These strong, springtime lagers were said to have been produced, initially, as a way to sidestep fasting by German monks. Bocks are strong and malty, and often fairly sweet. Maibocks are an amber colored strong lager with a smooth, malty flavor profile. Traditionally brewed in May, this is the most common type of bock. The ruby colored version is simply called bock. It has a strong malty aroma and flavor with roasty flavors. A doppelbock (or double-bock) is characterized by a massive caramelly aroma and toasty bittersweet finish. Breweries traditionally name their doppelbocks with an “ator” at the end, such as Salvator.