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:
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Added by GClarkage on 05-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ruby hued dark brown, with a beefy tan head on top.
the aroma contains a soft grainy roasty-ness. it's got some caramel/molasses tones, some dark fruits are detectable, along with some whisps of chocolate. there is an almost cotton candy/rootbeer-like sweet aroma that develops with warmth.
the taste also has a grainy dark fruityness to it, mosty of the fig and date variety. the caramelized flavors bring sweetness, but shows restraint. it also has a nutty tobacco-like sweetness to it that provides some nice complexity to the equation. there is a hint of bitterness towards the end to cut some of the sweetness, but barely. i would say that generally, this is a sweet beer, but it doesn't come off as overly so. it finds a nice balance. drinks like a clean porter.
the mouthfeel is fairly full and rich with moderate carbonation to cut it a little.
good drinkability, it's got some real meat to it, but the glass empties itself quickly. a very fine bock beer.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beaulabauve
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of becktone
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Color is dark brown, mahogany with dark brown-red highlights. Head is tan, has excellent retention and sie, again, not much more I can ask of this one. Lacing could be a bit thicker and more "sheet"like.

Nose: Dark and chocolaty to the nose, Dark fruits as well. Rich and deep aroma. As can bge expected it has a huge malt presence. It smells good, I wouldn't ask for much more from this one. not outstanding, but good....Also some possible toffee notes.

Tongue: Fruity, well at least dark fruits on th palate, dark chocolate flavors as well. Roasted, heavily roasted malt/grain flavor, Somewhat coffee like in its roastiness, also roasted grain bitterness. Some tart edge to this as well. there's a lot in here, I won't lie, I find this one to be pretty good.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: A bit thinner and more watery than I would have liked. Flavor isn't all that fleeting. However, I feel; that the tart edge to this almost tales away from, its finish. It almost seems to me that it is setting itself up for a drier finish- with the roasted grain bitterness and flavor lingering-but it then is all undone by the tart edge that comes in and takes over leaving a sourness; tartness that lingers quite a long time after you've put the glass down. Overall an okay brew, not going to be the first bock I pick up next season , but i might buy it again. Nothing really all that great, average in m opinion.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark, chestnut brown color with a ruby-red tint when held aloft. The light tan head is quite tall and robust, with a densely foamy, almost meringue-ish texture. Retention is strong, with excellent lacing.

S: Big notes of caramel and toffee sweetness, along with brown sugar. I get some hints of cocoa and fruit, along with a faintly earthy/leafy hop aroma.

T: Lots of caramel maltiness, with toffee, brown sugar, and molasses flavors. Pleasant notes of cocoa, nuttiness, and a mildly fruity yeastiness. A measured dose of earthy and leafy hop flavor provides a balancing bite, but this is a decidedly malt-forward beer.

M: Medium-full body. A bit chewy, and a little dry into the finish. Part of me wants a fuller body and more chewiness, but I guess that would push this into doppelbock territory.

D: An excellent bock from Anchor. I didn't see this around last year, but I'm glad I picked up a sixer instead of a single. An easy drinker and a top-notch American bock.

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

2 full finger of foamy tan head, deep brown with ruby highlights, lacing and retention is very good, all around a good offering.

dark and toasty caramel almost burnt caramel... can we say caramel ? nice malty tones. straight forward bu done well.

taste etc...
kind of fluffy due to the carbonation, it really keeps this light drinking, the flavor is malty with some slight bitterness in the finish.

bock light ? easy drinking and a decent beer but just an OK bock.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle in a stemmed tupil glass.

A- Very dark chestnut brown color with a slim mocha-tan colored head that leaves a bit of creamy lacing. Lively carbonation.

S- Strong wet barley malt aroma, kinda sweetly burnt.

T-Roasted barley malt, sweet. Orange bittering hops.

M-Tingly carbonation, some body and feel, but quite syrupy. Long wheat bread finish. Syrup-like.

O- My review is all over the map - just like the beer. It's not Anchor's best effort, mostly a one and done beer.

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Photo of BJSmit
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of TGS
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black caramel with a thick dark caramel head of foam. Good lacing.

Smell: Malt. Dark caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Malt. More of the dark caramel and bready malts, with hints of raisin and coffee. Just a whisper of hops to give it the semblance of balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, syrupy and creamy.

The Verdict: Not bad. There are plenty of better bocks out there, but this one may satisfy you until one of those comes along.

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Photo of Premo88
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: black purple with super thick tan head that holds on for 2-3 minutes ... i over-poured one, and the head just exploded. it laces well if you put a big enough head on it. looks like a porter or stout.

S: malt. lots and lots of malt. a slight hint of darker licorice, but lots of sweet, nutty, toasted malts that almost turn buttery at times.

T: very chocolately at first, loads of the sweet malt. it very much turns into an old ale-like taste, which is to say bordering on the darker fruit tastes of the quad but only bordering. still holds on to lots of sweetness.

F: don't over-pour it. if you do, it loses a LOT of its carbonation and becomes a tad watery.

