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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Pale Malty European Lager Helles Bock

BJCP 4C

BJCP 2015 4C Helles Bock example
4C - Helles Bock

 

Overall Impression

A relatively pale, strong, malty German lager beer with a nicely attenuated finish that enhances drinkability. The hop character is generally more apparent than in other bocks.

Comments

Also known as Mai Bock, but there is some dispute whether Helles ("pale") Bock and Mai ("May") Bock are synonymous. Most agree that they are identical, but some believe that Maibock is a "fest" type beer hitting the upper limits of hopping and color for the range. Any fruitiness is due to Munich and other specialty malts, not yeast-derived esters developed during fermentation. The hops compensate for the lower level of Maillard products.

Commercial Examples

Altenmünster Maibock, Ayinger Maibock, Capital Maibock, Blind Tiger Maibock, Einbecker Mai-Urbock, Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock, Mahr's Bock

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VITAL

  • OG:  1064 - 1072
  • FG:  1011 - 1018
  • ABV: 6.3 - 7.4
  • IBU: 23 - 35
  • SRM: 6 - 11
BJCP 2015 4C - Helles Bock Commercial Example
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