Bocks are the traditional beers of spring, brewed during the winter months for tapping in mid-March, or for religious festivals like Lent. For Lent in particular, fasting monks derived their sustenance and nutrition from high-gravity Bocks brewed for that purpose (Doppelbocks—the “liquid bread”).
Bocks come in all manner of shapes and sizes: traditional Bocks, Doppelbocks, Maibock, Triple Bocks, Eisbocks, and on and on. The base style is a rich and malty lager, often brewed dark (though they run the range of colors these days), with low-to-mild hop presence. Ray Daniels has a great rundown of the style with extensive notes on brewing it yourself.
I love Bocks and the variations, you can’t go wrong with the style, and I’ve reviewed a good number of them over the years here. Links? Of course! In no particular order:
- Full Sail LTD Series #1
- Geist Bock from Golden Valley Brewery
- Anchor Bock
- Heller Hound from Flying Dog
- Josephs Brau Winterfest
- Flying Dog Illuminator
- Full Sail 21
- Broken Top Bock from Deschutes Brewery
- Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock (in my opinion one of the best beers in the world)
- Aventinus Weizenbock
- Kulmbacher Eisbock
There’s almost certainly a Bock beer of some kind available to you right now. What are you waiting for?