German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock

Lager - Germany

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 6 - 8%
  • IBU: 20 - 38
  • Color:   4 -   10 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.066 - 1.074
  • Final Gravity: 1.012 - 1.020

The German word helle means light colored, and as such, a heller Bock is light straw to deep golden in color. Maibocks are also light-colored bocks. The sweet malty character should come through in the aroma and flavor. A lightly toasted and/or bready malt character is often evident. Roast or heavy toast/caramel malt character should be absent. Body is medium to full. Hop bitterness should be low, while noble-type hop aroma and flavor may be at low to medium levels. Bitterness increases with gravity. Fruity esters may be perceived at low levels. Diacetyl should be absent. Chill haze should not be perceived.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.