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Definition of bock

: a strong dark rich beer usually sold in the early spring

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Recent Examples on the Web Two to try: Hell helles-style lagerbier and Funeral Bock black bockAt Upright, founder Alex Ganum has built Portland’s low-key hidden gem. oregonlive, "These are Portland’s 20 best breweries for 2020," 21 Jan. 2020 There will be a ceremonial tapping of 17 different bocks at this official kickoff event. Sarah Brookbank,, "Bockfest 2020: What you need to know before you goat," 26 Feb. 2020 Andrzej Rataj, 51, of the 8700 bock of West Summerdale in Chicago, was arrested Oct. 18 in the 7100 block of West Altgeld in Chicago, according to police. Jennifer Fisher,, "Elmwood Park police: driver charged with illegal transportation had open beer in car," 12 Nov. 2019 This black bock lager boasts a beautiful balance of roasted malt, sweetness and light bitterness. oregonlive, "These are Portland’s 10 best beers, ranked," 18 Dec. 2019 Not to mess with Texas or anything, but this bock would give Shiner a shiner. oregonlive, "Downtown Portland’s Bullard blends Oregon produce, Texas smoke," 16 Sep. 2019 Bullard takes beer about as seriously as any restaurant since Higgins, from the esoteric can list to the tap selection featuring a house bock from 10 Barrel Portland, where Adams’ wife, Whitney Burnside, is the immensely talented head brewer. oregonlive, "Downtown Portland’s Bullard blends Oregon produce, Texas smoke," 16 Sep. 2019 The festival has become a rite of spring that dates back to the mid-19th century in Louisville when residents would celebrate the end of winter by drinking bock, a dark lager, which would age in the cold for all that time. Bobby Shipman, The Courier-Journal, "Springtime in NuLu means craft beer and goat races, apparently. We're not kid-ding!," 31 Mar. 2018 Anchor introduced just one new beer in the ’80s (summer wheat); one in the ’90s (a low-alcohol English style dubbed small beer); and two in the decade preceding Maytag’s sale of the brewery (bock and humming ale). San Francisco Chronicle, "Is San Francisco's Anchor Brewing having an identity crisis?," 3 Jan. 2015

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First Known Use of bock

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bock

German, short for Bockbier, by shortening & alteration from Einbecker Bier, literally, beer from Einbeck, from Einbeck, Germany

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“Bock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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