Anchor Bock Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Bock Beer
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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 bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with foamy cream-colored head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Cherry, caramel, bread, some metal and spicy hops.

Taste: Caramel, cocoa, bread, and fruity malts with a nice juxtaposition of spicy and metallic hop bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, clean lager finish that is somewhat dry.

Drinkability: Very nice Bock overall, with a rich malt flavor and nice hop bite. Another winner from Anchor.

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Photo of bruachan
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is the first time i've seen this particular brew. adventure!

very nice mahogany color with good frothy up top (nice lacing, too). the head releases big munich malt aromas and chestnuts. some hop

it's actually a rather hoppy beer (flavor and bitterness) once you get past the sniffing part. rich though hardly full-bodied. nutty, bready; no sign of fruit. the prickly hops really contrast well with the soft, rich maltiness

nice beer, dammit. US brewers don't seem to go for the bocks these days, preferring something they can slap "-ator" on the end of

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

Appearance: Very dark to the point of being black, with a big creamy brown head, which shows heavy lacing on the glass, and a moderate level of carbonation. 4

Aroma: Lots of rich chocolates and caramel in the aroma with a hint of sweet toffee. 4

Taste: Dark sweet malts upfront, with bucket loads of chocolate, fudge, toffee, get the idea. The chocolate flavours turn bitter towards the end and finish with a slightly liquorish touch. 4

Mouthfeel: Medium in the body, with a thick smooth texture and a subtly light carbonation. 4

Drinkability: I could happily drink this all night long, one of the best beers I have had from Anchor, and being a massive fan of the brewery that is saying a lot. Huge full flavours and an immensely moreish quality. 4

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear dark reddish brown with a big creamy rich tan head. foam forms a nice skin on tops as it sets, perhaps due to the addition of wheat. also becomes pock-marked, looking similar to other hoppier styles. the head has astounding holding power again probably thanks to the wheat malt, and the sticky drippy lace is exceptional as well, making my glass look like jaguar fur. rock on.

S- metallic notes of chocolate and weak coffee, stone, earth, copper, wood, vanilla, toffee, and tomato sauce. brown sugar, cassia, sandalwood, caramel, and raisin lurk in the background.

T- zesty and chocolatey and much hoppier than i would have expected. mild cocoa and coffee taste is up front with woodsy vanilla and toffee kinda weaving in and out. floral almost lemony hops keep any sweetness in check. the intensity of the hops fades half way through leaving a clean light bitterness in the finish as roasted and cocoa flavors diminish into an almost herbal leather coffee aftertaste.

MF- i was hoping this beer wouldn't be too rich and heavy and i'm not disappointed. hovering somewhere around medium bodied, subtle grainy feeling is met by lively medium carbonation. coating and somewhat sticky, but cool and very crisp.

D- thirst quenching and refreshing, and once more, i think that wheat plays a major part in some of my favorite aspects of this beer. modest abv makes it ridiculously drinkable. a rare find in these parts, and just as good as anchor's other offerings.

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Photo of argock
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No decipherable freshness date. Single purchased at Stein's Deli (New Orleans, LA) for $1.89. Review from notes.

A: Dusky brown with short foamy light tan head with average retention and strings of lace.

S: Huge dark malt and fruity aromas with a nutty, woody, earthy overall impression

T: Wet cardboard and more substantial alcohol versus fruity malt presence with big leathery dark malt contribution and soft herbal hops

M: Medium body with even carbonation and substantial caramel malt aftertaste.

D: Easy to drink and a stand-up version of a bock with big time dark malt and nutty, earthy character.

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Photo of Byeast
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep brownish red, head is a frothy tan cream and about a half inch.

Smell: chocolate muffin and some toffee, mild yet very welcoming.

Taste: toasted malt flavors, a mild sweetness of toffee, some grainy brown bready quality, lots of good roasty malt flavor while remaining mild and soft and lagery, reminds me of a chocolate muffin thats not overly chocolatey. Some balancing bitterness on the back end, some Barqs root beer flavor, and a bit of fermented twang from the wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: smooth and soft, finish is mildly dry and leaves me wanting another mouthfull.

