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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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Ratings: 992 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of silver0rlead
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this beer for quite some time, but for some reason it hasn't shown up in North Carolina until now. Pours a brilliant, opaque mahogany color with a billowy tan head that retains impeccably. The aroma doesn't disappoint, with a strong molasses and brown sugar sweetness upfront, along with some burnt bread, dark fruits. and roasted almonds. The taste begins with a molasses and caramel sweetness, along with some dark fruits and rye bread, a mineral-like hop flavor, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly rich, with moderate carbonation and excellent drinkability. Overall an excellent bock, glad to see this one in North Carolina

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a reddish, cedarwood brown, with a thick, light tan, lumpy head with good retention and some mild, yet thick lacing.

S: Maltiness dominates, treacle, caramel.

T: Very malty as I stated in the smell category, brown sugar and molasses, very sweet, light hop bite, just enough to show you it's there, tastes frankly like a lighter version of Korbinian, nice mocha coffee note in the aftertaste too.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-bodied without being cloying, well done.

D: A good beer, at times when I've had it before it had an annoying metallic tinge, there are times when I really like the flavour, and other times when I think it's nothing special, but overall, it's a solid piece of work.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Anchor bock poured a clear dark brown with 1 finger foam head and some initial lacing but disappeared quickly. Not much retention.

The aroma was hop dominated for me. The taste was smooth and malt up front with a hop flavor on the back end. There was wasn't much mouth feel on this one. Not a bad effort and is worth another shot.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark reddish brown, amber head is nice.

Smell: spicy and a ton of malt very much like the 2007 Christmas Ale.

Taste: malt city but wonderful -- not overly sweet hints of toffee. Roasted character really stands out but not burnt tasting at all.

Mouthfeel: creamy.

Drinkability: Another winner from Fritz and company. It really is nice to have something so close to the Christmas Ale which was probably the best of 2007 for me. I just wish I could get this one all year.


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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice surprise to find this in MN
Aroma has an interesting spicy hop aroma. It quite reminiscent of the 2007 holiday ale, although I don't suspect it's spice, but is that the hops or yeast (but I'd assume it's a lager yeast - who knows?). Fairly strong perfume that's back by the dark malt almost coffee like.
Big full almost fluffy head of a tannish color. Dark brown and clear. Good looking.
Flavor takes on character much more resembling the bock it is. Dark malt pushing toward roast with the coffee and chocolate (bitter dark) flavors nicely apparent before the drying of the finish takes hold. The dry finish also takes on taste much like that of the holiday ale too (must be the yeast). Nice full quality to the flavors that seems to touch ever nook and cranny of the mouth. Finishes with slight sourness that helps cut through any sweetness (but this is another flavor that seems straight from the holiday ale).
Feel is smooth like an ale, but seems to hold some lager cleanliness too. It's big enough for style, yet drinks nicely.
Nice solid drinking beer. Absolutely fits in with the quality of this brewers other beers. Unique in its flavors that separate it from the others, and mark it as distinctively Anchor.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark browinsh burgandy color with a big 3" fluffy head sporting some large bubbles. Some bits of lace developed.

Smell: malt sweetness leaps from the glass and provides a pleasant aroma.

Taste: big malt profile here. Bits of toasted bread, light fruitiness, hints of alcohol, and a decent bitterness make up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start but finishes smooth. Relatively short aftertaste as the malt sweetness sticks out the most.

Drinkability: this beer was quite enjoyable. I had two in the session, and could have easily had another one. Worth picking this one up.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to having this again after first trying last spring.

Pours a dark reddish brown with rocky tan head. A slight malty aroma with a hint of hops.

Sourness on the initial sip and through out the finish. Last year's batch I thought was maltier and sweeter than this years. I bought this at my local Bevmo and I hope that it isn't last year's batch.

Medium to low carbonation leads to a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability is not high for me. The sourness lowers drinkability for me.

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

Pours a dark reddish brown. Minor light brown head. Dark and murky but glassy on the exterior.

Heavy cherry sweet liqueur smell, like a barleywine. Roasted malt is nutty and also sweet; brown sugary. Some mild grape notes.

Harsh sweet cherry flavor mixed with burnt, nutty malt. Brown sugar with grainy barley. Molasses and corn syrup.

