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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GClarkage on 05-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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 jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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 lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single purchased from Whole Foods, Soma, San Francisco.

Delicious-looking thick body, a warm rich red-brown colour, with a solid head of yellowish foaming bubbled, that settles to a decent film. Lacing is sheeting and full. Looks really great.

Nose is also very tasty. Lovely deep malt sweetness, with a touch of dried, candied fruit giving some brightness to the aroma. There's a bit of astringency to it as well that doesn't work so well, but it's almost (almost) a leafy fragrance rather than a biting chemical note—it's somewhat reminiscent of German hops. Maybe it's forgivable.

Taste is also extremely solid. Body is clean and light and suitable, leading with a clean grain character that morphs into a pleasant roasted malt on the back, lending bitterness, but staying clean and direct. It's bold, but refreshingly refreshing for a dark beer, if you'll forgive the expression.

It's stylistically good, while being perfectly appropriate for the surroundings. Great stuff, Anchor.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky brown w/ one-finger tan head that dies slowly and left lace patches. A strong malt smell of caramel, toffee, cocoa, roasted and bread. A sweet tasting beer that is thick and a littly syrupy as there are all kinds of malts in here. Caramel, bitter chocolate, maple syrup, molasses that combine with some roasted and/or coffee notes to give it a balanced dryness and some depth. Hops are minimal though make a slight appearance on the edges, but this is really like drinking nothing but malt. Good beer to try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, ruby red with a huge 2 finger creamy beige head that was fully lasting.

S: a nice dark roasted character, with a touch of smoked woodiness and dry cinnamon. The nose was spicy in nature with some dark caramelization and rich chocolate notes as well.

T: The initial flavor was malty with some dark roasted notes, as well some dark fruit. The beer finished with some sweet coffee, chocolate notes and dried raisins. The palate was soft and bready very good per style.Overall, a nicely roasted bock beer, full of bread and holiday spicing.

M: rich and full with big breadnotes and a touch of malt sweetness.

D: Very drinkable per style with a good warming. perfect for the holiday season.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark opaque mahogany body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that become visible when held to the light. There is a thick creamy light tan head that last and last turning rocky after a bit.

S- This beer has at the smell of fresh dark malt with a pale malt hint. There is a slight earthy dry note to the malt with a hint of cream. The roasted notes of chocolate malt come through as it warms with a finish of a soft herbal hop and malt bitterness in the finish,

T- This beer has a dark black roasted smooth malt flavor with notes of chocolate malt and a soft cream and sweetness when it warms. There is a nice alcohol bite in the finish that has a very light sulfur note to it. There is hint of nougat in the background but it is subtle and adds character for a change instead of being overpowering like many bocks.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an alcohol heat in the finish that makes the finish very clean. There is a very light creamy texture in the middle of the mouthfeel that is interesting.

D- The bitterness at the finish balances the dry malt flavors nicely with a good complexity that really comes through when it warms and a very light sweetness in the background that adds depth. One of the better bocks I have tried.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 12oz bottle a deep brown-amber with a medium sized head of foam that shrinks to a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is of roasted and sweet malt.

The taste on first sip has some real nice malty things going on. I can taste some sweetness, roastiness and some toffee and there's just a touch of chocolate going on as well. They work very well together indeed.

Further sips in and I get somewhat of a bitter bite from the hops which helps to prevent this Bock from becoming too sweet oh, and the chocolate is a bit more obvious....I'm loving it.

Bottom line: This is a very good example of the style. I recommend it!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that possesses very good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and fruity, with some caramel along with some hops as well.

T- The taste like the aroma starts off with some malt and caramel and some hints of chocolate. Finishes dry with a touch of hops. Very nice.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another solid beer from Anchor that is definitely worth checking out. Recommended!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 30/6/12

A dark brown until held to the light where it has a reddish glow. dark tan head quickly falls to a thin film leaving some random lace

S dark nutty chocolate, molasses, a little licorice and some rum raisin, smells very strong too I can smell my glass sitting on the table

T more nutty with a little cola compared to the smell, not as strong as the nose but still solid

M medium full with a great creamy feel from the bubbles, strong aftertaste of hazelnut and dark toffee, just a little sticky on the lips, no complaints here

O I could drink a few of these with no issues, pretty solid Bock from an unlikely source

not sure why I didn't expect much from Anchors Bock as I like pretty much everything I've had from them. worth a try for sure, yet another welcome addition to Alberta

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Fruity, estery nose
Pours deep dark brown, 1 finger head, good lacing
Deep rich malt flavors on the palate with a touch of roast and a hop bitter accent on the finish.
The texture is very creamy, medium body and medium high carbonation.
I have had this a few time and at least twice it was a touch skunky. It's a decent beer but it has a little too much roast and bitterness for a bock.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Got this pretty fresh color is very dark for a bock almost pitch black with a light brown hue at the base. Head is a sweet tan color with excellent lacing.

S - Smell is kind of faint but full with mild fruits of plum and raisin. Sweet malts yet a balance of hops. This smells good.

T - One of the more flavorful bocks I have had. It has a good hop bitterness with some mild fruits and a finish of chalky malts.

M - Medium and chewy.

