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The origins of Bock beer are quite uncharted. Back in medieval days German monasteries would brew a strong beer for sustenance during their Lenten fasts. Some believe the name Bock came from the shortening of Einbeck thus "beck" to "bock." Others believe it is 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. Basically, this beer was a symbol of better times to come and moving away from winter.

As for the beer itself in modern day, it is a bottom fermenting lager that generally takes extra months of lagering (cold storage) to smooth out such a strong brew. Bock beer in general is stronger than your typical lager, more of a robust malt character with a dark amber to brown hue. Hop bitterness can be assertive enough to balance though must not get in the way of the malt flavor, most are only lightly hopped.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 5.5-7.5%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Samuel Adams Winter LagerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.603.671,89684
Samuel Adams Chocolate BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.803.681,11472
Shiner BockSpoetzl Brewery / Shiner4.403.021,00964
Michelob AmberBockAnheuser-Busch5.202.965776
Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Brewing Company5.503.7957467
Uff-daNew Glarus Brewing Company6.703.8230579
The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)8.503.7325473
Yuengling BockYuengling Brewery5.103.38239-
St. Nikolaus Bock BierPennsylvania Brewing Company6.003.9720790
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.803.56178-
Einbecker Ur-Bock DunkelEinbecker Brauhaus AG6.503.73176-
Mahr's Christmas BockMahrs-Bräu6.003.66174-
Pandora's BockBreckenridge Brewery7.503.3715181
Back Forty BockNew Glarus Brewing Company5.503.6914494
Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Brewing Company6.403.68143-
Genesee BockGenesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.5.203.5132-
LTD Series - 01Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.403.73117-
Special Edition - Bock BeerMendocino Brewing Company7.003.74114-
Winter BrewSprecher Brewing Company5.753.8297-
La Trappe BockbierBierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.7.004.059590
Saranac Black Diamond BockMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery6.003.679290
Millstream Schokolade BockMillstream Brewing Company6.003.991100
Noche BuenaCervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.5.903.4289-
Creemore Springs UrBockCreemore Springs Brewery Limited6.003.6186-
Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock LagerRock Art Brewery5.803.7384-
Holsten FestbockHanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG7.003.3176-
Schell's BockAugust Schell Brewing Company6.103.9775-
Atwater WinterbockAtwater Brewery7.503.3267-
TejasMinhas Craft Brewery4.002.9567-
Saranac Chocolate LagerMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery6.003.4465-
Bock BeerLakefront Brewery, Inc.6.703.6661-
Maple BockHinterland Brewery Restaurant6.803.8857-
Huber Bock BeerMinhas Craft Brewery5.503.2255-
Brother Benedict's BockGranite City Food & Brewery5.103.3855-
Traditional BockMinhas Craft Brewery5.403.064965
Saranac BockMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery6.003.5149-
Stegmaier Brewhouse BockLion Brewery, Inc.6.603.794991
Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt AleAmarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana8.003.0948-
Jopen BokbierJopen Bier BV Haarlem6.503.794884
Christoffel BokbierBierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V7.803.5448-
KozlakBrowar Amber6.503.5746-
Harpoon Leviathan - Uber-BockHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall9.003.538-
Aass BockAass Brewery6.5043898
Winter AleMinhas Craft Brewery6.003.2333-
Original StieglbockStieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH7.003.6333-
Mönchshof BockbierKulmbacher Brauerei AG6.903.7933-
Chouffe-BokBrasserie d'Achouffe6.503.93089
Faxe Fest BockRoyal Unibrew A/S7.703.4329-
Monk's ChristmasKlosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus7.103.5828-
Trafalgar Maple BockTrafalgar Ales & Meads6.502.127-
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