The Traditional Bock and Doppelbock are both examples of medium to full bodied amber to dark brown coloured beers that have an overwhelming preference for accentuating the malt profile of the brew over that of the hops.
Doppelbock, which translates to “Double Bock”, is an even maltier and darker version of the Traditional Bock, with a strong presence of sweet malty flavours contrasted against a low hop bitterness and fruit character.
With distinctly lower amounts of carbonation than is typically found in Maibocks, both the Traditional Bock and Doppelbock possess flavours of malty sweet bread and toast, however, no toffee or caramel-like flavours should be perceived.
Whilst the sweetness of these beers is definitely substantive, it is nowhere near as mouthcoating or as long-lasting post consumption than in a typical porter or stout, making these beers a good introduction to the dark beer category.
Food pairing wise, these beers match well with strongly flavoured cheeses, roast meat dishes with a fruit-based sauce, or moderately intense chocolate-based desserts.