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 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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Photo of AltBock
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby bottle that has a drawing of a billy goat chewing on a vine of hops. I bet those hops taste better than those tin cans and tires he usually eats. Around the neck of the bottle is a small white label that has a large paragraph telling you about the Bock style and who Anchor Brewing is. The back label has the refund values, barcode, US Government warning, and Anchor's patented bottle code that only Anchor understands.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, this Anchor beer poured a beautiful deep dark mahagony brown with a few dark ruby red highlights. That was only the beginning. Sitting on top of this beer was a fluffy 2 inch head of tan colored foam. Not only was it big, but it had excellent retention that left behind a small tan film and streak after streak of tan lace. The appearance was eye candy to me.

Smell: The majority of this Bock's aroma was not roasted malts, but malted tea leaves. I can't expalin that either. Behind these tea leaves was some dark roasted malts, a pinch of sweet caramel, a drop of alcohol, and a dark fruit or two hiding in the background. Even though the aroma had some Bock quality aromas to it, I don't think the majority of the aroma should have been left up to the malted tea leaves to cover.

Taste: The taste started off with dark roasted malts. A flavor a Bock should start off with. Not so fast Bock lover. These roasted malts tasted like they were watered down. I could taste the malts gathering up what strength it could get and then as soon as it reached it's peak, water comes out of nowhere to calm it down. I don't want to know why it did that. Besides the watered down malts, I could also detect some roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, a touch of sweet caramel, and roasted bitter hops. It's funny that none of these flavors were watered down. It was just the malts. It's too bad the malts had to be watered down. Such a shame!

Mouthfeel: It was amedium bodied of beer that had a mild aftertaste of of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and roasted bitter hops. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes in your mouth. It's probably a good thing that the malts didn't show up in the aftertaste. More than likely that would have showed up watered down.

Drinkability: Despit having a tea aroma and having a taste of watered down malts, it wasn't such a bad Bock beer. If you can find it, I can't see why not why this wouldn't make a good choice for a session Bock beer. I know I wouldn't mind.

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

I always enjoy Bocks and found a 6-pack of this one at the famous State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD in Feb. Bottle was dated "7DK" which I interpret as Dec. 2007 and product proved to be very fresh.

Rather weak bready aroma. A very dark pour with an attractive and lasting white lacing. Sort of a burnt or roasted caramel taste - not as sweet as some Bocks and seemingly hoppier than many I've tasted. Pleasantly dry aftertaste.

Definitely a decent product but not necessarily my Bock of choice on a regular basis. Maybe that's good because it's not available in my home area anyways.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.76/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very dark ruby body almost black. Dark tan crema.

Aroma is very light of sweet bock maltyness, smokeyier than most German bock's I have had.

Taste is same as aroma, with a touch of chocolate. Decent finish/

Mouth feel is really thin at first, with overly aggressive carbonation.

I love this brewery and wanted to love this beer, but just couldnt get into it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor- Bock

A- Deep red, huge thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Smokey mossy malt.
T- Sweet smokey molasses malt. Heavy earthy hops.
M- Smokey and chewy. Slight oily, resiny, pine sapish finish.

Overall- A great looking beer that is quite easy to drink. A good Spring choice.

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Photo of ccrida
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle , bottling code 7DK (Dec. 11 2007), I picked up about a month later and have cellared since. Served at cellar temp, and poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Anchor bock is a very dark ruby with a massive, tight light tan head, that is very long lasting, and very rocky to settle, leaving huge hunks of foam. I can't believe this head, absolutely on par with St. Bernardus Abt 12, which I'd heretofore never seen - fantastic!

Smell is very rich caramel malt and black cherry fruitiness, as well as a bit of booze, absolutely, unmistakeably classic bock aroma.

Taste is very full and complex, bittersweet malt, caramel, toffee, grassy hops and sweeter nuts, with a hint of alcohol on the dry finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is lager crisp, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is high, in the fact that I definitely wish I had more of these on deck. The rich flavors beg it to be sipped slowly and savored, I love beers that drink much bigger then they actually are, ABV wise (in regards to depth, not heat).

