Beer Style: Bock Family

Maibock / Helles Bock

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After an excursion into some newer, emerging, or little-known styles, I’m returning to talking about some old favorites — in this case, Maibock, also known as helles bock. Before we talk about the beer, can we take a moment and talk about the name? I’ve seen a lot of confusion over this subject, so I’d

Kid Groat Bock

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John Palmer opens his recipe book to provide a clean, albeit unique, oat bock recipe.

Steve’s 50 Eisbock

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Eisbock’s are a rare beast and an interesting endeavor to craft one yourself. Find a recipe and step by step instructions

Your Turn Maibock

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A bock recipe with maple syrup and vanilla added to make it a breakfast maibock.


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While the Maibock whistles a sweeter, simple song, doppelbock comes at you full force. There’s no holding back malt flavor, aroma and complexity with this style. Recipe courtesy of Aaron Hyde.

Springfield Brewing Co: Aviator Doppelbock clone

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The winter seasonal was brewed by BYO’s own technical editor, Ashton Lewis. Springfield Brewing Company says that Aviator “drinks like dessert in a glass and is delicious when paired with dried fruits, roasted nuts, and creamy cheese.”

Närke Kulturbryggeri: Tanngnjostr & Tanngrisnir clone

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Berith Karlsson, from Närke Kulturbryggeri, said of this smoked doppelbock spiced with juniper twigs, “being a double bock lager, (it) is named after the two goats pulling the wagon of Thor, the god of thunder.”

Iron Hill Brewery: Bridge Street Bock clone

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This beer won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup. Brewer Tim Stumpf notes that he likes to add a sprinkle of calcium chloride to promote round, smooth maltiness in this beer.

Abita Brewing Company: Andygator Doppelbock clone


This original high-gravity brew is made with Pilsner hops, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops and features a slightly sweet flavor and dry aroma.

Schloss Eggenberg: Samichlaus clone

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For a long time, Samiclaus held the title as strongest beer in the world. Samichlaus is a doppelbock that continues to develop the longer it is aged.

Klosterbrauere Ettaler Curator clone

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This doppelbock is much darker tasting than others, with massive aromas and flavors of fruitcake, port, figs and raisins. Although extremely rich and thick, this beer is readily drinkable which poses a dilemma after a liter or so. There seem to be a lot of German bierkellars that have tilted, uneven floors!

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator clone

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This massively malty Bavarian dopplebock is darker than Salvator and shows a distinct chocolate malt character.

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