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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a lovely ruby brown with a thick steadfast khaki head that leaves some traces of laces behind. The smell is faint, but there are nonetheless detectable notes of dark malts, wheat, brown sugar, and figs. The taste generally follows, but witb the addition of a chalky cocoa flavor that seems to dry things out a bit. The body is lightly medium, quite smooth, and lightly carbonated, making for a fairly drinkable brew. Overall, though, a decidedly average bock.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but very dark brown with a tannish head. Nose is minor malts with minor coffee. Flavor is very robust. Nice thick flavor that lingers for a little bit and then disappears, leaving a coffee after taste. Just comes off nice and robust really. Very nice. Good feel. Carbonation is biting, but it's not overly prevalent. The verdict is this is a nice bock. I usually don't go directly for this style, but this is nice. Easily a session brew.

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Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - very dark brown with some reddish hues; big, soft, brown head with a thin lacing

S - huge dark fruit, caramel, some roasted malts

T - caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, some roasted malts

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I didn't expect much, but to my delight this was really a good bock. The maltiness was complex and intense. The dark fruit notes are most impressive, but meshes well with the caramel, chocolate, and faint roast. The carbonation was spot on, and the drinkability was smooth throughout. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Wonderful uniform pinhead toffee colored head, whipped up like cream and very deep. Body color is a luscious dark dark brown red hued at the bottom. Looks very inviting.

Nose brings an inviting mix of dry clove and hop pine strangely. Even some smoke and faint toffee. Almost a woody burnt tree bark ash. Different, but I enjoy it.

Taste is quite weak. A muted and very tobacco almost cigarette ashen malt taste. Finishes with an interesting hop angle, but also quite dry. Malt density seems to be missing on this, but seems to almost be a different take on the style.

OVerall don't mind it, but probably not what I look for in this style.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark carmelized maltiness with an earthy, slightly fruity, touch.

The taste is of sweet dark grainy malt, cocoa-ish, towards toffee-ish. There is something of a similar taste mixed in that I remember associating with with the holiday ale, though not quite the same. The sweetness soon becomes balanced, then has an earthy dryness in the finish. Just a hint of warming alcohol is noticeable.

It is full-bodied without going into doppelbock territory. This is a nice dark bock!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly clear, caramel-y color, thick, lush, pinkish, cocoa-toned foam.

Sweetness in the nose, roasty-toasty, toffee-ish, very pleasant.

Malty attack on the tongue, and wonderfully mellow. A bit grainy and gritty, but still fruity and flush with flavor. Rich, dark, tasty. Chocolate malts? Very solid.

Warm and comforting in the mouth, easily drinkable, tenaciously tasty...I like it, I like it...Good roast for a bock. I'd like to have this again, and again...very smooth, and luscious on the palate, an expertly brewed bock.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a dark, deep, ruby-brown coloring with a tall, foamy, thin bodied head that starts around a solid inch and settles into a lasting quarter of an inch. Decent cling left behind as the head settles, too. Aromas of old world fruit sweetness, including dates, raisins, plum, and fig, on a bready, "thick" presence in the backbone. Flavors of rich, sweet character all over the tongue on a slightly watery, thin body. Roasty notes along all of the dark, earthy, and sweet flavors. This one is rich. Plum and fig again are present, with a touch of molasses bringing a dark and sugary touch to the sweetness. Very powerful on the sweet senses of the palate, and the body and backbone is unable to balance it out. Darkly sweet aftertaste, with a slick, lingering, cloying finish. This one has an overbearing flavor profile that makes it tough to drink en masse.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

05/25/05- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Extreme dark brown in color, lust about approaching to black. Nice 1/2 inch dirty head on top. Better than average lacing throughout the beer.

Smell- Not much of a smeller here. If anything maybe some smoky overtones. I imagine if I had let it sit for a while some of the true scents would have emerged.