Feels syrupy and thick. Has a sharp little bite on the back of the tongue. Ashy and substantial. Good, but not great. Strong and sweetly roasted.

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

12oz bottle

This beer pours nearly black with a quick-forming tan colored head that stands tall and exhibits average retention. Plenty of lacing.

The aroma is pleasant and inviting. Very malty with hints of dark fruits such as prunes and dates. There is a roasted coffee quality present as well. I also detect a bit of scotch whiskey.

The taste is just what I was looking for tonight. Tons of complex malt character, but without going overboard with the palate assault. This is an excellent 'small' beer for those who've been worn out and need a break from the speedways and old ruffians of the winter-beer world. One of my favorite offerings from Anchor. I'll gladly grab a sixer of this anytime I come across it.

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

12 oz. glass bottle- color of deep brown, with nice tan a head - nose of sweet malt, coco, and some dark fruit – taste of cappuccino, and malt simple but good- body is medium, dry and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of cappuccino, and dark milk chocolate

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Photo of drseamus
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

According to the cryptic dating scheme, this was bottled on 12/14/06, so it's about 1 year old at drinking. It has a dark brown body with a touch of tan head. The smell is sweet and malty and almost has a scotch aroma to it. Nice malty flavor with no detectable hop bitterness. The flavor just doesn't have the intensity I would like it to, and that could possibly be attributed to the age of the beer. The body is fairly light for the color, probably around light medium body. Not a bad beer, but malt driven beers aren't my cup of tea.

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Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with ruby highlights and a cinnamon head. Solid lacing.
The nose is heavy, dark and malty. Caramel and molasses are clearly apparent with a hint of fig and raisin. An even nose, lets hope the taste follows suit.
The taste follows the smell very closely though not quite as sweet as anticipated. The mouth feel is solid and everything I would expect.
I am not very familiar with the bock style but understand that Anchor makes pretty classic beer of every style. This is no exception.

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Photo of BBM
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a chocolate brown into the pint glass, with a billowy beige head and some lacing. The aroma is sweet, rich with hints of cocoa beans, coffee, and caramel.

What a delicious brew. There is a bitter coffee taste up front, followed up by a sweet chocolate and caramel flavor. A slight fruitiness is in there as well. Hops are present, but reserved. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, and well-carbonated. Another spot-on performance by Anchor. Recommended highly.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: dark brown, almost black color, mild brown head that settles to thick veil
s: sweet malty aroma with faint toasted malts
t: mild coffee flavor tempered with a tart fruit taste, finishes with strong coffee aftertaste
m: medium body that thins out at the end, lots of carbonation
d: interesting beer given the porter-like qualities and tartness, just not one i'll be looking for again

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Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Finger Lakes Beverge.

I don't know about this one. On one hand there are nice blackberry and licorice flavors. On the other hand it reminds me of Sharpie Magnum markers - you know, those really big ones in the silver metal casing. Other people around me seemed to like it, so maybe this is just me. Otherwise it had a nice, mild aroma and smooth body.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is smoky and spicy and has some dark fruit and hops in it. I was surprised at how robust it was.

T: The taste is hits you with smoked malts up front along with some dark fruit, spices and a touch of chocolate. There’s a decent hops presence and an interesting twang at the end of each sip. The balance is good for such a flavorful beer with so many different flavors going on at the same time. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not that filling for the style, decent kick, good representation of style and certainly more flavorful than most other Bocks. This is a style that I’ve found to be pretty mediocre from the beers that I’ve had in it so far. However, this beer has restored my faith that there can be some good beers in it. It’s well-worth drinking for a while and even though it may not be my first choice on a given evening, it’s definitely one of the best Bock’s that I’ve had.

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Photo of cameraman
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with hints of red along the sides of the glass. A two finger thick head forms, and is beige in color. The head gradually fades away. The sweet fragrance of malt strikes out at first scent, then it is followed by hints of chocolate and touches sweet spices. The malt and the chocolate hit the palate with strong flavor, a gradual spiciness grows and it finishes with a soft taste of bitterness. A very rich mouthfeel, I was expecting something a little more lighter, not that there is anything wrong with that, it slides it way across the palate for a very clean finish. This is really the first bock beer, that I have ever sat back and really enjoyed and appreciated. This was very drinkable and very smooth, hopefully there more like this beer.

