Dunkles Bock

Recipes:
508
BJCP 2021:
06C
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇩🇪 Germany
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Amber
Strength:
High
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Dunkles Bock, or simply Bock, is a strong lager that originated in the German town of Einbeck and was later adopted by Bavarian brewers in the 17th century. This richly malt-forward beer traditionally is brewed for special occasions, often associated with religious festivals such as Christmas, Easter, or Lent.

Dunkles Bock exhibits a deep amber to dark brown hue. It presents with brilliant clarity due to its lagering phase and forms a creamy, off-white head that persists. The high malting temperature used during production contributes to the development of deeper colors and rich melanoidin flavors without creating roasted or burned characters. Flavor and aroma profiles of Dunkles Bock are marked by their bold malt complexity, while hop presence is subdued in both taste and aroma – it's just enough to provide balance – the focus remains on the malt's contribution. Despite its richness and alcoholic strength the brew should finish clean with no cloying qualities. It may have a slight sweetness upfront but leads into a moderately dry finish that features a blend of malt-derived flavors ensuring it isn't overly sweet or heavy on the palate.

While closely related to lighter Maibocks which are paler and more hop-centric – and darker Doppelbocks which are stronger – Dunkles Bock sits comfortably in its niche offering an inviting combination of strength and smoothness that showcases the art of malt-driven brewing anchored firmly in its European heritage.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
6.3 – 7.2 %

In Database
5.8 < 6.6 < 7.6 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 27 IBU

In Database
19 < 24 < 30 IBU

Color

Specification
28 – 43 EBC
14 – 22 SRM

In Database
25 < 35 < 46 EBC
13 < 18 < 23 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
15.6 – 17.4 °P
1.064 – 1.072 OG

In Database
13.8 < 16.3 < 18.3 °P
1.056 < 1.067 < 1.076 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
3.3 – 4.8 °P
1.013 – 1.019 FG

In Database
2.1 < 4.1 < 6.1 °P
1.008 < 1.016 < 1.024 FG

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