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 Wattsox
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011.

A - Dark brown body with ruby red highlights and a tightly-bubbled head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a thin head with good lacing and cling.

S - Gentle aromas of sweet malts with some caramel notes.

T - Similar to the aromas, sweet caramel malt notes with a bit of hoppy bitterness and a slightly burnt, almost lightly sour note in the background.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, fairly smooth and gently lingering.

O - Overall, I can see how this one is a little polarising, but I think it works as quite a pleasant beer, either on its own or as a session.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anchor hasn't quite mastered the Bock like they have their steam beer. There's a lot happening here but in my opinion, this was like a game of Connect the dots in which none of the dots quite connect. Surprisingly fuller body for a bock. Quite dry feel with big orange, pine, burnt sugar, caramel tones but it's as if they are working against each other.

Not one of my favorite bocks, but I wouldn't refuse this beer after a long day on the tracks.

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

poured this one into my goblet of course ,my favorite glass ,just in time for spring.

A,it`s dark brown even black, at first i got a deep tan head but to my disappointment it vanished .

s,the scent has got some dry fruit to it maybe raisins and prunes along with some rich malt and hops .

T,i got licorice candy and wheat out of this it`s full body and malty along with flavorful hops

M,a thick and malty expolsion .it`s got i satisfying yet dry after .

D, this is a great bock, drink this beer please! this is awesome for the change from winter to spring .

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Photo of kingjames1
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dig the goat on the label. According to Wiki: "The style known now as bock was a dark, malty, lightly hopped ale first brewed in the 14th century by German brewers in the Hanseatic town of Einbeck. The style from Einbeck was later adopted by Munich brewers in the 17th century and adapted to the new lager style of brewing. Due to their Bavarian accent, citizens of Munich pronounced "Einbeck" as "ein Bock" ("a billy goat"), and thus the beer became known as "bock"."

That explains the goat.

Pours a rich, dark mahogany wth a thick, mocha head. Looks fantastic. Smells spicey, with hints of chocolate, oak, and unripened plums. It tastes like bitter chocolate with woody notes, as well as vanilla. This is a dry offering, but I'm really enjoying it.

Mouthfeel is dry, creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is an understated, subtle and rich bock. Excellent offering from Anchor.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack for S&G since I do like this former micro (now macro) brewey.

Appearance: Dark brown with a decent frothy head.

Smell: Breads, toffee, some dark fruits.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell but it does have a bit of fruity hoppiness on top of the breads, malts, and toffee.

Overall: A drinkable version of a great style of beer. If you are new to Bocks, this is a good place to start, but there are MUCH better bock beers out there to be had. Cheers!!

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Photo of oceanman907
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep dark amber hue, slightly cloudy, thin tan head that dissipates quickly
S- Caramel, brown sugar, slight holiday spice, very little hop character
T- very rich, velvety caramel flavors, turning into burn cream, slight cinnamon, no hop flavor whatsoever
M-Nice carbing for this beer velvety mouthfeel for a rich bock and it is really the best feature of this beer.
O- a very richly flavored Bock with a nice velvety finish, a good malt profile, but it needs some hop interest, even for a low hop style i want something!

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark chesnut color with a tan whipped cream head. Not what I was expecting.

Aroma is gentle. Clean maltiness comes through --- very inviting.

Taste is exceptional and delicious. Honestly one of the best dark lagers I've ever tasted. Nutty chocolate and bubblegum sweetness, finished with a great toasty grain. Good bitterness keeps it from being cloying. Soft and clean malt flavors come through brilliantly

Creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing and drinkable. This is the first beer I've had in a while that I want to go immediately back to.

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Photo of DubbelTrubbel
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date reads out as 1-5-2011. Bought by a friend recently off the shelf, was not intentionally aged! Served in a narrow stemmed glass.

A- Dark brown, two-finger khaki head

S- Gingerbread cookies, brown sugar, toasted malts

T- Sweet, low bitterness, toasted malts in the taste. Good bock flavor, especially in the aftertaste

M- Very smooth and pleasant, moderate carbonation. A little oiliness. A little thin, though

O- It held up surprisingly well over two years. This beer is most similar to Brekle's Brown, which I do prefer to this one. The smell is the nicest part of it for me. Taste is a little less interesting, but a good beer for the abv.

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Photo of codfeast
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Deep Brown with a thick head. Looks to dark for a bock.

S: Molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate.

T: not nearly as sweet as the smell. chocolate taste turning more burnt chocolate as it warms. bit of a bitter finish.

M: a bit fizzy.

O: It's alright, not really sweet enough for a bock. As a bay area native hate to bag on Anchor Steam. This is nowhere near their other offerings.

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Photo of jockstrappy
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark mahogany color with a frothy and sticky 2" head. Aroma is roasted malts, with chocolate and toasted bread notes. Taste is sweet maltiness up front, with a mild alcohol kick mid-sip, and an ever so slight hop bitterness. This beer finishes VERY indeed, nothing lingering afterwards....very nice! Not a huge fan of this style, but this is one beer that will have me trying a few others.

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

Dark brown in color, although not uniform as there was greater clarity near the bottom of the pint glass. The head was 1 1.5", tan and thick. The dominant aromas were chocolate and toffee with a whiff of the roasted malt that becomes very apparent on drinking. Bittersweet chocolate and toffee flavors, with roasted malt in the background that adds some firmness to the mouthfeel. A medium bodied beer that does not taste as sweet as it smells, making it very drinkable.

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

A - Medium brown color with light brown large foam. Body appears light as foam consists of fairly large bubbles. Very little lacing, just a persistent thin head of foam

S - Quite hoppy when cold. As it warms up malt and roasted aromas come through. Very pleasing aroma and bouquet

T - Nutty flavored, balanced and pleasing bitterness. This is indeed a lager very clean finish.

