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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 slk22
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful burgundy/mahogany color, lightly translucent, with a tan-light brown head, and moderate lacing.

S - Aroma is light, but inviting, dominated by cherry and plum.

T - Nice balance of cherry, plum, and raisin sweetness with malt. Finish is slightly metallic with little aftertaste, leaving a clean palate for the next sip.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Much thicker than I had expected, but nicely so.

D - Very tasty and not overpowering. I could definitely have another, but alas, this is my only bottle.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a beautiful, moderately warm, sunny morning. I thought the Spring-like weather would be perfect for cracking open this bock around lunchtime. Literally the minute I pulled the beer out of the fridge, the clouds covered the sun. Strange.

Poured in a pils glass

A: One finger dark beige head retains for at least a minute and then sticks around as a ring for the entire beer; thick lace the whole way down the tall glass. Beer is black, dark brown and mahogany around the edges.
S: Sweet malts, super faint citrus as the beer warmed slightly; balanced and inviting aroma.
T: Slightly roasted sweet malts with some very light coffee flavors, not overpowering unlike those found in some porters; sensed some smokiness at the back of the palate. Sip ends in notes of tart dried fruits.
M: Heavier body than I expected with medium carbonation and heavy, sweet residue.
D: This brew is very easy and pleasant to consume. Tons of body and flavor. One of the better bocks I've had recently.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served out of 12 0z bottle into a pint glass. pours pretty much black with a small tan head that faded almost instantly(maybe because of the pour) to a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass. when held up to the light it appears to be a dark ruby brown color. a little bit of lacing. in the nose their are aromas of molasses, chocolate, some roasted malts, and a hint of some raisins or dates, dried fruit. the mouthfeel of this beer is just right, medium bodied, with some light carbonation, pair that with the ABV and you got an extremely drinkiable beer. in the taste their is a little bit of molasses, a little bit of chocolate making it a little sweet, but balanced very nicely by a subtle hop bitterness. i havent had too many bocks in my time, but this has got to be one of my favorite bock beers. definately worth a try.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.89/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep mahogany with brown highlights. Big tan head with amazing lacing.

S - Molasses, carmel, and an earthy hop.

T - Amazing. This is everything I want in a beer and more. The molasses and carmel provide a sweetness and the hop bitterness balances it all together.

M - oily and slick very smooth

D - I am trying to convince my wife that we should buy a keg of this...

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Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish hue. Nice tan head on top of the beer.

Lots of caramel and chocolate in the nose. Floral aromas and hints.

Coffee and burnt tastes with a little bit more of a bite from the hops. Very smooth with raisins and a hint of burnt marshmellow. There is a warming presence but this is ever so slight. The hops seem mellow but add a nice little bite.

Chewy mouthfeel a nice burnt aftertaste. I really enjoyed the body and the grainbill is bold. Little bit more hops than I expected but it was a nice bock and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger head that's fluffy. Definitely a good color.

Aroma is sweet with chewy malt and a hint of raisin in the nose. Seems enticing.

Taste is sweet and chewy with just a tiny hint of raisin. Has the hallmarks of a good lager.

Mouthfeel is full of chewy malt and raisin. Very interesting aftertaste.

Quite a decent bock here. Drinkable, low in ABV and just plain flavorful. A good spring beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up at the Coop today... I knew I had never reviewed this one... soooo ... why not tonight? Poured into my Chimay goblet.

3/4" tan head dies leaving only touches of lace and a flimsy cap.... the brew is dark brown but reveals deep clear ruby when held to a light.

Expected strong maltiness.. some toasty notes.. nothing stellar.. but pretty standard none the less.

Flavor is a little better than the nose.. more melanoidin than toasty this time around.. bitterness is just enough to balance the malts.. body is medium with medium/low carbonation.. a little bit of drying cocoa emerges as it warms.. still very clean in both the nose and palate.

I know I really don't ever "crave" standard bocks, but this one is about as standard as I can think of.

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

Pours a deep, dark mahogany, almost black, with a small head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Smells like chocolate malt, a little vanilla, perhaps a hint of pine. Tastes of dark roast malt, a bit nutty, some pure cocoa powder. Slightly astringent, a bit of hop bitterness aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice, just slightly syrupy. Very drinkable, nice on a cool spring day.

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

This brew was enjoyed at the brewery itself. It was a very dark amber with less then a finger of thick head.

It had a mellow mix of fruitiness and roasted malt, as well as caramel. The tastes certainly did not overpower and were easy to handle. The aftertaste was pleasant as well.

A good beer for a hot day. A few at a time would do nicely.


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Photo of aforbes10
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with red tinting. Short brownish head, sticks haphazardly all over the glass. Smells malty and vaguely fruity, like a hint of plums and loamy soil. Some alcohol evident on the nose too. Flavor is malty, sweet and rich on the tongue. really clean tasting, and features the nice evenly roasted malt very well. Medium bodied, with an approaching-velvet feel. Drinks nicely in these early NorCal spring days

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

A: Somewhat dark for a bock. Reddish-Brown with a light brown head. Great retention. Carbonation is mild.

S: Toasty caramel dominates the aroma. The bouquet is very active .

T: Malty sweetness is balanced with toasty grain. Hops are far off in the background. Typical of a bock.

D: A fine example the bock style. Very enjoyable and accessable to those who are turned off by harsh flavors.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark woody mahogany that glows ruby to the light with a billowy head the color of walnut shells that has impressive retention leaving sheets of lacing down the glass.

