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      All about maibock

      What is a maibock or helles bock?

      Maibock or helles bock is a German beer style with a paler color and hoppier aroma in comparison with bock beers. Despite the hoppy flavor, the bitterness is typically moderate, usually from 20 to 38 International Bitterness Units (IBUs). The producers only use German Noble hops to make helles bock, for an intense flavor you don't want to miss.

      The types of malt in this beer, typically pilsner, Munich and Vienna, create a yummy toasted or bready aroma in some varieties. Who wouldn't want a beer that tastes just like freshly baked bread? Some versions have a pleasant hint of fruit esters or notes of spices like pepper. The carbonation is medium to high to quench your thirst. 

      The alcohol content in a maibock is moderate, from 6% to 8% alcohol by volume (ABV). Pair this beer with chocolate desserts, ham and Swiss cheese. 

      Where does it come from?

      As the name may suggest, maibock is a relative of bock lager. The latter was born in the 13th century in Germany and, more precisely, in the city of Einbeck. It was a fairly strong beer and became extremely popular among booze-lovers in Bavaria, who immediately tried to replicate the style in their breweries. 

      Since Bavarians have a strong accent, they used to pronounce einbeck as "einbock." Therefore, they called the beer "bock" for short. 

      In the 1800s, people started to prefer lager-style beers to the bock style. To stay in business, bock brewers invented a type that was sort of a middle ground between ultra-strong bocks and lagers, such as maibock.

      When you want a change from your typical lager and desire something very special, try a maibock beer from your favorite brewery. Shop on Drizly or find if we're already in your city. You can also browse liquor stores on Drizly near you. 

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