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Photo of erosier
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown/black color with a tall and thick tan colored head that laces the glass very well on the way down. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts and some caramel and dark fruits I believe. The taste is a nice sweet yet bitter roasted malt, some chocoalte, and a little caramel, not much else. It is a nice beer and I liked it though I was expecting it to be sweeter than it was. It has a nice smooth and warming mouthfeel which makes it a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of smurphy77
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a big two finger head that slowly subsided. Dark chocolate color beer with a beige foam atop. Smells mildly of chocolate shavings.

Tastes of slightly bitter chocolate and coffee with a very creamy mouthfeel. Almost like a stout. Only slightly carbonated. Aftertaste lingers without becoming bitter but without any real additional development either.

Easy drinking, and I love the smooth, creamy body. Could drink a couple of these in a session.

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

Clearish mahogany with a densely setting foam of tan creamyness about a pinky high. The capping keeps its weight very well present as it loosens itself just a bit while its consumed to let lay a lacing of inky thick patches across the glass.

Aroma is mild of molasses and mildly roasted grains with hints to vanilla, cocoa, and maple. Gains more stature as it warms, gaining a slight pull into some dark fruityness.

Taste is mildy thick with an easy going melange of red and black malt sweetness thats tamed down very nicely letting in some nice little tones of cocoa, vanilla, and creamed whole milk. Very light and floating dryness of grassy spice fades into the finish as it drys off slowly with a simple yet favorable alure to cocoa and grains.

Nicely balanced and nearly full in body for a Bock beer. More porter-esk and stout-like naturalness with its thicker, creamy, milken body that holds a very nice tone the whole way through. It finishes well with a drying complexity, that again speaks more to stouts and porters. So as a Bock, its quite impressionable.

A very well made Bock beer here by Anchor. Quite drinkable and at 5.5% makes for a few to be easily opened and quaffed.

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Photo of PBBC
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited when I saw that my beloved Anchor Brewing company had released a bock, as I was very impressed by their rich, complex holiday beer (you should all try it).

The beer pours a deep brown-red with a tan-dark head that disappears rather quickly, the aroma is a burnt-caramel smell, with a tinge of malt sweetness behind it.

The taste radically improves with a little warmth. First sip was slightly disappointing, the brew seemed dominated by the burnt-caramel taste (I'm guessing a little too much chocolate malt?) before rounding off the the sweet, toasted taste of munich malt that I associate with the bock style. Not sweet enough.

The bitterness of hops is present and interesting, but for some reason doesn't combine well with the dark-caramel-chocolate flavors, and lacks the spiciness that I enjoy in most german-style hops.

Overall, a well made product, but seemed more like a roasted winter warmer than a rich spring-celebration.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ruby hued dark brown, with a beefy tan head on top.
the aroma contains a soft grainy roasty-ness. it's got some caramel/molasses tones, some dark fruits are detectable, along with some whisps of chocolate. there is an almost cotton candy/rootbeer-like sweet aroma that develops with warmth.
the taste also has a grainy dark fruityness to it, mosty of the fig and date variety. the caramelized flavors bring sweetness, but shows restraint. it also has a nutty tobacco-like sweetness to it that provides some nice complexity to the equation. there is a hint of bitterness towards the end to cut some of the sweetness, but barely. i would say that generally, this is a sweet beer, but it doesn't come off as overly so. it finds a nice balance. drinks like a clean porter.
the mouthfeel is fairly full and rich with moderate carbonation to cut it a little.
good drinkability, it's got some real meat to it, but the glass empties itself quickly. a very fine bock beer.

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

Anchor Bock pitches a rich mahogany into the Yankees pint glass, topped by a thin finger of tan froth that dissipates fairly quickly. Decent lacing lines the glass. The fantastic color makes the presentation. Brown sugar and faint whiffs of roasted coffee find the nose well enough. These dictate the taste as well, with hints of toffee emerging as it warms. It's not spectacular, but rather a nice, steady bock, vaguely reminiscent of a slightly smoky porter. Nicely carbonated and smooth, this is a good find. Pleasant and well-textured, definitely recommended.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ridiculously huge head with insane retention that never leaves. Dark brown in color.

