop angle, but also quite dry. Malt density seems to be missing on this, but seems to almost be a different take on the style.

OVerall don't mind it, but probably not what I look for in this style.

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Photo of estlinska
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a stemmed glass. The color is quite dark, like roasted chestnuts, but it still lets a good bit of light through. Head is sort of sudsy with large and tiny bubbles that dissipate quickly and leave little to no discernable lacing. I took a strong whiff of this and got almost nothing out of it at first; it was served maybe a tad cold, but even with it warming, the smells were tough to pull out of this brew. I was able to get some caramel sugar and baked bread with some orange rind hops in the mix. The taste was quite malt forward; reminded me of slightly charred bread and almost no caramel sweetness. There was a bigger than expected hop profile as well; lots of citrus with a long, dry, bitter finish that lingers and lingers. Mouthfeel was clean, dry, and a little watery. Overall, I think the hops were maybe a little too big and took out the malt backbone. Not a bad beer, but just not something I would choose often.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 30/6/12

A dark brown until held to the light where it has a reddish glow. dark tan head quickly falls to a thin film leaving some random lace

S dark nutty chocolate, molasses, a little licorice and some rum raisin, smells very strong too I can smell my glass sitting on the table

T more nutty with a little cola compared to the smell, not as strong as the nose but still solid

M medium full with a great creamy feel from the bubbles, strong aftertaste of hazelnut and dark toffee, just a little sticky on the lips, no complaints here

O I could drink a few of these with no issues, pretty solid Bock from an unlikely source

not sure why I didn't expect much from Anchors Bock as I like pretty much everything I've had from them. worth a try for sure, yet another welcome addition to Alberta

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single purchased from Whole Foods, Soma, San Francisco.

Delicious-looking thick body, a warm rich red-brown colour, with a solid head of yellowish foaming bubbled, that settles to a decent film. Lacing is sheeting and full. Looks really great.

Nose is also very tasty. Lovely deep malt sweetness, with a touch of dried, candied fruit giving some brightness to the aroma. There's a bit of astringency to it as well that doesn't work so well, but it's almost (almost) a leafy fragrance rather than a biting chemical note—it's somewhat reminiscent of German hops. Maybe it's forgivable.

Taste is also extremely solid. Body is clean and light and suitable, leading with a clean grain character that morphs into a pleasant roasted malt on the back, lending bitterness, but staying clean and direct. It's bold, but refreshingly refreshing for a dark beer, if you'll forgive the expression.

It's stylistically good, while being perfectly appropriate for the surroundings. Great stuff, Anchor.

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

Appearance - Dark mahogany with fluffy khaki head

Smell - chocolate, licorice, oats, malts, cola

Taste - chocolate, whole grain bread, oats, toffee, roasted malts

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, on the lighter end of medium bodied, some sweetness to this, a bit of bitterness to balance things out, flavors linger a bit after the initial swallow, which tells you that this was well made

Overall - good, solid bock that is worth a shot if you like the style. Would work great for a chilly night

Price Point - $1.50/12oz single

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