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

A - dark brown/black with crimson highlights, a thin dark tan head that dissipates swiftly, too dark to note any carbonation

S - roasted malts dominate the bouquet, with deep dark fruit tones, like dates and raisins, slight and faint toffee hints as well

T - wow, much more balanced and sweetness that i expect, a great dark malty/molasses flavor with a rich toffee/caramel sweetness to fight out the underlying mellow hoppiness, beneath the whole flavor is a decent and not overdone alcohol kick

M&D - smooth and sweet with well balanced bitterness, an easy down bock and a good example of the style. Anchor upholds their steeped tradition of world class beers, well done Anchor.

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

12oz bottle into mug.

Clear, but very dark brown hue with a very thick tan head that lasts a long time. Some lacing along the glass.

The smell is sweet, similar to molasses mixed with a little bit of grain.

Packed full of malty flavor, giving off caramel, coffee, and creamy grain. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation, but still feels somewhat thick. There really isn't much of a hop presence, as the beer almost tastes sugary. The finish is full of sweet grain.

I don't know what to think about this beer. It seems too dark to be a bock, seems more like a dopplebock or something. It's still a delicious beer, no matter what category you put it in.

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

Looks more like a stout than a bock. But still maintains. Very deep brown, red hue. Can't see any bubbles, but has a good ring of foam after the pour. Very light and asymetrical lacing. Good, dark looking bock. The aroma makes me think of a true German bock, but with some stronger hop influence. Toatlly awesome and different. I smell malty blankets of yeast and barn yard with a bunch of intermingling bitterness and roasted malts. Great balance. The taste is just as unique. Very malty and roasty, but not high in the fruity malts that I'm used to in most bocks. A little dry roasted mlats with a few hints of dried prunes and apricots. But then some medium bitterness mixes with the fruits and the mlats. Very different. This is an awesome session beer. I wish I didn't have to go to Indy to get this stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on the bottle 6BN

Pours mahogany with 4 fingers+ of sand colored, rocky head. Most of the lacing falls away & a little head retention

S: Choclatey nose with a little licorice & coffee

T: Bakers chocolate, iron, & coffee up front. I also catch a little licorice. Toasted/burnt grains as this warms. Dryness, baker's chocolate, a little medicinal twang & burnt grains, too many things don't belong here

MF: Very chewy for the abv, with low carbonation, best thing about this beer IMO

Drinks alright, just too many non conventional bock flavors in this critter, almost makes think of their holiday ale. If you're not too anal about taste profiles this ain't a bad beer, but I expected a lot more from anchor

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Photo of goochpunch
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a rich looking purplish ruby colored dark brown with a khaki head that clings to the glass. Nose is toasty and of caramelized malts with a healthy amount of herbal hops. Starts off with caramel and a sort of thin malt body which leads into a middle of herbal hops and their bitterness. Finishes a bit too roasty for me and kind of lactic. Dry. Mouthfeel is kind of thin for me. Solid drinkability despite its flaws. I would drink this again, but when faced with the price of a 6 of Anchor beer, I'll stick to Liberty, Steam, or Old Foghorn.

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

12-oz bottle, into a tall glass. Pours a dark but clear mahogany with a lasting, though small, tan head. Nose is solidly malty, but more caramel, somewhat toffee-ish, than a true bock should be. Flavor is better, only lightly caramel, instead sweet, lightly bready malt. Some toasted malt character appears near the end. Bitterness at first is just enough to keep from cloying, though it sneaks up a bit more at the end. Finish is clean. Creamy, moderately full-bodied.

Solid, but nothing wowing.

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

The liquid is clear; the colour is dark brown-red. The two fingers high head is compact and brown. No lacing.

Fruity sour hops dominate the smell. Coffee, citric, toffee, roasted malt, whipped cream and fruit candy.

The taste is fresh and sour (lemon-lime soda?) with some roasted malt (coffee, cocoa). The body is medium. The aftertaste is sour-bitter with some coffee and fruits.

The carbonation is pretty strong with small bubbles; the liquid is a bit thick.