M - Coats tongue slightly but the beer is not heavy or very viscous. Body is light to medium.

D - A nice spring brew light and sessionable. A definite six packer

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass with 3 fingers of thick, foamy, tan head which dissipates slowly leaving a good amount of lacing. Deep burnt caramel color. Aroma is subtle, but with hints of hazelnuts, vanilla and malt sweetness. Quite smooth upfront and goes down oily with a bit of a hop bite. Flavor of hazelnuts, chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with good drinkability.

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Photo of marc956
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I prefer Anchor's regular 'steam' beer, but this is a good one as well. Although not nearly as strong (ABV) as European bock but more so than Shiner, it goes well with most kinds of food. Worth trying if you can get it because it can be hard to find.

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

This reminds me of Dutch Tarwe bock. Perhaps it is the wheat used. Poured into a pilsner glass it is a beautiful dark cascade of foam.
This is not my favorite bock, and at over $10 a six pack, I can think of better selections. Considering how legendary the Anchor Brewery is, this is a bit of a disappointment.

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

A: Dark brown with copper tones and a frothy tan head.
S: Caramel, figs, dried fruits, malt, slightly phenolic presence.
T: Bitternes and a slightly metallic tones at first, then some dried fruits and finally bitterness and charcoal. Bitterness and figs in the aftertaste (some charcoal). And muscat grapes.
M: A little thinner than expected from the smell. Above medium body, good carboration.

Not really a bock, a bit too little alcohol and maybe a bit too bitter according to style. But who cares, really? Still a nice beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of lionking
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a variety pack after touring the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. The pack included Anchor Bock

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Minimal head on the beer. Looked like a dark cola in the glass with a touch of red. Aroma smelled of fruit, malt and hops along with chocolate. Taste was of cocoa and coffee. Thick and heavy mouthfeel.

I have not had many bock beers but this one was a lot more substantial than the ones I have had.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with a thick tan head. Leaves a bit of loose lacing on the glass that doesn't hang around for very long.

Smells of roasted chocolate malt with some faint hints of caramel, though nothing really jumps out.

Tastes faintly of chocolate malt, with some hints of dark fruit as well. Bitter hop finish.

Good, slightly chewy mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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 PBBC
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited when I saw that my beloved Anchor Brewing company had released a bock, as I was very impressed by their rich, complex holiday beer (you should all try it).

The beer pours a deep brown-red with a tan-dark head that disappears rather quickly, the aroma is a burnt-caramel smell, with a tinge of malt sweetness behind it.

The taste radically improves with a little warmth. First sip was slightly disappointing, the brew seemed dominated by the burnt-caramel taste (I'm guessing a little too much chocolate malt?) before rounding off the the sweet, toasted taste of munich malt that I associate with the bock style. Not sweet enough.

The bitterness of hops is present and interesting, but for some reason doesn't combine well with the dark-caramel-chocolate flavors, and lacks the spiciness that I enjoy in most german-style hops.

Overall, a well made product, but seemed more like a roasted winter warmer than a rich spring-celebration.

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Photo of Solomon420
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Anchor Brewing during a recent tour. Great overall taste on this one, great beer! Its a newer beer for them, and they have hit the nail on the head with this one. Not as heavy or sweet as their barleywine, but just as enjoyable to drink. Recommended to anyone wanting a slightly thicker, more complex darker beer.

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Photo of claybeer
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anchor Bock is a real brown sugar color, almost the same appearance as root beer. The head is simple, yet a special, tan color. When it reduced to a film over the top of the beer it reminded me of the coco mix in chocolate milk that just didn't quite mix in all the way. The nose is real malty with a hint of a bitter chocolate. The bitterness jumps out right away but it's not overpowering. Some soft leather and burnt tobacco sits on the back of the tongue while a gritty malt texture sticks to the top of the mouth. This will be a great beer to start the fall season but it's still too hot in these Oklahoma Summer days at 100 + degrees to truly enjoy this beer. I will definitely revisit this one when it cools off.

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Photo of Landfill21
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the local beverage hole and decided to purchase a 6 pack.

Pours into a dark brown/almost black color that lets a little light through. Pours with a two fingernail head that follows the beer all the way down.

Has a nice smooth taste, hints of coffee, tastes of molasses, roasted nuts and a hint of hops. Nice carbonation as always from Anchor.

Has a light mouthfeel but not too light. Leads to a good drinkibility. Would def recommend this beer and all by Anchor.

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Photo of SiphonKing
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a substantial tannish brown head that sits atop a dark ruby body. Aromas of malt, toffee(?). Tastes sweet, malty yet with a slight dry crispness that is characteristic of lagers. Finishes sweet with a decent mouthfeel. A good seasonal offering from Anchor and a good beer to bring to a spring gathering.

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Photo of JAA
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something about Anchor Brewing's beer that says BUY ME, BUY ME, you insipid fool. I then proceed to tell the beer that my feelings have been hurt and i won't even consider buying the beer until i receive an apology. By which time the six-pack realizes it might have been too quick to judge me by my Blink-182 shirt and inane surfer-esque open toed sandals, and soon offers a fleeting apology.

But anyhow, i bought it because i haven't seen it before and it has a cool retro label.

Pours dark dark brown with a nice light tan, one and a half finger head. Smells and tastes bready, with a decent hop undertone. Has good medium bodied malt characteristics and a hint of brown sugar. Mostly bready though.

I am rediscovering many of Anchor's products, many of which have become staples in my fridge once again. This may find it's way into my shopping cart more often, but first it has to pass the girlfriend test.

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