Spatenbrau bockBock is the German term for strong beer. The primary characteristics of bock are:

Random facts about lager:

  • The word bock is a corruption of Einbeck, the town in Germany in which bock has its roots.
  • Bock literally means “goat” in German. Many bock labels feature goats.
  • Traditionally brewed for special occasions, such as Christmas, during autumn, winter, and spring.
  • It’s a favorite of Roman Catholic monks in Germany.

CelebratorThere are several different kinds of bock:

  • Traditional
  • Maibock -A pale version of traditional bock.
  • Dopplebock (double bock) – Bavarian specialty beer that was first brewed by the monks of St. Francis of Paula. Traditionally it was sweeter and lower in alcohol but isn’t necessarily true in modern dopplebocks.
  • Eisbock – Made by freeze distilling a doppelbock and removing the ice to concentrate the flavor and alcohol content.

Here is a nice diagram of all beer types arranged in a sort of family tree. Michael Jackson also has a decent beer styles section on his Beer Hunter site.

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