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 colts9016
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a pilsner glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A dark brown color with some dark copper highlights. There is a one finger head that has some retention to it. The head is a light tan that bubbly and creamy. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque. There is some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice malty complex, with a rich caramel and some toasty overtones.

Taste: A very nice malty taste with toasty overtones and some caramel lingering in the background.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium body. The mouth feel is carbonated and creamy. The finish lingers for a few moments on the palate. This is a nice easy drinking American bock. The German bock are a bit more richer in flavor.

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Photo of Mdog
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown, good head.

Smell: Sweet, chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Toasted bread, dark chocolate, some toffee.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty but seems heavier than 5.5%.

Finally got to try Anchor's Bock, I had seen it around for a few springs but never had it before now. A very nice beer, more complex than I was expecting. A solid bock for an early spring day.

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Photo of craftaddict
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours 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. Good stuff.
Mouth is lightly carbonated and thick. A good solid bock indeed. Anchor is the shizzel.

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Photo of RichardWalter
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great label with the goat.
Purchased chilled in a bottle.
Pours dark brown with a large light tan head that lingers through the whole drink.
Aroma is light minor alcohol.
Taste is sweet, hints of chocolate candy,slight coffee.
Stays on tongue with carbonated feel.

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown, beautiful fluffy head with lots of lacing. Smells of toffee, caramel, bready malt, some dark fruits, . Tastes of dried plums, some citrusy bitterness, mellow bready malt in the background. Finishes quite sweet with some inherent bitterness. Some roastiness in the end. Nice chewy mouthfeel.

A fantastic bock, probably my favorite bock from the states. There is a nice traditional malty backbone that is interweaved with the west coast hops style. I really enjoyed the interplay of these two elements and highly recommend.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, reddish brown. It's topped by a thick, fluffy, brown head, which retains well and clings to the side of the glass as it fades. The aroma is malty: roasty hints of chocolate and a light fruitiness.

Well attenuated upfront, the lack of sweetness really accentuates the darker malts used in this beer. There's a mild fruity sweetness in the center and a nice roasted bitterness in the finish that's reminiscent of coffee. There's also a mild buttery off-flavor in the finish. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasted, husky quality in the finish.

Aside from the very light diacetyl flavor in the finish this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of Folderol
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I want to really like this beer. Anchor has the head perfect - this thing was towering over the top of my glass, absolutely monstrous for a bock. The color is gorgeous, cola-like red-brown. The model of a dunkler bock. Taste is pretty solid, too, malty and roasty. But then there's... the aftertaste. Pine. Piney hops. This beer settles it - I do not like west-coast US hops. At all. For the same reason I don't like gin, I don't like Anchor's hops. If pine is your thing, go for it, but I had to dock this one on taste and drinkability because it just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of JAA
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something about Anchor Brewing's beer that says BUY ME, BUY ME, you insipid fool. I then proceed to tell the beer that my feelings have been hurt and i won't even consider buying the beer until i receive an apology. By which time the six-pack realizes it might have been too quick to judge me by my Blink-182 shirt and inane surfer-esque open toed sandals, and soon offers a fleeting apology.

But anyhow, i bought it because i haven't seen it before and it has a cool retro label.

Pours dark dark brown with a nice light tan, one and a half finger head. Smells and tastes bready, with a decent hop undertone. Has good medium bodied malt characteristics and a hint of brown sugar. Mostly bready though.

I am rediscovering many of Anchor's products, many of which have become staples in my fridge once again. This may find it's way into my shopping cart more often, but first it has to pass the girlfriend test.

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Photo of nms1987
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Lovely appearance. Dark brown but in a radiant way. Like maple syrup or a richer looking Cola.
Ample brownish/white head.

Amazing nose. Rich and malty but with some spices in there

Tastes almost like a winter warmer. Full bodied and richly malty with a nice hoppy spicing on the end.
Tastes very good but I was kind of expecting something amazing tasting after how good the nose was.

Mouthfeel is nice. Again, thick and rich with enough hopping to keep things in order.

Fairly drinkable for a beer as complex as it is.

It is a good beer, but not a great one.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock Beer
12 oz brown bottle
9JW brewed on date on the back label
20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Solid head on top leaving fluffy trails of sticky lace on the glass.

Malty nose with whiffs of chocolate, sugars and coffee notes.

A thick and sticky-sugar flavor with a strong profile of malts. A touch of molasses, caramel and perhaps brown sugar meld together. All of the flavors and a pleasant carbonation level with a nice hop snap on the finish.

As with all other Anchor beers that I've had over the years, you can expect a quality and flavorful brew.

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

poured this one into my goblet of course ,my favorite glass ,just in time for spring.

A,it`s dark brown even black, at first i got a deep tan head but to my disappointment it vanished .

s,the scent has got some dry fruit to it maybe raisins and prunes along with some rich malt and hops .

T,i got licorice candy and wheat out of this it`s full body and malty along with flavorful hops

M,a thick and malty expolsion .it`s got i satisfying yet dry after .

D, this is a great bock, drink this beer please! this is awesome for the change from winter to spring .

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Photo of Rainne
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Anchor option I have enjoyed a few times. Actually the first bock in my crazy for Germans phase.

A- Dark brown with copper highlights. A nice thick tan head and a little lacing to boot.

S- Hops right on the nose. Then grainy and toasty light sweet malt.

T- Hops bitterness is balanced by malt and some other natural sweetness. It's also grainy and nutty and there are some fruit flavors in the back as well.

M- A little heavy but not too much and about a medium body. Carbonation is pretty active.