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

Served at cellar temp, poured into a Delirium Tremens glass.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a very nice 1 1/2 finger light tan head that leaves a nice creamy lacing. Smell is of raisins and molasses. Nice.

Taste is full of raisins and mild caramel/molasses sweetness at the forefront, followed by a some hops and a roastedness. Altogether, a solid set of flavors.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich given the abv, with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability is good on this.

Recommended. A nice bock, despite the fact that the roasted character probably isn't completely true to the style.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown color with a large head. Caramel, malt and chocolate dominate the aroma. The taste is sweet and also reminiscent of caramel and chocolate. The beer is full and slightly chewy. Overall, the deep malt flavors and full body of the beer compliment each other well, making this a delicious treat.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yep, big "steamy" tan head with the bubbles popping away.
Things settle to a thin layer quickly and then pretty much disappear completely. Color is like the deepest, darkest fudge you can imagine...big chocolatey black.

Aroma is dark fruits, Twizzlers, pumpernickel, caramel, chocolate, some kind of dark-fruit liqueur. Nose reminds a little of a Scotch ale. Nice.

Flavor is chocolate, caramel, toffee, wood, a slightly burnt taste...hey, this is a lot like a porter. Huh? Well, it's bock-ish too, I'm just not sure how absolutely true to style it is. Burnt bitterness in the finish makes that aspect of the flavor ride out the longest. [note to self: a bright, way-too-herbal, almost minty character was found in the 2011 version, and I liked it less...]

I found the mouthfeel full of carbonation. Maybe too much so. Distracts a little from the flavor. Too much "action", like a soda.

Ultimately this is a good experience, but it's not the best bock ever. Just a little uneven and unconvincing in spots. I'm not dying for another but I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date but I think my 6 are a little old because they've acquired a little bit of dust and it's currently September and this is a spring beer according to the label.

Pours a very nice deep brown, almost black. Decent head that fades to some good lacing and a nice layer of white bubbles across the whole surface of the beer. Smells slightly sweet some deep coffee malts. Taste is very deep with some nice warming alcohol flavors along with some coffee and toasted malt flavors. Slight lingering alcohol aftertaste, with a sticky, dry finish. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic but crisp yet deep. Drinkability isn't the best, because of the alcohol quality and heavy nature of the beer. Overall a solid brew. More akin to a sweet Porter than anything else, in my opinion, but good nonetheless. Its not exactly a staple, but I'd pick it up again in a few months.

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Photo of Floydster
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle from Cooke's Family Market in El Segundo

Poured a deep brown color with a rich foamy head

Smell was sweet but full of roasted oat and barley, strong odor

Taste was not the best bock I have had in any means, too sweet and wrong kind of bitterness

Could not drink many of these at all

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

This beer pour a neary opaque blackish-brown color. The head is one inch in height, light tan in color, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of nuts, cream, chocolate, and caramel with a hint of nutmeg. The taste is of creamier than the aroma with a nice mildly spicy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonatnion, and a velvety texture. Overall, I would certainly drink this agian.

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Photo of dbalsock
2.08/5  rDev -43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber color with a tannish/offwhite head. The head was abundant, exploding into the glass and settled to about 1/2 finger thickness, never getting smaller.

Smell: A mix of malty goodness, some light hoppage, and poorly made gravy... gravy? Yes gravy. It took over the taste at times, but at others it wasn't very apparent. I thought it might be the glass, so i switched glasses. I thought it might be where I was drinking it, so I moved outside. The gravy followed.

Taste: The gravy from the smell came back to the taste too. This time however, there was a nice intense hop taste. More intense than I expected for a bock, but still german tasting.

Mouthfeel: The beer had a great alcoholic zing to it, and the body was perfect for a bock: not to heavy, not to light, somewhere in the middle and smooth. However, it was interrupted by overcarbonation that never ceased. The bubbles were a nuisance to a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Despite the poor taste and the awkward mouthfeel, it was actually pretty easy to down. I wouldn't want it again, but there are other bocks that just don't sit as well flowing down the palate.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with some amber hues and a small tan head. Strong sweet aroma with some brown sugar, molasses, cocoa, dark,cnadied fruit and a touch of licorice. More dark, chocolate and bready malts, sweet caramelized sugar in the taste. A slightly, bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. This beer is good but the sweetness and dryness bring down drinkability slightly. Good beer from Anchor, but what else would you expect.

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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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