Helles Bock Recipe

Looking to brew a rich and flavorful beer that delivers a clean finish and a satisfying balance of malt and hops? This Helles Bock recipe is the perfect choice for brewers who want to experiment with a new addition to the Bock family of beers. Using the Hella Bock yeast, this brew has a complex flavor profile and packs a punch with an estimated ABV of 7.1%.

Helles Bock

A recent addition to the Bock family of beers, this brew uses the Hella Bock yeast, which delivers a clean finish and leaves a taste of both malt and hops in the mouth.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time44 days 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Larger
Servings: 40 pints
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Mash tun
  • 1 Boil kettle
  • 1 Wort chiller
  • 1 Fermentation vessel
  • 1 Airlock and stopper
  • 1 Hydrometer
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Scale
  • 1 Auto-siphon and tubing
  • 1 Bottling bucket or kegging system
  • 1 Bottles or kegs with appropriate closures


For the Mash – Liquor 18 Litres (31 1/2 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°C (149°F)

  • 8 lb Pilsner malt Quantity 3.75 kg
  • 5 lb Munich malt Quantity 2.47 kg
  • 1 lb Belgian aromatic malt Quantity 600 g
  • 9 oz Melanoidin malt Quantity 250 g

For the Boil – 27 Litres (47 1/2 Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 15 mins

  • 1 1/3 oz (Hops) Northern Brewer 8% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 30.2)
  • 1/3 oz (Hops) Spalt Select 4.5% When to add – For last 15 mins of boil (IBU 2.0)
  • 1/4 oz (Hops) Spalt Select 4.5% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0)
  • 1 tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil

To Ferment – 12°C (54°F) – Conditioning 6 weeks at 3°C (37°F)

  • 1 Wyeast 2487 Hella Bock yeast


  • Heat 18 litres (31 1/2 pints) of water in a large pot to a temperature of 65°C (149°F).
  • Add the Pilsner malt, Munich malt, Belgian aromatic malt, and Melanoidin malt to the pot, stirring well to combine.
  • Allow the mixture to rest for 1 hour, maintaining the temperature at 65°C (149°F).
  • After 1 hour, heat the mixture to a rolling boil and add 1 1/3 ounces of Northern Brewer hops.
  • Boil the mixture for 1 hour and 15 minutes, adding the Spalt Select hops and Protofloc during the last 15 minutes of the boil.
  • At the end of the boil, turn off the heat and add 1/4 ounce of Spalt Select hops.
  • Cool the mixture to 12°C (54°F) and transfer it to a fermenting vessel.
  • Pitch the Wyeast 2487 Hella Bock yeast into the fermenting vessel.
  • Allow the mixture to ferment for several weeks at 12°C (54°F), until fermentation is complete.
  • After fermentation, transfer the beer to a secondary vessel and condition it for 6 weeks at 3°C (37°F).
  • Finally, bottle or keg the beer and enjoy your homemade "HELLES BOCK" beer.
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)7 Weeks7.1%32 IBU17.5 EBC

Rich and Flavorful Helles Bock Recipe

Looking for a new beer recipe to try? Look no further than this Helles Bock recipe, which delivers a rich and complex flavor profile with a clean finish. Made with a combination of Pilsner, Munich, Belgian aromatic, and Melanoidin malt, as well as a selection of hops including Northern Brewer and Spalt Select, this beer is sure to satisfy.

Clean Finish and Balanced Flavor

One of the key features of this Helles Bock recipe is its use of Hella Bock yeast, which contributes to a clean finish and allows the flavors of the malt and hops to shine through. The mash time is 1 hour at a temperature of 65°C (149°F), followed by a 1-hour 15-minute boil to extract the maximum flavor from the ingredients.

Perfect for Brewing Enthusiasts

Whether you’re a seasoned brewer or just starting out, this Helles Bock recipe is a great choice for anyone looking to experiment with new ingredients and techniques. With an estimated ABV of 7.1%, this beer packs a punch and is sure to impress your friends and family.


If you’re looking to try a new beer recipe that delivers on flavor and complexity, give this Helles Bock recipe a try. With its balanced malt and hop notes, clean finish, and Hella Bock yeast, this beer is sure to become a new favorite among brewing enthusiasts.

FAQ on Making this Helles Bock Recipe

What is the recommended temperature for fermentation?

The recommended temperature for fermentation is 12°C (54°F).

How long does the beer need to ferment?

The beer needs to ferment for 44 days.

What is the bitterness rating of this beer?

The bitterness rating of this beer is 32 IBU.

How many pints of beer does this recipe yield?

This recipe yields 40 pints of beer.

Can this recipe be modified to make a lighter or darker beer?

Yes, this recipe can be modified to make a lighter or darker beer by adjusting the types and amounts of malt used in the mash.

Dan Smullen Beer is my life profile

Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.