Starkbier. Strong beer is an overall category and used mostly in Munich to talk about Starkbierzeit, the strong beer time. This falls during Lent, a time when these strong beers were used to offset giving up food. Thus came the term “liquid bread” and now there are festivals like smaller Oktoberfests where beers in the 7% range are served in liter mugs. Bockbiers are Starkbiers but you don’t generally hear the latter term used in Franconia. In case you see it, you might want to know what you’re getting yourself into.

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