Bock Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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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 BretSikkink
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark brown bockbeer, head is tan and not too thick, soap-like bubbling. The aroma is somewhat faint, there's some dark sweet malt - molasses - and not much else.

The flavor is quite earthy, some dark ripe fruit, and the yeast is full and bready. More than a slight hint of underlying alcohol. Good body, enough carbonation to keep it all together, and some hard water mouthfeel.

Overall it's quite good, nice and big for the style. Not the easiest sipper but a good beer for the style.

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Photo of theopholis
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark brown with a slightly reddish tint as light when held up to the light. Nice, creamy, tan head with just a little staying power. Decent lacing.

Aroma- Some malt sweetness right up front, and some caramel aroma, which was kind of unexpected Some roasty malts in the background.

Taste- A nice blend of roasted malts and malt sweetness with the proper amount of bittering hops. I'm also getting some smokiness, which was very unexpected, but quite nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. The carbonation level seems right, but it has a nasty CO2 bite on the tip of the tounge.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Let it flatten out a bit tho.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.59 for a bottle. Nice looking bottle - goat eating a hop plant. Same Anchor bowling-pin shaped bottle too. Pours dark black walnut stained color. Big tan head on top that doesn't go away. Smell is strong malt, roastiness, slight hop presence. Taste is smooth, easy on the palate with a lot of flavor. Some roasted malt, a bit of burnt coffee, a lot of sweetness. Maybe a touch watery. There is a slightly drying characteristic to this beer in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on the money, balances nicely with a decent FG, though I think this could've been a bit higher.

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Photo of dgfair
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Bottling date January 19, 2007.

A - Dark brown with a slightly reddish tint as light shines through. Huge, creamy, tan head that dissipates into a nice layer. Lacing all around.

S - Caramel malts, a tad roasty but not too much. A little bit of a husky grain aroma, and a typical biscuity smell.

T - A bit roastier in the taste than I expected. A touch of licorice that tastes very earthy. A light bitter hoppiness that pokes through in the finish. Tasty, but very subtle.

M - Rich and creamy, full and perfectly carbonated. Far and away the best aspect of this beer.

D - Very drinkable...this would be a great session beer with a full flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Another great offering from Anchor.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark clear ruby-brown with a frothy tan head.

Smell. hints of chocolate and floral aromas are what i get. It's quite interesting. There is a little pepperyness to it as well.

Taste. Malts have a nice potency to it. Semi-sweet chocolate is the dominant characteristic i get. There are also a small amount of alcohol drenched fruits. Aftertaste is more of the chocolate flavor with a little burnt malts. I really like the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Body is average. carbonation is at a nice level. Pretty decent mouthfeel.

Overall, I am not one to sit down with a bunch of bocks, but this one is pretty nice. I think it has some very nice characteristics that gives it a distinct flavor that i wouldnt mind having again...when wanting a semi-mild bock.

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Photo of BWH3
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Bock from 12oz bottle at 40-45 F from Pint

Appearance: Deep brown with good clarity. Avg white head. Does not pour large. Does not give enough creaminess to the beverage

Smell: Strong malt aroma. Mild amount of rich melanoidins an abnormal amount of caramel sweetness on the aroma. No hops and no toasted aromas either. Strong banana esters.

Taste: Somewhat complex maltiness. Munich is not the dominant malt. I perceive more of a caramel sweetness. Banana like esters overly present for style. Light hop bitterness to finish and extinguish the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation. Approriate for style

Drinkability: An above average, readily available American bock. A good introduction to the style.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. The code on the back read 7JS. Pours a dark chestnut color, not at all what I expected. Lighter shades of brown covered the edges of the glass. Nice creamy tan head, which held together for a great while, and faded, leaving some great patchworks of lace.

Toasty and slightly roasty dark malts in the nose. Chocolate like aroma, as well as some floral hops. In some ways, this reminds me of Anchor's OSA without all of the spices.

Very strong roasty, dark chocolate like malt presence. Bready flavors thrown in as well. Finishes pretty dry with some floral hop bitterness to help balance out. Make no mistake, this is malt centered.

Good body and appropriate carbonation. This was certainly not what I expected. Very enjoyable, however could use a bit more sweetness for me.

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Photo of tobyandgina
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pretty good head on it after pour

Smell slightly of copper at first, not too strong

Great, deep red color

Good mouth feel, a little bit of apple peel taste, kind of a yeasty aftertaste, nice and clean with some hops - tastey!

This one goes down awesome!

Serve some of this at a backyard BBQ

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Photo of Ego
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2 full finger of foamy tan head, deep brown with ruby highlights, lacing and retention is very good, all around a good offering.

dark and toasty caramel almost burnt caramel... can we say caramel ? nice malty tones. straight forward bu done well.

taste etc...
kind of fluffy due to the carbonation, it really keeps this light drinking, the flavor is malty with some slight bitterness in the finish.

bock light ? easy drinking and a decent beer but just an OK bock.