Despite all the strong flavours, this one was surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark clear ruby/mahogony with a huge tan foamy head. The head looks "Guiness" like with great lacing. The smell is light with dark fruit aromas and coffee. The taste is very stout like with coffee,some chocolate,dark fruit, and bitter hops. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing well makes this a pretty decent beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange-brown color, topped by a small light tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin coating. Aroma of very sweet, lightly roasted malt and some mildly fruity hops. Palate is sweet dark malt up front, calling up notes of dark fruit and a touch of brown sugar. An off flavor of mild diacetyl peeks through now and again, but is not overwhelming. Finish is sweet and bready. Body is a little thin, like a decent bock should be. Not my favorite bock or my favorite Anchor offering, but a decent effort.

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

Picked up a couple of bottles at the beginning of August from Magnum's for $1.69. Bottled on February 6, 2006.

Beer poured very dark with ruby undertones. The head is brown and very sturdy. Nose is primarily sweet malts and perhaps a hint of dark fruit. Taste is very malty, somewhat sweet, with some hints of that dark fruit; finish is with a very dry but light hop. Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow, the beer goes down nice and easy. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a well crafted brew that has a degree of complexity that is very interesting.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd review on a night thats shaping up to be quite malty.

Pours with a fluffy tan, two finger head that well carbonated. My son says 'your cup is dark, we can't see you', and he's right. Its a dark mahogany brown with tinges of red throughout. Head doesn't last and leaves only a trace of lace.

Smells fruity and a little winey, plus a good nose of caramel malt.

Taste is sweet, with that same dark fruit wine quality, raisins, prunes, red grapes. INot overly complex, but serveral different layers show up as t warms and opens a bit. Slightly bitter and quite drying in the mouth with medium body, a tad thin.

Pretty drinkable, though I'm not sure the flavors suit me well enough to have more than one at a time.

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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for opening the bottle...
Appears a dark brown with some deep crimson notes around the edges. A chunky, tan head slowly fades out into a mild cap and leaves little spots of lacing all around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, roasted nuts, cream, toasty malt, molasses, and a touch of caramel with some notes of gentle astringency.
Taste is of the aromas with a bit of astringency coming through more in the flavor, making for a slight dropoff against the aromas.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, thin along the palate, and astringent.

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

Appearance: Bottle has a goat on it, as it should. Beer inside is black as hell and foamier than heaven.

Smell: Rich and malty mocha, espresso and faint banana.

Taste: The smells described above are realized on the tongue, with the addition of a pleasantly bitter hop character at the end.

Mouth: Satisfyingly smooth, with a coy acidity.

Drinkability: Won't be the last time this one goes down, for sure. A winner from a pioneer of the microbrew phenomenon we are thankfully privy to.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - Pours a very deep cherry amber with a large four-finger tan, soapy, and hugely rocky and uneven head (especially as it dissipates. It eventually settles at a thin layer of creamy head leaving good lacing all the way down.

Smell - Smells a lot like the stout I had two nights ago. Rich doughy malts right up front, with slight dark fruitiness in the background. A sour/bitter aroma from light hopping. Almost no alcohol aroma.

Taste - Weak flavors up front, with a small malt flavor. Toward the middle the flavors start to increase, but not by leaps and bounds. Some earthiness flashes in the middle. It finishes with a fairly rich doughy malt character with some dark fruit notes again. Also, some alcohol warmnt comes in for the finish as well. Earthiness and a mild caramel maltiness in the aftertaste. Very little hops throughout.

Mouthfeel - Nice mellow carbonation that compliments the beer overall. A clean and somewhat thin mouthfeel, light-bodied.

Drinkability - The flavors are rich toward the finish, but overall this stuff is pretty easy to drink (although it has an interestingly flavorful aftertaste). My sixpack won't last to the weekend!

Not a half-bad boch here. The flavors start out somewhat dissapointing in the beginning of a taste, but toward the middle and finish they come through nicely. A light and refreshing mouthfeel helps this beer as well. Recommended.