Drinkability/Notes: A great Bock. Lots of malt yet mild. Super drinkabilty for sure, i would love to drink these with friends all night long on a cool spring evening. Exactly what i would expect from Anchor Brewing- awesome beer.

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Photo of bret27
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Jet black though not viscous. You can see through it, good creamy head but fades to nothing in less than a minute.

Smell: Chocolate, lots of malt, good!

Taste: Also some coffee in there along w/the above smells. No hops bitterness, but this strange end of taste stinging. It's not hop bitterness and not alcohol. This stings on the sides of the tongue not the throat, and it's only 5.5% etoh.

Mouthfeel: ok but not that thick.

Overall: I love anchor but the rating I gave this particular bottle was a little generous because of this. I can respect trying to do a good heavy bock, but this one failed for me. This sting at the end, and a soy sauce aftertaste makes me think either its infected, gone bad, or a strange mix of ingredients.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle bought from Hi-Spirits, Knaresborough...

Poured a rich deep burgundy red colour. Mocha head poured big thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping then faded to nice thickish coating... light carbonation drifts to the surface... some good rings of lacing...

Aroma - Toasted chocolatey maltiness, dark dried fruits (raisins, figs, prunes), light smokiness, quite earthy, some mustiness, pine, molasses, brown sugar, some light citric hops, nut brittle, metallic tinge..

Taste - Pretty much as above.. milk chocolate and caramel, light toasted bread, brown sugar, slighty metallic, some grassy and piney hops, dark fruits, biscuity, light coffee, burnt butter, faint smokiness..

Feel - Smooth and creamy with just a slight sharpness underneath... medium bodied... fairly quaffable although might become a little sickly after a while...

Overall - A pretty good example of a bock.. well worth a try..

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Photo of WalrusJockey
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- very dark. Near black. Huge tan head, massive one.

S- sugary sweet malt. not a lot going on here.

T- light, sweet malt, with some hints of sugar and spice, but not a whole lot of action. This beer might be a bit too cold. As it warms the flavors broaden slightly, mostly all roast and sweet malt, almost a sweet cola flavor. This beer also might be too old, but I thought bock beers aged pretty well...

M- decent for the style. Body is lighter than I would prefer.

D- decent, not amazing.

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

appearance - Dark brownish with a nice tan head and some lace left on the glass.

smell - Sweet smells of dark fruit.

taste - Dark fruit, caramel. Nice balance, of sweetness and ending with some bitterness.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Interesting taste on this one. Only 5.5% might of been what threw me off, most of them are higher. Worth a try though.

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

A: I love how this beer look. A solid brown, yet still clear from lagering. There is a gorgeous off-white, creamy head that sticks around for a long time lacing down the entire glass

S: Melanoidin rich with biscuit and toasty notes. this one is all malt as there is no hop aroma at all

T: tastes more complex than it smells. I get great flavors of toast and burnt biscuit (however the burnt is very subdued, by no means is there roasted character). There is also the very subtle hint of caramel in the background. No hop flavor and just enough bitterness to support the malt. Well Done!

M: medium body with a smooth and sweet finish. there are some residual sugars present but this beer is definitely not cloying.

D: The sweetness causes me to think I couldn't sit down and drink six of these but it is worth grabbing another. Not a session beer but still very drinkable.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A> looks like a nice brown ale, but lively with a big creamy head.

Smell> Chocolate and burnt toast. I dig.

Taste>Pretty good. Started out a bit too bitter for my liking on a Bock, but it mellowed out and had good balance in the end.

Mouthfeel> not bad.

Drinkability> ja.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark body with a thick off-white head.

Nose was rich chocolate and dark malt smell. I kept wanting to smell something else, but lots of milk chocolate and fresh dark cut malt. Very nice.

Taste was along the same lines. Medium bodied with a big carbonation. Immediate dark, and yet very fruity, dark malts, chocolate, dark breads, mild coffee, some very earthy root beer like flavors. There's a definite mild bitterness to it, but it's hard to tell if it's more of a roasted malt bitter vs a hop bitterness. Ends with a nice lingering earthy, very mild bitter chocolate flavor.

