This week will be dedicated to different styles of German beer: specifically Bock, Kölsch, Weissbier, and Dunkel styles. This was inspired by a school “discovery” project for a German Culture and Society course. I chose to research German beer because I didn’t know much about the history or the different styles and thought this would be a fun topic to discover on my blog as well. A little less than three years ago I traveled to Germany where I visited Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Lüneburg and Bremen but unfortunately I had not acquired my strong thirst for beer and I was on a tight budget :-/ Now this class has inspired me to explore the long history of German beer and then, well, I will have to go visit again soon
Bock beers are traditionally brewed for the winter season. Brewing begins mid October before Oktoberfest has ended. The Bock beer is brewed with the new harvest of malts and hops and is usually ready for enjoyment by the holiday season.
The Maibock translates to “May bock” which is a strong golden lager. It has been traditionally favored during the transition between winter and spring. Commonly it will contain more hops and be less dark than the Bock. In the time of the seasonal beers this would probably be the last bock before the summer beers.
Alright, now to the good stuff…the Spaten Optimator is a Doppelbock. This is an option for a Doppelbock from Germany that is distributed to the U.S. It is transparent dark brown in color. It is malty with hints of chocolate and caramel making it a creamy dark beer.
Though these are the main bock variations, the word bock may be accompanied with other beer types to refer to the strength of the beer.
Also see: Maibock
Have you heard other stories about the bock beer?
Have you tried any bock beers you would recommend?