Overall if I ever need to seek out a bock I may consider getting another.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was an inch of off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, bold aroma of malt, sweets, and a slightly nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt (very prevalent), toffee, caramel, and that nutty quality I alluded to with the smell. Not your typical bock flavor, but very complex and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the most interesting and drinkable bocks I've tried.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulls out the brown and red notes into this one. Almost a mild cocao like aroma. Impressive retention that starts at 3/4" and does well in the lace department.

Taste pulled some coffee notes out of the malt, a little bitterness, hops, sweetness. A little bit of everything here. Reminiscient of the Anchor xmas series of beers.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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 bark
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 DrJay
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep chestnut with ruby highlights. The light brown head left behind some clumpy lacing. Rich, malty sweet aroma with caramel and a bit of chocolate character, also mild alcohol and a hint of hops. There's a hint of roast that adds to these qualities in the flavour, along with a bit of toffee and apple core. Light lingering bitterness and malt. The body was a little lighter than expected, but certainly not approaching thin. Fairly dry with low carbonation. One that I'd definitely give another try. Thanks HogTownHarry!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my pint glass

A: Deep crimson brown with a frothy tan head. Nice!

S: Huge malt profile here with tons of figs, caramel and hints of apricots

T: Full, complex malt profile here. The fruity notes (from the yeast?) go well with the malts to create a very tasty beer

M: A little thin on the body but not damagingly so. The carbonation is pleasant and goes well with the beer

D: Very easy to quaff a sixer of this over the course of the evening.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger head that's fluffy. Definitely a good color.

Aroma is sweet with chewy malt and a hint of raisin in the nose. Seems enticing.

Taste is sweet and chewy with just a tiny hint of raisin. Has the hallmarks of a good lager.

Mouthfeel is full of chewy malt and raisin. Very interesting aftertaste.

Quite a decent bock here. Drinkable, low in ABV and just plain flavorful. A good spring beer.

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

12 oz bottle, picked up at Premier Gourmet.

Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown, very nice colour, thick tan head forms, very compact, slowly settles down to a thin layer, good ring, few lace spots stick, looks real nice. Smell is sweet, very malty, some caramel, brown sugar, raisins, very fruity, strawberries and cherries, biscuity, very nice maltiness, very rich, touch of chocolate and roast, complex stuff. Taste is similar, very sweet at first, brown sugar and caramel, cherries, very fruity, some raisins, very rich malts, lots of toast and biscuit, sweet and first but finishes dryer, real nice low ABV bock. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable stuff. I dig this one!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says:8DR. I believe that means this was bottle on the 18th day of December, 2008.

Clear dark mahogany. Thin beige head. Bubbly collar. Lacing is light.I really like this nose. It's a mix of molasses, fudge, caramel, licorice and yeasty breadiness. It's like a "dubbel/bock" hybrid. Flavor starts with the molasses/fudge combination. Anise oil dries it out a little. This is really a uniquely flavored bock. Now I'm thinking "Bock/dubbel/imperial stout" hybrid. There's some dry cedar and white birch coming through lightly. Caramel and bready malts. Medium full body. If you gave this beer to me blind, I'd probably guess it to be a dubbel. It's a good beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kindofa red hue to a brown dark amberish beer. Sweet aroma of light choco. Cool lacing out of a dark beer.

Taste, interesting, not what I expected out of a usually restrained Anchor company. A lil bit of coffee, even hops. Its really got a little bit of everything. Not my thing, but something for everyone. Tastes like an alternate version of Anchor Christmas. If more bocks were made in this style, I'd drink them more often. Props for thinking outside of the box.

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Photo of Bung
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Quite a dark amber/brown pour. Not quite a finger of muddling cream colored head. Recedes to a thinner layer. Sticks to the glass ok.

Aroma is quite malty and bready. Hint of fig, raisin, molasses.

Taste is a bit mellower. Malt and light caramel with some wheat like spice. Some lighter red fruit with just a bit of less than pleasant pucker. Does finish a bit thin with some lingering toffee.

Mouthfeel is good and coating, for a fairly low abv brew. Fairly creamy mid bodied. The tinge of sour hurts this a bit, if the taste would follow the nose closer this would be potentially really good. Expectations were high after a whif, but it was still a solid American example of the style. Probably a good starter bock.

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Photo of drpimento
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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 claspada
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of subtle carmel maltiness and a little dark fruit. Definitely sweeter with some brown sugar notes as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with a nice rich caramel maltiness that exhibits lots of brown sugar with some lesser molasses and a slight nutty flavors on the backend. You can really get more of the dark bready malts as it warms a little. The beer finishes with a low earthy bitterness which is nice to balance the sweeter malt bill.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with smooth finish across the palate thanks to the moderate carbonation.

Overall this is the second time I have had this beer. First time I was less than impressed probably because I had several "higher caliber" beers that day. Today I am enjoying it a lot more that I am not comparing to something else, which is really important I think when "rating beers". This brew is not quite traditional or mind-blowing, but quite nice in its own right. Well done from a classic brewer who deserves more credit than it receives in today's ever-growing saturated market.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep ruby/brown while pouring and ends up black in the glass with a one finger head.

S-Roasted malt, caramel and spices. As it warms some molasses.

T-Similar to the nose, malty and caramel, not much spices and once again as it warmed some molasses

M-Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O-A nice Bock, one of the best I've had. More proof that Anchor has a hard time making a poor beer.

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