O: nothing wrong with this brew, but it's certainly unlike any other bock i've tried. in fact, it has so much old ale/stout/porter going on that i feel like i'd just as soon drink an actual stout or porter. it might even be a decent gateway beer toward the stout and porter ... either way, i'm glad i tried it but probably won't purchase any more when i finish this six-pack.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark (and I mean dark) mahogany color. Poured into a pint glass. A rich frothy head of about 2 fingers. Retained it's lace.
S: Subtle. Has a smoky molasses hint to it
T&M: Very interesting. You can taste the sweetness in it, that has a bit of chocolate, molasses and a piney feel to it. The taste tends to linger around the mouth for a spikey richness.
D: A rich flavor dominates this brew and due to this quality, I could only drink this in moderation. One is good and two would be the limit. Nice complex flavor. Another fine effort by Anchor.

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Photo of whynot44
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice dark reddish mahogany color with a decent tan head that sticks around well and manages some nice lacing.

The aroma is rich nutty malts, biscuits, caramel, a hint of brown sugar and plums and chocolate.

The taste is also nicely malty, right on with the aroma plus a touch of coffee, finishes with a bit of earthy hops flavor.

Medium bodied, very smooth and very drinkable, altogether a very nice bock.

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Photo of Minkybut
1.86/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler expecting a killer product that I usually get from Anchor. The beer was almost black and poured a nice tan head that was indeed beautiful. The beer also had killer lacing. One sip and my wife and I instantly poured it out. It was terrible. So bad I cannot tell you what it tasted like cause I refused to take another hit. No way will I ever buy this again.

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Photo of herrburgess
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish hue. Nice tan head on top of the beer.

Lots of caramel and chocolate in the nose. Floral aromas and hints.

Coffee and burnt tastes with a little bit more of a bite from the hops. Very smooth with raisins and a hint of burnt marshmellow. There is a warming presence but this is ever so slight. The hops seem mellow but add a nice little bite.

Chewy mouthfeel a nice burnt aftertaste. I really enjoyed the body and the grainbill is bold. Little bit more hops than I expected but it was a nice bock and quite drinkable.

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Photo of jriggins6
1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

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

Was poured perfectly and at a great temperature.

A: A mahogany color. A thick white foam head. There was a hole lot of lacing left on the glass.

S: A decent amount of barley and wheat malts. There are some hints of beeries, but not too prominent.

T: A decent flavoring of malts. Slight tinges of coffee, caramel and cherries.

M: A medium bodied beer. Leaves a slight bitter taste on the palate. The taste clings to the mouth and tongue.

D: This is a really good session bock beer.

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

Appearance - Dark mahogany with fluffy khaki head

Smell - chocolate, licorice, oats, malts, cola

Taste - chocolate, whole grain bread, oats, toffee, roasted malts

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, on the lighter end of medium bodied, some sweetness to this, a bit of bitterness to balance things out, flavors linger a bit after the initial swallow, which tells you that this was well made

Overall - good, solid bock that is worth a shot if you like the style. Would work great for a chilly night

Price Point - $1.50/12oz single

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Photo of AJ01923
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of jondeelee
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells of deeply-toasted chocolate malts, as well as dark chocolate and caramelized sugars, and hints of hops streaming in from the edges.

On the tongue, the first tastes are of grapefruit hops, seeping in lightly under the door. But then the portal opens, and darker flavors pour in, bringing light chocolate malts, caramelized brown sugars, darker fruit esters, and caramels. The sugars last well into the mouthful, fading only at the end to reveal even more of the chocolate malts, which in turn fade to the lingering presence of hops. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, being roughly as viscous as skim milk.

Overall, I find this a decent brew, with lively light flavors. However, it's the "light" part of that sentence that gives me the most pause. While the flavors are well-balanced and delicious, they are also weak in staying power, and in fact seem to fade quickly as the beer is consumed and the tongue gets used to the taste. I would have preferred a slightly more potent bock, but do still give this one credit for its good taste.

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Photo of NumberNone
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty good beer I liked it.

Appearance- almost black color, opaque, good head

Smell- sweet odor, dark fruit

Taste- dark fruit taste

Mouthfeel- Medium body

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, smooth, overall good beer, would drink it regularly( but it's seasonal lol)

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Photo of steveh
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this one in the past and thought I'd reviewed it alread, but obviously not. Good timing as I was in the mood for something a little more robust.

A -- Clear, deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Sudsy tan head that settles slowly.

S -- Mildly roasty and vaguely licorice nose. Some clay-like earthiness coming through -- not exactly Bock-like, in any of its forms. Also some mild diacetyl with warming.

T -- Roasted malt hit right up front. Some light dark fruits and even light toffee with some licorice fighting to balance against the roastiness. There is spicy bitterness in the finish and an earthiness in the aftertaste. The dark fruit character becomes more prominent in the finish with warming -- near to tart. Again, not at all Bock-like.

M -- Mouthfeel is syrupy with a full body.

D -- There is nothing at all wrong with the drinkability of this beer, if you are expecting a Robust Porter! Just a little surprised that this is so far off base. I'd give it near to perfect points for a Brown or Robust Porter.

Further investigation on this beer at the Anchor web site says that this is brewed with 2-row barley and wheat malt -- no more. Based on the flavor characteristics, I think they're either leaving out that the 2-row is highly kilned, or the black patent malt was skipped from the info.

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