The Great 2019 Cincinnati Bock Beer Roundup

It’s nearly spring, which means it’s time to dive into another one of my favorite seasonal styles – Bock Beer. I’m not alone in my love for this rich, malty, German style, either. Here in Cincinnati, we go nuts for the stuff. We’re so bock-crazy in Cincy that we’ve got a weekend festival called bockfest that celebrates our German heritage, called Bockfest (you can look out for that on the first weekend of March).

But… with the good, comes the difficult. With so many bock beers around town, how’s a beer drinker supposed to keep track of them all? Ahhhh… that’s where I come in with another handy beer roundup for you.

Behold *all* the bock beers from our local breweries – if you’re looking to snag a delicous pint, here’s where you’ll find them! If you see that there’s one missing from the list, please, please, please… let me know!

13 Below – Fluss Bock

  • 4.9% ABV
  • Available on draft

A traditional bock beer brewed during the transition from winter to spring. It is a dark lager with a light malty and roasty flavor.

16 Lots – Bayern Kurve Bock

  • 7% ABV
  • Available on draft

Remember the Bayern Kurve at Kings Island? This bock is named after that ride, a favorite at Mason’s fantastic amusement park back in the day. This beer is enjoyable, smooth and goes way too fast — Just like the ride!

Alexandria Brewing Company – Slayerator

  • Doppelbock
  • 7.68% abv
  • Available on draft
  • Making it’s debut this year!

We brewed this doppelbock lager for the 2019 Cincinnati Bockfest and to kick off bock season properly in our taproom. This doppelbock is sweet with a nice caramel backbone and stronger than it seems.

Braxton – Ignitor

  • Maibock
  • Available on draft
  • Making it’s debut in a limited run of cans this year.

Ignitor is a traditional German Maibock that features decoction mashing, giving this lager an underlying malt complexity as well as a faint caramel sweetness. A German noble hop presence along with a subtle alcohol warmth round this beer out to be a pleasant bock.

Brink – Brinkinator

  • Eisbock
  • Being Released, draft only on 3/15/18

Cellar Dweller – Maltumnal

  • Amber Bock
  • Available on draft

Malty and full bodied

Christian Moerlein – Emancipator

  • Doppelbock
  • Available on draft
  • Available in 6 packs of 12oz Cans

Christian Moerlein’s doppelbock is brewed in accordance with Germany’s Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516. What makes Doppelbock most enjoyable is its rich, full body, which is superbly balanced for smoothness. It will be appreciated for its robust malt and carmel characteristics. Enjoy its smooth, velvety taste and you will agree that it is quite simply a better Doppelbock.

Christian Moerlein – Fifteen/166

  • Barrel Aged Doppelbock
  • Available on draft

Darkness – Hall & Goats

  • Doppelbock
  • Available on draft

Our first lager, brewed with Munich and Caramel malts for strong, rich and intense malty sweetness with a note of hop bitterness for balance with a smooth finish.

DogBerry – Freiheit Bock

  • 5.3% ABV
  • Available on draft

Traditional German bock style with robust malt characater with a dark amber hue.

Fifty West – Road Bock

  • Maibock
  • 6.1% ABV
  • Available on draft

A crisp Maibock-style lager with a honey like sweetness and toasted malt characteristic to welcome the spring season.

FigLeaf – That One Time In Newport

  • 5.7% ABV
  • Available on draft
  • Six Packs of 12oz Cans – Available Now!
  • Making it’s debut this year!

Cincinnati’s German tradition brings with it big beers, and plenty of people to enjoy them with. Whether in the taprooms of Middletown or behind… we mean in… the bars of Newport, it’s always a story worth telling over a pint. This traditional bock is malty, smooth and bready with caramel notes.