Smell is of some caramel malts with a little wheaty citrusy twang. There is almost a hint of mint in their as well. However, the smell is not very strong and it is a little hard to decipher everything.

Upfront is some sweet sweet malts. Caramel malts are followed by a citrusy twang from a little wheat. Tofee lingers with molasses to be finished off by a nice chocolateyness with a mild citrusy hop bitterness that cuts the sweetness. Highly enjoyable.

This beer turns to cream when it hits the palate. A little bit of high carbonation on the end ruins it a little tiny bit.

This beer is very easy to drink and will be a regular in my fridge every spring.

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Photo of eberkman
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with red highlights coming through when held to the light. Rich, light-tan head with excellent stickiness and retention leaving a lot of lacing. Smells of toasted malt and some caramel and molasses dominate the nose, which doesn't have much hop presence. The taste is also toasted malts -- caramel and molasses primarily, some pungent fruitiness as well. A dry, bitter coffee-like finish. Relatively complex, though the finish lasts overly long and becomes somewhat harsh and unpleasant. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation in the mouth. Pretty drinkable and reasonably sessionable.

A lot darker than I expected -- really looks like a stout or porter. Tastes and drinks like one too. Very sturdy for a lager -- every bit as hearty as a good ale.

I like this one quite a bit -- probably more so than the other across-the-board highly regarded Anchor offerings. Nice spring beer too, especially if we're talking about early spring when it's still cold and often dreary.

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

Poured a very, very dark brown with just a slight reddish hue. There was a lot of tan foam and lace. The smell of fruit and roasted malts were very evident. The taste, thickness and flavor was much like a stout rather than a bock. The taste of tart molasses, roasted malts and a hint of fruit was pleasant. This was the darkest bock ale that I can ever remember drinking.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Dark brown, with some red hues, under a big off white head. Nice lace and nice retention.

S: Very nice mixture of caramel, molasses and dark fruit. Very sweet smelling.

T: Malt stands out, toasted, some caramel. A little bit of sweetness up front, followed by a very mild earthy hop bitterness. Toasted maltiness sticks around afterwards. Pretty tasty.

M/D: Full bodied, low carbonation. Drinkability is very good on this one. Low ABV, smells good, looks good, tastes good. A damn good beer.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown with a puffy light brown head rising about a 1/4" with a gentle pour. Good lacing. Looking at the color on this after the pour, it could be easy to mistake it for a porter or a stout - it's quite dark.

S: Nothing particularly strong on the nose. With some mild agitation, smells of malt with hints of vanilla come out just a bit.

T: A rather malty taste engulfs the palate as one might expect with a bock, but not in an overly sweet manor. In fact, for a bock style this one struck me as a bit dry. There is the slightest hint of hops just at swallow but only to the point of balance. At no point did this brew strike me as 'bitter'. The finish is rather clean and quick, with a brief hint of an earthiness that seems to go well with the recipe. Overall the taste is quite good.

M&D: Full bodied and full flavored, this has good mouthfeel about it. The carbonation is light but persistent and is very pleasant within the brew. I enjoyed this quite a bit and look forward to it as a regular season brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly dark brown, like a glass of molasses. The brew is capped off with a dense, sandy colored head. Good head retention, keeping a misty coating throug the glass, with flecks of lace clinging to the glass. Good clarity, with a garnet shine.
Very smooth, lagery aroma. Deeply roasted malt takes on a woody character with the lagering, added to by mellow floral hops. Very clean, exceptionally smooth.
The first impression on the flavor is incredible smoothness. Fine carbonation and obviously long lagering time creates a velvety texture that's so pleasurable to drink. Fairly light on the palate. Very rounded malt flavor, moving easily from start to finish. Light caramelized sweetness right up front. Woodsy and roasty, with just enough wooden, spicy floral hop bitterness in the finish. Somewhat bittersweet with the roasted character. Nothing that could be construed as an off flavor.
Very elegant and artfully crafted. A benchmark for bock lager. Better than many bocks from Germany.

