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Maibock/Helles Bock

Malty Boye Helles Bock

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Derek Springer of San Marcos, CA, member of the Society of Barley Engineers, won a bronze medal in Category #6: Strong European Lager with a Helles Bock during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Springer’s Helles Bock was chosen as a top three entry among 269 entries in the category. Read More

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Maibock/Helles Bock

May the Bock Be with You

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This beer recipe is featured in the May/June 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Recipe courtesy of Jan Brücklmeier of Aurora, Ohio.

May 1st is a bank holiday in Germany (Labor Day), and May is very often a transition month from the cold winter to a warmer spring in Bavaria. The same is true for a well-brewed Maibock, or heller bock. It is a real bock, i.e. a strong beer, but it is brewed with an eye to high drinkability. With its pale color, it is not as rich and malty as its darker brothers and sisters, which are typical for fall and winter in Bavaria. With high drinkability and an alcohol content of 6.3 to 7.4% ABV, heller bock can be quite a “dangerous” beer.

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Maibock/Helles Bock

Jabberwocky Maibock

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This recipe comes from Charlie Papazian's column “World of Worts” in the July/August 2004 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Maibocks, or helles bocks, are traditionally served in the spring, specifically in May, throughout Germany. Often described as a Munich helles with bock strength, or as a paler take on the classic bock style, Maibocks offer the malty notes and strength characteristic of a bock, along with slightly more pronounced hop aroma than your typical bock. However, Charlie specifically notes “American homebrewers, be careful. I am not granting you license to over hop this beer.” With lighter, paler notes, a nice alcoholic strength, and lager crispness, this Maibock is begging to be the start to those warm May nights that lie ahead. Get to brewing this recipe now, and you’ll be glad when you have a cold glass of Jabberwocky Maibock to help chase down a late afternoon spring sunset. Read More

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Bock

Rogue Dead Guy Ale Clone

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This recipe appears in the article, "Rogue Ale Brewery: Pirate of the Amber Waves," in the September/October 2003 issue of Zymurgy magazine.

Author of the article, Amahl Turczyn, worked with Rogue's John Maier and Lou Bank to forumulate the Dead Guy Ale clone recipe along with eleven other Rogue clones for homebrewers to try out.

Though Rogue's proprietary Pacman yeast is challenging to obtain, you can still get a close replication of one of Rogue's flagship brews with this recipe!

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Bock

Dave’s Bock

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Dave Corbett of Milford, CT, member of the Underground Brewers Club of Connecticut, won a gold medal in Category #5: Bock during the 2008 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Cincinnati, OH with the help of Tom Miklinevich. Corbett’s Bock was chosen as the best among 177 final round entries in the category. Read More

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Bock

Heilige Helles

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Mark Norbury of Salem, OR, member of the Strange Brew Homebrew Club, won a gold medal in Category #5: Bock during the 2005 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Baltimore , MD. Norbury’s Bock was chosen as the best among 118 final round entries in the category. Read More

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