Maybe not a completely traditional German Bock, but damn good none the less. Maybe better. It doesn't have that dull muted quality so many German Bocks have, it's almost more Dunkel-ish, yet still retains that big Bock/bordering on Porter without the hops, sort of taste. Damn good beer.

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Photo of Shango42
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle poured into mug

A-Thick, tan head, good retention, very little lacing

S-Sweet chocolate, raisins, dark fruit, cocoa.

T-Big chocolate-coffee malt. Good robust flavors. Sweet raisins with some faint smoke. A touch of hops but the malt fights it back. Chocolate finishes and stays on the tongue for a long while.

M-Sweet, thick, like a good bock.

D-Very tasty, though a couple would be enough.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark coffee brown with some ruby highlights when held to light; body is semi-opaque due to the darkness; there is a short one finger head that is a creamy tan color and looks more like something that I would find on a milkshake; as the head dwindles, it leaves a pretty thick layer of lacing to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Deep toasty/bready/oaty malt and some hints of burnt sugar and malt as well; nose is pretty strong.

Taste: Much like the smell, it is definitely toasty and bready, and the oaty presence is unique and reminds me of a healthy-style cereal; there is a very slight grassy hop presence way in the back and it gives just a hint of bitterness to balance the wonderful maltiness and all of its aspects; hints of light chocolate and lightly roasted coffee as well as it sits a bit.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy and smooth overall, the body is a tad watery, but I find that this isn't necessarily indicative of a poor beer with a straight up bock, if it was a doppel, it might be different, but the body is solid; there is a slight stickiness left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: I could probably sip on these all night - the flavors are pretty robust and taste great; the ABV is pretty small overall; the body is smooth and not too heavy... A fine beer.

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

Notes are from Frankie's in Toledo. Interestingly, they have dozens of beers and this is the only one worth drinking.

This is a dark brown color with a tannish-brown head that has decent retention and leaves a little lacing behind.
The smell is sweet malts with a chalky / earthy undertone. A little light, actually.
The taste follows suit. There's a little more sweetness underneath as some ripe fruits come out. There's a fair hops balance as well. Overall, the flavor is simple but pure.
The mouthfeel is more smooth than crisp, though a little crispness is there. Carbonation is light but adds a little.
This one's solid but a little underwhelming given all the love it has.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a nice 1 inch toffee colored head. Head gets slightly rocky as it slowly fades. Colors are somewhat cola-esque.

S - Sweet and malty, with generally darker flavor combinations. Some earthy wood flavors emerge along with a good fruity raisin scent.

T - Starts with a syrupy sweetness that expresses some raisin and plum flavors. Seems to have some woody flavor. Somewhat bitter from the hops, but the dark malt dominates here.

M - Mild carbonation with a medium body that can feel chewy at times. Not too dry at the finish. A touch syrupy.

D - Sweet and filling, a beer that would fit right in as winter turns to spring. A little too sweet for my tastes, but its not a bad brew.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this before but decided to try it again now that I'm learning more about beers. I had it with a grilled chicken salad, and while a pilsner would have been a better choice with dinner, it was quote good.
Upon pouring I got a nice light tan head (a little bit sparkly in the light) that eventually dissipated and left a nice thin film of foam on the top of the beer the whole way down. The color though is really neat. Black-brown in the glass on the table, but held up to the light you get a gorgeous dark red which almost reminds me of a Mozambique garnet (no, I'm not kidding, it does look that color to me).
The smell is nice - something sweet in there (caramel?) and malty.
The taste is good - you get that sweet roasted malt up front with just a hint of bitterness at the end of the sip. The chocolates that I tasted the last time I had this are non-existent this time. Not sure why (maybe the meal?)
Mouthfeel is fine. Smooth at first with some carbonation on the tongue at the end.
Drinkability - well, I definitely enjoyed it again but this is a beer for savoring over the course of a meal. While I finished it relatively quickly, I didn't want another one right away to keep it going.

