Bock is the German term for strong beer. The primary characteristics of bock are:
- Relatively high in alcohol content. In Germany the alcohol by volume (ABV) is more than 6.25%.
- It is a lager.
- Often dark in color but can be golden to dark brown.
- Malty with low hops bitterness.
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.
There are several different kinds of bock:
- 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.
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