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Style: Maibock / Helles Bock
 
Style Information
"Helles" in German translates to "light" in English. Maibock or Helles Bock is a pale version of a traditional bock. The style is usually enjoyed in warmer weather in the Spring or Summer. The color should be light yellow to light amber to gold, with a notable clarity. The aroma should have a solid hint of malt sweetness, with notes of bready yeast or toasted grains. Hop aroma should be low or absent. The taste should have a notable malt sweetness, similar to the aroma. Also, there should be a very mild hop bitterness, with mild flavors of pepper or spices. The hop notes should not be too notable though. The feel should be medium to full bodied, with decently high carbonation. ABV ranges from 6% to 8%. IBUs should be from 20 to 38.

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Top Consumed Maibock / Helles Bock
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Maibock by Summit Brewing Company71
2. Glissade Golden Bock by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.47
3. Town Hall Maibock by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery16
4. Dump Truck Extra Pale Summer Bock by Bayern Brewing, Inc.13
5. 30th Anniversary Series - Charlie, Fred and Ken's Bock by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.11
6. The Gift (WinterBock Lager) by Starr Hill Brewery8
7. Maibock by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery7
8. The Invasion by Half Acre Beer Company6
9. Maifest by August Schell Brewing Co., Inc.6
10. Dead Guy Ale by Rogue Ales Brewery - Brewers on the Bay6

Top Reviews Maibock / Helles Bock
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Spring Bock by Carolina Brewing Company86
2. Maibock by Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München84
3. Fighting Finches Mai Bock by Tyranena Brewing Company82
4. 30th Anniversary Series - Charlie, Fred and Ken's Bock by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.82
5. Maibock by Summit Brewing Company78
6. Maibock by Barley John's Brew Pub78
7. Big Easy by Lakefront Brewery, Inc.78
8. Maifest by August Schell Brewing Co., Inc.78
9. Eric's Maibock by Nimbus Brewing Company78
10. Mai Bock by Sprecher Brewing Company76