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 Jmamay22
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anchor's Bock pours a dark cola brown with a full rich luxurious creamy tan head.

Smells of sweet molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and deeply of dark fruit such as raisins and prunes. Fantastic and deeply complex, yet very approachable.

Tastes lightly of dark fruit, but doesn't come off as rich as in the nose with the beautiful malt unable to realize its full potential.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium and provides enjoyable support to the rest of the beer. Very drinkable as Anchor shows that a lot can be accomplished without an overwhelming alcohol content.

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

This is a tasty bock that rather resembles a porter or even a milk stout.

It is almost black with a fairly big, dark tan, long-lasting head.

The aroma is alcoholic burnt caramel and sugar, toast, caramelized prunes and other fruit, hint of chocolate. It smells dark caramelly, and sweet, like a milk stout.

The taste is similar, but more like a porter than the aroma. It has a light burnt-sugar-and-fruit sweetness, light bitterness, faint sourness, followed by light dryness. There is a peppery burnt-toast quality.

It's nice and drinkable.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/ black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel and hints of honey. In the taste, dark raisons/ fruit, and a nice roasty maltiness. A small bite and medium mouthfeel, with a dry dark fruit aftertaste. Nice representation of style, nice dark fruit presence, and good.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Chocolate root beer brown body. Finger of thick, creamy, dirty khaki head. Nose of lightly-roasted malts, plums, toffee, bread pudding, and brandy. Nice. Toasted, grainy bitterness up front. Chocolate and toffee sweetness commence. Light fruit notes (fig, plum) follow. Astringent herbal bitterness comes on strong, backed with a slight cooked vegetable flavor. Bittersweet finish with some fruit juice and brandy notes. Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Not bad, but not my favorite Anchor offering.

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

Was poured perfectly and at a great temperature.

A: A mahogany color. A thick white foam head. There was a hole lot of lacing left on the glass.

S: A decent amount of barley and wheat malts. There are some hints of beeries, but not too prominent.

T: A decent flavoring of malts. Slight tinges of coffee, caramel and cherries.

M: A medium bodied beer. Leaves a slight bitter taste on the palate. The taste clings to the mouth and tongue.

D: This is a really good session bock beer.

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Photo of lionking
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a variety pack after touring the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. The pack included Anchor Bock

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Minimal head on the beer. Looked like a dark cola in the glass with a touch of red. Aroma smelled of fruit, malt and hops along with chocolate. Taste was of cocoa and coffee. Thick and heavy mouthfeel.

I have not had many bock beers but this one was a lot more substantial than the ones I have had.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark garnet/brown with red hues in the light, decent 1" creamy tan head that retained fairly well but little lace in my pint glass.

S - Smelled of malty sweetness, roasted malts, touch of black currants, lightly burnt toast, caramel, and a faint trailing hops.

T - coffee-ish and dark maltiness mixed with rich fruits and complex hoppiness all blended together.

M - creamy, full bodied and light/medium carbonation

D - very drinkable. Quite the session beer.

Overall - well worth it if you can find some. An excellent interpretation of the style. Would pair well with some German food.

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

This brew was great. It poured a dark coffee color with a hint of red shining through at the bottom of the glass. From its last third of the pour a khaki tinted head emerged to a two finger height, it faded slowly to pleasantly nice sheeting with lattice lacing on the sides. As tantalizing as it looked the smell made me want it more. Floral hops, roasted to almost perfect sweetness filled the air in the glass. At the forefront you get a nice toasted hop with oak mellowing to sweet malts at the end. This is a full bodied drink, it's thick and creamy that goes down smooth. It definitely feels like liquid bread that's not too bitter but not too sweet, it's a great balance that has me coming back for more.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this one remindes me of rich black coffie and hops mixed. this one is an almost black amber/brown brew that is big and malty. the mouthfeeal is heavy, almost like liquid bread. this one is realy good thank hevans for good bock
i wish that this one was avalable all year long but i will get more in spring

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

Anchor Bock Beer pours a deep, dark ruby color into the glass. It's almost black in appearance. On top a two finger width creamy light tan head forms when the bottled is emptied. The foam slowly fades down to a thin sheet on the beer, leaving behind netted patterns of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of caramel malt, coffee, molasses and dark fruit (raisins). Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and dry with a soft carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins with sweet malt, followed by earthy notes of raisins, nuts, coffee and a hint of smoke. Towards the end a mild bitter tea flavor moves in to help balance out the malt. Once gone, a peat and molasses flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer has lots of character and is much easier to drink than some other bock beers that are on the market.

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Photo of becktone
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Color is dark brown, mahogany with dark brown-red highlights. Head is tan, has excellent retention and sie, again, not much more I can ask of this one. Lacing could be a bit thicker and more "sheet"like.