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

A: This is a beautiful brew. Dark, almost black brown in color with some slight translucence when held to the light. A nice thick, frothy head sits atop that sticks around for awhile and leaves lacing around the glass.

S: A very complex and lovely smell of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, toasted bread and coffee. There is some unpleasant note in there that I haven't been able to pin down, but aside from that it is a rich, pleasant aroma.

T: Wow, much more complex than I had imagined. Very well balanced between the malts and hops, though the malts overpower the hops that is exactly what I enjoy in a good beer. Some hops and a great chocolate malt flavor hit the tongue first, followed by a slight sweet caramel note and finishing with a toasted bread flavor and some lingering dry hop notes.

M: This beer is medium bodied though it sits heavy in the stomach. Far from watery, but not quite syrupy, this beer sits somewhere in between. Smooth on the tongue, lightly carbonated and a slight chewiness to it. Very pleasant on the tongue.

D: Although this beer is very tasty, I couldn't drink more than a few of these because they sit rather heavy in the stomach. That said, I really have no complaints about this brew, it has exceeded my expectations. Another good one from Anchor Brewing Company. Kudos!

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

A vary dark brown with some ruby when held to light with a thick tan head

S malty sweet with some nutty tones hop smell was just right for the style

T more malty coffee and fruit not too much in the way of hops

M medium and vary drinkable

i want to try this one again

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

This beer pours a dark brown a touch of red highlighing. Nice one finger tan head with decent retention, spotty lacing left on the glass. Nose is of caramel and chocolate with a touch of vanilla. Also resent are faint floral and piney notes. Taste is of coffee and burnt malts up front followed by some sweet caramel malts and a touch of grain. Hops fall to the background giving just that extra bite to it. Creamy mouthfeel to it, higher in carbonation, burnt aftertaste lingers and it a bit chewy.
This is a nice beer to sit with for a bit.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty good beer I liked it.

Appearance- almost black color, opaque, good head

Smell- sweet odor, dark fruit

Taste- dark fruit taste

Mouthfeel- Medium body

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, smooth, overall good beer, would drink it regularly( but it's seasonal lol)

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Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown stubby bottle. By deciphering Anchor's space-age code, this was brewed January 23, 2009.

Pours a very dark crimson-brown with a wonderfully thick cloud of tan head on top. Simply beautiful.
Powerful scent is an interesting combination of molasses and apricot. Very malty & sweet.
Tart, bitter upfront with the yeast & hops. I expected a dominant malt, but there seems to be more of an attempt at balance. Still, the malty sweetness is there, with notes of fruit and brown sugar.
Bitter hop note along with the yeast astringency leaves a puckering mouthful.
Different than any other bock I've had, but quite good in its own right. Probably would've been better if I had gotten it a bit fresher. Another quality offering from Anchor.

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

Well, I'm not the biggest fan of Bocks, as differentiated from Doppelbocks anyway. It seems like a funny, in-between-sizes style to me. That said, this is a pretty good beer, and I can appreciate the craftsmanship that went into it.

Anchor Bock pours a beautiful shade of nut brown, a dark mahogany highlighted with maroon and mocha. The head is substantial and leaves good lacing. The aroma is sweet with some nuttiness, like a good, heavy pumpernickel or dark rye bread with a sprinkling of caramelized sugar. The malt is definitely the star. The beer really smells like bread; there's even a baker's yeast flavor lurking. The flavor is a bit sweet for my taste, but it's far from bad. It's an aggressively malty beer, more of a bread in a glass style beer than most American bocks. I don't recognize whatever hops were used, something European I'd guess. At any rate, the whole package fulfills my mental image of a Bock better than anything that I've previously tasted. While I'm not in love with the beer, I don't think that it could really be improved as my score might indicate. It's a tightly crafted beer that nails the style. Changing anything about it would be akin to making an entirely new beer because it tastes like they hit what they were shooting for already. Every time I have an Anchor beer, I ask myself why don't I buy from my local brewery more often. Anchor makes fine beer.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.1% out of 100 with 992 ratings
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