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 Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown mahogany color with a bit of ruby highlights and a very thick meringue-like head that rises an inch above the rim of the glass with no spillage. A very lovely looking beer. Nose is chocolaty malt, buttery pecan, and toasted walnuts along with a touch of brown sugar. Malt dominates the taste with a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor. The nuttiness that was in the aroma is much more subdued in the taste, but there are additional fruity notes of fig, dates, and prunes. A drying bitterness comes across in the finish to cleanse the palate before the next sip. Highly enjoyable—I will be buying more very soon.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown with a few slight rubish edges. The head is a slight tan color and stacked up about one and half fingers high. The appearance almost resembles a soda of some sort due to the amount of beading on the inside. A small amount of laceing can also be found.

Smell: The aromas on this is actaully kinda hoppy, but not overly done ..just noticeable. Some woody notes are present along with nuttiness and a subdued but maple-like malt character.

Taste: An ever so slight hop bite with some bark/wood hints. A perfectly roasted malt blend. I'm hinting some cranberry notes with some in and out toasted bread. No real alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth easy to drink. Almost has a dullness on the palate but sweetens up in the finish.

Drinkability: This is not a bock that I can honestly say I enjoyed, but truely it is not bad. I would recommend it for a try, but as for me I probably will not venture this way for a while.


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

Thick 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Reddish brown color. Smells bready and sweet malty. Nice big malt flavor, sweet caramel and a bit toasty. Nice hop bitterness and earthy hop flavor to balance the malt. Medium bodied with med-high carbonation. This beer is very tasty and very drinkable. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of beeragent
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasnt aware that Anchor made a bock, until I spotted at the local Central Market, and had to try it.

A - Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep brown, forming a nice 1/2 inch head, that faded quickly, leaving very little lace.

S - The aroma is a mixture or malts and hops. A very slight roasted smell, accompanied by a sweet floral aroma.

T - The taste is alot of roasted malt, reminding me a little of Sam Adams dark lager, but with a balance of hops, to give it semi-sweet taste. A good balance IMO.

M - The mouthfeel is a little heavy, as compared to other bocks that I have tried, but still smooth.

Overall, I could see drinking a six of this in one night. Alot better than other bocks available in this area, and a great addition to Anchors offerings.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich mahogany color with a creamy tan head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is toasted malty, with caramel, cocoa, and dark fruity smells. Reminds me of a freshly baked bread.

Taste is a toasted caramel malt upfront leading into mild cocoa flavors with a hint of dark fruits. Unlike many bock beers, there is no sweetness - which is a nice change of pace. Finishes dry with a lingering bready taste.

Medium body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation.

Another solid brew from the amazing Anchor brewery. I first had this last year at the brewery tour, and this year's version tastes just as good as I remember.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12oz bottle

Pours and awesome umber brown with mahagoany highlights, this beer supports moderately impressive lacing above an impressive ring and cap of beige froth. Nearly indecernable bubbles of carbonation well up to the top of this brew.

Appetizing aromas of dark caramel, smoke, semi-sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malts tantalize the nose with detectable hints of dark candied fruits and whiffs of alcohol.

Roasted malts, grass and burnt caramel hit the palate with some bitters shining through on the mid palate aplty tied to a smokey, slightly sweet finish. Aftertaste is a bit mouthpuckering with the sweeness abating and bitterness taking over.

This brew offers laudible mouthcoating paired with a moderately long lasting flavorful finish, mouthfeel is good to exceptional though the grip on the finish could be better. A bit of bitterness dominating the more interesting flavors on the finish and aftertaste slow the drinking rate down a bit, I may be able to drink just a few of these at one time.

This is a damn good example of a bock by a great brewery!


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Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown short bottle, twisty, with a cryptic code 07JK translated by the Anchor website to Jan 11th, 2007 (opened Feb 7th, 2007, oh sorry, 7FG). Why, WHY make that so cryptic. You have 4 characters; just give us the month and year. A lot of marketing blurb, but no other useful information (like best by, abv, temp suggestion, etc.)

Aroma: Sweet bread and yeast, with a spicy edge, a bit like celery seed or something like coriander. Caramel and toffee notes as well.

Appearance: Glass is deep brown with excellent clarity when held to the light. I poured a little rough and got a big 2 finger frothy head that has died back to a good cover of dark tan, clinging to the sides with promise of serious lace.

Flavor: Man; that taste! I can’t put my finger on it. It seems hop driven, that celery seed note in the smell. I can’t name it, it’s going to bug me. It’s slightly caramel, and has a light malt extract quality. I guess I’ll go with “toffee”.
Some dark roasted malt flavor as well, but the taste is pretty light and easy. There is almost a papery note as well, which is surprising given the fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light body gives it an almost watery feel, foamy carbonation, clean dry finish.

Overall Impression: Man I just chugged that down! The overall light quality and good taste just inspired large pulls. It has an “old world” quality to it.
Glad to see it’s made it to Texas; I’ll have to grab some more.

