The National Beer Bock day is celebrated on 20th March every year. Originated from German region, Bock is a classification of beer serviceable in the form of strong lager having miscellaneous variants such as heller bock, helles bock, maibock, and a paler.
These beers are mostly consumed during the spring festivals. There are two more variants of the bock beer eisbock and doppelbock also called as double bock. Eisbock beer is contrived by freezing the beer barrels and removing the ice from them whereas doppelbock is known for being the stronger version of the malt beer.
Also, the National Beer Drinking Day is soon to arrive (7th April 2020) and you might have commenced planning how you will be celebrating the day, but before that the National Bock Beer Day will fall and on this day you can celebrate the existence of bock beer as it is manufactured in a special manner.
The History of Bock:
Introduced in the 14th century, bock beer was first made and presented in the form of malty, light hopped ale in dark color by the brewers who belongs to the German region living in Hanseatic, a town of Einbeck.
Later, in the 17th century, the Einbeck style was adopted by the Munich brewers and they transformed the beer into the new style of lager by brewing it. The Munich brewers used to pronounce “Einbeck” as “Ein Bock” and after that the name of the beer became popular as “Bock”.
The bock beer is especially consumed on special religious occasions such as Easter, Christmas or Lent. As the bock beer is high in nutrition, it was consumed by the citizens in high amounts during the fasting.
Bock Beer Variants:
Known by the name of heller bock or helles bock, the beer maibock style is a type of helles lager that results in being in a light color with a presence of hop in high amount once brewed. When compared with the other variants of bock, the maibock has been developed recently and contains 6.3% to 7.4% of alcohol by volume. The flavor is less malty compared to the traditional bock. Maibock is also bitter in taste, drier and the color of the same ranges from creamy to deep gold.
2. Traditional Bock:
Sweet in taste, the traditional bock beer includes 6.3% to 7.2% of alcohol by volume and is present in the form of lightly hopped lager. Ranging from copper color to brown the aroma of this beer is toasty and malty which makes you feel like you are drinking a very smooth beverage.
Originating from the Kulmbach district of Germany, Eisbock is considered as one of the specialty traditional beers. The Eisbock beer is made by using a doppelbock variant of the bock beer. The doppelbock beer is freezed and later the water ice is removed from it to get the flavor that is kept for getting concentrate after which about 9% to 13% alcohol by volume is developed in it.
The color of the eisbock beer is dark brown or a deep copper color having a ruby touch, whereas the aroma of the beer is highly intense having a sweet and rich flavor.
Also known as double bock, doppelbock is a higher and stronger version of the traditional bock beer. The doppelbock was first produced by Paulaner Friars in Munich which is a Franciscan founded by St. Francis. Having 7% to 12% of alcohol by volume, the color of the beer is dark brown, gold or can be present in a creamy color.
Instead of using barley, wheat is used to make Weizenbock beer. The Weizenbock beer was first introduced in the year 1907 by G.Schneider & Sohn in Bavaria.