Friday, September 14, 2012

Bayern Brewing Company Makes Top Bock in United States

Congratulations Bayern! According to, Bayern Brewing Company makes the #1 Bock in the country. Its Bayern Maibock topped the 2012 list.

Here are the BJCP Style Guidelines for Bock beer:

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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