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

Body is nearly black but still just light enough to be brown. Nice tan creamy head. No lacing.
Nose is caramel and brown sugar. I taste caramel, red berries and a hint of red licorice in the finish. Nice stuff.
Mouth is lightly carbonated and thick. A nice interpretation of the style indeed.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled multiple times at the brewery during my tour of the place, 12sep2006.

Appearance: Quite dark, turned sanguine red when exposed to the light. Very nice sustained half inch of head.

Smell: Interesting caramel malts, and as hoppy as a Bock can be.

Taste: Plenty of malt body and well dosed carbonation, it does have a bit of a vegetal taste to it, but I didn't really see it as such a bad thing. Kind of like bitter rhubarb, and the malt sweetness tames the harshness of it. But it's the finish that I didn't like, as it was ashy, something I don't like at all, at least not at this level.

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

Pours a five finger tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Opaque black/brown color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Starts with a roasted chocolate/burnt oak flavor, finish is dry bitter chocolate. Really this is a bock with balls. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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

A - Pours a dark brown in color, some carbonation, nice creamy head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste of kinda sweet, there's some slight toffee flavor, and a hint of prune's. The finish is dry.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a pretty tasty bock from Anchor, recommend for sure.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, a finger of tan head that goes down to a thin layer pretty quickly.

Smells very inviting - caramel malt, roasted grain, loads of brown sugar, Christmas pudding, mushrooms.

Tastes roasty and malty. Pretty dry - a little sweetness, but very restrained and well balanced against the roastiness. No detectable hops.

Really rich wheat mouthfeel, excellent. Eminently drinkable.

This is really worth a try. Seems like a versatile food beer, too. I bet it would be great with something involving bacon and mushrooms.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was not very much impressed by the appearance of this beer. A very small head, which can not be called a head, a microscopic thin layer of off-white foam. Not much carbonation and a pitch black color.

Smell was really good, roasted, with grapes and raisins and some sweetness. Really smooth and inviting.

Taste was roasted and dry, nothing like the sweet smell, just dry. The dark malts give the beer a good maltbitter, and there is a good hopbitter in there too. The special malts really add to the taste, giving ot complexity and body, which is medium. In my opinion this is a true bockbeer, according to the guidelines.

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

Wow, suprisingly good stuff!

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle with a typical anchor label and some sort of a freshness/batch code (6FF) on the back label. In my tulip, this is a black, deep ruby red ale with a finger plus of ivory cream head that sticks around for a while, leaving a fine delicate lace behind. The head settles to a ring and when aggitated, fluffs back up to almost a 1/4"

It smells of sweet, nut-roasty malt...nice and earthy, full and rich of caramel, molasses and some boozy alcoholic aspects as it warms.

Dark rich roasty sweet malt, that is full of flavor and body, lasting for what seems, a short eternity with an earthy malt aftertaste that lingers. The balance is good with a light chalk type of bitter, in and out to the finish. Somewhat complex with an alcoholic backdrop, this is the tastiest offering from Anchor Brewing that I have had so far and it is worthy of the style intended.

A very pleasant easy drinker, that packs a little punch as well.

Overall, I think this is a very good rendition of this style, give it a try if you get the chance.

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

12oz, 6FF stamped on the back. Just put the freakin date will ya?

Pours very dark, nearly opaque black/brown. Medium head of hearty brown bubbles. Aroma is of caramelized malt. Taste follows suit. Medium body, on the light side for the style. Nice roasted grain quality to cut the sweetness. Roasted quality comes out even more in the after taste. A bit dry for a bock. Well made and well balanced bock. Easy to drink and looks great in the glass.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into half-pint glass. Thanks to malthead for driving this across the entire US to deliver to me in a burger king parking lot.

Bocks are a mystery to me. I do not know very much about the style, and it seems every time I sit down with a bock, determined to figure them out, I usually come away perplexed. I know Anchor to be very true to the styles they produce, so I sat down with this Bock thinking I might learn something today.

A: dark dark brown with deep purple hints in the light (which can only penetrate at the top, no light breaks through to the bottom of the glass.) a mildly aggressive pour produces a healthy light tan head that takes its time to dissipate. Very little lacing.

