Helles Bock - Spring Seasonal

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The Best By date for this malt can is currently January 2018. Please note that the malt is fine to use well past this date. The yeast is fresh and 100% viable with an expiration well into the future.

The rich flavored pale malts used in this Helles Bock, also known as a Maibock, deliver a deep gold colored beer topped with a large creamy white head. Medium-bodied, malty, smooth and clean with a sturdier bitterness than other Bocks. Revealing a hint of spicy aroma and finishing with a slight alcohol warming.


  • 1 Can Limited Edition Helles Bock Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Saflager W34/70 Dry Brewing Yeast
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser


Additional Information

A true lager, brew this beer cool (about 55°F, 12°C) for best flavor.


This recipe will produce 2 gallons of beer in approximately 3 weeks. Suggested lager time is 1-2 months.

Flavor: Balanced

ABV (alc/vol): 6.5%

SRM (Color): 6

IBU (Bitterness): 30


Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk.)



Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case malt extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation. 

  1. Place the unopened can of Brewing Extract in hot tap water.
  2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring water to a boil, and then remove from heat. Open the Brewing Extract pour the contents into the hot water. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort. 
  3. Fill keg with cold tap water to the 4-quart mark on the back. 
  4. Pour the wort into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the 8.5-quart mark by adding more cold water. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk. 
  5. Sprinkle the W34/70 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir. 
  6. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 51°and 59°F (11°-15° C) and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14+ days. 

After approximately 72 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface. 

Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks. 

After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process. 


Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk.)

Flavor Profile

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Alcohol by volume: 6.5%
SRM (color): 6
IBU (Bitterness): 30
Helles Bock - Spring Seasonal is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal! Well worth the wait! This is by far the best beer I've brewed to date. I brewed it for a month in the basement with the temp in the 50's. Lager time was a month in the basement as well. Taste is a little malty with no bitter aftertaste. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be PATIENT! This was my first brew. Ever. I like the bock-style beers and decided to give this a try as my initiation. I let it brew for two weeks as recommended, then bottled according to the directions. After two weeks of conditioning, I tried my first beer. It wasn't ready! I thought my entire batch was ruined and didn't work, but waited another week to try again. One extra week made all the difference, and it turned out to be a really, really great beer! Now I'm hooked and am going to brew on!
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I winged it So I made this 2 gallon batch with some steeped black and crystal malt, a packet of booster, and 1/2 cup of sugar. I let it set in the keg for 10 days at 50°F before adding 1/2 bottle of some Brewers banana flavored oil. I was going for a banana ale. I bottled after 3.5 weeks after individually adding 1.7tsp of sugar to each bottle. I let it condition for 7 weeks. It's over carbonated. Should've used 1.3tsp. I can't taste any of the banana. It's strong as all getout. Not in a good way though. Like, I have to choke it down. I'm going to give it 2 more weeks of conditioning and hope that'll even things out. I'm sure it's a great product if you know what the heck you're doing.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Mr Beer I brewed this as a lager using the lager yeast. I have a fridge with a temperature regulator so I can control the temperature perfectly. I have been brewing all grain for some years now but I have come back to Mr. Beer where I started. I had an idea to do an experiment. If I took all my brewing knowledge and applied it to Mr. beer how would the beer fair in the contests at my brew club. Well I've taken second and third place in style contest so far. This beer has a hop bite, but it's balanced well by the malts a very good recipe. I've decided to do all of 2017 Using Mr. beer recipes for the various style contests. Next month is Irish stout. I am bottling it tonight. Go Mr. beer.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great beer I brewed this in the spring so it was easier to control temps. This is the best tasting beer I have brewed so far! The longer it aged the better it was. It poured out of the bottle with a nice thick head and great lacing on the glass.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It has it all! I made this last summer and it has a nice appearance, pours easily, and is smooth and delicious. I tried a Helles Bock while traveling and my brew was as good or better.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great maibock taste My first brew just had to be a maibock and this was easy to put together and turned out very well I will do this again next winter for more conditioning time
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Delicious Beer - Recommended! This was my second brew with the Mr. B system, which I did without any grain enhancements. The result was a lovely, opaque medium body beer that finished smoothly with a slight clover/celery flavor. Helles Bock was a big hit with my friends who now see my in a new light as an above average home brewer. I'll make it again.
Date published: 2017-06-01
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