Beer Style: Bock

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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Brewing Doppelbock: Tips from the Pros

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Dan Carey of New Glarus and Alec Mull of Kalamazoo offer doppelbock tips (and recipes).


Aventinus Weizenbock clone

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Weizenbock is a strong, wheat-based Bock Lager.


Brewing Maibock: Tips from the Pros

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Maibock is potent, but it’s also fragile. It’s a big beer, yet it’s a lager, which makes it vulnerable to temperature spikes

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Eisbock: Brew the Beer Money Can’t Buy

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Delicious eisbock is expensive to produce on a large scale and must be aged. The unwillingness of larger breweries to produce it gives it a mystique, and it makes a great addition to any brewer’s beer cellar.

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