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 Ratings > Score
Samuel Adams Winter LagerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.606,0513.59
Shiner BockSpoetzl Brewery / Shiner4.404,1363.18
Samuel Adams Chocolate BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.803,0473.63
Michelob AmberBockAnheuser-Busch5.201,8442.88
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.808713.47
Uff-daNew Glarus Brewing Company6.706203.82
The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)8.506113.67
Back Forty BockNew Glarus Brewing Company5.505373.78
St. Nikolaus Bock BierPennsylvania Brewing Company6.004193.94
Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Brewing Company6.903953.63
Pandora's BockBreckenridge Brewery7.503813.43
Genesee Bock BeerGenesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.5.203203.46
Ur-Bock DunkelEinbecker Brauhaus AG6.503013.71
La Trappe BockbierBierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.7.002783.99
Mahr's Christmas BockMahr's Bräu6.002463.68
Noche BuenaCervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.5.902213.35
Schell's BockAugust Schell Brewing Company6.102103.83
Samuel Adams Toasted Caramel BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.802023.64
Saranac Chocolate LagerMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery6.001753.37
Brother Benedict's BockGranite City Food & Brewery5.101713.35
Millstream Schokolade BockMillstream Brewing Company6.001673.97
Winter LagerSprecher Brewing Company5.701643.79
Atwater WinterbockAtwater Brewery7.501623.3
Creemore Springs UrBockCreemore Springs Brewery Limited6.001593.64
Revolver BockRevolver Brewing6.501423.81
Special Edition - Bock BeerMendocino Brewing Company7.001293.71
Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock LagerRock Art Brewery5.801283.64
LAG Lagunator LagerLagunitas Brewing Company7.701253.87
Holsten FestbockHanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG7.001243.32
Block House Double Chocolate BockPittsburgh Brewing Co.6.501063.28
Huber Bock BeerMinhas Craft Brewery5.501023.14
Bock Bock Imperial American Bock Aged In Bourbon BarrelsShmaltz Brewing Company9.40973.72
Samuel Adams Amber BockBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)6.00963.48
Bock BeerLakefront Brewery, Inc.6.70953.6
Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt AleAmarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana8.00923.06
KozlakBrowar Amber6.50903.58
Horny Goat Baby Got BockHorny Goat Brewing Co.6.30873.26
Jopen BokbierJopen Bier BV Haarlem6.50773.79
Hell On High Quad BockRinkuškiai14.00752.59
Saranac BockMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery6.00733.44
Mönchshof BockbierKulmbacher Brauerei AG6.90693.75
Christoffel BokbierBierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V7.80663.55
Battlefield BockRed Oak Brewery6.50653.87
Aass BockAass Brewery6.50653.98
Bockslider Toadies Texas BockMartin House Brewing Company5.60653.73
Chouffe-Bok 6666Brasserie d'Achouffe6.66643.77
Bock BeerRivertown Brewery & Barrel House7.20633.53
Zywiec BockZywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)6.50593.76
Stegmaier Brewhouse BockLion Brewery, Inc.6.60573.74
Original StieglbockStieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH7.00553.66
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