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Photo of mjsarch
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a six of this, partially out of shock. I must be out of touch, as I was unaware of Anchor's plans to release a bock beer. Since I picked it up in mid-January, they also have not adhered to the traditional mid-March release for bocks, thus adding to my surprise.

A - Pours with a nice head, but settles fairly soon to a very thin head. Color is clear, dark copper, with very little carbonation,
S - Nothing out of the ordinary to mention. Clean, no defects,
T - Very little malty flavor, and slight bitterness. Reminds me most of a traditional American - style bock, which basically consisted of the standard lager with caramel malt added to the mash,
M - Mid-range, I'd guess a 1.050 original gravity,
D - Not bad, but nothing I'd go out of my way to purchase again. This beer brings to mind a story attributed to Charles Kuralt about the stength of coffee as one travels west in the U.S. Seems the pioneers reused their coffee grounds as they headed westward. Therefore, the strength of the coffee even today seems to dissipate as one travels west through the country. My point being that it appears the bock style here has tranformed accordingly en route westward to San Francisco, taking on some of the west coast philosophies in lieu of the typical German bock profile.

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

A - dark brown/black with crimson highlights, a thin dark tan head that dissipates swiftly, too dark to note any carbonation

S - roasted malts dominate the bouquet, with deep dark fruit tones, like dates and raisins, slight and faint toffee hints as well

T - wow, much more balanced and sweetness that i expect, a great dark malty/molasses flavor with a rich toffee/caramel sweetness to fight out the underlying mellow hoppiness, beneath the whole flavor is a decent and not overdone alcohol kick

M&D - smooth and sweet with well balanced bitterness, an easy down bock and a good example of the style. Anchor upholds their steeped tradition of world class beers, well done Anchor.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Clear, but very dark brown hue with a very thick tan head that lasts a long time. Some lacing along the glass.

The smell is sweet, similar to molasses mixed with a little bit of grain.

Packed full of malty flavor, giving off caramel, coffee, and creamy grain. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation, but still feels somewhat thick. There really isn't much of a hop presence, as the beer almost tastes sugary. The finish is full of sweet grain.

I don't know what to think about this beer. It seems too dark to be a bock, seems more like a dopplebock or something. It's still a delicious beer, no matter what category you put it in.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks more like a stout than a bock. But still maintains. Very deep brown, red hue. Can't see any bubbles, but has a good ring of foam after the pour. Very light and asymetrical lacing. Good, dark looking bock. The aroma makes me think of a true German bock, but with some stronger hop influence. Toatlly awesome and different. I smell malty blankets of yeast and barn yard with a bunch of intermingling bitterness and roasted malts. Great balance. The taste is just as unique. Very malty and roasty, but not high in the fruity malts that I'm used to in most bocks. A little dry roasted mlats with a few hints of dried prunes and apricots. But then some medium bitterness mixes with the fruits and the mlats. Very different. This is an awesome session beer. I wish I didn't have to go to Indy to get this stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on the bottle 6BN

Pours mahogany with 4 fingers+ of sand colored, rocky head. Most of the lacing falls away & a little head retention

S: Choclatey nose with a little licorice & coffee

T: Bakers chocolate, iron, & coffee up front. I also catch a little licorice. Toasted/burnt grains as this warms. Dryness, baker's chocolate, a little medicinal twang & burnt grains, too many things don't belong here

MF: Very chewy for the abv, with low carbonation, best thing about this beer IMO

Drinks alright, just too many non conventional bock flavors in this critter, almost makes think of their holiday ale. If you're not too anal about taste profiles this ain't a bad beer, but I expected a lot more from anchor

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Photo of goochpunch
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a rich looking purplish ruby colored dark brown with a khaki head that clings to the glass. Nose is toasty and of caramelized malts with a healthy amount of herbal hops. Starts off with caramel and a sort of thin malt body which leads into a middle of herbal hops and their bitterness. Finishes a bit too roasty for me and kind of lactic. Dry. Mouthfeel is kind of thin for me. Solid drinkability despite its flaws. I would drink this again, but when faced with the price of a 6 of Anchor beer, I'll stick to Liberty, Steam, or Old Foghorn.

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

12-oz bottle, into a tall glass. Pours a dark but clear mahogany with a lasting, though small, tan head. Nose is solidly malty, but more caramel, somewhat toffee-ish, than a true bock should be. Flavor is better, only lightly caramel, instead sweet, lightly bready malt. Some toasted malt character appears near the end. Bitterness at first is just enough to keep from cloying, though it sneaks up a bit more at the end. Finish is clean. Creamy, moderately full-bodied.

Solid, but nothing wowing.

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Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid is clear; the colour is dark brown-red. The two fingers high head is compact and brown. No lacing.

Fruity sour hops dominate the smell. Coffee, citric, toffee, roasted malt, whipped cream and fruit candy.

The taste is fresh and sour (lemon-lime soda?) with some roasted malt (coffee, cocoa). The body is medium. The aftertaste is sour-bitter with some coffee and fruits.