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

This brew poured to a brown color that has mahogany highlights. Had a nice sized tan head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. The nose highlights caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, and dark fruit. I would imagine that I am missing a bunch, but what I am picking up is very enticing. The taste highlights, while are similar to the aroma just come out more and add so much to the experience. The caramel, molasses, brown/burnt sugar flavors come out intermingling in a fantastic brew. At the tail end a hop flavor is there giving a slight but perfect amount of bitterness while a chocolate flavor seems to come and go quickly. I was actually not expecting all of these flavors to come out, this brew really impresses me and I can’t believe that this is my first exposure to it. The feel is quite dry, an excellent brew all around.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance is a clear dark ruby with an extremely generous dark khaki colored head which remains well throughout. Lacing is very sticky around entire glass from start to finish. Smell is a bit weak but has hints of chocolate, toffee, and toasted nuts. Taste is a clean malt overtone with a very fine hop finish. More of a toasted flavor than anticipated, but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is so smooth but has a bit of a tingle to it. Carbonation seems to be there quite a bit throughout, but doesn't distract from this amazing bock. If you're a fan of Bocks, Anchor does an amazing job of representing this style of beer.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is the color of gumbo roux (in the jar) and has no real head. It has a great nose of figs, prunes, plumbs, and pound cake. The taste is thin and cidery, with a little roastiness and a nice herbal hop bitter in the backend. Medwiehgt mouthfeel fluffs up with crabonation.

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Photo of bigelo1016
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Really dark brown with about one inch of creamy tan head. Nice

S: Roasted malt, chocolate with a little coffee

T: malty goodness a plenty, with just a touch of bitter on the finish, really enjoyable

M: a medium body with pretty light carbonation

D: I could definitely drink several of these. Really good overall Bock

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Photo of July2Nov
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark (and I mean dark) mahogany color. Poured into a pint glass. A rich frothy head of about 2 fingers. Retained it's lace.
S: Subtle. Has a smoky molasses hint to it
T&M: Very interesting. You can taste the sweetness in it, that has a bit of chocolate, molasses and a piney feel to it. The taste tends to linger around the mouth for a spikey richness.
D: A rich flavor dominates this brew and due to this quality, I could only drink this in moderation. One is good and two would be the limit. Nice complex flavor. Another fine effort by Anchor.

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Photo of Liquids
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really deep hued mahogany, that looks near black, and not unlike their porter considering this is a like tight bubbled two fingered head from a rather gentle pour - nice. Aroma is an American twist in hops on a German style base...the hops are piney and citric but sweet malts are detectable, inviting and very 'anchor.' Taste is on par stylistically and again a distinctly anchor beer, which I'd say is not unlikely due to the yeast. It's delicious, but the alcohol is detectable, very rose like. Wheat is present but not overwhelming, and the hops are light but just enough for me while not at all bordering on a sugar bomb. Mouthfeel is full! Smooth carbonation again characteristic of anchor. Overall nothing to swoon over despite the high scores, unless you really love this style, in which case, this is an outstanding must-have version.

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Photo of EPseja
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to yelterdow for hooking me up with this one! Served from a 12oz bottle at cellar temperature in a Samuel Adams Double Bock glass.

A - Dark chestnut color with fiery crimson highlights. Big, billowing medium tan head explodes to the top, buyoed by big giant bubbles beneath a creamy, craggy surface. The head is so active that it almost seems as if it's still fermenting... Lacing sets up nicely as the head dimishes, leaving sporadic sticky patches scattered on the inside of the glass.

S - Big and malty, with a very fresh and green hoppiness that really adds an air of crispness to the hefty malt base. Dark caramel notes and dark German pumpernickel bread.

T - For as sweet as the smell is, the maltiness is quite toasted and quite laid back. In the middle, a hint of sweetness comes through, but is perfectly balanced by the drying hops and slightly tart yeast that follows. The finish is dry, and the aftertaste is substantially bready.

M - Lightly tingly on the tongue, with very small bubbles turning the liquid into a mouth-filling froth that settles down for a very smooth finish. Excellent balance.

D - This is a very fine example of the Bock style. It's got everything right where it needs to be, without any extra bravado that might spoil the balance. Excellently drinkable, and a staple for any fan of the style.

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

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a very dark brown, probably closer to black. A thick 3/4 inch tan head forms, fading to a solid ring around the glass. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: This one is almost all malt. Roasted malt aromas, the typical chocolate and coffee are present. When the beer is a little warmer, I get a hint of piney hops.

