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Beer Guide

12. Bock

a) Traditional Bock

  • Traditional bocks are made with all malt and are strong, malty, medium- to full-bodied, bottom-fermented beers with moderate hop bitterness that should increase proportionately with the starting gravity.
  • Hop flavor should be low, and hop aroma should be very low.
  • Bocks can range in color from deep copper to dark brown.
  • Fruity esters may be perceived at low levels.
  • b) German-Style Helles Bock/Maibock

  • The German word "helles" means light colored, and, as such, a helles bock is light in color.
  • Maibocks also are light-colored bocks.
  • The malty character should come through in the aroma and flavor.
  • Body is medium to full.
  • Hop bitterness should be low while "Noble-type" hop aroma and flavor may be at low to medium levels.
  • Bitterness increases with gravity.
  • Fruity esters should be minimal.
  • Diacetyl levels should be very low.
  • Chill haze should not be perceived.
  • c) Doppelbock

  • Malty sweetness is dominant, but should not be cloying.
  • Doppelbocks are full-bodied and deep amber to dark brown color.
  • Astringency from roasted malts is absent.
  • Alcoholic strength is high, and hop rates increase with gravity.
  • Hop bitterness and flavor should be low and hop aroma absent.
  • Fruity esters are commonly perceived, but at low to moderate levels.
  • d) Eisbock

  • Deep copper to black.
  • Very alcoholic.
  • Aroma and flavor profile is similar to doppelbock.
  • Traditionally brewed by freezing a doppelbock and removing the resulting ice to concentrate the beer and increase the alcohol content.
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