Beer Style: Bock Family

Dan’s Doppelbock

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“The flavor of an excellent doppelbock can be described as clean maltiness. The beer should be quite rich, almost bready. The malt should be dominant. The alcohol character should not be off-putting; neither should there be any astringency in the beer. In a doppelbock, there is a fine line between getting full flavor, maltiness and drinkability, or missing it altogether.”
Dan Carey – New Glarus Brewing Company in NewGlarus, Wisconsin.

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Otter Creek Mud Bock Spring Ale clone

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A Bock that has a nutty, chocolate malt flavor with mild hopping.

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Boston Beer Co’s Sam Adams Winter Lager clone

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A popular Holiday Wheat Lager recipe from a popular brewer.

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Terminator Doppelbock

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Literally, Doppelbock means double Bock(bier), a stronger, usually darker beer than the original.

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Alex Drobshoff’s Traditional Bock

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One of the winners of Boston Brewing Company’s LongShot contest.

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Traditional German Bock

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A great Bock recipe for a traditional, triple decocted German Bock(bier).

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Ötzi’s Eisbock

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As members of the Bock(bier) family, Eisbocks have all the characteristics of a typical strong beer, only more so. They are much maltier and smoother even than the Dopplebocks. Essentially, Eisbocks are "iced strong beers," because they are frozen at the end of their maturation period (which separates out water in the form of crystals that can be removed).

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The 10 Hardest Beer Styles to Homebrew

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Witbier. Wee Heavey. Tripel. Schwartzbier. Gueze. Eisbock. Dry Stout. Berliner Weisse. American Pilsner – are these the 10 most difficult styles for a homebrewer to pull off? They won’t be after reading our recipes and tips for success.

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Spruce Bock

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Here’s a hearty holiday beer with an unusual spice — evergreen needles. Spruce tips, the new-growth of spruce trees, give a unique, characteristic flavor to beer. This flavor is not “piney,” as many people suppose. Spruce tips can be found through an internet search. For best results, age your beer several months before sampling it.

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Eye in the Pyramid Wild Rice Helles Bock

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A Helles Bock made with rice… How is that wild?  Helles is German for "bright," so this is a bright or light colored bock.
– Adapted from Wild Wild Rice by Joe and Dennis Fisher.

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Decoction Mashing Explained

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Looking to maximize your maltiness? Try boiling your mash! This age-old brewing technique is explained.

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Chip Off the Old Bock — The American Adaptation of Bock Beer

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Old World bockbier has a New World cousin —American bock. Once a seasonal offered by nearly every American brewery, now a year-round beer style of a few regional breweries; this beer style appears to have found a niche.

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