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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 Avg Hads > Bros
Samuel Adams Winter LagerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.603.645,74984
Shiner BockSpoetzl Brewery / Shiner4.403.043,84964
Samuel Adams Chocolate BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.803.672,87372
Michelob AmberBockAnheuser-Busch5.202.871,76376
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.803.53863-
Yuengling BockYuengling Brewery5.103.38674-
The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)8.503.760973
Uff-daNew Glarus Brewing Company6.703.8156379
Back Forty BockNew Glarus Brewing Company5.503.7153794
St. Nikolaus Bock BierPennsylvania Brewing Company6.003.9539790
Pandora's BockBreckenridge Brewery7.503.437981
Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Brewing Company6.403.67378-
Genesee Bock BeerGenesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.5.203.4529486
Einbecker Ur-Bock DunkelEinbecker Brauhaus AG6.503.71284-
La Trappe BockbierBierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.7.004.0325490
Mahr's Christmas BockMahrs-Bräu6.003.67244-
Noche BuenaCervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.5.903.36214-
Schell's BockAugust Schell Brewing Company6.103.9202-
Saranac Chocolate LagerMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery6.003.41175-
Brother Benedict's BockGranite City Food & Brewery5.103.37170-
Maple BockHinterland Brewery Restaurant6.803.8164-
Atwater WinterbockAtwater Brewery7.503.31160-
Millstream Schokolade BockMillstream Brewing Company6.003.92156100
Winter BrewSprecher Brewing Company5.753.82152-
Creemore Springs UrBockCreemore Springs Brewery Limited6.003.62151-
LTD Series - 01Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.403.73136-
Special Edition - Bock BeerMendocino Brewing Company7.003.7129-
Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock LagerRock Art Brewery5.803.67126-
Revolver BockRevolver Brewing6.503.82124-
Holsten FestbockHanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG7.003.32122-
Saranac Black Diamond BockMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery6.003.6812190
Block House Double Chocolate BockPittsburgh Brewing Co.6.503.2498-
Huber Bock BeerMinhas Craft Brewery5.503.298-
Bock BeerLakefront Brewery, Inc.6.703.6294-
Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt AleAmarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana8.003.0992-
Horny Goat Baby Got BockHorny Goat Brewing Co.6.303.3186-
Bock Bock Imperial American Bock Aged In Bourbon BarrelsShmaltz Brewing Company9.403.6879-
KozlakBrowar Amber6.503.5678-
Saranac BockMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery6.003.4673-
Jopen BokbierJopen Bier BV Haarlem6.503.797384
Hell On High Quad BockRinkuškiai14.002.5567-
Aass BockAass Brewery6.503.986498
Christoffel BokbierBierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V7.803.5563-
Bock BeerRivertown Brewing Co.7.203.456288
Mönchshof BockbierKulmbacher Brauerei AG6.903.7662-
Battlefield BockRed Oak Brewery6.503.7661-
Chouffe-BokBrasserie d'Achouffe6.503.846089
Stegmaier Brewhouse BockLion Brewery, Inc.6.603.745791
Original StieglbockStieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH7.003.6553-
Zywiec BockZywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)6.503.7653-
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