bock beer


variants or bock
: a heavy dark rich beer usually sold in the early spring

Word History


bock beer partial translation of German Bockbier, from Bavarian variants (as Oambock, Ambock, earlier Ainpöckisch Bier) of standard German Einbeckerbier, literally, "beer from Einbeck," from Einbeck, town in Hannover, Germany; bock borrowed from German, short for Bockbier

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bock beer was in 1835

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“Bock beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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