D- Go ahead and put back a few of these.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear brown with a thick foamy tan head.

Smell is sweet, hoppy with caramelly backbone.

Taste is crisp from the hops, but still mellow and caramelly from the roasted malts.

Nice mouthfeel and very easy drinking beer. Lagers are not my thing, but this is a very good american lager. A good american twist on a german style.

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

poured a deep brown that had a copper tinge when held to the light, light brown head that hung around a a thick film mostly around the rim, left some pretty nice lacing as well
Smell is light caramel and chocolate with a slight hoppiness
taste is big malted barley with a slight chocolate note and a nice but not over powering presence
mouthfeel is medium to light clean drinking bright hoppiness on the tongue
Drinkability is pretty good nice spring time sit down beer

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Photo of WickedSluggy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown color with light brown large foam. Body appears light as foam consists of fairly large bubbles. Very little lacing, just a persistent thin head of foam

S - Quite hoppy when cold. As it warms up malt and roasted aromas come through. Very pleasing aroma and bouquet

T - Nutty flavored, balanced and pleasing bitterness. This is indeed a lager very clean finish.

M - Coats tongue slightly but the beer is not heavy or very viscous. Body is light to medium.

D - A nice spring brew light and sessionable. A definite six packer

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

Deep dark brown with a modest tan head. Good amount of tight lacings. Aroma is brown sugar caramel. Taste is bready, fruity raisen, cocoa, and earthy bitter hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Easy drinking very dark bock beer. Very much like liquid raisen bread.

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

This was a flavorful, well carbonated (for the style), and well hopped up Bock Beer. It poured a nice brown with the coppery off white colored head. Some lacing, plenty of retention. The nose on the beer is caramel, toffee, some raisin, some roasted notes. The taste is quite a bit more bittering and substantial than I expected. The beer is medium bodied without being cloying or syrupy. There is a definite brown sugar and roasted grain character to the beer. It's a good bock, complex enough, interesting enough to seek out.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first thought after pouring this beer was "Oh, it's brown.."- I was expecting a lighter kind of bock but party on.

Pours very dark brown, nearly black in the middle, with a sticky, creamy, frothy head. Crazy amounts of lacing right off the bat.

I can smell the malt aroma from a couple feet away, which is pretty intense. On closer inspection, the aroma is very unique. Very dusty, like opening an old wooden chest filled with old documents. Like faintly toasted wood chips with a tad bit of raisin. Still very light and refreshing though. This is one of the more interesting aromas I've come across in a long time.

Taste is smoky up front, raisin/bread in the middle, followed by solid chocolate with almost no mixing between any of these flavors. Malty and bready with a touch of alcohol. There's a little part in the finish that I don't particularly like.. maybe a little tart from the hops. If it had finished bread-like this beer would have won me over heart and soul. One of the best bocks I've eve had nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is good and medium bodied. It's not too heavy, which is nice because it allows the chocolate flavor at the end to finish very crisply. Fairly low alcohol too, so this is extremely drinkable. The assertive flavors stand in the way of it being a "I could drink a gallon of this" kind of beer but this was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 nickynick
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock poured a very dark brown/ruby with a full tan head. Smell was very full of citrusy hops. The taste was of dark fruits, hints of citrus and brown sugar. Mouthfeel was good, as well as the drinkability. Overall I found this to be an interesting bock. Had more hops then other bocks I have had. A nice beer and I would buy it again, but there are other bock beers I would drink first.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark carmelized maltiness with an earthy, slightly fruity, touch.

The taste is of sweet dark grainy malt, cocoa-ish, towards toffee-ish. There is something of a similar taste mixed in that I remember associating with with the holiday ale, though not quite the same. The sweetness soon becomes balanced, then has an earthy dryness in the finish. Just a hint of warming alcohol is noticeable.

It is full-bodied without going into doppelbock territory. This is a nice dark bock!

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red color with a large white head. Rings form down the glass. Smells of some oft-chocolate and rapsberries and cherries. Taste a bit off. Seems like it is missing something. It is a medium bodied brew and strange cause it has a bit of a hollow taste. Easy to drink, very easy. I would not shy away from this again.

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Photo of william5586
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Rich brown color. Off white head

S- Very nice sweet malty smell

T- Burnt malts, sweet start and a bitter aftertaste. hint of coffee and some chocolate. Just seemed to sweet and then too bitter after.

M- Tingly. Seemed a bit thin

D- Good drinkability overall but i would not go out of my way to have this one again.

There was just something about this beer that rubbed me the wrong way. Not a bad beer, but there was just something about it.

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark chesnut color with a tan whipped cream head. Not what I was expecting.

Aroma is gentle. Clean maltiness comes through --- very inviting.

Taste is exceptional and delicious. Honestly one of the best dark lagers I've ever tasted. Nutty chocolate and bubblegum sweetness, finished with a great toasty grain. Good bitterness keeps it from being cloying. Soft and clean malt flavors come through brilliantly

Creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing and drinkable. This is the first beer I've had in a while that I want to go immediately back to.

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

A- A deep, clear brown liquid with some ruby hues. There are quite a few streams of carbonation making their way to the surface to a creamy looking head with some decent retention.

S- Malted milk balls are the first thing that come to mind for me. I also pick up a little bit of fruitiness. Slightly sweet and pretty appealing.

T- Sweet and malty with some toffee flavors. Ever so slightly fruity. Very nice.

M- Smooth at first, but the carbonation leads the aftertaste to be a bit on the dry side.

D- A very nice, sweet beer. It is pretty simple, but very enjoyable.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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