Traditional Bock beer dates back to the medieval era, originally brewed in the northern German town of Einbeck during the 14th century. Since the Bock beer origin, it has been meant for special occasions. In fact, the German beer has been a part of German celebrations longer than America has been a country!
German Bock beer style gradually moved from the city of Munich by the 17th century. At this time, language differences between the north and south of Germany led to the mispronunciation of Einbeck to ein bock by the Bavarians. Ein bock in German translates to billy goat, and for some reason the name stuck, as did the image, since the image of a billy goat still adorns the Bock beer label to this day.
Bavarian monks used to brew and enjoy Bock beer during Lenten fasts as a symbol of the better times to come.
As a bottom fermenting Lager, Bock typically spends extra time in cold storage during winter months to smooth intense flavors during the brewing process. Bock is dark amber in color and carries robust malt flavors and a very light hoppiness. The malt should be a balance of sweetness and toasted nut like malt. A Bock is stronger than the typical Lager, and has a smooth mouthfeel, and low carbonation.
The rich sweetness of Bock pairs well with strong spice components and intense flavors such as that found in Cajun, Jerk, slow roasted, and seared foods. Normal Bock falls within the 6-7% ABV range and the best Bock beer glasses are tulip glasses, Weizen glasses, and Stange glasses.
Sub-styles of Bock vary in flavor and profile. Some types of Bock beer include: Super Bock beer, Double Bock beer, Wheat Bock beer, Helles Bock beer, and Black Bock beer. Seasonal varieties also exist like Summer Bock beer and Winter Bock beer. Bock's also come from different areas such as Dutch Bock beer and American Bock beer.
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