Various strong lagers
The style description is followed by information about alcohol and bitterness (EBU) levels and colour. The styles are listed in the order mild to strong.
Strong lager is reminiscent of bock beers, but it is often lighter in terms of its original wort strength. Examples of such beers are the Baltic, Slavic and Finnish strong lagers.
In flavour, strong lagers are soft and sweetly malty and warming beers.
> 5.9 % • 15–20 EBU • pale yellow–amber
Maibock (literally: May bock), brewed for the spring, is a relatively fresh, rather pale bock beer style. It is a sweetly malty type of beer, which is slightly lighter in colour and more strongly hopped than traditional bock beers.
6.3–7.4% • 23–35 EBU • amber–dark amber
Bock, or 'billygoat' beer, is a sweetly malty type of beer with a subdued bitterness. It has a softly rounded flavour. The aroma may have light notes of toasted bread and caramel.
6.3–7.2% • 20–27 EBU • copper–brown
Doppelbock, i.e. double bock, is stronger than bock. Traditionally the names of German dobbelbocks end in the suffix '-ator'. Nowadays, doppelbock beers are brewed everywhere in the world. Doppelbocks are full-bodied malty and warmly alcoholic beers, with a distinctly sweet and caramel flavour. The darkest versions even have notes of chocolate.
6.7–10.0% • 16–26 EBU • amber–dark brown
Eisbock, i.e. ice bock, is a traditional German beer style in which additional strength is obtained by freezing doppelbock and removing ice from it. Nowadays eisbocks are not necessarily stronger than doppelbocks; the name refers to the traditional style of production. Flavour has a clear warmth imparted by the alcohol as well as caramel and often chocolate notes.
9.0–14.0% • 25–35 EBU • copper–dark brown