Anchor Bock Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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84
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991 Ratings
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Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Bock Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GClarkage on 05-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
991
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Photo of rolltide8425
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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 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 rab53
2.5/5  rDev -33%

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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 malfunxion
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 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 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 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 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 afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Anchor Bock Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 991 ratings.
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