Nose: Dark and chocolaty to the nose, Dark fruits as well. Rich and deep aroma. As can bge expected it has a huge malt presence. It smells good, I wouldn't ask for much more from this one. not outstanding, but good....Also some possible toffee notes.

Tongue: Fruity, well at least dark fruits on th palate, dark chocolate flavors as well. Roasted, heavily roasted malt/grain flavor, Somewhat coffee like in its roastiness, also roasted grain bitterness. Some tart edge to this as well. there's a lot in here, I won't lie, I find this one to be pretty good.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: A bit thinner and more watery than I would have liked. Flavor isn't all that fleeting. However, I feel; that the tart edge to this almost tales away from, its finish. It almost seems to me that it is setting itself up for a drier finish- with the roasted grain bitterness and flavor lingering-but it then is all undone by the tart edge that comes in and takes over leaving a sourness; tartness that lingers quite a long time after you've put the glass down. Overall an okay brew, not going to be the first bock I pick up next season , but i might buy it again. Nothing really all that great, average in m opinion.

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

12-ounce stubby teardrop bottle with no freshness date, but a funny picture of a smug little goat eating hops on it, poured into a pint nonic yields a clear deep dark garnet body sporting four fat fingers of fluffy, rocky, ecru foam that deflates into a misshapen glob and leaves rings and swatches of fluffy lacing on the glass.

Smell is brown sugary with a sting of evergreen.

Taste is rich and malty, caramel with lemon zest, succulent, rich toasted wheat, and a long, dry dose of citrusy hops. A rich and creamy mouthfeel is nicely managed with an astringent hop note and fine carbonation, and the finish is surprisingly crisp, a bit tart, a bit dry, and clean.

This beer is a wonderful take on the style, and is unlike any other bock I've encountered. It's very hoppy and rich, but has this wonderfully crisp, fine, fruitiness that sets it apart. Superb drinkability

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Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep garnet auburn brew lies below a frothy looking, tight bubbled tan head. The retention holds rather nicely. Aroma is smoothly malt packed. Scents are of nutty coffee, cream, caramel toast, a touch of vanilla, and ripe, tart berries and apples. Certainly an enjoyable sniffer. Delicate and balanced while on the other hand still comes across as fully malty. Taste is similar but the different flavors seem to be more separated than in the aroma where they blend together very well. It has good bock-like flavors under tart berries. The bitterness helps the fruit stand out initially at the finish. Once that eases away maltiness remains reminding you you're drinking a bock. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and coating. The medium body could be a slight bit fuller. Easy to drink throughout.

A good bock to pick up if you're in that type of drinking mood.

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Photo of erikeifert
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found a sixer of this at whole foods on wad ave for $5.99(?). Seeing how i love bocks and goats i couldn't resist. A good bock with a nice dry finish and not overwhelmingly sweet. nice color and an easy drinker. not my first choice in bocks but not my last either. good for the price

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with reddish hues escaping when held to the sunlight. A firm 1/2 finger light brown head is actively fed by actively rising small bubbles.
Aroma-some chocolate and plenty of roasty-toasty malt aromas. A sweet smell that is not totally malt-can't put a label on it.
Mouthfeel- an earthy hop bitterness is first on the palate but gets swept away by the sweet and heavier malt flavors. I detect some licorice and toffee flavors. Standard malty bock,this is good! A slight bitterness on the finish from the darker roasted malts is there as well. This was on sale for $3.99 a sixer-super bargain and tasty!

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Photo of rabsten
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Anchor Christmas 2006 pint glass, red-tinted brown with a cola-like head and carbonation. Head dissipates pretty fast but leaves some lacing. The beer itself has "legs" in the wine sense of the word, which is kind of odd, considering the mouthfeel is pretty light.

Toasted malt and alcohol smell. Way more ethanol in the nose than I expected. The malt is a nice aroma, but the alcohol dominates the nose. Points off for that.

Flavor, though, is where this beer shines. It's nowhere near as alcohol heavy as the aroma would indicate. Well balanced maltiness, with some roasted, porter-esque malt and some sweeter barleywine type malt. Not a significant hop presence, with just a bit in the background.

Mouthfeel is light - oddly so, even. High carbonation makes for a dry drinking experience.

The good taste and lighter mouthfeel make for a pretty darn drinkable beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black with a thin white head, which dissipates quickly with no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is disappointing - thin and faintly cardboard-like. The flavor is much better, with good dark malt, giving it a raisin-like character, with hints of dark cherry and tobacco. Nice tobacco bite on the finish. The mouthfeel is good, though not outstanding. This is a decent dark beer, but perhaps not transcendent.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark mahogany/crimson color with a large, thick caramel-mocha head that slowly settles to a solid tan cap. Thick, sticky rings of lace line the glass all the way down. A stunning appearance.