Taste: Nice big malty body, touch of bitterness on the finish. Roasted malt, bittnerness is minimal. Just a solid, good, beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with good carbonation, a little prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not an everyday purchase for me due to cost, but it was on sale so I picked up a couple of different Anchor products. I definitely enjoyed the six I have had, and would look for it again next spring.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently to enjoy the spring season. I've loved all of Anchor's other offerings that I've had, and I was interested to see how they would do on a boch beer, seeing that Anchor is known for beers with the west-coast hop taste and a clean finish. This was not a hoppy beer, but unlike Sierra Nevada's take on a wheat beer, Anchor got this down pretty damn well!

The pour was nice - this beer had a deep roasted brown hue to it and a very strong and fluffy head. The lacing was also nice and the aroma of this was great to boot: lots of roasted caramel malt, molasses, and plum, with the taste just as strong. It came across as very malty up front, with just a hint of the hops that characterize an Anchor beer in the back. It's not complex, but it's subtly solid and easily drinkable during the warm and cool nights that have been around here as of late.

It's hard to believe that this beer is 5.50% ABV, as it seems like a winter warmer at times. I can feel the alcohol, but it doesn't detract from the taste of the mouthfeel. There isn't any espresso or cocoa here, so this goes down a lot easier than any stout or porter would. This is another great offering from one of my favorite breweries, and a shame that this is the only solidly crafted Bock that I've ever had. No matter - the ones that I have remaining in my fridge are a more than adequate way to make up for the lack of this style, and to welcome in the new season!

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Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown in color with a light tan head. Soapy lacing clings to the side of the glass. Nose consists of prune with hints of sweet caramel, molasses and chocolate. Medium-bodied mouthfeel that;s soft overall, but has some prickly carbonation along the edges of the tongue. Nice roasted malt front leads into a raisiny and prune-like fruit flavored middle. Molasses follows with just a hint of roasted bitterness. Juicy chocolate and raisin finish lingers.

Very nice American bock. Tasty, complex and fulfilling. You can't ask for too much more in a good beer. This goes down very easy and at only 5.5% alcohol you can enjoy a few of these, which IMO makes a great session beer. Great Spring offering.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a dark brown with a big head, OK longevity and good lace. Rich malt aromas mixed with a fair amount of roasted malts and a hint of hops. Big and rich and malty with a decent amount of roasted malts leaving a nice roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. A very good beer but IMHO too much roasted malts. Slightly above average for the style - mainly due to the roasted falvor but a very good beer none the less.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, reddish coffee color with molasses highlights at the edges. Small head that fades to a collar. Rich aroma of creamy coffee, sweet malts and savory spice... very smooth, sumptuous and inviting. Great aroma. On the palate, the nose is reprised, albeit with the addition of a touch of brown fruit and a slight, highly complementary alcohol burn. Very smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation -- that is, enough to tickle the tongue a bit and keep things fresh, but not enough to fill the mouth and create the sensation of greater weight/volume. Overall, this is a wonderful bock. It's not over the top -- just moderate weight, ABV, and hefty-but-nuanced flavors.

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

Pours a clear ruby-brown with a thick, foamy tan head leaving thick leaves of lace as it drinks down. The smell is wonderful with dark bread and orange peel dominating. Taste is roasted malt reminiscent of dark bread followed by a mild orange sweetness and finished with a bittersweet (almost chocolate) flavor. Very nicely flavored. This is a very drinkable spring brew and one that I will continue to look out for.

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Photo of drpimento
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer although a bit against the grain for a bock. Poured with a huge, thick, foamy, frothy, tan head and lots of lace. Opaque brownish black color. Very mild aroma. Not too sweet; quite roasty, a little dark, ripe fruit and a bit of an edge from the acid of carbonation. Mouth filling body. Easy finish. Perhaps a bit much for a session beer.

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice dry roasted scent that boasts of crystal malts and lager yeast. It has a light malt sweetness along with some fruity yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and toastey. This is a solid brew that is true to style. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer with good malt character.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor's Bock pours a clear, very dark mahogany body with ruby highlights beneath a massive rocky head of orange-accented dark tan. The head retention is impressive, and it leaves walls of thin, sparse lace about the glass.

The nose is distinctly caramelish, and fruity. It's sweetish and rich, leaning heavily towards darkly caramelized and almost scortched sugars with the yeasty fruitiness providing a very nice counterpoint.

The flavor mimicks the nose, displaying a rich caramel maltiness that exhibits lots of brown sugar, scorched sugar, molasses, and nutty, dark bread. It finishes with a low-key, lingering bitterness, a hint of dark chocolate, and some residual, mild dark malt acidity.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge, and smooth across the palate with a moderate carbonation.

When I first had this beer I was unimpressed. It was colder than it should have been, lacked head retention (probably a dirty glass), and without releasing some of it's carbonation, 'twas a bit gassy and harsh on the tongue. The caramel flavor was reduced, or perhaps I should say concentrated, as its full breadth of character was masked by the cold. Once warmed a bit it's wonderful. It's not quite traditional, but quite nice in its own right. Well done and worth trying!

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Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 991 ratings