When you think of German beers, most commonly you imagine a delicate Hefeweizen, a crisp Kölsch or a seasonal Märzen. But for me, the first beer I’ll always scan a menu for is a tasty German Dopplebock.
A Bock is a strong German lager, popularised by the Munich brewers in the 17th Century, but originally dating back a further few hundred years to the German town of Einbeck.
A Dopplebock is just a ‘double’ Bock – a bigger grain bill, and therefore a bigger, thicker body higher in alcohol. And super tasty!
We were delighted to see Ganstaller’s offering also included smoked malt. And while smoky beers can often be very divisive, this particular beer – though smoke is strong in the aroma - integrates the smoky character into the rich malt body so well, I’m hoping it won’t upset any anti-Rauch-ers.
The aroma is smoked bacon, wood and dark berries. The flavour is rich, sweet caramel malt, raisins, dark fruits, smoked meats and an earthy hop bitterness. All combined in an amazingly balanced way. I like this beer!
Did you know: the original beer from Einbeck gradually became known as ‘ein bock’ which means ‘a buck’ or goat. And if you have a look on many German bock labels, you’ll see an image of a goat!