S: mostly malty with a slight hint of the sweetness I describe below.

T/M: the taste changes drastically as it warms. Hints of caramel and a slight sweetness emerge, but the sweetness is nowhere near overpowering; a pretty well-balanced brew for being relatively complex. There is spicing in there that I can not place, but it reminds me of minced-meat pie (I will have to ask my grandmother what she puts in there.) As it warms and loses carbonation, it reminds me of prune juice. Mouthfeel is pleasantly plump. I like beers I can feel in my mouth, but I despise over-carbonation and don’t like to surprised by brews that need to be cut with a knife (don’t get me wrong, I love full-bodied beers, I just like to be able to plan when I drink them.) That being said, I felt this brew was spot on.

D- if i were a bock fan, i would find this very drinkable. if i had another one i would drink it immediately, its one of those things where once your pallate is adjusted to it, it goes down very smoothly.

Even at the end of this review, I am still unsure where Bocks fit into the whole scheme of things. I try to put brews into a roy-g-biv spectrum of the rainbow in my mind, where styles overlap in shades and blend into the next: but for the life of me I still can’t place bocks. My best guess would be somewhere between porters and abbot ales. The closest thing I have had to this is Stepan Razin Porter (which makes me believe Stepan Razin isn’t really a porter, which I have always felt, maybe its just labeled as such for the US market?) I am setting my sights on figuring this style out, it won't be long before I try it again . . .

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice offering from Anchor thats a little harder to find then most of their products. I had this in California from a 22oz bottle.

Poured a dark mahogony with a very small tight head that faded completely after a few minutes.

Smells of roasted malts primarily. with a little sweetness and some nutty smell I can't quite place.

Tastes on the drier side for a bock. Roasted grain with a whisp of caramel on the end, and a pronounced graininess.Alittle bitterness in their to balance as well.

Mouthfeel is very dry, with little creaminess.

Pretty drinkable for a Bock- the dryness avoids any lingering sticky feel and makes this quite sessionable.

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

Pecan shell brown with candied cherry highlights... that is actually darkest crimson when backlit. This is, without a doubt, the darkest bock that I've ever seen; excepting doppelbocks of course. The beer is crowed with a gorgeous brown sugar milkshake of a head that deposits vertical streamers of sea foam lace from the glass rim downward. A great start.

Given the dark, rich color, I shouldn't be surprised that the nose is dark and rich as well. Dark toffee, dark brown sugar, molasses... I can't believe that the beer will be as sweet and sticky as it smells. I keep looking for chocolate/cocoa, but the nose is solidly in the caramelized cane sugar family. With more power, it'd be a world-beater.

When I drink Anchor beer, it's hard for me to escape the notion that I'm drinking--if not the necessarily the best version--the definitive version of that particular style. I felt that way about Anchor Porter, about Old Foghorn and now about Anchor Bock. It tastes exactly like I'd always thought, and still think, a bock should taste.

It's darkly malty and continues to favor caramel over chocolate. There are, however, some cocoa powder notes on the palate that I didn't appreciate in the nose. Some variety of earthy hop has been used and provides exactly the right counterpoint, both in terms of flavor and bitterness, to the primary maltiness of the beer.

As expected, it isn't all that sweet. As is often the case, it favors (mildly) sweet early and (mildly) bitter and dry late. This is an extremely well-crafted lager that is a cinch to drink. The 5.5% ABV may put it on the low end of the style scale in terms of alcoholic punch, but it's definitely on the high end in terms of flavor and overall quality.

Keeping in mind that it isn't a doppelbock, the body/mouthfeel is just about where it needs to be (I'll resist the urge to call for bigger). It isn't what I'd call full, or even medium-full, but it has enough sustainability to keep that beautiful bock flavor on the taste buds long enough for them to deliver the goods. I love the contrast between the full flavor and the relatively light body.

I haven't had a great deal of bock experience, but I recognize quality beer when I taste it. Anchor Bock is a truly wonderful effort from a brewery that specializes in brewing 'gold standards' and is one of my new favorites of the style.

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