Helles Bock

Brewmaster’s Notes

This is a fairly new version of bock beer from Germany have been first brewed approximately 100 years ago. Although I am a pretty hard core traditionalist, Hellesbocks are one of my favorite beer styles and I really enjoy the challenge of designing them. Keeping the hopping rate and bitterness low is important as the alcohol becomes a drying factor that comes into play when you are looking to balance these beers. It is a very delicate operation and needs to be very carefully considered!

A pale (Helles in German means pale), golden coloured, strong German lager brewed with Pale and Munich malts and hops. A great big white head gives way to a sweet malty note which is quickly followed by the aroma of alcohol. A rich malty flavour with hints of currant and oranges is found on the first sip. The hops have a gentle bitterness to balance the malt. The alcohol is not a dominate flavour, but you certainly feel it after a glass or two.

Tasting Notes: Light, sweet malt (think Ovaltine) aroma with some yeasty ester and light hop on the aroma and palate and a very well balanced finish and aftertaste. Very drinkable for a big beer.
Appearance: Deep golden with a white head.
Aroma: Malty, sweet, light yeast ester and subtle hop
Body: Medium
Serving Suggestions: Pate, roasted chicken and pork, hard cow’s milk cheeses (Gruyere, emmenthal, aged cheddar)

Hops Variety: German Hersbrucker
Malt Variety: Pilsner malt, Munich malt, Wheat malt
Yeast: German Lager

ABV: 7.0
IBU: 2.4
Glassware: Pilsner Glass
Style: Helles Bock
Serving Temp: 4-6 deg C