Malty, caramel sweet, fruity notes of apples, raisins and dates, and a bit of nuttiness and earth. walnuts and brazil nuts with a bit of spice. And a bit more rich roasted malt.

Taste similar with an impressive array of malt that creates instant complexity. Fruit notes of raisin and pear dance with walnut and hazelnut across the palette, creating a richly malty orchestration with a touch of sourness, from either malt or a touch of hops. Not piney, but distinctly roasty and citrus sour. A bit of bitter cocoa and a touch of coffee work their way in as well.

smooth and creamy with ample - bordering on high - carbonation but it works beautifully with the rich malt going on in the palette. A touch dry and a touch astringent on the finish.

A fair bock, and an interesting take on the style. Nice, rich, malty and creamy. I don't see myself drinking this one regularly... and I'm really not craving any more after finishing one 12oz bottle. But it's a decent brew and definitely showcases the spectrum that Anchor has to offer.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recall the first time I tried this beer a few years ago I wasn't overly impressed. On second try I am a converted fan.

Beautiful dark chocolate colored beer with a nice two finger foam head.

Wonderful smells of molasses, plums and a hint of coffee.

A roasted malty taste with dark chocolate, coffee beans (?) with a touch of sweetness that evens the brew out nicely. Nice lingering aftertaste and a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is a nice cold weather beer and with the relatively lower alcohol content, it is easy to drink more than one at a single session.

Excellent Bock beer!

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Photo of Mitchster
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is interesting. A perusal of the website shows that this beer was first brewed and bottled in 2005, yet I've never seen it before. I've even been to the brewery. Hrmm. It caught my attention when I was shopping, haven never seen it before, so I picked up a 6'er. Brewed with 2-row barley and wheat malt. 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a clear very deep chestnut brown, forming a tall poofy dark tan head with very good retention and nice creamy sheets of lace. The carbonation is moderate. The aroma is of sweet malt, raisins, toffee, burnt sugar, and distant molasses. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a cola like twang if sweetness and acidity. The taste begins with some up front herbaceous hops, then caramelized sugar, burnt toast, followed by tobacco, mild woodsy bitterness, and charred wood in the finish. There is this wierd cola like sheen and sweetness in the finish that I don't really care for.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red with a yellow head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is faint-- cereal, light caramel and... wood? The medium body is smooth. The flavor comes late and is bitter and herbal. Nice. It's a smooth drinking, inoffensive beer and then some.
(rated 2/26/2007)

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

A - This beer poured brown with red highlights, that produced a tan head that lasted well and produced nice lacing around the glass

S - The aroma of a good malty backbone was accompanied but a nice roasted/caramel mix

T - The taste of this Bock was great, a good malt front, some roasted notes, along with a mix of caramel, some raisins and molasses

M - The body of this beer was medium to heavy, with small amounts of carbonation

D - This Bock had great characteristics that really made this a very sessionable beer for me, the complex flavors, good body, and slight carbonation mixed well together, outstanding beer from Anchor

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Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a thick tan head. Heavy aroma of molasses, toasty malt, and bread. More molasses in the taste, but accompanied by cocoa and nuttiness. The hops give it a nice balance without ruining the character of the beer. Very rich and heavy mouthfeel. Nice.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured deep brown with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Good complex toasted malty aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate balanced malty sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of short duration.

Drinkable brew.

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Photo of hopdog
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer. Thanks!

This one poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roasted nuts (quite nutty), light cocoa, and some caramel. Tastes of nuts, chocolate, and lighter roast.

Notes from 11/03/06.

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Photo of nick76
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is like cola, malt, yeast, and leaves. The appearance is dark brown with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma, not complex because the diverse elements come together which for me is a good thing. The palate is smooth. Overall it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of danielharper
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark body, brown-black, with a slight reddish tint to the bottom of the glass. Thin khaki-colored head.

Smell: Nutty, malty, slightly sweet, slightly dry. No hops present.

Taste: Richly nutty, malty, very sweet, nice notes of grains. Tastes a lot like a very subdued Nut Brown Ale, not a negative thing at all. Slight astringency on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, luxurious mouthfeel coats the tongue. No carbonation or hops.

Drinkability: Bocks aren't my favorite beers ever, but this is a really good example of the style.

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Photo of Douglas88
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to mmm///beer. Pours a beautiful dark red color with a large brown head. There is lots of brown in the body, mixed with the redness it almost seems like purple. The aroma is great; sweet berries, chocolates, toasted malts, and some sweeter candy notes. The flavor is very complex and nice; tons of fruit upfront, sour cherries, strawberry and others. A rich chocolate and brown sugar follow, and some light coffee in the finish. Light body and a somewhat easygoing beer. Very nice.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasantly tame bock. Roasty and dry, with a slight, sweet syrup. The ale never steps out of its boundaries, balanced with spicy malt and a hint of bitter tart rasberry. A session bock, toasty medium body with a tang to keep the sweetness in check. Walks a comfortable line providing a safe and easy stronger ale.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a nice head and a beige,foamy lace.
The aroma of dark fruits,caramel and alcohol.
The taste was of malts,raisins and fruit notes.Some roasted malts that gave me the feel of a stout,but they were light enough to provide good balance.
The feel was full body,high carbonation and a mild bitter finish.

Notes: A very fine brew. Not much to say other than it was good and worth the purchase.
I still prefer Double Bocks.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pours a dark dark brown body, and a big foamy off-tan head, with good lacing and is somewhat lasting. Has a very fresh aroma, outdoorsy, somewhat dusty. Malty, somewhat dusty, somewhat nutty taste. Good body, somewhat light. Spring-y. More creamy, and fruity as it warms up.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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