A Helles Bock made with rice... How is that wild? Helles is German for "bright," so this is a bright or light colored bock.
- Adapted from “Wild Wild Rice” by Joe and Dennis Fisher.
Maibock literally means "May Bock," and it is Bavarians' favored springtime strong, golden lager.
The word "dunkles" is a German word that means "dark" (just as "helles" is the German word for "light" or "bright"). This type of beer is made in the lager tradition and it’s characterized by the use of Munich malt, in the brewing process, or sometimes wheat malt.
One humorous tale of bock tells of a man in old Germany brewing an exceptionally strong beer that was consumed during the spring and summer. A friend came over to sample the brew and got so drunk that he fell on his way out the door. Flat on his face, in fact. Too embarrassed to relate the truth to the gentlemen at the local pub, he blamed his condition on a kick from a goat. This beer will make you feel the same. A variety of caramel and roasted grains will lend great depth and interest to the finished product.