Taste- Wow, this is the first bock I have had in awhile that actually tastes like a bock. Very dark and very roasted. Maybe even a dark smoky roasted chestnut flavor. Something nutty and burnt for sure.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to low carbonation. A tad thick which creates a bit of a heavier mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Well, I'm just touching the surface of bocks and enjoying them more each time. This is one of the better ones I have had (which is very few) and one that matches the style better than most. Give it a try.

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Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of hops, hint of syrup, slight floral, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an low-to-average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hops, and a hint of syrup. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, feel, body, and blend. I was quite pleasantly surprised at the quality of the beer. I would recommend it as a great session beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is clear and dark brown, forms a thick off white head of small bubbles that falls away and breaks leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is better when the head is there, caramel malts, no roast, smells great.

Beer is medium in body and there's a lot of carbonation on the palate of the beer. There is a nice mellow sweetness throughout and beer finishes completely. Its not dry, its well connected. Good caramel flavors, overall a really drinkable and great mouthfeel. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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 LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark red-mahogany amber with a big two finger finger khaki head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, a little earthy oxidation. Flavor starts with caramel, slightly toaste malt, dark fresh and dried friut, tapering off to a drier brown bread and toasty malt finish with a light hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Aroma and flavor are classic bock, but the flavor drops off to a lighter, starker malt and hop finish that are not as well supported by by the richer caramel malt flavor of the start. This is a discontinued variety and this bottle may have some modest age to it, which may have affected the flavor. Still a nice, but unremarkable bock; pleasant but not in competition with the traditional ones. Still glad I got to try it before it goes archival.

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Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 DoubleJ
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We invite you today to the begining of the Unorganized Invitiational! Six totally different beers from a make your own 6-pack sqaure off to take the top prize. Our first sample comes from Anchor Brewing's springtime Bock. Without further adieu, let the drinking begin:

Poured into my Kronenbourg 1664 glass, it's dark brown in color with a pretty little head that lasts all the way unitl the last sip. At the end of the beer, lots of lacing rings were left on the glass. Beautiful! Fresh, crisp hops burst out in the scent, making way for caramel and a complex sweetness. The taste was different than I was expecting. While I had plenty of bready flavors, the hop flavor was curious, but rewarding. I also had some frappuchino and mocha notes.

A pleasant way to start off the Invite, and a pleasant score for Anchor Bock. What will be next in the Unorganized Invitational? Find out...

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful black hue with a two finger creamy caramel head. Good retention and lacing throughout.

The smell was of malty sweetness with a hint of coffee.

The taste was of a deep roasted barley and coffee. A nice subtle sweetness, but a dry finish.

The mouthfeel was light and finished dry.

Very drinkable.

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

12oz fresh bottle into a standard pint glass. Part of a mixed 6 pack.

A- Anchor bock is a dark brown color with some hints of red if you look hard enough up to the light. a small but sturdy beige colored head stays afloat on top leaving minimal lace.

S- A huge focus on malts giving off an apparent sweetness with caramel beating out toffee smells. Just enough bittering hops to make a small impression on the nose. Some dark fruits with warming, very small though.

T- As expected a huge focus on malts giving off caramel sweetness which is not a bad thing as anchor gets it right. Some hops round this out with some sweet apple and burnt sugar any nuts.

M- I would say a bit above medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style, nothing to extreme. A sweetness stays with you long after sipping and just a hint of some sournesson the end, again very minimal.

D- Perfect for a session beer but I would be good after one, this one was just a little to plain for me although I enjoyed it alot. Would buy again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles, in Buffalo.

A really deep shade of chestnut that is muddied with dark, earthy brown tones. Lovely highlights of pecan and mahogany are offered up when the beer is properly back lit. The head, khaki coloured and quite sudsy, resists deflating and leaves strands of lacing. Like a good bock should be, the beer appears rich, hearty and filling.

Earthy, roasted and sweet elements fuse to bring toasted dark breads, cocoa, nutty malts, stale coffee, candied fruits, syrupy molasses and dark toffee together under one lush and multi-faceted aroma. A wonderfully rich bouquet is certainly not the least of this beer's remarkable attributes; this is as rich and complex as the great English barleywines.

