The German word â€œHellesâ€ translates as â€œlightâ€ and â€œLagerâ€ means â€œto storeâ€. This beer style emerged in Germany through the Spaten Breweryâ€™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.