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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)5.603.595,37184
Shiner BockSpoetzl Brewery / Shiner4.403.163,51564
Samuel Adams Chocolate BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.803.622,61672
Michelob AmberBockAnheuser-Busch5.202.871,65076
CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America)Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.7.203.711,234-
Anchor Bock BeerAnchor Brewing Company5.503.6597967
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.803.4784475
Yuengling BockYuengling Brewery5.103.37665-
The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)8.503.6760173
Uff-daNew Glarus Brewing Company6.703.8155579
Back Forty BockNew Glarus Brewing Company5.503.7853094
St. Nikolaus Bock BierPennsylvania Brewing Company6.003.9437790
Pandora's BockBreckenridge Brewery7.503.4337581
Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Brewing Company6.403.61353-
Genesee BockGenesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.5.203.44271-
Einbecker Ur-Bock DunkelEinbecker Brauhaus AG6.503.69261-
Mahr's Christmas BockMahrs-Bräu6.003.67233-
Noche BuenaCervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.5.903.34208-
La Trappe BockbierBierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.7.00420590
Saranac Chocolate LagerMatt Brewing Company6.003.37174-
Schell's BockAugust Schell Brewing Company6.103.8168-
Brother Benedict's BockGranite City Food & Brewery5.103.35166-
Maple BockHinterland Brewery Restaurant6.803.72157-
Atwater WinterbockAtwater Brewery7.503.29147-
Millstream Schokolade BockMillstream Brewing Company6.003.97146100
Winter BrewSprecher Brewing Company5.753.81145-
Creemore Springs UrBockCreemore Springs Brewery Limited6.003.65141-
LTD Series - 01Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.403.74133-
Special Edition - Bock BeerMendocino Brewing Company7.003.72128-
Saranac Black Diamond BockMatt Brewing Company6.003.6812090
Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock LagerRock Art Brewery5.803.6511585
Holsten FestbockHanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG7.003.31115-
Huber Bock BeerMinhas Craft Brewery5.503.1192-
Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt AleAmarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana8.003.0791-
Bock BeerLakefront Brewery, Inc.6.703.6191-
Revolver BockRevolver Brewing6.503.8688-
Baby Got BockHorny Goat Brewing Co.6.303.2483-
Block House Double Chocolate BockPittsburgh Brewing Co.6.503.2778-
TejasMinhas Craft Brewery4.002.9276-
Saranac BockMatt Brewing Company6.003.4372-
Jopen BokbierJopen Bier BV Haarlem6.503.796884
KozlakBrowar Amber6.503.665-
Aass BockAass Brewery6.504.016398
Bock BeerRivertown Brewing Co.7.203.526188
Christoffel BokbierBierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V7.803.5459-
Battlefield BockRed Oak Brewery6.503.8658-
Harpoon Leviathan - Uber-BockHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall9.003.5258-
Stegmaier Brewhouse BockLion Brewery, Inc.6.603.745791
Mönchshof BockbierKulmbacher Brauerei AG6.903.7555-
Original StieglbockStieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH7.003.6752-
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