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2012 Top Ten Bock Beers in the United States

This Top Ten List of Bock Beers is  from the results of the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.
1. Bayern Maibock - Bayern Brewing Company
2. Capital Mai Bock - Capital Brewery
3. Bucking Bock - Rahr and Sons Brewing
4. Troegenator - Tröegs Brewing Co., Harrisburg, PA
5. PrePro Bock - Coors Archive Brewery, Golden, CO
6. Maibock - Stewart’s Brewing Co., Bear, DE
7. Doppel-Hirsch - Der Hirschbräu, Immenstadt, Germany
8. Winter Bock - Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA
9. St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Pennsylvania Brewing, Pittsburgh, PA
10. Saranac Black Diamond Bock - Matt Brewing, Utica, New York


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Subcategory: German Bock
Traditional bocks are made with all malt and are strong, malty, medium- to full-bodied, bottom-fermented beers with moderate hop bitterness that should increase proportionately with the starting gravity. Hop flavor should be low and hop aroma should be very low. Bocks can range in color from deep copper to dark brown. Fruity esters should be minimal.
OG: 1.066-1.074
FG: 1.018-1.024
Alcohol by Weight: 5-6%
IBU: 20-30
Color SRM: 20-30

Subcategory: German Heller Bock/Maibock
The German word helle means light colored, and as such, a heller Bock is light straw to deep golden in color. Maibocks are also light-colored bocks. The malty character should come through in the aroma and flavor. Body is medium to full. Hop bitterness should be low, while noble-type hop aroma and flavor may be at low to medium levels. Bitterness increases with gravity. Fruity esters may be perceived at low levels. Diacetyl levels should be very low. Chill haze should not be perceived.
OG: 1.066-1.074
FG: 1.012-1.020
Alcohol by Weight: 5-6.4%
IBU: 20-38


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