Spring may not officially be here yet, but I’ve had it with Winter as most of you all have, and since the official BEER of Spring has been on the shelves for a few weeks now, it’s time for me to submit my first Top 5 in a series of similar styles of Bock.
The origins of Bock are a bit fuzzy and uncharted. In medieval times, German monasteries would brew a strong beer for sustenance during Lent. Many people believe that the name Bock comes from the shortening of Einbeck, therefore “Beck” to “Bock”. Others believe it’s more of a Pagan or old world influence that the beer was only to be brewed during the sign of the Capricorn goat, hence the goat being associated with Bock beers.
Regarding the beer itself, Bock is a bottom-fermenting lager that generally takes extra months of lagering to smooth out the roughness and take a bite out of the alcohol zing. Bocks, in general, are stronger than a typical lager, with a more robust and chewy malt character, with a dark amber to dark brown hue. Hop bitterness can be aggressive, but cannot overpower the malt flavors. Most traditional Bocks are lightly hopped, but of course, some American versions are some of the hoppiest out there.
Since this beer is a symbol of better times to come (let’s hope, in our case, in a variety of arenas), and a move away from Winter and the white stuff, I invite you to try one of these.
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