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The remaining malt will be continential pilsner malt, such as Weyerman pilsner malt.


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2021 BJCP 4B - Festbier characteristic ingredients: "A mix of Pils, Vienna, and Munich malts. No adjuncts. Light use of pale crystal type malts possible. Traditional German hops. Clean lager yeast. Decoction mash is traditional, but boiling is less than in Dunkles Bock to restrain color development. Soft water."

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Continental pilsner malt is the essential base malt. Maibock should have higher percentages of Vienna and Munich malt than Festbier, summing to 25% to 50% according to Zanisheff. Light crystal malts are okay, but medium and darker crystal malts are inappropriate. Decoction mashes, step mashes, or single step infusion mashes are possible mash methods.

The hops should be German or continental European varieties. Hallertau, Magnum, Perle, and Tettnang are the most popular choices. Using the high alpha Magnum for bittering and Hallertau for aroma and/or flavor is a pairing strategy. Late hope additions are optional, and keep these small.

Use a clean fermenting lager yeast that produces low diacetyl. Fermentation practices that minimize diacetyl should be used, such as a diacetyl rest.


Beer-analytics.com Maibock (Helles bock) analysis

Strong, G. (2018, May - June). Maibock/Helles bock: One more reason to welcome spring. BYO, 28 - 32

Zainasheff, J. (2011, October). Maibock/Helles bock: Make it clean and malty. BYO, 19 - 23

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