S: Prominent brown sugar, molasses, and caramel aromas give way to some dark fruit and faint chocolate malt aromas. A solid nose on this beer.

T&M: The taste is much subdued from the nose, thankfully, because that much sweetness would've been overpowering in a bock. Caramel malt sweetness is subtly balanced by mild bittering hops before giving way to a lightly roasted chocolate malt finish with some lingering malty sweetness. All in all, the flavors are balanced appropriately without taking away the beer's distinctive character. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and body somewhat light, but that's on par with the style. Still, a slightly fuller body would aid development and enjoyment of the robust malt flavors contained in the beer.

D: While it is light bodied, the beer sits a little heavier in the stomach than I would've expected. Also, the sweetness could get a bit cloying after 3 or 4--not a session beer. Nevertheless, the flavor is balanced enough to where, for a bock, this is an excellent choice.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A single 12 oz bottle recently purchased during my trip to the Party Source (located just across the river in KY) when I was visiting my brother in Cincinnati (and boy did we do some drinking of shit beer for old time's sake the first night I was down there!) I had never seen this particular Anchor Steam beer before so I definitely wanted to get it. Poured into my stange glass. This beer is a very dark brown color with some ruby/amber highlights. The big, fluffy tan head is about 3 1/2 fingers thick when poured, settling to a nice surface coating after about 15 minutes. Very excellent lace indeed. Sweet, strong malty aromas with chocolate, caramel and dark fruit-raisins and plums, and alcohol. Kind of surprised I could smell the alcohol this much since the beer is only 5.5% ABV. Sweet and malty with the aforementioned caramel, chocolate and dark fruits making their presence well known. A bit of a tart flavor and the taste of alcohol round it out. Has a mild hop bitter finish. Has a crisp, frothy and smooth, sort of chewy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink indeed! One of the best Bock's I have ever had. Period! This was fantastic!

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Photo of foles
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exactly what you want from a good bock! Extra points for the bottle design - brilliant. Smell is of chocolate with caramel and coffee overtones. Heathly head that reduces to a thin whisp. Beer is jet black. Heavy malty body, with a chewy sweetness, and hints of alcohol. Slight hint of fruit - maybe plums. Mild bitter finish which is a nice touch and reminiscent of anchor beers. Thoroughly enjoyable and a real treat.

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Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark mahogany-cherry wood color with giant tan foam and good lace. Mild burnt molasses and coffee chocolate aroma with an odd green oats character. Grassy tart charcoal flavor. Aqueous with mild carbonation. Some licorice highlights but the tartness is almost cherry-like. A somewhat unusual blend of sweetness and sour with some hop bitterness at the front. Pretty drinkable, not heavy, but I don't think I would want too much of this level of tartness. Unique and enjoyable addition to the bock options. Mellows as your taste buds adjust.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a single from the Wine Specialist. Pours a nice highlighted brown color with a huge puffy head. Nose is lots of sweet malt, caramel, dried fruit. Taste is likewise, although a fair bit milder than expected. Very smooth, and lacking in some of the spicy malt that I expected. Body was a little thin. Overall, not a bad brew, but not really as exciting as I'd hoped.

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

Enjoyed as an after dinner treat Anchor Bock poured smoothly from 12oz. bottle into a standard 16oz. pub glass. Mahogany in color (with a hint of copper) the beer releases small, tight CO2 bubbles that emerge on the surface in a densely packed 1/4" beige head.

The aroma reminds me of hiking in the Adirondacks after a late summer rainstorm. Kickin' up some moss under your feet to expose that rich loamy earth. Fresh and woodsy with a slight spice. First sip is a nice transition from aroma. Slight bitterness heads into a smooth, rich malty experience. Lots of good rich flavors. Some toffee and peat with a hint of smoky bitterness in the end. Nicely balanced with the hops (Saaz?). A creamy, resinous mouthfeel makes me yearn for another sip. Lacing is present but not artistic. A beer worthy of a comfy chair and ottoman on a porch during a warm spring rain.

Always a favorite brewery with great consistency. They've been a round a while and know how to do things, never really going"over the top".

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Photo of ericj551
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock pours a deep red brown with A beautiful off white head that lingers. The first thing I smell is fresh berries, just a hint. There is a dark, toasted malt aroma mixed with earthy and slightly floral hops. The malt is dominant in the flavor with hints of astringent dark malt and some dry caramel flavor. The beer is rich and malty, with just enough damp, earthy hops to balance it out.

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

Pours a dark reddish brown . The head was small but long lasting. Large amounts of lacing left on the glass surface during consumption.

The smell is sweet malt, caramel and cherries.

The beer has a nice malt profile with some fruit hiding in the background. I thought the finish was slightly sweet and cloying.

Has a creamy mouthfeel and a medium body.

A very nice bock and an easy drinker. Low ABV helps drinkability.

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