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bock beer

  1. a strong, dark beer typically brewed in the fall and aged through the winter for consumption the following spring.
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Origin of bock beer

1855–60; < German Bock, Bockbier literally, buck beer, perhaps by misdivision of Eimbecker Bier (as if ein Bockbier one Bockbier) beer of Eimbeck in Lower Saxony, Germany
Also called bock.
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verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling of boke
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bock beer


  1. US and Canadian heavy dark strong beer
  2. (in France) a light beer
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Word Origin for bock beer

C19: from German Bock bier, literally: buck beer, name given through folk etymology to beer brewed in Einbeck, near Hanover
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Word Origin and History for bock


type of beer, 1856, from German ambock, Bavarian dialectal pronunciation of Einbecker bier, from Einbeck, Hanover, where it was first brewed.

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