Hofbrauhaus Newport – Doppelbock

  • 8.4% ABV
  • Traditional Doppelbock
  • Available on draft

Hofbrauhaus Newport – Maibock

  • 7.2% ABV
  • Traditional Maibock
  • Available on draft

Hudepohl – Festival Bock

  • 7% ABV
  • Available on draft
  • Available in six packs of bottles

“Bock to our lips and spring to our souls”. The Festival Bock name is a tribute to Bockfest, an OTR celebration that pays homage to Cincinnati’s spring traditions of bock beer and bockwurst. Generous amounts of Munich and Vienna malts are used to achieve a rich caramel flavor with just enough German hops to balance the malt.

Listermann – Friar Bacon

  • Smoked Bock
  • Available on draft

Taste bock beer like the monks of old. All beer was smoky, but you can enjoy it today. Made with imported German Rauchmalt (smoked malt), which is kilned over open beechwood fires for that special flavor.

Little Miami – And God Said, Let The Hippies Dance

  • Maibock
  • 7% ABV
  • Available on draft

A malty sweet beer balanced by German Tettnang hops. German lager yeast creates an easy drinking, bready, big, smooth beer.

Madtree – Bockavelli

  • 7.5% ABV
  • Available on draft

March First – Heller Bock

  • Helles Bock
  • Available on draft
  • Available in six packs of 12oz Bottles

Pours an amber brown with a creamy head. Layers of roasted malt, toffee, and herbal aromas blend nicely. Notes of baked bread and caramel. This full-bodied beer is full of flavor yet is still easy to drink.

Narrow Path – Bock Fiddy

  • Traditional Bock
  • Available on draft
  • Making it’s debut this year!

Narrow Path – Pathinator

  • Doppelbock
  • Available on draft
  • Making it’s debut this year

Off Track – Dunlap Bock

  • Available on draft
  • Making it’s debut this year!

Paradise – The Billy Baroo

  • Doppelbock
  • 8% ABV
  • Available on draft

Queen City Brewing Company – Nati Bock

  • 6.1% ABV
  • Available on draft

You’ve heard of Helles-Bock, Maibock and Doppelbock, let us introduce you to our Nati Bock. This is a blend of some of the above mentioned styles but is all Cincinnati. Brewed with crystal, perle and styrian Goldings hops which provides beautiful earth and floral tones.

Rhinegeist – Inclinator

  • Doppelbock
  • 7.7%
  • Available on draft


Bocks are beloved brews in Zinzinnati, fueling the revelry at Bockfest, our annual spring welcoming celebration. With Inclinator, we‘re raising the bar a little—doubly, to be precise. Trumpeting notes of toasted caramel, cracker crust and lightly roasted coffee, this Doppelbock is crisply hopped enough to climb on its own while staying true to style. Inclinator debuts as a limited, draft-only release.

Sam Adams – Double Bock

  • 7.8% ABV
  • Doppelbock
  • Available on draft

Schoenling Bock

  • The winner of last years Bloatarian League Homebrew Compeition
  • Available on draft

Sonder – William Goat

  • Available on draft
  • Making it’s debut this year!

Taft’s Brewing Company – Big Billy Goat

  • Maibock
  • 6.8% ABV
  • Available on draft

West Side – Bock

  • 7.1% ABV
  • Available on draft

A hearty traditional German lager perfect for winter, our Bock is a chestnut brown lager bursting with toasty malt flavors of baked breads and a hint of chocolate. Finishing full-bodied, it’s the perfect beer for short days and cold nights.

Wiedemann – Flying Deutschmann

  • Bavarian Dark Lager
  • Available on draft
  • Making it’s debut this year!

This Bavarian-style dark lager features a healthy dose of caramel malt that gives it a deep color and creamy texture. It’s the perfect beer to warm a late winter day and hasten the arrival of spring! The name was inspired by recently retired St. Bernard fireman Jim Deutsch, our master bar builder and a true friend of Wiedemann.

Woodburn – Bock

  • 6.7% ABV
  • Available on draft

Big and malty with a touch of sweetness, brewed to be a meal in a glass!

Wooden Cask – Hell Yes

  • Helles Bock
  • 8% ABV
  • Available on draft
  • Available in six packs of bottles.

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