The carbonation is pretty strong with small bubbles; the liquid is a bit thick.

Despite all the strong flavours, this one was surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark clear ruby/mahogony with a huge tan foamy head. The head looks "Guiness" like with great lacing. The smell is light with dark fruit aromas and coffee. The taste is very stout like with coffee,some chocolate,dark fruit, and bitter hops. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing well makes this a pretty decent beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange-brown color, topped by a small light tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin coating. Aroma of very sweet, lightly roasted malt and some mildly fruity hops. Palate is sweet dark malt up front, calling up notes of dark fruit and a touch of brown sugar. An off flavor of mild diacetyl peeks through now and again, but is not overwhelming. Finish is sweet and bready. Body is a little thin, like a decent bock should be. Not my favorite bock or my favorite Anchor offering, but a decent effort.

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

Picked up a couple of bottles at the beginning of August from Magnum's for $1.69. Bottled on February 6, 2006.

Beer poured very dark with ruby undertones. The head is brown and very sturdy. Nose is primarily sweet malts and perhaps a hint of dark fruit. Taste is very malty, somewhat sweet, with some hints of that dark fruit; finish is with a very dry but light hop. Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow, the beer goes down nice and easy. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a well crafted brew that has a degree of complexity that is very interesting.

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

2nd review on a night thats shaping up to be quite malty.

Pours with a fluffy tan, two finger head that well carbonated. My son says 'your cup is dark, we can't see you', and he's right. Its a dark mahogany brown with tinges of red throughout. Head doesn't last and leaves only a trace of lace.

Smells fruity and a little winey, plus a good nose of caramel malt.

Taste is sweet, with that same dark fruit wine quality, raisins, prunes, red grapes. INot overly complex, but serveral different layers show up as t warms and opens a bit. Slightly bitter and quite drying in the mouth with medium body, a tad thin.

Pretty drinkable, though I'm not sure the flavors suit me well enough to have more than one at a time.

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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for opening the bottle...
Appears a dark brown with some deep crimson notes around the edges. A chunky, tan head slowly fades out into a mild cap and leaves little spots of lacing all around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, roasted nuts, cream, toasty malt, molasses, and a touch of caramel with some notes of gentle astringency.
Taste is of the aromas with a bit of astringency coming through more in the flavor, making for a slight dropoff against the aromas.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, thin along the palate, and astringent.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bottle has a goat on it, as it should. Beer inside is black as hell and foamier than heaven.

Smell: Rich and malty mocha, espresso and faint banana.

Taste: The smells described above are realized on the tongue, with the addition of a pleasantly bitter hop character at the end.

Mouth: Satisfyingly smooth, with a coy acidity.

Drinkability: Won't be the last time this one goes down, for sure. A winner from a pioneer of the microbrew phenomenon we are thankfully privy to.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - Pours a very deep cherry amber with a large four-finger tan, soapy, and hugely rocky and uneven head (especially as it dissipates. It eventually settles at a thin layer of creamy head leaving good lacing all the way down.

Smell - Smells a lot like the stout I had two nights ago. Rich doughy malts right up front, with slight dark fruitiness in the background. A sour/bitter aroma from light hopping. Almost no alcohol aroma.

Taste - Weak flavors up front, with a small malt flavor. Toward the middle the flavors start to increase, but not by leaps and bounds. Some earthiness flashes in the middle. It finishes with a fairly rich doughy malt character with some dark fruit notes again. Also, some alcohol warmnt comes in for the finish as well. Earthiness and a mild caramel maltiness in the aftertaste. Very little hops throughout.

Mouthfeel - Nice mellow carbonation that compliments the beer overall. A clean and somewhat thin mouthfeel, light-bodied.

Drinkability - The flavors are rich toward the finish, but overall this stuff is pretty easy to drink (although it has an interestingly flavorful aftertaste). My sixpack won't last to the weekend!

Not a half-bad boch here. The flavors start out somewhat dissapointing in the beginning of a taste, but toward the middle and finish they come through nicely. A light and refreshing mouthfeel helps this beer as well. Recommended.

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

Body is nearly black but still just light enough to be brown. Nice tan creamy head. No lacing.
Nose is caramel and brown sugar. I taste caramel, red berries and a hint of red licorice in the finish. Nice stuff.
Mouth is lightly carbonated and thick. A nice interpretation of the style indeed.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled multiple times at the brewery during my tour of the place, 12sep2006.

Appearance: Quite dark, turned sanguine red when exposed to the light. Very nice sustained half inch of head.

Smell: Interesting caramel malts, and as hoppy as a Bock can be.

Taste: Plenty of malt body and well dosed carbonation, it does have a bit of a vegetal taste to it, but I didn't really see it as such a bad thing. Kind of like bitter rhubarb, and the malt sweetness tames the harshness of it. But it's the finish that I didn't like, as it was ashy, something I don't like at all, at least not at this level.

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