And having gained an inch, Anchor reaches a mile with regards to this flavour profile. The beer is tasty in every sense of the word. Earthy, nutty malts are layered with hints of roast, smoke and gratifying sweetness. It has the stale coffee and milky chocolate taste of a light porter combined with the candied dark fruits, molasses, dark toffee and caramelized sweetness of a dopplebock.

And it has all the super-rich malty melanoidins of one too. I wouldn't be surprised if the brewery uses three or four decoction steps to achieve this ultra-rich, toasty sweet level of maltiness. This may be only 5.5% but it has the flavour intensity of most beers in the 7-9% range. Who says super-rich flavour profiles have to be equated with big beers?

Plain and simple: this sweetness is delicious. Think of dates, raisins and figs all being caramelized in brown sugar only then to be flambeed with a drop of cognac and drizzled with molasses. Add to the side a big basket of toasty, pumpernickel loafs. The beer is filling and hearty but it is also ridiculously quaffable.

Anchor Brewing amazes me in that they can brew such a diverse range of beers and pull off each and every style as if it were their own. How can one brewery make the definitive American pale ale, English barleywine, Baltic porter and German bock? As previously stated, this is every bit as rich and complex as a fine aged English old ale or barleywine, and certainly twice as drinkable too.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity aromatic notes of raisins and figs waft from my glass as I pour this beer. Pours a deep, dark, amber color that shows ruby notes when held up to the light. As well as the fruitiness I get notes of chocolate, a hint of lightly spicy hops, toasted malt. This is really quite interesting in the nose, it is richly malty. The taste is ever so lightly sweet, it is richly malty compared to the sweetness, which is quite nice. The beer has notes of chocolate, toasted malt, and dark caramel. This beer finishes quite dry, with a lightly astringent note of toasted malt that tends to linger a bit. This note makes you thirsty and ready for another sip. This beer has a fairly light body to it, at least for a bock, it does have a decent amount of mouthcoating maltiness to it though. There is a bit of spiciness to this beer that I would attribute to hops, other than this the beer is pretty low on the hopping scale; there is just enough to make sure the malt is not cloying. This is really quite nice, and is almost a quaffing bock, by which I mean a 22oz bottle is just about the right amount.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up at the Coop today... I knew I had never reviewed this one... soooo ... why not tonight? Poured into my Chimay goblet.

3/4" tan head dies leaving only touches of lace and a flimsy cap.... the brew is dark brown but reveals deep clear ruby when held to a light.

Expected strong maltiness.. some toasty notes.. nothing stellar.. but pretty standard none the less.

Flavor is a little better than the nose.. more melanoidin than toasty this time around.. bitterness is just enough to balance the malts.. body is medium with medium/low carbonation.. a little bit of drying cocoa emerges as it warms.. still very clean in both the nose and palate.

I know I really don't ever "crave" standard bocks, but this one is about as standard as I can think of.

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Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impressive looking bock beer. A clear deep walnut brown beer with a nice light brown stick head.

Smell is fruity and very heavy on malt. Strong and appealing chocolate aroma here along with a bit of figs and cherries.

Taste is very malty and full of chocolate and tastes very much like malted milk minus most of the sweetness. Fairly fruity flavor is present it is just hidden under all that chocolate; it is the usual fruitiness you find in English ales.

Mouthfeel is milkshake thick.

If you don't like Chocolate under no circumstances try this beer you will hate it. This is classed as a bock but it is much like a thicker and heartier version of Anchors Christmas beer. To me this is really a Milk Stout and a damn good one too. I won't quibble about the adherence to style, which this doesn't really do. This is simply a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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 John_M
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had an opportunity to try this. On tap at Max's right now.

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty malty and one dimensional, but it does smell pretty good. On the palate my first thought was that this beer reminds me of the Anchor X-mas ale, but without all the spice. It's a bit more dry as well, and has a pretty prenounced roasty flavor, but that's really the only difference I detect. It has a fairly light mouthfeel and is pretty drinkable.

While not spectacular, this is a pretty solid beer. Especially considering it's relatively low abv. Nice effort from Anchor.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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