The German word “Helles” translates as “light” and “Lager” means “to store”. This beer style emerged in Germany through the Spaten Brewery’s marriage of British, Bohemian and German brewing techniques. This style is an integral part of brewing history and a predecessor of the straw-colored, light-bodied beers which are the most widely consumed beers in the world today. The lager yeast ferments the beer more slowly and at lower temperatures; it is then stored for maturation.
The first time we brewed our Maibock or Helles was for our nieces baby shower. Her middle name is Mae and so we did a play on words with that. The beer turned out outstanding and is now a core part of our summertime brewing.