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

Well let me first start off saying that I love the label on this bottle. A goat chewing hops.. perfect.

The pour into my snifter resulted in a very impressive 2 finger head that is an off-white color. Nice contrast to the VERY dark, nutty-brown color of the beer that lets almost no light in when held up in the air. As the head diminishes, there is excellent lacing that is clinging to the side of the glass.

First aromas to his my nose are some very rich, nutty malt flavors. This beer smells very fresh. Not sure of when it was bottled, but I'm guessing somewhat recently. Some vanilla and toffee notes present as well.

Caramely malt flavors are noticeably present. Toasted chocolate is on the back-end and is subtle, noticeable and excellent. The hops aren't really present in the taste, but are doing their job well to counteract the sweetness of the malts. Resulting in a pretty well-balanced beer. If I wait a few minutes before sips, I still get a faint taste of vanilla.

I think that the mouthfeel is certainly on the medium to heavy side and is very full-flavored, creamy, and smooth. I think the smoothness is what makes me feel like it's a more full-bodied beer as the way it passes over my palate almost reminds me a little of a Guinness.

I think the drinkability on this is rather high. Spring in Ohio is a great place for this. The beer drinks sort of like a heavier beer would, but is meant for spring. Perfect for an area where the beginning of Spring is still very prone to snow and cold weather.

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Photo of champ103
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: This pours a brownish/black color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A huge tan head forms and recedes very slowly to a ring leaving a decent amount of lace behind.
S: Kind of muddled. Not much stands out. I can tell there is malt, but other than that pretty nondescript. Maybe a bit of chocolate as I breath in deep.
T: Very similar to the nose. All the flavors are muddled and nondescript. Again, I can tell there is some roasted and semi sweet malt, but not much else.
M/D: Medium body and very thin and watery in the mouth. I am disappointed here. This can be a decent session for those that don't like very light beers and those that don't like very dark beers.

Very middle of the road for me. It is not a bad beer, it just seems very bland to me. I will pass this up next time.

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

Poured a deep dark brown color with decent head that dissipated rapidly. Aroma is sweet maltiness with notes of chocolate and dark fruits. Taste has notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted nuttiness. Fairly complex. Mouthfeel is pleasant and drinkability is fairly high.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black in color, with slight ruby hues. Foamy tan head with a good amount of lacing that hung around the glass to the last sip.

S - Malty with hints of dark chocolate, espresso and ripe fruit.

T - Slighty sweet malty tast. Hints of chocolate up front with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

MF&D - Medium body bock. Sticky and delicious. Went down smooth and fast. A great easy drinking bock. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a 1" tan head with good retention/lacing. Very dark brown body.

S: Aroma was pretty much straight malt - and that's fine with me.

T: The taste was a very enjoyable mix of roasted malts & bittersweet chocolate. Very little sweetness, which surprised me somewhat after the aroma.

M: Medium body. The first bottle seemed a bit overcarbonated - but that wasn't evident in bottle two - so it may have been the pour. Dry, roasty finish.

D: It went down very easily. The six-pack didn't last long.

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Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An atypically dark brown, almost black brew supports a quickly receding tan head, leaving streaks of skinny lacing behind. Smells of sweet bread, caramel and a bit of earthiness. Tastes of dark chocolates mixed with malts and an afterthought of subtle spice. Way more flavorful than many of the bocks I've tried. Despite it's gutsy aroma and taste it has a light-bodied mouth-feel, which makes for a sweet little tasty session brew that you shouldn't grow tired of.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice dark brown with hints of red. A fluffy head forms but instantly dissapates. The aroma is malty, bready and slightly alcoholic. It is malty but there is some nice bitterness from the hops. THe taste is incredible. It is very malty but the additional hop, roasted nuttiness, and most importantly the sweet fruitiness that knocks this one out of the park.The feel is between medium and full with a slight sticky feel to it. To sum it up id say its a sweet fruity bock mixed with a little nut brown. You can drink this slow and LOVE IT, or you can pound it quickly if you need to and love it!

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 992 ratings.
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